My Top 12 IKEA Wishlist Items


It feels amazing to be back to my regular scheduled content! It’s been ages since I posted an interiors post. To be fair, I’ve had an excuse: we’ve been living out of boxes and suitcases since the end of May and it isn’t exactly the most inspiring environment design-wise.

September is just around the corner, and our nomad lifestyle is about to change. We are finally moving into our new apartment in Ottawa! We signed the lease a couple weeks ago and ever since then I’ve been itching to move so I can truly unpack for the first time in three months.

When we moved back to Ontario, we left almost everything in Halifax. We sold our bed frame, couches, dressers and everything else we deemed too bulky to bring home. Luckily for us, our furniture was in really good shape and it made us a decent amount of money so we have a starting point for buying new furniture. We don’t have thousands of dollars to spend at West Elm (cries) and so we’re going to have to be a bit crafty and source mostly from IKEA, Craigslist and Kijiji finds.

You might be able to tell from last years IKEA homeware haul video, that I love IKEA. It’s great for basics and starting out if your budget is a little tight. I was brainstorming the other day and thought I’d share the pieces I’m interested in and explain how I hope to pull together a personalized room with big-box store items.

The Wishlist


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I think the key to making the most out of IKEA is picking a variety of shapes, textures and materials. You’ll notice that I didn’t choose the standard IKEA pieces that everyone and their dog seems to own. By mixing various textures like the bamboo wood desk and the white metal cabinet, I’ve found pieces that will be easy to style but that add visual interest when placed together.

When you’re starting with a blank canvas, it’s nice to have a solid base so you can add details that matter later on. Using IKEA as the backbone of my living room is just like using drug store foundation with a killer YSL red lipstick for a night out — you’re saving where you can to add real impact where it matters.

My equivalent of that killer YSL lipstick will be my quirky vintage items, DIY projects and original artwork. In the end, my goal is to have a cozy living room that fits my budget and my style, but doesn’t scream “I bought everything at IKEA”.

Let’s go shopping! Share your IKEA tips with me in the comments.






  1. Mary Ann
    August 25, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    You must be SO EXCITED to move in to your new place !!! The Halifax IKEA opens in just a month and then we will finally be able to put our allen keys to good use. ?You MUST post pics when you are all set up. XO

    • rowan
      August 25, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      You have no idea! I’m really excited to share the process. I can’t believe it’s coming to Halifax AFTER I moved away! Your allen keys will definitely have a use.

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