Saturday, August 23, 2008
IKEA: saving the universe one cinder block at a time
As a couple of newlywed students we've recently rented one of the wonderful 1960's era—not in a good way—on-campus apartments. Among its many charms are whitewashed cinder block walls, all florescent lighting, squeaky yet scratchy industrial multicolored carpeting and the ever popular curtain-rod-instead-of-a-closet-door feature. No microwave. No dishwasher. Oh and you have to hike two miles uphill both ways to get to the laundry facility.
Okay, so that last part was a little bit of an exaggeration. We are very happy to be able to live so close to campus. The situation isn't all bad. In fact, we have a grand total of six closets as opposed to the one we have now. Six closets amends many evils. As the resident designer (no pun intended) my trusty sidekick Trent and I set about making this dismal situation into a home that we will enjoy coming back to after a long day.
Yes that's in all caps I-K-E-A. Knoll International meets Walmart. Scandinavian design for the masses. Even students like us can starve for a week and afford a really amazing bedroom set. We are in the midst of the moderately grueling—especially if drawers are involved—set up process. Here is the point where I would insert pictures but as my camera is dead you'll just have to imagine lots of parts and bags full of tiny screws and oddly shaped plastic pieces. Pictures of the finished product are forthcoming.