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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Week 8 -- Kitchen Renovation

After awhile, you wonder if you still will know how to cook. I have been using a little plug in tea pot that heats up water and a microwave, both loaned to me generously by my friend Katy S. The upper cabinets arrived last week. This week Gordon and Ben installed the upper cabs and hooked up the sink. The sink is useable! The pulls and knobs will be going on the cabs this week, too. I am hoping the extra hole for the little faucet will be drilled soon. The countertop people installed the specchio white quartz top meticulously. LOVE it. However, they forgot a hole.

We made a change of design plan on Monday. I decided I wanted a more open kitchen with fewer cabinets. Instead of the large maple cabinet in the center which would have housed the range hood, we will order a Kobe range hood - it will be visible and I know I will like that better.

The library shelves and desk below are gorgeous. Maple wood, nice and light, airy. I think the warm tones go really well with my green lower cabs and the beautiful paint color.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stuart Pilkington Interviewed on 12 x12

Great interview on 12 x 12 with my internet photo friend, curator & photographer Stuart Pilkington. My photograph of my friend JOAN in Her Turquoise Dress is featured in the interview. It was part of an online year long series called The 50 States Project in which I represented Iowa. 

More about The 50 States Project
12 x 12 Interview

Chis Offutt Interview with Terry Gross

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Continued Renovation of My Kitchen - March 1st

Here we are! Still not finished but closer. I had thought everything would be in place and the workers would be gone by the end of February, not true. The green cabs have been installed on the bottom and the top maple cabinets are being installed - this began on Thursday of last week.

I love the tones in the maple cabinets and I really like how light they are. The countertop was a puzzler for me. I changed my mind over and over again and finally decided on a quartz top with little sparkles in it. Happy about my choice! It is beautiful, durable, easy to take care of and it looks so perfect with its surroundings.

Note my expert painter - Sarah Taft - she transformed the living room, hallway and kitchen with her magic. We spotted and decided on the color of paint in less than 5 minutes. The color is COPEN BLUE from Sherwin & Williams. Love it.

Thinking about a backslash and maybe using pretty Mexican hand-painted tiles....

When you view the things that seem to in my living room.... remember these things will be moving to the kitchen at a later date. One hopes very soon...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 2 of Moffitt Kitchen Renovation

I must say it is truly exciting but like everything that is exciting comes the stress, too. It is a challenge to navigate my house. My routines have been disrupted. The day begins at 9am for the men and therefore I am up, too.

Today the kitchen wall came down and the new space is really wonderful to see. More light will come in because there will not be the wall that blocked it.

Last night I was invited over for a scrumptious butternut squash soup and roasted vegetables with a yogurt mint sauce, cheese and good bread, wine and wonderful company. Matthew created our supper and Jamie and Matt and I enjoyed the evening together. There are perks in this upheaval of space.

Sort of the color my lower cabs will be

Monday, January 12, 2015

Moffitt House Renovation 2015

This project has grown, morphed, changed as time as went by. Not really knowing for sure how it would turn out, I knew I was ready for a big update for my tiny galley kitchen. When I bought this house in 1992, first thing Mom said was "You should tear out this wall and expand your kitchen." I however liked the charm of the little nook space (later painted an incredibly beautiful blue with the help of Melanie).

So it goes. 23 years later and now my Mom is gone... I hope she can see what is happening in this tiny space. I think of her everyday.

Mark Russo showed me a kitchen he had designed and it had dark red laminate cabinets -- I was sold. First I wanted the upper cabs to be made from my Dad's cherry lumber (we made a bed - or I should say Steve Bullard built a beautiful cherry bed for me from that wood) but it was so complicated to figure out how to get the lumber, etc -- that I made the switch to maple cabinets on top and a beautiful green laminate on the bottom cabs. I love GREEN.

 The countertop has been a big dilemma. Still as of right now, no choice. Stainless steel was my first choice. Too pricey so I decided on Marmoleum. This is a product that some of you might remember from growing up. It was used for floors and countertops and still is. It was invented before laminate. I grew up with it. It uses the stainless steel edging around it. Problem was I had already chosen the green bottom cabs and there just is not a good "color" in my mind, to go with the cabs in Marmoleum. The closest I can come is black with little white stuff going thru it. But I think it may be just too dark. Thoughts?

Where the Microwave Used to Be

Tiny apartment size gas stove -- anyone?
I am getting new appliances and for the first time in my life, a dish washer. The city of Iowa City has loans for people who live here and are below a certain income. It is low-interest. Now that my mortgage is finished (YAY!!!), I am going to begin a new loan. It is now or never, I am not getting any younger.

Will keep you posted maybe if I can on the process.

Note the extra amazing beautiful painting of Birdie, my cat, by Gabrielle Karras