Our Lake Life goes to Ikea



Well hello there,

Hope you’re all having a good morning so far. Yesterday afternoon we got the cutest little dusting of snow. The kind that just makes everything so crisp and clean. I think I’m able to appreciate it this year more than most because the snow hasn’t be showing up too much to overstay it’s welcome…before you know it Spring will be here!

So last Friday since I was lucky enough to have the day off, my sister and I decided it was about time we took a trip long overdue to Ikea.

I have to say the adventure getting there was one for the record books. You see anyone who has driven on certain roads in New Jersey especially around Liberty International Airport will tell you to be sure you know exactly where you’re going.

To be sure you know where you’re going you may want to be smart and refresh your memory by looking at some directions or bringing a GPS.

Because when you fail to look at directions and fail to bring the GPS you may hesitate as you are getting on the ramp to the NJ Turnpike.

When you hesitate you run into the hazard of possibly getting on the south-bound side of the NJ Turnpike when in fact you meant to get on the north-bound side of the NJ Turnpike. 

When you get on the southbound side instead of the north-bound side you may have to take a 30 minute detour to find your way back to where you originally were.

When have to take a 30 minute detour you run the risk of not finding the most perfect kitchen set up you’ve been looking for.

Don’t run the risk of not finding you’re most perfect kitchen set-up look at the directions before you leave the house.

But seriously this kitchen set-up is what I’ve been looking for. It was one of those moments where you walk in and it just clicks. It was like a warm light hovered over the top and I said EUREKA this would work perfectly for our space. 

Actually, I really wanted to pick the entire thing up and bring it home with me, right along with the cutest little play kitchen to the right of the island. I mean how cute is that?

Also on a side tangent. How fantastic are Ikea’s marketing people? I mean not only do I now want a new kitchen I NEED to get a play kitchen to prop next to our island.

The Ikea Kitchen has the same long set up as our kitchen. The island would be a great are to add for some prep space. For reference here’s a picture of how our kitchen looked on the day of our home inspection back in 2009. If you’re curious you can see how the whole house looked back then here.  Since then, nothing much has changed in the kitchen with the exception of a new coat of paint.


To make it work we would need to swap out the location of the appliances but I’ve been wanting to do that for a while anyway. The refrigerator over there is awkward,  always bumping into the table when you open up the doors, no bueno. Also it doesn’t fit correctly in the cabinet. Whoever measure didn’t take into account the hinges on top of the door. Making it stick out about 5 inches more than it should, also no bueno.

But now I can see it all coming together in my head. Our appliances are already on the verge of getting replaced. They’re old and dated, I’m not really digging the almond color and some of functions don’t work anymore. Like the broiler that only works when it feels like it, or the timer on the stove that goes off randomly at 3:00 am.

Something similar to this is what I’d love to have.  I’m loving all that counter space, the prep island and the little play kitchen. So cute.

Of course some things would probably change along the way to make our own. But we shall see. All in good time right?

So has anyone else taken a wrong turn on the highway lately? Or found your dream kitchen. Please do tell.

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