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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The home tour continues

Feeling hungry, Dumplings? Step into my new kitchen. Well, not so new actually. Besides the dishwasher and refrigerator, this room is a culinary time capsule dating back to the early 1970s.

The dining area is to the left of the bar and overlooks the great room. The wall to the left is combed plaster. The sliding glass door leads to the upper level of the patio. A small built-in buffet and desk flank the door. Don't get too attached to those two items, they aren't staying.

You may be wondering what that texture is on the cabinets and walls. It's a highly-figured cream-and-coffee-colored wallpaper. I really don't mind it, but after nearly 35 years of wear and tear, the paper is not in the best condition. Check out the lucite handles.

Eventually, we'll remodel the entire kitchen. I want to remove the bar counter and put in a center island. LB digs the ceiling, but I would like to see it drywalled and fitted with some other type of lighting.

Sadly, with the remodel many of the kitchen's original features will disappear. Like this built-in can opener. Dumplings, have you ever?

Tomorrow - the master bedroom...

18 comments:

nkp said...

I've never, but now I have and I am beyond words thrilled that it's yours. I love it all. Congratulations Raina, LB, and Pea!

Creepy said...

i could rollerskate in that freaking kitchen... HUGE!

David said...

So at The Pea's bat mitzvah when everyone ends up in the kitchen, as everyone inevitably does, it's totally no problem!

I noticed the outlet cover there is papered to match. Not easy and not cheap. So even though the paper likely has to go, it bodes well to know that the previous owners invested in quality work.

susieq said...

I just love this kitchen. So much to look at, so much visual texture. And I like than built-in buffet -- reconsider maybe? I can see a really sleek chrome swing-arm wall-mounted task lamp. The original owners had quite the eye. Like so many kitchen designers today that are eliminating upper cabinets, see how your top cabinets (on the stove wall) just "fade" away because of the clever wallpapering. We're dying Raina, tell us what kitchen table you plan to use! What chairs?

pillow mint said...

So, so happy for you!! Did you get to spend the night last night?! Nothing like the first night in a new home.
Those ovens look quite familiar....I have the exact same two in my kitchen. When we moved into our house (built 1975) six years ago, I figured they would be replaced as soon as they died. The sad thing is, they work like a charm. still.

Alicia B. Designs said...

You certainly have your work cut out for you but there are some very charming surprises to this house! Crazy fun. I am jealous of the size of your kitchen. Mind is about 9 feet long and one foot wide. YEAH.

sherri said...

square footage. ahhhh I so jealous. and of that kickass wallpaper!

kate salenfriend said...

congrats, and I need numbers! What's the square footage of this house? It's fabulous!

Pam Kersting said...

WoW, Raina, you've kept us on pins and needles these past few months! How exciting to see your new home! Congratulations to you all. It looks fabulous -- can't wait to see what you do with it!

Robin said...

I am so digging that wallpaper on the cabinets, and I am not a wallpaper fan (I like to change things up too much, and paint is easier and cheaper).

My grandma had a built in can opener. I bet yours still works. They don't make 'em like they used to...

Raina said...

Susie - I'll write a post later with the kitchen table, chairs, and new light fixture.

PM - Tonight will be our first night in the house. The movers arrived bright and early this morning and had us all unpacked by noon. LB just now got the interwebs working. YAY!

Kate - The house is about 3400 square feet.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and compliments!

Sol Kawage said...

from the crammed land of the old continent, where a huge house is one of more than 800 square feet I envy your extensive house oh so much.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Oh, I just realized that I commented on the kitchen lights in the wrong post. That's what I get for being a bad blog reader. My apologies.

RIP can opener, you are precious

Debi said...

Love all the cabinet space in the kitchen - LOVE all the pictures...keep em coming. You must be in total heaven!!!

Congrats again!

Designers' Brew said...

I'm with LB about the kitchen ceiling, actually--that is pretty rad. Though why does it seem to be illuminated at opposite corners? I can't wait to visiiiiiiit!

(Yes, I just invited myself to your house. What's your point?)

erin@designcrisis said...

I know you want to redo it and I totally understand wanting a new, clean kitchen, but that is the coolest culinary time capsule, ever! At least you can enjoy its quirkiness while you wait to remodel.

...love Maegan said...

omg dream house. so unbelievable! untouched by trends since when, the late 60's? It's AMAZING. I scrolled down and checked the rest from other posts ...just to die for. lucky lucky!

Raina said...

Hi ...love Maegan, so fab to see you back!