Shopping trip to an Arizona Ikea store.

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Now I don’t know if this is true or not but I heard that IKEA stores are different in every area of the world. They design around the cultures and taste of the countries they are in.

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So I thought it would be fun to share with some of my overseas followers what it looks like in an IKEA store over here in my part of the world.

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I had to go shopping anyway, so why not take you all along with me.

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I think it is so funny when we go shopping for one thing but get so distracted by other things we see, like these beautiful faux roses. I don’t need any but they are so pretty, they are very tempting. We end up forgetting why we were there in the first place. This is why it is so important to write a list and take it with us. I only had one area to concentrate on for this stop. I was on the hunt for something to make an old couch of mine look pretty..

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It’s an old couch up north at Our Little Red House that my mother-in-law gave me; It needs a little TLC for sure. It’s a nice enough couch and it was made well, back when they made couches to last, and they didn’t load them up with chemicals. Those were the good old couch days. Now days our couches have some pretty nasty ingredients added to them that apparently keep them fire proof but they also help out with the eugenics of causing cancer. Whoops, I am on a paranoid rant, okay back to shopping at IKEA.

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Anyway, I needed to find some sort of coverings for my outdated but chemical free couch. The fabric on it is a little scratchy. I guess couches back in the day were not made for potatoes either. It wasn’t so much about comfort and more about design. My beautiful old couch is also a hide-a-bed. This was so handy when we needed an extra bed up north.

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IKEA is so much fun. I guess it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. I am not getting anything for promoting this store, I really do like it, especially their little rooms and homes they have on display. Our family always has fun walking through these designer mini homes.

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They are so clean and organized. This is what a world without people looks like. No dirty socks laying on the floor or dishes piled on a counter.

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We only make it out to IKEA once or twice a year, it’s pretty far from where we live. I heard they are making another one over on our side of the city.

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We have so much fun picking out which room designs we like. Or which piece of furniture we would add to our rooms back home. Sometimes we even buy a piece of furniture. My son loves IKEA furniture. He is more of a city boy then a country farmhouse fanatic like his mom.

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My husband and son like this bed.

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And my daughter and I like this one.

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Oh! look at this, I want this in one of my rooms. So pretty and it’s white. I am in a white stage at the moment. I even like the wallpaper, everything goes so well together.

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Another one…yeah, this is the room I would pick for my home.

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Looks like a great DIY project may be in my future. These lamps above this kitchen island remind me of very large baskets. I have plenty of those in my home.

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Alright, I am getting a ton of ideas here. I love this garden area. I have twigs everywhere in my garden from trees. I could do a really pretty display in my garden to hang dried flowers from. I think I may be adding too many projects to my life, but doesn’t this look pretty.

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I definitely can’t make this and I need something like this to organize some things in my office. Might have to buy one of these.

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Alright, time to eat. These are our food choices here in Arizona. My husband and I always get meatballs when we decide to stay for lunch. My son usually picks chicken fingers. My daughter is all about the sweets for her treats.

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Okay…this is cool. I have tons of pallets in my yard just waiting for cool things to make. I could make up some really pretty rustic signs with some woodland stencils I have. I would buy these if I just didn’t have the energy to create them but I know I have all the supplies back home and I love creating most things myself.

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I am getting distracted again. What was I here for anyway? Oh yeah…fabric or something to cover my old couch.These dishtowels are exactly what I was thinking about. I could make some really pretty throw pillows for the couch.

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I really like the colors. They match the theme up north at Our Little Red House.

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And I think I may have found something here with these rugs. I could cover some of the cushions with these. I was thinking of adding a white drop cloth with a bunch of pretty accent pillow pieces here and there.

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I found what I needed, so I usually get out before I spend too much, remember I am trying to simplify my home. Adding more things will not help. Whoops, forgot this photo which makes me laugh. Doesn’t this bed look like someone slept in it? Sometimes I wonder if anyone is living in an IKEA store out there in the world. If I had to pick a place to crash, I would pick IKEA.

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Hope you all had fun shopping with me. I can’t wait to find another store to show you from our state. We have so many restaurants and shopping centers here. It keeps us sane when our temps are extremely hot and we can’t really do anything outdoors without getting sick. I never look forward to our summers, they are deadly. Happy shopping everyone.

Wish list of mine from IKEA:

A back splash for my kitchen.

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This nice dish rack.

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A TV entertainment stand. This one down below is nice but I want something with more storage.

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And some sort of art like this to hang on my wall

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Now lets see what we can come up with in our family. I can’t spend a whole lot of money, we have two adult kids in college at the moment and one is thinking of moving into a dorm. To be continued….

 

 

 

36 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never been to ikea. We don’t have one anywhere near here. But I really enjoyed your trip 🙂 I saw a show just last night that made those “basket” lights. I’m confident you can do it 🙂

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    1. Here I thought everyone had an IKEA, so funny. We are suppose to be getting another but I haven’t heard anything new about that so who knows. I bet those lamp baskets would look pretty in a room. I will have to think about that one. I have so many unfinished projects right now.

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      1. The ones they made looked very similar to the ones you took a photo of. They just used baskets and ran simple light kit with it. Really pretty 🙂

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  2. I’ve never been to Ikea either. There is one not far away but I’ve never been! 😊

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    1. I like their downstairs area the most, where the little items are kept. It is a fun place to visit if you need ideas on organizing your home. I mostly shop second hand stores but once in awhile the big department stores are fun to visit too.

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  3. Dandelion B says:

    we love ikea! but the closest one is 1 hour away. We have recently had a pick up centre open up which is great and we have put in several orders.
    yours looks similar to the lay out of ours.
    Speaking of ikea hubz nan has moved to a seniors center and while being over while family was cleaning out her old place we saw a glass ikea table, we purchased it 10+ years ago, passed it on to hubz little brother and then nan needed it, there is sits still one piece, I know a lot of people say ikea stuff is junk but I disagree, we have many pieces from years and years ago!

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    1. Some of their stuff does last. We have a bump bed up north that my son had when he was 3 years old and he is 18 now. It is fun to see the new designs IKEA come out with every year.

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  4. So much to choose from!

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    1. I know, that’s what makes it dangerous. I love shopping. Headed out the door now to a church sale.

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      1. I hope you found great stuff!

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      2. Oh my goodness, YES! I did. I will be sharing it later with you all in a future post. I have some pre-scheduled posts coming up first. Before I forget I am adding a link to your cute Lady Bug pincushion design in my upcoming posts scheduled for Wednesday. There are some issues with the post right now so my daughter is going to look over it and see what happened. It’s my favorite posts for the month that I like to do, anyway hopefully it will show up Wednesday. Some of my posts are a little too long, but there were a lot of good posts this month.

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  5. First of all I share your love for IKEA ! I too get a lot of inspiration from there for home projects!
    And…….having lived in Germany, Sweden and now here in Canada…….it’s basically the same program everywhere. Even just got some spare parts here for a little cabinet that I bought in Germany 15 years ago and somehow lost the screws during our last move from Sweden 🙂
    Also just installed another IKEA kitchen here…….compared to a lot of people who hate the assembling part……..I love it and never ever has a piece missed. The trick with the assembly ….read the manual and follow it to the dot……..so usually nothing men are good at 😉 That’s why I do our assemblies.
    Visiting the restaurant there also brings back memories of Swedish cooking and we still do get some things in their “supermarket” that we did miss since moving. And it’s always fun to dust up your Swedish……..although we’ve never met anybody there who speaks it, but everybody gets a good laugh when we tell them how it’s really pronounced 🙂
    Anyhow…….thank’s for bringing back some memories and sharing your “IKEA experience” with us !!
    Take care and have a wonderful day !!

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    1. It is so huge too. I love their jam and crackers in the supermarket area. I also will pick up pickled herring sometimes. We didn’t get out there for Christmas and I heard they had some really nice faux wreaths. Oh, well, next year we will try. That is so true about their instructions, very easy as long as you follow their guides. Hope you all are doing well, staying warm too. Give a big hug to Emmy, hope she is doing better too. Have a great weekend.

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  6. I love the stuff from Ikea but I could never afford to redo my home in the stuff! lol Great blog!

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    1. I know what you mean. I have a post coming up next month on a TV entertainment stand my husband and I did instead of buying the piece we saw at IKEA, which cost hundreds of dollars. We waited until trash pick up day in our area and found some discarded cabinets, wood, couch legs and bought some old glass frames from Goodwill and made an entertainment center that ended up only costing us about $10. It came out really nice.

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      1. Yay! I can’t wait to see it!

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      2. It beats spending hundreds of dollars on something new when we just used items people were throwing away. I also found a bed frame for $12.50 for our bedroom I want to redo. I need to paint it white to match the one I liked at Ikea, and I think that frame at Ikea was $350. I would love to be able to just buy it at Ikea but it is not in our budget. We have other more expensive things we need that are more important. Anything pretty or not practical we just figure out a way to make it ourselves.

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  7. We dont have an IKEA near us so i have never been. Enjoyed the shopping trip 💖

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    1. Thank you. I guess we have a ton of stores here in this city because we get a lot of visitors from around the world. This weekend I was able to go to The Jr. League sale here in the city. It is the largest yard sale in Arizona and they have been doing one every year for 80 years. People all over the city donate items through the year then they have this giant sale for one day. The money goes back into the city for community programs. They have sections set up for different items like a boutique for ball gowns and nicer clothes, furniture section, craft/DIY section, books, toys and anything you can think of. I needed a new bed and was able to find one that is similar to that IKEA bed my daughter and I liked, I just need to paint it white. It only cost me $12.50. That is always a fun sale to go to. I will have to post that shopping experience with everyone later. As soon as I get to writing it that is.

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    2. 3C Style says:

      I will definitely take you to IKEA when you visit me in May, Lisa. You will love it. Lots of inspiring ideas as you can see in this lovely post.

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      1. You guys are going to have a ton of fun and get lots of ideas too. You will not leave without finding something to take back home with you.

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      2. 3C Style says:

        I’m afraid you are absolutely right. We will need to make a list before going…

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  8. Ingrid says:

    I love shopping at IKEA, not that I have room for much. I recognize those towels and love my duvet cover. My daughter and I like to make a day of it and have lunch there (considering it’s 40 miles one way for my from Anthem to Tempe). I think I saw the new IKEA going up off the 101 north of the State Farm stadium. If you’d ever like to meet for coffee there once open, let me know. Look forward to seeing how you revive the old couch.

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    1. Whoops, just replied to this and accidentally deleted it somehow…so clumsy with my fingers sometimes. Sounds like fun, I am always up for a visit to IKEA. I didn’t know where they were building it but I had heard rumors. There are so many places here in this state to shop at. Usually my husband and I love second shopping but we have so much stuff we just got rid of and we are still organizing. It amazes me what a family can collect in a decade and do we really need all that stuff?. It isn’t easy organizing either. You are probably an expert at it by now living in an RV, which is so cool by the way. All that space you have once you step out your front door and your views must always be amazing. I have so much more to fix here at this house and up north at the little red house. The simple life is so much more easier. We really don’t need a lot to be happy.

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  9. simplywendi says:

    oh my goodness, I LOVE IKEA! but being on a tight budget i have a hard time telling myself no as the prices are so good………then there are my kids who want to completely redecorate their rooms 🙂 and with such cool inspirations, who can blame them! Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. It’s fun but all those items can add up. Every time I go I want to redo a room in our home. I am sure it drives my husband and kids crazy.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        🙂 I completely understand! Some days I just want to be surrounded by beauty. 🙂

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  10. 3C Style says:

    This is so cool. We have an IKEA store near our home here in Montreal. Looks about the same as the one in Arizona. I always find interesting ideas and decoration items, too. I really like the fabric, rug and art piece at the end of your post. The art piece would make a nice DIY. It doesn’t look to hard to do. Gosh, I need more walls! I look forward to seeing what you will do with your sofa and the new bed you bought.

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    1. I always get inspired to create when I visit IKEA. The rug section alone keeps me busy thinking of where I need to add rugs to my rooms. We have a huge grey and white rug up north in Our Little Red House and it is so soft, especially on cold days.

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  11. The meatballs for sure! 😄 I love this post. I grew up going to Ikea all the time. The one we went to had this huge ball pit playground with slides and clubhouses inside. So much fun! Our local IKEA here just has a tiny ball pit (and a tv in there!!🙄) but I love walking around looking at all the ever changing displays and ideas. Have you had the chance to look up IKEA hacks? Lots of inspiration! We’ve changed a bed into a whole whimsical fantasy world with ideas from there.

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    1. Oh my gosh, YES! I love watching IKEA hacks on YouTube. I can’t believe all the cool stuff out there everyone is doing. It is a fun store to visit.

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      1. I just left the local store. Had meatballs 😄😉 And I was trying to figure out which hacks I can apply to a bed I liked.

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      2. Isn’t that the best. Meatballs and being creative.

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  12. Stacey the Saver says:

    I love IKEA but the closest one to New Zealand is in Australia and hard to bring flat pack back as it is heavy. There is rumour of one opening up in Auckland but that is some distance away from us. I envy your IKEA.

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    1. It does seem like IKEA is really far away for some people. So funny, I thought IKEA was everywhere. I guess most people have to plan a trip to visit this store. I hope you get one closer to you. I always enjoy walking around that giant store.

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