I’ve paired up with five other awesome bloggers to bring you the Ikea dream house. You all know I’m a bit obsessed with Ikea, so participating in this seemed like a no brainer. We each drew a different room/area in a house and went to town designing a mood board exclusively with Ikea products. Together, we have:
- Amber from Wills Casa with a kid’s room.
- Anu from Nalle’s House with the living room.
- Katja from Shift Ctrl Art with the master bedroom.
- Kim from Newly Woodwards with the kitchen.
- Gretchen from Boxy Colonial with the bathroom.
- And of course myself with outdoor living, down below.
I drew Outdoor Living, which seemed fitting since our patio is bigger than our apartment. Of course as soon as I started doing the moodboard I wanted to include ALL THE THINGS so I had to contain myself and only pick a few of my favorites.
When you have a big enough outdoor space, I think it’s best when it’s broken up into a few smaller areas: a space for cooking / outdoor kitchen, a dining area, and a place to relax or a conversation area. I also think it’s important to be mindful of the materials when you pick your outdoor furniture; as much as I love our wood furniture in the patio, I’m not going to lie. It’s pretty high maintenance. With that in mind, here’s what I came up with:
ONE // What a better way to cook outdoors than with the KLASEN grill + sideboard combo. The grill even has a thermometer that allows you to check the inside temperature without opening the lid.
TWO // This basic two piece MANNÖN utensil set is a must have when preparing for a barbecue.
FOUR // We have the BAGGÖN umbrella in our patio and love the shade it provides when we dine outside. It’s bigger than it looks and since it’s a hanging umbrella you can use any table with it.
FIVE // The FALSTER dining table in grey is made synthetic materials, so it’s weather resistant and care-free, a huge plus in my book. As much as I love our wood outdoor furniture, it’s very high maintenance, so that’s something to consider when buying your outdoor sets.
SIX // I’d pair the light grey table with dark grey ROXÖ chairs. We have a few of these ourselves and they’re lightweight but sturdy, stackable, and care-free.
SEVEN // For the heads of the table I love the LÄCKÖ armchair. I always eye it when we go to Ikea (it’s so comfortable!) but we don’t really have a place/need for it right now.
EIGHT // Some assorted potted plants would make a great centerpiece – we bought plants+flowers at Ikea for our wedding centerpieces and some of them are still going strong.
NINE // The SOCKER plant pot in galvanized steel complete the centerpiece look.
TEN // No outdoor space is complete without a place to relax. The SUNDERÖ chaise lounge has a detached footrest so it can double as a lounger or an armchair.
ELEVEN // The HÖGSTEN armchair is another favorite of mine, and paired with a cushion, one of the comfiest seats.
TWELVE // I’d round out the space with the AMMERÖ coffee table, so that you have a little conversation area in your patio.
THIRTEEN // And because I’m a pillow addict, I’d of course add the VALBORG cushion.
P.S: This post is in no way sponsored by Ikea. I (we) simply love shopping there. Oh and don’t forget to check out the other moodboards by clicking on the links above!