Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lazy Saturday = IKEA Trip = Flat Screen TV

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!

20 comments:

Tiffany said...

I have never been to ikea but we have 4 big flat screen tv's...

Do you have a gordman's where you live...? I love that place...

I to love candles... where I live theres a candle outlet that sells candles that have a little pink in the yellow or something small like that for $1.50... you can't tell it but they just can't put it in stores for sale...

I believe you would love that place

Kelsey Claire said...

That is so exciting! I haven't gone to Ikea in a long time, but I am thinking I need to make another trip! Especially if I end up with a flat screen!

J-ezzy said...

I'm lucky enough to have been to Ikea a million times, I adore their store! Practically everything I own is from there! My hubby bought me a 50 inch plasma just a couple months ago, it's lovely. I too have a DLP, 72 inch in the living room, it's a bit big in the back , but it's doing the job :)

Congrats on the new purchases and for visiting IKEA for the first time! There's a first for everything :) I'm sure it won't be your last!!

Stacey said...

What are you doing with the other TV? It's a little big for the bedroom. Call me before you sell!

Stacey said...

Yes the thought - "You married your father" does come to mind, but then again, you acted just like your mother! HA HA!!!

Ashley said...

I l-o-v-e IKEA!

Shannon O said...

Me: If you're getting a flat screen, I'm getting lots of candles & picture frames....

That sounds just like us! Except it's of YOU'RE getting that new watch then I'm getting a new purse. :)-Shannon O.

Mrs P said...

Never in my life have I heard someone refer to IKEA as cheap, they're usually way expensive, maybe they've changed their deal... maybe I need to go... maybe soon. hahaha. Hooray for the tv, that's what we have too and I looove it!!! Sounds like a fun and productive shopping trip, woop woop!

Tori and Chad said...

We just went to the Ikea near DC and it was a little disappointing. However, we did get the exact same wok! And even though wok's are supposed to be for more Asian-type foods, it's great for cooking Mexican food too!

I think next time I may hit up your area. But my first IKEA trip was just like yours - I couldn't even figure out where to start.

Kassie said...

Too funny! I love IKEA--you can get lost in that place forever. They just built one down the street from me...very dangerous. :)

Tess said...

I feel like my husband might have something to do with this TV purchase. As I sit here reading your blog he is standing over my shoulder going "Yes! Steven! Yes!" and recounting the TV conversation all the guys had last week. Congratulations! Now we HAVE to come over! TV will never be the same again. :)

Southern Cinderella said...

I have always wanted to go to an IKEA!! I'm sure it was a blast! I love how you two compromised :)

d.a.r. said...

Fabulous!!! What a deal :)

Leesie said...

I love Ikea, sometimes I go online and fill my computer cart up and never check out lol. I haven't physically been to a store in a long time, but this post made me want to run out right away.

Ms. P said...

Eee sounds exciting!! And good compromise ;)

Katie F said...

I love Ikea too!! And how did you figure out the 3 column template. Everytime I try it I screw up my blog!! Enlighten me hehe
P.S. Channing Pics are up on my blog

Ashley Carole said...

I love IKEA! Charlotte's IKEA is the closest one to me and I have not been in years! That place is amazing and I can totally see making an excuse to buy almost anything in that store!

Tiffany said...

yeah, if someone broke into our house they would hit the jackpot...

Scotty also owns ever game system ever made... I don't know how we ended up getting so many...

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

I have yet to visit an Ikea, and I WANT TO. The closest one to me is about 3 hours, but a girlfriend and I have made a plan to go sometime before spring!
Glad you found some great stuff! :)

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