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Filtered water faucet at sink?

posted by: francoise47 on 03.14.2011 at 07:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi All, I'd love to hear your suggestions and advice about having a small filtered water faucet at the main kitchen sink. Pictures would also be fun to see.

We don't have room for a separate prep sink. And we may be replacing our fridge with a model without water in the door. So having an extra water source at the sink makes sense. We don't need one that heats the water. But filtered water is a must.

We will have a separate spray as well as the main faucet. Visually, I'm afraid it may start to look very busy around the sink area. But it does seem practical.

Ideas and/or pictures?


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RE: Shaker Cabinet Style (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: breezygirl on 01.04.2013 at 01:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Don't laugh at me, but I never noticed until just now when I went to measure that my stiles and rails are not equal! Wow.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Anyway, rails across the top are 1.75" and stiles are 2.25". I wanted 5-pieces drawers throughout as the mix of 5-piece and slab seemed too mix/match for me. I like the continuity of the same drawer style. I didn't know at the time that slabs for top drawers was traditional.

As you can see, my pulls are mounted on the drawer panels, and I have no difficulty reaching and opening the shallow drawers on the top or on the 4-drawer stacks. I did, however, make sure my pulls had sufficient projection to allow for ease of use. A year later, I'm still very happy with all my choices.


Cabinet and drawer style
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RE: Kitchen backsplash opinions! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: livingreen2013 on 12.01.2012 at 12:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Close-up of Praa Sands.


Praa Sands Quartzite by Cambria
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RE: Ceramic Beadboard Backpslash - Done (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: SusieQusie60 on 08.20.2011 at 12:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow - thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate it. I just went and took out the "official" kitchen file so I could try to answer any questions.

First, I have to point out that there is one horizontal seam. Look at the 2nd picture, behind my stove. It was the only place where the tile was not long enough. I agree that I probably wouldn't want that running somewhere more obvious. I also have to admit that I'm amazed at how the vertical seams really don't show at all - or at least they don't show to me!

The name of the beadboard tile is: Ceramica Colli Nantucket 8X20 Perline Tile

We ordered it from a local tile store where the owner/manager is a friend of my husband's. We paid about $5 a square foot for it which made me quite happy. (Considering the first ceramic beadboard tile I found was about $65 a square foot - way out of my price range!!)

I always have a little trouble answering questions about my countertop. It is a leathered finish, and we got it from All Granite and Marble in New Jersey. They don't have any "names" just numbers. I can tell you that our countertops cost about $4,000 (cuts outs, installation, etc.) I can't say enough good things about the people at All Granite after our cracked Blanco sink and all of their help in getting the old sink OUT and the new sink IN. But that's another thread entirely...

As soon as the last few details are taken care of, I'm actually anxious to post on the Finished Kitchen Blog. Not sure how that's working these days though, so if anyone wants to clue me in on how to do that...

Thanks again - SQ


Ceramica Colli Nantucket 8x20 Perline Tile
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Ceramic Beadboard Backpslash - Done

posted by: SusieQusie60 on 08.20.2011 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

This past week we had our ceramic beadboard backsplash installed. I'm very happy with it! Here are some pix if anyone is interested:




You can probably tell that I ultimately decided to go with the "mellow" theme in my kitchen with the backsplash. I picked something I thought would really blend, leaving my floor and my backsplash (both dark) to really "pop" in my kitchen.

Not a whole lot between me and completion at this point - glass inserts, under cabinet lighting, a few pieces of trim. Can't believe I might really have a "Finished Kitchen" soon.



Ceramica Coli Nantucket tile backsplash
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RE: Countertop glass cabinet (like michelle16) is 18 inches too d (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: breezygirl on 11.20.2012 at 05:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is 14" deep, full overlay, and fits everything I want to store. Dinner plates, pasta bowls, cereal bowls, both sized of drinking glasses, mugs, etc.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I think you'd be more than fine with 15".


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RE: Suggestion for backsplash on New Colonial Cream granite... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sbp59 on 11.18.2012 at 02:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

With millenium cream granite...similar?


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RE: Which size pendants over my island? (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: michelle16 on 11.16.2012 at 04:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here it is, her screen name is annsch- I would of picked these if not for my circa yoke one's. She has it labeled- Jamie Young St. Charles Pendants in Mercury Glass- the one's you are thinking of are the same shape but larger and in polished nickel?


Pendant lights
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Finally finished~photos

posted by: katieob on 04.18.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

It's been a long year, but we moved in a few weeks ago and we're so thrilled!
Again, I'm so thankful to all the gracious forum members here. I get so much great information and inspiration here and your encouragement with Round 2 has been so helpful!

This is a whole house remodel of a 1940's Cape that we purchased last Spring after selling our house. The kitchen is an addition. We still need to paint the window trim and wall above sink, but who knows when....Also, the black front and back door will have better handle hardware soon, just so you know...

I still seem to have giant pics from photobucket, apologies.

Cabs~ Shaker, inset, BM White Dove, custom (same cabinetmaker)
Counters~ Danby Marble on perimeter and walnut on island
Backsplash~Walker Zanger Gramercy Park in Heirloom White
Sink~Shaw's 30 inch
Faucet~Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel
Pendants~ Circa Lighting Small Yoke, polished nickel
Hardware~All PN. Schaub (thanks kateskouros) for appliances, RH Gilmore pulls, RH Glass knobs, Rejuvenation utility latches, Cliffside Brass icebox latches
Stools~Cottage Maine
Range~Viking (mistake, me thinks)
Pot filler~Rohl Swing Arm
DW~ Miele (I think Inspira?)
Fridge Drawers~Kitchen Aid (Love, love,love)
Microwave Drawer~Sharp 24 inch

Thanks for looking !!



Love the Liebherr fridge, thanks Marthavila.





Banquette. Will eventually have cushions, etc.


View from kitchen to front door



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Yes, it's time. The tile is UP and Grouted.

posted by: beekeeperswife on 10.18.2012 at 09:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Don't scroll down and skip the story.

As you know I ended up choosing to repeat my beveled arabesque tiles in the new kitchen. I found every tile I brought home I would compare to the arabesque. I wanted to do something different though. I had so much help from all of your suggestions, I even did try a gray arabesque tile, but it was too dark. Some of you suggested I ask if it could be made a lighter gray. I did. And guess what? They are making a lighter gray. But I had a deadline and could not wait. So, I ended up back at square one. The white beveled arabesque tile. It is the tile that was in my head when I designed this kitchen.

With the desire to do something different still in my heart, I did a sample board with gray grout. It was lovely. Most of you expressed your opinion that I should do gray. As we all know this was not an episode of "Run My Renovation" and it was not an actual vote to determine the grout choice. I like to think of all your feedback as an opportunity to hear from you why you liked gray or why you thought white would be best. And there were powerful arguments for both sides.

However, none of you were here to experience the light in my kitchen, and the overall look of the counters, which are busy. As we often say to each other, "only you as the homeowner really know what looks right and what looks wrong". So, ultimately, the decision had to be made based on how the tile looked in this kitchen.

Corgimum was so kind to do various photoshop mock-ups for me. They were very helpful. I loved the way the gray emphasized the bevel and the shadow.

I did make a decision that I was 99% confident would be the right decision. But I still wanted to wait to see the first part of the wall done to make a final decision. After seeing the tile without grout and having the darker shadows my decision was finalized.

It's not what you might be thinking.

I went white. Again. My dh didn't care for the gray from the first time he saw it. And I was so scared that with the gray the first thing you would see was the tile when you walked into the room. It was actually distracting, and it didn't enhance as I had hoped. I needed the bs to read as "one" vs a sea of tiles. Another factor that came into play was the tile looks brighter with the white grout. It had a creamy look without grout. But when I added the white grout, it brightened up.

I did change one thing though. I went with unsanded grout. The joints were tight enough to do this, and I was able to have very small grout lines compared to last time. I actually think there are more shadows this time.

It took 2 full days to install the tile. It took me about 10 or so hours to grout it, which I spread over 3 days. My fingers are cut up and very sore. I still need to caulk, but I don't have any finger tips left to do the apply the caulk. I'll wait for Mr. Bee to return to the hive...he's off at a conference in Florida.

I just want to thank you all for your opinions. I do value all of them, and I hope this won't turn into a case of "why do we even give you our opinions if you do the opposite". I was so torn about which way to go, but in my heart, I know this is the right decision.

Without further adieu...


A template was made from styrofoam to be able to cut the tiles in 1/2 perfectly. Once we realized that there was going to be 76 tiles that had to be cut in 1/2....the time to design and cut out a template was well worth it.



This wall took about 3 hours.




grout on right, no grout on left


Last night I cleaned up all the icky grout supplies. I started to play with ideas for styling the kitchen for the photo shoot. Here is a quick vignette. I'll be playing around with the kitchen to figure out the right look. It's going to be a January magazine. So, I'm thinking the story will be "prepping for a dinner party" Colors will be yellow and blue. Ben Moore's color of the year is a yellow, and we have been seeing lots of of blue too.



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Almost Finished Pics - long time coming...

posted by: aokat15 on 02.09.2012 at 02:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm still waiting to finish up some small details - such as having my potfiller installed - but I thought I'd post my almost finished pics. I've posted some pics along the way, but here is where we're at now. It's been almost 2 years since we purchased our home and we are slowly coming to the end of a long whole house renovation and addition. Gardenweb has been an amazing source for inspiration and guidance - thanks for all of your help along the way. Let me know if you want any info.

To the right of my refrigerator is an oversized walk-in pantry. There are temporary shelves in there now... someday soon we'll have cabinets and nice shelving and I'll share those pics as well :)


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Finished Kitchen with Typhoon Bordeaux

posted by: pemberley on 05.31.2012 at 05:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is finally finished!!! Thank you all for your advice on the finish for my knobs and handles. After much agony I chose satin nickel. It went well with all of my stainless and my husband loved it. Enjoy the photos!!!







Typhoon bordeaux granite, bronze/dark pendants with satin nickel knobs and pulls.
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Fun thread-What decisions did you make/avoid thanks to GW?

posted by: Madeline616 on 11.12.2012 at 02:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

What great kitchen or appliance decisions did you make (or what problems did you avoid) thanks to the help of Gardenweb members?

I can thank positive feedback from GW for my Miele DW with utensil rack, which I adore.

Also, warnings from knowledgeable appliance forum members saved me from getting an AG range that would've vented heat and grease directly onto my white marble slab b-splash.

When I was considering buying a green range, GWers opinions helped sway me away from that choice. I still love that green range, but I know I would've regretted committing to a color since I change my mind and my likes and dislikes so often!

A GWer gave me the recipe for an all-natural cleanser to use on my marble counters. I use it every day, and now I'm using it on my floors.

A GW member provided me with an easy and obvious solution (although somehow I didn't see it myself...) to a kitchen layout problem in my parents' new home. We're rebuilding the cabs per her advice.

I'm not sure how my kitchen would've turned out without the help of Gardenweb!!


Kitchen ideas
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Why Do People Put Outlets in the Backsplash?

posted by: SK97232 on 11.15.2012 at 01:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm very curious about why so many people install positively beautiful backsplashes and then cut ugly holes into them to install plastic outlet covers?

When we remodeled our kitchen we asked our electrician to install outlets on the underside of our upper cabinets. It seemed such an easy solution, so I'm confused why so few people do it?


Put outlets on the underside of upper kitchen cabinets
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Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: kellienoelle on 11.12.2012 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I'll represent the "plain" blacksplash. I had grandiose ideas but by the time the backsplash rolled around I had run out of creativity and money. Now, I like the simplicity and how it looks with a pretty active granite (Delicatus). My one regret, which I will remedy at some point, is not taking the backsplash up to the lever of the stainless panel over the stove. Happy backsplash hunting! For many it is the most difficult decision of them all!

They are Crossville porcelain tiles in Empress White in 4" x 12". Can't remember the grout name exactly but alabaster sounds familiar.



Delicatus granite with simple backsplash
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My finished kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: Staceydux on 03.18.2012 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I finally got around to taking pics of my kitchen. Unfortunately, I lost my nice camera during the renovation so these pics are taken with my old Blackberry. The quality does not do the kitchen justice. Anyway, here are the details:
1)Kitchen designer - The Cabinetry in Hingham, MA (Marlene was awesome to work with)
2)Contractor-Bob Burr Remodeling in Carver, MA
3)Cabinets - Perimeter cabinets by Medallion style Potter's Mill in Divinity. 2 Islands by Medallion, style Potter's Mill in Cherry with a Wheat finish.
4)Refrigerator - Thermador built-in 36 inch - paneled
5)Oven-GE Profile
6)Cooktop - Thermodor 5 burner
7)Hood- By XO
8)Trash Compactor-Kitchen Aid - paneled
9)Dishwasher - Kitchen Aid (we already had the DW)
10)Microwave Drawer by Sharp
11)Sink by Artisan - love this huge modern double sink
12)Faucet by Grohe
13)Pulls by Atlas - Sutton Place in Polished Chrome
14)Knobs by Atlas - Sutton Place Square Knobs in Polished Chrome
15)Counterop-Polished Colonial Gold Granite
16)Pendants over large island from Lowes (can't remember make)
17)Light over small island - by Solaris
18)Backsplash-White subway tiles by Oceanside glass in iridescent color Oxygen.
19)Backsplash color tiles - by Sonoma Tile - Style Vihara in Kahuna - iridescent tiles
20)Counter stools by New Pacific style Dylan in Creme. I need 1 more but this color has been discontinued.
21)Paint Color-Walls are Benjamin Moore in Feather Gray; Trim is Benjamin Moore custom color to match cabinets.
22)The legs next to the sink and on the island were ordered from the KD. Not sure of who makes them.

I think that covers it. Again, the pictures are poor quality because my phone takes poor pictures.

These were my helpers and troublemakers through the entire renovation:

This is 1 of 2 islands. This is the smaller island and is used for prep work:


This is the larger of the 2 islands. My husband, kids and I spend most of our time at this island. It's 9 feet. We still need 1 more counterstool:




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RE: Finished Kitchen Finally!! Pics (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: laur66 on 05.15.2011 at 11:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow, thank you all for your nice comments :)
Co-Co - the distance between the island and the sink run is 37"
Sadiebrooklyn, I picked all the finishes myself, using many of the pics here for inspiration.

Here are the details:

Cabinets - Kitchen Craft Lexington Maple Seashell
Granite - White Springs
Appliances - Kitchenaid
Hood Fan - Venmar Jazz
Cabinet Hardware - Restoration Hdwe Grafton 4" pull and 1.25" knob brushed nickel
Faucet - Hansgrohe Allegra E chrome
Sink - Kraus 32"
Floor - Engineered Maple
Lighting over table - DVP lighting
Pendants - Progress Lighting P3290-09
Wall Colour - BM Revere Pewter
Backsplash - Bellavita H-Line pearl

Thanks everyone!


Backsplash: Bellavita H-Line pearl

Granite: white springs

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White Kichen Facelift Reveal

posted by: domesticah on 07.19.2011 at 07:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all. Below are pictures of our kitchen facelift. I was inspired by the "something's gotta give" kitchen.
We finished the project just under 17K. I am so grateful for this forum and for the generosity of the many members who offered advice, pictures and information -- all of which were of tremendous and invaluable assistance. Thank you so much for all your help.
How we saved: My genius carpenter repurposed our cabinets and we were able to save big bucks on this aspect of our redo. Basically, he built frames around and in front of our cabs so I could have inset doors which I love. His not ripping out the cabinets allowed us to save our countertop and backsplash. We also kept our dishwasher, sink and facuet. Down time was 6 weeks.

Here are some of the details:

New Bosch Fridge
(Old whirlpool Dishwasher)
New Sharp Convection Microwave
The cabinets were made by our carpenter (LI guy: John Dicapua)
Drawer Hardware is Restoration Hardware (Aubry and Gilmore pulls) & Horton brasses hinges and knobs
Paint is BM Edgecomb Gray Walls
Cabinets are BM Simply White
Our existing granite is Bianco Romano
Existing Stove is Jenn Air
New Wood Countertop is from Hardwood Lumber Company "Character Walnut" (carpenter cut it) I finished it myself with waterlox!
Brackets under the upper cabinets from Capital Lumber
Feet under base cabinets from Osborne wood (they are shelf brackets!)
Columns on the island are from

Here are the "Before" pics

Here is the After, non lived in version:


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RE: Beams/Coffered Ceilings (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: fish7577 on 06.11.2010 at 01:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

I'd definitely vote for beams made out of trim. I think the drywall coffers look a bit modern without crown, and with the crown don't seem to match.
We put blocking in during the framing stage, then the whole ceiling was plastered. The beams were built in place on the ceiling with 1x8 sides and 1x6 bottom from clear poplar. Then trimmed with crown. We used a 1x8 around the perimeter of the room with a small cap moulding upside down at the bottom edge of the 1x8 on the perimeter walls. Also used a 1 1/4" x 1 1/4 outside corner to give more definition to the beam edges (also made it a lot easier on the trim carpenter--cheaper). The outside corner was from Short Tree products (see their website) and had a colonial contour to it- not just a plain outside corner.

Sorry for the lousy pic on the finished product (cell phone)

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Backsplash ideas for Bianco Antico w Espresso Cabinets

posted by: kitchenrookie on 06.10.2009 at 06:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Doing a complete kitchen remodel. Decided on Cherry Espresso Cabinets (yes dark) with Bianco Antico granite countertops (see pic of the type of granite) along with stainless steel applicances and a stainless hood over range, the floor is a light color gray slate porcelain tile in 18x18). looking for some backsplash ideas. I realize the "safe play" would be white subway tiles, however all along in this process i've tried to shy away from being "safe". the best design ideas usually step it up a bit. i really like glass mosaic rectangular)

any and all ideas are welcome. thank you.

here is the picture of the granite (not my kitchen)


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RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: mdmc on 04.15.2010 at 01:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did white cabinets with Santa Cecilia 4 years ago and have never regretted it.



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RE: Help pick a granite with movement see our pics (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: la_cocina on 02.06.2009 at 05:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's the picture of my granite:

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RE: Pendant Lights (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jillandmatt on 09.20.2011 at 06:12 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes, The Stanton, that's it! #4036. Thanks I'm glad you all like them too! :)
krmanda- Our ceiling are 10 feet and the island is 3x7. Very close to your's. I can measure how far they are apart from each other if that would help. I know it's tough to find the right size etc..
Here's another pic from a slightly different angle.


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RE: Pendant Lights (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jillandmatt on 09.19.2011 at 08:02 am in Kitchens Forum

I went through this same dilemia a few weeks back. I actually ordered the Hundi Lanterns from Pottery Barn and when I got them out of the box they were way bigger than they looked in the pictures. Our island is 7 feet by 3 feet. I also try Pottery Barn's Barnard pendants. They would have been ok, but I just wasn't crazy about the color with the rest of the finishes in my kitchen. We ended up going with two 10" pendants from Capital Lighting and I love them! They are one of my favorite things in the kitchen. They only cost about $120 a piece. I'm so glad I didn't go with glass (like the Hundi) because they would have shown every speck of dust and lint everytime I turned them on. That would bother me. The lights from Capital won't show a thing! Here's a picture:



10 inch pendants from capital lighting
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RE: Finished Kitchen (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: paigeysmom on 02.21.2009 at 08:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It makes me feel so much better about my decisions.

While we did have what I refer to as a KD--he was really just the salesman for our local kitchen showroom. He wasn't particularly helpful in the design and I had to fight him to get a lot of the details you see in the final design. It took about 6 weeks of very long and painful meetings with him to get the design finalized. I came up with a lot of my design ideas from this forum and some of it was dictated by the limitations of our space--for example the mantel range hood over the peninsula. Because it was visible from the kitchen and the dining room, I didn't want a traditional wood hood to hang there and we really needed some additional upper cabinet space. I loved the look of a mantel hood and I hated that I couldn't have one because it wasn't against a wall. That's when I cooked up the idea of hanging two mantel hoods back-to-back with glass cabinets on the sides. The cabinet guy and I nearly killed each other trying to get the design to look the way I saw it in my head--but it finally turned out right. For the final month or so of the project I also brought in an interior designer to oversee the painters and trim carpenters and handle the final battles with the KD (I was over him by that point)--but by that stage the design was pretty much done. Thankfully she approved of all of my wacky design ideas because it was too late to change anything.

In my hurry to post the pictures this afternoon I failed to address any of the relevant details so here is everything I can remember:

Cabinets--Kraftmaid Marquette door with Vanilla Bean Glaze
Counters--Typhoon Bordeaux Granite
Floors--Brazilian Koa/Tigerwood
Sink--Rohl Allia Fireclay
Sink Faucet--Blanco Bridge Faucet
Pot Filler--Whitehaus Vintage
Range--GE Cafe
Refrigerator--Electrolux Wave Touch Cabinet Depth
Dishwasher--LG (from the old kitchen)
Hardware--Edwardian collection (manufacturer--Top Knobs, maybe)
Sink Light--Pottery Barn Track Light
Garden Room Chandelier--Visual Comfort Large Country Bell
Dining Room Chandelier--Quorum
Furniture (Dining Room & Garden Room)--Ballard Designs
Paint Colors--Georgian Green (Garden room)
Yosemite Sand (Kitchen/dining/living room)
Confederate red (foyer)

That's about all I can remember. Its hard to believe that I labored for weeks over decisions like the pendant lighting but I can't remember now who made them or what they were called. These little details are now just part of the whole kitchen and I don't think about them as separate pieces anymore. I must admit I'm really enjoying my new kitchen and I focus less and less on the little flaws that I know didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. Maybe I will enjoy it even more now that it has the GW seal of approval!

Thanks again everyone,


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new pendants too-same as caliwendy's

posted by: shanghaimom on 04.30.2011 at 01:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I lived with my clear (well, seeded) glass pendants for over year. I couldn't stand the glare of the bulbs and never turned them on.

Last week, one of my boys presented the opportunity I have been waiting for-while gesturing, he flipped his hand up and broke the glass shade. It was a sign! I had to get these pendants I've been eyeing for months.

So easy on the eyeballs...ahhhhh.



Pendants...Layla Grace
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Which Granite Counter Color Should I Do?

posted by: NinoJ on 03.24.2012 at 10:37 am in Kitchens Forum

I am having a real big problem on selecting a granite counter-top color. I was hoping I could get some advice.

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