“Spring is officially here and so is the d*s/fred flare spring
spruce up contest! in honor of this time of the year when we clean out
our closets and redecorate, fred flare and i decided to celebrate the
best in DIY spring redecorating. did you rehab a great piece of
furniture? did you clean out and redecorate your bedroom? if so, send
your before and after photos here with a description of the project…”
Visit Design*Sponge for details.
“PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 30, 2006–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that its future Canton, MI store will open on Wednesday, June 7, 2006. IKEA Canton will be the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in Michigan, fourth in the Upper Midwest, and 28th in the U.S. (The closest IKEA stores are in the Chicago area and in greater Toronto.)
“Due to the significant progress made before Winter and the accomplishments so far this year, we are confident our remaining milestones and interior build-up process will be complete by early June,” noted Mark McCaslin, store manager of the future IKEA Canton. McCaslin added, “right now our primary objective is to continue hiring and training the almost 400 Michiganders who will be joining the IKEA coworker family before we open.”
Located on 21 acres at Ford and Haggerty Roads off I-275 in Canton, MI, the 311,000 square-foot IKEA store created 500 construction jobs and in June will welcome 400 coworkers into the IKEA family of more than 10,000 coworkers in the U.S. and 90,000 globally. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, IKEA Canton will present 50 different room settings, three model homes, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features will include a Children’s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store…”
[Thanks for the tip Chris!]
Our friend LoriAnne DiSabato visit her dad’s old neighborhood and share her insights:
“…the Yukon Studio Loft condos boast Ikea kitchens, something my Dad definitely never had in the Flytown home of his childhood. If it seems odd to sell real estate on the basis of its kitchen appliances and furniture, keep in mind that there are no Ikea stores in Ohio, but there are Ikea fanatics there. Apparently the best way to furnish a tony Short North condo is with funkily fashionable Swedish furniture…and I’d be willing to bet that Swedish-made lamps work better than the Short North’s stylish but non-functional street arches.
So if you’re looking for the “urban lifestyle” of one-bedroom lofts, non-functional street lamps, and arty murals, the Short North district of downtown Columbus, OH might be just what you’re looking for. The art scene is hot and the hangouts are cool…just don’t offer an over-priced cup o’ Joe to an old Italian Daddy named Joe, or he might regale you with stories of the old days when this was a ghetto called Flytown.”
“Not my Daddy’s Flytown”
By LoriAnner DiSabato
Visit her blog, “Hoarded Ordinaries”
IKEA fanatics visit IKEAFANS.com
The much-awaited book from Apartment Therapy has been released:
“In this wonderfully clear-cut guide, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan prescribes a totally doable eight-step program for making your house a haven. His holistic approach, easy-to-do lists and floor plans–plus tips like buying fresh flowers a “gift” to your space–adhere to the domino doctrine: Home should make you happy.”
Domino Magazine – April 2006
“Design blogger Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of apartmenttherapy.com shares his secrets on how to transform an apartment into a stylish and healthy home. There’s even a questionnaire on personal taste and energy flow.”
Time Style and Design – Spring 2006
“If you could move freely on the globe, you could enjoy the
awesome spectacle of a total eclipse of the sun pretty often. The next
one is scheduled to darken the daytime skies on Wednesday, March 29,
This week, you might be in Africa or Turkey. You might be
cruising on the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas right now,
waiting for Wednesday’s eclipse. Your big concern would be the weather.
This total solar eclipse will rank as the top astronomical event for the year, for those in the right place to see it…”
Crossposted at Moleskinerie.com
*OUTSIDE THE BOX. An occasional series of thoughts and images. A breathing space. Because we can’t be shopping all the time:) Submissions are welcome.
“Some Nordic-based Guy” posted this most-appropriately named product:
“Seen at Ikea (Bäckebol) earlier today. A not so subliminal warning of
the likely after-effects of consuming too much of anything which
requires a Groggy corkscrew… ”
“Truth in advertising” by somenordic-based guy @ IKEA Lovers/FLICKR
© All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Apartment Therapy recently featured the Patrik Swivel Chair.
” The Patrik was designed for IKEA by Mia Gammelgaard, and it may be on it’s way
to becoming another IKEA classic… With bold good looks, an adjustable seat, a
solid caster system, nubby bright fabric and a price tag of only $149, the
Patrik is a stand out from IKEA’s other cushioned task chairs and is hard for
any other store to beat.”
Dizzyisland.com has some advice for putting together those IKEA (and other) furnitures:
1) I am a raging control freak. It’s taken me a
long time to accept and embrace the fact that the majority of the
problems we encountered that day were due to the fact that everything
had to be exactly the certain way I wanted it to be or I just went
unreasonably ballistic. Why Youl didn’t leave me sitting all by myself
in a pile of particleboard is still a mystery to me.
2) Stick to the instructions. We thought it would
be a great idea to use glue since the attachments seemed rather
questionable. We came to several points during construction when we
realized that we had put a piece in the wrong place, and had to rip
things apart. There was screaming, blaming, swearing, etc… bad scene.
3) Take breaks. Youl and I can be pretty hard core;
when we start something, we just want to get it finished. We worked and
worked with no breaks for food or drinks, and it really added to the
general irritability. I don’t advise this. Take a decent breather every
hour or so.
4) BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools). The tools supplied
with these ‘Assembly Required’ numbers are really just little
infuriating fire-starters in my mind….”