Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Studio Took Second Place...for a while

While we were in Morocco, we had our kitchen updated.  I thought I'd come home to something completed - you know, like those kitchen reveals on all the HGTV shows.  As I lugged in my suitcase and spied the dishwasher still in the front hall, I immediately had to revise my expectations.  Then jet lag and a sinus infection hit.  But finally - things are almost complete, the kitchen is absolutely functional and beautiful, we are happy, and we are both feeling healthy.  Nice.

Our designer, Sheri Sauer from Premier Design and Cabinetry in LaGrange Park, was instrumental in helping me decide on a budget and then sticking to that budget while still getting the look I wanted.  Sheri also recommended a contractor, John Klich, of Premier Contstruction Services.  To be able to be out of town during the lion's share of this work and know that the house was in good hands was invaluable.  There was an unexpected issue with a support beam, and John made it right.  There was an issue with the electric, and again - John made it right. 

By moving the refrigerator to the East Wall and creating some pantry space, the kitchen now have a fully function U-shape with two clearly defined work areas.  John and I can now be in the kitchen at the same time without snarling at one another.  A good thing.

Now it's time to get back to normal - with workouts, with the parents, with the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative quilt scanning, with the studio projects I want to do, and with a couple of small commissions.  (Also, I owe my grandsons some Easter Lamb cakes, so this year we are celebrating Orthodox Easter on May 5.)


Mary Colter said...

The kitchen transformation is stunning! I am so excited for you. Enjoy it!

Carol G said...

What a nice thing to be happening while you are away. It looks fabulous. I'm sure it makes cooking more fun!