G’day my friends. If you follow me on Instagram (I am MSongbird there) you might have noticed that I spent some time at Ikea this weekend.
It wasn’t an entirely voluntary thing though, cause they made me do it…….
……..They are really sneaky that way.
They sold me a Christmas tree in December for 1 euro……..
Except I had to pay 20 euro…………..
I got a gift card for 19 euro…………
………………That gift card was only valid until January 31…………….
So I had to go back! You all understand that don’t you?! One can not let an Ikea gift card expire. That is just unnatural, impossible and downright unpatriotic 😉
So I actually marked it in my calendar that I had to go to Ikea in January. Such a hardship, such a dirty job, but someone had to do it….
But in all honesty I love me a good Ikea trip. Especially if I can go there alone so I don’t have to feel guilty for wanting to walk through every little house they created, open every cupboard, take oodles of pictures, fight my battles with temptation in silence and take a leisurely long time drinking a special coffee while perusing the catalogue for things I need to take a second look at.
Ikea is like an amusement park for big girls, with all the same characteristics. If you take your time and be smart you can enjoy yourself for free; you got to put a padlock on your wallet because there are temptations everywhere; pick your time and day because the crowds can be horrific; take your camera with you because you will want to blog about it; there is good food; and at the end of day you will have spent more than you planned but you will not care.
This bedroom, I photographed when I was there in December to get my tree, had just slightly been changed but looked and felt quite different. I love that they always show you how to combine their stuff to get more looks for one item.
In fact I think the stylists at Ikea are genius. They always come up with the most unexpected ways to use different materials. They make even the plainest of Billy bookcases look trendy and desirable and they definitely have a sense of humor too. I always come back with at least one idea that I want to try out at home.
Like this clock wrapped with fabric and using a clothes hanger for sunglasses storage.
I think I did really well this Ikea trip. Most of what I took home with me were pictures. And a few items on my list. And only very few items not on my list 🙂
Here is my loot:
Most of it has already found a new home. So you’ll see it turn up eventually. That lampshade up there will go back though. It did not work the way I had hoped.
I guess I’ll have to do another Ikea trip within the next 30 days…..
……. I have it marked in my calendar.
So love or hate Ikea? What do you always come home with? What do you think they are brilliant at and what do you think is better to avoid?
Let’s talk Scandinavian shopping…….