IKEA, Schaumburg, IL
Our living room needs a lot of help! Who am I kidding the whole place needs a lot of help! We decided a wall unit is in order.
We saw this one and it goes well with our hand me down IKEA dining set but I think I want a little different look for the living area. We found one we like...too many people near it to photograph. We decided it will be our Christmas gift to each other. Pictures to come in December! I can't wait to decorate it for the holidays!
Next, the dark dank hallway to the door. We don't have an entry closet and I hate coats hanging on the back of dining room chairs and the dog leash laying on the table. Then there was the shoe issue. Here is our IKEA-esque solution...
After. IKEA uses lots of shelves for storage. I found these cute bamboo and steel shoe racks at Costco. Costco ended up being less expensive than IKEA for the look I wanted. I found the shelf above it at Marshall's and the hooks for the coats and leash at Hobby Lobby along with the monogram "V" above it. Much better if I say so myself.
Close up of the coat hooks and "V".
This is the true color of all our walls. I can't get good pictures in here.
The shoe rack and shelf (yet to be properly accessorized). Why the pair of shoes on the floor? I cannot convince the hubs to leave them on the rack. These are his "go to" shoes when the dog needs to go out or the trash has to go out. He can just slip them on faster this way *SIGH*.
Next up, the only area we have to store our drinkables. For 3 years (prior to my arrival here) hubs kept them on the floor here behind the dining room table. Yuck! Ugly!
I found this bench in the IKEA catalog and thought it would fit perfect in this very narrow space. Everything enclosed was to wide for here. So this was the solution...
Much better, not perfect but better and neater.
This was just the beginning of my adjusting and making do with small spaces. Stay tuned in the coming 6 months or so as we keep IKEA-ing our space.
Have a great day!!!