Okay, okay--I've only been once. But I already know the brand inside and out thanks to Estée and Aslan's vlogs; they take obsession to a whole new level.
So, I may have just stepped into the blue and yellow clad store, complete with its own line of flags (are you sure this isn't a country?) and a marketplace section that even had both my mom and I throwing all caution to the wind (i.e. ignoring the prices). But, let me tell you, souls with an induced anxiety when it comes to the dollars inside your wallet, Ikea is the home place for you.
So, my journey--and this one, too--begins in the showroom. There were bedroom spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and offices; then, there were the 'my 300 square foot' home spaces that were replica versions of real people's homes--when can I move out, again?
On the floor underneath was the marketplace; oh, excuse me: The Marketplace. Tons upon tons of dishes, kitchen supplies, pillows, curtains, enough lights to cue a 'am I on the sun' inquisition. My favorite segment? The succulents.
I tested my green thumb in the form of transporting, then caring for an aloe plant two other lotus-like, green blooms. Let's just say that they ended up in the trash (and my green thumb turned more into a sore thumb), but I don't give up. I parted with a jade plant--a long branched and extremely thick, green leaf-clad pot. Jade, please live.
Yet, a close tie to succulents in the department arena is desk supplies. Technically, the Skurar Candle Holder is, as the name suggests, a home for a candle, but, I use it for storing my moisturizer, face masks, oils, etc. Now I'm really stretching the use.
So, you could say that I've fallen head over heels for Ikea; it's European--what did you expect?