Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shopping Well Is The Best Revenge

Ah, IKEA, how I love thee!  I took the girls there on Saturday, because they are of the female persuasion and LOVE to go there and because Larry was busy doing whatever it is you do to insulate a room once you've recklessly ripped out its drywall and exposed the crumbling cinder block behind it.  I bought my bed frame; and I finally found a corner computer desk there, so I bought that, too.  And 2 more Toftbo bath rugs and the girls' Chanukah present from Grandpa (down comforters with pretty duvet covers that they picked out themselves and boy, did that take a while), because there is no way we will ever get around to insulating their bedroom in time for this winter.

Also?  A napkin holder, because it was cute.

Oh, wow, I searched for an image of the napkin holder and stumbled on IKEA Hackers, a website devoted to finding other uses for IKEA products.  People, I'm in love.  Just look at this Expedit storage unit repurposed as a sewing table:







It's a beauty, isn't it?

Right now our bedroom smells like IKEA, because I have all the flat packs piled up in there until Brian has time to use his Lego construction skills to put them together.  He loves to build things.  In fact, I'd buy IKEA items just to keep him busy.

Now Larry is talking about painting the den a new color when he's done, even though I like the nice dark gray we already have (well, had); it accentuated the white brick fireplace and white trim and made the room feel bright and cozy.  "Fine," I told him.  "Just tell me what color you pick out - I'll need to buy some new EKTORP slipcovers to go with it."

Really, who does he think he's messing with, anyway?




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12 comments:

  1. Ikea is the one store that drives me crazy. After visiting one I'm convinced the guy who wrote Who Moved My Cheese? got his inspiration from it. And just when I want to scream, I find the 2.00 item that makes it all worth while. I bought a 99 cent very long (almost to the hip) white and red shoe horn for my mother that she loves so much she'll probably have it turned into earrings.

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  2. I love your approaches to marital problem solving. I always wonder to myself, though, if it backfires on you when Larry reads the secrets behind your tactics on the Internet. Or does he never read your blog?

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  3. IKEA is a great revenge. I'd go there much more often if, A) I had girls, or B) it wasn't 6 hours away.

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  4. Yay! Ikea love! Go to my blog some time and put ektorp in the search box. :)

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  5. I wish our IKEA was closer and didn't involve bridges to get to! Hope the house gets put back together soon.

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  6. I've only been to Ikea once--the one in NOVA that's probably the same one you go to. I was a little dazed by its vastness. I've got to check out the Ikea hackers website.

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  7. Cool sewing table! Obviously I need to go to Ikeanmore often.

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  8. I'm not too much into shopping or IKEA, but having someone in the household with Lego skills is a great thing. Many a time I have handed a large box to my son and said, "Put this together, please." And he does, and has fun.

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  9. Hmmmm, I am running low on taper candles in Christmas colors . . .

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  10. Touche! Plus you have an installation master on site to deal with what you purchase. That is so fabulous.

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  11. IKEA, like DisneyWorld. You've been once, you never need to go again. It's an experience, for sure! One that shouldn't be repeated too often.

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  12. I have still never been to Ikea! I really should go there soon.

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