I am an interior designer from Newton, MA having a lot of fun writing this blog between client appointments, kid stuff, kid school stuff, dog stuff, husband stuff, husband's company stuff (http://www.fueldog.com/), life stuff, old house stuff, family stuff, extended family stuff and the rest of the detail stuff. I am not a writer (clearly) so please ignore the typo's, spelling mistakes and desperate need for proofreading.
I would LOVE to renovate my kitchen- both my husband and I love to cook –(actually Kevin is the cook and I play cook on his off days) In our house we have a formal living room, formal dining room, formal foyer and kitchen - that makes up the first floor. We are really BIG on family dinners and try to have a sit down dinner with our kids every night. We eat in our formal dining room and we play games like: high/low, what's the best “high” part of your day and the “low” the worst part of your day. This is the only way we get more than a grunt from our kids about their day. This also involves them in our day and shows them that grown ups have great parts and not so great parts of their life too. I feel we are really missing the casual eat in and family room part of the kitchen of my dreams. I do love the look of my eclectic, totally out of the box kitchen but we need to take it up a notch in functionality.
I am constantly scouring images in magazines and on the web for interesting kitchens. Spaces that are done differently, kitchens that wouldn't date as quickly, kitchens that maximize drama and functionality. I want a space with a ton of personality (our house has a ton of character- that's code for old piece of crap!)
I want warm, friendly, personalized, sunny, happy and carefree.
Like most kitchens ours is the heart of our home and needs to help keep our super busy lives organized and clutter free - everything needs a place.
Sun is so important to me- i want to open the back of the house up to our Awesome backyard that no one uses and that visitors don’t even realize is there. I want a wall of windows in the kitchen - the morning sun!
Some of these kitchens are quirkier than others, but all challenge the way to think about kitchens. The hardest thing to juggle when your wanting out of the box is resale value. Do you do it for yourself and hope in 10 years someone else will appreciate your vision? In 10 years will that new person rip out any kitchen you put in place anyway. Hummmmm, what to do? Everytime I think I’ve found the perfect idea, I find a new picture of something more interesting. in the end I’m so fickle I might just have my current kitchen forever. If I were my client, I would have to fire myself.