We are finally back in a fully-functional kitchen. There are still a few little details to be sorted out — minor paint touch-ups, a small leak under the sink, paint to scrape off the pocket doors, and a collar to be added to our vent hood to cover the off-center hole in our ceiling soffit. Nothing that is keeping us from cooking — and enjoying — our kitchen. We’ve started to focus on the finishing touches, the stuff we decorators love!
With the new design, I’ve decreed that there shall be no clutter on the countertops. Given that we actually do cook in our kitchen, this is a tall order. And the items that must be left out must match the new decor. This has led to a round of Splurge vs. Save.
I’ve gone low-tech with my new kettle. This elliptical model whistles when the water boils, and saves me from having an electric kettle on the countertop. It was a $35 bargain at Target, and I’ve seen it in a few other places. The pepper mill was more of a splurge, (about $75) from Trudeau, but we use a pepper mill every day, and a good grinder is a must. We went big so we don’t have to constantly refill it.
I insisted that my husband ditch his not-so-old but very messy coffee maker, with separate grinder. His new Breville You-Brew was a splurge, but we bought it with Air Miles. It has a built-in grinder, so there is minimal clutter on the countertop.
We used to have a plastic paper towel holder on the wall of our old kitchen. I still need the paper towels, but I wanted something a little more attractive. This holder is from SimpleHuman, and I picked it up at Hudson’s Bay for $35.00. I love the quick-release top for reloading the rolls, and the weighted base with rubber bottom. You can pull off a sheet with one hand without toppling the whole thing.
Our new stools under the eating bar were a steal at Target — only $80 each! I love the industrial Restoration Hardware look. With everything coming together, we’re also appreciating the fact that Kitchen Court thought to upgrade these under-the-bar panels to door panels, as they are very visible as we enter the house and look up the stairs.
My old library stool won’t cut it in the new kitchen. My son ripped the wheels off it shortly after we bought it years ago, but it’s sturdy, and the perfect height. So, the search was on for a replacement…..
My husband couldn’t find anything until I suggested that he search under ‘library stools’. And voila! He found this heavy-duty beauty in stainless steel — the Kik-step from Cramer. Why a library stool? I worked for years in libraries as a student, and these stools have wheels that allow you to kick them along, but when you step on the top, the stool lowers to the floor, on a rubber ring that won’t slip. We ordered our from macglen.ca, an online resource for library supplies — only $79.50 plus shipping, etc.
The kitchen isn’t the only space that needs finishing details. While we wait for custom draperies and a new area rug, we are slowly pulling the living and dining rooms together.
Since I have to work with my existing furniture for a little longer, I’ve ordered new custom pillows to update my sofa. To go with those, I found this big feather-filled rectangle at Hudson’s Bay for $35.
I like my old Engelite made-in-Canada lamp, but the old bell shade had to go. I updated it with this modified drum shade for $80 from Living Lighting. It was a bit of a splurge but still less than a new lamp.
We spotted these parsons chairs months ago, on one of our trips to Lowe’s. A few weeks later, I spotted them on sale — I scored 6 chairs for $300! Since I won’t be getting my ideal dining table yet, these will nicely update my existing table without breaking the bank. And just in time — our existing chairs were on their last legs before the reno.
The carpet for my stair risers and living room rug has arrived. I got a sneak peek at how it’s going to look on my stairs…..
… and with my living room furniture.
I always tell my clients that they will really feel settled once the art goes on the walls. I love seeing how their existing pieces work on new wall colours or in new positions — it’s like having a new collection, and we notice pieces we may have taken for granted previously.
We picked this piece up in Lake Tahoe years ago, unframed, and we’ve never really had a great place to show it off. Now we do!
This is a print we bought in Quebec City, showing a restaurant called Aux Anciens Canadiens in both winter and summer. If you’ve been to Quebec City, you’ve likely walked past this building. I’ve been there in both seasons, so this brings back memories.
We are definitely getting back into our regular daily routine, including morning walks on the treadmill. I can’t say that I really missed this, but it is good to get back to ‘normal’.