Wasting Money on Stainless Appliances

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Before The Renovation

Architectural Digest is a wonderful source for some truly great Before and After projects.  Here’s an example of when it’s better to plan a complete renovation, including a realistic budget, instead of small updates where good money is thrown after bad.  Even the more reasonable big box store stainless refrigerator’s are expensive. In this case, spending a few thousand dollars did not make much difference in this kitchen. Do you agree?  Now the vintage range is pretty cool tho!

 

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After the Renovation

There are so many things to like about this renovated space!  First, it appears to be within the a very similar footprint.  Using existing space is always less expensive and allows the project to take less time.  Next, the way the finishings are combined is uniquely interesting.  Yeah for this red door!  Much thought, care and attention to detail was part of this plan. There is a personality, almost a soul to this kitchen.  Finally, this space is not the oversized, open concept, white-white decor that seems to be touted everywhere right now. This decor is timeless. We can tell there is a family that just can’t wait to get here everyday!

Update- This is a repost from February 2017..we still love the soul in this kitchen!

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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

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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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We Spy With Our Designer Eye 8.2.20

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Sunday Strolling

Each  Sunday we share a design that caught our eye and we took some time to savor.  A design that caught our eye and made us stop and enjoy, like this one shared by Humphrey Munson. Kitchens are the heart of our homes.  What a joy it is to linger a bit and notice all the subtle elements that make this design welcome us right in! Join us today as “We Spy With Our Designer Eye”! Read more…

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The Sunday Spy 9.1.19

Ready To Rethink Kitchen Design?

 

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We Spy With Our Designer Eye

Each  Sunday  we share a design that caught our eye.  An interior’s design that made us pause, savor and enjoy.  Like this one shared by mohdshopnordiacdesign.  At first, we are intrigued by this unconventional kitchen design.  With a closer look, we see all the charming details and start dreaming of a new kitchen for ourselves.

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The Sunday Spy 3.31.19

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We Spy With Our Designer Eye

Each  Sunday we share a design that caught our eye and we took some time to savor.  A design that caught our eye and made us stop and enjoy, like this one shared by carriehayward.  At first glance we feel happy with the burst of color in this decor.  With a closer look, we are drawn in and see how this modern kitchen uses budget savvy options. Read more…

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5 Spring Break Kitchens We Can Picture Ourselves In!

The Not So Ordinary Kitchen

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Here we are, in the middle of March already.  Traditionally, families head for sunny beach areas for this break from the school year routine.  Just for fun, let’s pretend we are spending our spring breaks enjoying these wonderful, not so ordinary, kitchens!

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