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Hattie

You may be surprised to learn that I love love love Ikea. The first one outside of Sweden opened in the early 70s in Switzerland. Finally we could afford home furnishings that were nice without being ridiculously expensive. And we were a little nuclear family, too, like the one on the sign! We needed kiddie beds and bedding, rugs, lamps, etc. etc. And bookcases!
I do think, though, that you may have been stuck in a mega-Ikea. I was in one like that in Portland that sounds like the one you describe.
Don't ever go there for a shopping experience! Browse the catalog, go for what you want and get out. And be sure to buy one of their huge bargain carrier bags. I use them all the time.

Thequeen

Hattie - I am surprised. Is it good quality and cheap or white painted chipboard?

Hattie

When they started out their materials and manufacture were all in Sweden. We still have things we bought from them in the early
70s. It's pine furniture, not at all fancy. What I like now are their lamps and picture frames and table runners and napkins and so on. Simple, colorful things. And they have nice kitchen gadgets, too.
We did get a very comfortable bed and couch for our condo and a glass topped table to use as a dining table.
I don't think Ikea stuff blends well with traditional American furniture.

Thequeen

Hattie - Youre right, I think you'd have to go all ikea, all through the house.

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