The Happiest Place on Earth…

Update: IKEA is having another BYOF day on March 8th. They have some great specials going on. Check it out if you’re around!

IKEA! Where else can you sample authentic Swedish cuisine and peruse perfectly styled living spaces? All jokes aside, we love IKEA for the fact that it’s not a stuffy furniture store with pushy sales people who will pounce on you as soon as you walk in the door. You are encouraged to sit/nap (I’ve seen people nap), touch, play with everything there. It’s inviting and family friendly. Not to mention it’s a great place for home décor inspirations.


The obligatory Swedish meatball picture.

Sure you might associate IKEA with college dorms, funky designs and ten dollar Lack tables, but IKEA is not what it used to be. Over the past few years, the store has created sophisticated, classic designs and quality pieces (solid wood not particle board).

Last weekend IKEA held a BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend) event. If you sign up to be an IKEA Family member you will receive special offers and coupons. We made the drive there with L. She loved her first IKEA experience. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things.

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Check out these darling little chairs. Comparable to Pottery Barn Kids and The Land of Nod, but only $19.99. They are made out of solid wood and come in gray brown, dark brown and black. Matching tables also available. They almost came home with us, but L is still too little for them. Maybe next year.


This messy craft table caught my attention. The store carries everything you see on the table from the roll of white paper to the color pencils. How cute is that crayon tin!

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This bed with built-in storage would be great for a small space or a tween room.


I almost drooled on one of these wing back chairs. Uh huh, the blue one is in velvet. You can add some nailhead trim on the arms for a little bling. Formal living room fire place? Corner of the office? Accent chair in master bedroom? We need a bigger house.

IkeaChairBlue  IkeaChairGray  IkeaChairRed

These two dinette sets are quite charming. Check out the “put a bird on it” one on the right. The birds on the wall are vinyl decals. Oh IKEA, you know how to make a girl smile!

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Did you know IKEA sold fabric? Plus you get to cut your own! Raise your hand if you always wanted to do that. I love the navy blue botanical print on the left.

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Of course we always check out the “As-Is” section. If you are lucky you might score some great finds at a discounted price and already assembled.


Here are the things that came home with us:


  1. Abacus (starting her number sense early)
  2. Wooden Hammering Toy
  3. Mobile (L loved this mobile at her pediatrician’s office)
  4. Fabric Cupcake Set
  5. Paper napkins (for L’s birthday party)
  6. Dish Towels (love these simple linen dish towels, we use these for everything)
  7. Tray
  8. Linen Table Runner

I also picked up three floor rugs for Grace. Can’t wait to see what she’s going to turn them into.


Hope I’m not the only crazy IKEA lover out there. Tell us what you love about IKEA.

6 Comments on The Happiest Place on Earth…

  1. Gayle
    February 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Ooooh Love it! And my new house will be so close to Ikea. I’m about to be a regular.

    • Grace
      February 18, 2014 at 1:59 am (10 years ago)

      I’ll frequent it with you!

  2. Amy
    February 18, 2014 at 1:29 am (10 years ago)

    I have been wanting to make a trip to IKEA and this just heightened my desire–some great finds! I have been wanting a kid’s table and chairs. I never thought about checking IKEA. So, now I will be able to make a trip to IKEA, get a table and chairs for my darling grandchildren, and, hopefully get to see Finn and Ronan in the process!

    • Grace
      February 18, 2014 at 2:00 am (10 years ago)

      Absolutely! We would love to see you, and I would love an excuse to go to Ikea! I have been dreaming up a Lego table for Finn, and I think it involved hacking an IKea Lack table.

  3. eternalduck
    June 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm (9 years ago)

    ooh, bought the blue botanical cloth jut today and started sewing a handbag) ikea is a paradise really!

    • Rona
      June 5, 2015 at 7:59 am (9 years ago)

      Isn’t it just the best print!? We do love IKEA!


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