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Ikea Shopping

A week ago, I made myself a cup of coffee, sat down to read through my blog roll and opened up my computer to this:


Amy’s Computer-Sign of Death

The geniuses at Apple confirmed just what I had suspected….HARD DRIVE FAILURE!  Lucky for me, I’m extra cautious and had everything backed up on an external hard drive (I store this in a fire/water proof safe) and I also use Crash Plan which is an online back up system.  So, while I was sad to say goodbye to my white macbook.  I didn’t sweat it too much because I knew I would be up and running in no time.  However, it didn’t go as planned and I had to wait 5 days to get my new computer.  So, what do you do without a computer?

Shopping, of course!

My mom and sister-in-law were in town for a few days and they made sure I put an Ikea trip on our agenda.  Like always, I was giddy with joy when I saw a few new things.

 This table was beautiful with a walnut veneer top and solid ash legs.  It looked very high end and would look great with any type  of dining room chair.


Stockholm Table

These light fixtures were adorable and would be great in a kids room, playroom or the black/gold one in a dining

 A great solution for kid’s shoe storage and bench by the door.  This little bench comes in a variety of colors.


 Still one of my favorite chairs! Now it has a matching ottoman.



Tessa and I love the Expedit system and now it comes in a high-gloss finish and a ton of different colors including, this hot pink!


These green bins caught my eye when I noticed the price of 1.49!



 Love this bedding for a boy’s room.


 Such cute bedding for a girl’s room if you are trying to steer away from the usual pink.


 A pillow to match or I think this would be a great pop of color in a living room.


My favorite desk from Ikea now comes in two different lengths.


 This bath hand towel was just so cheery looking that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo.


 Still, my favorite item EVER from Ikea.  These drying racks can mounted on a wall and fold flat when not in use.


 And, my adorable sister-in-law holding up a coffee cup for my brother, an avid hunter.


Enjoy the weekend and we will see you back here on Monday!

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Everything Old Is New Again

On Monday, Tessa featured Thom Filicia’s old lake house in upstate NY. Throughout the place he had amazing wood paneling that gave such great character to each room. Do you feel like you’re going crazy right now? Wood paneling cool?? Yup, it’s back and it’s big.

One of my Sunday night rituals is to look online at my favorite stores to see what’s on sale. This Sunday, I didn’t find much on sale, but I did find something that definitely intrigued me at West Elm…Stikwood Adhesive Paneling…


West Elm-Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

How cool is this? What a perfect way to achieve a new look with texture on a wall behind a sofa, on a console, headboard or a backsplash in the kitchen. It’s also a great way to add character to builder grade homes. With its rich grains, these panels can be cut to fit your individual space and hung up in a few simple steps.  All you need to do is peel off the backing and stick! It’s that easy. (Gosh, I sound like I’m selling linoleum flooring!)

West Elm just announced a partnership  with Stikwood and now carries 14 varieties, including white reclaimed, barrel oak, expresso ash, morning mist ash and carmalized bamboo. You can apply the wood in a random horizontal or vertical pattern, or arrange it in a chevron or zig-zag design.


West Elm-Stickwood Adhesive Paneling

A kitchen island that has been transformed using white washed adhesive paneling.


Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

Definitely a great option for commercial spaces–gives you that perfect blend of rustic and modern


Stikwood Adhesive Paneling

I’m dying over this bedroom project.  Click on the photo to see before and after shots.  Love the chevron pattern!


HGTV-Stikwood Paneling

I have so many ideas of ways to use this in my own home such as giving a metal mirror a facelift.  Or, now I’m thinking about using it on the backs of my bookshelves.

Have any of you used this in your own homes?  If so, please share!

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Multi-Purpose Laundry Room

I really shouldn’t call my laundry room a laundry room because it serves so many other purposes.  As a matter of fact all of the drawers and cabinets don’t even store anything laundry related.  The only place I store laundry related items such as: extra detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets, etc. is inside the pedestal drawers underneath the units themselves.  The rest of the Ikea cabinets and drawers are designated to house other non-laundry items.  Before designing this room, I made a list of all the things that I would want to store and then I started to research my options of how best to do this.  Finally, when I finished my design it was time to fill them up and here’s a peek inside:

Swimsuits, Towels, and Beach Gear 

We are fortunate enough to live a half-mile from the beach and because of this sand gets tracked everywhere in the house.  The laundry room is the perfect place to shake out the items, throw directly into the washer and then store in baskets right in the laundry room.  And, less items to take upstairs and put away.  The pull-out drawers make it easy for the kids to access their swimsuits and towels.

Swim and Beach Gear

Beach/Pool Bags

On the back of the laundry room door, are two hooks which store a beach bag AND a pool bag.  Yes, I’m crazy like that!  I like the bottom bag to be used at the beach because it can easily be washed out.  The LL Bean bag is the perfect size for the pool but would get so dirty if it made a trip to the beach.  I used command hooks to hang these bags rather than nailing into the door.

Beach & Pool Bags

Craft Drawer 

I’m not really sure I can call this a craft drawer but I don’t know how else to describe it.  If you remeber from this post I have a ‘junk drawer’ upstairs in the kitchen, so this drawer is filled with things I still want stored in the house but I don’t necessarily use them on a daily basis.  It’s a hodge podge of random things and it changes constantly.

Craft Supplies

Tool Drawer

This drawer is full of my essential tools that I would need to hang a photo or some other small job.   You will notice there are three plug-in timers in this drawer….to be honest, I don’t know why we have three.  And why all of the curtain hooks?  For some reason I can’t seem to part with them.  See, I even need to re-organize from time to time!

Tool Drawer

Wrapping Station

When designing my laundry room the only thing I KNEW I had to have was a wrapping paper drawer and wrapping station.  I love to wrap gifts and thought the laundry room would be a perfect space since it would have plenty of countertop to spread out on.  Wrapping gifts is now a breeze since everything is at my fingertips.  Also, I made sure my Ikea drawers were plenty wide enough to contain even the longest roll of wrapping paper.  The best thing is I always have wrapping paper at my fingertips and no more running out to get paper to wrap a last minute birthday gift.

Wrapping Paper Drawer

Sports Uniforms

Before I designated this drawer for storing sports uniforms I can’t tell you how much time we wasted looking for ballet leotards, t-ball pants, hockey jerseys, etc.  It seems that the uniforms always got washed in a timely manner but when they got put back in their rooms, the uniforms became lost!   So I decided to keep these all in the laundry room so each child would know exactly where to look.  Also, it was less laundry (full confession here–my husband does the laundry!) I had to carry upstairs.  Now the kids know exactly where to go to get their uniforms and NO more looking around the house.

Uniform Drawer

Internet and phone ‘junk’

Everyone has to store these items somewhere in their house.  I chose to store them behind the laundry room door on these shelves from Ikea (they can be cut to any size).   I put the shelves up high and had an outlet installed high instead of low plug-ins, after all you never know when your basement will flood in the midwest or little hands will try pulling things out of the wall.

Amy’s Laundry Room

I realize not everyone is obsessed with a label maker or has the desire to have all of their baskets match, but the point of this post is to help you imagine the possiblities of how to group and store like items together to make your life easier.  Even if you contain everything in one giant basket, like the sports uniforms for example,  if they are together it will be easier to find them than hunting them down once they go into the kid’s rooms.  The key to organization is thinking about your challenges and then coming up with solutions to streamline things.


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