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  1. Teri in the UK
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    garbage disposal. I haven’t got one and have never met anyone who has one. I have a little caddy box which gets carried out to a heap in the garden. (compost) . Compost heaps are nice places for bugs to live. Still like your pics though. x

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    • Bernie
      June 19, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

      Could not live without my garbage disposal! And if you happen to accidentally turn it on with a spoon in it, well voila, instant serrated grapefruit spoons! (I now have a whole set!!)

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    • Mandy in England
      June 27, 2018 @ 2:39 pm

      I also live in England – no one, and I mean NO ONE here ( or Europe) has a garbage disposal …. it would be like throwing trash into your water pipe work, like chucking out everything that could make compost for your garden to grow …. we either compost it, recycle it, (or bin it [“put it in the trash can”] if absolutely necessary).
      Waste of water, waste of electricity for our poor planet.

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  2. Allie
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    I thought my kitchen was passably fancy because I have a wine fridge. I was so wrong! I have to turn off my garbage disposal, boil water, turn on and off my faucet by touching it…Ridiculous! Im so glad I know about all these amazing things for when we get a house! Especially the floor sink pedal, that’s genius!
    xAllie
    http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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  3. Laura Lind
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:53 am

    Integrated…refrigerators..OMG! My refrigerator is so comparatively loathsome I want to bury it and just pretend that the cupboards are refrigerators.

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  4. Kathi
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    I apppreciate your need to get things off the deck, but I am too short to reach the wall. Five feet tall, cabinet heights come to my rib cage now, so need things down and close. But I wanted to say the kitchen designer comes today at 3:00, and I have a host of information thanks to you. Also we have a one sided kitchen, so everything has to work for storage. And then we are going to go mostly upper cabinet free, due to the aforementioned height issues. Thank you for your trek through the possibilities, they are endless. Overwhelming.

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    • fixitchick
      June 20, 2018 @ 11:21 am

      have you thought about mounting the disposal switch inside the sink cabinet? or using a small toggle switch under the counter lip, drilled through the cabinet box? my sister is 4’10” I suggested she lower her cabinetry when she redoes her kitchen, because she mostly uses the table instead of counters, leaving nowhere to eat.

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  5. Kristine Robinson
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    I see you’ve posted a LOT of Waterstone faucets. LOVE THEM! I’m an interior designer and have used them for some clients (but haven’t splurged like that for myself). Be aware that the finishes are finicky on Waterstone…their lacquered finishes are prone to failure (which is crazy, given how much they cost!!). Apparently there are only 3 or 4 of the raw metal faucets that people don’t complain about. But the unfinished bronze and brass looks best in historic homes anyway IMHO. Not that it really matters, but some people find it interesting to hear that Taylor Swift has an awesome Waterstone faucet in her own home.

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  6. Beth
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:02 am

    I used to tell my ex-bf that being cold was not a character flaw. He remained unconvinced. However, thanks to the miracle of menopause, I’m much warmer (sometimes) than I used to be.

    Love you, love your show.

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  7. graham
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:12 am

    To be fair, the first faucet does include free shipping! 🙂

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  8. Elaine
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:14 am

    Why don’t you have a whole-house water filter installed? It is much less expensive than you might think and then ALL your water (including your ice supply) is nice and filtered. Where we live it’s only around 1k to install and the replaceable filters are around $25 or 30. We only replace them about twice a year and it’s easy to do.

    I’m so with you in the fancy wall mount faucet but I would go with the simplest you can. My housekeepers can scratch anything, including the designer drains I put in the shower. Ugh! How does one do that with a plastic scrubbie?

    Hot water at the faucet has never been a biggie for me. Doesn’t seem like it would be all that hot iykwim.

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  9. jamie
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:16 am

    i have only one experience with Kingston Brass, and i am disappointed. we (well, our plumber) installed one of their faucets in our bathroom when we remodeled it in 2014. the cold knob now will barely turn and when it does turn, it won’t shut all the way off (drips), so we turned off the supply via the knob under the sink for the cold. the hot works still but is getting stiff and also occasionally leaks. barely 4 years in, i don’t think this is acceptable. we’re going to have the plumber out to see if he can repair it, but that of course just adds to the cost, since our plumber charges a minimum of a 1-hr visit, making the thing $100 more already. why not just replace it? well, i got polished nickel, but it needed to match the antique stuff in our bathroom (found a beautiful antique exposed shower & bath tub spigot, and all antique hardware for cabinetry). so i painstakingly antiqued the thing with a little bit of abrasion, chemical etching, and chemical tarnishing, so now, just like everything else in the bathroom, there’s not any super shiny nickel, and the brass underneath shows through in a few places. not that i’d have had the courage to do this to expensive plumbing, but i didn’t expect the thing to fail so soon. our kitchen faucet is from the 50s and still works fine. plumbing isn’t something you expect to fail. anyway, just know this about Kingston Brass, it may not have the longevity you’d expect from brass plumbing parts, so you may be served well finding some mid-range options, because that Waterstone brand is ridiculous. there’s got to be a good $500-1200 option out there! probably won’t find it in Amazon though.

    also, i am on Paul’s side with the thermostat. 😉

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  10. Lisa Smith
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    Perhaps I’ve watched too much science fiction (if there is such a thing), but some of those faucets look almost sentient. Like they’re one upgrade away from getting orders from Skynet.

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    • Patti St John Martin
      June 19, 2018 @ 11:40 am

      Yes. Thank God, I thought I was the only one.

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      • Luna Rocket
        June 19, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

        I think you’re right. That very last one looks like it has blood spatter….

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  11. Lisa D.
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:20 am

    Those are beautiful faucets, (and kitchens), all of them, but the faucet in the first photo, OMG – it’s GORGEOUS!!! I have never, EVER, seen a faucet like that. I can’t believe how you found all of these things Rosemary.

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  12. Robyn
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 am

    If I had really thought it thru I would have connected my reverse osmosis water filter to my pot filler faucet, it would have made so much more sense and I could have spread the things that take up so much room under my sink (add in the garbage disposal and there’s zero room) out among 2 cabinets.

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  13. Meredith
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    I have never researched faucets, but does the instant hot water HAVE to come out of the little curved spout? The unit that heats is under the sink, correct? Could you not feed it through any faucet that could be wall mounted?

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  14. Mary Beth
    June 19, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    Especially if you’re a tea drinker, DON’T buy the instant hot water dispenser. It never gets the water hot enough to make a good cup of tea and they break down quickly. My mom had one in the kitchen and one in the master bedroom ‘coffee bar’ and had to replace both after not too long. I never used them because I want my tea water boiled to make a good, strong cup of tea.

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    • DarleneMAM
      June 19, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

      I agree with you. the water is NEVER hot enough to make a great cup of tea.

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    • Scaloot
      June 19, 2018 @ 9:13 pm

      My sis got hot water dispenser for the folks to keep my dad from burning up tea kettles. Didn’t last long. Dad did like it for his INSTANT coffee (yuk) but never hot enough for tea. I use an electric kettle for mine, faster than the stove or -shudder- the microwave. Yes,
      I know it sits on the counter but I deserve hot water for my tea. Whole house system for the water, yes! Nix on garbage disposals. As for that fancy faucet, free shipping is good. LOL

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  15. Libby Estell
    June 19, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    When we moved into our fixer two years ago, the kitchen was the most OK room in the house. We added a garbage disposal but weren’t about to drill through the granite to install an airswitch. So we installed it in the face of the sink cabinet, just below the edge of the counter. It works like a charm, and we don’t worry about it getting wet and electrocuting us like we would with a deck mount. All this to say, just because the instructions say it can’t be wall mounted doesn’t mean it has to go in the counter top.

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  16. judy
    June 19, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    Once more into the breach dear friends,once more into the breach……what are you going to do when this monument to strategerie,Einstein level research,Gawd like accomplishments of the Paul and significant expenditures of $$$$$$$$$$$ result in Magic! A kitchen that makes one swoon with delight.
    What task will find your laser gaze ???
    Please run for Planet Potentate.
    We could never do anything stupid because there would be no end of pursuing intelligent,endlessly thought out solutions,couldn’t go to war because too expensive,couldn’t wreck the Planet because where would we live once it was rendered uninhabitable. Couldn’t be cruel to any creatures because Elvis proclaimed-“don’t be cruel” and Elvis knew what he was talking about- being like ya know…… THE KING
    I rest my case and return to 16 hours a day watching the deliberate destruction of Democracy. Sob

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  17. Flip Breskin
    June 19, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    We have our water filter mounted under the kitchen sink and connected to the cold water, so all cold water is filtered and nothing shows. No extra spouts. The Enviro 10-stage filter we use says it filter drinking water for a family of 4 plus the family pets for a year. So I am confident that it will filter all the cold water for just two of us for that same year. My big brother, who researches this stuff, says filter materials start to break down and release everything they have filtered back into the water after about a year and a half. So we replace the filter pretty rigorously. We have a little electric tea kettle that works great for hot water. Here is ours: https://www.houzz.com/photo/614484-kitchen-sink-2012-008jpg

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  18. Elizabeth
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:01 pm

    I am obsessed with my Instant Hot water heater– I use it for tea and for my french press coffee every day. I also pinned all the Waterstone faucets but bought the Delta pull down because the kids have to go to college some day. Insinkerator makes matching accessories (air switch, etc) to match most of the fancy finishes out there. And depending on your layout you can mount the airswitch on the front of the sink cabinet if you aren’t worried about toddlers turning it on…

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    • Joan Greene
      June 19, 2018 @ 8:14 pm

      And I hear Delta will replace any part that breaks down for free!

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  19. Christa
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    Check Overstock.com maybe? Sometimes they get some interesting items. I’ve had this faucet from Home Depot in stainless steel for 7 years, no complaints. I didn’t install the sprayer. The stainless steel is boring 🙄, but was the best option at the time. They carry it in “matte gold” which may be lovely or an abomination. It’s super cheap though and mine is heavy and substantial.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Glacier-Bay-Lyndhurst-2-Handle-Bridge-Kitchen-Faucet-with-Side-Sprayer-in-Matte-Gold-HD852N-0554405/304778420

    Maybe check stores in the UK or eBay? 😬

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  20. Bernie
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:12 pm

    If you insist on a kitchen sink R/O, why not get a whole house one instead? I love to spend other people’s money. Too bad your sink will not be under a window, because with some of those humongous “extendo arm faucets”, you could open your window and wash your car right from your kitchen. Multitasking at its best, especially since you have a lazy cleaning lady.

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  21. Tammy Hinkle
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

    Have you looked at wall mount tub faucets? They do generally have a faucet with a bracket support to hold a handheld shower head that would be your sprayer. Also, when we installed our garbage disposal, we used a wireless switch system. So where the disposal plugs in underneath the sink, you first plug in the wireless receiver, then plug in the disposal. It comes with a switch that can be mounted anywhere nearby since there are no wires to deal with. When you press it for “on” it sends the wireless signal to the receiver, like magic!

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  22. Laura Lee
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:49 pm

    I would’ve thought you’d be a composter whatwith all the gardening and thus would have no need for a garbage disposal. I’ve never really understood them…

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    • Robyn Beagle
      June 19, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

      I compost everything for my 1 acre garden, but still have a garbage disposal and use it. Whilst taking out the literal pounds of compost that I do, I do not need to scrape down my sink for every last tiny speck of material and add it to the compost; I can remove the bulk of the scraps and then simply rinse the sink. Much easier.

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      • Elaine
        June 21, 2018 @ 9:35 pm

        Exactly! Same here.

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    • Sheila
      June 19, 2018 @ 7:06 pm

      Not everyone can compost, we have to worry about bears and raccoons getting into stuff. A garbage disposal is an easy solution.

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      • Cassie
        June 20, 2018 @ 1:33 am

        We like attracting raccoons because they rip our many hornets nests to shreds! I can’t speak to the bear issue, though…

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      • Elaine
        June 21, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

        We live in the woods, in the country. Plenty of critters, and they have never gotten into our compost bin. Even the armadillos tried and failed to dig under. Sorry. No excuse for not having a garbage disposal system under the sink in my opinion. We have had the same one for early 20 years. Take care of it and your septic system and you will be fine. There are just certain things you never ever bulk feed down a disposer no matter where you live.

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  23. Shirley
    June 19, 2018 @ 1:49 pm

    Just a stray thought, but, what is under the shiny chrome that decorates most faucets? Could the chrome be stripped and be plated with brass?

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  24. Andrea
    June 19, 2018 @ 2:23 pm

    My garbage disposal switch is mounted out of sight in the cabinet below the sink. Its hard to describe but when I open the under sink cabinet doors, the switch is upside down as if its under the sink, but actually in the frame of the cabinet. Its easy to use and out of sight.

    As for the reverse osmosis, can you have a coffee/tea station with a faucet? Most people will say you need a sink, but pot fillers above stovetops do not have sink basins. And you strike me as the type that doesn’t listen to naysayers. Or kitchen rules. Go crazy, put it inside a drawer or cabinet where you keep your glasses and mugs. It’s your kitchen.

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  25. LB
    June 19, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

    Having to put the water in the kettle, put the kettle on the stove and turn it on and march around while waiting is how you stay warm at 66 (and I’m guessing 67) degrees!

    I vote whole-house water filtration system!

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  26. Lizzy
    June 19, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    I am beginning to think you’ll have the perfect kitchen …when you are 70 years old. Because wow, such a long process. So hopefully you live a long life after that to enjoy it. 🙂

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    • Elaine
      June 21, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

      No kidding! Way over-thinking every single thing. Analysis paralysis.

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  27. wilma
    June 19, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

    Our switch is not wall/deck mounted either; it’s also just under the sink, mounted to a block of wood or something. Good luck with the decision making!!!!

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  28. Christa
    June 19, 2018 @ 4:07 pm

    How would you feel about something like this for you hot water needs? It’s not high-tech, but it is FANCY 😂

    https://moorabool.com/product/victorian-brass-spirit-kettle-on-fancy-copper-stand-milk-glass-handles-c-1895/

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  29. Connie
    June 19, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

    Well, some of these are just to cluttered for me. Also, I don’t want to have to tape the directions next to the faucet so I can use it to fill the kitties’ water bowl. Not to mention in order to help any guests I might have (cat sitter) who want to fill their water bowl.

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  30. Dawn
    June 19, 2018 @ 5:44 pm

    We had a hot water dispenser in our last house (w/gas cooktop) but opted to omit it in current home which has the induction cooktop. It literally takes seconds to boil a cup or two of water with the induction.

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  31. Chris
    June 19, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

    Here I was all “oh, Elizabeth is going nuts over all this tapware!” and then you post a tap (fawcet) with a WHEEL! OMG, all my steam punk tendencies set on fire…..

    Be careful about the instant hot water. My sister actually took hers out recently (and she’s well off) because it cost a bomb in electricity. Still, you may have cheap power over there. Just a thought.

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  32. Marcie B.
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:32 pm

    Words of Warning: Make sure that you DO NOT get a faucet that has ceramic washers. Many (most?) of those gorgeous faucets have *ceramic washers* as apposed to rubber washers like modern faucets have. The ceramic washers will break or crack over time (and I mean like as quickly as a coupe of years)…and most plumbers DO NOT know how to replace those.
    I know this because I have one of those fancy brass retro faucets, and I have not been able to find a plumber who could replace the washers. AND…I have rental property I lease to a plumbing company who specializes in renovating Victorian houses. Even THEY could not figure out how to replace the ceramic washers. So we ended up with a really ugly work~around lever switch until we could change out the faucet entirely.
    Also…if you go brass, get a faucet that is sealed or you will be polishing it constantly…unless you like a dreary patina that develops in the most unsightly way.

    And I do not mean to rain on your parade. (*Lover’s of Giant Fancy Things…UNITE!*) But I thought you might like a heads up on the *ceramic washer* thing.

    Good luck! I love all your decor decisions. If only you lived on the West Coast. You and I would be grat friends. Love your style and your thinking!!

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  33. Brittany
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

    We moved to a house that has a septic tank and the home inspection guy said garbage disposals are not recommended for septic-so for four years we have not had one and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve wanted to use one. It’s not hard to give up. All your pictures of faucets just confused me-ha! They all look so different! I can’t understand the rationale behind the big tall faucets, though. It looks like it would only be practical if you are wanting to just spray the whole kitchen down. Depends on the level of your sauerkraut splatter I guess 😁.

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  34. Cenepk10
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:56 pm

    Maybe by 2062 you’ll commit to a kitchen 🙄. A 4’ tall faucet is hideous.

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  35. Sarah
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

    We love our RO so much we moved it to our new house. Because we knew we would renovate the kitchen we had it mounted in the laundry room below the kitchen. The pressure is not as good when you mount the actual dispenser either that far away or under where your faucet is. It is still the best thing ever it just takes longer to fill. Also having the cabinet under the sink is worth having slow but awesome water. Just FYI:)

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  36. Stacey
    June 19, 2018 @ 11:02 pm

    I’m a hooligan a ND happily exist without a garbage disposal. It can be done.

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  37. Elizabeth
    June 20, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    My tea drinking sons and I are obsessed with this Kitchenaid electric tea kettle. Different teas require different temperatures and this kettle takes care of that for you. We used to put a thermometer down the spout of my Mom’s old tea kettle to find the temperature. This kettle has a pleasant chime when it has reached the correct temperature. I bought mine on impulse at Costco for about $80. We also use it to boil water for pasta since it is much quicker than my gas cooktop.

    https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KEK1322SS-Electric-Glass-Kettle/dp/B01FSLQL4E/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1529470638&sr=1-4&keywords=kitchenaid+electric+water+tea+kettle

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  38. Cassie
    June 20, 2018 @ 1:09 am

    I got a used Perrin and Rowe/deVol gold plated faucet on eBay for $265 (shipping included). No it wasn’t my dream wall mount faucet, but we poors must settle sometimes. As for garbage disposals, I say “ew!” Nasty things. Things are always falling in and then you have to put your hand into the muck down there and feel around. Shudder. That said, your kitchen will be epic no matter what you choose! Because all your above possibilities are in fabulous taste,💕💕

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  39. Monica
    June 20, 2018 @ 9:03 am

    Recent remodel and have an air switch for the garbage disposal, mouted on the opposite corner as faucet. The way your wrote things, it sees that you believe it magically goes off after a few seconds – not ture for mine – I push it to turn on, then pust again a few seconds later to turn off. Only real advantage I see for this type of switch is that it is less obtrusive than a regular switch….

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  40. fixitchick
    June 20, 2018 @ 11:35 am

    People have different body temperature regulation or preferences. I do not work for cozywinters.com but they should send me a fat check, because I send a LOT of people their way. the Mr will be sitting around in his boxers on his cold leather recliner and I will be wearing layers under a blanket on a velvet sofa – so believe me when I tell you that their stuff is awesome.

    Also we have one of these: http://www.republicoftea.com/glass-candle-warmer-with-candle/p/v00928/dpn/25321/?gclid=CjwKCAjw9qfZBRA5EiwAiq0AbXkMqE2wmy_wDaENmrI8N2LJH1PYkfECnuKOYSRWuDyro3OQsLJ2cBoC910QAvD_BwE for our glass teapot, which is awesome for keeping the tea warm, and also pretty.

    do your elementary school have foot pedal operated sinks? so much better, those touch ones always break. food pedal valves arent common, but are available – though I dont know much about the pretty factor: https://www.chicagofaucetshoppe.com/Foot-Pedal-Valves-s/2515.htm I just call for the Mr, since I cook, he can come fetch and do. I often make him reach up for things and open jars just because Im like that.

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