Over the last couple of weekends, we spent our mornings at IKEA Alexander. I think the best time for IKEA on the weekend is first thing in the morning, 9.30 am for breakfast at their cafe (I had mee siam, yummy! And kids portion of meatballs another day), and then be one of the firsts into the store at 10am.
By noon, the store gets much more crowded!
First day, we bought 5 lights for the new apartment, and a new set of bed sheets. The next day we went back for 5 more lights. We counted 11 lighting points in total. The only light we didn't manage to get was the bedroom one. I liked this light for the bedroom but it is temporarily out of stock.
Very pleased with our pick of IKEA lighting... they are all energy saving, plus getting ligts from IKEA saved us a fortune compared to buying everything from a lighting store (setting up a new home from scratch is expensive!! everything adds up!).
For the living room, we got 2 of the IKEA 365+ BRASA Pendant lamp, red ($79 each) , and for the hallway and door way we got a cute little light called BROMÖLLA ($49 each).
Looks like a little beacon. :)
You can DIY these lights, but we have an electrician/contractor guy doing work on the new place, so he put all the lights up for us.
Ok... looks plain now.. but it will all tie in with the whole look... show you pics once all is done.
For the dining area, we chose the KLOR LED pendant lamp, nickel-plated ($199)
When this light caught David's eye in the store, I wasn't 100% for it. I thought it was a bit too modern... but now that it's up, I like it. Will suit the high dining table we are thinking of getting (have not bought yet).
The spare room has the ALÄNG Ceiling lamp, white ($49).
Just simple, and non imposing, perfect for a a small guest room. I am glad we didn't get it for the master bedroom though... at first, I got kinda impatient, and said- just get the same for the masterbedroom lah. But David didn't want both rooms to have the same lamp. Phew! Thank goodness he had more patience... because I really want a modern Chandelier type lamp for the masterbedroom. IKEA, when will that HAGGAS lamp come back in stock???? :(
Both bathrooms use a simple ceiling light, that's also bathroom tested. Which i suppose means it can withstand some about of moisture/water. I think these were $29 each, though I don't remember the name.
The main balcony and the bomb shelter will have this simple ball type lamp... LILLHOLMEN (I think it was $29 each). But we have yet to put it up the bathrooms, balcony, bomshelter lights.
When the electrician comes in again this weekend, he will put those up, as well as the FARKOST ($69 ) for the kitchen :)
Then we had to go back one more time because we miscounted the number of lights we needed.. actually 12 lights.. needed 3 hallway lights, not 2! kwa kwa kwa... So we went back for another BROMÖLLA Since we were there, we decided to buy the curtain rails, and some curtains... but we have not put those up yet. So much to do! We'll leave it to another weekend.
Fridge and washing machine just arrived. We had a great deal for it at Mega Discount Store at United Square.
Everything is coming together quite nicely... our bed and sofa are the biggest expense so far, they are custom made from the Furniture Mall. Those will be delivered in a couple more weeks. Show you updates soon!