Thursday, January 03, 2008

I heard Angels singing

Rich and I spent all day yesterday in Schaumburg, IL at IKEA.

Man alive, that place is huge! The first look from the car, we were driving along, turned a corner and AHHHHHHHH -- there she was -- this giant primary blue and yellow whale of a building. I got anticipatory shopping cotton mouth as we drove toward her.

Would you believe, even though Winnie needs a dresser aaand they had the largest selection of fun textiles that I have ever seen in one place -- the only thing we purchased was a $1.99 grocery bag holder for under the sink?!!!

I was able to pull that off by sticking with a singleness of purpose (new kitchen) and skipping floors one and two. We were there for five hours designing a desired kitchen layout and figuring out which fun functional thing should go where.

Unfortunately, no matter the effort, we were unable to think an extra six inches into the width of our kitchen -- six inches that would allow for the center island magic we so desire. We are still at the drawing board, but we made much headway and had a lot of fun dreaming and seeing what can be done.

I hope my remaining kitchen cabinets hold out for me during this process. I seriously had one section of cabinets fall apart -- collapse -- and now my stuff from that unit is on wire snap together squares from Target and I no longer have counter space near my oven.

Speaking of the oven -- Santa brought me a new oven for Christmas!!!


The new oven replaced the oven that came with our old house, that we moved to this house. The old oven was from the 50's. The only reason I never replaced it with a cheapie new one was because the burners torqued and that is a very good thing and not something I found in a cheapo replacement. So, even though the oven cooked half a pizza raw, while the other half would burn, I put up with it.

Santa finally saved up enough reward points from the business gas card and we got a real nice stove now. And I don't think that stove is going to put up with being in a shoddy kitchen for very long -- wish it luck will you?

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Blogger Melissa said...

You guys were in my backyard yesterday. I seriously love IKEA, we have a counter/cabinet set from IKEA and I get a jillion compliments on it. It's my favorite part of the kitchen. When you finish the kitchen up be sure to post some pictures. I'd love to see which cabinets your thinking of using.

As for your 1950 stove would you be surprised to know we used to have one of those in our old house. I kept mine for the exact same reason the burners were spectacular, now the oven, not so much!!!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Wow, I grew up in Streamwood. I now live in the northwestern burbs. Not to far from cheesehead land. Next time you come this way we'll have to meet up at IKEA.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Melek said...

holy cow that's a nice oven! i'm totally jonesing to redo my kitchen. maybe that should be my resolution for this year.

and yes, you can get totally lost in Ikea. it takes us 45 min to drive to ours, then the obligatory 4 hours to shop, then 45 min home. it's practically a whole weekend! my record for making it in and out of there is 1 hour. and i bought a lot that day.

congrats on the new stove!

1:03 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Happy New Stove! Break a bottle of vinegar over it to christen it.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Cecily R said...

Niiiiicccceeee appliance!! I am hereby jealous, but not so blinded by it that I didn't notice your spectacular label yet again. Are you sick of me pointing them out yet??

10:36 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

That IS a nice stove! It will not only inspire great cooking, it will give you all the vision you need for the perfect kitchen remodel, even without those six inches of space :)

7:12 PM  
Blogger kay said...

WOW!!! love the oven!!

thou shall not covet your neighbors oven...

we are getting an ikea next year. i'm stoked!!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Swishy said...

I have totally been to that IKEA! It is like crack, I swear.

Yay on the new oven!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Matchbox Mom said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so proud of you for holding out! You're a brave brave woman.

9:11 PM  
Blogger wordtryst said...

Wow, that's a nice stove! We're wayyyy overdue for a new one, too.

12:35 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Melissa -- and then we could go to starbucks, and woodfield....

Mel -- thanks, I'm loving it -- just trying to figur out when to convect and when not to convect.

ttq- or EVOO!

cecily -- it's impossible to over appreciate me and my labels.

trish -- you are correct.

kay -- lucky you -- I heard rumors of one around here, but so far, only groundbreaking has been for another Walgreens -- because 8 are not enough?

swishy -- just like crack!

matchbox -- thanks, it was worth it.

wordtryst -- those royalties will be pouring in soon!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Smitty76 said...

WOW. I'm totally in love with your stove. Really. And please post pics of any progress in the kitchen! I love home-renovation pictures!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Barrie said...

Good luck with getting a brand new kitchen.

Did you try any food at Ikea? I like to have lunch there. And they have some nice jam.

4:55 AM  
Blogger kim said...

I had the broccoli soup

10:25 AM  
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