SHOPPING FINDS: Ineeda Ikea
I think I want to get a job at Ikea. At least for the first hour of every day when the place is empty.
This morning I went to my local Ikea to pick up something that my daughter needed for school. I was one of the first customers in the store. In fact, only the restaurant and showroom were open (which would explain why mine was the only car in the parking lot). Product pick-up didn't open until 10:00 am, and I had arrived at 9:30 am. But having a home furnishings store to myself, even Ikea, was a zen-like experience for me. I was so relaxed that I thought to myself, "why bother going to yoga today?" I wanted to savor the feeling.
Ikea was a store I frequented in college and into my 20s, when I could furnish an apartment on a tight budget. Together with my college roommate, Carolyn, we made the hour trek to the first Ikea that had opened in the DC area. That was 20 years ago. We came home with a tv stand for our junior year apartment. It was the first piece of furniture I ever purchased. Wow has Ikea evolved since then - or perhaps I just had not noticed all the great stuff it sells. Regardless, I had a relaxing and inspiring morning hanging out in their staged rooms as I envisioned giving my entire house a makeover. I can't wait to share the news with my husband.
At one point I did worry I was going to have a panic attack. The store layout takes you down the equivalent of a winding yellow brick road, forcing you to see all of their products and staged living areas before you can get to - or remember - the product you actually came for. I was worried that the yellow brick road would never end. I couldn't find the exit. But then my panic attack got sidetracked when I spotted this adorable bowl. Could be cute on a coffee table or counter, right?? And it also comes in white....
I passed through the shelving and storage display and spotted this high gloss, hot-pink shelf. For $89.99, this lacquered piece is a steal! It would be cute in a playroom or child's closet to organize whatever your heart desires. Luckily for my husband, it was on back order.
When I got to the bedding department, I began to think that my boys' perfectly good comforters were now ratty and in need of replacing with perhaps the plaid one shown here:
And some other cute patterns, perhaps for one of the girls?
This one (above) reminds me of the Kimberly Hodges coffee mugs I have. A little Suzani too.
Like polka dots? I do like the larger red polka dots shown above, but here's another option:
I know what you're thinking: the black sheets and that funky throw pillow are too much. Don't worry, I rearranged the display before I moved on. I'm sure the manager will thank me when she sees a spike in sales for this set.
From bedding to beds.. my kids have been begging me for bunk beds. And at just a few hundred dollars, how can I continue to say no?!
Suddenly you may find yourself picking up random light fixtures you didn't know you needed (because you don't).
I saw hampers that had me dreaming of a Swedish lifestyle where my children actually deposited their dirty clothes into the named basket and then transported their laundry down to the washing machine, simply because the hampers were cute and $2.98. I picked up three of them. Wait til the kids get home from school!
Yeah, I know, they're really not that exciting, but see the turquoise one? My kids can definitely carry it down to the laundry room. And by laundry room, I mean the basement storage room that houses our washing machine and dryer.
In the rug department, there are countless cute patterns to choose from. I guess I noticed a lot of polka dots today, because here's a new one they were offering that comes in a few colors, starting at $19.99:
Thinking of the fall harvest? No? Ok, how about Halloween? These cute candles can be yours for $9.99 for the set of three:
And some others...
Now I don't have a green house, but I could build one around this retro cabinet. How adorable would this be in the bathroom to store linens and toiletries, or use it as a craft cabinet?! I don't know, but there's a good chance you will soon see it somewhere in my home.
Alas, the yellow brick road ended. And while I felt like Heidi running through the Swiss Alps (yes, I know that Ikea is a Swedish company), I had to get back to work. But if you're not looking for anything, I highly recommend an early morning jaunt to Ikea. Who knows what you might discover - and who knows what sales associate might end up helping you. May just be someone you know. :)