I'm not saying the Swedish giant is bad; it serves a purpose for those of us twenty-somethings with limited funds. Adam and I have items from the Big Blue Box that we intend to keep, like this. But with spring here, I am really itching to purge the chaff, the not-quite-right, the placeholders, for more lasting pieces.
For example, I recently replaced this much-touted desk that just wasn't quite me:
(via West Elm)
...with this, a Connecticut Craigslist find (purchased for only $50!):