First off, this post wasn’t paid for or perked by Ikea. We just wanted to share a recent pilgrimage. And we like them (especially with this cool announcement). Anyway, some people say you can tell a lot about a person by looking in their purse, their closet, maybe even their iPod. But what may give you a good peek into our lives is a look into our car trunk… after a trip to Ikea.
This was the scene after a recent trip. It was our first since my parents moved out of the same area as the Ikea (which is about 90 minutes away) meaning no more quick stops after a family visit. Clearly, we’ve already become hoarders. Not knowing when our next visit will be we found ourselves grabbing more than usual “just in case” since we were up there visiting friends. Here’s the breakdown for ya:
1. Two Retur recycling bins turned shoe cabinets for our laundry room, as you’ve already seen (they were one – er, two of the main reasons for our visit).
2. The boxes that would become our Effektiv file cabinet for the office, as you’ve also already peeped here.
3. Cute napkins for big ol’ family gatherings at our house (when we run out of cloth ones). Specifically these, in green.
4. A door mat. Why? Long story short: rainy night + full-bladdered chihuahua who hates to get wet = need for a new mat. We did let the rain rinse it out and planned to continue using it. Problem is Burger had the same plan (guess it was still “marked”). The new one is so far unscathed by this silly dog (who much prefers to sunbathe with his tongue out).
5. Two woven planters. Because we’re suckers for natural textures. And in need of more indoor plants ’round here.
6. This blanket. We were so excited about this purchase. We’d been hunting for a spare blanket to keep in the living room, since our current brown one doesn’t jive with Karl as much as we’d like. This one looked perfect. Problem is, it doesn’t feel perfect. Despite a couple of washings, it’s still a bit scratchy. And because of those couple of washings, it’s a bit unreturnable. Shucks. At least it still looks good! Maybe someday we’ll use it to recover an ottoman or something. But warning: this is not a blanket that you want to get cozy with for very long (Sherry plans to layer it with the softer one underneath it during the winter months for extra warmth without the scratchy texture touching her skin).
7. A light kit. Since we used our other “spare” for our clothespin light, we wanted to have another on hand. Someday we’ll get around to hanging the paper lantern that we picked up a while back in the playroom. We were just paranoid that Ikea will stop making them when it finally comes time to tackle that room (and at $3.99 they’re cheaper than any others we’ve encountered).
8. Various white frames. Do we even need to elaborate on that after this and this? We just figure they’re always good to have around, and we still have a lot of bare walls and about five million cute baby and dog pictures. Yikes, we’re those people.
9. A white duvet cover that we thought could work in our bedroom. Long story short, we’re still on the fence. So it’s still sitting in the packaging until we’re sure (since Ikea doesn’t take back opened bedding). At $50 for a king sized duvet and two shams it was a pretty good deal (we just wanna be sure there’s nothing else out there that we love more) so we’ll keep you posted.
10. Toys! Since we’ve admitted in point #8 that we’re quickly turning into “those people”, we couldn’t resist getting Clara this soft set of farm animals (she loves farm animals) and a soft set of tools (we desperately want her to love tools). The good news? She LOVES them both (esp. the goat and the ruler). Bad news? It’s not teaching us a lesson about buying her too many toys…
We also scored a couple of other items while there that didn’t make it home in the trunk. For example, thanks to being on the catalog mailing list I got a random email about joining this new “Ikea Family rewards program” the morning before our trip. So I picked up my free card later that afternoon right in the store from this handy little futuristic kiosk:
I don’t totally understand exactly what it gets me, except for a free coffee or tea at each visit. Sold. Except that it would have been a more time-efficient idea had we not had to linger in the restaurant area for twenty minutes while Sherry waited for it to be cool enough to sip (my wife is such a diva). At least it bought us plenty of time to take pictures like this one of Clara “drinking her tea”:
And on this particular visit thanks to picking up that free Ikea Family card we also got a free ice cream cone. Guess saving that buck really makes up for all the money we spent on everything else, right? Clara demonstrated her appreciation by smearing it all over her face. And it was adorable.
Do you guys have any recent shopping trips that are particularly indicative of your personality or a particular moment in time? Perhaps a recent grocery store run for a party you’re throwing? Or a spending spree at Bed Bath & Beyond or Office Max? Do you have more Ikea, Home Depot, Lowe’s or Target receipts than you can even count these days? We used to feel like we lived at Target, but lately it has been Lowe’s and the ReStore.
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haha – cute blurring out of burgers boy parts. way to keep it family friend :)
That cracked John up more than it should have. The things guys do for fun…
yes! the blurring was priceless!
Sarah @ w30 says
Hi-lar-i-ous! Some people (including me) will never grow up. :)
Agreed! I was glad *I* wasn’t drinking any coffee or tea when I saw that.
Jessica @ The Southern Belle Baby says
I was dying laughing over here at the blur!
I agree! Too funny! Made me laugh out loud. So did the “Burger had the same idea” comment. Hehe!
This was hilarious. Totally get why it cracked John up. :-)
Molly P-H says
ROTFL harder at the blurring more than I was at Burger’s tongue sticking out. And I was laughing pretty hard about the tongue! Love that little dog!!
I’m sure Burger appreciates the privacy blur. haha! You guys have so much fun over there!
OMG! I love that you pixelated Burger’s crotchal region–I nearly died laughing! I should do the same to my Labrador…some of his pictures are on par with Anthony Weiner’s twitpics!
Mel V. says
Yeah, me too. I’m not sure why it’s so hilarious, it just is!
Andrea S. says
I loved this, too. It was such a cute pic and then with the blur it was even better. :)
I am laughing hysterically that Burger’s junk is blurred in this photo…. Wow. Awesome.
HA the blurred out Burger boy parts are HILARIOUS!
I’m about to throw an adult sized temper tantrum. We NEED an IKEA in Kansas City. Twelve hours to any of the “nearest” ones (Denver, Dallas, Mpls and Chicago) just isn’t good enough!!!!!
Sarah @ w30 says
Seriously! Same here in Oklahoma. I guess we do have it better because Dallas is fairly close, but come on, Ikea! I’m actually shocked they aren’t in KC or here in OKC. I mean, we have a Pottery Barn, but no Ikea. Don’t they know they would be HUGE here (and there)?
And … end rant. It is pretty awesome that they are going 100% renewable.
Yes! We need one in KC! We finally got a Trader Joes, now we just need Ikea!
I need one in central Ohio too
Dawn K. says
I’m totally on this bandwagon as well. Let’s start a petition. We’ll use YHL blog as proof of all the awesome things we want to buy to make our houses functional.
Yeah…4 hours for me. At least it is doable and near my parents. We are making a trip there this weekend. Woot!
Sarah @ w30 says
Ooooooooooh … I’ll sign a petition!!! We can include how much we are likely to spend in their store each year. I’m sure they would come running to our welcoming arms!
I’m dying for one in St. Louis! I’m seriously considering driving to Chicago just to visit Ikea. I’m scared of how much I would spend after a 5 hour drive! My hubs thinks I’m crazy btw
Amanda Z. says
I have driven that 5 hour trip from St. Louis to Chicago many times! Sometimes in the same DAY! It is always worth the drive. My husband is an expert car packer, and a roof rack is essential.
Going back to Chicago in a couple weeks, my list is ready!
YOU KNOW ME! I have a literal pile of receipts from Lowes, Ikea, Home Depot. I keep it in a box in case something breaks before we use it or it’s warrantied.
Our Ikea is 5 min away so we’re so spoiled by it. Our home could easily turn into a homage to it. And I totally debating making the BF sign up for Ikea coupons so I could get another ice cream… I’m so glad they finally came up with a rewards system!
Did Ikea have a decent selection of paper napkins? I’ve been looking for some cool funky ones to use for my wedding!
They do but it seems to be hit or miss. Sometimes they’re really fun and other times they’re just ok.
That blurring really cracked me up, too. Plus I love that hes a little pink- time to flip Burger! :) My receipt pile up?? Hm… more like Amazon box pile up. Yep. That would be the main recipient of my income. More so than me, probably.
On another note- you guys should get a favicon- my comp science husband hooked me up with one and it is my favorite thing. Like Hansel, it is so hot right now. And your YHL logo is just ACHIN’ to be a favicon!
Sadly we have a favicon but it’s apparently a secret because only certain browsers show it. Haha. Here’s hoping we can figure out how to make it show up for everyone…
Amy @ larryspearslive.com says
your favicon shows up for me! the little heart, right?
Yes! You’re special for seeing it I think. Haha.
Since you are talking about shopping trips I wanted to see if you had been couponing? I thought you had posted about trying.
Looks like a good haul to me!
Yup, I’m still couponing away, and saving around 40-50 dollars per trip. Can’t seem to get past that, but probably because we buy lots of produce and organic stuff that’s not always on sale!
Cassie @ Back to Her Roots says
I don’t think I’ve ever commented before.
But I am unlurking to say that the blurred out Burger’s junk had me laughing hysterically in my office.
*back to lurking*
Ikea is also about a 90 minute drive from us. I was JUST there a few weeks ago and have since thought of 5 or 6 other items I should have bought.
Ashley P. says
What size shoe do you wear? I’m considering a similar shoe storage system for our family. But my husband wears a size 13.
Babies+ice cream cones=adorable
He’s a size 11. But there’s a little bit of wiggle room. Maybe you can bring a hubby shoe with you to measure before buying?
Sarah K says
My husband wears a 13, and we use the black Ikea shoe bins without a problem. Although, you should know that only 2 pairs of his shoes will fit in one bin whereas I get squash about 10 pairs of my own flip flops into one.
Haha, it’s true! I can get a million in there and John can do two pairs plus one pair of flip flops.
Ooh we have family cards here in ikea, randomly u get posted money off vouchers, and ‘family’ products which are cheaper. Well worth it!
So that’s what they do! We couldn’t really figure it out. Other than the free tea and cone. Haha.
We signed up for the family card and it apparently will get you discounts on certain items (like a grocery store bonus card). My husband also mentioned something about how when you use it you get entered to win Ikea gift cards. I’m not sure how often they give them away, but that’s a definite perk!
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
I am so jealous right now. :)
I can’t wait for my first Ikea trip this fall!
I love IKEA. The closest one is about five hours away from me and it BREAKS MY HEART!
I love that Ikea is going 100% renewable. Another reason to love that place.
Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove says
I got that IKEA family email too but I initially thought it was because I shop there so much. Woops! Love IKEA trips – and it looks like you were very successful at that! We want to make one soon but know that we’ll buy much more than we need.
I LOVE that picture of Clara with ice cream on her face. I have an Ikea Family Card but had no idea I get free coffee and tea!! As if I needed another reason to go to Ikea.
Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty says
Oh, a trip to Ikea is in store for me, SOON! It has been over a year and I’ve been pining for a visit. Maybe that sounds dramatic, but that’s how I’m feeling. You just sealed the deal… I’m going!
Also, did you seriously pixellate Mr. Burger’s nethers? That cracked me up. Wait, why was I looking?? Oh goodness.
Haha- John did that. And got a total kick out of it. Giggle-fest 2011.
I can’t drink hot coffee/tea either! And my husband also totally doesn’t get it :)
Sarah Mc says
I made a trip to IKEA this past weekend too. Unfortunately my car was already pretty full of stuff so I didn’t get much. I did get the soft farm set too though and my 2.5 year old twins LOVE it! They also had a similar garden vegetables set on clearance that I picked up for them as a Christmas present. I ADORE IKEA (and you guys)!
I bought that duvet cover for our master bedroom remodel in May and LOVE it! It’s really pretty on the bed and jazzes up my otherwise plain Ikea comforter insert.
Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix says
I’m thinking about getting those recycling/trash bins! But for actual recycling and trash…not glamorous, but the trash can I have now is WAY too big for the teeny tiny space I have.
I’m going to go on a limb and assume that your blanket is scratchy because it’s 100% wool (and not yummy wool. If it’s not, feel free to ignore this or catalog for washing wool sweaters in the future :)
Try soaking it in luke warm water with hair conditioner. Squeeze it a bunch of times under the water so it gets totally saturated. Let it sit some. Drain the water. Squeeze out some (don’t wring!) and rinse in more luke warm water. Squeeze again, roll it up in a towel and stand on it to get the extra moisture out then lay flat to dry for a day or two. This should soften it up a bunch. (Think about it, wool is like hair for sheep!) The knitters always know how to make things less scratchy! Hope that helps!
PS. Whatever you do, don’t wring or hang wool or knits! And so ends your friendly unsolicited PSA.
Oh my gosh I’m totally going to try it! If you can make that blanket soft you’re a magician!
you can use lanolin warmed up in the water as well google lanolizing wool!
Exactly what I was going to recommend! (Fellow knitter & spinner here) Conditioner should do the trick. It won’t ever be super soft, because the breed of sheep used for the wool in the blanket has courser hairs than say, merino, but it should help a lot.
Ikea is one of my most favorite places on earth. Seriously. My sweet husband and I spent this past Friday there on a date. Like we got a sitter and went, just the two of us, cause we’re crazy like that. If you’d have told us that would be a hot date back when we were in college we’d have snored you out of the room. Anyway… my online shopping list for Ikea is nearly obscene since I’m in full on nesting mode (baby coming around Christmas) and am redecoratingeverythinginthehouserightthismoment! Ever have that happen? No? Well, then…
Haha, I love the Ikea date idea. Totally our idea of a good time. As for the baby on the way congrats! And yes, I nested like crazy. I scrubbed the back of our base cabinets (as in, I crawled in there with my giant belly). Insanity.
We have date nights at ikea too, lol!
ohh we were just talking about a “date day”(no nights, still have a nursing co-sleeping little stinker) and I would totally be all over an IKEA date!! Now to just see what hubby thinks….. thx for that idea lol
We also have date nights at Ikea! We have dinner first (swedish meatballs) and then go shopping! Love it!:)
Olivia S. says
OMG, that picture of Burger just kills me! I love it.
Way to go Ikea w/ the renewable energy! And, as others noted, haha on the Burger pixelation!
You guys crack me up. Don’t feel bad Sherry, I have to wait until my tea/coffee is room temp until I can drink it:) You guys should try getting tickets for the crayfish party that they have at Ikea. My boyfriend and I are going tomorrow and it sounds pretty amazing!
We saw signs for that when we were there – it looked really fun!
crayfish party? um…this must be a Southern thing at IKEA, right? I’m in Seattle and have never noticed anything about this at our IKEA store…?
I didn’t think it was going on at the DC one either when someone else mentioned it a while back and then I saw the sign. I think they said all US Ikeas on the sign too- so maybe yours is in on it too!
I don’t know how Ikea decides it, but the crayfish party is definitely happening in PA.
P.S. – I was just there this Tuesday and I almost bought the EXACT same blanket, but put it back because it was so scratchy.
Kaleena Edwards says
So jealous! The closest Ikea for us is a 6 hour drive. :( We just went the beginning of July but now you’ve re-kindled the fire! LOVE Ikea!!
Did the RETUR recycling bin come like that (how you have it with one bin on top of the other), or did you buy 2 of them and hang one above the other? When I clicked on the link it didn’t look the same (I couldn’t tell that it had 2 pull out bins?)….just checking – making a trip to IKEA next month when we’re in Atlanta and I’m in desperate need of a shoe storage idea!! Thanks. :)
We got two of them and just stacked them and hung them that way (they kind of nest so they’re easily stacked). Hope it helps!
I have the that duvet cover! I have both the grey and the white — it isn’t super soft at first but it softens up after a couple washes. The stripes are subtle but add some interest, so I’m a fan!
Wahoo! The second duvet fan. So glad it’s getting positive “reviews.”
I also have this duvet in white (although sometimes it looks a little cream) and I wasn’t sure about it at first. It’s a little “flat” when it comes right out of the package, but it “puckered” quite up a bit after the first wash. This adds nice texture and a certain casualness to the bed that I like. The only downside for me were the plastic snaps to hold it close; call me crazy but I prefer buttons on my duvet!
Really? Snaps? That’s too funny. Almost makes me want to open it to see them…
Liz @ the cabbage patch says
<3 IKEA. Wish we had one a little closer than, oh, the opposite side of the state :/ That store is DANGEROUS…you can't go in there for less than 3 hours.
yes, and you must remember to wear supportive shoes! haha
Haha, oh yeah. Sometimes we’re tempted to train like it’s an Olympic event.
Already planning our next trip. The closest ones are all around 3 hours away.. so it’s a TRIP. I have a list going, since they have reduced prices, there are things I passed up last time that I’m definitely going to pick up this time. Hoping for a few curtain scores like you guys!
That last line ‘used to feel like we lived at Target, but lately it has been Lowe’s and the ReStore’… Amen to that, my sentiments exactly. I have a soft spot for IKEA too, but unfortunately the closest one is about 3-1/2 hours away! We spent about 9 hours there, in one day. It was all for our new kitchen, which came in about 200 boxes that we loaded into the van we borrowed. It felt good getting free meatballs, when we were spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on cabinetry.
umm….sorry, I have no idea how I missed that you said you bought TWO of them. I just noticed when I was sitting here looking at it again….Thanks for the great idea- I’ll have to see if I can find them when we make a trip!
No worries! Good luck with everything!
my honest answer says
OMG you pixellated burger’s man bits!! Hilarious
Ikea Family gets you a GREAT discount. Or at least it does with my situation. My S.O works at the IKEA in our area… and I’ll let you in on a little secret, though I’m sure I was probably expected to keep this under wraps.
Our IKEA is having a “friends and family” event this weekend. It’s held after hours and is intended only for IKEA family members. We get a 50% off discount on every item in the store, including brand new items. And, we also get to use our 15% off provided by the family card. Now, the family card discount may be higher for us since we literally are an IKEA family, but it’s still awesome!
Don’t lose your card… you may regret it if you ever get an e-mail about a 50% off sale for members in your area!
Holy cow that’s awesome!!!! 50% off new stuff is amazing since their prices are usually already so good!
I am devastated that there is no IKEA family yet in our local IKEA (Canton, MI).
Julia @ Chris loves Julia says
I have to keep my posts about Ikea-purchases to a minimum because my bff all the way in Florida doesn’t have one close by and she admits she is a little jealous of our relationship–mine and Ikea’s. :) But when we go (it’s about 45 minutes away), we can’t help but stock up and share.
Last weekend, we bought some open shelving for the kitchen http://chrislovesjulia.blogspot.com/2011/08/3-cheers-for-open-shelving.html
succulents and little pots that I hand-painted http://chrislovesjulia.blogspot.com/2011/08/happy-pots.html ,
and a floating kitchen cabinet thing that we made our entertainment center
….So needless to say, it has been a bad week for my friend in Florida. :)
Awesome scores! I especially love the hand painted pots. So pretty!!!!
Alas, no IKEA in the entire state of Tennessee. Closest is in ATL and I’ve never been :(. Really, really wish they would expand to Nashville!
Chelley Black says
Wouldn’t it be great if they would come to the Bellevue Center Mall? In the meantime, you can call the Houston store to place an order!
I have been stalking IKEA stuff online for months. Never been, and I’m finally 45 minutes away. We close on our new house tomorrow (yay!) so we’re gearing up for LOTS of trips to Target, Lowes, HomeGoods & one big adventure to IKEA. Yay, home shopping!
I have an Ikea 10 minutes from my house and it is dangerous. I always “need” a few things…end up with a cart full and a cinnamon roll :). Love it there!
Do what Shayna suggested (hair conditioner for the scrathcy blanket). I’m a knitter – it’s an old trick. Love everything you do.
You guys are insanely smart. I love it. Can’t wait to try it.
We are also lucky. Because ikea had opened 5 or 6 six years ago in Turkey and this weekend we are planning to go there for chairs and a table. We want to change our dinning room. I hope we can find lovely things like yours..:)
And I loved the ice cream with Clara:)
I have an IKEA napkin obsession. That has turned into an any-old-napkin obsession. I had to get a separate storage container just for my obsession. I have the same ones you bought ;) LOVE them!!! We got the entire farm set for my little guy. He loves the puppy but I think the little bundle of piglets is SO yummy.
We become packing magicians when we head to Ikea because we have to travel 2 hours to Atlanta to shop. We are actually going this weekend and we already have a plan. We sat down with a room by room list of things we need and things we want. We go with a good idea of what we will come home with (plus a few extras of course)
Julie (from Pocketful of Joules) says
I’m so glad I’m not the only one who laughed my butt off at the blurred portion of the Burger picture. I pretty much tuned out the rest of the post because I was giggling wierdly at my desk. Yeah, I’m that gal. Awesome.
I seriously choked on my drink when I saw the picture of Burger and his blurred manhood. You guys know how to make me laugh!!
My office is about .5 miles from that IKEA – I’ve been known to frequent it for the amazing swedish meatballs at lunch. Fun fact! It used to be inside the mall. I’ve lived here way too long.
We’ve had that duvet cover for over two years and I love, love, LOVE it! It is really durable and cleans easily – a little oxiclean gets anything out of it. I used to iron it every time I washed it but gave that up for the lived-in, casual look. Plus, it does a great job of hiding all the white hairs from our white dog who sheds like it’s his job.
So glad to hear it!
Ann L says
It’s a good thing I have an IKEA trip planned for this weekend, otherwise I’d be going nuts right now—I need an IKEA fix (and a cinnamon bun fix, of course). Not sure what I’m going to get yet, but it’s one store I can go into without a plan and end up filling my trunk anyway.
As far as receipts go, I just counted my binder-clipped Marshalls / HomeGoods receipts that are in my purse and I have…………….
………………..wait for it….
……………31 receipts in just over as many days. Between buying room accessories, pillows, having to hunt down one pillow in one store and find its match in another, my wallet runneth over. Let’s not even get started on how many times I’ve gone into the store to return something, only to rebuy it when I’m about to leave. ::sigh::
Ha! I just signed up for my own IKEA Family card for my trip down to Paramus, NJ on Saturday. I am bringing $50 bucks and with that, I am getting new glasses for the kitchen, legs for our DIY desk, and some drawer organizers. All printed out, by the way, on the handy IKEA shopping list online. :) LOVE the IKEA post!
Ooh the handy Ikea shopping list online sounds fun. I might have to play around with that…
Totally just did the same thing! I’m planning a Saturday trip to the Paramus Ikea, too…as long as my fiance cooperates- he hates driving in that area. John & Sherry, thanks for the heads up about the family card!!