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How I sold my soul to IKEA

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As I mentioned several times, last weekend I took my first trip to IKEA.

If you live close to an IKEA and don’t get the novelty, you’re simply taking it for granted. If you don’t even know what an IKEA is, well, I’m not sure we can be friends.  IKEA is a Swedish furniture company known for affordable, modern home wares. More specifically, IKEA is a privately held, international home products company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture such as beds and desks, appliances and home accessories, and is the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Furniture and home accessories? Yes, please.

Cheap? Double yes.

Swedish? Why not.

Last Friday, after breakfast with Maddie, my mom, sister, aunt and I  made our way to Dallas,

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checked into our hotel,

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and shopped for a few hours before dinner.

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Saturday morning, we made IKEA our first stop.

Drumrolllllllllllllll please

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So big I can’t even fit the whole building in one picture.

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I was too entranced by the cheap frames and throw pillows to take any photos of the actual store layout, but basically you enter the store on the warehouse level and the showroom is on the second floor.  Unless you want to go straight to the warehouse, you immediately make your way up the escalators to the second level (armed with a pencil and brochure for marking the items you want to purchase, of course). The showroom level is exactly that. Rooms upon rooms of furniture and home decor, all for the purchasing. Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, offices, you name it.

Let’s just say it was a good thing I didn’t have a truck* or several pieces of furniture would have made it home with me.

Four hours and one lunch (yes, IKEAs have their own cafeterias) later:

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I walked away with lots of goodies for the house, and quite the lengthy receipt. 

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So what will 200-something  dollars at IKEA buy you, you ask?

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Fabric, frames, down pillows, pillow covers, magazine holders, napkins, a milk frother, 2 sets of linen curtains, wooden bookends, an ironing board cover, a mini-broom and dustpan, plastic serving tubs, a sifter, and several cute Swedish baby toys for the world’s cutest nephew.

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Oh, and this pillow and pitcher set for the guest room. And a grey throw, orange storage boxes and another pillow. Like the new couch, by the way?

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Also this wall decal for the craft room. I’m sure I’m missing several things, but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

It was exhausting and borderline over-whelming.

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But oh so worth it.

Can’t wait to show you where all my finds end up in the house!

*My sister and I have already made plans to come back in the fall with a borrowed truck and our men to purchase said furniture

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