Elana Safronsky, Managing Editor
Monday, September 28, 2009 7:48 PM EDT
Whatever your personal feelings on IKEA may be, the fact is that it’s always there for you. There are several times in your life when a lump purchase of furniture and accessories is required; college, cottage, moving, new baby, an ageing parent moving in, growing children, etc. Ideally, everything you buy for a home should be sought out and purchased on a love-at-first-sight basis, but the reality is that we simply don’t have time (and/or money) for that.
Photo via Positive Fanatics blog
That’s where the allure of an all-encompassing, mostly affordable and mercifully style-conscious store like IKEA makes it hard to resist. The empty room taunts you, you’re sitting on boxes, the stark daylight (along with your neighbours) scourges your blind-less windows and next thing you know, you’re pushing a teetering flat cart toward a breadline-sized line-up, wanting a cinnamon roll.
For reflection, I thought it would be interesting to note just how many IKEA pieces an “average” person owns (I put that in quotations because our methods are not that scientific.) And surprise surprise, not few. Proof: IKEA is part of our domestic lives. What do you go to IKEA for, and what over the years have been some of your favourite pieces?
Further Reading: Blogs Inspired by IKEA
IKEA Items upcycled, augmented and repourposed.
The IKEA Blog
A straight forward favourable info stream of all things IKEA (apparently not affiliated with IKEA.)
“The Unofficial Ikea Web Journal” and the source of a hilarious pirate soap opera, “IKEA Heights” – a web show secretly filmed in IKEA’s fake rooms.
IKEA Goddess Decorates
An uber IKEA fan’s confessions.
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