Best Purchases of 2016

  1. Apple TV (4th Generation): There is no reason to buy cable TV if you have this at home. We willingly pay for Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, and Starz monthly. Everything else we need is on a free app. The only app we are missing is TCM has yet to be made for  the Apple TV.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-16-50-pm{Courtesy of Apple}
  2. Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet: Before the magnet Philip and I would play guess and check to see if dishes were dirty or clean. Sometimes clean dishes would never be put away, dirty dishes would sit in the washer for days fermenting, or we would mix clean and dirty. Now there are no questions and both Philip and I can split this chore.
  3. Recyclables Totes: Living in NYC makes it super easy to recycle. We carry the totes downstairs and put our recyclables directly in the correct container. Less hassle on all levels.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.18.12 PM.png{Courtesy of Ikea}
  4. Dish Drainer: Originally we bought this for silverware, but it quickly became too dirty. We transitioned it hold out hand wash dishes. This forced us to aware of how long something was in the sink or strainer, making our home more clean.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.18.46 PM.png{Courtesy of Ikea}
  5. Home Base Binder: I bought this with the hopes that all of our items would go into this one binder and that we would use it on a daily basis, however that did not happen. Instead we use it for emergencies, storing important information, and our ongoing home projects.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.23.01 PM.png{Courtesy of Emilie Ley}
  6. Swiffer Wet Jet: An absolute lifesaver! We had a Swiffer Sweeper in the past which easily picked up cat fur, but now we have something to pick up the dirt from NYC (its crazy how dirty your shoes get from the streets.)screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-20-30-pm{Courtesy of Swiffer}
  7. Record Table Storage: Before our record player and records would be in different areas around our living room. Now, it is all in a single location. My next project will be to organize the records. Some of my inspiration for vinyl organization is here and here.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-7-26-28-pm{Courtesy of Urban Outfitters}
  8. Entry Way Table: I chose this present that Philip graciously gifted me on my birthday.  There is a mirror the allows people to check themselves before heading out, a space for purses and items of interest, and a spot for a lamp allowing us to not always have to use the overhead bulbs. Underneath, I store baskets with winter gear, and sporting goods allowing for an easy grab on the way out.IMG_6043.JPG
  9. TV Stand & Cabinets: Philip left his TV stand in Mississippi, but I promised him something better in Brooklyn. I bought these cabinets from Ikea and not only do they house all his DVDs and BlueRays in one place, but he also gets to showcase his Star Trek Memorabilia in one room. We plan to get wood from Home Depot, sand and stain it, and add it to create a continuous shelf top.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-21-35-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  10. Dining Room Chairs: We had some chairs I bought in 2014 that were bamboo and painted gold. They looked like there might have been used for party events. They did not even last two months in New York. These chairs were originally Ikea but I scored them from craigslist. They are super durable, and light enough in color to not make the room feel smaller than it already is. screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-26-16-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  11.  Four Post Bed: Philip and I bought an amazing bed from Ikea in spring 2016, but the move did not agree with it. By the time it got up here the base was basically dead. We were wondering how long we could sleep on it before it broke beneath us in the middle of the night. We bought a different Ikea bed in November that could easily be taken apart and moved just in case (it was on sale), and though it has taken time to adjust, it has been beyond wonderful.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-27-49-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  12. Wardrobe: Philip and I had a walk-in closet in Mississippi. The one here for both of us was only 4 feet wide. Yikes! We invested in a wardrobe for Philip so he could have everything he needed in one space, including his shoes. I selfishly took over the room closet.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-30-34-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  13. Clothes Rack: I have one in the front hallway for coats. Storage is limited in NYC, so you either make your own or deal with it. I chose to make my own. Guests can come in and leave their coats and shoes in the common space.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-31-51-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}

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