April 16, 2024


Interior The Freshmaker

Build Diary 48 – Transforming my home office with IKEA!

IKEA – Allow me just take you on a journey into my earlier …..


Much more than 20 years back, I moved to Australia. I was 18, experienced just concluded substantial school and had achieved my then-boyfriend/now-spouse, who was travelling in Argentina. I fell in adore and moved to Sydney.


I’d grown up in a loving, financially secure house with an architect  father and interior design obsessed mom. But transferring to Australia meant staying fiscally impartial from my mom and dad. We have been 20 calendar year olds residing in a rented unfurnished condominium in a lovely area of Sydney. I was working in a café earning $8/hour and likely to audio school. We were being in adore and extremely joyful, but it’s good to say we did not have much income.


The suburb we are dwelling in, Bondi Seashore, has a culture of citizens putting unneeded furniture on the sidewalk for many others to get, and so which is how we incredibly sparsely furnish our property. We have a mattress on the ground, a picket box that was applied to transportation the top rated of a piano, is our espresso desk, as well as an inflatable couch (ha!), and a Tv set. It was really essential. The seashore was 5 minutes from our dwelling. We liked our daily life alongside one another!


Boyfriend proposes and we are set to get married. Our family members fly in for the ceremony and are not at all impressed with our apartment. So we are hauled off to get furniture…..


I have apparent memories of that initial check out to IKEA. That huge, cavernous creating, total of snaking paths, and crammed with pleasant furnishings and homewares. I was like a child in a candy store. I could actually buy almost everything I essential for my apartment in just one particular store! It actually felt like a Cinderella instant!


A couple hrs later, we’re back at household, putting jointly all the flat pack goodies from IKEA. Husband is worthless at this, but my industrial designer sister additional than can make up for it.


Hey presto, we enjoy our new house look before us in a subject of several hours! Our tremendous standard condominium is remodeled into a genuine household. I recall feeling that “now I’m in fact an adult!”

So IKEA for me, carries a great deal of positive feelings. It represents some of my metamorphosis from child to adult! That sensation of seeking around my condominium, stuffed with new home furniture and wondering “this is now my home”. 


When I listened to that IKEA was opening in Bali, I realized I had to investigate! I had presently shopped on line for little kitchen area products from IKEA Jakarta a number of decades in the past when I was desperate for a potato ricer and could not come across any in Bali. I was sick of mashing potato for my potato-obsessed daughter with a fork, and nearly wept with delight when I noticed they experienced it on-line.


The IKEA retail outlet in Bali is a showroom in which you can see all the merchandise they provide. You select what you want and they ship it to you from Jakarta. Easy peasy!


Coincidently, I had been contemplating about my office environment at this time. We had not too long ago redone our flooring, and alternatively than use the random tables and chairs that I had been using earlier, I desired to make it a additional beautiful and productive area.