more on the kitchen

Since we're talking about the kitchen I might as well mention a few other things that I would like to accomplish. One is a long term goal and the other three are achievable within the coming months. The long term goal is some new back doors with possibility a bit of an expansion. Of course, there is no such thing as "a bit of an expansion" which is why this is a bit of a pipe dream for now! I'm always so impressed by some of the older Victorian homes I see in New York and London that have elegant and sympathetic additions added to the back.


Ben and Marina Fogle's home in England in Living Etc. - Photo - Paul Massey, Robert A.M. Stern designed townhouse in New York City - talk about a bit of an extension!

The three much more doable items on my list are to buy a new dishwasher (the only appliance we didn't replace when we did our kitchen renovation 5 years ago), organize our kitchen cabinets and paint our current doors black.

I won't bore you with the ins and outs of my dishwasher choices but I would be interested in hearing if any of you really love or loathe your current models. Our current dishwasher is very much on its last legs. We hesitate every time we turn it on because it makes such terrible noises!

As for organizing our cabinets I was totally inspired by the home of Jenni Kayne in January's Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Look what some matching containers and baskets can do to the inside of your cabinets.

jenni kayne kitchen

 Jenni Kayne's kitchen as seen in Martha Stewart Living. Photo - Lisa Romerein

Perhaps one of my resolutions this year will be to get every closet and cabinet in our house organized in this kind of manner.

As for painting our current kitchen doors black I think it would be a quick and immediate way to get the look of the kind of doors I would like to eventually put in. Something like this:

herringbone floors

I certainly wouldn't mind those floors either! - Photo - Curbed

Or this:


Emma's Design Blogg

I think a lick of black paint over our current doors could get us one step closer to achieving this look. Plus I love a quick weekend project with dramatic effects!