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  1. Paola44
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Congratulations for the choice of dark wood cabinets! Black would also be an option because matching to the piano island. Good luck and I hope we can see the end result soon.


    • Jennifer Gumbel
      November 9, 2018 @ 10:16 am

      Dark wood on the fridge to “mirror” the mirror.


  2. Fereshteh Sadat Hashemi
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    Wait a minute, how long have you been without a kitchen? How have you survived?


  3. Amy Rohde
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    What is going on the wall with the giant mirror, if anything?


  4. Laura Lind
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:53 am



  5. Tammy
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:57 am

    I love the baseboard built to elevate the mirror so that the top is just kissing the ceiling…that is the effect I got when I installed a wonderful old fireplace surround that I bought without measuring anything.

    I also have a 9 ft Victorian darkwood mirror in my kitchen, but it is narrow.

    Old fancy things rule.


  6. Marianne in Mo.
    November 9, 2018 @ 10:57 am

    Good choice for dark wood. I like the transom idea too. As for faucet fixtures, I would try to find the slimmest profile you can, and maybe you will barely notice after you have lived with it. Because no matter what you get, you will still have a spout sticking in the air that will be seen. Your hot water dispenser is a great idea – does it have to be at the sink? Could it maybe be installed elsewhere? Maybe a niche or behind a closed door? That way, it wouldn’t matter if it matched, also would not clutter the counter space so much.


  7. Lauren Ziemski
    November 9, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    Hello, Soul-Sister of GFTs and Overthinking.
    Please tell me what kind of reverse osmosis device you have. We are about to take a sledgehammer to our kitchen and we’re going to install RO in the remodel and now you’ve got me thinking about this instant-hot thing that, perhaps takes up less room, perhaps does not. Fun fact: our water is routed UNDERNEATH our slab and guess where it goes before it gets to the kitchen? EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE HOUSE. So, by the time it gets there, it’s cold. Never mind that the hot is opened up full-blast. I have kids, so the water tank temperature is set to “tepid” to begin with. I also drink gallons of tea and hate staring at kettles. Now I won’t be able to sleep tonight because I will be thinking of how many knobs and faucets I will need to come out of my sink deck. Le sigh.


  8. joanell
    November 9, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

    i totally agree with all drawers. Ones that pull ALL the way out and self closing. I failed with the self closing and will be forever sad. Love watching your progress, you love of cats and the poetry.


  9. Flip Breskin
    November 9, 2018 @ 1:37 pm

    I LOVE the kitchen plans!!! Definitely find a way to use those panels. Wow!

    If you got a deck-mount faucet with a pull-out sprayer inside the faucet (or a restaurant mini-spray) you could skip one whole hole in the deck.

    We attached our water filter under the sink to our cold water. All cold water is filtered. Sounds like you’re whole house system is even better. We plumbed our sprayer directly into the hot water before it goes to the tap. This means it’s hot water only, but that’s all I really need anyway.

    Good luck and enjoy!


  10. Victoria McQueen Jones
    November 9, 2018 @ 1:38 pm

    I know you are doing your range in the piano island. But that shouldn’t stop you from having a pot filler faucet on the wall near the sink. Having the pot filler faucet be instant hot as well would be totally awesome. Sure it’s not going to help you fill the pot in place. But it will get your instant hot water off the counter.


    • Pericolosa
      November 10, 2018 @ 10:14 pm



  11. Flip Breskin
    November 9, 2018 @ 1:39 pm

    Mirrored fancy fridge doors are FABULOUS!!!! Do it!


  12. JeanFB
    November 9, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

    Love how everything is coming along, and all of your inspiration photos. I am useless when it comes to the faucets you speak of, sorry! You will be soooo happy with all drawers – glad you convinced Paul! And I love the idea of dark wood cabinets, with white/ivory walls, and your blingy faucets – classic and gorgeous! As far as your fancy doors and pillars – can you MacGuyver something to have them enclose your refrigerator nook, thereby getting the look of the fancy fridge photo with the mirrored door panels? Like having the fridge in the pantry, almost…. and then maybe doing a faux mercury glass treatment on the glass panels to hide the fridge a bit? (yes that means opening two doors to get to the fridge contents I guess) Can’t quite tell from the photos if this is impossible…. just dreaming along with you! 🙂


  13. Darling Lily
    November 9, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

    I am SO GLAD you’re going with dark wood! I am sick to death of white kitchens, especially since I don’t like them in the first place.

    I have no thoughts or solutions to offer, just my continuing awe…it’s going to be the most gorgeous kitchen ever known to man!


  14. sweetfe
    November 9, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

    The room is looking spectacular! Uhm….so will you have a baking portion of an oven somewhere?


  15. Monica
    November 9, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

    Love the wood, have been following along all through your plans, but I really really, really, really think putting the sink facing that wall is a mistake!!!!!!!! Not only is it facing a wall, it is a bad wall because you will have your back to the rest of the room. At least if it was along the outside wall you could look sideways into the rest of the room, and – I know you are against this for some reason I just don’t get 0 if that sink was only in front of a window it would be perfect!


  16. Becky Schneider
    November 10, 2018 @ 12:05 am

    We have the Ionics whole house water conditioning system and we love it. (I also have an induction stove- you are going to love it!)


  17. Ali
    November 10, 2018 @ 6:55 am

    What you did the fridge is just gorgeous. I am planning to steal that idea one day, FYI. For the hot water, I have also searched for wall-mounted instant hot water and come up with nothing. I even looked into English brands where instant hot water taps are apparently common (quooker, franke). No luck. *sigh*


  18. Hope
    November 10, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

    Are you sure you don’t want to leave the kitchen in the basement and keep this as a ballroom?

    I’m so looking forward to seeing where the oven is going to go. I put in dividers above my fridge and store all my roasting pans and cookies sheets and big platters on their sides. It’s awesome because I can store all that stuff up there and still be able to reach it easily.


  19. christine smith
    November 12, 2018 @ 12:06 am

    Hi Victoria, I love your choice of dark wood. It’s bold but it goes with the house.
    My sister recently ripped out her instant hot water tap. It was convenient but electricity her in Australia is expensive and it was costing her a bomb and it heats up all the time.

    I know that electric jugs/kettles are not common in America but they are the fasted way to boil water. Much faster than a kettle on the stove. It would likely boil while you are getting your tea leaves into your strainer.
    We also pour the remaining water into a thermos and use that water, plus fresh, for the next cup. Starting with very warm water speeds up boiling too.


  20. Kiki
    November 12, 2018 @ 10:18 am

    I don’t know anything about your hot water probs. I have a rapid heating kettle, I fill all 2l of it, boil it and put everything I don’t need right away into thermos (great looking elegant pitchers). The screw on lid can just be tipped a bit to release the water w/o cooling down the contents of the pitcher. When empty, boil a new load of 1.5-2l….. Why so complicated? I would also fear the cost of having electricity constantly boiling up water. As reheating water will risk concentrating certain undesirable chemicals found in tap water to begin with. We de-ionise and filter our water centrally (we have got much lime in our water which renders it very hard) and with these little helpers we’re just fine.


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