Field Notes from IKEA

IKEA notebook with bat, photographed by Hanna Andersson

IKEA is one of my favorite stores, not only because it’s 1) Swedish and 2) cheap but also because I find it inspiring (although tiring) to walk through the big storehouse close to Stockholm. And now they’ve got the most beautiful line of paper goods, including notebooks, washi tape, wrapping paper, boxes and more.


When I got a new shelf for the studio I also bought tape, stickers and this soft cover notebook with blank (!) pages. I couldn’t resist it. I love the neon pink spine and the vintage style illustration of a bat on the cover. When I got home the absurd of this purchase hit me: bats are the one (of very few animals) that I don’t like at all. They actually scares me! I developed almost a phobia for them when I was traveling in Asia…

Field Notes notebook
IKEA finds

But the notebook (including bat image) is lovely, don’t you agree?

Now all I need to figure out is what to fill this notebook with… Any suggestions?

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6 Responses to Field Notes from IKEA

  1. It can become a book about your fears… you know, to jump over them by writing, gluing, drawing about them.

  2. Claudia says:

    Silvia had the same idea I had for filling the notebook. How about a record of fears that you’ve already conquered?

    I love IKEA too, and also find it overwhelming. Whenever my husband and I go (it’s about a 30 minute drive), we plan on taking a break midway through and having lunch at the cafeteria. Do you know about the IKEA Hacks blog, where people describe all the unusual things they’ve made from IKEA parts?

  3. Pia says:

    Make me the third with the same idea. And in addition, since the combination of pink and scary creature is kinda funny, perhaps a book of whimsical creatures, cute monsters and scary ones all in one?

  4. I LOVE IKEA! The closest to me is a little over an hour drive up into Michigan from Ohio. Just went there last month with girlfriends on a road trip. I always come home with some gadgets or linens of some sort but if ours carried the papers and tapes I would go crazy!! Maybe the American IKEA’s will start carrying paper goods if it goes well in Sweden. That’s a rather scarey looking bat on the cover–maybe you can make him more friendly with a few creative additions–crazy hat, polka dots on his chest, something funny under his feet?? Have fun with your new treasures :-)

  5. Sheila in Oregon says:

    Oh my gosh, awesome. Tge pink is to die for even though it has a bat on it! Ditto on hoping the US stores start carrying these goods!!
    I love your blog, by the way!
    Sheila

  6. What a cool notebook set! I love the pink too. I recently went to our Colorado IKEA and bought Elderflower Syrup because they had Elderflower cupcakes in the cafeteria and they were yummy! I also bought a book on outdoor living and a yard of black and white fabric. So fun, and exhausting as you mentioned, because the store is enormous. Thank you for sharing your fun purchase.

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