I opened the mailbox the other day and immediately noticed the new IKEA catalog near the bottom of the pile. I have an annual tradition of waiting until the kids are asleep and then snuggling in bed with my pj’s on and the IKEA catalog in my hands. I don’t even allow myself to sneak a peek at any of the pages. My grandma started giving me her catalog decades ago (yes, decades) and back then I dreamed of my first apartment and filling it with all…the…things. This dream apartment would be in a big city and I would share it with Neve Campbell. Party of Five was such a great show, right? We would quickly become best friends and laugh and talk about boys while lounging on our IKEA sofa. At night we would pick plaid skirts and Doc Martens out of our pine wardrobes before our boyfriends arrived for a double date. None of these things actually happened in real life and I’ve never even owned an IKEA sofa, but I still to this day love looking through the catalog. Neve and I probably would’ve ended up fighting while assembling all that furniture and I don’t think I could have afforded Doc Martens AND a fully furnished apartment so it’s probably for the best anyway. Here are a few of my favorite new items from IKEA.