IKEA Or Not? #5

Wow, it’s almost 2 years ago since I last blogged about what I bought from IKEA for my home. Of course, I still shop in IKEA. Mainly small items which I don’t think worth to blog. Recently got some big (okay, not really that big lah, chest of drawers and chair lor) items from IKEA again. I would say worth every penny.

We were busy clearing and cleaning our bedroom to welcome the baby. Since we can’t fit all the baby stuff in our built-in wardrobe, I thought of getting a new chest of drawers from IKEA. I’ve decided that all baby furnitures/fittings must be in white, I do not want any headache thinking what theme color for the baby’s room in the future. Been looking through IKEA website and decided to get this Brimnes chest of drawers that cost RM339, good enough for baby stuff.

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However, when we were in IKEA and Andrew saw this ↓

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“Isn’t this more worth it and cheaper?” I checked the price, RM369! Just RM30 more and I get a bigger chest! Geez…… Lucky Andrew saw it, else I would be banging my head. It further proves that this is a good buy, I get to store Lucy’s stuff and clothes and the bottom drawer for my cosmetic and skincare. The quality is good. Love how easy it is to pull out the drawer. Now I have another headache, gotta baby-proof all the drawers in the future. :(

Then we picked up some textiles for baby. We’ve gone to other supermarkets to look for bedsheet and quilt, they’re so expensive! I can’t believe bedsheet and quilt for baby are almost the same price with adult size. IKEA is still cheaper.

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 Fantasidjur quilt cover with pillow case – RM29.90

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Skamtsam quilt cover with pillow case – RM39.90

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 Jollra cot bumper pad – RM59

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LEN quilt for cot – RM49.90

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LEN fitted sheet for cot 2 pieces – RM39.90

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Leka rattle – RM11.90 (Bought this because they’re so cute)

Since Andrew’s mom would be coming and we need more kitchen storage for all the stuff needed during my confinement, we bought some shelves to be put in the kitchen. We bought two OMAR shelving unit, at RM119 each. Very sturdy. You can adjust the height of the shelf to your need. The only cons is stuff may slip off the shelf since it’s edge-less. What Andrew did to one of the shelves is to reverse the top shelf, bottom-up. We put mugs and dishes on it and don’t have to worry they’ll slip off.

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On our way out to the cashier, we picked up this Helmer drawer unit with castors. It was on special price for RED color, I can’t remember exactly how much it was. The original price is RM139, we got it definitely lower than RM100, maybe RM88. I use it as a bed-side table for baby’s and my stuff. I must say this is another good buy too. I can organise my stuff into each different drawer. The not-so-good point is that the drawers do not have “stopper”, you have to be careful when you open it. If you open it too fast, the whole drawer will just slide out and you may hurt yourself. Again, headache now that I too have to baby-proof this. -__-

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In another visit, we saw this Poang armchair on special price! It was so cheap! Normal price is RM269, during Chinese New Year it was RM189. Of course, only RED color was on promotion. Without hesitation, Andrew bought it. He said very worth it wor, as my dad bought a Pello armchair which has slightly lower quality at RM169. I asked him where are we going to put this chair, the living room already has a rattan chair. He said he would find some place to put. Men, when they want something, there’s no stopping them.

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We didn’t buy a changing table. For me, I thought just change baby on our bed lah, easier and we get to sit down. Just buy a waterproof changing mat will do. Andrew’s friend, upon hearing that I was pregnant, immediately offered to lend us his changing table. He said no need to buy, just borrow will do ’cause only use it for few months, and he too lent it to his sister. So grateful to have friends like this. It turned out that the changing table is useful. Actually it’s not expensive, it’s just that if we were to buy it, we will have to either give it away or find some place to keep it.

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Sniglar changing table – RM99 (not including the mat)

I’m lucky that I bought my baby cot and cot mattress from a friend, almost like giving for free as she sold them to me cheap! Can’t imagine how much I will have to spend if I had to buy a new one.

That’s it for now for our IKEA trips. Going to make another trip soon.

IKEA Or Not? #4

I was supposed to post this before the Chinese New Year. I don’t know why it’s been sitting in my “draft” for so long.

We did a fair bit of shopping for the coming Chinese New Year, spent a whole lot of money!

Nope, I am not trying to have a big fat CNY. Those things that we bought are actually for the house. One year after moving into the new place, we still have boxes of stuff yet to be unpacked. All because of the tight budget and we can’t possibly buy everything all together.

Finally, bought some more book shelves from IKEA. It’s not completed, still need to get the doors for some of them later.

Every time we went to IKEA, we would always end up buying more stuff than we planned.

I’ve always wanted to get a carpet for our bedroom, thought of getting the same one as the one we have in the living room. Then, Andrew spotted a bigger one at RM299. Out of the blue, he said, “why not we move the one in the living room to the bedroom and get this bigger one for the living room?” Hmm…… Makes sense. So we went to pick up the HAMPEN high pile rug (RM299).

Hampen high pile rug

When I looked at the real thing, I was a bit concerned about the size. It is 160x230cm, which may be too long for our living hall. I was struggling there whether to buy it. Thanks to Andrew’s sharp eyes, he saw another rug priced at RM299 too! It’s a low pile rug though, but it is square. We were not sure of how it’s gonna look in the living hall, but with the IKEA’s 100 days return policy, we took the risk. It fits perfectly fine and looks great!

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I was really headache with the dressing table in the bedroom. Whether to get a table, a wall shelf or a chest of 6 drawers which the top can double up as a table top. For a year I’ve been applying make up in the bathroom and sitting on the floor applying my skincare. @__@ Why took so long? Firstly, I couldn’t find a dressing table that I like in IKEA and I do not trust the local furniture shop anymore. I was eyeing the chest of 6 drawers in IKEA but it was out of my budget, needed to save up then. This time, I know I couldn’t wait no more. I went ahead with the wall shelf. I.NEED.A.PROPER.PLACE.FOR.MY.MAKEUP.AND.SKINCARE. Got one shelf for now, thinking of adding another one later and get some baskets to make them like drawers, sort of. Can’t believe this LACK wall shelf is so cheap, RM59 only!

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Since we were already there, and to cut down another headache, we got a king size quilt from IKEA too. Saved us the hassle of going through all the brands in Isetan/AEON and burn a big hole in our pockets. MYSA STRA quilt, warmth rate 3, at RM129 for king size. You may tell me that it isn’t good for that kind of price. Well, I have had cheap comforter which I’ve used for 7 years. If this can last us a good 5 years, I would say it is good enough. Update: This is really a warmer and worth all the penny! It’s not too warm and not too thin. Perfect in any weather.

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On our way to “check out”, while I picked up some photo frames, Andrew saw this magnetic board and he got this crazy (okay, maybe not that crazy) idea. He wanted to get 3 magnetic boards so that we could stick our photos on it and that way, won’t damage the wall too. THREE magnetic board!!! I am “looking forward” to seeing how he’s gonna do that. Sometimes his spontaneous impressed me, but I always have doubt on the “implementation” part. :P Let’s just see. Update: Still much work to do to make this thing looks really “impressive”, I wonder when will my man get to do it. :|

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We have also bought a few small items, which I will not mention all of them here.

So, my house is full of IKEA’s stuff. What choice do I have when the local furniture shops failed me big time.

IKEA Or Not? #3

Went to IKEA in the early morning of Saturday to beat the crowds. It is just so difficult to shop with the crowds, and very often I would find myself getting agitated with the crowds. It is no joke, people! You would know what I mean if you’ve been to IKEA during weekends.

Since my wardrobe is done, I’ll have to move on with adding more furniture to the room. Was hunting for a dressing table and a storage cabinet for the living room. Right now all our shoes are on a shoe rack, an eyesore for an open-space room.

PAX one-door wardrobe. Saw this one-door wardrobe during our last trip here, shoe racks on the bottom half and shelves on the top half. Perfect! Just what we needed! Everything will be hidden out of sight. The one below costs RM528, without the interior fittings. The one we saw in IKEA cost RM589, mirror glass door with interior fittings. It never occurred to us that a one-door wardrobe can be used this way. Argh! Ignorant! Hahaha. This is what I like about IKEA, they have it in different sizes and designs to suit your needs. :)

Dressing table. Saw this MALM dressing table on IKEA’s website, thought it would be good to fit in nicely the corner near to the bathroom in the master-bedroom. With a drawer that I can keep all my cosmetics and skincare. However, when I saw the real thing, I changed my mind. It is not worth the money (RM449). The quality of the table isn’t really that fantastic except the glass top. The drawer is shallow and short. Don’t think it will be big enough to store my skincare and accessories. Sigh. And, when I wanted to close the drawer, it slipped and banged shut, the whole table was shaking! Hahahahaha. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it. So now I know, it is really not a good buy. :P Here’s another advise, make sure you touch and test each and every item that you are buying.

Chest of drawers. I’ve been eyeing this MALM chest of 6 drawers since long time ago! LOL! It looks so elegant with the glass top, and it has 6 drawers! And the top can be used as a table too! Isn’t it nice? It is nice, right? Don’t you agree? Hahahahaha…… Andrew keeps telling me, “you can use the old one we have, right”. I’ll always tell him, color not match, the width not right, the keyhole rusted already…… I want a white bedroom, the old chest of drawers is dark brown, with the brown wardrobe now already ruining the whole thing, that is going to add to the ugliness of everything. The quality isn’t bad at all. From the first look it may look cheap, but when you open the drawer, you can feel that it is actually pretty solid and steady. All four colours are equally nice and elegant. RM659 for the white one, RM100 extra for the glass top. I remember I bought my chest of 4 drawers from a furniture shop for RM500. :(

We didn’t buy the big items above, decided to get them later with other furniture, still need to get some book shelves and table.

After looking at the big stuffs, we bought some other smaller household items. Can’t believe that we bought so many from IKEA! Even towels!

Kassett box, RM19.90 for 2. Fit nicely on the TV bench! So difficult to find boxes that can fit into that narrow drawer!

Ribba picture ledge, RM39. Bought 2, black color. This is good for photo frames and some other decorative items. :)

Haren bath towel, RM19.90. Andrew kept complaining his towels are old and worn, bought this to shut his mouth. :P

Frajen bath towel, RM24.90. I complained that he gets to have new towel and I don’t! So I get this, more expensive than his! Hahaha! :P

Boholmen colander, RM12.90. This has proven to be so useful! Even better than the dish drainer! Andrew picked this, and he is now so proud of his own choice. Cheh……

4-piece Grunka kitchen utensil, RM25. So cheap, am not cooking very often, this will do.

Kavalkad frying pan, RM35 for 2. Cheap also lah. Have a big one at home, too big for me to handle. Hahaha. This one so cheap, won’t feel so heart-sick if  scratched or spoil soon.

Klangfull knives, RM11.90. Bloody dirt cheap!!! Andrew was holding another set of knives for RM49, then he saw this! Hahahaha. He said we are not big chef, this will do. :P

Tekla tea towel, RM1.60. Wonder what was with Andrew the other day, he kept spotting the cheap stuff! Guess what, this is a good tea towel! Gonna buy few more the next trip.

That’s all. Now you see, IKEA is in every household. Look carefully and choose wisely, IKEA can be the best choice. :)

My Rant On Kubiq, LAST!

Finally, the handles of the wardrobe were fixed last night. Carpenter came at 10pm. Room is dusty again even after Andrew cleaned and vacuum-ed. Sigh.

Before carpenter started, he asked Andrew for the desired height of the handles and Andrew asked me what is my preferred height. I told Andrew, “huh? Why bother? Anything lah, it is already ugly enough, the height of the handles wouldn’t make it better.” That, shows how disappointed I am. When the carpenter was fixing the handles, I didn’t even bother to go and check. I only went in the room to see if it was messy and to check on Andrew, not the carpenter.

They’re not the handles that I wanted, so I can’t be bothered if they’re of perfect height on the doors. As long as they’re fixed, so that I can open the doors. The whole thing pissed me off so much that I start to hate my wardrobe. 4 f***ing months to get everything done! Handles alone took 2 month and a half!

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The more I look at it, the more I feel the color is so old-fashioned. The corner ceiling-high wardrobe just looks, odd in the bedroom. Why on earth did I choose that??????? Because of a friend and convenience? F*** knows! ARGH!

I learned a lot during this whole renovation process. Not to trust a friend for renovation works, not to take things for granted, not to go with common sense…… I told Andrew, in the future, do NOT ever tell me how white color is going to get dirty, I WANT WHITE, PERIOD!

Another advice from me, if you like a certain color theme for your house, do not ever let other people to convince you otherwise! I wanted white kitchen cabinet and white wardrobe, but everyone (including Andrew) told me white is not going to last long as it gets dirty easily and difficult to maintain. I thought they were wiser than me, so I went with other colors than white. Now? I feel sorry for myself for listening to others but not myself!

5 years down the road, dirty or not, it’s up to me to either change it or live with it. Hell with it! Who bothers if white is difficult to maintain if you’re the one’s living with it and seeing it everyday?????? And best of all, you’re the one paying for it!

To be honest, dark color isn’t any better neither. Have a long scratch on the black counter-top in the kitchen. Yep, first week after the kitchen is done. Mind you, a scratch appears to be very obvious on dark surfaces. Now I use the ugliest table cloth that I could find in the house to cover that scratch. So you tell me, how nice is it going to be with dark colors?

Well, I’m not going to take good care of both my kitchen and wardrobe. I’m just going to USE and ABUSE them like some cheapskate stuff. Just see how long they can last under the wrath of ASHLEY! Wuahahahahahahahahaha! *Evil laughs*

So, so, so disappointed with a friend. The way that friend handled this issue, is totally disappointing. Friend thinks that he/she has done everything to help, sort of like telling me I’m asking too much and I shouldn’t be bothering him/her anymore. Sigh…… Someone will never understand. Colleague asked me, “still friend?” I don’t know…… I seriously don’t know. He/she doesn’t seem to want to stay friends anymore, or else will at least call me to ask how’s thing going. No, no calls. Every time I would be the one who texted first.

Wasted my money, lost a friend, and lost my trust.

My Rant On Kubiq

Chosen Kubiq, for our kitchen cabinets and wardrobe. First, I was convinced by someone, that the quality is good. Secondly, I believed it would worth the money. Thirdly, I trusted my friend more than my contractor. It wasn’t that my contractor is not good, in fact he is pretty good. However, who wouldn’t trust a friend more than a contractor which you only know for a month?

I regret every decision that I made about Kubiq. Yes, I am not a person who regret my decision. When I know I make a mistake, I don’t regret, I’ll just make sure I don’t repeat it and I learned. For this, I broke all the principles I have. Kubiq, now adds to my regret list, which has only 3!

If you want to know about the full story and if you care to read, (it’s long, I’ve warned you) it’s here in the Lowyat Forum. I posted in Lowyat Forum because I do not want another person fallen as a victim. Perhaps I’m the unlucky, still, I want to make sure I’ve done my part to warn you that, Kubiq is not professional enough to take on bulk orders during peak seasons and their workers are definitely not professional ones.

If you were in my shoes, going through all the hassles and headaches, living in a house with incomplete kitchen and wardrobe for nearly 3 months, couldn’t do a thing to other furnitures as you couldn’t unpack your stuff, seeing your walls and floors damaged by some unprofessional pricks, spent weekends mopping the dusty floors due to the numerous installations in the house, waited f***ing few months for them to correct their stupid mistakes, dealing with idiots not responding promptly to your questions and emails, always have to call FIRST to get an answer…… YOU tell me, if my patience for the past 3 months is not enough, tell me what is???!!!!!

I made a mistake, a grave mistake! I went with my guts more than the facts. I should have just let my contractor to do everything, but I put too much trust on a friend. A friend that believes has done everything to help me in this. I don’t know. I don’t care, you messed up, you get it corrected, I don’t care just how much you have done. Guess what, not even a call from my friend asking me “how’s thing going” after everything went wrong.

People, a friendly piece of advice from me. Do NOT ever, EVER, trust your friend for any renovation works. NOT even when they guarantee you that they could do a perfect job for you, NOT even when they could assure you 101% of quality, NOT even when you have seen how brilliant their work is, NOT even when they’re so good to you and certainly NOT even when they need your “help” in their business.

Things, can go wrong. Even the smallest of things can go wrong. You trust your friends, fine. Just don’t let them renovate your house! Advice given, take it or leave it.

Right now, even the word “Kubiq” looks disgusting to me. They deserve a middle finger from me. Make sure you run as far as possible when you see Kubiq. Quality wise, to be honest, it is similar to IKEA, but I must say IKEA is better because you have so many choices in IKEA and their service is definitely way better. If you are considering Kubiq, please go to IKEA. You may even find that IKEA is cheaper especially comes to installation price. Good thing with IKEA is, the workers are hired by IKEA, everything is controlled by IKEA. Anything goes wrong, go back to IKEA and they will definitely attend to you. Unlike Kubiq, my complaint was not even well addressed!

When I gather the same amount of money, I’m gonna tear every bit of Kubiq down and show them! Kubiq my a**!

Actually, I don’t feel as angry as I was. I just needed to rant here. In the future, when I look back, I will know how my grave mistake taste like! Also, I really do not want others to be another victim.

Tall unit is shorter than the wall cabinet. They appeared to be of same height on the drawings. If I had known the difference earlier, I would have told  them to take away the tall unit. It wasn’t even something I suggested, it was suggested and added by the designer!

I showed this photo to share a joke. I told some a**hole that this door is shorter since it came with the wrong handles, the door should cover the cabinet nicely, but here, I could see the bottom white edges so clear when I stand 3 feet away. I know they were going to change the doors, but I still showed that idiot this. Before anything else, that idiot said this is common, nothing is perfect! Now you tell me what bulls*** he was talking about. Common???

The biggest blooper!!! The plaster ceiling was already done when Keiron came to measure, yet the wardrobe came out to be shorter!!! See the small narrow top cabinet? That is another blooper. The a**hole told me you can’t do customisations for Kubiq, you can’t even cut it. I asked him, “if you can’t customise or cut it, it is taller than the ceiling then how??!!! Force it into the ceiling and wall????!!!!” I didn’t get any answer from that idiot.

The wall beside the wardrobe, badly damaged because those stupid workers didn’t use their brains, peeled off the silicon and didn’t bother to mend it! This goes from top to bottom ok, not just a tiny part! F***!

Stain/white wash on the wardrobe door, can’t remove it. Idiot asked Andrew if we want to replace it, if yes, then we have to take the measurements of the door and let him know then he give us a replacement. HA! No, thanks!!! I do not want to wait another 3 months again for a f***ing door. I don’t trust you anymore, not a damn bit!

Idiot told me drawings/plans can’t be used! Well, only a very “well-educated” idiot can say such a thing.

Guess what, up to this day, my wardrobe is still without handles. Every time they said will return call, but they never did until Andrew called them. Ya, ever since the day that idiot came, I’ve had enough of all this and I stop liaising with those idiots, Andrew is the one who’s been contacting them. I told Andrew I can’t talk to those idiots anymore, nothing good will come out from my mouth if I ever speak to them again. First time in my life that I felt so angry until I could curse his whole family and business! First time! Seriously, how far can this kind of person go in business?

Feel this, dumping RM11,400 into the deep blue sea! How does that feel?

IKEA Or Not? #2

Took us another 4 trips to IKEA to finalise the things that we wanted to buy, and we even went all out to examine the quality. We did not just think twice or thrice, but 4 or 5 times!

If you want to buy from IKEA, you have to first determine what are the things that you’re willing to compromise and the things that you could not tolerate even the slightest creak of the furniture.

Sofa. Andrew and I wanted a sofa that has wider seat area. We both have long legs (sorry, I don’t mean to show off), and we both know how uncomfortable it is to sit on a shorter cushion sofa. Secondly, we both wanted a good back support, or at least comfortable. We’ve seen a lot of sofas with the back designed so low that it only supports your lower back, which will cause strain to your neck and upper back if you sit for a long time, like watching TV. Only IKEA has such a sofa that met our requirements and with a price tag that we could afford. We sat on this sofa so many times and to make sure that it is comfortable, and at least could last us 5 years. Geez… Can’t believe that we actually thought so much before buying a sofa! Got the three-seat-sofa below from IKEA, at RM1799 in black-grey fabric. It could actually seat 4 persons. We’ve heard enough from people that we could get a bigger and nicer one in other furniture shop with RM1800. Heck with it. We have tried this, and it’s comfortable, good enough.

Dining table. When it came to dining table, Andrew and I wanted a square/rectangular one and with the extendable function. Both of us came from a big family, we know better what it’s like when family members gather together and not having sufficient sitting place around the dining table, end up taking turns to have a meal. I’m more lucky than him as I never experienced that since dad has an extendable table back in hometown. Andrew felt the need to have one like that even more than me. We tested all the dining tables in IKEA, our tolerance level for creaking sound from the table is zero. We too make sure that the table is steady and solid enough that it won’t shake. NORDEN is the most stable one, but it is too costly. We went for BJURSTA, RM625 oak veneer and could seat up to 10 persons after extended. Pretty solid I must say, even my dad gave his thumb up. :)

Dining chairs. I saw this AGEN rattan chair selling at RM69 each and I told Andrew I MUST at least get one. He asked, “where to put?” “I don’t care, I love it and I just want one.” Hahahaha…… I love rattan stuff, love its natural colors and smell. :D We were in a headache of what kind of dining chairs to get to match with the table. I told Andrew we could then get 2 AGEN chairs and go to the furniture shop to get another 2 wooden chairs, mix and match. End up, he bought 4 AGEN chairs for dining, solved all the problems and headaches. LOL! We spent RM901 for the dining set. Compared with those from the furniture shops, I would say it is pretty reasonable and I get what I wanted. Dad said it is such a waste to use such a nice chair for dining! Hahahaha…… “You don’t sit and eat there for hours, why get such a nice chair?” Well, at least it could double up as a chair for the guests IF we have more guests in the house. :)

TV console/bench. To customise one, our contractor quoted us RM800 for a 8 feet long TV wall shelf. RM800! Forget it. We have seen some really cheap one in IKEA and we thought of buy one and DIY it a little bit. Then, we recalled we have bought the 51″ TV and those cheap ones may not be able to hold. We were lucky to spot this LACK TV bench from IKEA, RM249! The cheapest and solid we have ever found! And it looks classy too. :)

Workstation/Study desk. I love this BESTA BURS desk from IKEA so much, but the price is a killer! RM999 for a desk!!! I must be out of mind if I were to buy it. Then, Andrew and I settled with VIKA AMON that costs only RM219 and both of us could actually share the same desk since it is long. When we made our final trip to IKEA, we saw a white MELLTORP dining table selling at RM159. We tested it, nah, bad for dining purposes. Hey, we could use it for study desk! It’s wide enough and long enough! Hooray! If this could serve us a good 2 years, we’re happy enough.

Bookcase. Being a bookworm, how could I not have a bookcase for my books? :P When I was doing my packing last week, I found out that I have 4 boxes of books and still have some outside the box. When the hell did I buy so many???? I told Andrew, seriously, one bookcase is not going to be enough. I fell in love with IKEA’s HEMNES bookcase. The grey-brown looks so classy and the quality is good. Of course lah, the price is GOOD too, RM799! Andrew is so not agreeing to it. :( Our budget for renovation over-ran, I told him my bookcases could wait. However, it was so nice of him to smuggle one BILLY bookcase for me. :) He loves the birch veneer and medium brown, but it’s RM245, RM76 more expensive than the white one. Every dime counts, we could only go for the white. Anyway, I’m happy with the white, matches the desk and wall color. :D A white study area.

Bed frame. We didn’t plan to buy any bed frame from IKEA. We don’t really trust its bed frame’s quality. Further more, most of their frames are in Queen size, there’s only a few selected designs available in King. Andrew’s father insisted to buy 2 single bed frames for the guest room. He got us 2 FJELLSE bed frames at RM139 each. It is of solid untreated wood, has natural wood color. I was pretty sceptical about its quality and was questioning Andrew why he allowed father-in-law to buy that. “He insisted.” Oh well…… When Andrew was assembling the bed frame, I was still doubting its quality. Shaking my head while looking at the thin legs, sighing when I saw the screws…… When everything was done, I was surprised with the slatted bed base. Wow… it is strong! Sister even went up and stood on it! The bed frame didn’t even move when I shook it! Surprise, surprise. When I laid down the mattress on it, my goodness, it makes such a fine and comfortable bed! So folks, you don’t judge a book by its cover, and now you don’t judge a bed frame by its look too. Again, do test and feel it before you make your decision.

Footstool. Saw this cheap footstool on IKEA website, SOLSTA PALLBO footstool at RM8.90! Grabbed one without thinking much. It could be used as a footstool or a stool. Quality? RM8.90, what do you expect? It comes with a cushion and cover! Pretty strong for RM8.90 price tag. Who says good things ain’t cheap and cheap things ain’t good?

Rattan lounger. Andrew’s father also got us this KARLSKRONA Lounger, RM399! I saw this when I went with Andrew, both of us love it so much. But we were thinking this could wait and we seriously do not want to splurge on other unnecessary stuff. His father, went with Andrew to get the rest of the stuff, saw it and told Andrew, “get this too! Nice!” Hahahahaha…… I was surprised that he appreciates rattan and having the same taste as us. :) The lounger does not just look good, it’s comfortable and pretty tough as well. It is now our favorite chair. :D The lamb skin I bought in Melbourne, match perfectly with the lounger! Happy with the investment back then, it isn’t expensive for a genuine lamb skin, cost us around RM150. It is better off to be on the lounger than the floor!

Rug/Carpet. We bought this HAMPEN rug 2 years ago after we bought the house. It was love at first sight for Andrew and he thought it was cheap. We remember the price back then was RM149, but now it is RM179. We planned to put it in the study area, but it is now in the living room. It’s very comfortable and definitely doesn’t look like some cheap rug that we’ve seen else where. However, the bits of the rug are coming off every now and then. It’s not some serious problem but it’s annoying especially when you see some green bits lying on your floor. It is too small for the living room, we may get a bigger one for the living room and move this to the study area later. Would I buy HAMPEN again? Yes, as long as the price is reasonable and the quality is of our acceptable level.

Bathroom mirrors. We were looking high and low for mirrors and shelves for the bathrooms. Nothing in IKEA caught our eyes. We gave up searching and thought we could get the mirror first and leave the shelf for later. On our last trip to IKEA, Andrew and I were delighted to see this FULLEN mirror with shelf, at RM49! We grabbed 2 sets, solved our problems once and for all! Not the best mirror and shelf, but it looks simple enough and less bulky for a small bathroom.

That’s all for now. There are still a few more that we may need to get from IKEA. The only concern we have right now is, too much of IKEA will make our home look too “familiar”. Imagine when your friends come to your house and say, “hey, I know this, it’s from IKEA! Oh, this one too! Hey, this is nice from IKEA!” -__-||| We are trying very hard to get those that you can’t recognize that they’re from IKEA from the first look.

IKEA is so deep into our life. You’re going to find at least one item in the house, that is from IKEA.

So, says who that IKEA no longer has good quality items? Look carefully, you can still find them.

IKEA Or Not? #1

All the while, people have been telling me that IKEA’s stuffs are not meant to last, the quality isn’t worth all the price that you’re paying. IKEA furnitures only expect to last 1 to 2 years, if you’re expecting to change them 2 years later, IKEA would be a good choice.

I’ve been buying stuff from IKEA, even when I did not own a house. From my experience and observations, IKEA isn’t a bad choice and the quality isn’t as bad as some of them described.

Bought a LACK coffee table many, many years ago. The photo above shows that there’s another layer beneath the top, but mine doesn’t have that. I can’t remember the price back then, it is RM79 now. The quality? I used it as a computer desk, you can imagine how heavy the monitor was and of course, the table actually sagged a little in the middle. Kept the table in the box for a while when I moved to another rented place, took it out again 2 years back. Now, Andrew told me he noticed the surface has some bubbles, wonder if it’s the humidity in the house that caused it or what. This table lasts more than 5 years, to me is pretty good enough.

Bought this ANEBODA wardrobe a year or so after I bought the LACK coffee table above, but mine is in birch veneer, price remains the same as RM249. It was on a lower price for few years. Quality? Damn good! I had 3 stacks of folded clothes at the bottom, almost reaching half of the wardrobe. Yes, the bottom did sag a little with all those clothes in it, but no difficulty in closing and opening the doors. When I moved all of the clothes out last week, I was shocked to see that the bottom bounced back to its original state! The legs are not even slightly bent. The clothes rail is still as tough as new, only that the coated paint is coming off, but it is not bent even when I had so many clothes hanging on it. I’ve seen my mom and sister’s wardrobes (bought from furniture shop) with the clothes rail bent to “V” shape! I’m surprised IKEA has such a good quality for a budget item like this. It looks new too after 5 years, my dad saw it last week and asked if I have just bought this. :)

Bought a FREDRIK desk 3 years ago, also birch veneer. Couldn’t remember the price too, perhaps the same as current one, RM449, but now they do not have birch anymore. Was using it for laptop most of the times, a flat screen monitor occupied one of the table top corner and the books and other stuff occupied the shelves on top. Quality? Good! There is some wear and tear marks on the table top, but it is quite a steady workstation. I used to sit there every night doing my translation, other than the “sweat” marks I left behind, it still looks pretty new.

These 3 were the biggest investments I had from IKEA. When we wanted to buy a bed-frame and a chest drawers, we went to the furniture shop and we regretted the decision. The bed-frame wooden supporting strip broke when I sat too hard on it. The locks on the chest drawers are rusted. It ain’t cheap, cost me RM500 for that drawers.

Andrew and I went hunting for furnitures since months ago. We do not have the budget for some super-expensive-superb-quality furnitures, Lorenzo doesn’t have what we wanted, Rozel is way out of budget, we resorted to those conventional furniture shops. We got so disappointed with the quality and the prices. They would give you attractive discounts, in fact they have actually marked up the prices. The quality? For a RM1800 sofa, IKEA’s sofas are way, way, way better quality than them! Designs? I thought I was living in the 80’s when I saw the designs available. A dining table (with chairs) the furniture shop sells at RM1500, is worse than the BJURSTA dining table (RM625) and AGEN chair (RM69) from IKEA. We were deeply saddened by the fact that the quality in those shops has gone so bad. :(

We have been to IKEA many times. Every time we saw something, we wrote down the prices and materials and we tried to find it somewhere else with the similar quality. Sad to say, either the quality is better but price is super expensive, or the quality is worse but the price is the same with IKEA. We came to a point that enough is enough, we got so tired with the hunting and disappointments. IKEA that is.

Christmas 2011

Had a very busy and tiring Christmas this year. However, a happy one too. :)

Parents came all the way to help me with the moving-in stuff. Sister was here with her daughter  too. It was great to have them around while moving in, the house was always full with people and never quiet. :) They went back last night, it was so quiet all of a sudden.

Andrew and I finally had time to really sit down on that cosy sofa and watch some TV. Ahhh…… Could finally slowly taking in the feel of our own home. It’s something new we felt, a HOME, that belongs to no one else but US.

The dining and living room looks so much like a home. Still need to put up some things, but they now have the look of a home. The study area is in a mess! BIG mess. We can only sort out all the mess when the kitchen and wardrobe are done. Thanks to the so-called designer that our kitchen and wardrobe are NOT done by now.

Went to Wan Yi’s wedding on the night of Christmas. Get to catch up with some friends. :) Wan Yi looks so gorgeous especially in her red gown! Sigh…… Even the youngest amongst us friends is married now. :)

A very different Christmas we had.

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Still have much works to do, but at least, it’s a cosy place now.

The Home

It is, slowly becoming a HOME. :) A home that we have been longing for.

Contractor told us the house is done. Andrew went to see the house, there’s some “hiccups” need to be fixed. From the photos that Andrew sent to me via Whatsapp, the house looks “empty”, but nice. When I saw it with my own eyes last night, with the lights and all, I couldn’t help but feel contented. Ahhhh…… The dim yellow light from the T5 is sweet, the plaster ceiling looks surprisingly nice, the ceiling lights in the study area look unexpectedly cool…… At last, a home. OUR home.

Nothing fancy, all we want is a comfortable home.

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I don’t know why the yellow lights came out as green on my handphone (the bottom left photo). -__- I promise you better quality photos when everything is done.

Next, would come the furnishing. Sofa, tables, chairs, washing machine, curtains…… Another round of money-spending and head-cracking.

The House

Back from the trip, and was immediately busy with the house. Went to see the renovation works and paid another half of the payment to the contractor.

Andrew and I are happy with the renovation thus far. All nicely done, with good workmanship, nothing much that we could complain about. The plaster ceiling and cornices are all done, happy with the outcome. We know that we made a good decision to do the L-box plaster ceiling all the way to the dining hall when we saw how good it looks. No regrets.

Went for lights hunting in the afternoon. Finally got all of them. This weekend will have to fix all of them up and the electrical items. There’s still lots of work for me and Andrew.

Andrew is happy, that I could see. I’m glad that we made a right choice to go with the contractor.

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The kitchen, is finally materialising.

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The living and dining hall.

P.S.: Heard a sad news from the contractor. Another contractor, without the key to enter the house, trying to climb in to the house from the yard area fell to his death from 10th floor. :( Happened in another block, and he fell onto the balcony of the unit located on the 4th floor. T__T Why couldn’t he wait or get the key? Sigh……