Monday, May 2, 2016

Kitchen Demo Has Begun!

The final phase of our never ending long-running renovation has begun!  Flashback to July 25, 2011 (yes…2011) when my husband began the process of transforming our 1950's L shaped kitchen to a larger and more usable space by relocating the stairs from the kitchen to the the former narrow dining room.    At that point, we just moved around existing cabinets in the kitchen and enjoyed the larger size as we were occupied with remodeling the lower level with a larger bathroom, two bedrooms and tv area.  (Finally wrapping up the decorating of that completed space so I'll be posting pics in early summer.)  Now it's time to finish the kitchen by:

- ripping out the peninsula that separated the kitchen and family room and housed the gas cooktop
- installing a 48" Bluestar gas range on the wall that backs to the new dining room/library
- relocating the fridge
- widening the opening between the former dining area to make the space even more open
- adding an island (not shown in this plan)

Here's the view from the family room in to the kitchen. The doorway to the far right goes out to the hall/stairwell area.  The 48" range will be centered on the wall where you see the old fridge cabinet. The fridge will go where those white cabinets are now.

Here's the view from the stairwell/hall area  looking in to the kitchen.  This wall, where the temporarily relocated cabinets (w/ no legs) are now, will be cut back to create a 6' or so opening.  Eventually, I'm thinking about having built-in in bookshelves installed here to make this hallway area more usable.

This is the other side of that wall.  Now only 1' will extend past where you see the old fridge cabinet. Oh, by the way, there's some of my extensive vintage aluminum tray collection that I've never gotten around to blogging about, lol.

Finally, here's the view from the dining room/library though the kitchen to the family room with the former peninsula demolished. Love how the space feels even more open and connected now!   The existing floors - which were not flush with all the other floors - are being ripped out and replaced with hardwood that will be at the same level as the family room and hall/living room.  Really looking forward to that!

I'll keep you posted over the next two months because we've got a real deadline - my daughter's high school graduation party!!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Perfect Drapes & Tomorrow's Home + Garden Tour!

The instagram feed of the talented Steven Gambrel is full of inspiration - like these perfect drapes!  Simple, elegant and interesting.   If you're in the DC area and you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to come to tomorrow's Home + Garden Tour in Arlington.  It's going to be great! 

The Home + Garden Tour, benefiting the Love Quilt Project, is back for it's third year!  The homes on the tour are designed by some of the top architects in the area and they'll be present on the day of the tour to talk about the details and answer any questions.   Just like last year, the homes will be a mix of modern, classic and historic styles.  Can't want to check out the kitchen above in person!

Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them online here - click the link at the top.  

Saturday April 30, 2016   11 am - 4 pm

Arlington VA

Proceeds from this event will go to The Love Quilt Project (LQP), a 501(c)(3) non profit that builds relationships between caring Americans and children in South Africa who are orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Charles Spada's Boston Showroom

Had just enough time to stop over at the Boston Design Center and visit the Charles Spada showroom.  Here's a few of the things that caught my eye.  First up, these blush lamps.  I see more and more of this lovely color showing up in fashion and interiors and think it's going to be popular for a while.

Multiple mats creating depth and drawing the eye in to the intaglio 

Faux marble finish that reminds me of Venetian marbled paper

And, I finally got to see in person a light I've long admired


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