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Retail Enabler #2: IKEA

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Having the need for another white plant pot to fit in a bargain plant stand that Mr CC and I  bought from Kmart (whole other blog post – Kmart are nailing the homewares right now!), off we went to IKEA armed with our very simple shopping list – 1 item. And then this happened…

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  1. IKEA shopping list
  2. Actual IKEA purchase

We’ve all been there. In fact, we’ve all been there every single time we visit! This is why IKEA is nominated as our Retail Enabler #2.

You can’t fault IKEA’s modus operandi: Good design, made affordable, for the masses. A tight budget is no longer an excuse for living like a slob with your grandma’s old couch and cast-offs from several Housemates-past. And why would you try and talk your self out of beautiful things, when you’re so good at talking yourself into them?

The conversation we have in our heads (and with each other) is the same everytime:

CC: “Ok, I just need the plant pot, but the catalogue has just come out so I just might see if…”
Mr CC: “Look at these…!”
*Holds up a beautiful SITTNING serving platter*
CC: “…And they’re limited edition.”
Mr CC: “How mu… *checks price* …Jeez, they are cheap”
CC: “I guess we could use some nice serveware. Nothing we have matches.”
Mr CC: “Well, you know, the dishwasher has ruined our dinnerset. We should probably go look at those too and then everything is matching…”
CC: “Yeah, and for that price, who cares if the dishwasher ruins these too…”
*Starts grabbing items off shelf*

Before you know it, the IKEA bag is full, you’ve swapped it for a cart and your $20 plant pot has turned into a $180 dinnerware purchase, with plans to return as it looks as though the range is so new they’re still setting up the display.

Which brings us to SITTNING. What a gorgeous design for a table setting:

Never mind the artfully draped Octopus. Look at those deliciously moody colours!

Never mind the artfully draped Octopus. Look at those deliciously moody colours!

For anyone gorging themselves on the Netflix series Chef’s Table, this is the kind of dinnerware I see Magnus Nilsson’s food being eaten from. For those who have no idea what we’re talking about check out a little peak of the episode below. (Yes, please feed me 30 courses that look like a viking god’s feast. I will eat them with relish until my guts burst!)

So, back to SITTNING. Its the dinnerware equivalent of “I woke up like this.” Natural colour ways of stone, linen, warm brown and grey combine with organic shapes in the form of solid wood serving boards, mouth blown glass and matte glazed stoneware to give that effortless casual look-good-without-even-trying effect that in reality was artfully designed and crafted.

Steel, wood and feldspar porcelain create the perfect blend of casual, rustic and meticulously designed.

Steel, wood and feldspar porcelain create the perfect blend of casual, rustic and meticulously designed.

Below is the first instalment of what we bought. Be warned, this is a slippery slope. Now we own a few pieces, I feel the need to replace everything in the house while SITTNING is still available.

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From top:

More SITTNING already on the list for next time we visit:

The SITTNING range is only available for a limited time from September.
Which is now. What are you waiting for?

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