In other words: IKEA.
I first heard about IKEA when I lived in New York for grad school. My Australian apartment-mate (who later turned out to be a teeny-tiny bit psycho--no offense to the relatively normal Aussie population) basically outfitted her entire share of our apartment with IKEA. For under $500, she got a cute little loveseat, a bed, and a folding dining table and chairs. Well... I was in serious need of a bookshelf (being a grad student, and all) so I ordered a SVEN bookcase. They no longer make SVEN--FJUS is the closest thing they have now--but let me tell you it was a student's dream. $29 plus shipping. Seven feet tall. Strong. Basically a collection of raw lumber organized into a shelving unit, but it was awesome. And I was hooked.
From there I moved to Colorado--which has no IKEA, can you believe it?--and Missouri--of course they don't have an IKEA. Then, finally, to Texas. I furnished my bedroom and office entirely in IKEA.
When I went--oh-so-briefly--to grad school in Boston, I got a nightstand and bookshelves for my dorm room.
Now that I'm back in Texas, my apartment is--of course--a living breathing ad for IKEA. (And will be even more so when I get the rest of my shopping list!) So far, I have a dining table, six chairs, dresser, mattress, and nightstand for around $400. Can't beat that. Plus, like those other Swedish exports, Saab and Volvo, it's stylish and built to last.
Dish. Do you have any secret (or not-so-secret) sources for affordable, stylish stuff for your home or bedroom?
OH. MY. GODS. (Dutton) May 2008
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