First, let me say, I miss you all and blogging. But this little mess has kept me busy:
Even with all that old plaster and gaping holes, I love it! The room is so much brighter without those upper cabinets. There is head room! (By the way, we had a guest last week and will have guests this weekend–seemed like a great time to rip up the kitchen.)
And, a little archeological find totally made my day–possibly original wallpaper? I need to go next door and ask Mrs. L if this was what was hanging back in the 1950s (go ahead, click on her story, you won’t regret it). You can tell where there were little side shelves on either side of the window.
What keeps me going is pulling out my little bag of pretties to see what the kitchen and adjoining family room will look like soon.
I’m still deciding on the paint color for the cabinets. It will probably boil down to eenie-meenie-miney-mo when Chris says it’s decision time. I’m keeping the rug I ordered (that turned out to be really red.) It’s dark, which means I will stress less about having it in the kitchen (I do have a child who loves grape juice). And do you see that awesome piece of marble with the faintest of gray and brown striae? These 6×12 tiles will be the backsplash–I’m including a pic with the existing granite countertop. To think I was just going to do straight up white subway tile–until Sherry Hart suggested this gorgeous marble. What a fabulous way to update this common granite–eternally grateful! This is why designers like Sherry exist–call one up! And the hardware was a real find at Home Depot of all places, after I looked and looked at many a pricey handle!
Chris picked up a huge, rough-hewn oak plank to use for our open shelving. It will look something like this:
My homework includes painting this orange table (the result of being snowed in last year) to gray.
These lovely ladies will replace the parson chairs.
I’ll paint the frames a dull, dark yellow; and the fronts get this ivory vinyl and the backs will tease with a little peek-a-boo of this sweet fabric–another Sherry suggestion. Love it!
Then it’s a game of musical lights. Remember the polyhedron light I selected for the kitchen? I knew the moment I ordered it that it was destined for the loft. So the gilded rose chandy will be replaced with polyhedron light. Rose chandy will go to our master bedroom. And the kitchen? I decided to move our original dining room light to the kitchen table because I found…
…this smoker at City Issue. The dining room needs something a little edgy, and this is it.
Taking a cue from the giant globe bulbs of this vintage light, I’m using the globe pendants from Rejuvenation above the kitchen sink. It will add the dose of mid-century the kitchen needs and offset the femininity of the crystal chandelier and the chairs’ cabriole legs.
I spent a day with Sherry and Ally at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) recently looking at fabrics–which is the equivalent of kitties in sunshine surrounded by squirrels and chipmunks and mice and laser light pointers and an endless supply of catnip and Fancy Feast. Here are a few–I’m so loving that Designers Guild floral, Amrapali indigo. Pink is happening. And who knew I would be hanging those camel velvet drapes again after storing them for two years? I was convinced to give the secondhand drapes another try (I bought them from a lady in West U, Houston, 10 years ago) after seeing the camel drapery in the April House Beautiful (sorry, no pic). A good reminder to keep an open mind about existing pieces. My endless thanks to Sherry and Ally for keeping me focused at ADAC, and to Sherry for pulling a long day with me. Hire a professional!
And, just a side note, I’ve been collecting jars and vases and such lately. I like them all piled on the dining table for now. Bunny is hanging out here while the dust plumes in the kitchen.
It’s been a tricky balance lately of projects, painting, collapsing, and homeschooling. But when there are days of homeschool dress up, how can you not have fun? Girlfriend was all over her Ancient Greece lessons. I’m not kidding that she started dancing around the kitchen yelling, “Odysseus! Odysseus! Yea! Odysseus!” when I told her that our copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey had arrived from Amazon. I, for one, do not remember doing that as a 6-year-old lass.
So, I’ll keep you posted on the kitchen progress. In the meantime, I’ve got some stuff to paint. See you soon!