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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”11312,11313,11314,11315,11316,11317″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”400×600″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Hi Everyone!  Thank you for being a part of the Kinder Kouture newsletter.  Many thanks as well to all my customers that have been so patient, while we moved.  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 off to finish what needed to be done.  We gained a lot of space, and it was the perfect move for both my personal and professional life.   This newsletter is going to be a bit more personal, so only read on if wanted 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 renovations.  We decided to buy this house back in July.  It had potential, and we knew that it would be the perfect fit for everything we wanted.  It just needed to be updated.  LOL. We wanted a nice large open space with a big kitchen.  I love to cook, as does my husband, and we tend to bump into each other in our old home.  My office had to be large as well, and very well organized with lots of cabinets, and I wanted desk space for the kids.  Of course, my sewing studio had to be centrally located with lots of light, and yes I needed space for that too.  Our house was just too small, and even though we only upgraded by 500sqft, it was enough to give us everything we wanted.  So let the RENOVATION begin!

Let me just say that although HGTV makes it sound very easy, renovations are a long and tiresome process.  It took us three months to finish everything, and nothing goes according to plan.  We hired Cross Creek Construction in Pensacola to do most of the work, and I could not be happier with this company.  They were courteous, clean, and trustworthy.  The owner – Randy –  always stayed in touch with me, and let me know what our next steps were.  I am sort of an organizational freak, and I always want to plan ahead.  It is my nature.  How else can a working mom exist?  Don’t get me wrong, I love my lazy days, where I throw my iPhone in the corner, and don’t even look at my calendar, but there are very few of these days in my life.  Contractors have their own schedules, their own routines, and their own ideas.  You have to follow their schedule, and always be there for them.  On some days I would have one contractor, and on others I would have five.  I was constantly on the phone, making decisions, and answering emails and doorbells.   There were days where I felt like my brain just shut off.  No matter how hard I tried to concentrate, I just could not make it work.  I was exhausted.  Like I said it was a tiresome process, but it was so worth it.

We finally moved in around September 25th.  There was still a lot of work that needed to be done, so we only moved our bedrooms.  As each room got done, we moved them one-by-one.  I enjoyed that, because I was able to put everything away as we moved.  The thought of unpacking 300 boxes is like going to the movies to watch a horror film.  No thank you.  I’ve been there, and I wanted to avoid that. I managed to work during the day, and move at night.   The last rooms to get done were the kitchen, sewing studio, and our stockroom.  We still have to move most of the fabrics, but I am set up and ready to sew in my new space.  Orders have been shipped, and I am once again finding the time to write and design.  Once the doors and trim get painted I will be sure to post pictures.  For now, I will just show you a little bit of the kitchen.

It’s a big room – at least it is now.  We ripped down the walls, removed the island.


We furnished the house with a wood tile from Florim USA – Pier – Balboa.  It has a light beach feel to it.  It was perfect for us, since we knew that we were putting a pool in the backyard.  Next I 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 at first.  I definitely wanted to save some of the old kitchen, which we did by putting the cabinets in the sewing room and office spaces.  The cost of new doors and extension cabinets to reach the ceiling was almost as expensive as buying a new kitchen, so we went with that.  Believe it or not, I had a budget, and no matter what I was sticking to it.  My contractor knew that I was not going to budge, so he gave us some recommendations on how we could save money.  We did the demo work.  We pulled up the tile and laminate flooring ourselves.  We also removed all the cabinets.  I bought most of the fixtures, and the stove and range.   I also designed the kitchen myself with lots of help from my sister, mom, pinterest and houzz.  My favorite part of the renovation is the island.  It measures 6ftx9ft.  Very big.  We splurged and bought a slab of quartz.  It is so resilient and clean.  I just love it.  I have not purchased any bar stools yet, but they will come.



Thanks for letting me share my big project.  This new kitchen, and the beginning of FALL has inspired me to try a new recipe.  This is a banana bread from Pioneer Woman.  It was delicious, and I loved that it was made in a pretty Bundt Pan.  I could not keep the kids away from it.  I love to watch her show while I sew.  She along with many others give me ideas for what to make for dinner.



That is all I can show today.  I am hoping to get some more pictures as soon as we finish.   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 the back burner for now, until I can get caught up.  If you have any questions, please feel free to write me anytime.  Have a wonderful weekend.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]