From The Weekend


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The highlights of my weekend include:

1. Ordering this white Hemnes Cabinet fom Ikea.

White Ikea Hemnes Cabinet with many shelves

I have run out of storage space in my kitchen-living-dining room (it’s all just one big connected room) to store anything. Urban living and no storage at its finest.

Black yoga mat on top of hardwood floors

I literally have cereal boxes, nice dishes, yoga mats, camera lenses, and spatulas crammed into nooks and crannies, random drawers, stuffed in various closets and things are a big disorganized hodge-podge. Not to mention, things are getting smooshed and could break (gasp, Anthro dishes) and more storage is needed. Period.

I ordered this storage cabinet in the hopes to get photography dishes and bulky dry goods like bags of flour and sugar into one area, which will free up the cupboards to put the every day dishes into them which will free up the nooks and crannies which will make things organized and neat and pretty again.

Let’s hope my plan works because rather than stepping foot into Ikea on a weekend (nightmare), I ordered online with a hope and prayer it’s going to be fine and I’ll like it. My item will be delivered in about a week and an assembly company is putting it together.

Glass. Shelving. Tall unwieldy structure. Sounds like a recipe to break my arm, slice my fingers, or file for divorce if we tried to put it together ourselves.

White Ikea Hemnes Cabinet with many shelves with things inside of it

2. Spending time here

Coronado island path overlooking ocean and bridge

3. Being with my family and listening to Skylar laugh and play her version of “Name That Tune” with us. She hums a tune and asks us if we can guess the song. We never can.

And we all bust out laughing.

4. I made food for Scott that made him happy and we had a low-key Father’s Day. The weather was picture-perfect on Sunday and we savored it.

5. I made some Special K Bars because I wanted something chocolatey and gooey and peanut buttery and no-bake.

My grandma’s recipe always hits the spot.

Special K Bars
Special K Bars
Caramel Bottom of Special K Bars

What was the best part of your weekend?

Do you have any Ikea purchases you love? Or storage solutions you love?

We did Skylar’s room from Ikea and have been very happy. For the price, functionality, and look I’m going for, it’s perfect. Both her room (and hopefully) my storage case.

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  1. I love that cabinet! I hope it works out for you. I am running out of space too, but my problem is getting rid of clutter!

    1. I de-clutter and donate all the time, I just have run out of room in an urban condo with 3 people…tight quarters here!

  2. Great Ikea find! I keep my camera and lenses in the pantry too, easier access. :-) We have a few of the Ikea Expedit shelves in our office, gym, and bedroom with tons of baskets, filers, and drawers for storage.

    1. I keep them on the counter far too close to the stove because the pantry is full. With dishes.

  3. Love that picture of Coronado! When I lived in SD I worked in Coronado, such a beautiful place to go to work everyday! :)

    1. It’s amazing you made it into work and got anything done – I’d have been outside :)

  4. Best part of my weekend was that the play I’m in unally opened and sold out both nights do it looks like it’ll be a good run!
    As for ikea, my mattress from there is quite comfy:)

    1. Skylar’s mattress is from there and she’s never once (knock on wood) had a bedtime power struggle with us. So I’ll say it’s the mattress :)

  5. Love, love, LOVE that cabinet!!! Super cute and versatile. You’ll have to post pics once you have it set up! :)

    And holy moly. Those Special K bars look irresistible!!

  6. I understand that in terms of matching the other colors would have fit the color scheme in your house, but I always love a pop of white color. I think that will look great in your house. Actually, I like it so much that I am going to go look at it in white myself!! It’s not available online anymore! Boo! :-(

    Those Special K bars look so good right now!! :-)

    1. that’s super weird….I just clicked on it and it *is still* available online for me. Now that’s a mystery…maybe b/c the distribution center in CA is diff than where it would be for you? Weird. Call and order though…they’ll always take your money over the phone :)

      1. After you posted this, I tried again and now it is available! What the what?? I love it! My only dilemma..where to put it! :-)

  7. The cabinet is nice! I have a small house and I could use a cabinet, all my stuff is sitting on a table in my front room!

  8. i recently bought octopus hangers from ikea for hanging my cloth diapers and i love them. And they were only 4 bucks each!

  9. Best part of my weekend? My Grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary (wow) and .. pumpkin caramel pie (recipe on my blog today). It contains ‘golden syrup’, which I think is a burnt sugar syrup – it is like liquid toffee. Can you think of an American substitution for that? I’d love to know if there is something similar.

  10. I love the look of Ikea–so contemporary and clean looking. When it’s time to re- decorate or update, I’ll be checking it out. I had a productive weekend getting things done that needed to be done and having time to enjoy my hobbies. My husband was able to get Sunday off, so we spent a little time together after all. Sounds like you had a very nice weekend!

  11. Hi there, it’s been a little while!
    I love your choice, the space looks very clutter free in the photo, but I’m assuming you chose a right angle to shoot the room? :P
    I love white, especially for a living space. I would rather have lighter color than bright ones like red except for an accent. I think it’s less stressful & more relaxing to be around :D

    1. my house is 100% clutter free (visible)..I hate clutter and I either donate or throw away as needed! but with my collection of dishes and food/pantry stuff, just have to get something additional.

  12. Love the white cabinet! I have almost all the matching pieces to that set :-)

  13. The first thing I thought when I saw that cabinet was “I hope she sprang for the assembly company” and you did—smart cookie! Your special k bars are haunting me…!

  14. I have a gorgeous red china cabinet from Ikea. It is such a statement piece in my apartment and I love it! My dishes are white and red so I just display them stacked up right in there. Glad you had a great weekend!