Out with the Old, In with the New

I don't know about you, but when the new year hits, I always feel an overwhelming urge to tidy, organize, purge and freshen our space. Maybe it has something to do with the influx of toys during the holiday season. Or just the influx of everything over the holidays.

Here's our playroom, just last week: mid decoration take down, fort building and toy palooza. And the toy closet, we so painstakingly installed shelves into for better organization, looking oh so organized.
Yes, this space is crying out for some help. 

First up, quite a bit of purging. Mostly toys, some Christmas decorations that haven't been used for the last couple of years, and lots of other stuff that somehow found its way into the playroom.
Lost in the depths.
Out with the old, in with the new.
After the purge, the organizational bug really took hold. Of course, the cold weather and day of rain, helped kick us into gear. 6 months in the making…we finally got our shelving assembled and things settled into their new place. i.e., the attic.

Even the closet got a little lovin'.
With less toys, the kids can actually see what they have. And use it. What a novel concept.

The best part of all this purging and organizing is that you can finally see the new couch. Yes, we finally pulled the trigger and purchased the highly coveted sleeper sofa from Ikea. Sectional, sofa, double bed and built in storage - seriously, I could not have asked for more. The best news, even the biggest skeptics in the family are loving it!
I've already lost track of the number of family movie nights we've enjoyed all laying out on the sleeper sofa.

 The lack of seating was definitely the biggest issue in this space, that and the total lack of organization. Well, not anymore! 
Now we are all settling into this space, nicely. 

P.S. We even managed to get a couple of things on the walls - another 6 months in the making project.

P.P.S. Check out my organizational post from last January, here, which also featured Ikea - it's a theme!

until next time, 

Window Shopping {Ikea}

Way back at the beginning of this year, the fam and I made the pilgrimage out to Ikea. At the time, we were looking to solve some storage issues, which resulted in this:

Yes, that's right. I joined the ranks of Expedit lovers. To read more about it, click here
But, like any good shopper I had an ulterior motive to our Ikea trip. Sourcing for future purchases. Come on, admit it. You do it too. Say you are just going for one quick thing, but secretly taking loads of mental notes for upcoming purchases. 

Like this sectional, sleeper sofa
I. Want. It.
But, it's a big ticket item, so it's on the list. You know, the list. Everyone has one. 
The one day, some day list.

Here it is folded out. Ah, all that lounging space, extra sleeping space and storage space. 
So perfect for family movie night in our basement family room. 

Now, if you think this is where you'll scroll down and see this couch in our family room, you will be sadly disappointed. It's still on the list...for now. 

Of course, while we were there we had to check out their natural woven chairs. It's a toss up between this one...

And this one
For me, I like the golden tone of this one, not to mention the price and comfort. 
Originally, I was thinking in our dining room, but now I'm thinking our new library. 
Put it on the list!

Speaking of the basement playroom, I'd love to see one of these gigantic maps on the wall. Or possibly in our upcoming office transformation. See, it's a good thing we didn't make a lot of these purchases, still so many things undecided. 

No trip to Ikea would be complete without a pitstop for lunch - gotta enjoy the Swedish meatballs. Yum!

After lunch, with my future purchase research complete, we strolled around taking in all the inspiration. 
Here are some of my favorites:

Although the lines of this chair are a little modern for my home, there is no denying that it's striking. Love the navy velvet!
So many possibilities - paired with a hot pink toss pillow or a pop of yellow. Umm...good stuff.

These wall organizational systems are great. In a kitchen, craft room, office or laundry room. Both sleek modern and more traditional options to meet your needs. 
Thought long and hard about where I could incorporate these into my own home. 

The options for kids rooms were endless. Loved the bunting panels, the striped blankets and the polka dot bedding. If I had to do it all over again, these would be great contenders. 

Speaking of bedrooms, I had no idea they carried an upholstered headboard. Next time we're in the market to update our guest bedroom, I think this headboard will be on the list. 

So, how did you like accompanying me on this virtual window shopping experience. Almost as good as the real thing? 

until next time,