6.05.2011

Happy Birthday to Me

My birthday was Saturday and while we really wanted to spend the weekend moving back into the basement, which my dad coined "the garden level," we spent yet another weekend dreaming instead of doing. But at least we've made progress in the final hold-up: we decided on engineered hardwood floors. Fingers crossed it proves to be a wise gamble.

Who wants to move furniture and run up and down stairs hundreds of times on their birthday anyway? I'd much rather play with my gifts! I asked for two gifts, one renovation-related and one blog related. First up, from my parents, Nicole Hill Gerulat's book "Photo 101" so I can continue to learn how to take better photos for our blog and for documenting life in general.
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Nicole also offers online classes, which I may just have to look into taking this summer, but how can I possibly choose between her Photo 101, Photoshop or Illustrator class?

And from S, a new couch for our new den so we can finally graduate from the futon to something a bit more sophisticated. After looking at Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and several local furniture stores, we decided to give Ikea a shot. We sat on every single couch in the store, tape measure and calculators in hand. We thought we wanted a Karlstad sectional or a loveseat with a add-on lounge chair. But after chowing down on a free dinner in the Ikea cafe, S convinced me that a sofa with an ottoman pushed next to it looked and functioned the same as the add-on lounge chair, with the added convenience of being able to be moved easily to make seating for 4 instead of 3 when we have guests.
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I won't lie, I didn't like the idea...until S carried the ottoman across the store to stick it against a sofa for proof. Exactly the same height as the sofa. Exactly the same size as the lounge. Seating for 4 instead of 3. Far more flexible when I want to move the furniture around. I can move it around, stick a tray on top and have a coffee table. Brilliant.
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Our only mistake was buying just one ottoman. I can just guess who's going to be the one lounging on my birthday ottoman.... I guess we'll just have to go back and make another date of it the next time Ikea has their "eat for free with $100 purchase" offer!

As for the futon, it has a fancy new mattress from Portland Mattress Makers that makes at least as comfortable as our newer mattresses upstairs. So we'll be moving it to the new garden bedroom, making it up as a bed, and sneaking downstairs to sleep when the DC summer heat is just unbearable. Of course it will also make a nice private spot for our guests, albeit a little small (it's a full size), since the new bathroom is directly across the hall.

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5 comments:

  1. You are going to love the flexibility of being able to move the ottoman around!! Especially if you have kids down the road, they need lots of room for large sets of Thomas trains are Barbie houses :)

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  2. Happy Birthday! I think your birthday gift choices are GREAT! Enjoy the last day of your Birthday Weekend, the second week of your Birthday Month! Hehe.

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  3. happy birthday!!! glad you didn't have to spend it lugging furniture all over the place! you can save that for another day!

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  4. Happy birthday!! Just remember that the ottoman was your birthday gift...so it's always yours. :)

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  5. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the write-up! So glad you enjoyed the book. :)

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