20 December 2010

IKEA book G I V E A W A Y not the catalogue, but a fantastic lifestyle BOOK!!

Greetings all,
This month we were invited by One Green Bean & IKEA to tour the Sydney store & check out their IKEA Family programme.  Yes please, as we move every couple of years & have a large family who quickly outgrow their furniture, we often need quick fixes for
different shapes/ size/ style houses & IKEA hits the spot. 
Quick IKEA history lesson . . . the flat pack concept originated from founder Ingvar Kamprad when a customer couldn't fit a new piece of furniture in his car, after opening his first concept store in Ă„lmhult, Sweden in 1953 (which is still in operation today).  Da dah, genius!!  Personally i love swivelling an Allen key & creating furniture, it's fun & empowering!! 
The official word . . . IKEA Family programme - the ultimate flat pack fan club, tee hee!!  It's free to join; member discounts; bottomless coffee; donation to UNICEF or store’s nominated local charity (we chose Bear Cottage) with every swipe of your IKEA FAMILY card; store-to-home insurance; extended 12-month return policy on all purchases; meal offers; quarterly magazine & more like home furnishing seminars and events which will be family gatherings you’ll actually want to attend.
& the book . . . available from mid January in Australia, featuring an assortment of home interiors & design titles, as well as a selection for the little ones . . . which leads to the . . . 
G I V E A W A Y . . . follow this blog & leave a comment here for your chance to win 1 of 10 copies of the gorgeous Beloved Homes books before it's even available in IKEA stores.  Value $29.95 but only $19.95 for IKEA Family members, ah, another benefit!!
 . . . gorgeous colours which you've come to love IKEA for . . .
 for we non Swedes, it is in English
 . . . of the 9 families featured, the couple with twins were my favourite . . .
 whimiscal bedroom for twin girls
 . . . love the painted floorboards . . .
 as we're dreaming up our own home, i love the idea of some black walls, or a chalk board wall, not sure where or why or how, but it seems like so much fun!!
 The homes aren't necessarily full of IKEA furniture, more personal life-style ways with creating a home using vintage, modern & eclectic pieces
 . . . what a lovely outdoor room . . .
 i can imagine this chair in late afternoon sunshine, ahhhhh . . .
 you can tell they had fun making this book!!
 Next time you're in IKEA sign up or join on line!!
 Or like most adults who are happy to hand technology over to their children . . . 
 or let them loose in the tap department??
 After some 'room planning' in store, don't forget to feed them at the cafe . . .
 no, we don't know why our 3rd daughter drinks orange juice from a brandy balloon either??
 We used to live close by to an IKEA when last living in Sydney & the children always knew if we went, it was also for lunch!!
My girls went for fish, meat balls & fruit salads, my boy had pasta & a brownie!!
We could settle quite nicely into a Swedish family, as we very much involve our children into our lives, always dinner together as a family, games & outdoor activities.  Did you know . . . it was really foreign to the Swedes to create a high chair with a table, as they have always pushed a baby in a high chair up to the main table.  I couldn't agree more!!
Thanks to Mark, the Sydney store IKEA Family manager, we really enjoyed the lunch, tour & chatting away to you.  Good luck everyone, the odds of this giveaway are pretty impressive, winners drawn 3rd January.  Love Posie

56 comments:

LionessLady said...

Oh, what a lovely Christmas/New Year giveaway! I'm already a follower of your crafty goodness :-)

Kerry said...

Wow Jennie, thanks so much for the opportunity to enter...I would love this book. I am a not-so-closet fan of Ikea...in fact just came from Christmas drinks where there was much Ikea chat...I know...who would have thought!!

Jacinta said...

I'm an IKEA family member but haven't used it yet as the store is too far from us... although there is a new one opening closer next year...
Love to win the book, great for inspiration!
xo MODELmumma

sue niven said...

Count me in please! My son and his girlfriend RAVE about Ikea. They would love it!

The Moerks said...

Excellent giveaway. Last weekend I made the 8 hour return journey to Ikea Melbourne with a friend. We both joined the family club, bought heaps of stuff and came home with an Ikea headache!
The book looks great, plenty of pages to pour over.

Ruby Star said...

nice one! you know all the right ppeps. I hear you about the growing family and changing furniture to fit growing kids and different house layouts every few years. thank goodness for ikea :)

amummy said...

I so want to take the 3 hr trip to IKEA, my sister has half her house furnished in IKEA furniture. We unfortunately don't have any.

cerebral e said...

Oh, yippee! I love the Livet Hemma blog from IKEA. I've seen some of the IKEA books online and they always look amazing.

elissa at iinet dot net dot au

cerebral e said...

Oh, yippee! I love the Livet Hemma blog from IKEA. I've seen some of the IKEA books online and they always look amazing.

elissa at iinet dot net dot au

Flibbertigibbet said...

We've collected IKEA furniture from three states as we've played trans-continental ping pong in the last 10 years. If there is to be no IKEA in Canberra anytime soon, then at least I could console myself by poring over the photos in the gorgeous Beloved Homes book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Jennie.

JANE said...

Ooh, Jennie, count me in! I *so* miss IKEA now we're in Hobart. It used to be at our local shopping centre in Sydney (seeing that photo of the familiar escalator upstairs even made me wistful!). I really miss their storage boxes, children's toy area and their photo frames. There's been talk about them opening down here but nothing concrete yet. Fingers crossed! J x

The Clip Cafe said...

Thanks for your encouraging comment! on today's post xx :-) xx Love to win a copy - I will add this to my side bar too :-)

Miss Muggins said...

I LOOOOVE IKEA. Count me in please!

Cate said...

Yes, yes, yes please enter me in your giveaway!!
Actually I just dropped by to let you know that I have popped a link to you on my post tonight, just because!! And your having a giveaway I can enter while I'm here - what luck :-)
xxxCate

Wendy said...

I've never been to IKEA, but it's on my "before I die" list. Book looks lovely, though!

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

Would love to be included too. Love Ikea, love their storage .... i'm a bit of a storage freak!!

Jennie said...

Loving this post - we used to live at Ikea in the UK - so haven't been in 5 years, after moving here!

Can't wait to move to Oz, just for that!! Brilliant giveaway Jennie!XX

Kate Ward said...

Im just about to embark on the exciting journey of renovating a cute little cottage and could do with some inspiration from an Ikea lifestyle book

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas

x

Mystica said...

What a beautiful giveaway!

Please count me in. Merry, merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year to you and your family.

Little Madam said...

The book looks so lovely, and great to flick through with tea and cake when the kids are asleep.. Merry Christmas Jennie, have a magical day x

Maxabella said...

Super cool giveaway, Posie! I love Ikea design. I think it's some of my favourite stuff. I am often there, just looking around. I find it oddly relaxing when I don't actually need to purchase anything. When I need something, then it is hell. Flat pack is not the only secret to keeping costs down, keeping customers down seems to be another!!

But, regardless, I like their style! Wouldn't it be great if you could get Ikea furniture in better quality? Proper wood and stuff? I would be in heaven.

x

Sparrow Bee Designs said...

ooh Ikea - the first place on my list to go to after Christmas... can't wait.

Make mine Mid-Century said...

PosieP,

Count me in please. Ikea is the closest I'll get to Sweden for many years ... and I'm happy with that!

Don't they do a corker Swedish meatball?

Rosalind said...

Sure why not, count me in :-)

Cyndie said...

You're part of a very large family Jennie, it must feel amazing, especially during Christmas time. My family lives 20 000 km away and Christmas time makes me feel homesick sometimes.
Anyway, thank you for your giveaway.
Merry Christmas to you! :)

Sarah B said...

I'd love to be in the draw for this as I am a massive Ikea fan. It is such a pity that there's ni Ikea in Tasmania, though I have been to Melbourne Ikea many times. Love it!!

JODIE said...

Ooh I love ikea. The book looks fab.

Rebecca Johnson said...

Ahh count me in!!! Ikea rocks!! Xx

Megan said...

I was just at IKEA today with my sister and we of course also always go for lunch! I would love to get a hold of one of these books to give to my sister, she loves all things IKEA and almost her whole house is filled with IKEA furniture

Chantal said...

ooh Posie, this looks great. I'm a big fan of Ikea and their designs. Would love to win a book!

katepickle said...

Ooooh I so need that book! We have just begin renovations and the only thing keeping me sane while we have no back yard or kitchen is the thought of hitting ikea when we are done to fill up our new rooms with stuff!
Must go join up the ikea family thing!

designed to a T said...

Great giveaway Jennie. I LIVE at Ikea, they have so many good ideas. Just bought my 'workbench' for the study from there, and I've just made a chrissy pressie for a workmate's wife out of Ikea fabric. It'll be on my blog soon. I've been away a bit lately, so haven't had a chance to wish you and the family a Happy Christmas. Glad you can all be together. I'm missing my boys this year (again), it's been 3 years now since we've had Christmas together. All the best...Terese

Lizzie said...

OMGosh, I nearly missed this one Jennie and I love, love IKEA too. Would have been a travesty of justice wouldn't it if I didn't enter :o)...
Lizzie
xxx

Kylie said...

We must be swedish too:) Our kids have always eaten at the table and have never had a high chair with a tabble attatched:)

Looks like you had lots of fun - love being close to an IKEA store here in Brisbane:) An interesting fact for you. Toll will now not move or cover any IKEA style furniture that has not been dismantled. Apparently people where doing dodgies and claiming more for furniture than what it was and investigations have found that they were claiming for wooden items when infact it was IKEA style flat packed furniture. What a pain the next move is going to be:(

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Gosh Jennie I haven't been to Ikea for years!!! Hope you have had a truly lovely family Christmas with a fantastic year to follow...love Dzintra♥x

Catherine said...

I confess, I took off my "no junk mail" sticker at home so I could get an ikea catalogue (must put it back up...)so would love this book!

~ Kim ~ said...

I would love to have one of these at home to read and with my growing family I have no idea how to organise things. Thanks for the chance!

Tanya said...

Thanks Jennie, everyone loves the Swedish Empire! Gee- I can't believe someone did an 8 hour return trip- that's very keen! Thanks for the chance

Leah said...

Oh I love Ikea too - it's one of Canberra's only downsides!

Shay said...

That book looks fabulous. How sweet of you to offer this giveaway. Im all for eclectic and individual style. I'd love to be in with a chance. I'm already stalking ...errr...following you.

I have the Ikea Swedish meatball recipe if anyone is interested.

TammyJ said...

Well I do hope that one day I actually get to set foot in an IKEA and not just online browse! Would love a change to win the book now I have long procrastinated on entering! LOL

Kim said...

I was so excited to read about the Ikea Family Programme, only to discover that our Ikea here in SA is independantly owned and dosen't offer the programme :(

I may have send them an email to encourage it!!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Tina said...

Hi Jennie! Ooh I hope I scraped in for the giveaway, by the skin of my teeth! I LOVE IKEA and only get to go about once every 5 years now as it is a 6 hour drive there and then 6 hours back (either Sydney or Brisbane is the same distance)!! I get so much inspiration from their catalogues, so a book...oh my!!! Thanks for the chance to enter and I am a follower, as I would hope you know :D Hugs ~ Tina xx

Naturally Carol said...

A bit last minute, but at these odds just had to be in it to win it!! I am a follower and I do love Ikea!

Alison said...

oh I love ikea and love books! I'd really loooove to win your giveaway!
And glad you havetn been on bloggy holidays! hot weather in vic is perfect for blog surfing!

MultipleMum said...

Nothing like a bit of Swedish design to make your day! Not only is the furniture compact, cheap and attractive, it is a great day out with the kids (what is not to like about those Swedish meatballs from the restaurant?). I would love a copy of their book. Will have to buy it if I can't win it :) Happy days Posie x

Jane said...

I love Ikea so am sure to love this! I'm off there again tomorrow to find a few new treasures

Lisar said...

well, I love IKEA and would love to win a copy of this book...and I too love putting IKEA furniture together....Thanks for a wonderfully inspiring blog....

Patchwork and Play said...

I thought I'd already entered for this giveaway but I don't see my comment. I love Ikea too! I'm lucky to have one quite near me! Their fabric is great!

Brenda said...

I'd love to get my hands on one of those IKEA books......might get some great ideas for the new home!!

mummymadesigns said...

exciting ya ya Im very excited about your giveaway and the fact that we were about 2 plus hours away from an Ikea and Ive just heard they are building one about 50 mins from the Sunshine Coast woohoo. Until then I would be contentwith the book.

Freckled Sparrow said...

We have no IKEA in Tassie (sadness!) so this book looks awesome :)
x

MonetPaisley said...

oooh, glad I didn't miss out on this one. i am already a follower and a big fan of ikea. I am currently sitting in an ikea chair at a solid timber ikea table. I think that the furniture is great quality for the price and there are heaps of fantastic affordable space saving solutions.

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

And I am hanging out for an Ikea day but *without* the kids this time!
New one opening a little closer soon though...hmmmm....
:) Irene x

Seaweed and Raine said...

What a sweet experience it would be to delve into one of the lifestyle books :) I can just imagine sitting down with a hot chocolate (or an Iced tea if it's a hot day!) and surrounding myself with inspirational ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to enter! :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Congratulations to the following lucky winners . . .

Deb: Let’s Moerk About

Tina: Rubies Place

Sarah: Molly’s Maison

Chantel: Chantel Vincent Art

Kerry: Tranquil Townhouse

Carmel: Make Mine Mid Century

Catherine: Pencils & Pins

Jacinta: Model Mumma

Jane: Tea with Janey

Brenda: Hoo You Lookin’ At

Congratulations everyone, love Posie