Monday, April 14, 2014

Sticker Shock

I wish I had more in the way of exciting updates to report on our kitchen remodel, but we're still finalizing some details and trying to get the biggest bang for our buck. Admittedly, ours will not be a budget remodel, but I do still have to work within a budget.  The dollar signs are starting to add up and the fun of planning our remodel has kind of dissipated.

Here's what no one told me before I set my sights so high:

A cabinet paneled Sub Zero fridge alone will cost more than 3 times as much as a basic Fridgidaire range, dishwasher, and refrigerator stainless package. Oh, and the one we want doesn't even include a filtered water dispenser.
An inset cabinet door, a subtle luxury that places the cabinet door on the same plane as the cabinet frame, will add 5-8% to the total cost of cabinets vs a full overlay cabinet door
Elle Decor
Adding "feet" to make a cabinet look like a piece of furniture can cost up to $150 per cabinet
Hazardous Design
If you opt for a professional grade range, it is going to require a more expensive range hood that is powerful enough to draw smoke, grease, and odors away from the cooktop
We're still crunching the numbers to determine what (if any) of our wish list items we'll be able to afford, but right now it is looking like I might need to sell a kidney. Or... maybe I should let Chris tackle this project himself???

Monday, April 7, 2014

Newport House Tour

I'm crawling out from my hole to get the word out about the Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour in Rhode Island. 
Here's a little taste...
  It is always fun to see what's possible when money is no object.
photo: Nat Rae

Walking through these perfectly decorated homes and their immaculate grounds is the best source of inspiration.
photo: Courtesy Gavin Ashworth, the Preservation Society of Newport County
I've been to a lot of house tours, and I can assure you this is one worth clearing your calendar for.
photo: Warren Jagger
Oh, and by the way, celebrity designer Barclay Butera will be in attendance to sign his new book.
Photo: Larry Lambrecht
The tour is one day only! Sunday, April 27th.
For more details and to purchase tickets please visit Newport House Tour

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Productive Weekend

The dust may have settled on all our previous projects, but still some lingering annoyances remained. You know how it goes, you put away all the paint and tools only to notice the areas that got missed with the caulk gun or spots on the walls that need a paint touch up.
Our hallway (yes, the one we "finished" over a year ago), still needed a cover for the baseboard heating element. We took the old one off because the metal was dented and damaged. When it came time to replace it, it just didn't seem right to put an ugly old metal one back on. We've been living with the heating element exposed ever since!
We toyed with the idea of ordering a custom baseboard cover (like this one, or this one here), but Chris ultimately decided to make one himself. It only took him a few hours & $25 in supplies to make our hallway look so much more polished and um... finished. If I had known it was going to be that easy, I would have made him do it months ago. Ha!
Looks good, right? Of course, now I want them for all the rooms in our house.

Chris wasn't the only one who got to cross a task off the punch list. I made a faux relaxed roman shade for the window in our upstairs hallway. I just repeated the same steps I used for the shade in our guest bathroom, but this time I skipped the fight with the sewing machine and used hem tape. I also added a liner.

I scored the Zimba remnant from Maggie G Designs. It gives a nice little punch at the end of our long hallway.

What projects did you cross off your list this weekend?
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