Sunday, January 20, 2013

Home and City

The kitchen remodel has begun at my Bungalow, lots of dust and clutter as the work is under way. It's been a fun challenge updating my 1950's kitchen while trying to retain it's vintage charm in a modern world. So far the work includes:

  • Stripped 40 year old wallpaper from the walls, patched and sanded the plaster walls
  • The original 50 year old vinyl floors were ripped off, the floors stripped and new vinyl tile is being put down
  • A gas line and water line is being installed for appliances
  • New stainless steel stove and refrigerator are being delivered
  • New paint on walls and ceilings 
  • New light fixtures
  • I bought a wood table and 4 chairs off Craigslist for $50 which I am sanding and painting for the kitchen
Eventually I will also be adding a dishwasher (the house has never had one) and replacing the countertop with granite or other stone. The kitchen will then be complete!

During the planning process I found many good ideas on websites such as Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, the Tiny House Blog and from books including The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman. The First Apartment Book is a great source for decorating creatively on a budget, sourcing great finds at places like flea markets and Goodwills and excellent design sources for home goods such as temporary wallpaper and affordable bedding. 

For a break in the midst of our busy lives, Paul and I took a "staycation" this weekend in Chicago at the wonderful Park Hyatt. We ate at the restaurant's signature restaurant NOMI and attended an after hours party at the Art Institute. It's always nice to play in Chicago like a tourist, it reminds us how lucky we are to live in one of the World's Great Cities.

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