I don’t even feel like leaving the house these days because I am in Extreme Domestic Mode. After two days of assembling and a few days after that of cleaning and organizing, I have finally finished the spring cleaning and home improvement projects I wanted to do. Man oh man am I happy with how it all turned out. Here is my new DVD system:
I like that I can add onto it at any time (unlike the old shelf I bought from target, this IKEA line is unlikely to be discontinued soon as it’s one of their staples). I just wish I could make the wires around the TV stand disappear. I hate wires. Does anyone have a strategy for hiding them?
Here’s another shelf I got, mainly to house my typewriters and browse-worthy books in the living room:
It turned out to be a good place for the tall wine and cocktail glasses that won’t fit in my kitchen cabinets. Let me confess, though, that this was not the easiest thing to assemble. It’s really a two-person job, and with only one person you have to brace it carefully into a corner of the room so that you can push against both the X and Y axes when you’re adding all the cross shelves. It was a nightmare until I figured that out (but once I did it went fine). I am too ashamed to tell you that between attempts 2 and 3, I may have screamed, jumped up and down, stamped my foot, and kicked the back of the couch. MAY HAVE. I mean, there were no witnesses, so who can say?
The best part of all is my bedroom! There’s not much that’s actually new here – just the dressers – but I re-arranged it in an effective way, finally hung some prints, and got rid of the plastic bins that were sitting in the middle of the floor housing my socks and underthings.
I wish I had two night tables like the one on the right there, but they’re such a pain to connect to the bed (you have to turn the bed on its side to drill the holes in the proper place) that I’ve never added a second one on. Wouldn’t it look nice with two, though?
I should also note that the dog was definitely NOT supposed to be there, but he was so excited about all the moving and the shaking and the hey-hey that he just had to get in on the action. After this photo was taken he spent the next hour or so staring up at the new mirror I had just hung:
Yay, new mirror! I also really, really love these prints by Marc Johns, one of my favorite drawing/cartoon artists (his shop is here if you’re interested). I enjoy the whimsical take on style and grooming in these two particular drawings and I think they go well in the dresser/mirror area of the room.
Here’s another view of the same wall with the dressers in:
It’s actually two small dressers placed next to each other – I could have bought one short, wide dresser that would have looked just like this but been only one piece, but I actually saved money by buying two smaller ones. I just LOVE having a dresser finally! It may be build-it-yourself particleboard furniture, but it felt so trashy keeping half my clothes in plastic bins on the floor. Now I at least feel like I am aspiring to be less trashy.
I joke about the cheapness of IKEA furniture (and a lot of folks complain about it), but the thing is that I really do love their style. I am all about the clean minimal lines, woods, and bold colors. It’s just how I roll, y’all. Even if I won the lottery, I would probably still shop at cheap old IKEA. Or maybe I’d upgrade to CB2, but still.