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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Ikea Now Open

Wednesday was a pretty exciting day for some of us in
the Columbus, Ohio area.
We have our very own Ikea now and it opened on Wednesday.
Before, the closest one was about 2 hours away and this one is
 a mere fifteen minutes from my house.


So was I there on opening day?
No way - I'm not that crazy!
Police were going to be directing traffic and people
were lined up very early to be the first ones in the store.
I will patiently wait a couple weeks but in the meantime I have
been doing some perusing of the Ikea website.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye.


A lot of great outdoor items - love this vintage looking watering can.



Many wonderful textiles to choose from, especially pillow covers.




This is such a cute dining set and I like that plate rack on the wall too.



Ikea is known for their great storage and organization solutions.



One of the things I really want to look at are the sofas.
We are looking to replace ours.
I'm not sure if we want to go with Ikea but I
want to check out all of my options before we make a decision.


We have 2 of the Ektorp love seats in our basement and we have
been really happy with them.
I see they have a new style slipcovered sofa -
 its the FARLOV that's pictured below. 
I like how it looks so I'm anxious to check it out in person.

I'm pre-shopping so I have a plan of what I want to look at when I go.
You can't just go in there all willy nilly and wander around you know -
I mean, you could get lost in those 354,000 square feet!

More likely I will get lost in the parking lot when I don't remember
where I parked the car : )

Some people really love Ikea and others not so much.
You're certainly not going to find heirloom quality furnishings
but the prices can't be beat.
I really think it depends on what you're looking for.
What do you think of Ikea?

JoAnne

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  1. Wish we had an IKEA. We don't have one in the whole state of OK.
    Brenda

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  2. I am soooo jealous! I have never yet been to an Ikea. Our closest one is over 4 hours away. Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

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  3. I love Ikea!! We have one about 2 1/2 hours away, but one being built about 45 minutes from my home now. Can't wait!!

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    1. Oh good - 45 minutes isn't too bad for someplace like IKEA. You can easily spend most of a day there!

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  4. I love our Ikea, worth the 1.5 hour drive but it would be wonderful if they bult another one in our city! For me, the quality is good and the price is fabulous.

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    1. I agree, Mary. The quality is really good for the price.

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  6. Lucky you, enjoy your visit and don't spend tooo much. Love idea of couch with slip cover included
    Have only been in an IKEA once in San Diego last Summer when visiting. Only had an hour but managed to look around to see quality merchandise and wonderful show room floor displays. I had wanted the white metal table but they don't ship it to our location. Did get that, good price, Thought was hot in store but am not used to CA climate anymore.
    Wish there was one close to us, not going over those mountains to Denver or to Salt Lake so will do without. There's always online. We live few miles west of Grand Junction, CO on west side of divide.

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  7. As you say, you won't find any antiques, there, but their sofa are comfortable and the prices are interesting!

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  8. Our IKEA is about forty-five minutes away in non-rush-hour traffic. I love to go and browse and I always find something that needs to come home with me. We're about to start shopping for another sofa and I like some from IKEA. I may have to go back soon and check them out! Thanks for the inspiration.
    ~Adrienne~

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  9. I'm so excited about our new Ikea but haven't been there yet - like you - no way, not till the excitement dies down (but does it ever?) My daughters have both been there more than a few times. And of course one must eat at the cafeteria and have their famous Swedish Meatballs lunch! YUM!

    And if you ever go - buy a few of their chocolate candy bars- the best chocolate ever at a 1/3 the price of good imported creamy chocolate!

    Let me know if you ever wanna do a meet-up there. : - )

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