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New Home Update

As I mentioned before, I’m working towards having a grown up place. I feel like I’m there with the kitchen – I’m something of a kitchen gadget freak and since I inherited the kitchen table and other kitchen furniture, all I had to do was unpack my many boxes of dishes and bakeware and other such kitchen goodness and it was pretty well good to go1 I’m also very excited that I finally have a kitchen with enough counterspace to keep my Kitchen-Aid mixer out.

The living room, however, is pretty vacant at the moment. From my old place, the only living room stuff I brought was my desk, two small filing cabinets and a couple of bookshelves, all of which I put along one wall in my new place. And that’s it. And it’s a pretty big living room. It actually looked quite ridiculous once I unpacked most of the boxes, which were at least filling up some of the living room. I have now purchased a lovely walnut coffee table and end tables2, which at least takes up some space, but the room still looks pretty silly with just tables and no place to sit.

This week, however, I will be getting a few key things that will make my place more livable. First up, Tod is loaning me an extra couch that he has, as well as a lamp that he’s not using, so that will mean I can sit on something other than my desk chair in the living room and will actually have enough light to read3. On Thursday I’m getting my new mattress, which I bought for half price at Sleep Country4. I wasn’t planning to buy a new mattress, but after I moved my old mattress into my new place, I discovered that it smelled pretty musty. Which I’m sure I just couldn’t smell in my old place because the whole place was pretty musty. I figure that breathing in must and mold 6-8 hours every night can’t be good for me. Hence the new mattress. In preparation for the new mattress, I’ll be going to Ikea to buy an actual bed, as I’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for the last three+ years. I tried checking out a few other stores for beds, but they are all either unbelievably expensive and/or take a month (or more) for delivery. I am both cheap and impatient, so Ikea it is. While I’m there, I think I’ll buy a wardrobe, because my bedroom closet is way too small for all my clothes.

There are also a couple of other things that I’d like to get that I’ve been having trouble finding:

  • a room divider – I’d like to get one of those Japanese rice paper room divider thingys to block off my desk from the rest of the living room. You know, so my living room will feel more relaxing without my work stuff looming. I have no idea where one would buy such a thing.
  • a small table to put by my front door – I want some thing is tallish5 and thin that I can have by my front door. You know, like a place to throw my keys and such. I’ve looked at a few places and haven’t been able to find anything even remotely like what I’m looking for.

If you have any idea where I could get either of these, I’m all ears!

  1. I did pick up those Olympic cups and a few glass jars from Ikea to put stuff in – since I have so much counter space, I figured I could make it look pretty. []
  2. got them used from someone who was downsizing and gave them to me for a really good price []
  3. the room has a light fixture in the ceiling, but it’s not very bright []
  4. yeah floor model! Only $600 for a $1200 mattress! []
  5. like, say, 3ft tall []

17 Responses to New Home Update

  1. @ctmagnus says:

    Ikea Hemnes. It's not quite three feet tall, and it's about a foot deep by 15" wide. I don't know if that's not small enough for you but I bought one last weekend and I like it. It's technically a nightstand, but you were using a change table as a microwave stand for years, so…

    If you go to the website, it's the one that has the drawer and the shelf, not the one with the door.

  2. Kalev says:

    If you figure out where to get a room divider, TELL ME!

    Also, I think you're working on getting a grown UP place. 😛 At least I hope so because otherwise it sounds like you're working on a grow-op.

    I found IKEA's beds seemed pretty useless (if cheap-ish) or just as expensive as, say, Sleep Country. But maybe you'll have better luck. I guess you're just getting a bed frame so not as big an expense.

    You know what would help with furnishing your home? Having strategic breaks in your cheapness. 🙂

  3. Ceeinbc says:

    For room dividers, check out the "Panel Curtains" @ Ikea — they might be just what you need. I found them by clicking on Living Room >> Products >>Textiles >>Window Textiles, though you may find them in a less circuitous manner!
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers,

    • drbethsnow says:

      How do these stand up?

      • Ceeinbc says:

        The panels are affixed to special ceiling track(s): KVARTAL curtain hanging system, so you can slide & 'stack' them just as you would a series of shoji screen panels. Probably best for you to see them in situ at the store than trying to visualize from my description, I'm afraid!

  4. Roshan says:

    I think we would like to see some pictures please.

  5. extragoode says:

    I just found your blog a couple weeks ago while searching for reviews of smart cars and have been reading ever since, but this is my first post. Anyway, around here (Des Moines, IA) the only place I've seen the room dividers is at World Market, but they had two or three to choose from. Unfortunately, it looks like the nearest one to you is in Seattle, but you may want to check out their website and maybe shippings not bad. I've never actually ordered anything from their website before, so good luck.

    • drbethsnow says:

      I checked out the website for World Market, but alas they don't deliver outside of the US. Maybe time for a road trip to Seattle?

      Btw, did you find anything I had to say about my Smart Car useful?

      • extragoode says:

        Yes, I would have to say the most useful information I got was that your hockey gear fit in the back. I know how hard it can be to fit a stick into a car. I've already done more research on them than I usually require of my overly-anal-about-big-purchases-self. I've test driven one locally, I was just looking for a peoples opinions of them as they use them in their daily lives. If they made a four door version or had any electric options (hybrid/plugin/full) I'd probably buy one. I'm looking for the shortest bumper to bumper length in production so I can fit my car and our motorcycles into the same spot my truck currently occupies in the garage. Right now, I'm waiting to see if Honda actually comes out with the Fit hybrid they were considering for 2010. Yeah for long posts! I also suffer from a genetic succinctness deficiency.

        • Beth says:

          My boyfriend and I easily fit my car and his scooter in the parking spot in his building. I think you could squeeze in 2 motorcylces, depending how big they are.

          I also suffer from genetic succinctmess disorder!

          • extragoode says:

            Thanks, that's helpful. Both our motorcycles are smaller. 400cc and 250cc, but I'm looking at trading the 400 out for a 250. We also have a longer garage than usual, so I'm still hopeful I'll be able to put a four door car in there. I want four doors because we're planning on starting a family eventually and if I buy a car I plan on having for 5-10 years. Smart just needs to make a four door electric that's less than 3 meters long, that's all. 🙂

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