Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014: Bring It On

Happy New Year!

The day after our last holiday guest drove away, Chris and I began our annual ritual of putting away Christmas decorations. Our motto: Get it out of here ASAP!  It is a renewing experience to again see the sunlight shine through the windows previously blocked by the tree, and I'm rather enjoying the nakedness of my home without all the extraneous stuff around.  It allows me to look at my home again with a fresh pair of eyes and ask, "What do I like about it? What do I want to change?"

So what changes will 2014 bring to Hazard Ave? Well, hopefully a new kitchen.
We've met with two contractors who've ballparked our dream kitchen in the $70-$75k range.
Apparently things get pricy when you ask to take down walls, match really old hardwood floors, install a door & steps to the backyard where there currently isn't one,  and to "clean up" a mudroom & back stairway as part of your average kitchen remodel. Oh, and we may have also asked for a box beam ceiling. I blame Pinterest for my fancy pants needs. 

No doubt, 2014 is going to bring with it a big dose of reality.

Until that officially happens, I'll continue to enjoy some blissful ingorance where a kitchen with everything I want is still possible. 

Cabinet covered appliances and a custom range hood are a must. Obviously.
Transom windows above all doorways into the kitchen? Need.

A 43" La Cornue in white with brass and chrome trim. Again, NEED. (I even resolve to learn to be a better cook in order to justify it.)
La Cornue
A coffered ceiling. Of course. 
BDG Style
A wall of floor to ceiling pantry cabinets. Must have.

This kitchen pretty much epitomizes it all. 
Elle Decor
I'll eat Ramen for a year if I must. 
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