Ahh IKEA. I love their stuff. I own a lot of their stuff. And a trip to IKEA is usually a happy one, especially if I come away with new things and meatballs were involved. So I'm pleased to share with you some of my all time favourite purchases - the best of the best - the crème de la crème. Hopefully this will save you some time on your next shopping trip, everyone needs the following eight items in their home...
I use my white glossy LACK table for product photography and blog photos, as an additional surface at my desk (handy for putting the printer on) and as a table to craft on or wrap presents. Because it's short it's easy to store away under things. It only takes 5 minutes to put together too!
There are many glass jars to choose from at IKEA in all different sizes and shapes. Some have these air tight seals and others just a lift off lid. I tend to buy one or two every time I visit and use them to store beauty bits, crafty bits or hold candles.
I have two of these! One is a fixed blue colour and the other gently changes colour. You can find them in the children's lighting department, but I think they're lovely little bedside lights for adults too!
I swear by IKEA candles. They are cheap, smell great, burn for ages and come in unmarked glass jars which can be re-used as storage pots once you've burnt all the wax. I always stock up every time I'm at IKEA and it's exciting when they have a new scent!
I've been quite impressed with the quality of IKEA faux flowers. Some are better and more realistic than others, but I've never found cheaper faux flowers so it's well worth a look. I'm tempted to buy more every time I visit.
If you're moving into your first home or find yourself wanting to redecorate a space, having a tool kit is quite essential. Don't rely on the boys! I'm always putting new picture frames up at work or needing a screwdriver for this or that. This tool set is so cheap and it has everything you need. The pliers come in handy for crafting or when I have a piece of jewellery that breaks.
I've had my Lykta table lamp in white for many, many years. It still works beautifully, I use it every single night. It's not so bright it's harsh to look at, but still bright enough to read books by.
As a photographer I recommend IKEA picture frames to my clients all the time. I use them myself in the studio, and at home for my own pictures. They are very affordable, strong and most come with mounts included (which can be removed if you prefer) and picture wire.
What are your all time favourite purchases from IKEA? Are there any items you always pop in to your basket when you shop there? I have a growing obsession with 'IKEA hacks' on Pinterest where people take regular IKEA furniture and turn it into something wonderful. So that may be a post for the future when I get around to trying some things out!
*This was not a sponsored post. I just love IKEA.