The Pros & Cons Of Smaller Appliances

Can We Live With Smaller Appliances?


Continuing the reveal of our new kitchen, today we share our decision to use smaller, euro sized appliances.  For us, using smaller appliances has been more pro than con!

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Undoing The “Must-Haves” In A Kitchen

“I Must Have Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances!”

Ok, all you real estate agents, and at home HGTV watchers…how many times do we hear these very words?  TOO OFTEN!   Today we share our own minimal kitchen journey to totally debunk these must-haves in our kitchen.

The Holdover Kitchen


The old saying in real estate of, location-location-location, finally resonated with both Mr. LBD and moi at the same time.  For years we’ve known that walkable, city neighborhoods are our playgrounds.  We’ve paid big bucks to “live like locals” for a month at a time in cities all across this wonderful world.  Nearly a year ago, we successfully acquired a full-time residence in our favorite city.  Within this home, we also were the proud owners of a 12-year-old “must-have” kitchen.

The photo above shows the small kitchen with updated paint, and those stainless and granite amenities all shined up.  Due to the city’s strict building permit restrictions…this space was what we functioned in every day.  Looked good but was not the best use of space for how we live.  We cooked often before the pandemic and, well, I don’t need to tell anyone that kitchens have become even more important to all of us now!

The Kitchen The Day We Looked At The Unit


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Living Large With Fewer Small Appliances

Oh How Large The Small Appliances Have Gotten!


Years ago, a small appliance was a hand mixer, or a toaster.  Today, small appliances are getting larger and creating storage wars within our kitchens.  Now that we are living in our dream location, in a building we longed for, its time to make some decisions on what “small appliances” will help us in our quest of living large in a smaller abode.

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Black and White Appliances…..

Are We Ready To Ditch The Stainless?


We’re going to let you in on a little secret….most designers do not like an entire kitchen full of stainless steel appliances.  As a matter of fact, it’s pretty black and white that we love designs without any shades of gray!

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Everything We Want To Know About Induction Cooking

samsung kitchen appliances Inspirational Dacor appliances featured in this project 36 inch custom colored

We admit there is a gene deep inside all of us that makes our hearts skip a beat when we see a killer gas range.  Certainly a machine like this would make us all be a top chef contender right?  Perhaps, but what about induction cooking?

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The Sunday Spy 3.10.18

We Spy With Our Designer Eye

kitchen with orange range-4x4 tile splash-hanging pedant light-white-gray-charcoal cabinet colors-mantel range hood via tom


This Savor Sunday

See What We Love About This Design

Each Sunday we’ll share a design that caught our eye and we took some time to savor.  This week let’s look at this kitchen shared via At first glance we see this fabulous tangerine range.  With a closer look, we also see so many other intriging details!

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