Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My all seeing Blogger stats page has informed me that someone actually Googled "Dexter IKEA" which means someone out there saw something. Maybe it was the same thing I spotted accidentally or maybe there's more I have to uncover. It is on my list. Sigh. Too much TV, not enough time.

I do have a couple of other things I saw in that chance viewing.

That looks like the LUFTIG HOO C50 exhaust hood to me.

The cabinets could be LIDINGO but you can see the hinges on the cabinet doors and that usually rules out IKEA.

Also in the break room of the police station. I need more/better caps to know for sure but it looks like ÄDEL medium brown doors and LANSA handles.

Can anyone confirm?

Monday, November 29, 2010

marathon spotting

*I was away for the weekend and didn't find out until today that my scheduled weekend posts didn't post. Boo. Well, here is what was supposed to be Saturday's post.

The greatest thing about holiday weekends are the marathons. Before DVDs this was an excellent way to catch up on episodes you may have missed or shows that had gone off the air. Nowadays unless it is to promote the start of a new season they seem exist just to provide hours of mindless viewing of episodes you've seen several times already. A perfect distraction to help you digest or should conversation become too tedious. My favorites have always been Law & Order, Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs.

USA had a Burn Notice marathon on Thursday. They also had a marathon when the new episodes premiered 2 weeks ago. I love this show but that just seems like overkill. At least it afforded me the opportunity to revisit possible spotting opportunities.

Like in Season 2 Episode 14. A scene is set in a hotel room.

White single drawer ANEBODA nightstands and KULLA table lamps
Huh, that ANEBODA nightstand is no longer on the site. Boo. Here's a picture-

Also in the hotel room are 2 KULLA floor lamps.

And in Season 2 Episode 5 - RUTGER JULES swivel chair

Friday, November 26, 2010

needs more pie...um, plot

Forgive me as I am writing this while in a bit of a food coma.

In rare Hollywood honesty Mark Wahlberg recently admitted in an interview that The Happening was not the greatest of movies. Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch has a funny commentary here.

I frankly have to agree. I bought a copy of the DVD this past Halloween because it was in the $2 bin. It was painful. Mind numb and wondering what the heck I just watched I get a slight reward in the final scenes.

JULES desk chair.

Slight reward. Ugh. Even thinking about this movie has hurt my brain. I need more pie. Mmmm, pie.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankfully thanking those who give thanks and turkey.

Today is turkey day!

Did you know that IKEA sponsors the Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia, PA?  At least since 2008. That is so....awesome. And weird. They sponsor a couple different floats and balloons but this is the only IKEA theme I could find.

More pictures and information can be found here.

For most Americans today is a day where we reflect on the things we are thankful for and eat a ton of turkey. There is historical significance to this tradition although lately it just seems like a feast day to load up on reserves for the hours of waiting in line and shopping tomorrow. I'm not a shopper but that won't stop me from loading up on all the trimmings.

There a things that I am thankful for and one of them is you. I love checking the blogger stats to see who has visited this blog. I can see page views, traffic sources and country of origin (Hello, Germany. Hello, Australia. Hello, Latvia. I had to look you up on the map but I'm glad you stop by!). Even though I don't hear from you I know you are there and that makes me very happy.

Thank you for supporting my pet project. I hope that you are finding it informative and maybe a little entertaining. If you find yourself spotting things in the TV/Movies you are watching and your spouse, dog (rabbit) or imaginary friend is tired of hearing you send me an email. I am always glad to get help with the content I post. I would give you many thanks.

I hope you have a wonderful day - unless you are these guys.

Turkey gang outside my kitchen window.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Glee. I loved the show when it first aired last season. I was willing to forgive the storyline that was wandering all over the map as long as the general public got to see talented performers making musicals (and Journey!) acceptable. It was unique and quirky. Also, there was IKEA.

Rachel's bedroom is a cohesive mix of furnishings from all the major brand name stores. Our focus is of course on IKEA.

She has a white HEMNES dresser.

(Seen here during an embarrassing attempt at seduction of Finn by Rachel.)

Pink LACK sidetables as nightstands.

And an ERSERUD lampshade.

I haven't seen this shade at my local IKEA recently so I am hoping they are not phasing it out. The pink LACK tables are discontinued.

Kurt (who I think may be gay*) has a desk made up of the VIKA GLASHOLM Table Top, VIKA FAGERLID Table Leg with Storage, TOBIAS Chair. On the shelves in the back there is an assortment of small storage. Some can be identified as past of the KASSETT series.

His room undergoes a few transformations in the first season so this look doesn't last for long.

Lastly, in the ballet studio are 5X5 EXPEDIT behemoths used as locker cubbies.

I have to be honest. The GleeK phenomenon has turned me off a little. It is everywhere, no longer about the underdog show and Fox is trying to make money at every opportunity. The shows became increasingly more erratic with the storyline forced to follow the theme (or guest star) of the week instead of the other way around. It is still ground breaking and unique but I've had to take a break from it for a little while.

Have you spotted anything this season? I'm sure I will catch up eventually but I am currently waayy behind.

*by the way that was

Monday, November 22, 2010


This weekend, like most everyone else I went to see Harry Potter. I had forgotten that David O'Hara was going to be in it. He was brilliant as Harry in disguise in the Ministry of Magic. Absolutely sold it. This of course led me to digging out other things he has been in. Today at the library I picked up Wanted. He's in the beginning for all of 5 minues but any screen time is worth it.

Added bonus in the first 10 minutes there is an IKEA reference and spotting.

Very naughty things are happening in that scene so I cannot screen cap it. But, it is there.

I'm writing this as I'm watching - definitely have to suspend disbelief with this movie- so I will update if I see anything else or get a clearer shot.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday funnies!

It's time for a Sunday funny. A friend passed along these "lols" to me courtesy of College Humor.

"If Ikea Made Instructions for Everything"

I have it on good authority from the friend who shared the link that this is indeed how it happens:

Now from the creation of a baby to the creation (or possible destruction) of the universe:

 I kinda like the idea that only IKEA can save us from being sucked into a black hole.

You can see more manuals here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Accidental spotting : Dexter

While trouble shooting a scratched disc from season 4 of  Dexter for my sister I caught bits and pieces of some of the episodes. Can you guess? Yes, I spotted the HERMAN chair in the police station.

 Season 4, Episode 3

Season 4, Episode 2

I think I may have to explore the series further. I never got into it previously due to my lack of cable (shocking I know) but since my sister has all the DVDs, well, there is no excuse now.

Friday, November 19, 2010

More spottings in a dreaful series.

I previously featured Amy's bedroom. She is the good girl who got pregnant after what she was not even sure was sex. Seriously, that is what she says. So now we have the "slut" Adrian's apartment which is full of IKEA goodness.

ANEBODA dresser & wardrobe,
various KASSETT boxes on top of the wardrobe, RIBBA frame on the wall.

Her mother's boyfriend (the married father of the pregnant girl) gifts Adrian a desk from his furniture store. It made me laugh when they showed the MIKEAL (discontinued). It is funny because they show his furniture store in the series and it is definitely not IKEA.That desk is distinctly an IKEA desk.

She also has HEMNES night stands, JANUARI lamp bases, EKÅS shades, ANEBODA bed.

Out on the patio are KLINTHULT rattan chairs, and the little red LAMPAN table lamp.

Her living room features a LYKTA lamp. I cannot see the base of the floor lamp but I'm leaning toward a JANUARI with EKÅS shade.

This is only Season 1 and sadly this is not the last of it. There are a couple odds and ends to finish off tomorrow. Stay Tuned.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dead Like Me

It been a couple of those days so here is a quick one.

After scoring the complete brilliant but canceled series Dead Like Me at an amazing deal on Amazon I settled in for a marathon. Much to my surprise and delight I had a couple of IKEA spottings.

Dead Like Me Season 1, Episode 14 in the waiting room of a vets office.

LACK side tables, KLINTHULT chairs and LERSTA lamp.

And in Season 2, Episode 4 in another Doctor's waiting room.

KARLSTAD sofa and arm chairs.

Dead Like Me only ran for 2 seasons from 2003 to 2004. I think these are my earliest spottings. There was a movie made in 2009 and I am in the process of re-watching to see if there are any further spottings.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Secret Life of Painful TV series.

A couple years ago I tried watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager thinking it could be a guilty pleasure like the first few seasons of Degressi: The Next Generation were for me. Unfortunately, it was nothing of the sort. It is a popular show but I found it incredibly painful and not at all realistic.

Recently I remembered that while I was suffering through the first couple episodes I had spotted some IKEA items. Sigh. I got a copy of season 1 from the library, gathered up my courage and began skimming through to find the items I noticed the first time around. There were many featured.

Amy's bedroom -

LACK shelving units, JULES desk chair, NORESUND bed frame (discontinued) and nightstand.

ANDREA KAKEL duvet (discontinued), HEMMA table lamp base and SKIMRA shade.


Both discontinued items are beautiful. You cannot fault the production team for their design choices. If only the writers were more capable.

This is just one room from the series. I'll have an altogether different looking room tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Monday, November 15, 2010

ORGEL here, ORGEL there

After spotting for a while you definitely start coming across some products more frequently than others. I've already posted a rundown of JULES spottings so today I am going to highlight the ORGEL. As I previously posted the ORGEL has already made appearances in The Vicar of Dibley and Twilight. Now here are a couple more TV appearances.

Season 7, Episode 4 of House. In the pre-credits "someone is getting mysteriously ill" scene:

ORGEL floor lamp

We have appearances in two separate Burn Notice episodes from Season 2.
Season 2, Episode 8

ORGEL floor lamp and pendant (discontinued)

Season 2, Episode 10

ORGEL table lamp and wall lamp (discontinued)
(That fantastic room divider on the right is called the Rondo Hanging Screen. Very groovy.)

As you can see from how the set designers have used them in vastly different setting the ORGEL is very versatile. The ORGEL lamps are inexpensive and give off a nice warm light. I have two floor lamps flanking my couch. I lucked out and found the pair in the as-is section on the same day.  Just don't lose one of the expander wires. You'll have slightly lopsided shades :(

Sunday, November 14, 2010

How to demolish a KLIPPAN.

Sundays are my days to do something outside of the usual spotting posts. Sometimes it's video challenges or music. Today it is destruction.

Nothing quite says fun like demolition. I recently got a new couch and had to find a way to get my old KLIPPAN sofa out of my apartment. Instead of waiting for someone to help me carry it out of the apartment and then find some way to dispose of it I decided the most practical solution was to tear it apart. Okay, maybe not practical but it was fun!

I bought my KLIPPAN years before it was redesigned so it came in one pre-assembled unit. I had no idea what it would be like to take apart. However, it was used and abused a great deal during its life so it made sense that it would not have a quiet death.

A before picture.

Progress shots:
Here I am just cutting off the canvas cover. Inquisitive bunny was safely locked in his room before any major destruction occurred.
More cutting, unbolting & unscrewing.

The arms came off rather easily. The back separated from the seat frame after leveraging out many staples with a chisel & hammer. (Some brute force may have been applied to break the wood as well.)

After cutting through canvas & foam, splintering particle board and ripping off carboard I was left with 4 pieces. Two arm frames, seat frame including springs, and the long frame making up the back of the couch. I was able to get the pieces in my car and covertly dump them in a nearby dumpster. I saved the foam from the seat back to reuse for another project.

It was a nice way to get out some aggression, work up a sweat and reveal the guts of a sofa. Surprisingly injuries only consisted of minor scratches and no blood was drawn. That is a couple of hours well spent.

Back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

fricken, fraking, FRÄCK

In my IKEA spotting I thought I'd get lucky and catch Doctor Who trying to pass off an IKEA item in the far future. Instead it looks like Battlestar Galactica gets that honor. I just started watching it for the first time last night and what do I see?

In the washroom a FRÄCK extending magnifying mirror.


Sadly, upon further research it appears that I am not that clever at all. It has already been noted on the IMDB trivia page. They even go and point out the frak / FRÄCK cleverness of it all. However, I did notice it on my own so I'm claiming some points for discovery :) 

Now I wonder if I can find anything else. Stay tuned.

There's a lot of scenery clutter and I'm actually trying to pay attention to the show but I found something new. On the right is the ATTITYD drawer unit. Staring right at me.

Season 1, Episode 6

Once I'm done, I may have to skim back through the episodes to see if I missed anything else. Stay tuned.

(Yes. Yes, I am a nerd.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Shop for Expedit

As I open yet another Black Friday email I must begin to accept that the madness has begun. It's getting to be that time of year when people start driving themselves crazy to fulfill the burden of gift giving. A custom which as Sheldon says best:

The essence of the custom is that I now have to go out and purchase for you a gift of commensurate value and representing the same perceived level of friendship as that represented by the gift you've given me. It's no wonder suicide rates skyrocket this time of year. 

Either be smart and start shopping in August or stay home, shop online and watch the Season 2 Christmas episode of The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon enters a shop dressed with a great wall of EXPEDITS in search of a gift for Penny.

I don't see anything in here a woman would want.

When they say it's the thought that counts I don't think they realize how dangerous that could be with a person with Sheldon's analytical brain.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Honoring our heroes.

In honor of this very important day - both Veteran's Day and also the return of Burn Notice (10pm, USA). I thought I'd post about the less contentious subject since I have international readers (*waves*).

I first posted about Burn Notice about a month ago and detailed the close proximity of the Miami shooting location to an IKEA store. Quite often in the series a set will be dressed with a high percentage of IKEA furnishings. However, it isn't always obvious because the production team are also really good hackers.

In Season 2 Episode 12 we have a very white, very posh condo of an art dealer.

The VIKA FINTORP legs and LACK TV unit or shelving units (without the shelves) are used to make the sideboards used in the living room. Some accessories used are SKIMMER candle holders with FENOMEN candles. TORKA dried willow.

The wall unit near the door in the of the above shot is actually a white ANEBODA 3-drawer chest on VIKA FINTORP legs. More SKIMMER candle holders on there as well.

In other angles we see more accessories in the living room like the IKEA STOCKHOLM candelabra.

And the IKEA STOCKHOLM bowl (Best shot unfortunately. The actor kept getting in the way.)

The smart use of the IKEA furnishings means they can incorporate much more expensive pieces (like the coffee table that is not actually a STRIND and the Barcelona chairs) to make a cohesive but budget conscious set. It is a good philosophy for our own homes as well.

Much more Burn Notice to come. Stay tuned.