Daily Archives: August 5, 2009

Dining Room decor

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For the past 13 years, my dining room in every house we’ve lived in has been filled with stuff from my mother-in-law. She collected crystal and delicate china and left it all to my husband. Nothing against that but really not my taste. Now that we’re in the process of moving from GA to MD, I have decided that the dining room will finally get to be mine. I will have a corner cabinet filled with tea cup sets but that’s it. The rest is mine.

Since the dining room was an easy to pack thing, that was the first room after the master bedroom that got unpacked here. Now, since I inherited all my grandparent’s stuff and my mother’s stuff, I had alot of boxes to go through. First, boxes that had been packed in Florida, 3 years ago. We have a collection of depression glass plates, fine china and my great grandmother’s awesome handmade pottery. (Really, she made lovely stuff – good form, great colors.) Then there’s the Passover dinnerware from my MIL. Yeah, that’s gonna go inside the hutch, along with all the glass, Waterford Crystal and china from my grandparents.

Ahhhh, now we get to the good stuff. Mid Century Modern dinner and glassware. My collection of vintage creamers and pitchers, my MCM stainless serving pieces. It’s all so lovely. I have a thing for aqua and amethyst glass due to the Hazel Atlas Capri Blue and Amethyst lines. I like the simple shapes with geometric bases. I haven’t brought everything with me. I have some stuff still in the kitchen, and more in the basement, but this is a good start.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked. (And some stuff that is already hidden away - steins, really?)

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

The hutch, as a work in progress.

The hutch, as a work in progress.

The joy of new kitchen cabinets

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So, my wonderful contractors showed up at 1:00 pm on Monday. No phone call, no notice. I had to call the office to make sure they were coming out. These are the same guys whose working day ends at 3:00 pm. Gosh, thanks for making a 2 hour appearance. I appreciate it very much…

They spent that time playing with the sink plumbing and putting in a couple of the base cabinets. “we promise we’ll be back first thing tomorrow.” Yeah, OK. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Well, on Tuesday, I did see it. They showed up at 8:45 am, which for them was about 45 minutes early.

They finished with the sink stuff and put in the rest of my cabinets. End panels by the fridge, new sink base, everything in place. They drilled holes for the cabinet knobs. They cleaned up, had me sign paper work and then poof, like that, they were gone. Yippee!!

I put on the new knobs, a wonderful gunmetal grey that looks amazing with the Cabernet finish on the cabinets. The knobs were a great find – a closeout store in Marietta, GA had a pallet of cabinet hardware. “Buy the box of 30, $1.00 each.” These same knobs were at the big box stores for $4-$5 apiece.

Cabinets in place.

Cabinets in place.

No more avocados for us, unless they're in guacamole.

No more avocados for us, unless they're in guacamole.

The cabinetless wall really needed cabinets.

The cabinetless wall really needed cabinets.

I spent 2 hours last night putting in all the shelves and thinking about how I wanted each cabinet used. The kitchen stuff that is currently in the house is what Steve had in the 1 bedroom apartment where he lived for 9 months. It’s now off the dining room table and is properly secured in its new home. Now I get to pack up all the stuff from Georgia and bring it here.

The kitchen is coming together so well. Next up is granite measuring. The stone we’re getting is called Shivakashi Burgundy. It’s ivory based with swirls of burgundy, shades of grey and mica flecks.

Shivakashi Burgundy Granite

Shivakashi Burgundy Granite

It’s gonna be lovely. It will brighten up the whole room and once in place will be the deciding factor in how I do the backsplash.