Monday, June 23, 2008

ikea-ed out


After many many trips to Ikea, our living/dining area is finally set up!  We had some furniture, but needed to get a futon (which will be important since we don't have a guest room) and an Expedit, the cube bookshelf that's serving as a room divider.  Putting these items together was loads of fun (sarcasm) but they are together now.  We also picked up a coffee table and countless other little doodads.  I love Ikea because it's so inexpensive, but after countless trips for returns, exchanges, and extra hardware, even I am glad for a break.


The dining room set is from Greg's aunt, and it fits just about perfectly.  We had to forego the hutch because of space reasons, but luckily, I have my magical floating hutch in the kitchen.


Here's a view of the living area from the stairs.  Eventually I'd like the TV to go in the basement, both because it looks goofy here and because I like to pretend that I'm too intellectual to waste time watching it (exactly the opposite of the truth), but that will have to wait until we gather the energy and budget for another huge project.

Overall, I'm quite pleased with how everything fits.  My big concern, based on a lot of the rowhomes we looked at pictures of when we were househunting, was that the space would feel really cluttered.  I think we've avoided that, and still managed to come up with enough places to sit, etc.

7 comments:

Shannon said...

Cesares, it looks fabulous! the dark wood against the green is tres chic. well done!

Rachel said...

The Expedit is perfect. Also, I have that couch in black. It looks like it should fold down into a bed but sadly it doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Looks Great! Love the color with the espresso wood. Is that Aunt Eileen's Dining room set? I have the same tablecloth, it's from Ikea right? I have Linda & Roger's old crib in my basement that has your name on it!! Best of luck to you & Greg! Sue

Anonymous said...

Very Cool! I wish we had an Ikea here;I've never been to one. The closest is in Canada, not too far but it's a hassle getting over the bridges. I love decor, very Feng Shui. Love, Aunt Peggy

Erin said...

It looks so great! What a difference a few months makes. Can't wait to see it in person. Take care! --- Erin

The Browns said...

Looks great, Nicole. We have the same bookshelf and coffee table from Ikea. Ya'll have done a great job.

Nicole said...

Thanks everyone!
Yes, the tablecloth is from Ikea and the dining set is Aunt Eileen's.
Aunt Peggy, I guess you'll just have to visit the Ikea in South Philly!