Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Goin' Wild on

OK, we have been here for 3.5 months and I am finally coming around to furnishing empty spots around our flat and trying to make it more homey. makes it so easy to spend money on things that you didn't even know you needed! It is so inexpensive and they I went a little wild!

I bought really cheap pieces because, again, we have no clue how long we will be here for. They are pieces that I don't feel bad about only having for a year. They are functional and will brighten up our home. Chic? Absolutely not. But it'll hopefully make our flat more comfortable!

VETTRE Bedside table IKEA Inside there is room for an extension socket for your chargers. You can run the plug to the socket through the bottom hole.
I am tired of not having nightstands. We put our books and water on the floor by the bed. It gets cluttered and we trip over it often. So, I got these nightstands for 25 pounds! I'm not sure if I like the "locker" look, but I like that it seems to have a nice cabinet for storage and I love the color. It seemed to have the best storage and color for the price.

HYLLIS Shelving unit IKEA Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The included plastic feet protect the floor against scratching.
I got this little is embarrassingly cheap at 10 pounds. We have a nook by our front door that would be the perfect home for can hold our mail, shoes, and all of our Rick Steves tour books. If it doesn't hold up then I won't be too upset because it costs the same amount as two coffees, but I find that Ikea actually offers pretty good quality considering the price.
TRILLING Poster, set of 3 IKEA Motif created by Ana Zaja Petrak. The motifs have a common theme so you can easily create a coherent collage.
Lastly, I got some prints and frames. Our flat is in desperate need of art. I've tried looking at resale shops and they don't have the best it is kind of expensive. I like these prints and they were all less than 10 pounds. I know it is generic but whatever, it will add some color to our flat and that's all that matters!

A couple of side notes...

You remember our saga with getting internet installed in our flat a couple of months ago? How they had to send 5 "engineers" before it even worked? Well, I checked our account this morning and they had charged us for coming out to fix the internet we never had! I was fuming! I called them and they insisted that it's policy to charge each time they send out an engineer...I tried to be kind and asked to speak to the manager. Thankfully, after hearing me patiently explain why it wasn't right to be charged for their engineers incompetent work (I know that's harsh, but they were unable to provide the service they were offering! That's incompetent!) she removed the charges. And that's a good thing. Because I would have exploded in rage if she wouldn't had.

Also, I know I am repeating myself, but I am babysitting a LOT! Tomorrow the school is shut down due to a teacher's strike, so I am with the kiddos allllll day. Tonight, I stay until 11. And then they have a fall break in 2 weeks and I will be with them mon-fri from 7 am to 7 pm. I am trying not to dread it. I love watching the kids, but what the heck are we supposed to do for that long? Also, I like having my "me" time. I'm trying to be thankful for the provisions that it will provide...hence the ikea "splurge"!

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