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Emptying out the old kitchen

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 the beginnings of the demolition phase and my flooring dilemma, and now for lots more demolition.

There's been alot of work going on at my house, and this being my first renovation, I am realizing how tough it is to have your home in complete reno chaos. This is one of the first times I've ever wished I had fewer cats. But I'm coping and praying things will be done in a timely fashion. I've got all fingers and toes crossed on that one.

A couple weeks ago my boyfriend and I started taking down all the old cabinets in the kitchen. As sad as I was to see the pink go, it felt REALLY good to have at them with a crowbar. I thought I'd show you a sequence of photos of the work we did in preparation for my contractor's arrival. One weekend we started by removing the island (that housed the dishwasher), the wall cabinet above it, and the built-in china cabinet.

Here is the island with the dishwasher removed.

I am totally dumbfounded by the poor craftsmanship of so many things around my house - this island being one of them. This is what the interior of it looked like (with the door removed). And I will spare you the horror of what we found underneath the island once it was taken apart.

This photo is the island and the cabinet above it removed. It was a very revealing process as the island was built recently by a former owner and the cabinet on the wall above it was there probably since the house was built. The island came apart with 2 whacks of a crowbar. The cabinet above took about 20 minutes.

To see more of the demolition, click HERE.


White wonder

Here's one for Kim. Actually it's for all of you who love boho and lashings of white wood. Love this house. All the quirky touches, the bright colours here and there, the bathroom's white floor. Found objects and retro - swoon!! From Airspace locations.


Brighten up your day

Winter is just about here, and I am dreading it as I do every year. It's looking a little dreary outside so I thought I would post about spaces with COLOUR, since I'm craving a little bit of bright and bold these days.

AT CasaCindy Ray
Apartment TherapyCaroline Beaupère
Dexter HodgesElle Deco
Lucinda SymonsThe New York Times
ShootfactoryApartment Therapy
PointClickHomeCoté Maison


Jared Fowler

There is something about these interior shots by English born but Brisbane based photographer Jared Fowler. In a land of harsh bright light and unrelenting heat they are cool and inviting like a cave or a glass of water on a hot day. You know that inside you will be relaxed, that the "invitation" of the space has been captured by his lens. It's hard to put into words but those of you who live in warmer climates will understand. Love the light and the composition. Love the honesty of the spaces. His food shots will have you salivating as well.


Womb room or there's a nipple in my parlour

Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! If you can get past the title of this design book (The Power Look At Home, Decorating for Men, Egon von Furstenberg and Karen Fisher, William Morrow & Company, New York, 1980) you will find some interesting takes on male decor in this week's retro rollick. There is your traditional gentleman's club look, the "Sssshh this isn't really a brothel" look and the "My decorator picked all of this and the cleaning lady keeps it tidy" look. My particular favourites are the giant "womb" floor cushion and the nipple cubes. Please please it doesn't scream misogynist at all. Unfortunately very few colour photos to share but lots of moody b&w shots. I've included one of a small kitchen I find really cool.