Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. And it couldn’t be truer in the case of furnishing our home.
Do you know how tough it is for a young couple with a limited budget to find something that fits their style without breaking the bank in a country that’s all about appearances and what’s more expensive and fits with a specific attitude on decor? I’ll make it easier for you- it’s impossible!
Especially when you’ve spent your whole life hearing the magical four-letter word uttered around you at every occasion: IKEA. So you know the solution is out there, you just can’t get it because the store simply does not exist in this country. Guess the industry was scared of a bit of tough competition.
Well, today, I spent the better part of my morning on Viber with the fiance, who is away for the weekend, picking out curtains and lighting fixtures for our home- because he happens to be in a country with the magical IKEA.
The last time he was there, I sent him with an infamous 10 page list for all my kitchen items (my reasoning: you want me to cook, get these things). This time, due to time constraints, I didn’t do that- but I kind of sorta wanted to.
I think the people behind IKEA understand that there a lot of people in our situation, so they’ve brilliantly put up their entire collection online. As I was talking to Ahmad, I had the website open in front of me and was browsing according to the section he was in.
Our conversation went something like this: he would give me the product name, spelling it (because who can actually know these things?), I’d look it up,and then we’d have a discussion if it fits in our home and where. Or I would suggest something I saw online and we’d go through the process.
If I wasn’t sold on something, I’d ask him to send me a picture of it to see how it looks, so I can also envision it in the space. We also had to account for it being able to fit in his luggage, so a lot of the fixtures with shades had to be a no-go. Too bad.
How I wish we could just do that. It would also spare me trying to find single-seats for the living room because of the amazing collection IKEA has.
Of course, because the internet sucks, the majority of the conversation was screaming to the other end CAN YOU HEAR ME? ALLO ALLO ALLO? I’M STILL HERE.
Guys, you have one of two solutions: either let us have IKEA here or improve the internet.
Because you know, I’m not paying 100 US dollars for ONE curtain because it’s from a French named department store here in Beirut. I much rather prefer the Swedes, their meatballs, and their sensibility.