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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shabby Chic Vintage Ikea

It's always interesting to see the effect of Shabby Chic work it's way into mainstream manufacturing which was the case at Ikea recently. 

These amazing drapes are lined and are made of a heavy heavy cotton that feels like sateen. They instantly reminded me of finding vintage fabric that would be made into drapes. I spent time talking myself out of these because I don't need them, but don't they look like something you could buy at Rachel Ashwell's shop?

This lampshade (there are also hanging pendants like this) reminded me of projects found on the blogs of very talented women.  I'm debating if I should try to make this on my own.  It was just a wire frame with white fabric ruched and held in place.

Tucked in a corner were these vintage images of the Eiffel tower (in the snow - perfect for a Christmas card) Venice, Big Ben, Grand Central and a building in Sweden ( I have no idea which - sorry!) all with postage.  So perfect with a vintage feel.

I purchased three white frames.

& Voila!

Ikea impressed me with it's vintage turn.  There were a lot of other looks but these were my favourites.

Pink Peony from my garden with pink rocks in the base - too pretty.



  1. I debated buying that lamp at my trip to IKEA but the price tag scared me off. :) I like the post cards you bought.

  2. I want to check out those drapes! Ikea used to have a floral slip cover--I wish they still had it.

  3. Yes, I blew the budget at Ikea a couple of months ago, with their rose and cupcake patterned kitchen ware (trays, linens, tea towels, paper napkins). They were inexpensive, but I couldn't decide and bought so much of both patterns!!! I love Ikea, they made Cath Kidston mainstream before anyone knew who she was, we just knew we loved the Rosalie print!

  4. With my son heading off to college in the fall I know there will be an Ikea trip soon...can't wait!