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Cabinets and Faucets and Finishes, Oh My!

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Over the past couple of weeks, we have spent some time working to get the finishes complete.  We’ve had a few scheduling conflicts so it’s great that Jonathan and I are on the exact same page.   We trust each other’s taste completely when it comes to selecting finishes.

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First stop was the cabinet manufacturer.  Sadly Jonathan got stuck in FL so I ventured up to Dalton (practically Tennessee) by myself.  It’s been a while since I’ve had a nice, long drive and it was a nice break from the zip and go driving routine I have around town.  This was not really difficult as the cabinetry was beautiful.   Solid wood across the board – no melamine boxes here!

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I really love the bottom detail of the cabinetry. The style we wanted is simple, classic and straightforward.

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These kitchen cabinets will be painted white.  We’ll use reproduction antique cast iron pulls and knobs to give these a vintage touch.  The cabinets will go to the ceiling – no space for any dust on top!  This is something that is one of the first things I look for when I walk into a kitchen. Thankfully we get to satisfy our quirky cravings with this reno.

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For the wet-bar we will have glass cabinetry.  This is the door style for the upper cabinets in a seeded, vintage-style glass.  I have to give myself a pat on the back and say I did pretty good for the storage options.  To be able create individualized storage for things like knives and a coffee maker valet is a beautiful thing.  Honestly the thought of such organized space feel so far away from where we are living now.  We will be in kitchen-organization heaven – WOOT!

kitchen inspiration

This photo has been the design inspiration for our kitchen since the beginning.

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Next up was the master bathroom vanity.  A timeless and classic bathroom has been our goal all along.  We are going with the upper left cabinet door with the grey glaze.  The pulls and fixtures will be in chrome.  It should come together beautifully with the Carrera tile we’ll use for top, floors and surround.  For the first time in my adult life – my bathroom will be a sanctuary and a place to relax/unwind.  (Calgon take me away…)

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Next up was our friend and designer, Scott Laslie.  He brought a draftsman to draw all of our elevations so all of the finishes could be specified for our builder.  Scott was a dream.  Not only is he a great all-around guy, he knew exactly what we wanted.  To say that I’m relieved is the understatement of the year.  While I enjoy design and think I have a pretty good eye – this job was for the pros and it was evident why his designs are so beautiful.

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Scott and I went to look at plumbing fixtures first.

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This was FUN!  And it really was not that hard as we were entirely on the same page.

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Classic across the board in all of the baths with a nod to a commercial kitchen. After about 30 minutes we had made all of our choices and were on to the tile.

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This was a little harder than I had imagined.  We knew we wanted subway tile and Carrarera marble.

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But there are so many more decisions from there.

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Honed or polished?

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What color grout to choose?

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Caps, pencil molding, baseboards…

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What size subway tile to choose for the different secondary baths and kitchen backsplash.

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It went on and on.  While I am a decisive person who knows what she wants – this was a little overwhelming.  Thankfully I was in great hands and Scott knew exactly what to do.  We made some beautiful choices – classic and elegant throughout with different, thoughtful nuances. And most importantly, we can rest easy knowing that these decisions have been made thoughtfully and not in a panic.  Phew!

The reality of this is beginning to take shape in my brain and I’m starting to dream about what it’s going to feel like to live here.

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