Photo Fail

The Ikea sneak preview day was amazing.  My crew was great, Raina (who will likely have a much better recap than I), Martha (who I have blogged about here before and gave the little group the nickname “Designerds”) and my mom (who is always a treat to have along on an adventure like this).

The only problem, I took absolutely no photos.  Imagine this

and feeling a bit like this:

The staff at Ikea couldn’t have been more wonderful.  Full of smiles, customer service and charm.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little fatigue mixed with the charm on opening day.

My purchases?  I edited my purchases quite a bit once I was actually in store.  The lampshades weren’t the right size for our chandelier, though I have faith that given more time and less crowd, I can find something great there.  The Jonathan Adler-ish vase was cute, but there were others I liked more.  I never saw the cake stand except for within a display.

My new rockstar entryway rug.

 Applecake = delicious!

If you live in Denver and are planning on braving opening day, bring your valium.  The staff is organized and helpful, but I don’t know if there is any way to prepare for retail madness Colorado-style.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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3 Responses to Photo Fail

  1. Martha K says:

    It was quite a splendiferous day! I am mucho pleased with my purchases, as I am sure the intended recipient(s) will be, as well. And very anxious for the next go-round, and to purchase all of those must-haves scouted yesterday. Thanks for including me, “designerds rule”!

  2. You three were the bestest to shop with! I wish the crowds of sheeple hadn’t clogged up the kitchen dept. That will be the first spot I hit when I return – sometime in 2012.

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