Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Bloggy Reading :: Link Up!

Happy Friday! Welcome to my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party. Fridays are fun because this is the day of the week where other bloggers stop by to link up their best post of the week here at Serenity Now, and readers get to browse tons of fun project ideas. If you're new here, don't forget to "Follow" or subscribe so you don't miss future parties and projects!


*Please be sure to read my guidelines below before you add a link--I've had to bypass so many great projects lately because they didn't include a link back to my blog in the post!

This party is a great place to showcase your very best post of the week (home decor, crafts, party ideas, recipes, DIY, tips and tricks, etc.) and to see what else is out there. I'm currently on "maternity leave" to enjoy our baby boy, so this party is all about you guys! I will be doing my best to keep up with weekly features until I am "back in the game."

Don't miss the IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas post from earlier this week!


Time to link up your best post of the week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas {Shopping Inspiration, April 2014}

It has been a long time since I took you all on a little tour of our Woodbridge IKEA showrooms. Our IKEA is less than half an hour away, so even if I don't have a big ticket item on my list, it's close enough that I can go up to browse and find some decorating ideas for the next season. IKEA didn't disappoint during our recent trip. The showrooms and marketplace were full of new pieces! I thought I'd share some of the best IKEA decorating tips and ideas from my recent trip. Please forgive the grainy, darker iPhone photos.

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

It was Harris' very first IKEA trip. I think I was quite a bit more excited than he was, but he was very well behaved...even better than his two sisters! He napped in his stroller, had a bottle in the cafe, and smiled at all the other shoppers in the elevator on the way down to the marketplace.
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


I always enjoy peeking in at the living rooms and family rooms. The IKEA designers do such a great job of showing shoppers how to layer pieces, add lots of storage, and include different seating options without cluttering up a space.
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


While many of the Swedish superstore's pieces are more modern in design than my taste, there are always plenty of things I can see mixing in well with a traditionally designed room. And they do, of course, have some furniture and accessories that fit well with a cottage/Swedish country vibe.

This orange couch would be much too loud for my family room, but it could be the star of a kids' play space and media center:
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


I always want to sit down and have a mocha and a good chat with a friend when we pass by the dining spaces:
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


I don't know what the quality of an IKEA kitchen would be like in the "real world" as far as durability over a long period of time, but the showroom spaces are so open, with tons of storage. They definitely get an A for the pretty factor, especially the showrooms where the kitchen and family spaces were open concept.
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


The designers do a good job of creating warm, relaxing bedrooms and baths. I sort of wanted to ditch the fam and take a nap. Or soak my feet in a fake tub. That wouldn't have been weird at all would it?
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


Of course, my girls were most enthralled with the kids' bedrooms and nurseries. As far as making good use of space for children, IKEA's designers really do top notch work. The layout of each child's space provided plenty of room for sleep, play, and storage (a key ingredient!).
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


Who wouldn't love to spend time in these outdoor spaces?
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

I love browsing the marketplace for fun accessories...saw a bunch of new items!

Realllllly wanted to get some yardage of this rustic fabric to use as a backdrop, but was trying to be frugal with the money I had to spend, so I didn't get any. They had some lovely fabric choices!
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


Some very cute polypropylene rugs that I think would look great on a covered porch or deck area:
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor

Springy baskets for display or storing things...
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor
IKEA Spring Decorating Ideas, from Serenity Now #ikea #homedecor


We brought home a set of glasses, a SIGURD bench in white, a stuffed dachshund for Harris' nursery, and an adorable Barbie-sized set of IKEA furniture for the girls' doll house. Not bad!

I know this was picture overload today, but I hope you enjoyed shopping with me if you don't have an IKEA close by. We are lucky!


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