By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by IKEA)
Your home has a special identity that says “You live here!” The new Swedish Ikea Department Store offers help in decorating, cooking, tips for planning your kitchen, bathroom and every room in your home. They say “Make it feel like home”!
With the IKEA Home Planner you can plan and design your kitchen, bathroom or your office. They, “Draw it, build it and get a full 3D view of your new space. Also switch easily between 3D and floor plan view.
Become your own kitchen designer. Thanks to Ikea’s easy-to-use software, you can choose cabinets, doors, and appliances to fit the exact measurements of your kitchen.
Whether you wish modern, contemporary or something different, there’s a great selection of styles and designs in all Ikea’s departments. You’ll find indoor, outdoor furniture for home, office or business.
It is rare to see home, business and office in the same store. You will see back to school ideas for kids and a safe place to have your kids enjoy while you are shopping.
Libertad worked as an Interior Designer at Ikea for five years. She is knowledgeable about cooking, dining, kitchens and all that you will need.
Libertad explained, “I think of the kitchen island as the heart of our home – everything happens around it. Our kitchen isn’t huge, so we chose to add an island because it can have so many different uses: it’s an additional worktop, as well as a breakfast bar, and a drinks station when we have friends over! It means whoever’s cooking isn’t left on their own, as there’s plenty of space for everyone to gather around.
My partner, Rober does most of the cooking, so when I was planning our kitchen he asked me to put the drawers for frying pans, spices and cooking utensils right next to the stove. That way you can see everything you need while you’re cooking, and you don’t need to step away from the stove whenever you need to add a little more pepper!
Libertad explains how to design your kitchen, “Once you’ve decided where everything should be, think about the sorts of materials you want in your kitchen. Of course they have to be easy to clean, but they also need to fit in with your personal style – the kitchen shouldn’t just be about function! We chose clean, white cabinets and added personality with open shelving.”
All of Ikea’s online products are delivered directly from their Distribution Center to your home, it is not possible to collect online purchases from store.
I was impressed seeing the wide variety of stock, the exciting displays and all of the services Ikea provides.