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  1. Tom | Tall Clover Farm
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    Nice photos, nice shelves, nice kitchens — not a dog in the lot. Those brass shelves are the bomb, and I’ve been looking for those for years after first seeing them in Patisseries. So odd, that glass and brass shelving costs the same as a well-equipped Audi.

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  2. Sunnie Mitchell
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

    I lived in a rental for over three years – windowless kitchen sink and I did feel imprisoned until I stumbled over a salvage window frame just the size of the space above the sink. A talented friend enlarged a four-seasons series of photos taken from his kitchen sink (overlooking a rather splendid large garden!) and reglazed the window to include an easy to change out sliding ‘frame’ for my new ‘kitchen window view’. I made simple curtains, hung a small wreath at Christmas – that ‘window’ went a long way towards saving my sanity. Fooled several people and earned not a few compliments, too.

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    • Jackie Cossar
      November 4, 2015 @ 2:17 pm

      What a great idea! I love this. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  3. judy
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    Am I being snarky when I posit that Kitchens that look that expensive are not used on a daily basis by the gorgeous homeowners who only dine on lettuce and fine wine-have to maintain ones beautiful slim body-doncha know. I’m glad for you and Paul and even Elvis that the whole Saga is winding toward its final denouement. I am sure that Elvis will be glad of the extra attention when the works all finished and Considering that a dust particle would die of loneliness in your immaculate manse I’m sure you and Paul will be overjoyed at a return to order. Of course we all know that won’t last for long with all the brain trolls and Self poking you and whispering in your ear of treasure not yet discovered. Looking forward to the next chapter.

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  4. susan schwartz
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

    Speaking from experience, you really do want your sink to face a window. You really do. Love, love, love your blog.

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  5. Darling Lily
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    I had no idea McCain ran with Tina Fey, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that it is time for a GoFundMe or Kickstarter or some such thing to get you those brass cabinet thingees because MY GOD.

    My. God.

    I don’t have a window in my kitchen, period, let alone over the sink, so don’t you worry about that. You will get used to anything except Ugly, so please follow your heart and something that you will adore looking at.

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  6. Dianne
    November 4, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Loving the photos but want to see YOUR kitchen. Where are you in this process? Cannot wait for the fantastic reveal.

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    • Scooter Conrad
      November 4, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

      PLEASE, I want to see the REAL kitchen too, no matter what condition.
      Are you hiding it? All the pictures are nice, but as far as I can see none of us could afford anything you’ve showed us, other then as a tease. No room, No money.

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  7. Linda Fraser
    November 4, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    I’m all practicality (retired graphic/package designer and kitchen designer by trade) so let me just get down to it. Lived for just three years with no window over my sink and don’t recall being traumatized by it. However, LOVE having a beautiful, south facing, high up, window now. Since there’s never been any consideration re moving or shrinking either of your windows, how about swapping your sink and range? Like 3rd and 8th photo. At least then you could look to your right outside and have that natural light near your sink. It would also mean simply venting your range directly outside. In that same warehouse conversion I once lived in (1995 ish) I was ahead of trends with open shelving UNDER my shorter, closed cabinets placed higher up. I LOVED IT and would do it again given the chance! Just store often used items there and ugly or less used items inside. So many ideas…

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  8. Lindsey
    November 4, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

    How many of us stopped reading your post mid thought in order to google translate “огромные причудливые украшения”? I did! Hahahahaha. I love you and your blog! PS the Carrera marble idea is fantastic. Run with that. You could find ALL kinds of salvaged marble on craigslist or at local places. That is what I was told to do when I needed some smaller pieces for nightstands.

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  9. Garden, Home and Party
    November 4, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Victoria,
    I had a kitchen with a window that looked into the living room when living in Texas. I do love looking outside while at the sink, but as long as there is plenty of natural light I’d say you’ll survive. I absolutely love a few of these kitchens.
    xo,
    Karen

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  10. Michelle Holland
    November 4, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    When your new posts show up…….I can’t wait to read them! Just sayin!
    Thanks for the smiles!
    Michelle

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  11. LibraDesignEye
    November 4, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

    Dahling, You are now on the way. Love the window seat as termination of the kitchen casework and transition to the other room(wink), Loooorve (oprah pronounciation) the navy lowers, and the pale gray lowers ..
    Over the sink . . . with the windows flanking, I first will state the practical – put the open shelf high enough OR shallow enough that you can’t bump your head when you bend over the sink scrubbing (you are a tall people, dictator and subject) AND . . with your high ceiling, I like the balance of a combo like the photo under country living – closed smaller cabinet at top and shelving that descends. This makes it easy to make the shelf finish the same as the cabinet since they are “connected” (though not literally connected by the sides works better for me so you get natural light washing sideways into them) . .
    Mirror right above the shelves, wonderful. Mirror below .. nope . . Use some lovely tile . though I was struck by HOW MUCH I loved the christopher peacock backsplash and range splash combos of tile and stone, and the echo of the arched antique sink backsplash done in soapstone / black in the last photo of betty lou . .

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  12. Robin Goodman
    November 4, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    Could you tell me more abut the fabulous hanging pot rack?

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  13. Laurie Stone
    November 4, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Love your pictures. And yes, I believe all problems can be solved by spending time with a cat.

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  14. Patricia Davis
    November 4, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

    Well I did mirror my kitchen and I love it. On one wall there are three Metro chrome shelves. The mirror adds sparkle. In front of a large window that looks out to the garden that wall is mirrored and three Metro shelves are there. My collection of stainless cookware hangs from the top shelf and functions as a “valance” and below the window are shelves for more cookware (I’ve been collecting for over 40 years!) The mirror is easy to clean, looks great and I love it.

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  15. Kiki
    November 4, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    I simply love ALL of the above photos respective kitchens. Give me any of the and I will never complain again!
    I do however have a serious problem with marble. All of my marble furniture I had and have, used and saw, were – with no exception – highly sensible to water marks. My troubles began when I stayed several times in French B&Bs with old furniture and marble wash stands. All I did was drying off the thing all the time. Have two bistro tables and God forbid that I put a bottle with cold wine on it. A ring which doesn’t come off is the result – I could send you photos of how bad they look now. Same thing with the marble benches over the heaters. One vase which ‘sweated’ a bit and a permanent ring which doesn’t come off is the result. I often hear that you can treat the marble so that it does repell humidity. I can’t understand it as in Italy and elsewhere I saw many fountains etc with no damage. But these are my experiences.

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  16. Liz H.
    November 4, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

    Haven’t you found a smaller Kingdom mirror to complete your kitchen sink area? Then you can bask in your loveliness while toiling in said sink! Here’s a link to do it yourself corbels: Paul could create some out of walnut to lovingly grasp your marble shelves! ?

    http://scavengerchic.com/2015/11/02/design-and-build-your-own-corbel/

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  17. Lisa
    November 4, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

    …and now I want those $1000 shelf supports with glass shelves, even tho I have no place to put them.

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    • Elizabeth
      November 5, 2015 @ 8:23 am

      Me too Lisa!

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  18. Sharon
    November 4, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    Victoria:

    As a Goddess Of All GFTs, you know in your heart of hearts, regardless of what various Trolls and Self whisper to you, that Elvis has the answers to all of life’s foibles. Spend more time with the cat, and hopefully we will see your completed kitchen in all its splendor and glory second only to yours.

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  19. JFSinIL
    November 4, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

    Lovely photos – but I could never live with open shelving, as I can only imagine how much dust etc. would accumulate since I am a slob who never dusts.

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  20. Linda
    November 4, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    When I was a little kid my sister and I were dancing on our marble coffee table and it broke in half! Just saying…

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