Monday, August 25, 2008


Friday morning at the butt crack of dawn my friend Amy and I loaded up for a long day’s trip to Ikea in Schaumburg, Illinois.I have had my eye on a white couch there for my studio space for a long time. When does it make sense to drive 5 hours
to Ikea to buy a couch? When your brother in law gets you a sweet deal on an empty cargo van and you have a friend who splits the cost with you and you do it all in one day so you don’t have to pay for a hotel room, that’s when. So, we were off!

It was a long drive and then finally we could see the building in the distance.

If you have never been to Ikea it is an experience. This place is stinkin huge. We spent one hour just one the 3rd floor! They have everything and the prices are amazing. Here is Amy with one of our carts full of loot.

What is really funny is that most of the furniture you pick up in the self serve area. Self serve couches. They have a little photo showing you how to put it on your cart. Here is me trying to get my couch. A nice little Ikea man helped us when it was clear this wasn’t going to work.

Did you know Ikea has food? Mmmm havreflarn. Before we left we had to get an ice cream cone. Actually a fat free frozen yogurt cone. Put fat free in front of anything and I’m in.

Then it was back on the road again. Poor Shane had to help carry my couch in at 1:00 am. But look, it was worth it. I need some throw pillows to jazz it up, but isn’t it the most glorious Ektorp you ever saw?


Amy said...

The Ektorp looks great in your studio! I think that was the perfect choice. And I love the pictures - I'd do it again in a heartbeat! Let me catch up on my sleep first. :)

Katie Mohr said...

I love every second of this post.

Nicole said...

Ikea is such a fun place, you are a tad nuts to drive there in one day, though. I mean, when are they going to open Ikea somewhere in Missouri?

Love the couch!:)

Deb said...

What the heck is havreflarn?????

Anonymous said...

yay you got it!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the Ektorp! We have the corner couch in beige. When we had owned it for all of two weeks or so, I spilled an entire glass of red wine all over it. I was so upset, but after a quick meeting with the stain stick and just one wash cycle, the stain was GONE. No trace of it. No fading or discoloration. I love IKEA and their magical slip covers!!

I also love your photos- beautiful!
Lindsey Post