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Hey everyone! Remember when we showed you our home office? Wellllll… We just found out that we were featured at Unclutterer.com as the ‘workspace of the week’ on June 3, 2011! Yes, Yes, I know… that is a month and a half ago, but better late than never, amirite? Anyway, here is the link to that post by Unclutterer.com:

Unclutterer.com Workspace of the Week

We are excited to be part of an elite grouping of individuals to be noticed for our office antics and design. We thoroughly enjoyed the post and the comments about our home office. Also, Lindsay wanted me to add a disclaimer: “Please excuse her and her PJ’s.”  Who knew that Lindsay would ever be featured on Unclutterer.com of all places? Haha! BTW… please excuse Lindsay’s shirt which says, “Clemson Sucks.”  By no means does she think, or encourage others to think, that Clemson sucks.  In fact, it is quite the opposite… she LOVES Clemson. Occasionally, she does the Taylor Swift ‘heart hands’ when I simply speak the word, “Clemson.”  Regardless, she is seen wearing the shirt because it is simply a ‘comfy’ shirt that was convenient to put on… true story.

What do you think of our Unclutterer.com fame?


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Good Sunday! We have been very busy here lately, thus the lack of posting over the past few days/weeks. We will go more in depth on the activities that have been occupying our time in a different post. For now, we wanted to give you an update on the progress of our home office desks. I’ll bet you can’t guess whose desk is whose! And… on to desk #1:

That is a bright light!

Check out the edge of the moon globe up in the top left hand corner of the picture (on top of the expedit bookcase). Now we will see Desk #2!

Check out the M&M plush pillow sitting up there! Don’t forget about the bowl of M&M’s sitting on the desk!

Two monitors is a must have now days. It adds a ton of potential for productivity and looks pretty cool as well :).

Our full desk area, I guess you have figured out which desk is which by now, especially considering Lindsay sitting at her desk LOL. Please excuse Lindsay in her pajamas…

Since we last posted about the home office progress, we found the PERFECT piece to put between our two desks to house my computer and hold the printer, the Micke Storage Unit from Ikea.  It fits exactly between our desks and holds the trash can.  We also got the Vika Alex drawer unit for under Lindsay’s desk.  Over the weekend, Lindsay and her mom covered the IKEA bulletin boards (corkboard) wrapped in IKEA fabric (Fredrika and Susanna), and we were able to hang them up above Lindsay’s desk, along with the IKEA Bygel bar that holds the cups (5″ Ikea Asker storage containers) full of her colorful pens.  We still have more plans in store for our desks. They are a work in progress!

What do you think of our desks up to this point?  Lindsay is in love with hers.

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You know our Ikea Expedit shelves we got that we wrote about here and here?  Well, our plan has been to get some inserts for some of the cubbies.  Ikea has several different types of inserts that fit their Expedit cubbies including 1 and 2 drawer inserts, door inserts, inserts that turn the one cubby into 4 smaller ones, and of course, regular old basket type inserts of different types like these and these.  They also have these Kassett boxes which fit the Expedit, but they only come in black, white, green, and orange.  We like them the best, but we don’t want more black due to all the black that is already in that room, and we think the white is too plain.  We like the orange and green, but we don’t think they are the best option to go with our blue wall color choice.

So, we have kinda just been waiting to see what else was out there.  Not really looking too hard yet though.  Then, earlier this week, we discovered that Target actually has some ‘storage bins’ aka basket type inserts.  They are part of their itso collection, which apparently came out in 2008.  We hadn’t even measured our Expedit cubbies, but decided to buy one and bring it home to see if it would work (if not, we’d just return it).  So, we did.  And it did!  It is the PERFECT size!

Here is the one we bought!

Obviously I love it since it has so many colors, and I think Jake likes it okay, too.  I really like that the blue on it goes really well with our walls.  It is also really very sturdy!  Definitely sturdier than we thought it’d be being made of canvas.  They are also the same price or cheaper than all of the Ikea options we mentioned!  I think we will be going back soon for a couple more of them to fill in a few more cubbies!

What do you guys think of it?

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We decided that the downstairs area needed a new coat of paint. The reason for painting was pretty simple. We bought some furniture that weighs a good bit and don’t necessarily want to move it around a lot, sooo… we thought it would be a good move to go ahead and paint instead of having to move all the furniture in the future.

Unfortunately, we did not take any pictures of us painting… as we didn’t want to accidentally get paint on the camera, that would be a big no-no. So, I will show you what happened after we got done painting! On a side note, my wife and mother-in-law are amazing! I went to work on Friday to come home to the majority of the painting and taping already done. It really was awesome and I thank both of you for doing such a great deed!

First, here is a picture of the WRECK that is our dining room and living room since we moved everything into the middle in order to reach all of the walls.

You can barely make out the kitties. They LOVE the mess, it gives them places to hide and attack us. This is the ‘finished product’ of painting. We were worn out! Now we have to reorganize the dining room and living room!

We began the next step by putting together some furniture (after mopping the floors of course):

As you can see, this is an IKEA Expedit 2×4. It is beginning of our home office (cubeland). We tried to put together the furniture on the cardboard that it came in so as to not damage the hardwood floors. At this point, the house is still in ruins.

Next, we put together one more of the IKEA Expedit 2×4. One is going vertically and one is laying down horizontally. Next to the horizontal 2×4, we put together a IKEA Expedit 2×2. This combination makes the wall look like:

We think it fits quite nice.

Now comes the ‘hard part’, putting together the IKEA Expedit 5×5 that is approximately 6 foot square. UGH, it weighs around 215 pounds when assembled and comes in 4 individual packages. Anyway, it took a little hammering and beating, but it finally went together. Also, we got two desks that attach to the Expedit storage system. They are pretty sweet. So, here are the remaining pictures showing you what our ‘dining room’ looks like.

Here is my ‘workstation’. It has the IKEA Expedit 5×5 bookcase and the Expedit desk attached. I am somewhat ghetto with the two monitors that aren’t the same size, but hey, it is two monitors (makes a world of difference in productivity). If you pay attention to detail, you can also see that our living room is destroyed by the cardboard box monster and that Charlie is attaching paper on the ground as if it were cat nip.

Here is a picture of both workstations right after we got everything set up. It is NOT clean, we know :(. It will be eventually. Just wanted to show the progress. Also, we want to put a little table between the two so we can put our printer on top of it, that would save some space and be convenient. Our dining room table is sitting right in front there (we took the middle leaf out so it is more compact). Next comes the decorations and accessories… I’m sure that will be another post as this one is getting longggggg.

Overall, what do you think of Cubeland aka the Home Office?

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A while ago, we took a Saturday and went to IKEA to get some much needed furniture. If you didn’t know, IKEA furniture comes in a series of cardboard boxes packaged for transportation. When you get it home, you are endeared with the task of putting the furniture together using little tools designed for lab monkeys. Of the things we purchased, we chose to put together the IKEA Hemnes 6 drawer dresser first (it seemed the easiest). Below is a brief description of putting together of the 6 drawer dresser.

The Room Before:

As you can see, the bedroom was a mess. Yes, the little plastic 3 drawer thing is one of the places that we stored clothes.  We NEEDED furniture!  Obviously, we had to do some cleaning of that corner to get it ready to put the 6 drawer dresser together.  If you look at the foot of the bed, those are the type boxes that the IKEA furniture comes in ready to assemble.


Generally, it just takes a little patience and a little bit of hammering to get a piece of IKEA furniture put together.

Almost done:

At this point, we almost had the 6 drawer dresser put together. The ‘large’ parts were put together. All that remained was the tedious putting together of the 6 drawers.


Here is the finished product of our roughly 2 hours of work. We think it fits pretty good in that corner. On the right side of the picture you can see another little plastic container. We will be replacing it with a full length Hemnes mirror to be able to check ourselves out every morning before work. We will try to keep you up to date regarding our ‘updating’ of the house and the IKEA furniture assembly adventures.

What do you think of the 6 drawer dresser?

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Taking a road trip is an awesome way to enjoy the company of others and potentially push yourself to the limits of human endurance through sitting for a ridiculously long amount of time. “We are going to see the biggest ball of yarn in the US!” This is the usual type of statement that begins a road trip. Only after the initial agreement with one another do you sit down and try to hash out a plan of action. Maybe you want to touch the Pacific Ocean, visit Canada, or Touch the Gulf of Mexico (or all three), only one thing is certain… there will be many hours of riding in a vehicle.

The usual types of car games will only last you a few hours, not the days you plan to spend with these other people. Eventually, even the most seasoned road tripper will get tired and fall asleep, leaving only the driver to fight with his own neck muscles and eyelids in such a way you would think he is communicating with spirits. How does the determined driver have such resilience to the temptations of numerous sheep hurdling themselves over farm fences? My answer would be:

  1. S/he wants to get to the destination alive
  2. Impress their friends by remaining steadfast in their resolve of absolute dominance of the road
  3. A combination of both 1 and 2

These are just some thoughts I had today while we took a 8.5 hour ‘joy ride’ in the form of a triangle through the upstate of SC and into NC. You may wonder what we were doing to constitute such an expedition. If you must know, we were procuring objects to enhance the decor and functionality of our dwelling, aka… Furniture. More on that later… we are exhausted *headdesk*.

What is the longest amount time you have driven in one sitting/day?

Picture: Flickr by Mi Pah

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Hey! In a previous post, we were having difficulties picking out certain aspects of the home office. Well, ever since we went to IKEA, we have a general idea of what we want to do. We are thinking of turning the home office into CUBELAND by using two expedit desks attached to bookcases. Well… we need some help and input on what you think regarding fun things to put in the home office. Below is a picture of our thoughts of the home office (yes, I drew it in paint because I am a straight up baller).

As you can see, I am not an artist with paint nor did I spend the extra time to make everything perfect. Anyway, this is going to be our general layout of the home office (Notice the CUBELAND like features).

Here is an example of the big cube like thing on the right that will act as a room divider between the living room and the dining room (home office):

Now, here is where we need your help. What are we going to put above, around, in, on top of, and through the desk and bookcases to make them look awesome? For example, we were already thinking fun little lamps, inserts, and colorful books.

Picture: Flickr by Isa Costa

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