Friday, June 5, 2009

My Kitchen


I wasn't going to wait until I replaced the pendant lightbulb, smashed by a wayward champagne cork, or tied the bows on the chairs perfectly or even taken possession of my beautiful duck egg blue, English ticking Romans, before I posted pictures of my kitchen. No..... images that you see here at 'The House', from now on, will be of a lived-in home.... no staging... just a quick clean up before photos..............the lunch boxes from school have been strategically placed, out of sight in the sink!


The most exciting thing?... the sensor light in the pantry!

That's the outdoor table on it's side, to the left!
We are waiting for Kurt to seal the stone out the back, before we move everything out to the terrace.

This is my kitchen!

Kevin, lineaboard man and master craftsman of everything, is coming today to cut down my kitchen stools. They were purchased for a customer who didn't realise (and neither did I) that they were too high for a standard kitchen bench. No problem, A-M will keep 'em and chop 'em up for her kitchen. The oven makes a mean batch of Anzac biscuits. I had 4 plumbers, 1 painter and 2 children hovering in my kitchen late Wednesday afternoon.... the biscuits were all gone in a millisecond. It's hungry work, installing fridge water, washing machines, fireplaces. I thought the smell of cooking biscuits would spur them on......

As for the rest of the place..... mud, boxes... sums it up perfectly. I don't care. We're in. Still waiting on a driveway. My kingdom for a sunny day or two.

My Roman blinds are all in upstairs. Absolute perfection. They were made to ensure you could still see the top window cross bar when they are open. I will meet my beautiful kitchen Romans, the study Romans (bordered by black grossgrain - Ralph style) and Great Room window dressings some time in July, when the installer master returns from his holidays. The study wallpaper should be up in the next week or so.

The site was given a bit of a tidy up yesterday.... the coke bottles, banana skins and used bandaids were getting a little bit depressing. It's bad enough having to 'stepping stone', on bits of wood, through mud, to get to the car. Thanks Clint for even pulling out the weeds!

I still can't sleep. I sat in the gutter across the road last night just sighing over how pretty it looked, all lit up.... like a fairytale. I love this place.

43 comments:

  1. Oh A-M, I can just imagine I'd do something like sitting in the gutter admiring my new home. You are so lovely!

    Beautiful kitchen. x

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  2. A-M .... So happy to hear your so excieted about your new home , its all been worth it. We just moved in November , we didnt build but we changed the kitchen and bathrooms. We say everyday how much we love the changes we've made and how happy we are here. Enjoy your home! sorry if this is a reapeat I tried to post the other day but had a hard time.... Julie in Holland

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  3. AM it looks wonderful - I wish you many happy times around the island bench - looking forward to seeing everything else as you settle in Sheila x

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  4. I get so excited when I see you have a new post on your blog....& it's not even my house!!LOL!!
    I can't possibly imagine how absolutely stunning your home must be in real life, if it looks so amazing just in photos. I envy your friends who will get the 'grand tour'! Congrats on how it's come together. Your home is a credit to you!!

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  5. A-M, even without all the little details, your kitchen is stunning!!

    Hey, if your light bulb is going to get smashed, may as well be from a wayward cork!! :-)

    I don't blame you for just staring at your house and sighing. I'm sure the rest of it is as beautiful as the kitchen!!

    You waited a long time for this -- enhjoy it to the max!!!! :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  6. Eeeek! I'm so excited to furniture in your beautiful home! :) I love your blog so much--I started one of my own recently. www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com Thanks for being such an inspiration! ;)

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  7. I absolutely love the kitchen. You must be in heaven! I adore the kitchen stools. Everything looks exactly perfect.

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  8. This was well worth the wait...you're right, you don't need staged photos anymore because your kitchen now puts those staged photos to shame. I'd gladly join you across the street sighing at your home. It is truly beautiful!

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  9. I'm kind of jealous that that's what your kitchen looks like after a brief sweep. A sweep of mine would just end up piled 6' high in the sink!

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  10. I have been so excited for you. Seeing your beautiful home come together has been so inspiring! Thanks for sharing and enjoy every minute!! The kitchen is stunning! Leanne

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  11. Your kitchen is amazing. I love the bar stools!! Absolutely gorgeous.

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  12. A-M, the kitchen looks fabulous. You should be so happy there, baking and talking and entertaining and eating. I too love the sensor light in the pantry. Eating blindfolded can be fun but cooking that way leads to disaster. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that one day soon Brissie will see a stretch of fine weather and your palace can be completed - well almost.

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  13. Such gorgeousness! Nicely done A-M, it must feel so wonderful to stand amid the fruit of all your hard work, even with the mud. Congrats!

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  14. Your kitchen is gorgeous!! Ax

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  15. I hope you were sitting in the gutter with a glass of wine while swooning over your beautiful house! I love it all!!
    x Cate :)

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  16. It is so wonderful A-M. Your writing coveys all your excitement and love for your new home!! I can fully understand wanting to sit in the gutter and just admire all your dreams and hard work coming to fruition!! You should be very proud of this achievement! Congratulations!!!

    By the way, when I first read the 2nd para I read it as; 'This is my kitchen, Kevin'. So... here's to Kevin!!

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  17. Hi A-M! I've been busting at the seams waiting to see photos of the house - you are the very first blog I check for updates at each day. Congratulations on your move into the house - you've done a fantastic job and it's a credit to you. I cant wait to see the rest of the house!!

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  18. WOW! This is what I said when I first saw the pictures!
    I want a kitchen like your! It's beautiful!
    Very well done!
    When can we see the rest?! ;)
    iLa

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  19. Just beautiful, very homely, comfortable and a great place to sit and talk to your boys. Love it.

    LOL about the light bulb and sitting out in the gutter!

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  20. Amazing design!! Check out the wide range of Kitchen Accessories from Spacify.com.

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  21. You are so funny. I have the image of you sitting in the gutter with very satisfied expression stuck in my head.
    Have a great weekend!
    X
    V

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  22. Beautiful kitchen....I love your walk-in pantry, it's got me buzzing, haven't come across this open plan style before...would love to see more pics of this and your floor plan if you care to share!

    Best wishes from Ireland, Mrs C x

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  23. Stunning, gorgeous, fabulous... total perfection! Love, love, love the kitchen! You did an amazing job. So happy you are Happy! Isn't it the best to sit across the street and admire your house?! We've always done that too with all of our houses!
    Happy Weekend my friend!
    joan

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  24. First A-M, let me say that I am so proud of you! Not only did you dream this, but you made it happen beautifully, on budget and with good humor. I loved reading your blog each morning and thinking wow, this woman should be famous internationally for the grace and style she has during all these problems. I worried you would crumble with the persistant rain. Thank you for being funny, delightful and positive. It gives me something to aspire to when we build our dream house. Please don't stop blogging now that your done. I want to hear about each nuance as it unfolds. Otherwise, I wouldn't have someone to meet for morning coffee!

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  25. In a word 'PERFECT'!
    I love how the pantry is recessed, great idea.
    Hmmm can almost smell those ANZAC biscuits.
    ~S~

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  26. it looks fantastic!!! i am so glad you are finally in. sitting across the street to see sounds so sweet:)

    i really love your choices and colors - can't wait to see more!!
    angie

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  27. Looks like something out of a magazine! Love your look. Can't wait to see more pics of the rest of the house as you get settled in. Enjoy!
    Jill

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  28. Great kitchen, especially how you made a white kitchen look fabulous. Thanks for the share!

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

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  29. I am so glad that it is time to decorate and move in.

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  30. Stunning! The photo of your new kitchen could easily have the caption "Image Courtesy Traditional Home, Home Beautiful, BHG"... you pick! Love it! Enjoy.

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  31. Oh, A-M you should be proud. It turned out to be a beauty.

    Love the pantry area. What a huge sub-zero that is. Your one lucky lady.

    I would spend more time in my kitchen if it looked like that.

    Well done.

    Ciao

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  32. What a thrill for you to be posting pictures of your gorgeous new home! The kitchen is stunning, I can't wait to see more, but I could spend all day looking at the details of this wonderful room. What an inspiration!

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  33. Good Morning dear A-M, your kitchen is positively perfect in every day & I'm especially enamoured with the pantry, this has to be the coup de grace of the entire space! I'm looking forward to a trip to BrisVegas later in the year to catch up with my friend Nina Ballerina in Norman Park, so reserve a place in the kitchen for me - I'll bring the bubbly!
    Millie ^_^

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  34. A-M - how excited you must be. Love the kitchen! I am sure I would become a better cook if I had a kitchen like this (I can dream) he he xx

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  35. OMG I am in LOVE! It's beyond beautiful!!!!

    xo
    Suzann

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  36. I am in love with your pantry, I need a photo when you get a chance!! You know that spare time stuff x

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  37. The kitchen is gorgeous, you are going to love being a domestic goddess in it or at least acting as one!

    Bon weekend

    Leeann x

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  38. I'm so happy you didn't wait because it's just beautiful! I can't imagine what it must be like to have it all complete. You've seriously thought of everything...right down to the damask pattern in the bathroom tile:) It is gorgeous, A-M, and, like you said, a fairy tale! Enjoy.

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  39. So exciting, I can't wait to see each room. Glad you didn't wait to share.

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  40. You lucky girl! I bet you pinch yourself every morning when you walk into that kitchen! Perfection! Oh how joyous it must be to cut lunch for your boys each day....

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  41. Oh wow! I just spent a half hour loving your home.
    Your kitchen! So beautiful. The bar stools add such wonderful texture.
    Great lights. Oh gush, gush. So great.
    It's so fun seeing your final decisions. It makes me realize that if you get most of the decisions right then the things that went...well...not so right don't really matter.
    Great job, A-M. Time to enjoy.

    xo
    Brooke

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  42. Beautiful. Each room looks so inviting!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx