ikea sofa and chairs & other randomness

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one of the most common questions i’m asked is about the brand of our sofas & if we love them.

they’re ektorp from ikea and yes we love them. just like anything else, they’re not perfect for everyone, but they’ve been fantastic for us.

we needed pieces that fit within our budget, which was relatively small. several years ago we purchased a few chairs, the sofa & a couple ottomans. the sofa is around $350 and an extra slip cover is only $50. while i’d love a huge, plush “feels like heaven” sofa, we just didn’t have a couple thousand to spend & i honestly didn’t want the upkeep anxiety of such an investment. we have kiddos & those kiddos have friends, some of which are boys and they like to eat food & occasionally even spill coffee on said sofas. truth be told, when hot cocoa was split on the arm rest a few weeks ago, i did not freak out. shocking i know. brinkley lays beside them & while he’s an indoor doggy, he’s still a doggy so he leaves a little residue. the girls wear dark jeans & occasionally the denim rubs off. dan used to read the paper back in the day when we actually got the paper, and therefore we got ink on them. and truth be told, years later, they still look great. coffee, blood, cheetos…it all came out.

when we purchased all of our furniture i grabbed an extra sofa slip cover as well as an extra for my chairs. i don’t wash them on a regular schedule, just when i feel they need it. for washing, i just throw them in my old school washing machine ( which is not a front end loader people) with just regular laundry detergent. if its the summer time, i set those babies outside to dry. if it’s cooler or overcast i’ll put them in the dryer for a few minutes & then actually slip them back on…slightly damp…and without ironing. i know. for some of you, the wrinkles are just too much but truth be told, i feel like they look like a favorite pair of jeans. and i don’t iron my jeans so it all works in the knudsen home.

i have one friend who totally regrets having purchased ( i think she has the chairs) the ektorp pieces but otherwise everyone i know that owns them, loves them.

this is not a paid ad for IKEA by the way!

jen over at the lovely blog, city farmhouse, has written a great post on her pros & cons of the same furniture as well. 

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thank you readers for such a smooth noonday collection sample sale. honestly i hit the publish button, ran out to spin class & came home to over 2 dozen sold items. i have two pieces left. remember, these are final sale. i’ll add on $6 shipping. just leave in comments if your’e interested!

1. sterling peruvian bangle, fire retail $275 sale 50% off $138. this hand made piece is gorgeous. shown below with the sold out mosaic cuff .

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2. market tote, retail $24, sale 30% off = $1739paige knudsen noonday

we launch our new Noonday Collection spring line on february 17th & i’m so excited for you to see it!! an absolutely beautiful assortment of jewelry & accessories!

i fly out early tomorrow & head to austin texas for the IF: Gathering. to say i’m pumped about this opportunity is an understatement!! i’ll be part of the photography team for some of the sessions & then soaking up the teaching & worship during the others! check the website as there are IF:Local events all over the world. no really, all over the world this weekend!

i’m equally excited to see some of my girlfriends from our rwanda trip this summer! for those of you not familiar with IF, jennie allen ( the blond cutie pie with a braid standing to the left of me) is the visionary and founder~”We exist to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” i’ll be back next week & look forward to sharing!!!

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February 5, 2015 - 8:49 pm

Jen - Thank you so much Paige for this amazing shout out, you are so sweet to do that:). You are such an inspiration to me! Have a great night, Jen

February 5, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - I have this sofa and one of the chairs on my office down the street and they have held up great! I have had my office for just over 2 years and I have only washed them once! I do keep a lint roller in there because people’s sweater and things shed on them a lot. I probably need to wash them again. I sit in that chair all day long listening to people’s problems and it is very comfortable. No regrets here either. They are a lot of bang for your buck.

Kim

February 5, 2015 - 10:37 pm

patty - first, i received my noonday things in the mail today-thank you! am in lOve with the scarf… it was a piece i labored over during it’s regular season…
second, i lived just north of austin for 3 years and absolutely lOved it! i hope you venture out and enjoy the city… it’s a perfect time of year to be there. be sure to visit some piano bars! :) safe travels!

February 6, 2015 - 10:38 pm

Ali - I LOVE your ikea sofa and chairs !! We have the same ikea set at our home! You are so right they are fantastic for life with kids. The price is so affordable too! I have three kids and I don’t worry about spills, blood, dirt, and dark jeans running off on them. Its surprising how easy for family life white ikea couches are!! They also photograph really well !

February 7, 2015 - 11:26 am

Andrea - Thank you for this post. I have been wondering how durable this furniture was. I may buy a loveseat for my computer room.

February 7, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Sheila E. - I love your blog. Thank you for the videos you did for Jeanne’s Becoming… The Unfolding of You series. You spoke to me on many different levels. I appreciate you very much.

Thank you from my heart,

Sheila in Denver

February 8, 2015 - 6:56 am

Nancy - Hi Paige

I have been looking everywhere for the wood carved pedestal that holds you mercury glass collection for my mom.

What is it actually called and any thoughts where I might get one for her????

THANKS SO MUCH xo

winter’s refresh button

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we slept in saturday morning & it was glorious. the alarm usually rings at 5 am so with nothing on the to-do list & no where we had to be, the slow, chilly morning was a gift. we brewed up our latest favorite, starbucks blonde roast, being the mellow coffee drinkers we are. i slipped on my favorite luxury & downloaded jillian edwards latest release daydream.  if you’re an ellie holcomb fan, i’m betting you’ll love jillian’s enchanting voice & the peaceful vibe her music brings.

there’s something about january & february that my soul just loves. i guess both of those months feel like 59 days of perpetual rainy sunday afternoons. you know what i mean? our souls & our minds need rest just like our physical bodies and these two months feel like a long winters nap to me.

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i plopped down in my seat sunday morning feeling all achey & with a sore throat almost wishing i was back under the covers but wanting corporate worship & teaching at the same time. one of my friends came up & asked what we’d been up to. i looked at her and as if it were a confessional i said “a whole lotta nothing“. i’m pretty sure i even slumped over with shame. i feel like i’ve been up to absolutely nothing. while that’s not technically true, i definitely had been up to nothing the last 2 days. my first instinct was to feel ashamed & embarrassed but she was so sweet to remind me what i really already knew but had forgotten. rest is really all good. it’s really aok. & it’s really needed.  usually the last 3-4 months of the year are non-stop so i actually love & cherish the chilly dreary winter days. spring will come again & we’ll crank the air conditioner up before it’s even easter, but for now i love the license to mentally refresh.

there’s usually some introspection during these winter days as well. & while sometimes that’s good, sometimes i feel like maybe i’m spending too much time dwelling on “my feelings” about a situation or relationship. our feelings can’t dictate how we do what we do, especially in relationships. so in times like that, i try to hand all “my feelings” back over to the lord and ask him what he wants me to learn about a situation. i ask for wisdom & discernment and he graciously adds a dollop of grace on top of all that.

i’m learning much about humility right now & hopefully i’m letting go gracefully of some things as well. as women & mothers we can easily fall in to the “need to be needed” road race. i like to think i’m pretty low maintenance as i don’t see myself as an emotionally needy person. however i’ve realized lately that i do long for things to be ok. for relationships to be right & for misunderstandings to get settled quickly and with little to no drama at all. i get all tangled up if i think someone is irritated with me. life is way to short to store up & feed thoughts of hurt feelings. trying to learn when to confront and when to let things ride, well that’s a tough call sometimes.

my friend shannan has penned her thoughts over the last year or so on small. i feel like i’m in the small right now. sometimes it’s comforting to be small & unseen, like a free pass. and sometimes it’s frustrating because being not small is often times a lot more fun. especially for an extrovert. i’m learning that humility is good and can be like a welcome friend sitting with me on the back row of life.  that being right and being heard really isn’t all that necessary. especially while i raise up a houseful of girls. probably a little late to the party as far as my parenting goes, but still. social media can give the illusion ( for all of us really) that life is full & busy & accomplished & beautiful, we all know that’s not really the whole story. the big picture has days of small & unseen. misunderstandings & feelings left unvalidated. 

“God, keep me small. Let me never taste enough success to believe I earned it. Let my life continue to confuse people. Keep me stammering, fumbling, walking in reverse.” amen shannie. amen sister.

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so there’s some of what i’ve been sifting through with my refresh button known as winter. wish you hadn’t dropped by? ha!

i’m sharing this week over on jeanne’s becoming:the unfolding of you course. it’s free. ya’ll will be blessed with the stories being shared, so blessed!

speaking of humility, i am not a fan ( despite my girls giving me grief for instagram selfies) of being on the flip side of the camera at all. and i still wonder if what i wanted to share with you guys is clear & easy to understand. but anyways. we’re on week five. the page i’ve linked above is basically the landing page for the entire course. you’ll see course content over on the right side. feel free to open each week’s link. 3 stories & an art/craft from each writer is shared as well. enjoy!

February 3, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Cathy G - Love this post!!!! Rest is really, really good.. You’ve had a heck of a year!!! I’ve got to sign up for Jeanne’s coarse!!!! Just need to find time!!!!

February 3, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Sandy - This is beautiful. Living in the Midwest I hate January and February and feel like I am on a treadmill to find somewhere to run to escape. The downside is that I don’t rest, I’m always searching and planning and on vacation feeling like I need to be doing something. We are in Hawaii for 7!weeks this winter but many days I’m just craving home.

The other thing that resonates is the need to keep everyone happy. I decided after Thanksgiving 2013 that I am not responsible for anyone else’s emotions. With adult children visiting I awaysvwanted everyone to be happy and worried that they were bored. They are adults and they don’t need me to make life rosy as long as we are loving and hospitable and generous and welcoming then all other things should come as they react.

February 3, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Sue - Great post. Just listened to your story on Jeanne’s website. So blown away by your words and I love that song from Third Day. I listened to it again with new eyes. Thank you for sharing your story. You have set a great example of using your experiences for God’s glory.

February 3, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Beth Gerding - Paige,
Thank you for sharing your “Becoming” video. I signed up for the series, and am enjoying the mix of women and their stories. I especially enjoyed hearing your voice, which made me realize that you can know someone’s story through their writing, but when they sit down and the story comes alive through their voice, it can take on a much deeper meaning. Don’t feel discouraged about getting stuff “done”. I am still in my pjs at 5:30 after puttering around my house all day today. Enjoy the quiet and solace when it presents itself. We all need that refresh once in a while. Xoxo

February 4, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Michelle - I love this post so much. It is so true. Such good words to hear. I thank you for sharing your words…and thoughts. They are very much appreciated. And I LOVE January and February for this exact SAME reason. Friends don’t usually understand because they think it’s cold and dreary where as I welcome the “down time” and the coziness of it. (It also helps that I LOVE to wear winter clothes!)

February 5, 2015 - 10:57 am

Ali - I agree…I love winter for the rest and the slower pace! I believe in living seasonally. So each season I have different focus and expectations for myself. Winter means more sleep each night, overall REST, reading, being a homebody, small purging projects, making and eating homemade soups, thinking and reflecting prayerfully as I begin a new year.

I loved the bedding choices for your master bedroom ! Seems classic and I loved all the pillows! Where did you purchase your bedding? Thanks in advance!

February 5, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Amber Summerrow - It’s real and I love it that you open up your heart and soul and share it with us….keeps you real keeps us real and it’s really really good. I drink it in!!!!! Like we are having coffee in a quant coffee sharing with each other.

February 12, 2015 - 9:09 am

Shannan - I love you so dang much.
Thank you for understanding me.
I need to watch your video… I can’t wait. I’m so behind!
Maybe tomorrow is the day???!
XO