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To Ikea and Beyond.

I love firsts.

First dates, that first cup of coffee in the morning, those first moments when you walk into a Forever 21…am I right?!

Anyways, I could go on but I’ll stop.

So I had a first time experience today.

Those are always so fun when they happen.

When classes got out, I hopped in my favorite roommates truck with one of my friends and we went on an adventure.

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The sun was shining, windows rolled down, music was loud and I couldn’t be more happy it’s now the weekend.

Now take a second and imagine with me the mecca of all home good stores.

Got a picture in mind?

Well…Ikea is probably better than what you are imagining.

Unless you were imaging Ikea, then you win.

To say I was excited as we were nearing the entrance is an understatement.

So of course I had to be that girl and get a picture of me in front of Ikea.

Total tourist.

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There I am. Starbucks in hand. Thumbs up. Not knowing what I was about to get myself into.

So naturally my next move was to document myself getting closer to the entrance. Stay with me here.

I was about to get my Interior on.

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Rooms.

Rooms on rooms on rooms.

Fully decorated to the T with all the things your little heart could imagine.

It was like I was in a life size doll house walking through different scenes.

I felt different emotions and had different first impressions with each new room that we came across.

Some I immediately fell in love with and others I had to look closer to find all the hidden things that were in the book shelves or on the tables that gave it character.

But I thought, what an awesome idea.

To have already set up bedrooms, kitchens, kids rooms, bathrooms, living rooms…it allows the customer to really get a feel for what the room would look like if they were to purchase certain items. Or if they just wanted to go ahead and purchase the whole room.

I mean why not just purchase the whole room. Ha. Just kidding. Kind of.

You can actually interact with the set up spaces and walk around in them and experience what it might be like to live in something like that.

It’s a great selling technique and really takes Ikea to a whole other level of customer service.

What better way to help a customer out with your product then to have it all already laid out in front of them.

I wonder what it would be like to work in a place like that.

I could see myself getting overwhelmed.

I could also see myself not having a paycheck because it would all be spent on homey stuff. I don’t even know if “homey” is really a word.

Anyways, enough talking. Here comes the fun part.

I took a few pictures. A few too many maybe. But I am going to just share with you some of my favorites.

I narrowed them down a bit.

My favorite room setups and other random finds.

Just click on them to make them bigger.

Hope you enjoy.

Bedrooms.

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Kitchens.

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Living spaces.

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Some random/ fun to look at stuff.

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So I hope you feel inspired after looking at all my pictures.

Also thank you for taking the time to look at all my pictures.

Now I mean, there was no way I was making it out of there without purchasing a few fun items.

So here they are:

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Delicate and feminine little nick knacks.

Did I mention that Ikea is inexpensive.

Both a blessing and a curse to a college student like myself.

I mean I may or may not go back.

This is the end of my Ikea adventures.

For now.

I couldn’t tell you why it took me 22 years to finally make it into one.

Have a lovely Friday night friends.

Stay safe and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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Mean Muggin Monday Muse.

Meet my friend Hannah Bottino.

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She is totally talented and absolutely adorable.

She has a heart for Jesus and an eye for art.

Her drawing skills are incredible and something that should be shared.

So here I am, sharing her with you all.

You’re welcome.

Hannah draws on mugs.

To put it simply.

But they are so creative and super unique.

As an avid coffee drinker *slash* border line coffee addict myself, I appreciate a good mug.

And Hannah’s mugs are sure to not disappoint.

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She draws on the mugs with a  magic ceramic pen

Then she lets then sit for 8 hours.

After that she bakes them in her household oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

and viola!!

The magic is all in the mug.

She is open to ideas and enjoys making custom mugs for friends, family and those out of state wanting to have a delightful cup of coffee in a delightful mug.

She was telling me “Grumpy Cat” seems to have been on popular demand, but she also had mugs that ranged from song lyrics, to verses, to literally anything anyone could think up.

Too perfect.

The mugs can be found at nearly all the local coffee shops around my home town area.

Take a look.

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This girl has a good thing going.

God sure has blessed this girl with a fabulous talent and gift that she can share.
Her dreams are to go to art school in London…yeah I said London.

This girl is too major.

She wants to study illustration and pursue her dreams as an artist.

I wish her all the luck in the world.

Hannah not only has a gift with a pen, but she has a lovely style all her own.

I had to take a few pictures of the artist herself.

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She looked fresh in a white sweater and brought the glam with gold accessories and studded bracelet,
and completed the look with classic brown Vans.

She is so bohemian and Free People inspired.

This girl wore a flower crown to her prom.

I applaud her.

Not yet out of high school, and I already know this girl is going places.

I am blessed to know her and had the best time talking with her over coffee (of course) chatting about life, love, God, and what the future holds for us.

Be sure to check out her Facebook page for her mugs!!

https://www.facebook.com/Bottino.Mugs?fref=ts 

Do it!!

Place an order today.

I’ll leave you with her words to live by:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

So you’ve all been officially mugged.

I mean in the best way of course.

Have a happy Monday people.

Go search for inspiration and things of that nature..

XOXO

Anna

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