12 September 2009


Somehow I convinced Adrian to go with me to Ikea a few weeks ago. We left at around 4pm and drove a few miles to the Redhook Brooklyn Ikea. As we pulled into the parking lot Adrian reads the sign "closes at 9, you only have 5 hours to shop" I laughed, but little did either of us know how true those words were. We started off in the Showroom. First up couches. I'm not sure if I have room for one... with my massive lazy-boy and all. After sitting on all of them, I found the one I wanted, the most expensive one of course. Not being able to make a decision we kept walking, but I was able to pick out a dresser.

I hadn't had a real dresser since I moved out of College Park and left their furnished apartments. I'm trying to not only be grown up but have a grown up looking apartment therefore I had to get rid of my multiple carts where I stored my clothes. By the time we made it through the showroom Adrian was hungry. Thankfully we had just made it to the Ikea cafeteria. After two orders of Swedish Meatballs we were rejuvenated enough to enter the marketplace. After my move I had several things I needed to finish out my new apartment, I picked up a few of them: A lamp to read in bed by (my garage sale find had went kaput in the move), some kitchen utensils, bag clips (i love them), a rug (my old one looked tiny in the bigger room), and a few frames.

Checkout was another adventure and once we got the goods to the car... the dresser boxes didn't quite fit. Luckily Adrian Macgyver was able to close the trunk using a handle from a shopping bag and a bobby pin. So not 5 hours later but 4 1/2 hours later we head back across the Pulaski bridge back to Long Island City. Luckily we were able to get a cart to transport the goods to my apartment but it took us, the concierge and some guy walking by to get everything to fit on the elevator.

After a long afternoon the fun day ended with two hours of assembling the dresser (the rest of the assembling waited till the next day).

Completed Dresser and new rug! Each drawer was eight pieces excluding the screws and pegs, but it was fun.I also got the frame sitting on the dresser. I haven't decided where to hang it yet.

This is the picture I framed. It is a bar in Kilarney, Ireland. Named after me! Beth and I went and enjoyed a great trad session and I tried out the new bulmers pear, both were fantastic. The next day we had breakfast at Courtney's tearoom, it was easy deciding where to eat in this town.

Here is my bed in my new apartment, and my new lamp and reading light. Having moved in to a studio apartment the bed is in my main room. I am trying to decide what to do with the space above my bed. For a while I was thinking of a vinyl wall art, and then I was thinking of a padded headboard, or maybe just lots of pillows... Any suggestions or ideas?


  1. I like the idea of a padded headboard along the long side of the bed out of leather, pleather, or vinal would make it look more couch like I think.

  2. Ahh, this post is making me want some porridge. If I can just figure out exactly what that is!

  3. Kristen- I ordered some fabric/suede online, so we'll see what I can do with it.

    Beth- Is it that Ikea will always remind you of Ireland or that Courtney's bar reminds you of breakfast at Miss Courtney's teahouse?


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