I've been to plenty of furniture stores, but my first trip to IKEA last week was eye-opening. I had been told over and over by friends that I HAVE to try this place, that I'd LOVE it, but I don't have one of these stores nearby, so I never had... until we saw the huge blue building across from Mall of America. Yes, that's a parking garage underneath the building. People around here in Indiana talk about it as if it's Mecca- they are excited to take long trips to the Chicago store to get there to buy everything.
We went to IKEA after the mall, so would have spent more time there had we not already been tired and shopped-out. I loved looking at the innovative furniture designs. I'm a gadget-y and practical type of person, so the creative ideas for saving space that many of the products solved were very cool- and affordable! Unfortunately, I tend to like more of a country-decor and much of the furniture was designed for modern or minimalist apartments, and wouldn't fit in our place. But no less cool! There was some wood kitchen tables, dressers & beds we did like- but we're not in the market for them right now.
What's your favorite part of IKEA?