Monday, April 21, 2014

We have the keys!

Last Thursday evening, we finally received the keys to our new home.  Seemed to me that the event would never arrive!  It did, and I am over the moon!

The last 3 days have been busy.  We needed to change the door hardware/locks, start measuring for furniture, deal with utilities.  You know, all the little things that go along with a change of residence.  Oh, I forgot to mention conducting the guided tours for my friends! :)

I have taken quite a few "before" photos, and will start posting them for you all to see. 


Here's my new kitchen.  It's small but really very efficient.  The kitchen I am leaving behind is too big.  Yes, you heard me, TOO BIG.  It is a killer, to work in because the work triangle is non-existent.  I am going to love the new one!
The retro drapes are going.  They will be replaced with valances & fabric blinds.  Hanging lamp will be replaced as well.

The credenza I showed you will be placed on the wall you can't seen on the other side of the pantry cabinet.

I have a small, square library table with two pull-out extensions that will just fit this space.  Eventually, I'd like to put banquette seating in the corner under both windows.
View into the kitchen nook 
All of the appliances are original to the house. They are in good, working condition so we can push that expense out a while.

I need to decide whether I am going to paint the cabinetry white, and I am leaning that direction.  If I do, we'll go stainless steel.  If I leave the oak, I'll use white. 

I love those little glass block windows over the counter.  This is the east wall of the house, and the morning sun shine through!
Stove wall
Haven't decided about the counters.  I can live with white tile.  The advantage to changing is that the double sink is really too small.  Not a decision I have to make right away. 
Planning to put slide-outs in the pantry cupboard.  A couple of the lower cabinets have slide out already.
Just wanted to show the inside-out view of the front garden. You also get a close-up of those "interesting" drapes.
View out of the front window


1 comment:

  1. OH Chris.. My comments on your NEW PLACE! FIRST.... I LOVE IT! I could be very cozy there no problem, the space is wonderful! Good job choosing downsized home!

    I sure hear you on work triangle! I LOVED your other house kitchen with all the windows! But I know I will love this kitchen too when you move in your style!

    Have you thought of painting the cabinets a color as opposed to white? Blue (in a nice toned down colonial blue.. or Green, or that barn-like gorgeous Red you are painting that credenza! Think about it.. I did a red kitchen once, was so amazing! Just an 'outside of the box' idea.

    That library table will be darling in the eating area, LOVE the idea with the built in window banquette... less table and chair legs to view also that way... more cozy too..with more opportunity for fabric in seat and cushion colors and fabrics!

    White appliances are good and will hold up to your changes in the kitchen. Instead of solid white if you paint cabinets white, why not a white-wash? This way you get some of the grain so the white won't be flat since not much detail on doors, the grain can provide a dimension.

    You can move in at least, in GREAT condition! Then once your 'stuff' is there... you can see what features & colors you want to expand on...

    Slide-outs in the pantry a MUST.. I know I HATE reaching over things to find stuff, pull outs make much more sense!

    I really like the VIEW you have love it... I have large sliding windows too, LOTS of air at once when open! Those drapes? You sure you don't want to make your decor around those? Mauve and pink perhaps with gray? That is also so old Florida!

    LOVE it, can't wait to see what comes NEXT!!!


I'd love to hear your thoughts...