1. Barbara
    September 30, 2015 @ 11:32 pm

    I agree with the crowd. These bookcases look great as kitchen cabinets. Perhaps what you aren’t liking is that they are “above the range??” I think maybe they would be better on the left side-wall, holding elegant china behind their wavy glass. 😉

    Then, too, they wouldn’t get all the grease from cooking all over them. Hope Elvis is responding to treatment well. Paul is wonderful!

    Blessings on finishing your kitchen soon!


  2. nancy from RI
    October 1, 2015 @ 8:11 am

    Close the metal opening on the salt container. Moisture is murder on salt.


  3. Antonella
    October 1, 2015 @ 8:12 am

    I too cannot understand why you think they don’t work. To me they are perfect, please explain!

    Only problem is the hood/vent; that metal one is subpar. Try something like this:
    and it will be wonderful!!

    Hugs to Elvis
    ps Paul is saving karma points by the truckload 🙂


  4. Melanie
    October 1, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    They do work!!! They look beautiful, I am not sure why you don’t like them. They tie wonderfully into your piano island.

    I am glad Elvis is getting treatment, we just found out our cat, Ungi, of 18 years has chronic kidney disease. I hope her treatment will go as well.


  5. LalaLaura
    October 1, 2015 @ 4:49 pm

    This makes me jealous. We are currently NOT restoring out 1895 victorian because it was so dismantled by the time we got to it there was nothing original left but the horse hair in the plaster….no thanks. We have spend the last 18 months gutting and rehabbing it in hopes that it will someday be a summer home our children will have no idea how much time money, sweat and tears went in to…I won’t mention to them all the beer cans the hubs and friends hid in the walls in the process. I will enjoy following your blog and showing my husband all the things we *could* have done!


  6. Renov8or
    October 1, 2015 @ 8:03 pm

    I think it can work with a different hood. Wood, not metal. Stained to blend with the old cabinets. Don’t give up yet. Let Self sleep on it.


  7. Deborah Calle
    October 2, 2015 @ 3:33 am

    This has nothing to do with your kitchen ,but I noticed those two black elephants are exactly like mine. My husband brought them back from Vietnam in the late 1960’s! where did you find yours ,and how are you using them in your kitchen? P>S. I look forward to your posts .


  8. Colleen
    October 3, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

    First of all, your shoulders are amazing! And second, Paul rocks. Third, where did you get that lovely little creature beside your stove?


  9. Maureen
    October 4, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

    Dear Victoria, Don’t worry about pianos more than 100 years old. They are no good as far as sound goes. A piano only lasts 100 years according to Keith Jarrett, piano virtuoso who wrote about in “The Piano Book” by Larry Fine and Keith Jarrett. So if you need another piano don’t worry about messing up a playable piano. More than 100 years old? Tear it up–it’s not like a Stradivarious violin because pianos are much more complicated.


  10. linda
    October 5, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    V: your insights helped me understand something about myself, so you are now not only a great source of amusement for me (that’s right, you amuse me), now you have become a sensei. It was the part about this is who you are, this is what’s important and you can hold it in for awhile, but it will always bubble out. AND it’s not to be apologized for because it is what makes me, me, and what makes us all the odd, complicated personalities that we are.
    Thanks for sharing yourself. Keep talking to us.


  11. Kristy
    October 20, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

    Even if they don’t work out, I like your GFTs and can see their potential for SOMEPLACE in your house.

    I am curious, though–is he implying that HE got a lobotomy, or you did??


  12. Lori Terceira
    November 1, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

    I love them!! I love the computer rendering you did with them as well.


  13. magda
    November 2, 2015 @ 6:18 pm

    Not that you need any more kitchen images but jenny andrews’ (myfavoriteandmybest) Nov 2 kitchen of the day would be an awesome way to incorporate whatever Elegancy finds next. Or at least justify the purchase of said find.


  14. Claire Larece
    March 17, 2017 @ 8:16 am

    Because what they rendered of their kitchen didn’t finish the way they had anticipated….it looks great in the rendering but first I wouldn’t put 3 tiers of open shelves on top of fridge too high unless you use a step ladder and the fireplace pieces are probably to wide or narrow. I would put a different hood with the same texture or come up with faux cabinets the same texture to go in between both pieces


  15. Ray
    December 12, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

    For the record, I liked these/this idea when I read this post a few years ago, and I think these have even more magical potential with the new fridge-less range wall.


  16. Angela Elsey
    May 15, 2018 @ 12:19 pm

    omg I love this bit: ” wander off to examine the bark in the indecision forest?”


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