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Friday
Nov142008

Awaiting the cabinets

I am blogging my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about more demolition and some of the progress with the walls going back up and plumbing/electrical. Now for some final sketches Greentea created for me and some decisions I've made.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my cabinets - and today is the big day! This is about 2 weeks later than initially scheduled, but when you they are coming from the other side of the world, you need to factor in the possibility of issues arising on their way over. The delay in my cabinets was due to the Olympics, as they were held up at a port due to extra security. Totally understandable. Then Greentea contacted me to let me know that my cabinets were arriving a bit earlier than anticipated and if they could be delivered on the 6th of this month. I panicked initially. I knew the construction in my kitchen would not be completed by the 6th and because my house is so small, I would have nowhere to store the cabinets in the meantime. I asked them if it were possible for them to be delivered on the 14th instead, which would give my contractor and myself enough time to complete the space enough to be able to put the cabinets in place. (Turns out I am barely able to make this happen). The guys at Greentea were more than happy to hang on to the cabinets until I was ready to receive them. Unexpected things can happen but they are able to work with their customers to solve issues like the timing of shipments and such. I am so grateful they were accomodating because my house would be in complete chaos otherwise. This has been such an awesome experience dealing with Greentea and I've got to give them props for this. They couldn't be nicer and I'm going to be very proud to have what I know will be a stunning kitchen.

Ok, enough of the warm and fuzzies. Mike, who's a whiz at sketching up kitchens, sent me some final sketches of my kitchen and I was SO excited to see what the finished product will look like. It's one thing to have an idea in your head but to see it with all the finishing touches is amazing. I love technology! Greentea's ability to do sketches is a fabulous feature that is incredibly helpful for their clients, especially those who are new to renovations and designing a kitchen (like me). So without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to what will be my new kitchen!






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Friday
Nov142008

1100 Architects


Squeals of joy from this blogger today. I'm lovin' the portfolio of New York and Frankfurt based 1100 Architects. So good, so inspiring, so much! If you love functional architecture with lasting beauty, sustainable design and innovative solutions, modern spaces and lashings of light, mid-century design and art, art and more art then do you have a treat in store when you visit 1100 Architects' website. Too much, too beautiful!

Friday
Nov142008

Sara Essex


Sara Essex brings a freshness to her photos. They are light, bright and fun. With portfolios of interiors and architecture, still life and food there is so much inspiration. I love how she captures details. A linen curtain with a frayed trim you want to run your fingers through and food to die for.

Thursday
Nov132008

Loft with a country touch

How many lofts have you seen that rock a country vibe? I found a dreamy countrified loft designed by the editors of Country Home in 2004. It's country but with a bit of a modern, eclectic and romantic flair that is just amazing against the bones of this formerly empty warehouse loft. A pretty in pink living room with the unexpectedness of a bicycle hanging from the ceiling. A gas fireplace in the bathroom. The pièce de résistance, so simple yet SO effective, a walk-in closet that houses industrial rolling-rack shelves trimmed out with barn wood. LOVE THAT!!!

Thursday
Nov132008

New design book cause you can never have enough

We've posted about Sixx Design in the past, here and here. They are a husband and wife team (Bob and Cortney Novogratz) whom Jo and I have admired since we first came across their work. Their hip and bohemian style rocks, and I was SO excited to find out they have a book out called "Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: from Wreck to Ravishing". "One part practical guide, one part inspirational volume on creating a look for the home, the book pairs humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls and pleasures of renovation with a treasure trove of decorating tips: how to use both boutique and flea-market finds; how to inject lots of personality into a room affordably; how to decorate kids’ rooms so they appeal to children and adults; how to easily rehabilitate outdated furnishings; and many more." Their publicist sent a photo of the cover, and one of gorgeously pregnant Cortney. It's available on Amazon. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!!