Recently I received the IKEA magazine in the mail. It had 376 pages and I was mortified to open it. I've heard that IKEA has a cult like following. People can't seem to get enough of the DIY furniture and mass produced accessories. The things I've seen in the TV ads seem nice enough but there is something about the store that rubs me the wrong way. I don't know if its all the faux finishes or the fact that my furniture would come in a flat box requiring me to actually use a screw driver to put it together. It may also be the fact that some stores have cafes and other kinds of entertainment in the building. The whole set up of the store seems to be pushing people to load up their homes with useless junk simply because after three hours in a furniture store they simply can't walk out empty handed.
IKEA is not for me. I want my furniture brought in by professional furniture deliverers (PFD, I think I will start spreading that acronym.) PFDs who will move my furniture as many times as I ask and they will smile while they do it. If I don't like the new furniture after a week I can call them back and they will remove it (for a small restocking fee, of course.) If I want coffee and a scone I'll go to a cafe, sans furniture. If I want furniture, I know I won't find it in the 376 pages of glossy images that I promptly threw in the trash.