Thankfully, as we pranced through Ikea euphoric with steals and deals and Swedish magic, Bryan’s mood mellowed…
Hehe, okay: he was a good sport, but Ikea is figuratively* torture to him, so I’m so happy he humored me and came along to provide muscle. And he may have hammed it up just a little for these pictures 😉
*If it were literally torture, of course I would not ask him to accompany me as it would probably be some sort of a human rights violation…
Well, as you can see, I snagged a much-coveted fiddle leaf fig plant (more on that at a later point!) and some very large boxes.“What’s in the box???!!!” (Name that movie. Never mind. I wouldn’t wish the ending of that movie on any soul. Just try to forget I mentioned it.)
Two Billy bookcases in white, for our office, $60 each. And I put them together on my own. #Strongindependentwoman. #Ihavethebruisestoproveit.
I have this to say for Ikea: even though people poke fun at their wordless and sometimes confusing instruction pamphlet, these bookcases could not have been simpler to assemble.
I spent about an hour putting together both of them, and it was a very intuitive and easy process! While I couldn’t have manhandled the boxes from Ikea onto the truck and into the house and up the stairs on my own (thanks babe!), each individual piece was light enough for me to manage, so if you are going to be putting these together without help, never fear! If you don’t have a second strong pair of arms, you could even unpack the boxes at Ikea before loading your vehicle since each piece is totally manageable on its own… I was able to wrangle each bookcase upright and shimmy it up against the wall solo as well. #Girlpower. #WhyamIhashtaggingmyblogpostnow?
I was totally bushed after putting these together, and, no lie, I did earn three or four bruises simply by bumping into and hopping over all the crap littering the office floor while trying to wrangle six and half foot boards, so I held off on stocking the bookcases until the next day.
And that took about six times as long as actually building the darn things! I had a minimalism freak out where I kind of wanted to chuck all the books into a donation pile and artistically stage the bookcase with mini cacti, river rocks, one of those sand meditation gardens with a little rake, and plenty of blessed white space.
You see, our books have been packed up in 15 or so boxes since two moves ago. November of 2012, to be precise. And part of me just about had a panic attack about unpacking all the boxes and organizing the books and getting them up on the shelves.
Bryan was like: “They’re books. Those are bookshelves. Just put the books on the shelves. Done.”
My brain was like: “Must categorize and sort by subject and/or color and possibly hardback versus paperback. And height.”
As you can see, I didn’t get rid of all of our books while dramatically declaring “Think of the trees! Books are murder!” And that, my friends, is success in my book*.
*Pun not intended, but welcomed with open arms.
I also set up a little lounging corner with E.T. (Eamesy’s upstairs twin), my tripod lamp (booted from the downstairs living room by my midcentury brass floor lamp), $5 Goodwill faux bamboo table, some thrifted and DIY art, and Bryan’s seriously awesome chess set via this talented Etsy seller.
A closer look at my thrift-store stitched artwork (#thriftscorethursday anyone?) and a piece I painted for Bryan… It depicts us sitting on a park bench on our own tiny planet watching the sun rise/set together. As we do.
It’s a reference to The Little Prince. It may not be fantastic, but it holds a lot of meaning for me!
And a beauty shot of the truly stunning hand-carved chess set. (Seriously, go check out naturalchess on Etsy – we aren’t remotely connected, but I must give credit where credit is due! The guy is such an artist!)
Tiny Tina agrees.
You rarely see evening photos in the home blogging world, but this room is so cozy with its dark walls once the lights are on that I wanted to share one.
So there it is. I managed to turn “we went to Ikea and bought bookshelves” into a blog post with too many photos. Bryan was like: “Why are you blogging about bookshelves? Everyone has bookshelves.” And I mean, I know they are just simple Ikea bookshelves that I literally just put books in and then spent a ridiculous amount of time photographing, but I really love how that corner of the office has turned out so far. And I got to sneak in a picture of Tiny T. All in a day’s work!
What have you been up to around your house? Any recent trips to Ikea? (What did you buy?)