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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Celebrate Romance in Furnished Fashion

For some, romance is a sturdy new kitchen table. For others, a sturdy new kitchen table is furniture. Either way, the pragmatic and the romantic can be choosy in shopping for home furnishings.

The big upcoming furniture event will be the opening on March 22 of the IKEA for Your Home center, located just outside the Ring Road at the 23rd kilometer of the Leningradskoye Shosse.

Swedish furniture-maker IKEA is known for stylish furniture minus the extravagant price tag. Moscow's IKEA center will sport three model furnished apartments and 52 interiors, all of them put together to reflect the possibilities of small- and mid-sized flats.

For instance, a room set in the now-popular "Japanese style" - which plays white and dark geometrical shapes against each other - includes a medium-sized dinner table for 4,799 rubles ($167), a matching chair for 2,299 rubles ($82), a double bed for 7,819 rubles ($279), an off-white coach for 17,498 rubles ($624), a beige futon for 4,198 rubles ($150), a square table on short legs for 4,819 rubles ($172) and a wardrobe with matte glass doors edged with dark wood for 10,378 rubles ($370).

Add a standard lamp with a cylinder-shaped rice paper lampshade for 2,900 rubles ($103) and your vision of Kyoto on the Moskva is complete. Grand total: either 50,512 rubles (about $1,800) or 37,212 rubles (about $1,330), depending on whether you opt for the couch or the cheaper futon.

But furniture shopping is about foraging far and wide. So don't stop at IKEA - almost next door is Grand, a giant two-story showroom of Russian- and foreign-made furniture that offers a range of prices as broad as the spread between Muscovite pockets - from some 9,000 rubles ($320) for a Soviet-looking couch and armchairs to a five-piece bedroom set in the classic style from the Italian factory Carpanelli going for 901,550 rubles ($32,196).

Grand's first floor includes a sizeable collection of relatively inexpensive made-in-Russia pine furniture that will appeal to customers who don't intend to spend a fortune, including a bedroom set priced at 44,820 rubles ($1,600). Also for those on a budget but with taste there is a cheerful girl's bedroom set of hazel and blue wood, made in Belgium, for 46,866 rubles ($1,675).

Some might wish to move beyond the big showroom floors. This can involve a commitment of more time and money, but can be rewarding.

In some of the smaller furniture salons - three worthy of note are Steals, Finnish Furniture and Abitare-Everything for Your Home - clients can not only choose from the showroom, but also peruse the store's catalog and order direct from a factory.

The simply named Finnish Furniture specializes in, surprise, simply designed Finnish furniture.

Steals sells stylish Italian and German furniture, while Abitare sticks to fancy classic shapes and designs from Italy and Spain.

At Finnish Furniture couches range from $400 to $6,000. The price depends on the manufacturer and the kind of upholstering. An ivory leather couch with two armchairs by Prino is priced at 49,262 rubles ($1,759). An ivory wall unit by Timanti that is topped off with semi-circular bookcases is priced at 101,161 rubles $3,612). A customer willing to wait for two months can get a 10 percent discount by ordering furniture from factory catalogs.

Steals is a paradise for people who like modern, unconventional designs and can afford to pay for them. A '70s styled bed by German factory Ruf runs for 217,047 rubles ($7,751), which is middle-of-the-road for Steals; other beds there range from $3,000 to $13,000.

A hazel-colored made-in-Italy wall unit with matte glass goes for 127,000 rubles ($4,535) and an eccentrically asymmetrical mirror for 9,135 rubles ($326).

Besides big-ticket items, Steals customers can buy clothes hangers, umbrella stands, CD cases and other accessories that will match the rest of the furniture.

Those who prefer curlicues and scrollwork should head to Abitare, where there is ornate furniture imported from Italy and Spain for every ornate taste.

A bedroom set - a double bed with a wicker insert made of palm fiber in its headboard, a four-door medium-brown wardrobe, two night tables and a chest of drawers - sells together for 210,540 rubles ($7,519). It is possible to add more wardrobe doors for about 2,200 rubles ($80) each.

IKEA for Your Home center. Opens March 22. At the 23rd kilometer marker of Leningradskoye Shosse, just outside the Ring Road. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Metro Rechnoi Vokzal, Planernaya. Telephone not yet available.

Grand furniture center, on the Leningradskoye Shosse, 100 meters past the Ring Road. Open daily from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Metro Rechnoi Vokzal. Tel. 575-0027.

Finnish Furniture, 17 Nikitsky Bulvar. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Arbatskaya, Pushkinskaya. Tel. 202-8757.

Steals, 16 Olimpiisky Prospekt, Entrance 9. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Metro Prospekt Mira. Tel. 288-4853/9614.

Abitare-Everything for Your Home, 30 Nakhimovsky Prospekt. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Metro Profsoyuznaya. Tel. 124-2211/1513.