Like many I’m sure, I have mixed feelings about Ikea. There are many things not to like, too much plastic, the whole mass production element, environmentally not so sound (although they claim to be), I could go on. But the thing is, some of the stuff is just so cool and well designed (even if the execution is not so great) that I can’t help being impressed.
I went there today with the children (the first time I’ve ever taken them and they begged me to leave them in the play area – I hadn’t really clocked how child-friendly Ikea is before). I went to get this, (tencil wire for my kitchen curtains) although I knew I may be tempted elsewhere….
I go in resolute not to spend more than $100 as obviously I don’t need anything. I head straight to the market place, the most dangerous area and pick up the wire. Hmmm that fabric looks good, just a metre please, ok and that one and that one too please.
Oh, will you look at that retro green velvet design on those curtains – perfect for my naked lounge windows, I’ll take ‘em.
And so on.
Until I end up spending just over $200. But, (that’s a shopping BUT) in my defense, I do actually need curtains for my living room and I do actually need a frame for the imminent arrival of something from here.