Now, I won't claim that my life is very exciting, but IKEA? Now that is exciting! When I had the chance with work to visit IKEA, I jumped at the chance. Then I jumped into a van and headed off to Birmingham with my trusty companions.
Now, if none of you know what IKEA is, well, it's the homeware heaven for all of you out there, like me, who sit and dream of your perfect home. I swear that I spend all of my money on housewares and cosmetics. IKEA has all of it's furniture laid out like an already made home, and it feels as if you are wandering through someone else's home, and it is so big that you need a map to get around.
So, in my excitement I took hundreds of photos and I thought I would share it with you.
The weather was gorgeous, and even though we were on the motorway, I still enjoyed the journey. Of course there was the obligatory funny selfie moment, where I decided to document us all, and the fun that we were having in traffic.
We stumbled across this building, which fascinated me! It looks like a giant Rubix cube, and trust me, the photo does not show how big it is.
Then finally, after around an hour and a half, we arrived. Excuse the dodgy photo but it was through a van window (as I was excited and for some silly reason, I forgot to take a photo of it on the way in).
We arrived around lunchtime, and if any of you know about IKEA, the meatballs are famous. I didn't know this until I entered this massive eating hall full of tables, food and children covered in face paint from the overly friendly yellow and blue covered IKEA assistants. Upon grabbing a tray and queuing for the food, I realised why they are famous.
This, believe it or not, is a small portion. Geran had a large, and he had to use separate plates to have it all on his tray. I can't tell you how gorgeous this tasted, and even though it looks slightly strange, I can promise you that they are famous for a reason.
Now as there were no labels, or descriptions, I had no idea what desert I was choosing but I thought that chocolate was a safe bet. I couldn't be more right, as this chocolatey, creamy, crunchy goodness caused me to dribble after one bite. Geran's however, was not a safe bet.
Now we had not a clue what this was, but Geran is the biggest oddball, and of course chose this one. This dome was full of a light, fluffy cream that had hints of lemon with a little biscuit base. It reminded me of a tea cake, but swedish. It was amazing.
Now after food, we decided to go through all the ready made up rooms that they had, and I spent the entire time just dreaming, and wishing that all of these rooms were mine, and swearing to Geran that we will have a place like this. I may, or may not have tried to live in one of the rooms and got dragged out by Geran laughing. Here are some of my favourites - Have a flick through!
IKEA, being so well known, relies on the quality of their furniture so much so that they have a butt test. Oh yes, this machine you can see below "sits" on the chair hundreds of times a day to guarantee that the sofa will last. Which, of course I found hilarious.
Then once again, I found something else that made me cry with laughter. These mirrors reminded me of the hall of mirrors in fairgrounds and I stood giggling to everyone else's bemusement.
I of course could not resist buying some furniture and home items, so I will have a mini haul up soon with what I bought.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed looking around IKEA with me! What was your favourite room?