How to survive IKEA

Yesterday SO arrived back after two weeks away. It was so good to see him again. Missed him heaps. He was/is tired though. All the hard work and studying has taken a bit of a toll, But since next week he has to be Sinterklaas again. We decided to have an nice relaxing sunday At least sorta.

This afternoon SO and I went to the local IKEA. We have a rather large one here. In fact it is (from what I understand) one of the main pillars here. Mainly because the university with the industrial design department is just down the road. Hence a steady influx of good students to help out.
Anyway it is also a rather busy one. It has been known that they had to close off the motorway exit to the IKEA due to parking problems and people wanting to get off blocking the motorway. Those weekends are complete an utter mayhem around the place

But we needed curtains badly. Now that it is getting darker earlier, our wonderfully large windows at the back are sort of starting to resemble black holes and we also know we loose heat through them. So we decided we’d go and brave the IKEA insanity. Actually it was not bad at all. Sure it was busy, but less insane than we had anticipated.
After much deliberation we ended up with curtains. Not the ones we have in the bedroom (which we wanted) but others. For no other reason than that those were not longer in the collection.
So we ended up with grey ones after all. We needed 5 packs for the two windows, Yes every window takes 5 lanes of standard IKEA curtain! Of course we only found out when we got home that yes they do go onto our rod system, but dangling on little extra hook A sort of clothes peg construction which absolutely looks dreadful. So now I have my holiday job sorted out for me. I will have to do the curtains.
We also bought some netting with the same problem. A lush purple for in the lounge and a cerise pink for in the fitness room. I really like the pink, SO is not 100% convinced. But at least we have something in front of those windows as well.

Of course this is not the only thing we managed to haul out of the dreaded “we-now-so-need-this” store called IKEA. We also purchased 3(!) lamps, with light bulbs of course. Totally cute and adorable. And each in their own right cheap. A shelving unit for in the bathroom with two drawers in it. 8 Apple green place-mats and a wooden turning plateau ideal to serve a cheeseboard on. Needless to say we had some issues loading the trolley.

Anyway we have all curtains where we want them. But even better seeing the curtains hanging we have decided what we really want in each room. But as we have something there is no hurry in getting it We know what we want and we’ll get it in time. Until then we have window covers which are OK.

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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