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  1. Laura
    September 24, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    Yeah!! Serious kitchen progress. Can’t wait to see how it goes. I have two questions: Did you think of leaving the little space to the right of the upper stove cabinets empty? If the side of that upper were finished it might look more like furniture, no? Also, how many hours have you spent obsessing about using open shelving between the windows over the sink wall? I LOVE that you’re leaving your windows alone. Some sort of blind that starts at the ceiling would mask the difference in their heights a little. Good luck with everything!!!

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  2. Ann
    September 24, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    The best oven arrangement I’ve ever seen, which I’d have for myself if my space could accommodate it, was a microwave installed over a double oven. EVERYTHING was at the right height! The microwave at chest level, the top oven at waist level, the lower oven at knee level. Could easily be varied to replace one oven with a warming drawer, or a microwave drawer (which didn’t exist at the time this kitchen was remodeled).

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  3. Toni
    September 24, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    Why not move one of your ‘Kingdom” mirrors to that blank wall space? Or find another one on Craigs list! The kitchen will be beautiful. Can’t wait to see the end product…..you too no doubt!

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  4. Liz Thomas
    September 24, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    I love the idea of glass fronted cabinets, with just 6 or 8 inch shelves and put mirrors on the back wall which would double the light and keep the kitchen having an open feeling to it.

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  5. judy
    September 24, 2015 @ 2:17 pm

    I am so happy to see you have donned your commandant garb again and marching with courage and your usual fortitude into the Fray. Obtain copious quantities of mind altering liquids,call a complete truce with the Magician Paul as to decisions- work orders -ETA of completion and maintaining friendly relations until first party /dinner babtizing

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  6. judy
    September 24, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    I am so happy to see you have donned your commander in chief garb again and marching with courage and your usual fortitude into the Fray. Obtain copious quantities of mind altering liquids,call a complete truce with the Magician Paul as to decisions- work orders -ETA of completion and maintaining friendly relations until first party /dinner baptism of beautiful kitchen. Good Luck and excuse the first attempt at comment. My keyboard and mouse have go Nuts?

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  7. Lisa Mercado-Fernandez
    September 24, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

    Hi Victoria,
    I have emailed you a couple of times. I have two friends who do kitchens. So let me know if you want their info. My friend Kristen is amazing. She did my kitchen. view my kitchen on my blog.
    http://www.leeshideaway.blogspot.com just do a kitchen search in the search box.
    Let me know okay.
    Lisa
    Love your ideas.

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    • judy
      September 27, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      Lisa I checked your site…beautiful home and grounds ,however if you have a search block for your kitchen I couldn’t find it-looked at every page and where is it? Very curious to see what your designer came up with although I do think that the design genius and intuition of someone like Victoria & Paul surpasses someone trained in the formal mechanics of design. The kitchens I see created by designers all seem sterile- with a concentration on money spent whereas I love the kitchens developed out of someones personal whimsy and inventiveness.

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  8. Garden, Home and Party
    September 24, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    Drawers are the best…like one of your other readers mentioned. When our kitchen designer said this is what she would install I thought she was nuts. Now that I have them they are so much easier to organize and to see what you have when you can pull out a drawer. I’m looking forward to hearing about the cabinet selection process. So this kitchen may be finished…?
    xo,
    Karen

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  9. Just Me
    September 24, 2015 @ 4:09 pm

    Great ideas, as usual I love it when you get it worked out to suit you. You are so clever and talented and adorable. I have tired of almost all the others blogs. Not yours though Unique.

    entertaining.

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  10. Just Me
    September 24, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    Oops. I posted before finished typing. Your blog has staying power,dearie.

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  11. Daphne
    September 24, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

    Giant fanciness and rice cooker married togheter behind a piano altar? I’m sure you’ll succeed it & I can’t wait to follow your kitchen adventure. When I built my house I remember kitchen design was the most time consuming part of my plans…kitchen has to be my glamorous but yet practical own snail shell.

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  12. Patricia
    September 24, 2015 @ 7:55 pm

    We ONLY have drawers below the countertops. Even under the sink we have two pull out drawers. I designed our kitchen in 1986 and love it still. We do have an over the stove microwave but it’s framed in its own box. This predated built in fan microwaves. I had to have a downdraft range because it was an interior wall. Okay if I could magically change anything, it would be to have an exterior wall for the range…
    Looking forward to seeing the finished island.

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  13. Jae
    September 24, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

    I have a microwave/convection oven. Perfect, can use as second oven at holiday time, or for smaller items not requiring entire big oven space, or as a microwave. One thing to consider with over stove microwaves…..it can sometimes be difficult, and potentially dangerous, to stretch up and remove big, heavy, hot items! I find countertop height or slightly higher safer and convenient for everyone. Just a thought. Love your sense of humor through your remodel.

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  14. Darling Lily
    September 25, 2015 @ 12:37 am

    It is going to be marvelous, and I don’t know how I will be able to wait til it’s done!

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  15. Katrina @ hurricane sandwich and the casita
    September 25, 2015 @ 12:41 am

    Your blog is fantastic! I just want to get on whatever train you’re riding to the real-life, non-fairy tale remodel world. I appreciate that! We are in the beginnings of a kitchen remodel too, and it’s fun to see new perspectives.

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  16. Laurie
    September 25, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

    People with fancy kitchens sure do drink a lot of Pelligrino. I don’t think I could ever have open shelving like that since it would just feature my 2 liter bottles of diet shasta, wadded up bags of brown sugar, and ancient boxes of almonds from Christmas gift baskets of years past.

    I need the hidden vault for my messiness. Although I do covet all that gorgeousness. Why can’t my life be more stylized?

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  17. Barb
    September 25, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    My grandmother ( in the house I later grew up in) insisted that on the one short wall of her kitchen the builders give her custom cabinets that were “one can deep”. There were 4 sets of double door cabinets, 2 high and 2 low. It was the best storage “pantry” I have ever seen and if I ever build a custom home I will insist on duplicating it. The house was a California mid-century modern built in 1960, but with the right cabinets it would work in any style kitchen.

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  18. mary
    September 26, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    Victoria,
    I have remodeled/built about five houses and would never consider anything but drawers or pullouts for the lower cabinets. You will love them and not lose track of where that mixer/casserole/wok went. Also, SUPER important – do not do a silly over the range microwave that supposedly is a vent fan – they don’t work well at all. Looks like your range is on an outside wall – direct vent to the outside is the way to go. Otherwise your house will always be scented by what you last cooked! Good luck!

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  19. Kim
    September 27, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

    Looking at the first layout…consider where your electrical plugs are going to be & local codes. Here, electric outlets must be at least 15″ from water. With your sink in the middle of the wall, you may be messing up the working counter space. And turning to the island everytime will be a pain, even if Paul does run electric to it. I would bump the sink & dishwasher one way or the other

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  20. Laura
    September 28, 2015 @ 6:18 pm

    May I ask what software application you are using to generate the kitchen layouts? They’re so clean and immediate. We’re struggling to find something that 1) is easy to grasp and 2) we can use to draw a layout that doesn’t look we used crayons. Thanks!

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