RIP IKEA EXPEDIT

This is no longer ‘news’ having been announced 3 weeks ago but I couldn’t let this moment pass without some attention.

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Getting going on decorating the hall, stairs and landing

So we’ve now been in the house for just over seven months – I expected to have a lot more done by now! I’m sure all first time homeowners must feel this way. Just unpacking took a long time, never mind decorating or any rooms that need plastering etc. before we can get on with the fun stuff.

But we have finished one room (even though we’ve already got some plans to change things, more soon!). And now we’ve made a start on the hall, stairs and landing. Here’s the inspiration:

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IKEA hack number two

As predicted, getting kittens has distracted us from doing anything else remotely useful. They are endless fun and are entertained by the oddest things. Loo rolls (they think they’re Andrex puppies) and crisp bags tied in knots are two current favourites.

So due to the fluffy distractions this is now an old project but still a story worth telling.

Our front bedroom had fitted wardrobes which we hated so T had a great time ripping them out. We replaced them with a pair of IKEA wardrobes.

before and after wardrobes

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My first IKEA hack

In the first in a series I’m going to call ‘Sam and T are bad at measuring-things-before-buying-them we bought a massive bed and left ourselves no room for bedside cabinets. But this turned out to be one of those problems that turns into something good.

I love the massive bed as much as I love sleep, but I also love having somewhere to  charge my iPhone and put a glass of water… ok, it’s actually a sports bottle of Ribena. So a headboard with storage behind it seemed like the perfect solution, we just needed to find one. Continue reading