Perhaps Sweden’s most famous export, Ikea is quite well known in Canada despite have comparatively few stores. If you want to take advantage of their stylish, but affordable furniture, you may have to go for a fairly long drive should you wish to experience the place (and the meatballs) in person.
That is changing. It was announced recently that the company will be expanding by 100%. There are only 12 full size Ikea outlets in the country and the hope is to have 24 by 2025. There are also smaller pick-up and order stores (six to date), and nine collection locations. Read more about it here.
When it comes to practical and affordable furniture, Ikea is hard to beat and a godsend for students or couples on a budget. Though, if like me, you are not great at assembling things, Ikea can be a bit of a nightmare (but that is what friends are for!).
This news got me thinking about my own furnishing goals going forward. I have tried to be stylish and up to date in my choices, but money is far from unlimited, so there has been some compromise. As I get older, functionality has been trumping style and I also don’t worry so much about what other people think.
The one noticeable issue is the “mutt” nature of everything. There is no consistent design motif. A bit of this and a bit of that. However, no one has ever said anything to me about it, so I am just being hard on myself for no reason. At this stage in life, I am thinking more about how to better balance my savings so that I can hopefully retire in my sixties. However, if I can find a job that is creative and rewarding, working into old age would not be so bad at all.
In the meantime, my home furnishings have my own unique creative sense, if nothing else.