Ikea Must-Haves


Working in the field of interior design, I daily have the thought of, "ughhhhhh I want that".

It's my job to make other people's homes beautiful. So what does that mean for me? Constant yearning. However being a first time home-owner, realistically, I am going to have an ikea house top to bottom. Every 20-something-year-old knows what I'm talking about right now. And it's fine! Because, Ikea has come out with some really cool stuff. Obviously not a place to find unique or high quality scores, but a place that is great for basics and staple items that will contribute to the layers in your home.

My top 3 from this list? The rug, that is $99. You honestly can't top that. The chandelier is another favourite as it's perfect for a quaint romantic bedroom or an ensuite bathroom, and is $49! Finally, I love the bench (ikea has it used as a media unit) but I would DIY a cushion for the top and use it in my mudroom or by the front door! I also can't NOT mention the tray stand which is a piece that there is always a spot for, to put plants, books, or candles on. It also comes in gray and pink, so I will probably be purchasing one for every room in my home!

What are your favourites from this list? Let me know in the comments below! 


  1. Hi Elise. Just discovered your website! I was lucky enough to visit IKEA in Germany recently (I live in South Africa and we don't have IKEA here). I couldn't agree with you more! Their furniture is so versatile and after looking for the perfect bedside table EVERYWHERE I finally found one at IKEA Hamburg from the Hemnes range. I was also lucky enough to be able to bring with the Digitet curtain wires. They are so reasonably priced and look elegant and understated in any room.
    Will definitely check out your site again!

  2. Hi Elise, love the list. My favorites are the bookcase, the pillows, and the chandelier. I've never actually shopped at Ikea, but I'll have to take a look!