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Monday, July 25, 2011

Designerds hit IKEA

A cart full of loveliness.

Saturday, the ever fabulous Jamie Foley of Jamie Foley Interiors gave me the greatest gift a friend can share (besides a kidney or bone marrow) - an invitation to shop the new Denver IKEA five days before it officially opens. She was the holder of the Golden Ticket, a pass to bring a carload of her nearest and dearest to IKEA's Family and Friends Event. That's Jamie above with her lovely Mamaleh.

 Sheeple drawn to bright shiny things.

Denver's IKEA is the second largest in the US. Local officials are so concerned about the traffic impact during the store's first week that vehicles on nearby freeway exits and surface streets will be rerouted. A wise decision given the crowds we saw Saturday at the "restricted" event.

The marvelous Martha helping me select a hide.

Jamie and I have been planning our first visit for months. Once we battled our way in, we were treated to the magical visual merchandising talents of her friend Samantha (procurer of the Golden Ticket). I have two bathrooms and a kitchen to renovate in the next couple of years, so the inspirational vignettes were like catnip to me. My budget allowed for three stuffed animals for The Pea and one sexyass cowhide rug for Mama.

Et voilà! Resting under my living room coffee table.

While running errands today, I drove by IKEA and over 100 people were camped out waiting for the store to officially open Wednesday morning. And by "camped out," I mean tents were up and people were wandering the parking area aimlessly. IKEA is promising free sofas and chairs for the first folks through the doors. Peoples is cra-zay.

25 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh sweet Jeezus your living room....it is and will always be, in a word, perfection.
Mamma mia, IKEA...Nice skins.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

ModernSauce said...

If I ever happen to get to the Denver area (ahem...) I'll gladly split a cinnamon roll with you. Or a dozen... ; )

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

When Ikea came to Charlotte traffic was backed up the entire day. Like hours waiting to get it. I still didnt make it to IKEA until months later.

But oh the thrill


Rashon

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Your living room is so delish!!! How fun not to have to be in Ikea when it first opens to the masses...that is hell by anyone's defination...yep your friend is the best!

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Insanity. Glad to see your store had light, solid hides. The Houston location only had the Holsteins.

Jessie said...

Lucky girl! Yes, people will do crazy things for freebies. Love your living room, by the way, it's beaming with personality and fabulousness! By the way, I am having a giveaway, so don't forget to enter!

http://www.mixandchic.com/2011/07/giveaway-samantha-kay-jewelry.html

Jessie

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

Being surrounded by Ikea furniture & packed crowds would not make me a very nice person= my version of hell.My elbows would be out.

Felicity said...

My closest Ikea is three hours drive away so there's no risk of me becoming a sheeple {love that word} but it also means that there's no chance of me getting a snapping hot hide like the one you slung so elegantly under your coffee table....deep sigh.

Loving your work Ms Clever!

xx Felicity

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

Good lawd! Your living room is effing bomb!

Martha K said...

'twas a dandy day, was it not? Glad it had nothing to do with camping - on asphalt, with your neighbor a foot away, for two days, in 90+ degree heat.

David said...

Our first Trader Joe's just opened and it's been a similar traffic snafu.

The cheese and bottle of cava we bought were pretty good, but not nearly as good as your hide.

Marzz said...

LOOOOOVE the living room! the mirror, the zebra print...can you decorate my place? and bring your golden ticket :)

Raina Cox said...

Alcira, Acanthus and Acorn, Jessie, Felicity, Julie and Marzz - Thanks so much, you Gorgeous People, for all of the compliments!

Martha K - You de-lurked!!!

Margaret said...

In the late 80s, as a young mom, I would walk to the mall with my preschool son, stopping into IKEA for lunch after browsing. Back then, I had "endless window-shopping money" but on retrospect, was rich beyond truth by those moments with my son. Today, the same IKEA is a 1.5 hour drive away, my son is grown, and lives 1.5 miles away from me, and still fill my "endless money online shopping cart" with IKEA's continual line of goodies.

LOVE your LR, Raina! Who knew? Snark, snark, snort!

Ann said...

The opening of the Atlanta Ikea was INSANITY so I can image what you guys were going through. I was in Denver in May and actually saw the building--so excited for you guys!

Interior Design Musings said...

Raina,
It seems like forever since you have posted pics of your fabulous pad! Loving the artwork on the mirrored wall and all the moorish details - lucky you on a the rug score. M.

Appletree said...

gasp! your living room is off the charts. love.
I think the IKEA hype is fun, but now don't ever go there on a weekend, promise? weekday mornings are best.

My Interior Life said...

Peoples IS crazy, that I know. Love your cowhide. I just recently got a mostly-white one and adore it. It looks wonderful in your living room, of course! Can I tell you how jealous I am you have an IKEA! Nashville desperately needs one so I don't have to haul my cookies to Atlanta.

Cathy Wall said...

"Sheeple" I love it!!!! Camping out two days before openning seems a bit extreme....and miserable!
I, like all of the others am loving your LR and all of your earthy touches.
Cathy

Eileen said...

Your living room is stunning--made all the more beautiful by the new hide! (How does Ikea flat-pack sheep?)

A Perfect Gray said...

still crazy about your living room - cow hide or no.

Ajax said...

I go for the swedish meatballs and lingon berry sauce and gravy....holy YUM!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Mama deserves that sexy living room rug in that sexy living room. Outstanding room, Raina!

Lausi said...

As someone from Europe with three IKEA stores all within a one hour's drive, I have to say I don't quite get the hype of people camping outside waiting for it to open ;)

It's really very widespread over here (Germany). Still, a visit to IKEA is always fun and I haven't managed yet to leave this place w/o buying anything.

As for your livingroom: AWESOME! I've been following your blog for quite a while and through your posts have witnessed what a great place you have turned this into ( that goes for everything you did with the house). Your style is so unique and fabulous and like nothing else I've seen on other blogs etc.

Really am a fan of your work (and your writing :)

SHERRY HART said...

Love me some Ikea...can't go on the weekends though here in the ATL cause they bus them in. It is like Cracker Barrel on Sundays for brunch :)