Thursday, November 13, 2014

Retro at Ikea

Last night, the husband and I ran over to Ikea to pick up what we needed to finish up the laundry room. We needed one more kitchen cabinet and Ikea will be changing up their cabinets in a couple of months. We didn't want to risk not being able to get what we needed. BTW, Ikea has 10% off kitchen off (most?) of their kitchen products right now, which was a fantastic surprise when we went to pay.

I had recently seen in an Ikea flyer email that they have a limited edition collection of things inspired by the 50s to 70s. Here's a link to the flyer info, but it's for the Minnesota Ikea. I'm not sure how long the link will last or if it's the same for all Ikeas.

The tables have laminate tops, which I'm not really a fan of. I didn't inspect the boomerang shaped ones too closely. I do like the rounded, tapered legs and the boomerang shaped top. In the picture I took below, they do look really good with the laminate emphasizing the shape.

The low, rectangular one definitely could have been better, but I can see where Ikea is trying to keep costs down with keeping of style. From far away, I really like the LILLBRON coffee table. The brassy look legs are just a painted metal and the top is very laminate looking. If those legs were a nice antiqued brass and a real slab of wood, it would be amazing.

The STRANDMON wing chair has great legs that I'm fairly certain were real wood, but I think the chair falls short with the choice of material. It just looks weird... I should have actually touched it to see what it felt like. I guess it's not also my style.

What I was most surprised about was the EKENÄSET sofa. The wood frame appeared to be solid wood. The arms looked like they should from above. I think they could have done a little better with the legs by giving them the rounded, tapered style, but overall I would call it a win. It was comfortable and looked great for $399!

I haven't seen anything like this as a new / reproduction type piece that wasn't much more higher in price. One thing to to note as well is that, at least on the bottom, the cushions are connected. I think this would be a fantastic option for if you were looking for something in this style and just couldn't afford the real deal (or find something in decent shape). There would definitely be the opportunity to have cushions custom made later on in life to give it a different look too.

Update 11/26/14:
We ended up back at Ikea and it seems as though they do have a non faux leather option of the STRANDMON wing chair. There is also a couch in this style. Even with the other fabric options, it still really isn't my style. Also, I've seen a chair variation of the EKENÄSET sofa popping up on the internet. Our Ikea seems to not have that chair yet... And we have to go back again for a return/exchange because someone in the kitchen department selected the wrong item on our order and we didn't realize until I was about to put it together... The point of that was, I'll probably check to see if the chair is there yet.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back from Denver, CO!

Whoa... I've been MIA for awhile. We've been so focused on ourselves that most home related things have been put on the back burner. Every fall & winter, I always think back and wish that we had spent a lot more time outside... so, this summer and fall we've been packing in the outdoor activities.

This has also been coinciding with trying to be healthier. I'm not on a diet, just trying to make better decisions and not over stuff myself. We've also been making it a point to make sure we get to the gym regularly. We also picked up running outdoors, which is actually something I really hate... but, it is quicker than doing cardio and lifting at the gym because we can just step out the door and start running here. I've also started some yoga and barre classes at a new studio and I love them!

Bill and I have been camping together quite a few times in our relationship, but we always wish we could go more often. Because of the camping, we did a lot of hiking. Hiking became our quick camp trip like running became the quick trip to the gym. That was all an elongated version of "we have been doing a ton of hiking at state parks."

This summer we've hit 7 Minnesota State Parks, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wisconsin State Park, and a few other miscellaneous places (1st hiking trail in Minneapolis, etc.). We also just go back from Colorado last night, which was really the point of this post.

We were in Denver, Colorado for just 3 days to visit Bill's sister and her husband who moved there earlier this week. Neither us had ever been... And I for sure had never been to a mountainous area in the US. Because of this trip, we got to do even more hiking! I really can't wait to go back and do even more.

Here are a few shots I just pulled from my instagram from the weekend...

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO
I have more... lots more... But I'm way behind in the land of photo editing. Technically I haven't really gone through any photos from my good camera from our trip out to New York in June...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kitchen Paint & Trim.

So... you remember how I painted my kitchen twice in one week... Oh, you don't? That's because it happened MONTHS ago.

In May, I was trying to get the house put together in a presentable manner for my husband's big 30th birthday party we were having. I scrambled to paint the kitchen a second time in one week because the first color did not go well at all. Strangely, I think it looked pretty good in photos. In person, the lovely gray I picked out, turned out to be a weird purpley color, a lot darker than I wanted. It would probably look fantastic elsewhere, just not in my kitchen.

Here are a few more "detailed" shots of the new color, Behr's Dolphin Fin. I tried to get similar detailed shots as before. Someday, when all of my tiny kitchen is clean at once again, I will take new whole room shots. Someday....

We purchased these prints a few months ago and it was quite the hassle to get those frames... Especially when they were at my local Target in the end (long story short: I ordered them online and they sent ones that were a different size and color). Anyways, those fantastic prints are from Michael Ellis Studios on Etsy! Let me say, I knew they would be awesome, but they look soooo good in person! I also maybe just ordered one more for a gift...

Anyways, we had also ripped out the horrible baseboards in that room. Read some about that here (and glimpse a little of the old). Both Bill (the husband) and I took work off on the day of the party, so that we could finish up some things. One of those things happened to be installing the new baseboards. I had spent time over the last week painting them out in the garage so that as soon as we got the chance, they would be ready to go.

Behr had to get in on the action. We splurged and got this fancy dog dish stand off Etsy from Modern Mews. We LOVE it. The mat under it is from Crate & Barrel awhile ago.

Above is the only real issue we ran into... The old door jam came out far enough to cover that gap. Any ideas welcome! We also still need to address the edge of the tile at the top of the stairs. The electricians put a huge chip in the edge the first time they were out working in the basement... Plus there are lots of little chips from the general up and down from the work that went on down there. I'm debating between another metal edging like seen between the landing and kitchen or something better... tile maybe? Our contractor offered to cut the old tile back if we ever decide on something and need it cut back since the giant chip happened on his watch...

There are also a few places that need a little caulk and I need to do some touch ups yet...

It looks SO much better! I still have a strong dislike for our floors but having the baseboards match the rest of the house and not be in a stage of horrible makes it better. I hope that our next big project is the kitchen. Right now that's probably the biggest of things that needs to be tackled besides some un-fun things happening outside, mainly crumbling cement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Minnehaha Falls

Over the weekend, Bill and I decided to finally go check out Minnehaha Falls. I really don't know how both of us have lived in Minnesota for most of our lives and never been. We had some friends who recently went and shared on social media that finally gave us the push.

While a beautiful Saturday afternoon on a holiday weekend may seem like a great time to go, it probably wasn't the best. It was crazy busy. But it was definitely worth it! Check out a few of my pics below...

The water is exceptionally high this year, which I guess is making everything extra "gushy"... So, it might not always be quite so awesome. The water was really high everywhere around and some areas of the park are actually blocked off because they're so flooded.

These were just two shots of the main falls area. The first one was from high up, the second from below right at a stone bridge that crosses over (like the one you can see at the top of the falls in the second photo).

We will definitely be going again. We didn't really know what to expect, so we were both wearing sandals. And in case you are planning to go check it out, there are LOTS of stairs if you plan on going down (and eventually back up)! Another trip with some appropriate hiking shoes/boots is definitely in order!