Tag Archives: IKEA

Little Things…

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The Thanksgiving Day crew at IKEA Charlotte. I’m the only one in a blue sweatshirt. What can I say? I’m a rebel. πŸ˜‰

Sometimes, it is the little things in life that elicit the most pleasure. Today Patrick, a coworker from IKEA, sent me a copy of the group photo we took just before everyone arrived for Thanksgiving dinner a week ago. The pic put a smile on my face and reminded me of the great time I had doing it.

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My sister’s new puppy, Bluey.

In the same batch of emails was this picture from my sister of her new pit bull puppy, Bluey. Isn’t he darling? She’s excited about the new edition and her kids are over the moon. He’s fitting in nicely, if all the cooing I hear over the phone during our convos is any indicator.

Yep, it’s the little things!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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A sunny, perfect Thanksgiving Day!

Eagle One, the turkey has landed! Eagle One, I repeat, the turkey has landed! Or… it did this morning anyway. I got up early and went to IKEA (I work there) to help serve food to homeless families from Hope Haven. Many, many IKEA coworkers and managers came in this morning to do the same. We set up the restaurant to provide dinner and… early holiday gifts to all the families that came.

It was an amazing experience being able to do give my time in service to others. I was really moved by all the people who said “Thank you!” to all of us for coming in on a day when most people stay at home with their own families. It was truly humbling… and also one of the best thanksgivings I’ve ever had. I’m excited that IKEA is going to do this again next year. I hope I’m around to be a part of it!

Instead of boring you all with a running commentary on it all, I’m just hoping to put up the pics I was able totals before we got into full swing.

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Some of my lovely coworkers and managers

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Setting everything up…

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All the people arriving and being greeted…

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Everyone enjoying Turkey Dinner! πŸ™‚

The Non-Post Post

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I worked today (at the big blue box!) and I totally spaced writing up a post today. I was caught up with selling Swedish food items and explaining to many, many people why we’re going private label. Whew! So, yeah, post neglected.

I’m kicking back with my mail… a grainy picture of which is up top. That’s one of the spreads from theΒ  DwellStudio Holiday 2011 gift guide. I’m guessing tomorrow’s post might have some more about that. πŸ™‚

I hope your Wednesday flew by like mine did. We’re over the hump, y’all! Ciao, for now!

Building a Bed

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The assembled bed @ IKEA.

So, I bought a bed and mattress at work today. I got the Trondheim bed frame and the Sultan Hanestad mattress. I’m sitting on the living room floor typing this up and thinking about a bite to eat to get me through the build. I’m really excited! This is my first non hand-me-down bed. It feels really good… and totally grown up. πŸ™‚

Above is a pic of the bed from IKEA’s website and below are my pics of the chaotic pile of parts on the living room floor. I’ll be posting an extra post tomorrow to show you the bed all made up… After they deliver the mattress!

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The side rails and the box scraps. I kind of shredded the box while opening it!

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The baggie with all the screws, nuts, bolts, and etc. in it.

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Slats… since this is a platform style bed.

I’m going to try to finish this tonight… Ciao, for now!

The Earliest Holiday Ever

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When I showed up at work today (IKEA for those who don’t know) all the Christmas stuff was out on display with ornaments, decorative accessories, and gift wrap ready for the early birds to take home. In all honesty, I liked most of what I saw. Still, before Halloween, y’all? Really? I mean, just how early is too early?

I don’t know if we’ll ever figure that one out! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few snaps I took while I looked around. Happy… Thursday! I’ll wait til after Thanksgiving to start doing the holiday well wishing mambo. πŸ™‚

PS. My sis is going to see my favorite band ever, Duran Duran, tomorrow night in WA. I’m so excited for her… especially since I worked behind the scenes to get babysitting for my niece and nephews so she could go. I thank God that it all came together. Don’t you just love real life happy endings? I know I do!

Got Rug? (The IKEA Edition)

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I’m really picky about rugs. I find that lower end rugs tend lack the kind of style that I crave in a floor covering. So yesterday, after I got off work, I headed over to the textiles area at IKEA. I have to admit that textiles has become my favorite section at IKEA these days. They’ve got some really great stuff this year (a plethora of totally on trend items in purple/lavender being chief among them… but I digress). Anywho, I’m decided to see if they’d put any new rug styles up yet…

Whoa. I was struck by three styles in particular:

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Gandrup rug (78″x118) IKEA – $299.

Graphic, black, gray, cream, and gold rug featuring stripes overlaid with an abstract daisy pattern. Love the chic color combo here! The really cool thing about this rug is that the color and pattern are crisp and clean, not murky or or muted like some IKEA rugs can be.

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Broager rug (63″x94″) IKEA – $249.

This rug looks like a really cool gray in my pic (because of the lighting in the store) but is actually a warm, gray-brown with ivory flower sprays in the pattern. It is really lovely and soft in person. This would make a great choice for someone who wanted something with a feminine but clean edge to it.

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Skoghall rug (78″x118″) IKEA – $249

The last rug is not offered in a colorway that I would usually get but it was so pretty, I had to share it here. This one has a rich, milky orange red (it literally reminds me of tomato soup) with a gorgeous abstracted flower pattern in a low contrast brown/tan. The tag says it is red/black but it definitely looked brownish tan in the showroom. The pattern on this is so beautiful! I wish they offered it in a cool colorway… like green and blue. Still, if you’re doing warm tones in your house this would be an awesome choice.

Have a great week! I hope your Monday is like a Friday! See you tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Before & After: Storage Box

IKEA hacking. Who hasn’t heard of it? Sometimes the “hacks” are cringe inducing and sometimes they are brilliant. I’m lumping this one in the brilliant category.

Before…

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After!

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Emily from Life On The V Side blog posted this cool work around for IKEA’s Apa storage box. All it took was the right inspiration, some wood stain, linen remnants, and brass tacks. No really, brass tacks! Check out the whole process on Emily’s post. Pretty cool, huh?

Friday Finds: Consoles

Until I started delving into the world of interiors, I never would have given a second thought to owning or using a console table. Mostly because I’m an equal opportunity key dropper. Actually, since my keys are on a lanyard, they spend a lot of time hanging from doorknobs… when they aren’t still stuck in the door. (The door at my house has to be locked with the key from the inside after you’re in… but I digress.

I’ve seen some really cool examples of what can be done with entryway or even making an open floor plan more functional with this little bit of “throwaway” furniture. Below are some of my favorites from recent searches.

Simple, with an Asian flair and an old world vibe:

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Treasured Sage Chinese console, $999 – Wisteria

Rustic and modern, this piece could fit in several different decorating styles, from country to industrial:

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Ettore console, $2998 – Anthropologie

Sleek and streamlined high gloss look would be Glam with bold colors and Hollywood Regency accents:

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The X console, price on request – Plantation

IKEA offers up it’s take on mid-century modern with a modern finish:

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IKEA Stockholm console, $199 – Ikea

There’s always great vintage pieces out there. Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook has an excellent example on her blog:

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Repainted vintage console – Jenny Komenda’s office via Little Green Notebook

If you’re looking to make a bold statement, you can’t go wrong with this silver leafed cast resin beauty from Z Gallerie:

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Sequoia console, $999 – Z Gallerie

Well, that’s my roundup. Do use a console table in your home?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!