Debra is back with another guest post – this one dealing with the unfitted kitchen that occupied quite a bit of the last post. As always, if I have comments (and you know I won’t be able to help myself), they’ll be in italics. –Dan
Hello Everyone- Debra here. So Dan comes home today and tells me that no one has ever heard of an unfitted kitchen! I had to do a quick web check to be certain I had not accidentally made it up (I do suffer from the occasional bout of making things up –occasional?). But luckily, this time I have not done so!
Here’s how our unfitted kitchen came about- in addition to being a remodeloholic, I’m also an anglophile. I fell in love many years ago with British decor and I have long paid ridiculous amounts of money to get the British decorating magazines. Which is how I became familiar with the term and the concept of an “unfitted kitchen.”
The term ‘unfitted’ means freestanding or independent and is an English term that contrasts to the term ‘fitted kitchen’ which refers to a kitchen that is created with continuous bands of cabinetry and counter tops. Fitted kitchens are far more common in the US.
While we were in Spain, things progressed at Hildring House – evidenced by grass, knobs, and the unfitted kitchen. This phase of the renovation is nearing an end (please!) and it’s turning out well, we think. Right before we left, the grey decomposed granite had gone down in the sitting area out front
and some staking had been done in the area of the screening bed:
And now for the progress:
Sod is down
we put in the first couple of many, many more plants to come
I don’t know if things really are moving glacially on the Hildring House renovation or if it’s just because we’re living there while it’s happening. Progress is being made, however. Let’s take a look at some of the recent developments. Remember the Ikea Pax closets that I was putting in the grandboys’ room? Here they are:
You know how they say that when you’re experiencing something unpleasant, you should close your eyes and think of being somewhere beautiful? That’s what I’m doing with this first pic – it takes me away from the dust and paint and plumbing and electrical work. Well, that and providing the first of Debra’s mandated minimum two pretty pictures per post.
Shopping in exotic locales is fun. Debra really loves it. I even get a kick out of it. But Debra really loves it. Here she is in a gallery of sorts just off of Istiklal Caddesi in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul (one of our favorite places, by the way).
The trouble with shopping around the world is that you end up bringing things home.
Just a quick note to let you know about a slight shift in the scope of the project. But first, something pretty.
This is one of the two pendant lights that will go over the island in the kitchen. It’s still in the box because, you know, dirt. It’ll stay there until time for installation. You can see what it looks like in the shot from the Williams Sonoma Home website, below.
The oil-rubbed bronze finish will look really rich in that space, don’t you think? Now for the project update.