Yesterday morning, my husband and I headed to Ikea to pick up a few things for the house and for work. We had a list, but only left with two items that were on it and a few things that weren't.
Here's what we purchased from our list:
I got this bar stool for $20 so I could sit while teaching at the podium. The one I brought in from home last week is a little too short and I'd like to have a back rest.
Our new kitchen island (did I blog about that? I will, I promise) needed another drawer organizer, so we opted for one of these that you can adjust to fit your utensils:
Unfortunately, I'm stupid and didn't measure the inside of the drawer before we went, so it was too long and now I have to return it. Oh well, gives me an excuse to go back!
We also wanted to get a little side table for my husband's new office at work, but they didn't have anything he liked.
Now for the items we bought that weren't on the list:
We picked up three of these to fill with water and keep in the fridge. We both love drinking out of glass as opposed to plastic and this can be resealed so the water doesn't get yucky like it does in an open glass over night. They will also be nice to use when we have people over for dinner - which, come to think of it, we haven't done in a long time - so they can refill their own glass without having to put the ugly brita on the dinner table.
The last thing we bought was probably a bit stupid, but we both got excited and couldn't resist.
I've known for quite some time that we would get the Antilop high chair and tray from Ikea. It's cheap, easy to clean, and simple. Can I tell you how much I dislike high chairs like this? Do I want that in my kitchen or dining room? No thanks. Do I want to deal with cleaning mashed food off of all that fabric? Nope. Do I want something I can spray off with a hose? Yes please.
Forget the fact that we won't actually need to use a high chair until the baby is six months old and that I still have six months left of this pregnancy - that's only a year of storing something in a tiny house with too few closets. Oops. Oh well, it made us both happy, so that's what counts, right?
Overall, I'd say it was a good trip. We looked at some rugs and curtains to get ideas for the nursery and what will become the guestroom/office which helped me rule out the ones that looked good online, but cheap in person. I'm hoping to be more prepared for the next Ikea trip because it isn't exactly in our neighborhood and I'd like to avoid any more returns.
Do you shop at Ikea? Love it or hate it?