Epic Trips: IKEA

EpicChIKEA Field Trip for Ladies

Every now and then, I come up with pretty neat ideas. At the end of 2014, I was lamenting how I don’t have enough shopping buddies for my liking, and how it would be SO AWESOME to take a field trip to stores that I love, and to be able to do it with a BUNCH of people at the same time, while still being able to enjoy the store. We had just moved to Nicholes’ Manor, and all I wanted was a trip to IKEA to make my heart happy. Mr. Houseful is a fan, but he doesn’t consider a day spent there as something as awesome as I do. When I told him about my idea of an IKEA field trip, he looked at me, and gave me his blessing. 

Wait – it probably wasn’t as dramatic as that, but he did look a bit relieved not to have to deal with me in the throes of IKEA. 

The day was fun. It was great. I knew that I wanted it to be Epic – and well, my bloggy friend from Suburban Scrawl, Melisa, came up with the ChIkea part, because no matter what, Chicagoans are always going to be proud of their city. Search the #EpicChIkea hashtag on Instagram, and you’re sure to see tons of greatness! 

As for me, I was there looking for all sorts of things. I finally snagged a cart that I’ve wanted for a while now – the Raskog, and the fact that it’s not $29.99 makes the deal that much sweeter. So naturally, I picked up all three colors. I do have something in mind for my beige Raskog later next month, so be on the lookout for that. However, my teal Raskog cart is already getting a warm welcome in my kitchen, and I still have to figure out the way to best display everything stored on it. I’ve found a loving place for my sets of measuring cups, and I love it. The fact that it rolls around the kitchen, and allows me to not have to constantly open drawers and cabinets makes me happy. 

IKEA Teal Raskog Cart


I’m still looking for the perfect living room set-up, and sometimes, it’s a bit overwhelming to go without something in mind. Our living room currently has the 5×5 Expedit and a leather sofa/chaise/ottoman set that is too big for the room, but would be perfect in our basement for when we entertain throughout the year. I want a family room that feels warm, yet looks open and bright, especially with our dark hardwood. I’m thinking a grey SOMETHING combo. I’ll figure it out soon. Especially since we’ll be painting BEFORE this month is over! 

IKEA Grey/Yellow Living Room Combo


When you plan these things, you invite people that you’ve “met” online before, and who have the same type of home style as you and just happen to be Ann Marie from White House, Black Shutters too. Yes, I know she’s a blogger. Yes, I know this trip wasn’t JUST about bloggers, but it was about connecting, and I’ve admired her for a LONG time. Plus, she has four children (with another on the way) and I think she “gets” me. 


IKEA White House, Black Shutters and Houseful Of Nicholes


There’s a ton more that I can post in regard to IKEA, but I’ll leave you here, because I’m sure to be sharing more about them in the future as I decorate my home. Until then, why not go for a shopping trip today, because it’s the LAST day that you can save 50% on all LED lights in conjunction with donating to the IKEA Foundation. Do it. It will make you feel good. I promise. 

IKEA Foundation


This month’s Epic Trip will be to Cost Plus World Market, and I can’t wait! Be sure to follow on Instagram @NatashaNicholes or #EpicWorldMarket 


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    February 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I love this and it was so fun to watch all of the action on social media. I felt like I was there! I found some really cute stuff I didn’t even know IKEA had. World Market is going to be a fun one! What a great idea!

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    February 17, 2015 at 12:45 am

    You ladies look like you had a blast! IKEA is my happy place too. I loved seeing you have a great time with your local friends, and I can’t wait to see where your next field trip will take you.

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    Notorious Spinks
    February 17, 2015 at 2:23 am

    This is awesome. Ikea is slated to open their first store in Tennessee in Memphis next fall. I can’t wait for this awesomeness. I’ll def make my way to the Chi this spring for one of your trips. So excited.

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    February 17, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I can’t wait for IKEA to open here. This looks like too much fun.

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    February 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

    It was really fun to follow along as you all went on your trip! Looking forward to many more (although my pockets aren’t!).

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    February 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I had a great time! Wish I could do the next trip with you all, but I’ll be thinking of you from home! xoxo

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