To say that I am thrilled that they have finally broken ground for IKEA (Fishers) is the biggest understatement of the year. I’m sure most of you Hoosiers can agree that we have waited for an IKEA for far too long. Even though we are still a year out from the estimated opening date (fall 2017).. I can’t help but think of all the things I want to pick up for my home. I can’t wait to actually be able to drive less than 20 minutes and look at these in person!!
IKEA was a godsend when I moved out to LA with nothing but a few suitcases full of clothing. Where to even begin? Here are a few items I’ve picked up over the years that have stood the test of time.
- Lighting Fixtures – HUGE fan of changing up the lighting in a room. When I moved into my current space, the kitchen only had one drop down lighting fixture. I mean, this was a sad light. I wasn’t even looking for anything specific when this one popped out at me. It was very easy to install. Almost every person who steps into the kitchen comments on it! Great conversation piece. Fun tip… besides wall art, changing the lighting fixtures in an apartment can make it feel more your own. ÄLVSBYN is currently listed at $79.99
- Kitchen Storage – I know bar carts are very in right now, but I am all about the kitchen storage. Many of the houses in the Butler-Tarkington area are ADORABLE, charming, and have teeny tiny kitchens. I have a big kitchen for an apartment, but I am lacking storage space. Whoever designed the cabinets in my kitchen must have been a giant because I can only reach the first shelf! Not to mention, my drawers are so skinny that I haven’t been able to find a utensil separator that fits. My original visit to IKEA was to find a kitchen cart similar to the one below. I put my snacks on the top part, use the drawer for my cutting boards, and put bowls and food storage containers on the bottom shelf. Mine is a little different than this one, and I might need to invest in a new one because I love the look of the stainless steel. GRUNDTAL kitchen cart – $149.99
- Tool Kit – This is a basic tool kit that is a necessity in every home. This also makes a great gift for a college student who might need a hammer or screw driver in a pinch! FIXA 17-piece tool kid – $7.99
- Cooking Utensils – IKEA offers many of these. Now, if you are a chef you definitely want to invest in something nicer. For the average cook who needs just a few utensils to cook with… This is the way to go. The cheapest set starts at $.79! Yes, just 79 cents! I’ve been using these for about two years now and they have held up well. When the new IKEA opens in Fishers, I plan on adding to my collection. AKUT – 3 Piece Kitchen Set – $.79
5. Place card holders – OK, I might be a bit biased but I think these are adorable. Having friends and family over for the holidays? Why not go all out and set a beautiful table, complete with these Christmas ball place holders? They would make the perfect addition in my household. 2 pack for $5.99 – VINTER 2016
Has anyone ever bought furniture from IKEA? I’ve heard mixed reviews… would love to know your thoughts. Let us begin the countdown for the Indy store to open!