Week 15 — Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner

Why are the last few days before a big event always the most hectic?  Just once, I’d like to coast into a big day with my feet up and everything done well before the event.  No, wait, I think that’s called retirement — I’m not ready for that just yet!

This past week has been an eventful one as we prepped for our big Thanksgiving ‘reveal’ to our first dinner guests since the renovation.

Monday: kitchen company delivers the extra slide-out shelf we ordered.  No more slow-cooker on the countertop -- which translates to more prep space for Thanksgiving dinner.

Monday: kitchen company delivers the extra slide-out shelf we ordered. No more slow-cooker on the countertop — which translates to more prep space for Thanksgiving dinner.

Monday also saw the arrival of our kitchen valances and living room drapery and cushions.  Unfortunately, the kitchen valances were made to the wrong measurements -- which were exactly the measurements I specified!  (I neglected to add the width of the new window frames -- oops!  That has happened once or twice in 20 years, when clients have framed a window without telling me.  However, I knew about these window frames...)

Monday also saw the arrival of our kitchen valances and living room drapery and cushions. Unfortunately, the kitchen valances were made to the wrong measurements — which were exactly the measurements I specified! (I neglected to add the width of the new window frames — oops! That has happened once or twice in 20 years, when clients have framed a window without telling me. However, I knew about these window frames…)

Tuesday: unwrap the new pillows and drapery and begin the installation process. Love this zig-zag from Kravet!

Tuesday: unwrap the new pillows and drapery and begin the installation process. Love this zig-zag from Kravet!

Tuesday: Colin did a great job of installing my living room valance and drapery.  Too bad I gave him the wrong valance and he had to redo it....

Tuesday: Colin did a great job of installing my living room valance and drapery. Too bad I gave him the wrong valance and he had to redo it….

See the difference? I designed asymmetrical valances to balance the one-sided drapery.    Unfortunately for Colin, I forgot which side was which until I saw it on the window.

See the difference? I designed asymmetrical valances to balance the one-sided drapery. Unfortunately for Colin, I forgot which side was which until I saw it on the window.

The dining room drapery is a mirror image of the living room treatment.

The dining room drapery is a mirror image of the living room treatment.

Hmmm... nice, but still missing something.

Hmmm… nice, but still missing something.

Thursday: Our custom area rug arrives.  Good thing I have 2 big guys to move all the furniture out of the way to get ready.

Thursday: Our custom area rug arrives. Good thing I have 2 big guys to move all the furniture out of the way to get ready.

And.... it's in!

And…. it’s in!

Now that's better!

Now that’s better!

Friday:  Bring home wall sculpture from showroom and fill in that void between the windows.

Friday: Bring home wall sculpture from showroom and fill in that void between the windows.

Thanksgiving weekend: this vignette is okay but it could be better....

Thanksgiving weekend: this vignette is okay but it could be better….

week 14 - LR vignette with branch

A little colour and texture, courtesy of Mother Nature.

I was worried about my too-wide dining table working for our group of 7 Thanksgiving diners. However, I was able to angle it to fit everyone around it comfortably without bumping into the fireplace.

I was worried about my too-wide dining table working for our group of 7 Thanksgiving diners. However, I was able to angle it to fit everyone around it comfortably without bumping into the fireplace.

Thanksgiving Weekend:  I was thankful for my new oven and loooooonger countertops as I piled up the baking -- 4 pies, 2 banana bread, 2 soda break, 2 dozen muffins, and 24 tarts.  No, it's not all for Thanksgiving -- most of it went into the freezer for breakfast and lunch throughout the week.

Thanksgiving Weekend: I was thankful for my new oven and loooooonger countertops as I piled up the baking — 4 pies, 2 banana bread, 2 soda bread, 2 dozen muffins, and 24 tarts. No, it’s not all for Thanksgiving — most of it went into the freezer for breakfast and lunch throughout the week.

Thanksgiving Weekend:  Those long work surfaces also came in handy on Turkey day... hubs does like to spread out!

Thanksgiving Weekend: Those long work surfaces also came in handy on Turkey day… hubs does like to spread out!

Thanksgiving Weekend:  Phew! We made it -- 15 weeks after gutting the old kitchen, we produced a perfect turkey dinner for 7 hungry people.

Thanksgiving Weekend: Phew! We made it — 15 weeks after gutting the old kitchen, we produced a perfect turkey dinner for 7 hungry people.

Hurray! The renovation reveal — and the meal — was a great success!

 

 

 

 

 

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