Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I love IKEA

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but, I love IKEA. When we moved a few years ago to Pennsylvannia some friends of ours invited us to go with them to the Baltimore store. We arrived an hour before closing so we had to speed shop but from that night on we were hooked! I'm not a creative person at all - I'm a copycat. I can mimic something I like but I can't come up with it on my own. I love how the store is set up- I can copy how they have their rooms set up right down to the paint color!

My girlfriend and I decided in June that we needed a "no-kids-girls-day" and we went to IKEA Detroit last week. Woohoo! Adult conversation without having to talk louder than the screaming children! We pigged out on the 50 cent hot dogs, $1 humungous cinnamon rolls, and shopped as slowly as we wanted. We were there for over 6 hours!

I was on the hunt for window treatments. For the den and the living room I bought these bedspreads (creative right? I actually came up with that sort of on my own- okay, I copied it from a show on hgtv). If you enlarge the picture you can see there is a ribbed stripe that really makes these look cool! I bought two for each window, hemmed one end, ran a black curtain rod through them, and hung them high to make my windows look bigger. I love it!

These are the ones I'm most excited about. In my bedroom my furniture is black, the carpet is grey, and the bed linens are khaki. They all sort of go together but not really. The curtains pull it all together. I only hung one curtain (I used the other in front of our open linen closet in the bathroom) so it looks like wall art. And I was able to copy down the wall color the room was painted at the store. The room at the store used all the same colors as me so I was so excited!

Now I just need to paint....

And here is the best part...the treat I bring home (served on some kid ikea plates).


thehomespunheart said...

Fun, fun, fun! I stopped for my first time ever on the way home from my Great-Grandmother's funeral. Two girls in tow in downtown Atlanta - aaack! Not the most relaxing day, but I was so glad I went and I came out with a few good deals! :)

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

We have an IKEA here and my friend's husband even works there and I have not been. Can you believe it??? But now that I know they have $1 cinnamon rolls, I am planning a trip! ha!

Leah in Iowa said...

IKEA is a great store. I've only been once, but loved it! I haven't thought of it for a long time, so maybe I'll go online shopping or something. At least see what's new =) Thanks.

~ Leah

carrie said...


Glad you found some fun bargains. My husband took me to the IKEA in Minneapolis for my b-day a couple years ago, and we were there for 4 hours! (Poor guy!)