Despite my intentions to furnish the house with as many unique finds and bargains as I can lay my hands on, I have to admit that filling the house won’t be possible unless I use big-box stores for some items. Their selection and pricing do serve a purpose, so I’ll be using them where I need to.
Having never been to any IKEA other than Ottawa’s teeny, tiny, ill stocked and overcrowded location (though it won’t be that way for much longer), I was psyched when my sister and I decided to take a last minute trip to one of la belle ville’s locations.
After making a quick pit stop in St. Albert from some super fresh and sqeaky cheese curds, we finally arrived at our destination.
It seems as though Montrealers love IKEA just as much as we Ottawans do, because the store was packed.
We headed in, on the lookout for items that were hard to come by, or unavailable in the Ottawa store.
I’ve been eyeing the Trollsta sideboard for a while now, I think that the combination of modern and traditional lines is really interesting, and would be a perfect fit in the Den. I was hoping that there would be a yellow model available to see in person, but the only ones there were black. I’m thinking of doing the Den and Entryway in yellow, but I’m not sure if I’m up to the challenge of rocking “IKEA yellow”.
Another great find was this Nils stool. After seeing an article, in Style at Home a few months back, I was inspired to start looking for a stool or ottoman that I could put in the entryway. I love the practicality of having somewhere to sit down to put on shoes and boots, and I appreciate the opportunity to add a shot of colour into the entryway.
At one time, the IKEA in Ottawa had a small fabric section, but it was removed several years ago. The one we found in Montreal was filled with loads of affordable fabric in tons of great colours and patterns. After pouring over their selection, I think I’ve decided on one to use for the throw cushions for the chairs that will be living on the front porch.
A quick trip through the As-Is section rewarded me with an Ung Drill frame, discounted to $10 and with no apparent defects. I plan on painting it and using it somehow in the guestroom.
All in all, no major purchases were made, but the trip was well worth it, and so much fun. We’ll be returning for some serious shopping once I actually move, but until then, this was an excellent fact-finding excercise and awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon.