Oye! What a day! Hubby and I slept in this morning - sad when sleeping until 9:30 is considered sleeping in! After a quick clean of the house, we were at a loss concerning how to spend the rest of the day. It was only 11am and already we were bored. I suggested we finally take the 45 minute trip to visit IKEA. We've heard such great things about it, but have never made the trip.
So within an hour, we were in the car and on our way to "window shop". As we pulled into the parking lot Steven asked, "So - what's the limit here?" "What do you mean," I replied "we are only window shopping." Steven smiled at me as if to say, "Okay honey....okay...."
He was right - no way could I leave without buying anything! As soon as I entered the store I felt the uncontrollable urge to run to the ATM and empty my entire bank account and just hand it all to the cashier. I mean - this place is amazing! And everything is SO cheap! We almost bought a huge Wok just because it was only $8! I wanted everything in the store. It was so large that we just couldn't figure out where to start. So we just started at the beginning and worked our way through...and that was my first mistake.
We kept finding so many beautiful book cases & TV stands that would look amazing in our living room. After the fifth or sixth "OMG - that would look so great in our house!" the conversation went a little something like this:
Me: OMG that book case is amazing - it would be a great TV stand!
Steven: You're right - but we would have to purchase a flat screen to go on it.
Me: Does IKEA sell flat screen TV's??
Steven: No - but Best Buy has a bunch on sale.
Me: If we can get out of here for less $300 I think we could swing a TV too....
Steven: Don't kid with me woman - that just wouldn't be right...
Me: If you're getting a flat screen, I'm getting lots of candles & picture frames....
And that's pretty much how the day went. After four hours in IKEA, we finally purchased the beautiful book case/TV stand. I also managed to get many candles, picture frames, vases & other decorative items. And on the way home we went to Best Buy and bought a 50 inch 1080p plasma tv. OYE!!!!
We had a flat screen TV before, but it was a projection screen so it had the big huge back and we had to put it in the corner of the livingroom. We have wanted a true "flat screen" for a while so that we could put it in the center of the main wall in our livingroom. I swear, I feel like this new bookcase/TV have just opened my entire living room. I feel like I finally have my "big girl" living room. It's beautiful, I'm in love.
More importantly - I'm in LOVE with IKEA! If you haven't, been you've got to go. If the IKEA in Charlotte is the closest one to you - make the trip, let me know and I will meet you there. I'm actually going back sometime soon to get an area rug I had my eye on. I'm sure more candles & table lamps will be purchased as well.
It's late and we just got everything set-up - my house is a wreck due to all the rearranging. I promise to post pictures of everything tomorrow.
Hope you all had a great Saturday as well! Hopefully yours was a little less expensive than mine!