So I think I’ve become an Ikeaholic…

I can’t believe it’s already been five weeks since we moved into our new home!

As much as I’m loving it, settling in has taken a lot longer than I anticipated. Our garage is overflowing with ‘stuff’ I still need to sort out and there isn’t one room in the home I’m completely happy with — hence the lack of ‘room reveals’ (but I promise they will be coming soon!).

I think I had quite unrealistic expectations that I would move into the new place and within a couple of weeks, I would have received all my new furniture, styled all the rooms and even hung all the artwork… let’s just say the estimated shipping time for a lot of furniture isn’t that accurate so I’m caught in a bit of a limbo state where I know what I want to achieve in my home but haven’t got what I need yet to pull it off.

Home office
Corner of my home office starting to take shape

To be honest, it’s been a bit frustrating. So what’s a girl to do? Well, I’ve become an Ikeaholic.

In the past week and half, I may or may not have gone shopping at IKEA four times! It’s probably a combination of the novelty of finally having a local IKEA store and the instant gratification — seeing, buying and walking out of a store with the products I want — of shopping there… plus their Christmas ginger bread biscuits are too darn good. (I’m pregnant, you can’t judge me!)

So what have I bought you may wonder? Oh you know, storage solutions, kitchen utensils, window furnishings, cushions, decor, lighting. Yeah, I’ve identified I have a problem.

Fingers crossed the items I have on order from other retailers arrive soon or my house may soon resemble an IKEA catalogue.

A little while ago we asked some of Australia’s top designers and stylists what their number one style tip is and Julia Green wasn’t joking when she said creating a stylish home takes time and patience!

Interior Stylist number one style tip

3 COMMENTS

    • Hi Anthea,

      YAY! I’m so glad you’ve got a move in date, you must be so excited! I know I was so over waiting to move in by the end of our build and the constant delays were always disappointing.

      Ha ha, I can totally relate to the overwhelmed feeling and I just try to remind myself I’ll get there eventually. I didn’t want to keep any of our old furniture for this house so when I look around I can see how I want the interiors to look even though they’re not quite there yet. I think it’s better to take your time and get things you love and know will work rather than just try to fill every space quickly.

      Selecting window furnishings is such a headache… I feel like it will be the window saga all over again, lol. I got a quote for what I thought was quite a modest solution and it was almost 20K… so for now that’s out of the picture. To have some level of privacy, I just got some temporary blinds from IKEA (only $5 each!) which filter the light and offer some privacy but these will all be replaced when we get to finding permanent window furnishings.

      Bubba and I are going well 🙂 I’m due in mid-Feb so it’s starting to get real!

      Best of luck with your move!

      Gina xx

      PS – That lamp is actually from Kmart (only $20) and I got the globe from IKEA!

  1. Haha, you made me laugh! Yay for Ikea!

    We finally have a move in date of next weekend and while I’m very excited that we are almost in, I also feel a bit overwhelmed about getting everything set up and organised. I also still have lots of furniture and storage solutions I would like to get. We’ve orders window furnishings for the kids bedrooms but we haven’t ordered anything for the rest of the house yet – still debating exactly what to get. I’ll be interested to see your Ikea window furnishings.

    And when is bubba due? Hope you are keeping well.

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