Go straight & feel good about it! Honestly, if I could straighten my hair so easily, I would consider it more often. But my hair takes an hour of flat-ironing (only done once & in a very dry climate) and a boat load of cones to straighten. And people said the same to me: "Wow, it's so pretty, & so looong. But you don't look like you. I like it curly."
To futher our ongoing guano: There's IKEA in Seattle -- 800 miles south of here. I have ordered from them in the past. Things have to be put on a barge & floated up the Inside Passage of Alaska (quite lovely thru the glacier channels & islands) & pretty cheap too. Alas, my condo is so tiny I gave up a dining table, so my BF can set up his easel to paint.