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Kitchen Is Finished: Sneak Peak

Posted Nov 17 2009 3:23pm

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Oh the joy! The bliss! The Excitement! The kitchen is complete. Well… juuuuuust about.

I have employed my official Picture Hanger (my dad) to come by this weekend to show off his skills at hanging things level while only putting a single hole in the wall for each object that needs to be hung. Amazing concept to me. Until the great big grand reveal that will come on Monday, I leave you with a few choice sneak peak images of the special nooks and crannies that make up my rainbow non-kitchen kitchen.

The original concept I put together and sent to my cousin Jenny, an architect, looked like this:

KitchenPlan1

0902-A201CLASS-1

The idea was that I wanted it to be a kitchen that didn’t feel like a kitchen. A place people wanted to be in, hang out in, relax in and have fun in. I didn’t want it formal in any way shape or form. It needed to be spacious, durable and easy to navigate. Some of my main sticking points were that I wanted my living space to be a little more private than it was before, and I needed to seriously maximize my space- which meant going vertical to take advantage of my lofty high ceilings. The main criteria- I needed colour!

Jenny drew up a more formal plan that included measurements and other important things like that.

The next step for me was to find the right people. I tried to find a designer, but realized I had kind of done that bit already. I started looking at Ikea kitchens and realized that was so not my taste. I then began collecting vintage furniture that I decided I would re-finish. I wanted to re-use and re-purpose as much as I could, not just for economical reasons but environmental reasons as well. I quickly gave up on hiring a contractor and instead hired Stephen and Brian- two guys that would do all the plumbing, carpentry and electrical. I hired my mom to assist me in all the DIY projects and I hired made plans with friends almost every night of the renovation process to help me maintain my sanity.

When it all came down to it, I really just wanted it done before it even started. Patience is not one of my strong suits.At long last it is complete.

Here is your sneak peak at a few of the sweet details. The big reveal is coming on Monday!

Tweet tweet!

IMG_6886

It dims of course!IMG_6887

Cozy colour…IMG_6888

… To read my booksIMG_6889

Creative loft storage

IMG_6893

Story time. The Warhol poster was from an exhibit I saw in Italy and that tray on the far right I picked up in Senegal- made from old tomato tins. The pie bird is from Vanessa and the tray of glasses from a flea market.IMG_6901

Nice legsIMG_6907

Pretty in pinkIMG_6910

Tools of the tradeIMG_6502

From the days of fashion/design school. And a little Shel SilversteinIMG_6894

Seeds!IMG_6895

I heart chicken.IMG_6898

Some light kitchen readingIMG_6899

Story time part 2: The ‘State of Disco’ poster on the left was from a street post in Nice, France. The date of the event is April 19th 1999. On a different trip to Europe, I ‘borrowed’ that red napkin dispenser (also on the left) from a cafe in Cadiz, Spain. The painting was my contribution to an art show following my graduation from fashion school. The hot pink skateboard is, of course, from my days living beach side in California.IMG_6903

More tools of the tradeIMG_6504

More cozy colour.IMG_6908 Some of my fave peeps on some of my fave trips. My friends and I in Ireland in May 2009 and on the left, my fam in Jamaica in April 2008.

IMG_6906

Time to get cooking! IMG_6909

IMG_6900

Oh the joy! The bliss! The Excitement! The kitchen is complete. Well… juuuuuust about.

I have employed my official Picture Hanger (my dad) to come by this weekend to show off his skills at hanging things level while only putting a single hole in the wall for each object that needs to be hung. Amazing concept to me. Until the great big grand reveal that will come on Monday, I leave you with a few choice sneak peak images of the special nooks and crannies that make up my rainbow non-kitchen kitchen.

The original concept I put together and sent to my cousin Jenny, an architect, looked like this:

KitchenPlan1

0902-A201CLASS-1

The idea was that I wanted it to be a kitchen that didn’t feel like a kitchen. A place people wanted to be in, hang out in, relax in and have fun in. I didn’t want it formal in any way shape or form. It needed to be spacious, durable and easy to navigate. Some of my main sticking points were that I wanted my living space to be a little more private than it was before, and I needed to seriously maximize my space- which meant going vertical to take advantage of my lofty high ceilings. The main criteria- I needed colour!

Jenny drew up a more formal plan that included measurements and other important things like that.

The next step for me was to find the right people. I tried to find a designer, but realized I had kind of done that bit already. I started looking at Ikea kitchens and realized that was so not my taste. I then began collecting vintage furniture that I decided I would re-finish. I wanted to re-use and re-purpose as much as I could, not just for economical reasons but environmental reasons as well. I quickly gave up on hiring a contractor and instead hired Stephen and Brian- two guys that would do all the plumbing, carpentry and electrical. I hired my mom to assist me in all the DIY projects and I hired made plans with friends almost every night of the renovation process to help me maintain my sanity.

When it all came down to it, I really just wanted it done before it even started. Patience is not one of my strong suits.At long last it is complete.

Here is your sneak peak at a few of the sweet details. The big reveal is coming on Monday!

Tweet tweet!

IMG_6886

It dims of course!IMG_6887

Cozy colour…IMG_6888

… To read my booksIMG_6889

Creative loft storage

IMG_6893

Story time. The Warhol poster was from an exhibit I saw in Italy and that tray on the far right I picked up in Senegal- made from old tomato tins. The pie bird is from Vanessa and the tray of glasses from a flea market.IMG_6901

Nice legsIMG_6907

Pretty in pinkIMG_6910

Tools of the tradeIMG_6502

From the days of fashion/design school. And a little Shel SilversteinIMG_6894

Seeds!IMG_6895

I heart chicken.IMG_6898

Some light kitchen readingIMG_6899

Story time part 2: The ‘State of Disco’ poster on the left was from a street post in Nice, France. The date of the event is April 19th 1999. On a different trip to Europe, I ‘borrowed’ that red napkin dispenser (also on the left) from a cafe in Cadiz, Spain. The painting was my contribution to an art show following my graduation from fashion school. The hot pink skateboard is, of course, from my days living beach side in California.IMG_6903

More tools of the tradeIMG_6504

More cozy colour.IMG_6908 Some of my fave peeps on some of my fave trips. My friends and I in Ireland in May 2009 and on the left, my fam in Jamaica in April 2008.

IMG_6906

Time to get cooking! IMG_6909

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