Hi Everyone! Thank you for being a part of the Kinder Kouture Newsletter. First of all, I would love to say THANK YOU to all my customers that have been so patient, while we moved to our new location. I apologize if it caused any inconvenience. We tried to make the move as simple as possible, but we finally had to take two weeks to finish what needed to be done. We gained a lot of space in our new house, and it was the perfect move for both my family and professional life. This newsletter is going to be a bit more personal, so only read on if you want to learn more about our renovation and our new house.
You may remember that I talked about finally finding a house that was in desperate need of some upgrades. We decided to buy this house back in July. It had potential, and we knew that it would be a perfect fit with a few minor cosmetic upgrades. Haha. I say that so easy. We wanted a nice large open space with a big kitchen. My husband and I both love to cook, and we were tired of bumping into each other in our smaller kitchen. Our office space had to grow too, since we were now four big people needing to use the computer. And of course, my sewing studio had to be spacious, well lit, and centrally located so I could watch these teenagers at ALL times. Our old house was just too small, and no matter how much I reorganized everything, I needed more space. This house was only 500sqft bigger, but it was enough to make a difference. So let the renovations begin.
Let me just say that although HGTV makes it sound so very easy, renovations are long, and tiresome. It took us three months to finish everything, and nothing went according to plan. We hired Cross Creek Construction to handle most of the work, and I could not be happier with their service and dedication. They were courteous, clean and trustworthy. The owner - Randy Bennett - was a great communicator, always letting me know what was next on the agenda. I think he figured out really fast that I would probably drive him nuts if that was not the case. I am somewhat of an organizational freak, and knowing my schedule is very important to me. It is just part of my personality. Contractors have their own schedules, routines, and ideas. You have to follow their schedule, and always be there for them. It is not easy. On some days, I would only have to work with one contractor, and on other days it was five contractors. I was constantly on the phone, making decisions, running errands, and answering emails or doorbells. There were days where I felt like my brain was about to explode. I was exhausted most days, and I never knew my back could hurt so much, but like I said earlier, it was so worth it.
We finally moved in our new house on September 25th. The house was not finished, but we had to worry about renting out our old house, and getting that cleared up. As each room got done in the house, we would move in. I actually enjoyed that. I was able to pack up the car, and unload, unpack and furnish our new house. The thought of unpacking 300 boxes was not part of my plan. I've been there, and I wanted to avoid it at all cost. We finally moved the kitchen last week. My sewing studio is almost complete, and our stockroom should be done this week. I will show you pictures of our kitchen first. Here are some before and after pictures.....
It is a big room - at least it is now. We ripped down the islands, and some walls. We furnished the whole house with a wood tile from Florim USA (Pier-Balboa). Not an easy decision, but it looks great. Thank you PAT. It has a light beach feel to it. It was perfect for us, since we knew that we were going to put a pool in the backyard. Next we wanted to get rid of the dining room, and put a huge island in the center of the kitchen.
Of course, we ended up replacing the entire kitchen, which was not part of the plan. We tried to get replacement doors, and new additions to bring the cabinets up to the ceiling. The cost was almost as much as a replacement kitchen, so we opted for a completely new kitchen. Although I was not happy that we were spending a lot of money, I had a budget. My contractor knew it, and he helped us to save money where we could. We did all of the demo work. We took up the old tile and laminate flooring. We also took down the old kitchen cabinets. I ended up buying most of the fixtures, including the tile for the backsplash and the new stove. It helped us to save money. I knew that the biggest expense was going to be the quartz I wanted for the countertops and the island. With the help of my sister, mom, pinterest and houzz - I finally picked the design of the kitchen I wanted and the stone. Not easy at all. We love the quartz. It is so resilient and clean. I love the way it looks, and how much we use it.I have not purchased the bar stools yet but I will when the time is right. Cha-ching.
Thanks for letting me share my big project. This new kitchen, and the beginning of FALL has inspired me to do all kinds of great things. The cake you see in the above pictures is actually a new recipe from Pioneer Woman for Banana Bread. I loved the fact that it was made in a Bundt Pan. I wonder why I never thought of that?
This is all I can show today. I am hoping to get some more pictures as things move along. Since we were not able to work for two weeks, I have been busy catching up on getting Christmas dresses out the door. New designs have been put on hold until we can get caught up. Hope everyone enjoys this gorgeous FALL weekend.