Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Polka Dot express




There are few things in this world that bring me more pleasure than fresh linen and a beautifully made bed. So much so that my linen press is full to overflowing, as are my children's.

Usually I work up from a white base (umm, yeah - i totally take this linen thing seriously) and layer colour and pattern from there. This time, courtesy of IKEA, I've started from the most delicious pink bedspread, added multi coloured polka dots* for fun and richly textured blue velvet scatter chshions for a 'grown up' edge.

Together they provide the perfect sleeping conditions for crisp spring evenings while luring me in for my evening cup of soda water (i know, crazy pregnancy craving).


While you're here I can't help but tell you one more thing about IKEA, especially as it's approaching the gift giving season. They have ethical policies and practices and they have heart - they actually take action to prove it. This year the IKEA Foundation are donating one euro from every soft toy and children's book bought during November 4th and December 29th to UNICEF and Save the Children.

I have it on good authority from real life cracker nut and UNICEF employee Kate, from the beautiful Katie Cracker Nut blog that this action from IKEA actually helps. It offers real life tangible results for children living in poverty.

I've included the press release below for your interest.



I was lucky enough to receive a bundle from the new IKEA textiles range including the fabulous PS polkadot quilt**, the Alina bedspread, some Sanela scatter cushions, and the Ursula throw (plus some others that i'll show you later).


*you do realise just saying 'multi coloured polka dots' makes my heart sing.

** while you're at ikea stocking up on kids toys and books, do add a polka dot quilt to your trolley. It's all kinds of amazing.

***otomi on bed is from The Toucan Shop


Thanks IKEA, for more than just the linen.

24 comments:

  1. You are inspiring me -- I MAY just start making my bed haha- I am definitely not a bed maker, but your description of climbing into this cozy bed of wnoderfulness might push me into action.. maybe. I LOVE the polka dots

    crumb cakes,
    HEidi

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    1. unmade beds are equally as lovely.... kind of.... okay, not really ;)

      xo em

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  2. I love Ikea but they really need to put one in Newcastle ;O)
    Seriously!!!
    Tania xx

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    1. Yeah, I wish some one would pay me for all the dirty nappies I change! ;)

      xo em

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  4. Lovely! You will see polka dots everywhere next year!

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  5. oooh, so springy and pretty. love spots. probably from twister. :)sarah

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    1. you could not be any cooler, I mean twister, c'mon!

      xo em

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  6. You do know how to make a bed!
    I love those blue cushions!

    I am feeling the need to go shopping for linens!

    Ikea, you get me every time!

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  7. love the linen! and who does not love IKEA? xx

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  8. I spotted (ha! Get it?) that linen at Ikea the other day and so nearly bought it. I have a cupboard full of linen and a house to pack up though, so I let it go... I did get Ikea polka dot curtains for Lucinda's room though....

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  9. So loving polka dots...and multi coloured spots...gorgeous!!What a delicious smooshy bed you have there. Night night
    Steph :) x

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  10. Honest, linen AND a soft toy that will deliver results for UNICEF's Schools for Asia and Schools for Africa programs.

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  11. Why don't we have an IKEA here on the Central Coast??? I love linen. I don't have enough. My husband doesn't understand my passion & i can't sneak more into the house without him noticing. My favourite thing to do is wash a load of linen, hang it on the line & breathe in the fresh scent. Weird much?

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  12. Ooooh I so so love those velvet cushions, the colour and the price are spectacular. Now to plan a visit to the place my kids thought was Dreamworld before we went to a real theme park. mel x

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  13. What a cozy bed...I love your bed photos!!

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  14. I love everything about this! Need to go buy some new bed linens... stat!

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  15. Em, your blog is beautiful.
    Inspiration for a bedroom retreat...love those linens!

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  16. Wish Ikea would get with the program and have an online store!

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  17. Cripes Em - I love all those dots! :)

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  18. I have been hearting that polka dot bed spread since the Ikea 2012 catalogue appeared in our mailbox. Think this post may have just motivated me to go a get it!

    Such a lovely room Em.
    x Laura

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em