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ethel blad

yesterday ac and i braved the relationship-destroyer known as "ikea". this time we went in with a plan and a tightly edited list of things to buy and it made all the difference. we went to pick up a docksta dining table (i can't afford the real thing) and try to find some fabric by the yard for our curtains. it turns out that the ikea in elizabeth, nj has a crap fabric selection so we left with only the table and some mirrors but i did check out their new bedding in person. they're having a full on josef frank fest in the store and these ethel blad linens were pretty cute. very frank and perfect for kids (or big-kids). they had some bolder patterns but this was by far my favorite so i thought i'd point it out. would be nice in a bedroom that needed some subtle pattern but nothing overpowering. click here for more info ($20, who could beat that?).



Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhh i want the docksta table too...

9:53 AM  
Anonymous princess said...

did you try ikea in paramus,nj ?

9:58 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

nah, we prefer the elizabeth one. i heard the paramus one was even worse for fabric. i was just so sad, i checked and none of the fabric i wanted was within a 3 hour drive from nyc. oh well, it wasn't meant to be i guess.

lena- the table is really cute in person. and considering i can't afford the real $1500 version this was a great deal ;)


10:08 AM  
Anonymous Yours Truly said...

the marble top one is better!
you did the right thing by getting this placeholder, then when you least expect it, i bet someday you'll find a deal on the real one! ;-)

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What chairs are you going to use? I have the real one in marble and I don't know what chairs to get. My husband wants to get the tulip chairs. I was thinking the cherner (very expensive) or wegner chairs. I live in a pre war apt with high ceilings.

10:40 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

we dont have chairs yet. i've been saving up to get bertoia wire chairs (in white) for some time now so i'm thinking i'll get those when i save up a bit more. and of course i'll have some cushions made for them, not so comfy for dinner without those...

d*s ;)

*i think it's an easy table to match chairs to- most things look nice with this. i'm not sure about super traditional chairs though, but i think the wegners would look nice. but of course the tulip chairs always look lovely.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's pretty mod! i pictured you have something in a fine woodgrain.we've got the docksta dining table + matching living room coffee table (perfect height for a toddlers toys + projects). the surface isn't very durable.

11:20 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yeah, in my dream world i'd have a long french country table made from reclaimed wood but we just don't have room for it. so the docksta seemed to work better with the room we have. it's a deep brown/grey so it needed a bright white to keep things bright ;)


11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never had luck buying fabric at IKEA. Even if they do have something I like, there's no one around to cut it. But why sew when their prices for bedding and curtains is so reasonable? Even though I do sew and have loads of fabric to make curtains, I bought IKEA ones because 1)they're cheap, 2) they have some fun prints 3) they come in long lengths so you can fit any window - and hemming them will remind you how tedious it is to make curtains and 4) most of them can be machine washed - a must when you have 4 cats.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Sarah Brueck Stallings said...

I have that set on my bend!

9:34 PM  
Anonymous am'ti b said...

we found the "real thing" on craigslist for 100 dollars. and i try to always go to ikea alone!

10:25 PM  

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