Thursday, August 29, 2013

Shortcuts & Allen keys....!


Four small words that strike panic and fear into the heart of most men...'let's go to IKEA' :)) Whether it's the sheer volume of goods they may be required to admire, or the strong possibility that they are going to have to 'put together' a piece of furniture using only an Allen key, the dread is palpable, the 'follow the arrow' sign even makes me flinch :)
       There are 'shortcuts'..up to date I've not found one that is actually short!!
Need me..want me..take me, words that used in another context could be rather enticing :) NOT when you're heading into a warehouse filled with sanity challenging flat packs containing everything from a coffee table to a whole kitchen, imagine building a kitchen using an Allen key.. no thanks! 
.....and then, just when you thought you would never see daylight again.. the exit ahead and you have to keep a grip to prevent yourself losing your nonchalant demur, it would never do to show that passing through the warehouse of 'trial & tribulation' had freaked you out :) Seriously I'm only kidding, I can't speak for P, but as long as you go really early and NEVER on a weekend, it's not so bad, they have some really cool Swedish stuff :) We were there yesterday to pick up a few things for the new kitchen, like... a new kitchen! You can't beat them for the basics, the details you can personalize oui. If it ever gets finished I'll show you.. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...don't forget The theme for September for City Daily Photo bloggers is "Pink.".....



29 comments:

  1. Ah, your Ikea looks and sounds just like ours here in Portland!! My recent move back to Portland required some "stuff" and Ikea turned out to have the best to offer for the price! But WOW I'm glad I don't have a need to go there often!! Great shots and a fun post for me to read this morning!!! Hope your week is going well -- in spite of trips to Ikea!!

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  2. Nice bag. Spoon and sugar at the ready for coffee - a nice idea. A Bunnings measuring tape - nice and handy. Nice $50. All round, and interesting still life:)

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  3. Wow, I didn't know that IKEA is also in Australia!
    And well, the world is full with "strange" signs :)
    Nice collection, Grace!

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  4. I like the last one, I think it is the arrows kept redirecting my point of interest like pong bouncing about.

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  5. IKEA...so it's invaded the entire world!

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  6. My daughter caught my granddaughter (aged 2) quietly reading the IKEA catalogue yesterday! Start 'em young! We love it really. (I wish IKEA had been around when I was starting out making a home.)

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  7. LOL!!! Very funny and absolutely true description of a trip to IKEA!!! An international commonality if ever there was one!!!

    PS...you're B&W on the TheWorld of B&W is FABULOUS!!!

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  8. Ikea sure fit the bill,when my daughter was furnishing her first apt right out of college. I so enjoy strolling through there. Usually leave hubby at home . He is in too big a hurry. Not one with 200 miles of our summer home :(

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  9. Ikea is a shopping paradise, although sometimes desperate, too.
    Hugs and kisses.

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  10. IKEA sure looks the same in Perth as it does here in the Greater Toronto Area where we have four IKEAs. The reasonable prices must trump the Allen wrench for many Canadians. :))

    I hope you will show us your wonderful new kitchen soon!

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  11. Grace! You just made me make a very loud "HA!!!" and Ingo asking what´s up :-))
    Trais vraiment, tout ca!
    Esp the weekend - never ever go there, you never find a space to park your car anyways.
    IKEA is not even 6 km from our home. I´m a mentally very strong person, luckily... Bet they have the red and white mulled wine in store soon - a sign it´s getting cold over here.
    Hope you found great kitchen gear, hope you publish it, too - I love to see how people in other countries live like!

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  12. Your IKEA looks EMPTY! Yes, yes, NEVER on a weekend, never ever!

    Plus, don't you think that even when you know exactly what you want, you end up buying little bits and bobs that weren't on the list? :-)

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  13. You have to come to NZ to enjoy IKEA-free life! Mind you, there seem to be half a dozen or more facebook groups imploring "Bring IKEA to NZ" or similar...

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  14. You have captured the IKEA spirit! I love the names of all the stuff and hope you enjoy your Datid, Smakrik or Udden kitchen appliance. Oh and they have one called Frostig, I will be so disappointed if that is not a fridge freezer............

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  15. I <3 ikea but the closest one is 2 hours away in Atlanta.

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  16. Ikea is one of those places to be avoided at all costs...

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  17. Funny, earlier I was idly looking at an Ikea kitchen ad online. I thought, they have improved a lot. Look forward to seeing the end result. Does this mean you will be cooking more and photographing less?

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  18. I am twitching at the thought of visiting Ikea.

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  19. I don't think anyone has so succinctly described the IKEA ordeal. Don't get me wrong, I've found great stuff there. The first one I ever visited was some years ago when IKEA was a new experience to Americans and I made the mistake of going on a Saturday. I remember having to park on a dirt lot because the wildly huge parking lot was completely full. I've been back but, never on the weekend.

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  20. Good, strong graphics, mixed in with a bit of fear. There are rumors that we will get an Ikea next year. We've had a local Scandinavian you-screw-it furniture store for decades. No more assembly for me.

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  21. Ack! I'm breaking a sweat! Nice shots, though.

    ALOHA, Friend
    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3

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  22. We've got a massive one near my place.

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  23. Sounds like a great plot for an Alfred Hitchcock movie Grace. PS yes ... it great that Melbourne topped the "Most Livable City in the World" list.

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  24. I love Ikea, could go there every month just to browse...and buy of course, if I had more space to fill at home, but I don't!
    My husband on the other hand can't stand going to any closed spaces, so any trip to Ikea requires him going outside for fresh air every hour...Gosh do I stay there that long?
    We also have an Ikea kitchen, that I assembled on my own (except for 1 very tall cupboard) (very proud of it!) and then hubby and son screwed them to the walls.

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  25. You have more patience than I have Grace. Good on you!

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  26. I am not a big fan of Ikea, but usually I can assemble everything. Until now...

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  27. Drool, dribble, salivate - a friend collected the best floor lamp I've ever owned from an IKEA store for me and I've drooled my way through their huge catalogues, have never been to an IKEA store as I've never lived anywhere near one. My grey nomad friends who are now back in Perth, said the closest they ever came to divorce was putting numerous pieces of IKEA furniture together. Bwhahaha.

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  28. Interesting! For me shopping day at IKEA means that I will buy more that I need in reality. My basket always finish full of things and then I think, it's difficult to understand myself! oh girl! LOL
    hugs
    Léia

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