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Which "Friends" Apartment Would You Choose?

Friends is one of those shows where I've seen every episode 14 times.  When flipping through the channels before primetime TV, I'll often switch it to Friends to see what episode is playing...I'm not alone in this, I'll bet!

I came across this image through the Zinc Door FB page and had to post it here to get your opinions.  Which apartment would you choose?  Joey & Chandler's or Monica & Rachel's?

Me?  The girls win, hands down.  

So these 2, essentially unemployed for years, girls end up with a huge 2 bedroom in Manhattan.  Hmm...methinks it was rent controlled or their parents were quite generous!

Which would you choose?  Do you have a favorite Friends moment?


It's Pinterest Time!

My Pinterest page is brimming with DIY ideas, but unfortunately this time, I'm not referencing it for an adorable craft project or a fabulous outfit...but for cleaning the sofa!


We have such a great sofa, but it has seen better days.  MUCH better days.  It was preeeety spendy, so I don't want to get rid of it.  But, when you take into account the stack of books that are acting as a leg (what? It's artsy.), a dented arm from someone stepping on it to open the blinds (*ahem*husband*ahem*) and the days when Derby decided it would be a blast to chew the cushions I said, it has seen better days.  It's dingy & needs cleaned.


I've since restuffed & sewed up the cushions.  Problem now is that I can't take the covers off to clean them unless I want to tear out all of the stitches..and re-sew.  No thanks!  The sofa is dirty & desperately needs cleaned.  Said my mom "why don't you just call someone to come out and clean it?" - she's probably right, but I thought I'd give this cleaning DIY a try :)

This method is for cleaning a mircofiber sofa.  I have no idea if ours is microfiber or microsuede or something else (I can never which is which - oops!), but it's worth a shot.

All you need is rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle, a sponge & a brush.  I've acquired all 4 items, so wish me luck!


Penny for your Floor?

If you're like me, I get annoyed when I find random pennies stuffed in the bottom of my purse, the couch cushions, sprinkled throughout my desk, etc.  It's time to save your pennies because this design has me floored (sorry, had to do it).

Zinc Door linked to it on their Facebook page & immediately shared it. I couldn't find the original source, but a quick google search brought up images of a lot of other projects.  They are all so fun & cheaper than other traditional materials (this site mentioned a total of just over $38 for appx. 24 square feet).

& Nickels!  Obviously going to cost you quite a bit more in materials ;) but it looks  I really can't come up with another word!

Searching around also led to penny kitchen islands, accent walls, etc.  I love them all.  You could even tackle this DIY style if you have a lot of time & patience!


Updated Portfolio Page!

I have been seriously lacking when it comes to updating my Portfolio page.  I remedied that over the weekend, so check out all of the new updates here!

Some new projects include a dated to modern Master Bath (one of my absolute favorite transformations!) and a bright, bold open concept Living/Dining Room.  I'll share more about these projects in upcoming posts!


IKEA Karma!

A trip to IKEA always seems to bring on a small sense of dread.  I love IKEA for their modern, affordable design...but a trip there requires sometimes days of mental preparation.  I managed to get out of it by sending Mr. Q :)  Thanks!

We (I) decided on this 8 drawer Hemnes dresser for the girls new room.  We need a LOT of storage, as our home has very, very minimal closet space.  & we all know that babies accumulate a ton of crap (something we're trying hard to avoid).  The top will also serve as our changing table.  The height is perfect for both of us 6'+ tall people.

We brought the packages up after opening them up in the car to make things lighter.  I think it took 8 trips total?  Anyway, pieces were laid out, the screw bag procured & directions (finally) found.  Only to discover that it was this dresser.

Cue tension & stress.  I called to make sure we could return it, even though the boxes were torn open.  We could, yay!  We (yep, turned out I couldn't avoid an IKEA trip...) take it back down to the car & head to the highway.  There are 2 IKEA stores each appx. 40 minutes away.  We decide on Schaumburg, then get into the wrong lane and end up heading towards Bolingbrook.  Fine, whatever.  The drive was fast (no traffic!) & the return was painless.  Mr. Q and I decide to head straight to the flat pack aisle to pick up the correct dresser when we pass the As-Is section.  I've never found anything here before, but I always look.  

Imagine my surprise when I see this greeting us:

I don't get my hopes up just yet, as I assume it must be gouged, covered with questionable stains &/or the drawers aren't functional.  This is not the case!  The dresser is perfect and I didn't see so much as a smudge on it's surface.  And it was marked down.  We wondered if this beast would fit in our car & decide that we'll make it fit.

I felt drunk, I was so excited.  The only dresser we (I) wanted for the room, in the correct color, in perfect condition AND (most importantly) PUT TOGETHER!  That is totally worth the hassle of the unpacked wrong dresser debacle.  & I'm really thankful for getting in the wrong lane and ending up at the IKEA that we didn't want to go to.

And now, check this out.  It fit like the Rav4 was made specifically to hold assembled Hemnes 8 Drawer Dressers.  sigh.

Mr. Q's friend came over this morning to bring it upstairs and it is perfect.  It looks especially nice against our Jamaican Aqua walls - more on that later!  

I am so ridiculously excited about this that I had to share right away.  I couldn't stop smiling!  All over a dresser.  But when you learn it's an IKEA dresser that is ALREADY ASSEMBLED, you begin to understand ;)