7th House on the Left

My relationship with Ikea’s Expedit shelving system started when I was 14 years old. My mom and dad surprised me by redecorating my room for my birthday. The room design included a large, white Expedit system filled with my favorite books and keepsakes, and the bottom two rows were filled with baskets to organize my things. My dad installed little lights in every other “cube” to showcase my favorite things – like my prized vintage Monkees lunchbox. Yes, a Monkees lunchbox. I’m an old soul. It was my favorite piece of furniture, and served me well until I left for college. When I moved into my first apartment, one of the first things I bought was, you guessed it, an Expedit. Then, just a few weeks ago, we bought a white Expedit for my office. Needless to say, my love for these functional, geometric shelving pieces has never faltered.

Ikea's Iconic Expedit Shelving System // 7thhouseontheleft.com

If you search or “Expedit” on Pinterest, you’ll clearly see I’m not the only one with mad love for this furniture piece. When various news outlets began reporting a few days ago that Ikea plans on discontinuing their iconic Expedit shelving system, I was so surprised! The EXPEDIT, people! Needless to say, the Twitterverse exploded with surprised, disappointed and (oddly enough) angry reactions. My initial thought was, “Why in the world would they mess up something so popular and so iconic to the Ikea brand?”. When I think Ikea, I immediately think of meatballs, affordable picture frames, faux sheepskin rugs and the Expedit.

This morning, I did some clicking around and wanted to hear the news from the source. I found that they’d just issued a press release (here). In their bulletin they said:

“IKEA has updated and improved the EXPEDIT shelving unit with a sleek, new design that is more durable (with a more scratch-resistant surface), more child-friendly (with rounded corners), and still fits all existing storage baskets and boxes. With this new design, IKEA is giving EXPEDIT a new name: KALLAX. KALLAX will be available to consumers in the U.S. starting this April.”

At first when I read “rounded corners”, my initial response was “Nooooooooooo!”. Thankfully, they also attached a photo of the new design, and it looks strikingly similar – if not identical – to the original Expedit design:

Ikea's Iconic Expedit Shelving System to be Replaced by the Kallax // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The “rounded” corners are barely noticeable, and it doesn’t have the 80’s vibe I feared. The more durable material will be a nice touch. I’m just hoping the finish doesn’t look strange in person.

So, in light of this news, here are my questions… Will the finishes of the Kallax match the finishes of the existing Expedit? The existing baskets will fit the new design, but will they be coming out with new versions and discontinuing the old ones? Why are they giving it a new name if it looks pretty much the same? In my book, they can call it whatever they want because it will always be an Expedit to me.

Images from here and here.

Before we get to dreaming about our dream house… We thought we were dreaming when we got the email from Jackson Design & Remodeling telling us that we won the Best Remodeling Blog Award!!!! We were seriously floored because there for a while, the race was really tight (even down to the .1%!) and we’ve seen voting like this take a turn at the last minute. So, once voting closed this past Friday, we had no idea what to expect. We couldn’t have done it without you all! We seriously appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Thank you!!

While we love, love, love our house – even though there’s still much to do and decorate! – deep down, we know this isn’t our “forever house”. We’re not planning to anytime soon, but one day it will be time to move on. Once we’re ready for a change in pace, we’d love to buy a large piece of land with lots and lots of trees and build a house.

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

With Greg’s line of work and the fact I do freelance work over the World Wide Web, we could move pretty much anywhere. We love the idea of Charlottesville (it’s so gorgeous in the fall) or maybe even Nashville (we’re both fans of Tennessee since that’s where we went to college) and we’ve already talked about our love for California life (ahhh, California) – or we might just end up right down the road in Manakin-Sabot. Who knows! Wherever we end up, Greg wants to be “out in the middle of nowhere”, but I, on the other hand, must be close to a Target. If the powers that be want to be really awesome, a Whole Foods would be nice too… and a Crate & Barrel.

Even though this next chapter will start probably years from now, we’re already daydreaming about the house we want to build. We don’t want anything huge or extravagant that would be hard to maintain, but we have a handful of “wants” at the top of our list, including 10-foot ceilings, lots of natural light, a basement, and (I know this might sound crazy) I really want one of those “tornado rooms”, haha. Dorothy I am not. 

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

A few weeks ago, I started a Pinterest board called “Dream House in the Woods”. It’s where I collect our inspiration and ideas for our forever house. There aren’t too many photos pinned just yet, but that’s because I’m super picky about what I pin there. It’s like my protected, super-serious lock box of our ideas for our dream house. I thought it would be good to start collecting this stuff so when we do get to the point in our lives, we have a nice collection of thoughtful photos to refer to for inspiration – rather than it taking over a year to make decisions… like we’re doing with this house, haha.

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

From looking over the few photos I’ve pinned already, it’s quite noticeable that we like a lot of crisp, clean white and tons of windows – something we definitely wish we had more of in this house. There’s also a pretty dominate theme of texture including white-washed brick, planks, and subway tile. Ahhh, I love every bit of it.

So, how about you guys… What’s your daydreaming style? Pinterest? Scrapbook? Cork board? All of the above?

As for our weekend plans, we have a few small DIY projects up our sleeves that I’m excited to cross off the “I really want to try that list”. I also wanted to pressure-wash the carport and patio area to get rid of the cloud of yellow that possesses everything in sight. But, as it is every year around this time in Virginia, it will be yellow again within about five hours – or less. Oh, the joys of Pollen Season.


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Okay, so Monday is normally the day we have a giveaway (which, by the way, we’ve extended the Lamps.com giveaway, so make sure you enter!) or share whatever project we did over the weekend. Well, the thing is, our weekend was completely consumed with our Home Depot Style Challenge project (more about that here). Every. Single. Waking. Hour. As I mentioned in this post, the project was due last Monday but because of an unwanted house guest named Sandy, followed by three days of continuous rain, that didn’t happen. The kind folks at Home Depot gave us an extension, so we’re feverishly working on getting it done.

I can’t give away what we’re up to until the project is posted over on Home Depot’s blog, The Apron, but I can tell you we’ve been tackling something rather…. large. It will make sense once you guys see it, promise. This whole project is something completely new for us – as “baby DIY’ers – and at times we’ve felt that maybe we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. But, we’re coming to the end, and we’re really excited to take the final photos (which will be happening today) and show it off for the neighborhood. Even though they might think we’re a tad crazy for decorating the outside of the house for Christmas three weeks before Thanksgiving.

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably been seeing the photo hints. Greg in particular has been having fun with these…

So, any guesses? One of you guys on Instagram said you thought it was a Trojan horse… that elves are going to jump out of. Another said a giant Who village complete with animatronic Cindy Lou Who. That would be awesome, but it’s not even close!

Now, please excuse me while I go get the paint out of my hair. Again. : )