Ikea Run: Sofa Pillows and a Rug

[update at bottom of post]

Ikea could market the calming (or enabling) effect their products have on us OCD-ers.  I’m not minimizing the struggles many have with OCD.  I feel lucky the only thing I deal with really is that everything must be organized, whether it be alphabetical, chronological, by color, size, etc.  You get the picture.  Not only does everything have it’s place, but it must be in order.

 SO, you can imagine my excitement when a friend asks if I want to make an Ikea run.  Heck yeah!  Ikea understands me.  They make containers for everything.  And pretty stuff is everywhere.  And super bonus is that my friend Karen who moved to Charlotte meets me for lunch in the cafe.  Good Ikea times.

I won’t bore you with everything I purchased, but there are a couple of things I want to share and one thing on which I’d like your opinion.  We’re getting to the drool and the pillows, I promise.

But first, I didn’t buy this cabinet because there is no place in my condo for it (much to my dismay), but isn’t it adorable?  It’s metal with laser cut front panels and has two shelves inside.  I see it in a powder room, craft room, bedroom, small kitchen needing a pantry, I could go on and on.  If you have this, please share – I would love to see how you’ve used it!

Of the things I did purchase, this runner serves the oddest purpose.  I didn’t buy it for aesthetics, for warmth, or for cushion while in the kitchen; I bought it for Grace’s drooling.  Yep, it’s a drool catcher (very different from a dream catcher).  She doesn’t drool all the time, only when it’s dinner time.  She sits next to her dish waiting and she drools like a waterfall.  And my hardwood floor pays the price.  Murphy Oil Soap helps a ton, and it would help even more if I…um…used it more often.

Grace is patiently salivating.  I had stains on the hardwood from spots I didn’t get up quickly enough.
After a good cleaning with Murphy Oil Soap, the rug should protect from any further drool damage.
And finally, your opinion.  I like the look of having a bunch of different pillows on the sofa.  I’ve seen it a million times in magazines and in my mind.  But I feel like something is off here.  Is it the blue pillow?  Because I feel like it’s the blue pillow.  Even though the varying patterns are okay, maybe I need to stick with one color?  If so, I choose yellow (in which case, the blue square goes).
Something seems off with the pillows.

Send me your thoughts on the pillows – my feng shui feels off.  If only I had an Ikea container to keep it in…



Check it – moving the blue pillow to the center makes all the difference.  Y’all know your pillows!  Thank you!