Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quick Fix: The Clear Choice

Sorry I've been M.I.A. for the past 10 days. Hopefully with no big family events in sight, I'll be able to keep up with the rest of my life.

When my mom and I were in Kentucky for my cousin's grad party we managed to make a slight detour to the IKEA in West Chester, Ohio. Yay! I have been drooling over the Stockholm Rand rug for well over a year now and everytime we were in Chicago both area stores were sold out of the larger size! We initially decided to detour on the way to Kentucky to maximize family time once we got there, but alas, they were out of the f*@&ing rug! The superduperrockin'awesome pixie girl that told us that was all "I've got great news! We are expecting the shipment of the rugs in 2 to 6 days"! She was so excited to tell us I almost felt bad telling her we didn't live in town. *sniffle* We decided to stop on our way out of town on Sunday, just in case. Well low and behold, they had the rug! Hallelujah! Stayed tuned to see where I decide to put it.

While we were there we couldn't help but pick up a few more odds and ends. One of the things I bought was the IKEA 365+ 3-tiered serving platter.

And let me just say, every kitchen needs one of these bad boys. Check out the difference it made in my countertop fruit and vegetable storage.

The bowl on the shelf held apples and everything else got piled into the bowl on the counter. Obviously not a brilliant solution, but I couldn't find an alternate option I liked that I was willing to spend money on. Ironically, these bowls are also from IKEA. Here's what our produce looks like in it's new home.

Doesn't it all look happier now? It only cost $14.99 and I think the glass and stainless complements the kitchen well. Plus, it actually has smaller footprint than the bowl so it takes up less counter space in my minuscule kitchen since I only have about five feet of counter space, total.
It's difficult to tell from the photo, but that apple on the shelf is ceramic. It has a lime green twin and a bronze pear brother. I purchased them at an art fair a few years back.

What do you think? I just love it when a simple, quick solution presents itself, don't you?


Kristina P. said...

I was just in Ikea last night, buying new lamps.

I also have that tiered serving dish. I've only used it for parties. I love the fruit idea.

Danielle and Clint said...

I have a similar one from Crate and Barrel and I must say it is a good investment! I use it all the time for holidays and parties.

About Ikea...I hate (I mean HATE) how I travel all the way out to ours and they are out of stock of things! I wish they had more items to purchase on line.

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

now you know exactly what you have too...

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I think I need one of these. I really like it for fruit. (I'm so creative, aren't I?)