I bet most of you know what country this flag is from. Even if you think you don’t know, the second I say it you’ll smack yourself on the forehead and say: “Of course it is!”
So what’s the answer? If you said Sweden, you’d be absolutely correct. And the first place that comes to mind when you’re talking all things Swedish is IKEA. It’s the home of furniture with names like Ektorp, Malm and Karlstad, has instruction manuals with Slots A, B and C and for some reason, flat packs arrive with more screws than you ever need.
My girlfriend and I spent a good 3 hours exploring this Swedish giant today. I picked up a couple of cool prints and frames as well as my first lot of Christmas paraphernalia – and it’s only OCTOBER! That’s early for me.
A must-do for most of my IKEA visits has been a welcome stop at the restaurant. Swedish efficiency at its best. I had my favourite – a plate of Swedish meatballs with mash and gravy – complimented with a little spoonful of cranberry sauce. Yummo. So cheap and very satisfying, filling you up without making you feel bloated afterward. Perfect.
Finally we made it downstairs to where the real business hangs out – the kitchen, glassware and art/framing departments. I could deck out my whole house with stuff from here. Already I can see I’ll need to go back. Heh.
So in keeping with today’s theme, Music for Monday is something Swedish and NO, it’s not ABBA. Think late 80’s. You may remember a duet with a spiky platinum blonde teamed with someone sporting a serious case of 80’s hair – they had a song featured in “Pretty Woman”. Richard Gere’s character is sitting disconsolate in the back of a limo – leaving Julia Roberts behind with a fat wad of money – about to return to his empty, corporate life.
Enjoy your Monday, people xx