Hello Beach Cottage ladies.
Well, after much pinning (find me here on Pinterest) of lighting, much perusing of lighting in Sydney’s lighting shops and even seeing lovely coastal beachy lights at an interiors shoot I recently photographed I finally settled on the Swedish boutique for the first lot of new lighting for this old coastal cottage.
I’ve rambled on on here before how I am a tad on the fanatical side about not having overhead lights on and prefer the soft light of lamps and more that lovely ritual as the sun goes down and the evening draws in of going around and switching on the lamps.
But when one has bare bulbs in quite a few places and one is supposed to be a home blogger one has to make changes.
Sooooooo, after all this looking I settled on IKEA, because, mostly of budget – I know, I know I sound like a broken record on that subject, but, the one and only lights I did see that I absolutely loved were $2269 each by way of one of Australia’s very nice coastal decor interiors stores. And the thing is I needed 13 – there is no way by any stretch of the imagination I would be able to convince my lovely husband on this one, though really that wasn’t even an issue because I am averse to that kind of expenditure – I do know via a friend of mine who works in construction that it is more than reasonable for some people to spend upwards of $100,000 on lighting. That person is not me.
So here we are again then, back to the Swedish boutique, we’ve been here often on this blog and will be back here again when the new kitchen goes in soon…and of course when the investment property is up (more on that soon).
I went to IKEA for a grand total of 13 lights, and as usual with that store, they like to keep you on your toes, ten of them were out of stock, despite what the stock check I did before I left home said. So I came home with these three.
I also wanted some chairs – I’ve been needing to replace dining chairs for quite a while now and want a mismatched vintagey feel eclectic look – these will go along with the vintage French cafe chairs I found on Ebay after being alerted by a lovely reader, along with a couple of others from another shop which are similar but not white and popped with a few vintage ones that have a bit of colour – I am still on the lookout for more of those to add.
Here is one of the chairs from the Swedish boutique with a few of my bits and pieces to see how it fits in around here.
I just bought a couple of these to start off with, wondering how they would feel and look – as usual the design is great – I think I have said before that I don’t go anywhere near IKEA furniture such as wardrobes and drawers anymore after being disappointed just one time too many with the quality and longevity, but, chairs have never let me down and these are great.
…and that my friends is my latest escapade to the Swedish boutique.
If it weren’t for stock levels, really, this little boutique is a good one…and any misgivings you do have are obliterated in one quick move by a plate of one thing in the cafe…hello meatballs.
See you tomorrow
exactly the same lamp link here on the USA site $24.99 (US to AU is exchange is about the same right now)
and here link to the UK site at 18 pounds (about AU$24)
Ingolf chair here (same with this – the chair is $10 more in Aus)
why in Australia we are paying a lot more for the same goods?