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  1. Airbnb at IKEA: The ultimate sleepover

    Inner city living' accommodation at Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com.

    When you were little, did you ever wonder what it would be like to get locked up in a shop for the night? On Sunday night here in Sydney, three families did exactly that at IKEA’s Tempe store. Can you imagine?

    The families applied after spotting a rather unique listing on Airbnb, which apparently caused a bit of a stir around the world.

    Now if we were having a sleepover at IKEA… well, I can just about hear the sound of neurons firing in my three-year-old son’s mind. As some of you already know, we’re currently renovating our home, and we’ve spent quite a bit of time at the big blue box. And Mister 3 is rather fond of IKEA. Loves it, in fact. I think the cinnamon buns might have something to do with it. That, and the opportunity to explore a plethora of what he considers play houses, complete with opening drawers, swings and sofas he can sit on! Excitement!

    But back to Sunday night, where I had the opportunity to do a bit of exploring myself. Three different “homes” with their own unique style and themes were created within the Tempe showroom. IKEA’s interior design experts worked on the rooms, which were themed ‘Rustic Charm’, ‘Modern Elegance’ and, with the help of Bondi-based Airbnb host Claire Ferguson, ‘Inner City Living’.

    Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com

    The ‘Rustic Charm’ bedroom at Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    The 'Modern Elegance' bedroom at Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com.

    The ‘Modern Elegance’ bedroom at Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    Styling the 'inner city chic' accommodation at Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com

    Airbnb host Claire Ferguson styling the ‘inner city chic’ accommodation at Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    The 'Modern Elegance' bedroom at Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com.

    The ‘Modern Elegance’ bedroom at Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    I loved the children’s ‘outdoor’ tent set up, complete with with candlelit lanterns, mosquito nets and a teddy bear. I also had a snoop inside the families’ welcome baskets, which included slippers, a torch and dressing gown. A beautifully-decorated long dinner table was set up in the middle of the aisle, awaiting the arrival of a traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord (and yes, meatballs and salmon were on the menu).

    The kids' quarters at Airbnb at IKEA Tempe via WeeBirdy.com

    The kids’ quarters at Airbnb at IKEA Tempe. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    The dinner table setting for Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com

    The dinner table setting for Airbnb at IKEA. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    In the morning, the families were woken by puppies jumping on the duvet, a string orchestra and a gourmet breakfast in bed. According to a national survey, these are the top three ways Australians would like to be woken up. Puppies! Violins! Breakfast in bed! Sounds good to me.

    Waking up to puppies in bed at Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com

    Waking up to puppies in bed at Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    Airbnb at IKEA, via WeeBirdy.com

    A string orchestra for breakfast, please. Airbnb at IKEA. Photography courtesy of IKEA.

    Tell me: would you fancy a sleepover at IKEA?

    • Jenbug

      Looks like fun – though not sure I’d get much sleep! Puppies!? My son would have loved that!!

      • weebirdy

        Puppies! So crazy! So cute!

    • Peta Dewar

      Yes I always wanted to get stuck in IKEA for the night! Not sure my hubby would be up for it but we would have a great time!

      • weebirdy

        So much fun. I don’t think my husband would fancy it much, either. X

    • CateB

      Wow! Ikea should run a side-line in sleep-overs. My youngest would have loved it too. He liked being let loose in the ball pit and still points out the cheap ice-cream cones as we wait in the check-out (he’s now ahem a bit older). I’m with Peta though. I think my husband would rather stick pins in his eyes….

      • weebirdy

        Lol! Great idea… kids parties and sleepovers! X

    • S Norris

      The puppy family looks happy, and like they’ve won a great prize.

      The orchestra family have definitely pulled the short straw here. The adults look bemused, and the kid looks sooooo sulky. Lol.

    • http://www.gemmajones.net Gemma

      I like the stats on how people like to be woken up! Personally, I like the smell of coffee, the chirping of birds and kissing