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Get the Scoop on IKEA’s New Concept Stores

IKEA shoppers, rejoice: The mega flat-box furniture retailer is coming to a city near you (well, maybe). Last week IKEA Canada president Stefan Sjöstrand revealed to the Toronto Star their plans to open smaller versions of their massive stores in late 2015, starting with Ontario.“If we see that it is a good thing, we will roll it out [elsewhere],” he continued, “If it’s not working, then we will have to try something else.”


When it comes to IKEA, of course, small is relative. The “mini” stores will hover somewhere around the 20,000-square-foot mark. While a 12th of a full-size store does sound minuscule, it is still equal to about half the size of your average grocery store. So, what can you expect to see from these wee stores? IKEA’s plan is to have them act as pick-up locations, where items are delivered for a flat rate of $80, which is ultimately cheaper than having items shipped directly to your house. The mini-IKEAs will also feature a selection of furniture, displays and decor customized to the location. Basically, you can expect to spend a lot less time browsing the 20 million different types of lamps. But fear not — there will be plenty of tablets available to shop for your must-have IKEA products online.

IKEA is following in the footsteps of corporate favorites like Target and most recently Whole Foods in catering to the millennial market with these new concept stores. It’s a smart move for IKEA, seeing as their target consumer is a mix of Gen X and millennials, most of whom live in urban areas. But the real question on everyone’s mind is: Will the mini stores serve those delicious cinnamon rolls and soft serve cones? We hope the answer is yes.

Are you excited about this new IKEA concept store, and, more importantly, will YOU shop there? Tell us in the comments!

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*