Do the Polka

Dots, that is, thanks to Ikea.  The boys and I made a somewhat impromptu trip to Minnesota to visit family and friends.  Trips back always include an Ikea run, this time looking for pillow inserts and a rug.  The lovely as ever Shavonda super sweetly sent me two Lappljung Ruta covers, so I bought two inserts.

Ikea-Black-and-White-Pillow-in-Family-Room

While I’m super impressed with the cover quality (especially for ten bucks!), I’m not as happy with the Inner inserts.  I guess for $2.99 I can’t really complain.  Unfortunately, I bought two thinking they’d nicely fill each pillow.  Wrong.  I had to use both for one plump pillow.  Now I’m wishing I hadn’t been in such a hurry, because the Fjädrar down inserts are only $6.99.  Oh well, I can always make an insert.

As for rug shopping, I checked out the Magical Thinking Triangle Chain Rug, but didn’t love it for 89 bucks.  When I stumbled on the Ullgump Dot Rug for only $19.99, I had to get it.

Polka dots are fun, but don’t clash with the striped curtains.

Ikea-Dot-Rug-in-Boys-Room

Orange isn’t a prominent color in our house, but it’s slowly growing on me.  Just like the orange background of the Green Eggs and Ham painting.

Ikea-Dot-Rug-in-Boys-Room-Painting

Rather than spending more money on a large (8 by 10 or larger) rug, I decided to get something smaller to fit between the beds.  I don’t think I’d be willing to put any more of this bold color on the floor.

Ikea-Dot-Rug-in-Boys-Room-Dresser

My other option was a 5 by 8 blue and cream flat weave chevron rug from Home Goods for $69.  It was super tempting, but I wasn’t thrilled with how thin it was.  Even hanging, the corners and edges had begun to curl.

Aside from three zoo trips, a Mall of America day (with a quick Ikea stop before), mini golf, and a few beach days, I helped my sister with a few projects. This two tone dresser is hers:

While visiting with my interior designer cousin, she told me about a product, Wall Flats that she just used in a house.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop thinking of these light weight panels.  Ready to paint and much lower commitment than tile, tack to the wall in each corner and you’re done.

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13 thoughts on “Do the Polka

  1. I love the pop of orange in their room. We are an orange family, my husband wears it everyday for work, his company is logoed in it, our son Ethan has a few shirts that are orange and I have several orange dresses.

    Also, I have been seeing these wall flats all over HGTV and have been trying to figure out where I can use them. I am loving them. Maybe one of the guest bedrooms.

    1. Hey Jamie!

      Oh wow, you really are an orange family! Ha. Aren’t those wall flats amazing?! I think they’re lovely as an accent wall. In a dining room, guest room or even in a bathroom.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

    1. Hi Suzy!

      Aww, thank you so much for your super sweet compliemtns on the painting. I think kids of all ages love Dr. Seuss. If you make a similar painting, I’d love to see yours! Feel free to send over a link. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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