Monday, March 17, 2014


For years I have heard about IKEA stores, but have never actually visited one. We now live within an hour of one of the stores, so we thought we would check it out on a Sunday afternoon.

We weren't really prepared for the crowds of cars jammed into the parking lots surrounding the warehouse like building, nor all of the people inside. Most everyone was seriously shopping and then there were some like us, that were just browsing........taking in the whole experience.

We did a little research ahead of time and found their store slogan is---Affordable solutions for better living. The IKEA CONCEPT started in the woods of southern Sweden over 70 years ago. It has evolved and improved through the years now offering franchises as well.

My husband and I walked every square inch of the huge building. It certainly is an interesting concept and a very good price point. We went in hopes of me being able to gather ideas for my blog, and I was successful.  I wasn't shopping for anything in particular, however, I did come home with a couple well priced trays---the creamy white one below is one of them.


I primarily focused on kitchens.......taking photos to share with all of you. The photos below 
include most of the kitchens that were set up in the vignettes.

I loved the contrast of the charcoal gray walls and tile against the white cabinetry.

As you can see there is a kitchen for everyone's taste.

There were two other vignettes in addition to this being dedicated to appliances 
and the other to countertops. Gotta LOVE that ONE STOP SHOPPING!

We saw this wall wine rack and thought it was interesting and compact for small quarters.
We left feeling satisfied. We had finally visited an IKEA store. Now when people speak of this awesome warehouse atmosphere, with tons of home selections, we will picture vignette after vignette of everything you could possibly need in your home, apartment or even your college dorm room.

Oh I almost forgot, there is a restaurant on site and it was jammed full of people having lunch.....
not a table to be found. There was also a Market area featuring food items from Sweden and a cafeteria style line selling hot dogs, cinnamon buns, etc. after the check out area.

If you haven't already experienced IKEA you owe it to yourself to take a trip to one-----you will be amazed!

If you have been to an IKEA store, please share your experience with us. We would love to hear
about it.

                                                 HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOLKS!!!


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