Have you seen Wishful Drinking on HBO? It’s a filmed version of Carrie Fisher’s theatre production. It’s well worth seeing. She’s hilarious. She really was one of a kind.
So here’s what’s on my mind today… We’re trying to decide what to do with our kitchen.
Our house is open concept with a “great room” leading onto the kitchen. Who decided to call this type of room “great”? I like traditional home design with separate rooms and find this newfangled concept neither fish nor fowl.
To make matters worse, somebody, somewhere along the line, decided that even though it was one big flowing space, they should just arbitrarily put down tile in half of it.
|Notice the line. Also, the lack of rug: this was the scene of the french bulldog/Roomba incident!|
I do not love the kitchen as I prefer a bright and airy space. And don’t even get me started on the Baltic Brown granite. Baltic Brown is designer-speak for Granite of a Lesser God. In some light, it’s practically purple. We lightened the look a bit when we removed some of the wood to add the hood required for our new gas range but it’s still darker than I’d like.
The real issue, however, is the dining room table. Because we made the dining room into a formal parlour/office, we have to entertain in the kitchen. On the tile. I hate having a fancy dress dinner on tile. It seems unseemly. Plus, I hate grout. Even the word is awful.
We have a new table on order in a gunmetal-stained oak that will make the space a bit more formal, but there is still the very big Problem of the Tile. Trust me, I realize that these are truly Stepford-type problems to have, but I’ve seen my peers weep when the stove knobs arrive in the wrong colour. They’d simply collapse into a heap with my tile issue.
So…. what to do.
For the kitchen, I was considering painting the cabinets grey, but it’s really nice wood and it seems a shame to cover it, especially since there are rumblings in the design world that wood is coming back.
I quite like RHoNY’s Sonja Morgan’s kitchen:
Hers seems to work and when I look at the elements, they are not that different. Dark wood cabinets, dark granite, stainless appliances and tile, plus a bunch of big windows looking onto greenery. So I think the problem is not so much the kitchen, but the fact we are not entertaining in her dining room:
Also, I’d like Sonja’s nose…
The easiest thing is just to re-floor the kitchen to make it all a little more formal. And I’d turn the island, so the lucite bar stools that match our chairs face out. I’d like to match the wood because if we change it, we have a lot of changing to do, including the massive Dynasty-like staircase.
It’s something to behold, no? Look at the catwalk at the top of the photo. We are still thinking of mounting the Stepford production of Starlight Express.
Alexis and Krystal would be pea-green with envy.
You can also see the giant, solid mahogany, repurposed church door that prevents people from coming into my office. When people ask me what the secret is to blending a family of 7 people, I can honestly say that the church played a very key role! Sometimes, I simply close the door and hide.
Matching the wood floors means clearing out and letting them sand and restain. It was suggested that we pack up a lot of our things, and I nearly had a heart attack. I’ve moved way too many times over the last few years and am reluctant to do that. Plus, sanding is always hell on wheels.
I’ll probably do nothing until it’s time again to move. And then I’ll bustle around and make it completely perfect for somebody else and be resentful as all get-out.
What is your approach to renovating? Go big or go home, small bites, or ignore it all until it falls in around your ears?