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  1. Emily
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

    So you do what you want, but how are you handling the electrical coming up through the floor for the induction cooktop in the island. The piano island. The one with legs. That don’t disguise anything coming up from the floor.

    Love the fancy mirror :). Love the piano island.


    • Tammy
      May 17, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

      I, too, have been wondering about getting electricity to the island without it being something ugly that will be visible from some angle. I wish it weren’t true, but it is. I also need to share this from experience… One of our refrigerators is tucked into a nice closet type space, similar to what you show in your design. The problem is if something spills, especially below the drawers, the fridge has to be pulled out of the space far enough to let the door swing out enough to allow the drawers to be removed. It’s a pain in the butt. So, if you have enough room to make that space a little wider than the fridge, do it.

      As far as the limited storage, if you are smart about how you use what you have, with as many drawers or pull out shelves behind the doors, and you have a pantry, you will be fine. I do wonder though about where you will CONVENIENTLY store glassware. It should be near the sink and/or the fridge, where you would get water and ice. But without storage near either, and no uppers, where will you store these? Maybe a pretty antique display case near one or the other? I know you will figure it out and you probably already have done so. Can’t wait for the next installment!


      • Zim
        May 18, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

        I was thinking installing these lovely numbers behind the Woman mirror over the sink would take care of glassware.


  2. Christine Diaz
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:09 pm

    I would not have the heart to install the cooktop on the beautiful island! Your kitchen may benefit from having some open shelves for storage and for visual balance though as it may seem bottom heavy otherwise. Are you sure what you really want isn’t another living room???


    • Linda
      May 18, 2018 @ 11:40 am

      Ya, this is not a kitchen…


  3. TZ
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

    Cabinets are overrated. One can simply store things on the floor in cardboard boxes, as I see you are currently doing. So handy should you fall and can’t get up. Sit there and eat a sweet potato and be glad they aren’t tucked away in some cloud-height cabinet! … I must add that my heart also hurts for all abused and neglected animals, VEB; thank you for being a warrior for them. If one Googles Lulu Shriners, there’s a spot to give a star rating review (at least one shows up on my laptop in the box that shows their website, directions, hours, etc.) I posted a one star review and commented they should surrender their animals into sanctuary. No child should be encouraged to support or endorse a business which engages in lifetime imprisonment (nor any length of time!) of these magnificent beasts.


  4. Tammy
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

    In 2 years of marriage we have managed to acquire a few antiques…5 armoires, 2 secretaries, 3 glassfront bookcases and a victorian mirror that is also 4″ from the 9 foot ceiling (ours is narrow though…not wide like this GFT) … I shouldn’t wonder then why numerous friends sent me to this blog. ( I pointed out our armoire problem to my beloved who answered “and your point is…?” what a guy !)

    I love the mirror in this spot…I actually thought of it before she posted it but I was too lazy to bother making the suggestion. I can see why V doesn’t want to alter the integrity of the mirror and into shelves, but what about mounting it 6 inches out from the wall leaving enough space to construct (oh Paul, bring the tape measure) some shelves that would hide behind like mirror like pocket doors.

    Will the induction cooktop require a change of the nifty drawer system?


  5. Ophelia Darling
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:26 pm

    I can see this working beautifully with lots of upper shelves. Can I ask a question that has most likely already been addressed at some point in a past post? Why can we make the two windows match each other? In my opinion they still bother me, even without cabinets on that wall…


    • Lolly
      May 19, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

      Ugh, YES on those windows!!!! The varying heights make me insane! Lol!


  6. Bernie
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

    Well….it is YOUR kitchen. It should reflect you…..and it will, literally.


  7. Barbra Kellum
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:54 pm

    I can understand the love of fancy and wide open….but what about having an actual functional kitchen too? Maybe clever Paul could mount the mirror on some type of slide so you could still have some storage behind it AND your fabulously reflective view?


  8. colette
    May 17, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

    A plethora of cabinets sure does not necessarily equal a functional kitchen. And I would gladly give up ALL my uppers for windows. All that to say, I love it.


  9. Kathleen
    May 17, 2018 @ 5:06 pm

    I applaud your design and glad you are happy with your kitchen now with the mirror. But not for me and not my taste. A mirror on a wall on the narrow side of the room is not my liking, I prefer a mirror on end wall to reflect the length, not my face every time I walk in. (Bleary eyed, before coffee, naked or in my favorite shabby nightgown, no makeup…urp no). And I adore my large island with nothing in it….always room for multiple projects without a sink or cooktop in the way. It’s your kitchen, but it would never be mine. I do have a place for that mirror in my very large entry with two story ceilings……


  10. D
    May 17, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

    I think you are drawing attention to the unmatched windows. I also think you will regret the lack of storage and function. What does Paul, the voice of reason, say?


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  11. Elise
    May 17, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

    I love this plan so hard. You are a genius, pure and simple. Watching your progress and decision-making is making me feel OK with the fact that I’ve been mentally planning our kitchen re-do for over 20 years. I think I have a good handle on what I want/need at this point. And the end result will be far different than it would have been had we remodeled when we first moved in.

    Thanks to your commenters pointing out how others around the world live, and thanks to bloggers like you (and Daniel, from Manhattan Nest) I’ve settled on doing as you did, with the fridge – only I don’t have to blow out a wall, as we already have a door to the outside, which we never ever use.


  12. Margy
    May 17, 2018 @ 5:39 pm

    You’re losing me. I really want to hang in to see the finished product, but the fact that it’s not done yet is making me nuts. I have no idea why, it’s not my kitchen! I just need closure on this one, but every new post is change. “I can’t live like this any longer” she said.

    Love your writing though! So talented.

    Best Wishes!!!


      May 17, 2018 @ 6:22 pm

      I am with you Margy. It needs to be a kitchen, like yesterday.


    • Darling Lily
      May 17, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

      Whereas I am dreading the end of the magnificent saga!

      For me personally, getting there is the best part of any journey.


    • Linda
      May 18, 2018 @ 11:39 am

      I couldn’t have said it any better! I too am finding this so irritating I will have to unsubscribe… so sad.


      • laura lind
        May 19, 2018 @ 4:39 am

        I am also illogically emotionally invested in this kitchen’s welfare. It’s as if, when it’s all done and beautiful, (and it will be so beautiful!) the outcome will be somehow partly a tribute to my careful monitoring of its progress. I’m like a sports fan who believes that his prayers and actions during a football game have an effect on the final score.


  13. Karen in Santa Fe
    May 17, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

    Dear Victoria,
    Truly I don’t think the loss of storage is a big deal. And the window situation will probably be mitigated by the distraction of the magnificent mirror. BUT I am concerned about marring the gorgeous island with a cooktop? And, as has been mentioned, what about the venting? And, furthermore, while I admire your clever use of the wall oven, why not just get a beautiful range with oven and put it on the sink wall?? Yes, of course, that will mean even fewer cupboards BUT “in for a penny, in for a pound”? And surely you are planning pantry storage somewhere, right? Just a thought.


  14. tamm
    May 17, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

    I can not even comment because all the hearts are flowing from my eyes.


  15. Andrea Bergner
    May 17, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

    There is no part of this post that I don’t love.


  16. OutsidePlaying
    May 17, 2018 @ 8:39 pm

    Nope. Don’t like it. It just doesn’t look finished, polished, sexy, cool, or any of those things in your inspiration photos. I admit I am pretty much a traditional kitchen girl, cook a lot, and can really throw the pots, pans, trays, and what-not around in a kitchen when I cook. This would not work for me for sure. I would go nuts not having plenty of drawers, large and small, and would still be looking for my potato peeler and corkscrew next year.


    • judy
      May 17, 2018 @ 11:52 pm

      I think I am right in saying Paul & Veb are not anywhere near the usual users of Kitchen functions. I doubt if they have anything canned that was not canned by them from produce from their own garden. They don’t eat any animal associated foods so Their needed kitchen amenities must be so much less than the huge storage needs of the average omnivorous humans. Really as long as VEB has her rice cooker ( they take it on vacation) they probably don’t need much more than a big bowl of veggies. Healthy way to live.


  17. Ed Perry
    May 17, 2018 @ 9:54 pm

    I have a couple questions. Is it to code to install an oven right next to your sink. You may want to verify this with your city or county. If not, I’d move it to the wall next to the fridge. That would open a space that you could put a drawer base. Unless you have a lot of storage in the island, there’s only two 22″ wide drawers on that wall, and that is not enough. I hope you are also putting some sort of shelf above the sink. If you wanted to keep it simple, you could run a single shelf down that entire wall.
    I assume you cook some of the time, so you still need to store some basic pots & pans, baking ware, measuring cups, a toaster, a blender, a hand mixer, silverware, serving utensils, storage containers, glassware, dishware, linens, knives, serving platters, bowls, etc. That’s JUST the basics in a kitchen.
    On the other hand, if you only eat takeout food and beverages, you can ignore all that. You’ll need a dishsoap dispenser and a kitchen towel.
    I do like the openness of the plan. You will like the cooktop on the island. I grew up with that feature. I’d probably offcenter the cooktop so that you have a larger prep area on the one side. You don’t have a ton of counter space. If you leave a coffee maker & toaster on the counter, you’ll have even less.


  18. Paisley25
    May 17, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

    I’d get rid of the fridge nook and put the mirror on that wall. Find a way to put a fridge (not necessarily the one you have) in the cabinet configuration. That way you could keep most of the cabinets and not have to put the cooktop on the beautiful piano island. With your new extremely limited cabinet layout, where do you put things like the trash and recycling bins?


  19. Camille
    May 17, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

    My 98 year old dad, a 32 degree Mason and Shriner recently passed. Years ago we discussed the deplorable use of wild animals in ANY circus and particularly those supported by Shriner’s International. He hated the concept and voiced his opinion strongly to all who would listen. The Shriner’s do wonderful things with monies they raise for their hospitals and other charities BUT…this particular method is heinous. We’ve looked the other way long enough. I will pick up the gauntlet, write to “Doug” of the “LuLu” lodge and verbally beat the hell out of him and then follow up with a phone call. These practices are foul, cruel and unacceptable to the extreme. Thank you for being in the bunkers and standing up against all animal cruelty.

    On a brighter note. I love your altered kitchen plans and adore the new mirror. Honestly, you have made me laugh out loud so many times that I’ve thought….book! Is this woman ever going to write a book to document this crazy journey? X


  20. Elaine Stark
    May 18, 2018 @ 12:07 am

    I agree completely. I recently had mere weeks to choose EVERYTHING for a new kitchen (and two bathrooms) and then I left town for a few months. When I returned I took one look at the completed cabinet installation and ordered the installers to remove all the cabinets above the sink/ dishwasher etc. I was warned that I would be short of storage space and that I would receive no money back for unused cabinets. I insisted and I never regretted it. Just thinking of how it looked before gives me claustrophobia and my kitchen isn’t really small. Always trust your gut instinct. It is your kitchen‼️


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