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Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whew!

Posted by babs711 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 14, 12 at 0:25

We moved into our new build about three weeks ago. While I say the kitchen (and house) are complete, some things are missing that need to be done like counter stools that aren't here yet, a window seat cushion, upholstered chairs at the table that will be ordered, BLADES for the living room ceiling fan that aren't in yet. I've hardly hung a thing on the walls and am working on window treatments now. You get the picture! But we're in! And the months of planning and stewing are over! So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining/living room. I'm sure I'll have updates as I go.

DETAILS:
Cabinets: Eudora Frameless
Island countertop: White Macaubus Quartzite
Perimeter countertop: Leathered Absolute Black Granite
Sink: Kohler Riverby Cast Iron
Faucet: Moen Woodmere in Stainless
Hardware on solid doors/drawers: Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel
Glass knobs and Bin Pulls in polished nickel: Van Dyke's
Range & Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Pro
Refrigerator Drawers: Electrolux
Sharp Microwave Drawer

Close up of the tile. It's hard to get an accurate color since it's so glossy. It's more blue/green than portrayed in pics:

I was standing on a chair when I took this. I feel like it makes the dining table look like toy furniture! Ha!

Behold...the unfinished bar and the fan with no blades. We live in the deep south...no judging the fan! Behind those closed doors lies my DH's very unfinished man cave.

And you'd know that the day after I took these, my new sofa cushion inserts came in. It's all fluffy and new looking again. Oh well!


The Pantry is actually the same color as the entry you see right past the range wall in the kitchen (BM Gray Wisp). But I didn't use a flash so it looks funky here:


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RE: Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whe

It's beautiful! I love the lights over the island!

What tile did you use for the backsplash?


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Very, very nice!


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Lovely! What is your kitchen floor? It's beautiful.

Your kitchen will be a joy to work in. Enjoy it!


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Ohhh!! Love the hood! Love the floor! Love the lights! Love how you pulled the whole space together. Just gorgeous! You must be thrilled.


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hi babs711,

Thanks for posting your lovely space!! I really like the finishes and paint and everything about it! What are the dimensions of your kitchen? how about the length/width of the kitchen and fireplace/tv area? You have a really great set-up with the island, dining area, tv area, and bar!! WOW. Now you can sit back and enjoy it all �.

How big is the island? On the side that faces the sink, what are in those 2 SS drawers?

The flooring is gorgeous too. Who mfg/and color?

Can I just come move in now?
Sorry for all the questions, but I am sure you will be answering for alot of us.

Congrats!!!


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It's gorgeous! I love the flow- such a serene peaceful space. I love everything-especially the floors. I like the few pops of red throughout. Congrats- good job!!


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Absolutely stunning!! It came together so beautifully! I love your floors. I just put in a similar color in 8" hickory! Enjoy your space.


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Babs!! It's just beautiful! I went back and forth enjoying all the carefully chosen details. That shapely hood is almost obscene--in a good way! The tile compliments your cabs and space perfectly. Your pantry looks huge. I can't place the shelves in your last pic. Is that behind the door?

Can you please share the details of your tile, pendants, and paint?

Your whole house looks so lovely and pulled together. Can you allow me to whine about how you did all of that in three weeks when I've been living in my newly reno'd one for almost eight MONTHS and it looks nothing like yours?? Nothing on my walls, no bs, no coordinating pillows, no rugs..... I'm pathetic! And you designed a beautiful home. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Oh, one more thing. Would you indulge us with a money shot of that stunning quartzite? :)


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OMG! The puppy dog seems to have settled in very nicely! It is a great space. I want that Kohler Riverby sink. Much happiness in your new home.


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Your kitchen looks beautiful and so, so stylish! Job well done.


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Simply gorgeous!! I love all three rooms, especially love the window seat and the huge bar! You are going to have some amazing parties in this house. :) I love the handles on your KA fridge...I wish mine were like that, they would match the straight handles on my KA range and DW, my fridge handles are curved. Enjoy your gorgeous new home!


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Stunning! I love so many elements, but your range hood is something I think is particularly noteworthy. Great job!


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So beautifully done! You have great taste and all your choices compliment the spaces. Love the backsplash and the pendants!!! Your pantry looks spacious and so organized!

Any yes, puppy dog does seem like he/she worked really hard at pulling this all together!! :)

Enjoy for many years to come!


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How nice, Babs. I really like ALL your choices and the way they come together. My favorites are that wonderful quartz on the island, what the slight texture/modeling in the backsplash adds, and definitely the contrast of the floor boards with the other surfaces. Happy cooking.


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So beautiful! That's an amazing backsplash. Love the flooring too...what's the scoop on that?
Also love your area rug in the living room. Oh, and the bar area..cool space!


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Hi Babs, Iv'e been waiting for this, esp since I will have the white macabus as well, great to see a visual. everyhting looks so thought out and pulled togetehr, it looks so cozy and inviting. I know you prob have shared the backsplash info before, but I love it and would love to know the info on it. thanks for posting! Michelle


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Looks really great! I know you must be loving it!! What is the color behind the book shelves and the back wall of the bar area?
Every choice is perfect!

Congrats

Bee


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Beautiful!! Love the lights, flooring and subway tile especially. This looks like something out of "Southern Living" magazine!


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Beautiful kitchen and wonderful pantry--oh, everything about it is wonderful. Difficult to choose a favorite element, but I really like the window seat!


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Fabulous. Love the kitchen and the whole house. Especially, your door knobs! Pantry is wonderful.

Pics of outside of house please?? Doesn't have to be perfect yet, but would love to see pic.

Great job!


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Beautiful! Take a bow and enjoy!


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that is beautiful! i want to copy you! i especially love your lighting. can you share info on your wooden chandelier?


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Gorgeous! My favs, the floor and the tile....and the dog. which I didn't notice until someone else mentioned it, even though I viewed the pics at least 20 times.


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Wow you guys! I've been busy today and just logged in. I didn't expect all this! Thank you ALL so much!! We're having a few friends over tonight to boil some crabs and I've been sweeping little wool rig fibers and construction dust up for about half an hour. Ugh! My friend warned me about the weeks of construction dust aftermath. And these darned new rugs are killing me with the shedding! I'm answering questions below. Some things were asked about a couple of times so if it looks like I missed something it's probably answered somewhere! And again...thank you to every single person for your super kind words about our home. I still have some work to do but this is the fun stuff! Questions...

Meangoose, the backsplash tile is by Settecento in the gray/green shade. It's clearly got tons of blue tones. I'm not sure why it's called gray/green.

Tea4all, the flooring on the first floor is carbonized hickory 7" planks by UA flooring. We love it! We liked how the house was turning out before the floors were in but once they laid the floors, we were blown away. They warmed up the place so much. Even the builder and his workers commented on how much they loved them!

Go_figure01, the kitchen isn't huge by any means. It's 12' on the kitchen side and 14' on the range side to the end of the fridge wall left of the cased opening. The entire length from window wall to the wall with the artwork in it across the room is 18'. The fireplace wall width is 17'. Our island is 4x7.

The drawers are Electrolux refrigerator drawers. We got them because we put a counter-depth refrigerator in since you walk into the room right there. I knew we'd need the extra cold storage. Plus, it's nice to have things the kids need at mealtime near the table and my coffee and breakfast items near my coffee station. We're enjoying the drawers very much. We've been keeping juice, milk, half and half and creamers, egg beaters, sodas, and cold snacks like pudding cups, fruit cups, jello, etc in them. It's working out really well.

Breezy, I'm glad you popped in. I love your kitchen as well! The hood! Goodness...I almost did an industrial hood. Then I went back and forth between this one and a straight option which would have been less. But this one called to me. So thank you! I love the way it came out and am glad we spent a bit more. The pendants are Currey & Company Regatta. I know a couple of GWers have them. I stewed over lighting for months but kept coming back to these. Our main paint color is BM Revere Pewter. In some photos it appears browner than it is. It's a great "greige"...not too beige, not too gray. It has just enough of both to work with lots of different tones. Our trim is BM Frostine. I chose it initially to work with our cabinetry color. It was the closest match. But once it was up in the finish and the light changes throughout the day, they don't really match but it works. I think on the wall, it's a closer match to something that falls between Simply White and Cotton Balls. Breezy, you're funny! Most of this stuff is from our previous house! The only things I've added are the barstools, rugs and the window seat pillows...maybe an accessory here or there. It takes time! I'm kind of type-A with my decorating. My friend didn't believe I didn't work with a decorator. I'm just like this. I wish I had training. I'd do it for a living! It's fun!

The only bare clear shot I have of the quartzite right now is one I took when it was first installed. I can take another one later. Here's that one:

Catlover5, I am LOVING the Riverby sink! It's the first time we've had a deep single bowl or a cast iron sink. It's great!

Nini804, I went back and forth on both fridge models but decided I'd probably regret it if I didn't just bite the bullet and get the darned bar handles. I mean, we already blew our appliance budget, what was a few hundred dollars more?! Your kitchen was a huge inspiration to me, especially in deciding to not go to the ceiling with my cabinets but to do so with the hood. So thank you!

Bee, the paint behind the bar and bookcases is BM Chelsea Gray at 75%. Thanks! I love your kitchens you've done! Thank you for coming to see mine!

Red_lover: outside for you from a very bad angle. I need to get a better photo but here's one for now. Eventually, once I get pics of all the rooms, I'll post an update on the house building forum. The last I did was June.

(that's the house numbers scratched out on the front)

michoumonster, the chandelier, by pure coincidence, is also Currey and Company like the pendants. It's the Simplicity chandelier. I had the pendants picked out for some time and had a completely different chandelier by Arteriors delivered. It arrived damaged. After a huge ordeal, it was shipped back and I had to start from square one in picking out a fixture. My builder was about to kill me. I ended up with this which is nothing like what I was going with initially. I like that it's casual and not ordinary. Thank you!


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Stunning! Love everything about your kitchen!

Can you answer me where you purchased your bar stools? Im searching high and low right now for some just like the ones you have. Thanks much!


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What a beautiful, well-put together kitchen, DR, and LR! It tempts me to sell my home and start over with a piece of White Quarzite as the starting point. :-)

Thanks for sharing!


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Wow--love the outside as much as the inside! Gorgeous. Just my style.


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Beautiful! I'm so jealous of your pantry. My DH is adding shelves to my COAT CLOSET as I type so I can have more pantry space. At least it is closer to the couch than the kitchen, so i'm going to store our snacks in it.
Speaking of couch, your couch looks SO inviting and comfy!


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Your kitchen, and the rest of the house shown, is gorgeous and you photographed it really well. I really like your floors too. You've packed a lot of storage in there that I really envy.


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Could you please tell me where you found those tiles in the south? I'm in Florida


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Beautiful! Love the pendants and the hood, also how the dark counters go with the dark floors. Good job - congratulations!


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Beautiful kitchen! I especially like that gorgeous white Macabus and those pendants! Enjoy!


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Absolutely gorgeous! I love everything. :)


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I love your decorating! Your living room and kitchen are gorgeous. If you aren't a professional decorator you should be.


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It's beautiful. I am crazy jealous of your Curry & Co pendant lights. I wanted them but they weren't in my budget. Maybe I'll upgrade in a few years. I also can't believe you have kids... they must be older, right? Or your just one heck of a mommy making them keep is so clean. Awesome job.


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Just beautiful! So many wonderful details! Love the floors, lighting, and counters. I would love a bar area like yours.


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Gorgeous babs! I know you posted on my post regarding 10' ceilings & cabinets - but can you shed some light on how tall your ceilings actually are?

& what was the basis for not bringing the cabs or extensions to the very top to the ceiling?


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Hi babs711,

TY so much for the info on your lovely home! I am not clear about the dimensions you gave and wondering if you could help a slow processor like me...I apologize. I have a similar kitchen space and would like to add a family room like yours w/the fireplace but am not sure if I have enough room. I like that you have an island and a dining area adjacent to the kitchen!

I think I understand that your kitchen is 12 X 14 to the frig, then you have dining space w/the window seat, and then the family area w/the fireplace.

I'm not sure if I understand the length fr the kitchen range to the backwall w/the 2 glass doors. I think I get that the room is 18ft in width. Is this correct??

TY SO MUCH IA.

YES, you should definitely be a designer!!


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Babs, it all came together so beautifully. I love the counters, of course, and the blue-gray-green BS tiles. The pendants are very cool. I really like your living room rug -- would you mind telling me where it is from.


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enright5, they're simple Pottery Barn stools! I had planned on getting different slip covers for them but the pattern I wanted was discontinued. So I got these pinstriped ones instead. I like them fine. I may have some sewn to change them out eventually. They're sturdy and arrived in good condition and don't scream "Pottery Barn"...I don't think! Ha!

bahacca, at this very moment I'm sitting on that same couch with the new inserts and it feel so different and FULL! My son saw it yesterday for the first time and said, "OH! The couch has been cleaned!" No...I put new inserts in the cushions. It almost looks new! But it still looks comfy! Thanks! I spent a lot of time drawing out that pantry and working on the spacing. I referenced several GW posts as well. I still have a few more organizational things to do over time but it's good for now. I'm just so happy to have a nice, spacious pantry!

Breezy, I just realized I never answered your pantry question above. Those are to the left of the door. In the first full shot of the pantry (the one below the shot with the painting in it), you can see the right wall with the door. Those shelves are shallow for jars and cans and shallower boxes. They end before the door. Behind the door, I have my brooms and things hanging on an organizer thing and keep a stool folded back there.

marti8a, one of my goals was to have a lot of functional space and storage. I've never really had that before and have always had to find creative ways to achieve it. For the first time, I'm finding myself with extra storage and with beds with nothing underneath them! It's amazing!

remodelfla, our local stone place had a black board with different tiles on it. No brand name. I liked them and got some samples. I didn't even know who made them until the box was sitting on my counter during the install. I went to their website and it looks like mine might be called The Traditional. You may want to contact the Americas contact on the contacts link to see who would carry them in your area. Another tile place I went to in town (Adda Flooring) was not carrying it when I was shopping for backsplashes. But when I went last week to return some samples to them, they had their sample board on display and said they just got it two days prior and were carrying the line now.

Wow mic111, your comment blew me away. Thank you so much. I truly do wish I did that for a living. I would love it. You are so sweet.

NewSouthernBelle, You made me laugh! You know I took these on a super clean day, right?! My kids are 7 and 11. My 7 year old girl is pretty neat though. She's pretty good about taking her things back upstairs when she's finished playing with them down here. And my son is past the age of tons of toys. His stuff is all upstairs. It's not this clean all the time. I wish! Re: The C&C lights...they pushed us over our lighting budget a bit also, especially since I needed three pendants. And I have some Hudson Valley lights in the master bath. But we went under budget in several areas of the house so it all balanced out in the end. We came in a few thousand under when all was said and done.

pbx2, our ceilings are 10'. We didn't bring them to the ceiling because I felt like we had a lot of cabinetry and builtins in the room and along that one wall that the fireplace/window seat/sink are on. I felt like there needed to be some kind of balance and that having just the kitchen go to the ceiling would throw the balance off. I started with the window seat and knew those should go up to the ceiling. I felt like if the kitchen cabs also went all the way up then the fireplace builtins would have to go to the ceiling for balance. At that point I felt like the room would be so heavy with woodwork. So I then thought that keeping them lower would not only help with budget but would make the window seat more of a focal point, along with the hood and then the bookcases would be set apart as well. So there were a lot of reasons why we didn't go to the ceiling. And as I said in your post, I have to get on a stool (at 5'5" and even when I'm in heels) to access the top shelf of the current cabinets). I think whatever I put in those upper cabinets would NEVER get used.

go_figure01, That's my fault I think. I misunderstood that you wanted the length of the entire room! I gave you the dimension of the kitchen with (12x18) and without(12x14) accounting for the walkway from the entrance of the house to the back doors. I also gave you the length of the fireplace wall (17'). The entire length of the whole room is 39'. Kitchen is 12, dining 10, living 17. Width of space is 18 total. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have more questions! And thanks!

kaysd, The rug is Safavieh Soho Ankara in light gray/ivory. I got a great deal on it from Joss and Main. It's more blue/gray than gray though, which I'm totally fine with.

And thank you ALL again so much for your kind sweet words! I know I didn't address everyone individually, only the questions. But I read every single comment. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. This has been a long and crazy couple of years. I love the questions and will post updates as I gather other items.


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It's all just beautiful, inside and out. I love your red chairs (along with everything else). Gorgeous. I had to go back and look for the dog, I missed him the first time I looked and then saw him/her on the back of the sofa, lol. So cute.


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Gorgeous!!!
I love the overall balance of the kitchen. It just looks beautiful and so functional!

One question - have you considered putting a cushion on your bench? We are putting one on ours - and DH and I each have one of the cabinets - it was my way of keeping DH happy that he was part of the kitchen.

Now, we want to hear about some scrumptious treats that pop out of the kitchen - heading back to ours to make my yogurt muffins!


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Beautiful!


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Babs - last question - any worry about dust build-up on top of those cabs?

I am in total agreement that cabs might not need to go all the way tp the ceiling but what do I do about the dust?? Sleepless about this LOL!

One again - Thanks for giving us your time babs.
Enjoy your new home. Really is brilliant!


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Girl - everything is just beautiful! And in the deep south, we must have our ceiling fans!! I hope you haven't answered this already, but what gray did you use in the kitchen? Thanks!


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YOUR KITCHEN IS GORGEOUS AS IS THE REST OF YOUR HOUSE!! You have wonderful taste and great talent. I hope you enjoy every second of your hard work and passion!


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a2gemini, I posted in the initial thread that the window seat cushion is one of the many things that's incomplete. You must have missed that. ;) I'm waiting on two quotes right now and waiting on fabric samples for it and the window treatments. I've sat in the seat several times wishing for the seat to have the cushion already! Ha!

Lake_Girl, The paint used throughout the entire space (except the bookcase and back of the bar) is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. It's a nice gray/beige...not too gray and not too beige.

pbx2, I asked my mom about it because her cabinets have never gone to the ceiling. The way she and I look at it is that hundreds of thousands of people (millions even) have this situation and have for hundreds of years. And they live and survive. That's not dust that gets stirred up but it does get gunky if not cleaned every so often. So you could clean it with a rag and a water/vinegar mixture at the same time every month when you clean the tops of your fan blades and light fixtures and change your a/c filter. I'm assuming if you're worried about dust on top of cabinets, you're dusting those things regularly? Or you could do what some people do and line the top with waxed paper or newspaper so the dust settles there instead of the cabinets and change it out every couple of months.

Gr8day, I thought so many times about slip covering those red chairs in a more neutral color. Then I decided to move in first to see if they worked. Now I'm glad I left them. Thank you!

I forgot about the dog! He's a funny one! Sometimes he lays on the top of the back of the red chairs too. And he's been enjoying the window seat. I imagine he'll like it more with a cushion too!

Our counter stools came yesterday! iPhone pics so not the best but wanted to show you! They're SUPER comfortable and sturdy. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the seat. But they're comfy. Plus, I checked out how the rushed piece is attached and note that if I get creative later, I can cut a piece of wood and foam, upholster and attach them to replace the rushed seats if I want a new look.

Part of the reason I want some slipcovered type chairs at the dining table is because of all the hard chair materials going on at the eating areas now. I think I'll put them at the ends of the table at least...eventually.

And totally unrelated, I woke up to find this drawing on the island from my seven year old daughter. What she wrote brought tears to my eyes. I thought it was the sweetest thing and wanted to share it with you guys:


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a2gemini, I posted in the initial thread that the window seat cushion is one of the many things that's incomplete. You must have missed that. ;) I'm waiting on two quotes right now and waiting on fabric samples for it and the window treatments. I've sat in the seat several times wishing for the seat to have the cushion already! Ha!

Lake_Girl, The paint used throughout the entire space (except the bookcase and back of the bar) is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. It's a nice gray/beige...not too gray and not too beige.

pbx2, I asked my mom about it because her cabinets have never gone to the ceiling. The way she and I look at it is that hundreds of thousands of people (millions even) have this situation and have for hundreds of years. And they live and survive. That's not dust that gets stirred up but it does get gunky if not cleaned every so often. So you could clean it with a rag and a water/vinegar mixture at the same time every month when you clean the tops of your fan blades and light fixtures and change your a/c filter. I'm assuming if you're worried about dust on top of cabinets, you're dusting those things regularly? Or you could do what some people do and line the top with waxed paper or newspaper so the dust settles there instead of the cabinets and change it out every couple of months.

Gr8day, I thought so many times about slip covering those red chairs in a more neutral color. Then I decided to move in first to see if they worked. Now I'm glad I left them. Thank you!

I forgot about the dog! He's a funny one! Sometimes he lays on the top of the back of the red chairs too. And he's been enjoying the window seat. I imagine he'll like it more with a cushion too!

Our counter stools came yesterday! iPhone pics so not the best but wanted to show you! They're SUPER comfortable and sturdy. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the seat. But they're comfy. Plus, I checked out how the rushed piece is attached and note that if I get creative later, I can cut a piece of wood and foam, upholster and attach them to replace the rushed seats if I want a new look.

Part of the reason I want some slipcovered type chairs at the dining table is because of all the hard chair materials going on at the eating areas now. I think I'll put them at the ends of the table at least...eventually.

And totally unrelated, I woke up to find this drawing on the island from my seven year old daughter. What she wrote brought tears to my eyes. I thought it was the sweetest thing and wanted to share it with you guys:


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Oh my, this is so beautiful! All of it! I am totally drooling over your 'splash!

I think that the drawing by your little girl has to be my favorite thing, though. You truly are blessed! :)

Congratulations--your home is amazing!


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I love your DD's pic! How precious!

I keep checking in the Building a Home forum to see if you've posted any more pics of the rest of your house. It was so fun to watch it come along. I love all the details you picked out. :)


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Beautiful job, I know it was a labor of love. My favorite part (honest to goodness) is that sweet picture from your little girl. Adorable.


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Stunning! Wow, that hood, the lights and the tile make me swoon the most. Enjoy your beautiful, well-thought-out home!


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Babs your home is beautiful!!
Please enjoy it and enjoy your family-
what a very sweet little girl you must have.
I know that drawing is framed already right?
Thank you for sharing all the details,
I'm taking notes...;)


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love, love, love! I gasped out loud when the page loaded.


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Amazing!!
How are the Eudora cabs??
Your space is beautiful!!!!


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I love your home. The kitchen is fabulous.

Enjoy!


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Just lovely. And your DD's picture that she drew is priceless...a keeper for sure. :)


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Well done Babs! The kitchen looks great! Enjoy your new home and adding all its final touches.


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dckitrem, I can't lie. We've had some issues. When done correctly the quality is good. They're made well and sturdy. Most of them were fine. But a few doors had to be sent back because of finish issues or they weren't laying correctly. The range hood's paint finish was rough when it came in. They had to send us a completely new range hood. One cabinet came with the wrong door. And the replacement parts take forever to come in. I guess I expected this experience to be like my experience with Cardell and have no issues. The end result has been fine.

Ppbenn, not yet! It is hanging on the refrigerator with a housewarming magnet someone had made for us of our new address in the New Orleans address tiles. I intend to buy a frame for it and hang it in our entry gallery wall as I put that together though!

Thank you all so very much! These comments are blowing me away! I'm truly humbled.


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I love your countertop.


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Babs.....Stunning!!!! Absolutely beautiful. The "cherry" on top is the artwork! Sums it all up! Enjoy!


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What a lovely home! And the kitchen--WOW! There's so much to love about it, but my favorites have to be your quartzite, BS, and pantry. And your DD's artwork--priceless!!

How do you like your Thermador range and DW? Which range model do you have? The 36" Thermador is high on my list of possible contenders. I had wanted to do a rangetop and built-in oven, but I don't think I'm going to be able to do that in my layout. Have you tried out the oven? Does it bake evenly? My other concern is how long does it take to preheat? Also, it's great to know you're happy about your fridge drawers. I'm hoping to fit them in my island because I don't think a CD fridge is going to hold enough.

Wishing you and your family many years of happiness and health in your new home!


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Beautiful! What a great job you did... esp love the quartzite and the tile and the lights, but it's all lovely.

Enjoy!


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Flwrs_n_co, We really do like the Thermador. The only thing I've had to get used to is the cooling fan that comes on during preheating the oven and lasts until the internal parts are cooled off after you turn everything off...sometimes it's ten minutes, sometimes it's 25. I've found out that's to protect the range and is normal. When baking everything comes out wonderfully. I've used convection and regular and never have to rotate anything. I've baked on multiple racks at a time just fine. The preheat is the normal length for a gas range. It takes a while but any 36" gas range is going to take a while. I haven't timed it. It's not 30 minutes or anything...maybe 15? I'm sure it heats up slower than a Bertazzoni, for example, because its capacity is larger (which is what we wanted). I'm getting used to cooking on it. Even though I've been running our range hood every time I cook, I set off our smoke detector twice because I underestimated the heat, thus burning pancakes and burning meatballs (not the same meal). Things heat up faster and hotter than on my previous stove. I need to get used to it! But once I get my groove going and temp evened out, I find it's super easy to cook on. I'm almost enjoying cooking now! I've never said that in my life!

Thanks again everyone! I bought a frame for DS's drawing today! It's going from the fridge to the wall tonight!


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It's beautiful! I love that we have similar kitchens finishing at the same time both with quartzite island and black perimeter counters. Your kitchen looks great!!


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Hi, first I would like to say just wow. Your kitchen is my dream! Coincidentally, I just found you on a post vouching for Cardell cabinets. I was searching them because that is what my supplier is pushing and I was looking for reviews. I noticed that you went with a different company this time. Was there a reason? Thanks :)


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Hi, first I would like to say just wow. Your kitchen is my dream! Coincidentally, I just found you on a post vouching for Cardell cabinets. I was searching them because that is what my supplier is pushing and I was looking for reviews. I noticed that you went with a different company this time. Was there a reason? Thanks :)


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Oh my gosh, your daughter's picture is just the sweetest thing! I can see why it brought tears to your eyes. It's a keeper, for sure. :-)

Oh, and I am drooling over that quartzite!!!

The whole thing is just beautiful, and I'm so happy for you. Enjoy, enjoy!


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Maggie530, I got a quote from them and it was slightly higher than the quote from the guy my builder uses all the time who carries a bunch of different lines. I knew I'd get a lot of service from him during and after in terms of these cabinets and the ones we had put in other places. Plus, he and my trim guy were collaborating on the window seat hutches and some builtins. I knew I wouldn't get the kind of attention to detail that we needed at the price he quoted me from the regular kitchen place. It didn't have anything to do with Cardell. I think they're great and would have used them had we only needed the kitchen. But since everything needed to flow, it worked better to go with him.

You guys keep making my days so much better! I can't believe all the nice comments! I know I keep saying thank you but I truly mean it!


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Beautiful! Would love to see pictures of the rest of the house! Do you mind telling me the distance between the stools and your dining chairs and the dining chairs and the red chairs in the family room? Do you feel like the 10' dining area is enough space? Thanks and great job, everything looks perfect!


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I LOVE the kitchen! Everything looks so lovely. Congratulations!


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snbtwins,

I keep meaning to take other photos but then random things keep coming into the house that prevent me from doing it...boxes my parents were storing for me, deliveries, etc. then last week they started the punch list stuff so the house kind of fell apart with any sort of clean factor I had going on. But I have fan blades now and a powder room mirror! I'll get pics up within the next couple of weeks! The distance between the counter stools and dining chairs is 48" when pushed in. When sitting in both at the same time it's roughly 28". It's plenty. It's also 48" between the stools and the red chairs. There's more room when sitting at the table since the red chairs don't move...36" or so. We've not once felt crowded in here. It's very spacious and open.

Thank you guys!!


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I think I used to drive by your house (or one very similar to it) while taking my daughter to her riding lessons when we still lived in New Orleans! Love the quartzite - well, everything, really! It looks great.

I'm going to put that particular quartzite on my list to look for. I love the colorway - and I love marble; however, I'm realistic that the patina is just too much for me to deal with when the main kitchen cleaner here is 12 year old girl with a passion for homemade lemonade :-)

Beautiful space.


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Thanks grlwprls! It's a new construction though. We started at the beginning of the year and finished about four weeks ago. Do you mean drive by our build or a different house? Hey... How were the riding lessons? I go that way to take DS to school and see the horses and have a 7 y.o. DD who's a horse nut. I've thought about looking into it but haven't talked to anyone who's done it. And thank you so much. That's exactly why we ended up not doing marble!


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Its so beautiful. This is almost the exact same color palette I am trying to do with my kitchen.


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Posted by babs711 (My Page) on Sat, Jul 14, 12 at 17:13
Go_figure01, the kitchen isn't huge by any means. It's 12' on the kitchen side and 14' on the range side to the end of the fridge wall left of the cased opening. The entire length from window wall to the wall with the artwork in it across the room is 18'. The fireplace wall width is 17'. Our island is 4x7.

Hi Babs - can you tell us how far it is from:

1) the end side of your island (w. 2 chairs) to the wall with the art?

2) from range to the island?

3) from Dishwasher to island?

Thanks!


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Oooh I love those pendants! And the rest of the kitchen too. :-) Great job.


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Thanks lilymila and taggie!!

Pbx2,

1) from the end of the island to the wall with the art is 64".

2) the distance from the island to the range is 47". Distance from island to that counter is 50". The range extends 3" further than the countertop. It feels extremely spacious. I think we had a little more than 36" in our previous kitchen with a standard 30" range. We're using the drawer microwave a lot and standing in front of it and it's never crowded. We can open every appliance along that run and people can walk by at the same time. It's the perfect amount of space.

3) there's 42" of space counter to counter on the dishwasher side. It's also plenty. When the dishwasher door is all the way down, there's 18" of space left open. You can easily walk past. You can also fully extend the refrigerator drawers and have the dishwasher fully opened and have 3" between them and open and close the dishwasher.

We've had no pathway issues whatsoever and have had multiple people crossing paths throughout the kitchen/dining space on a daily basis. Hope that helps some!


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Thanks again Babs711! - you are most gracious with your time!

We are similar with the spaces around our island too.

Some1 mentioned in another thread of mine to move the island & turn it into a peninsula.

But with your data & experience, we should have plenty of room to move around the kitchen island & not resort to such shenanigans LOL!


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I'm glad to help! I went and looked at your thread again and it seems like 46" is plenty of space. And it's sweet of you to say I'm your inspiration kitchen. That's a huge compliment! Thank you!


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Wow, I'm just now seeing this!

Beautiful kitchen, Babs! Love everything about it, especially the counters and floors! They are stunning.

Couple of questions, one may be too difficult to answer, and if so, I completely understand. It's about your glass cabinets. Do you know how wide they are and how wide your doors are? My cabinet maker is thinking one door on a wider cabinet, and I love the look of yours with two!

Also, you may have mentioned it in another thread that I missed, but who did you order your counter stools from? They too, are gorgeous!!

Congrats, Congrats, Congrats.


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Hi babs711 - it's me - your kitchen stalker again ;)

What kind of hood is that you have?
Is it a custom hood?
Painted & build around somehow?

needless to say, it is amazing much like all the other components of your kitchen!


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Hey Susied3! I'm sorry. I just saw your reply. My glass cabinets are all 24" wide. Each door is 12". I'm so glad we did two instead of one door. I prefer the look for our kitchen. The stools are from Ballard. We wanted backs and swivel which is apparently a tall order! Lol! Thank you so much for your sweet reply!!

Hey pbx2! The hood is from the cabinet company. The crown at the top is from the builder, painted to match. The actual vent is Kobe. Thanks again! Stop by any time!!


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I realize this is an "older" thread -- but I just had to say, babs, that I LOVE your kitchen. It is an inspiration kitchen for me as well. And, I just got excited because I discovered our preferred cabinet guy actually offers Eurdora cabs. It is great to be able to see the product in someone's home. A couple years into it, are you still pleased with your cabinets?
Thanks for sharing your home with us!


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