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Best of IKEA + Festive Team Favorites

by Caitlin Kelch


Ever since the late 1940’s, when Ingvar Kamprad began selling flat-packed furniture under the name IKEA, the world has been absolutely hooked on the company’s accessible brand of Modernism. Today, one would be hard-pressed to find a home without at least one piece of IKEA furniture or a closet that doesn’t have one of their iconic blue and yellow totes tucked away inside. Our own homes tours frequently showcase products from the Swedish homegoods store, ingeniously reinvented for practically any style. Whether you grew up tagging along with your parents on weekend IKEA jaunts or you turned to the store for your first apartment, it seems that everybody has an IKEA story to share. Because of this, we thought it would be fun to comb through our archives to find some of our favorite examples of IKEA at home. Check out all of them, plus our own festive picks and a Swedish inspired drink recipe, after the jump!

Image above: Priscilla Tan and her husband Roland’s Singapore bedroom is airy and bright. Duvet cover and bed linens are IKEA ödesträd .

ikea This post was created in collaboration with IKEA. Their selection of holiday and celebration essentials are an important part of family gatherings! #showusyourIKEA


Lingonberry Float

2 tablespoons Saft Lingon (lingonberry syrup from IKEA)

2 cups Sparkling Water or Seltzer

Tips on making the best ice cream soda from Anton Nocito, founder of P&H Soda Co., an all-natural soda syrup company located in Brooklyn. 

  1. Start with a tall, frosty glass – a footed, tulip-shaped soda glass works best, if you have it.
  2. Measure 3 or 4 tablespoonfuls of your favorite syrup and drizzle it down the sides of the glass.
  3. Slowly pour in the seltzer to about 3 fingers below the top.
  4. Take a good-sized scoop of your favorite ice cream and secure it on the rim by pressing the ball of ice cream down firmly, and only releasing it from its scoop when it’s halfway sunk and anchored. This will leave a gap into which the foam can expand.
  5. Serve with a bendy straw and a long-handled spoon. For extra authenticity, add a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Here are our festive IKEA team holiday favorites!

grace Ikea

Image above: 1. Vintermys Paper Garland | 2. Mala Colored Pencil Set | 3. Pepparkaka Ginger Thins | 4. Vintermys Wrapping Paper | 5. Tejn Faux Sheepskin 6. Barbar Tray | 7. Vintermys Ribbon

MAX Ikea

Image above: 1.Vinter Tree Fabric | 2. Tekla Dish Towels  | 3. Lillabo Toy Car | 4. Hippeastum Live Plants | 5. Pepparkaka Gingerbread House | 6. Ryssby Blanket



Image above: 1. Strala LED Wreath | 2. Vintermys Candle |  3. Strala Light Chain | 4. Skurar Container | 5. Wintermys Owl Ornaments | 6. Vinterfint Tablecloth | 7. Marispan


The IKEA Docksta - a great take on the classic Saarinen table.
Low pile IKEA Morum rug & similar IKEA couch.
"I need these immediately." - Max IKEA Ranarp lighting series.
A bright rainbow striped rug in a San Francisco home Similar: IKEA Randerup rug.
A backyard playhouse with IKEA's Knappa pendant light.
IKEA's Malm series
Striped shade and floor lamp pole by IKEA + botanical print in background (similar).
There's an IKEA Ribba frame for every purpose!
IKEA's Stockholm sideboard makes an appearance in this nearly all-white dining room.
The classic Tejn faux sheepskin makes a comfortable reading spot in this room.
This ensemble of IKEA bookshelves houses the owner's color coded selections.
The bright red Sigurd bench makes a statement in this entryway.
The Malm bed provides a calm refuge in this minimalist bedroom.
A well-loved IKEA sofa makes this living room cozy (similar sofa here).
Clean white lines of IKEA cabinetry.
A Turbo clothes rack keeps the essentials in plain view.

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