And I'm quite surprised at myself. I lived in Scandinavia - homeland of clean simple design - and I was blissfully ignorant the whole time. huh.
In addition to my awaking with Ikea, the whole point of this past weekend's trip to the southern half of the state was for a wedding shower. It was for Rick's cousin, Erin whose wedding I will be in next fall. If her shower is any indication of how all showers go, I think everyone should have one whether you are actually getting married or not because the amount of loot that people are willing to wrap for you is astounding.
Need towels? Check! and in every shade you asked for. Dishes? A full set plus the matching casserole dish that you will only ever use once a year (probably for the soupy green beans at Thanksgiving). How about linens?! For the bedroom and for the dining table at that!
I would have to say the although Erin and Mike are starting from scratch, they are well on their way to a nicely furnished household. Good hearts included.