A COUPLE are filling their new home with carefully-selected items from a little shop called IKEA.
Carolyn and Joe Ryan recently bought their first place and seized the opportunity to make a home that expresses their distinctive passion for pushing a trolley around a maze-like warehouse.
Carolyn Ryan said: “It was exciting to have our own place, where we can express ourselves in exactly the same way that everyone else has.
“Like virtually everyone else on the planet, we bought a couple of Billy bookcases and filled them with books interspersed with randomly placed pots, photo frames and souvenirs.
“All the trinkets really mean something to us – from places like Thailand where loads of people go travelling, or Budapest, where literally everyone we know has been for a weekend bender.”
Joe added: “We stopped short of buying generic IKEA art because, like everyone else, we consider ourselves a little bit more original than that.
“Instead we bought Ikea frames and filled them with the alternative and artfully shot wedding photos that we and everyone else have. The one on the landing is just a close-up of our wedding rings next to Carolyn’s bouquet.
“It’s so us – although of course it could also be anyone.”