Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An Unplanned Couch

When I got up on Sunday morning I had that rare but extremely blissful realization that I was facing an entirely free day. There was nothing on my "to do" list, I didn't have to go anywhere, and best of all, because it was a Sunday, I didn't have to cook anything for dinner. (Sundays are our leftover/clean out the fridge days. This was a brilliant plan I came up with several years ago, and my only regret is I didn't implement it sooner.)

This wonderful feeling lasted right up to the moment I sat down with my early morning tea and checked my inbox. There was a notice from IKEA saying their living room event ended the next day, and all their fabric couches were on sale. It was a buy one, get the second one half off sale, which sounded tempting enough to check out.

The reason I have been on the lookout for a new couch and love seat is a long and sorry tale, so I will spare you the details and just sum it up in two words. Fergus and Jenny. The problem has been finding a suitable and affordable replacement for what they have managed to destroy. I needed something comfortable and indestructible. If it didn't look like the dog's breakfast I would consider that to be a bonus.

I'm sure every one in the world already knows about the EKTORP furniture that IKEA sells, but its existence was news to me. The appealing thing about this furniture is every part of the fabric cover for both the cushions and the frame is machine washable. There are even YouTube videos with EKTORP owners showing their system for washing them and getting stains out. This sounded like the perfect solution for our less than perfect pets.

I checked the store availability and was alarmed to discover they only had one love seat left in stock (they had several of the full size couches, so that wasn't a worry). I phoned to get some more information. Would they hold the last love seat for me?  No. Would they give a rain check if they ran out of stock? No.

I would normally avoid IKEA like the plague on a weekend, especially a weekend this close to Christmas. But I was pretty sure that one lone love seat would be scooped up by some other owner of loveable but destructive pets if I waited until Monday to do my shopping. In fact, because it takes over an hour to get to IKEA from where I live, I wasn't sure it would still be there even if I left right away. Which is exactly what I did, and why my blissful Sunday turned into the shopping trip from hell.

Once again, I'll spare you the details. This is already a very dull post. But I will say that I was successful, and I managed to get both the couch and the love seat. As I was driving home from Vancouver late Sunday afternoon I wasn't sure if I should feel happy that I was getting what should be a good solution for life with dogs, or depressed that I'm in my fifties and still furnishing my home from IKEA.

Now, to brighten up what is a rather boring and mundane post, here are a few Lucy pictures Karsten has sent me this week.

She discovered the stash of spare pandas...



She's also discovered crayons...


And this is my favourite. I laugh every time I see it...


Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

38 comments:

  1. Now doesn't that just make you laugh out loud. The cutest, loveliest girl. (What did we do before IKEA? Maybe you don't remember before IKEA....)

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    1. I can definitely remember my pre-IKEA days, Freda. In those days we had things like cinder block bookcases. It was an upgrade to replace them with some of the IKEA shelving. :-)

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  2. Not a dull post at all - love the fact you had to rush off to IKEA like that (we've all done it) and congratulations on catching the love seat and couch. Success!
    Lucy is such a doll, making me smile this morning :))

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    1. You are very kind, Patricia, but I think a trip to IKEA makes for a pretty blah post. Even when it was a successful trip. :-)

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  3. Good for you, Kristie! I love having new furniture. I haven't had much; we still use some items, like a coffee table, which were literally pulled from dumpsters in our younger days. But we've slowly been acquiring nicer things and it's really fun. I'm so glad you were able to get the pieces you wanted. Lucy is getting so big, I love the panda photo. It was a matter of time before she discovered them. :)

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    1. Ha! We have had a lot of furniture that we've inherited over the years Jennifer, and trust me, that's even worse than stuff from the dumpster. At least when you grab stuff from a dumpster you get to choose what you pull out. :-)

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  4. While you were rushing off to IKEA on Sunday my husband was helping our son pick up a used IKEA couch (after they disassembled it to get in the car) they'd bought the night before. They stopped at IKEA first, however, to buy new couch covers. My husband picked up a catalog ( I will have to look for your couch in the catalog) and says we HAVE to go back. It was an amazing store. He's not looking for furniture (I've already replaced the couch Gabriel chewed up 6 years ago), but is interested in all the kitchen gadgets. The store is also an hour's drive for us, so that's why we've not been to it before. Just how old is Lucy now?! She seems to be growing up exponentially!

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    1. If it had replaceable couch covers it might be the same one I just bought! Your husband is right about all the gadgets. I love shopping in the kitchen section at IKEA. Just not on a busy Sunday afternoon.

      Lucy is now 17 months old. It's hard to believe!

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    2. My granddaughter is 7 months old, so there's a year's difference! Olivia June was born April 9th. When was Lucy born?

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  5. Cheer up. I'm in my fifties too and have an Ektorp couch in my TV room. It's been there awhile, as it was one of the earlier ones that wasn't flat-packed. The poor thing needs to be treated to a new cover, but that sure beats getting a whole new couch.

    Your little granddaughter is adorable. Love the hairstyle!

    Karen

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    1. That's encouraging to hear your Ektorp has lasted a long time. Being able to get a new cover is one of the things that appealed to me. If I get tired of the colour I can always change it at some point down the road. I hadn't realized there was a time when they weren't flat-packed.

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  6. tha ektorp flat-pack is quit a new thing, I have had mine for about 10 years and have 3 different covers, very handy with two cats. She really is a sweetiepie. Jaana

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  7. We are still buying ikea furniture too, and heck, if it is what you want and does the job and is in your price range, go for it I say! It isn't any different from buying it from any other shop really! I love the photo of Lucy with all the pandas!! That is so cute isn't it. xx

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  8. I bought a little two seater sofa from Ikea in the summer to replace the one our cat had destroyed! She is starting to use this one as her scratching post now grrrrrrr

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  9. I shall be going to Ikea in a couple of weeks, and it is filling me with giddy excitement. I may check out these sofas. Ours have had it, and need to be pet (and boy) friendly.
    Leanne xx

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  10. Great hairdo! You can never have too many pandas I find. Can't wait to see the sofa and love seat. x

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  11. She's a beautiful little girl! I don't know if anything could have persuaded me to go to Ikea so well done for getting there and getting what you wanted.

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  12. Everytime I go to Ikea (about twice a year) I have to stock up on toy rabbits - for the dog. They are the only toy that she carries everywhere and apart from the ones when she was a puppy she does not destroy. We are currently on number 7 (with 8 tucked away in a cupboard). When they smell too bad or tear, they get swopped - when she isn't looking of course.

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    1. It's the rats here. The black whippet particularly has to have a black rat. He, and I'm stressing the he, carries it everywhere dangling from his mouth, like a mum with her pup. We have to keep a supply of spares for when it gets too yucky, just like Lucy and the pandas.

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    2. Yup, Anni carries the Babbit by it's ears- loos really cute but she drops it every time I grab the camera!!!!!

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  13. IKEA is awesome but, you're right, not on the week-end. It's a dangerous place for us to shop - always coming out with waaay more than was intended. That is some fantastic hair-do!

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  14. I think everybody has a little of Ikea somewhere in their lives. Hopefully next Sunday you'll have a quieter weekend and can relax on your new couch.

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  15. Love a trip to IKEA nothing wrong with what they sell. Loving also the last Lucy photo, perfect

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  16. I went into my first ikea when we moved my son to Boston and I LOVED it. It's the best place on earth :) Love seeing your little one in the photos, it's been a while :)

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  17. Thanks to Maggie the Destroyer I understand about the furniture. We had to replace our living room couch--moving it to the family rom and throwing out the couch in that room. We will eventually replace the family room couch, but no time soon. We used to think we'd have nice things after the kids grew up, but then we got Maggie. :) Ikea might be just the solution for us too!
    This was a good post even before adding Lucy, but that always kicks them up a notch. She looks especially cute making off with a whole litter of pandas.

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  18. I love discovering I have a day with nothing to do, but they very rarely remain event-less. I'm glad that your trip to IKEA was worth the hassle. I can hardly believe how quickly Lucy is growing!

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  19. Oh my gosh, Kristie, I have to confess I burst out laughing at that last precious photo of Lucy myself! Oh, that one's a keeper for sure. Hope the "kids" allow you to enjoy your sofa and loveseat for many years to come.

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  20. Well done you for tackling IKEA at the weekend, you deserve a medal. Washable covers are a necessity with boys and/or dogs I think, I don't know how people manage without them. Love the photos of Lucy, she's adorable, especially running off with the pandas.

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  21. Like you I avoid weekend visits to Ikea but sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. Needs must and all that. I don't shop there often, probably a couple of times a year but normally come back with armfuls of kitcheny gadgets and house plants or photo frames etc etc that I really didn't need! I must say I've bought some lovely bedding and matching curtains in the past - so pretty and affordable if you want a change over the seasons. Enjoyed this post Kristie, not mundane at all. P x

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  22. I think IKEA furniture is great no matter what your age. It is perfect and affordable, well especially if it is on sale. Glad you got what you needed.
    That little girl is growing every time I see her. She is adorable.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  23. I'm glad your trip from hell was worth it and you managed to get the sofa and chair. Snap,funnily enough we have bought one of those sofas too but we have had to wait 8 weeks for it and we will get it on Monday. Let's hope that it is Westie proof! Sarah x

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  24. I hit my fifties running ... there was a day trip to IKEA a couple of days afterwards ... yes, we still furnish our home there too.

    That pic of Lucy is adorable, heck Lucy is adorable!

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  25. Two of my daughters, with young children, have those IKEA sofas with the washable covers. I have five cats and two dogs in my house. And a teenage boy. And a man who works with dirty stuff. I NEED ONE OF THESE SOFAS! Unfortunately the closest IKEA is the best part of a days drive from me. One of these days..... sign me: Lusting after an IKEA COUCH

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  26. Lucy is adorable. Love the little fountain on her head! She looks like her Daddy in that photo :)

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  27. We are just waiting on the delivery of two small Ektorp sofas! Hopefully they will arrive next week. We gave our old sofa away to our son who was setting up his own home, expecting to buy some very smart hand made piece of furniture to replace it. But we couldn't find our we liked and then went on holiday, both the villas we stayed in in Greece this summer had Ektorps and we loved them and so we wait (four months with only two small armchairs in our sitting room has been a long time)

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  28. I've never actually been in an IKEA store, Kristie, as there isn't one closer than a 2-3 hour drive from where we are, but I like their products and am glad you found just what you wanted.

    Lucy is adorable. :-)

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