But back to IKEA.
After years of shopping here, I have obtained a few rules that keep me sane and relatively focused while I'm in there; (1) do NOT walk through the showroom unless I am looking for furniture (if I even start going through it, I get sucked in by all of the cute room set-ups and get distracted from my ultimate shopping goal), (2) only go there on weeknights, otherwise you will be forever lost in a sea of people and carriages trying to navigate their way through the two-story warehouse maze, and (3) have a list (if I go in there un-armed, I always end up getting things that I don't really need (which is fun sometimes, but costly as well)).
So, based on my rules, I went in last Thursday night with my list:
(1) silver towel rods for the nursery book slings
(2) two frames for DIY nursery artwork
(3) curtains for the guest bedroom
I stuck to my list pretty well, but I also found these as I was heading towards the checkout line:
Knodd Bin w/ Lid), so I also don't want to spend $45 on little bins until I know that I will use them for something in the room. I can definitely see myself using one of them next to the changing table/dresser as a diaper pail (since we didn't register for the diaper genie or anything like that), but I'm not sure what I would use the 2nd one for...or where we would put it. The room is a decent size, but there definitely isn't a lot of unused space left over. I will have to see them in the room (and maybe post some pictures for your opinion) so that I can decide what to keep and what to return. And if you can think of a use for the second one, I'm all ears!!
As far as the rest of the shopping trip goes, these guys ended up in my car as well:
Grundtal Towel Rail - $14.99 (I bought two of them,
but I might only do one book sling considering the space issue in the room....TBD)
Ribba Frames - $9.99 (I bought two of these as well for some
fun DIY artwork in the nursery....more on that later)
Ritva Curtains - $29.99 (I bought two of these too - man, it's like Noah's Ark around here....
for the guest bedroom). I have the white ones in most of my other rooms,
but I went with beige this time around since it goes better with the
color scheme in the room (can't wait to show you)!!
So that's it for my shopping adventure. I managed to make it out of there unharmed and unscathed, but since I have a few returns to make (and potentially more purchases....*ahem* meatballs), I will definitely be back there soon, so I'll update you with that trip as well. Have any of you guys been to IKEA lately? Did you find WAAAY to many cute things to walk away from? Any fun DIY ideas in store for your purchases? I would love to hear all about it. And of course, I will be back with updates for you on the guest bedroom, the nursery progress (including my own DIY projects), and some shower details.