Recently, the interior design blogisphere seems to have rediscovered Ikea and found a lot to love. We live within 10, 45 or 60 minutes of three Ikeas, and stop in the closest one a half dozen times a year. Their regular updating of merchandise assures that there is always something new to discover. There’s one particular area of Ikea I visit regularly, and within it you’ll find a world of affordable accessories, textiles, lighting, rugs, mirrors, picture frames and a regular and a good selection of house plants. Yesterday, I went to pick up a pair of silk pillow covers I saw a month ago. They were $8 each, which is dirt cheap for pillow covers, silk or otherwise.
On my way to pay for my frugal purchases, I passed through the rugs department, as usually looking for standard rug sizes, and in front of me was a display that made me rub my eyes, to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Hanging right in front of me were large swaths of beautifully colored cowhide. For. $249!!!!
In our store they have the traditional Holstein cow black and white, two chestnut brown versions – one a medley of brown shades, the other a chestnut dappled with white spots. The last one was a solid black hide that was sumptuous in its glossiness. That would look amazing draped across a Hollywood Regency style bed. You can see some examples on the Ikea website but they cannot be ordered online, in store purchase only.