Rug

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I’ll happily admit that whilst I might not be the best at it, I do love a bit of interior design. As such I’ve been trying to find a rug to ‘fit’ my living room. The main highlight colour of my living room is red, with some red striped cushions (from Next) and a red…

Alright me Babber

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I was in Brizzle on Friday, I mean Bristol. It was a bit damp, but that didn’t matter as I was there for the wedding of a wonderful woman called Ann and a rather charming man called Karl. I had some time to myself during the day, and wandered round the harbour area, avoiding the…

Happy being ordinary

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I think it’s safe to say I am a fairly average guy, with an average life. I spend my working week at the grindstone, pottering about in the evening, watching TV occasionally, playing computer games, or mucking about on the computer. Weekends are usually full of family or the usual lot of the average man;…

Our new wine rack

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Inspired by, ohhh ok, copied from this post over at IKEA Hacker, with the addition of some lighting, we now have a new wine rack. It needs a few more bottles, and possibly the addition of some rubber dots to stop the bottles rolling around but I think it looks quite good. What do you…

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Music for the masses

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I’m still ripping CD after CD after CD into MP3 format. I’m stashing all the CDs in boxes and lugging them up into the loft alongwith the CD towers (which might go out later but for now can live up there out of the road… yes yes, we’ll declutter the loft as well). I have……

You've been framed

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Given the events of the past few weeks our normally ‘minimal’ approach to having family photos on show has changed. Last night Louise and Susan went to IKEA and she came home with four lovely picture frames in a variety of styles. Tonight she picked out the photos, tomorrow I’ll print them out (after getting…

An open road

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Whilst we have a few tasks to complete, the majority of the weekend stretches away into the distance, with nary a pit-stop in sight. Will we use the time constructively? Or succumb to the charms of the “lazy-ass” Sunday? Today we hit IKEA in the a.m., purchase a new lighting fit for the kitchen (to…

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Tasty

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Art, fashion, design. They are all subjective. But where do we get our sense of style, our own personal tastes? Are they developed over time, moulded by society and our exposure to culture, or is it a genetic inheritance? A bit of both? Is my love of minimalist – think Scandinavian (no NOT IKEA) and…

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Gold

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Well done to all the medal winners at the Olympics. And a special mention to Matthew Pinsent, ya big cry baby. Boiler fitted, control unit figured out but only after walking up at 6.15 this morning, sweaty and hot, and realising the heating was on! Started tidying up, and we’ve decided on what we are…

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Coming up

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Well the new boiler installation is almost done. New radiator is in the spare room (office), new valves on all the radiators, hot water tank gone from back bedroom, back boiler and ghastly fireplace gone from living room. Which has left a big hole in the wall. Now, I should point out that I’m not…

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Well *I* like it

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Ikeaphobia and its discontents (via Anil Dash). Interesting article about why people complain about IKEA. Globalisation is the cry, and in an ideal world I agree with a lot of the ideas set forth in No Logo (for example). Big corporations buying and selling everything, and forcing the little guy out of business etc etc….

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WHOOOOOSSSHHHH

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“Believe it or not, that is the sound of an invasion, yes, that is the sound created by…” (Sorry that track started playing just as I was typing this – can you name it? – now, where was I?) Ohh yes. That is the sound of your weekend as it zips past. Yesterday’s DIY orgasms…

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Ohh how very childish

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But OHHH how very funny… IKEA KANTRA knob rack: “Can be placed in any height and therefore suitable for both children and grown-ups”.

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Monday morning (slight return)

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Saturday was spent in IKEA and B&Q and other places of ill repute, spending money we don’t have, except for once we didn’t actually spend it, merely noted down what we wanted to buy and then sat in amazement when we got home when we realised we would need £2k to get what we want….

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Weekender

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Tomorrow, tomorrow, … yeuch I hate that damn kid! ANYWAY – I’m on holiday tomorrow, and Friday. Heading up to Inverness to try and see some dolphins. Friday I’m hoping to get some time to finish of the redesign (i.e. the WHOLE of Friday if past efforts are anything to go by…). Saturday/Sunday in Edinburgh……