Did you know the first IKEA store opened in 1958 in Sweden. The founder was Ingvar Kamprad, owned a farm Elmtayd and he was from Agunnayrd, a nearby village - get it? IKEA? It's not a Swedish word! They've gone from humble beginnings to a company that distributes 2.5 billion wooden dowels (you know, the ones that hold all their furniture together) a year!
But I digress. We needed to find living room furniture for our new living room. We didn't want to be sitting on the dining room chairs for too long! Something apartment sized, that will be comfortable, but with a bit of style. We looked all around and finally settled on this chair. Hmmm.....doesn't it have an amazing resemblance to the one from their 1950's store? I guess you'd call it timeless!
We decided on the Ektorp sofa - the ultimate inexpensive sofa - with a linen cover that includes nice detailing.
And I couldn't resist this mantle clock. The yellow doesn't really work for me, but spray paint is easy and cheap
(please don't tell our landlord I painted this on the rooftop deck. I have a feeling that wasn't allowed in our Dutch lease).
Amazingly, IKEA was able to deliver the same day! But I was disappointed they were able to get everything up the stairs. You see, in Amsterdam, the staircases tend to be so tricky, they usually take the window out and hoist the furniture up the outside of the building. Ever wonder why those hooks hang out of the top of houses here? To mount a pulley for hauling.
And for more sophisticated movers, they use this ladder like thing that has a hydraulic lift to bring things up and down.
|4 Floors of Home Furnishings! What a mall!|
|This restaurant appears to float in the middle of the mall!|
We found a great coffee table and some nice accessories. I keep gravitating to these Dutch house decorations - we definitely need a few of these!
One of the biggest challenges in the apartment is what to do with these 4 lighted curios cabinets. With 5 shelves on each one - that's a lot of accessories. The cute Dutch houses will help, but there will be more shopping to do!
Of course we have more to find - but this gives us a nice start! It will start feeling like home soon - at least once we get everything assembled.