It seemed like the countdown to the new Fishers IKEA would never end–it’s been in the news for a year–but we’re now only days away from the official opening of the first IKEA store in Indiana and the 45th store in the U.S. I no longer need to drive a couple hours to Cinci or Chi-town to snack on those famous Swedish meatballs and pick up some modern housewares for our apartment. (Too bad my husband doesn’t share my enthusiasm for home decor!)
My favorite part of IKEA (other than stuffing my face with meatballs) is simply walking through the dozens of designed room replicas and jotting down ideas I can take back to my own home. Follow along the store’s linear path–no worries, there are signs hanging from the ceiling directing you where to go–to catch the room replicas’ witty statements. Looking for design inspo? Room sizes (some smaller than 400 square feet!) are posted for each room module, as well as a list of what items are included and the total price to bring a similar look to your space.
Our IKEA tour guide emphasized that the store’s displays are meant to show widely different design styles, and that’s what we saw: one bright yellow and casual, another more formal with soft neutrals, yet another with dark, rich colors and Turkish rugs. It makes it easy to then find the pieces and styles that stand out to you. Below are a few of the items and settings that caught my eye.
Noteworthy sections of the new IKEA: an area of pet-related goods (reflective collars, scratching posts, food bowls, etc.), something that’s rolling out to other IKEAs as well; a kids’ play area with ball pit; and a self-serve fabric cutting station.
Also, for all of you parents out there, check out the children’s section of the store for stuffed animals, circus tent-shaped hideaways and fun Halloween costumes.
THE INDY CONNECTION
Brittney Mason (my pinch-hitting OOTD photographer at IKEA), The Pretty Plus
Jeanine Bobenmoyer, The CityMoms’ “How to Shop IKEA with Kids” guide
Georgia Merki, More Like Home
Susan Baroncini-Moe, SusanB.TV
Lindsay Flegge, The Love Bungalow
Cathy Cross-Eddington, Cathy’s Voice