A Brand New Kitchen!

 

One thing is for sure, 2019 has definitely not be the most prolific year of blogging for us! We already explained our absence in the late fall of last year and winter of this year. (For those who missed it, short version is: the first trimester and half of Ally’s pregnancy involved a lot of nausea and not a lot of eating, which translated into very little cooking and recipe experimenting for us.) Good news is that luckily we got past that and started eating again! But then we bought and eventually moved into our new house… where we’ve been renovating the kitchen for the past 4 or 5 months! (By we I mean that Ally’s uncle and cousin, our general contractors, and their sub-contractors have been renovating our kitchen – we have definitely not been doing it ourselves!) Our kitchen renovations have been extensive, involving knocking down a wall, closing off an exterior door, adding a new window, and completely redo-ing the entire interior! And it is finally pretty much done!

We are SO excited about how it’s come together! We’ve still have a few touches here and there to go, and we’re going to update some appliances from functional to a little bit fancier throughout the rest of the summer – so more pictures to follow! But I’m really excited to share what we have! It’s bold and gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves!) and just what we envisioned!

Highlights: 

Our new 6 burner gas range! Selim has been dying to get back to gas cooking for the past few years of apartment living. (He’s almost as excited about the industrial strength vent hood above it…)

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Our big old farmhouse sink – Selim won the battle of textured vs smooth front and it’s been met with rave reviews from our visitors, much to Ally’s chagrin.

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THE TILE. The entire kitchen was designed around this tile! It’s a “Tulip & Reed” Ottoman motif, and the tiles did come all the way from Turkey!

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Windows / natural light and tons of counter-top and cabinet space. We’ve been living in apartments for the past several years, none of which had any windows in or near the kitchen. We just want to see the sunlight!! Similarly, now that we have a real grown-up house, we wanted tons of counter-top and cabinet space. These are custom-made and both the counters and therefore the cabinets are several inches deeper than standard!

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And just for comparison – here’s what the kitchen used to look like: