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  1. Wanda in NC
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Everybody knows bathrooms don’t belong in kitchens, except whoever built that one. I wonder if they read your blog. How amazed they’d be at how beautiful their old kitchen could have been.


  2. HM Welch
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    I am enjoying your blog.
    Do you have any feelings about slate countertops. I am messy and want low maintenance. And figure you have done real research.
    Off topic but appreciate any thoughts.


  3. Pianoforte
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

    I laughed myself right out of the chair when I read “Paul is on vacation…” Didn’t even have to finish the sentence. I mean honestly, we all know what that man does on “vacation” – he hauls GFT’s around East Jabib and takes apart BOT’s (Beautious Old Things) so they can fit in the car/hallway/up the stairs. Enjoy it Paul. It will all be worth it in the end…whenever that may be.

    PS Still lookin’ good Elvis.


  4. Katie
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    First, Elvis is adorable and so clearly appropriately named. Well done. And second – the windows look really, really nice. I am a huge fan of light 🙂 Also love the many different angles in the ceiling. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Bravo on your work for animal rights!



  5. Rosa Pellerey
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    ¡Felicitaciones! Ahora tu cocina tiene una espectacular vista hacia el jardín.


  6. Lynne Hoover
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

    Those windows are wonderful. Garden view. (Yay!) Keep looking for the perfect hardware. It will appear.


  7. Elizabeth Speicher
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

    Beautiful! Placement and size of windows diminish the oddity of the ceiling line created by the diagonal door placement. Well done!


  8. Margi
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    I applaud your disgust at the circus prisons and their deplorable conditions, not to mention just the idea of them. I’ve felt this way since I was a very young youth. My mother could not understand my fervor for protesting being forced to attend field trips to the circus. I was pretty much dragged as a non-violent protestor, in a uniform, by my Catholic school nuns. I digress….

    In order to contain my upset and feelings for such large scale issues, I have created what I call the “Polar Bear Bucket”. It’s not a real bucket, not made by or out of polar bears. But I figuratively, I place my tumultuous feelings for the grandiose problems of the world, of which I have no control, “into” it. When I have a platform, or ability to make a difference for my “issues” in my bucket, I do. But instead of trying to live in a constant state of turmoil, I have to take the emotion out of it. If I had t figured out how to do that, I was going to end up in Alaska saving drowning polar bears. Or in Darfur. Or in a Rainforest. Or saving “ALL the ANIMALS”.

    Latest sweatshirt? “Never underestimate a woman who loves polar bears”. Truth.


  9. Cyn
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    Holy cow! What a difference a window makes! You must be soooo happy!


  10. Mary Alvarez
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    Can I just say that your Paul and my Honey would totally get along! They both married women who are a tad OCD and understand the same concept of “IF I see it and I want it then IT’S MINE! Make’s total sense to me! So it’s broken? It can be fixed! Paul can do it! Honey can do it! This is why God brought us together as a couple! God understood the concept! VEB I think your fantastic girl.


  11. Mary
    June 1, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

    I just love everything. I even like the way you run out of words. All of it is great. The Windows are SO GREAT. That is all.


  12. Beth
    June 1, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

    This post contains multiple reasons as to why you are utterly fantastic; from GFTs and hardware obsessions to circus anger and kitty surveyors. Love your blog!


  13. Karen
    June 1, 2016 @ 6:19 pm

    I’m with you on the circus thing. My parents took me when I was a teenager, and I was old enough to realize what was being done for my entertainment.

    My children have never been to a circus, and they understand why.

    Rock on, sis!


  14. Truus Maria Birza
    June 1, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

    Love the windows, but please tell me that Paul put in a huge header/beam above them and king studs on the sides. It’s not clear in the pics. Knowing (knowing?) Paul, he probably did, but my worry wort ways can’t help but picture the whole thing falling down until you put my mind at rest.


  15. Melanie
    June 1, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Wow! Looks fantastic!!! Paul did an amazing job, and while on “vacation” too!!! 🙂


  16. Jen
    June 1, 2016 @ 9:23 pm

    Love the pic of Miss Elvis

    Also, you probably already know this, but try google image search for some of these random 1 off things you find. It might help!

    Also, both Portland and Settle have some great vintage fixture/ house parts stores. We are not as old as PA but we were way into recycling and reusing and not throwing GFT or TFT away before it became popular. maybe call them or email with a pic of the knob-like thing you want multiples of?


  17. Lisa W.
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:40 am

    Love your windows , love your Elvis…. and thanks for letting everyone know the truth about the mistreatment of circus animals.


  18. Diane
    June 2, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    The original floor plan just looked so wrong. It felt very tense, wrong. They squeezed a bathroom in where there should not have been one. Now looking at the new space it just feels right. Calming, relaxing. It will be beautiful when done. It already is beautiful!


  19. Kathy
    June 2, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

    I was with you on the bathroom demo, but the windows are over the top wonderful. The room cried to be an open and light-filled space and you have accomplished that. Can’t wait to see the hanging light fixture you select!

    Now for some over the top garage doors…….happy hunting!


  20. penny
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    Yay!!!! clap, clap, clap, clap!!!!! Just Right!!!!!!!


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