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Kitchen Update

It has been along and slow process.  With the mistake of adding a pop-out in the kitchen, we realized we had to correct it.  The contractor just reversed it.  It put an end  to our design problems.
The other problem is, we had to order the arched window three times.  They kept sending us the wrong design.  Very frustrating and time wasted!
In the middle of all of this, I had my second surgery for Thyroid cancer.  

We still have to wait on the window, however the cabinets are being installed this Thursday.
We are so excited!   Here's my inspiration board.
Another picture of our new cabinets before being stained.

I ordered two of these to put under the curved part of the peninsula.

I ordered the knobs and pulls above.  I hope I like them when they arrive.  Sometimes colors are not right when ordering online.  The

I love the crystal pendants.  We  will have two over the 3 foot wide peninsula.

We have the copper sink above.  The chandelier on the collage, I am still thinking that.  It will hang in the middle of the small barrel ceiling.
The cabinets are ours, just not stained yet.  You can see the finish in the picture on the right.
This is the quartzite we selected for our countertops.  We thought it was granite, but our fabricator pointed out, it's quartzite, which is stronger and more antibacterial than granite. It also resists stains too!

This is called Santorini from Brazil.

Here is the before picture of the pop-out.

This is the after look.

About my health update, I am feeling better.  I see my doctor Nov. 4th.
My concern is the swollen area around the incision.  It looks like a hematoma to me.
Thank you again for your support.
Happy Halloween!


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  1. Your kitchen will be wonderful. I love the inspiration board.
    Love the skeletons dancing too, happy halloween!

  2. Love your kitchen choices, the quartzite is beautiful. Love your dancing skeletons too! I hope all goes well with your doctor appointment. Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

  3. Love your kitchen choices. I have the same corbeils under my granite overhang. I love them and I have a piece above my range top that matches it. I have a small copper sink on our bar and I have an aged copper faucet set. However, I was supposed to let the copper age (because I didn't want to buy the pre-aged one-big mistake) I paid more for the unpolished one. The problem is that it gets about 1/3 of the way to being aged and I use Bar Keeper's friend to polish it up again- lol I tell ya, it's a sickness.

    Hope your Dr. appt goes okay. Sometimes incisions look bad for quite a while-especially in a tender area like that-even more so if they removed or compromised any of the lymph nodes. Keep us posted and I am continuing to pray for you- xo Diana

  4. It's going to be so great! I wish I lived closer and could see all this in person. The outside turned out very cute after he got done changing it. Your quartzite choice is beautiful. The crystal chandi's over the peninsula will be so cute! I'm glad you've gotten this last surgery done with, and hopefully the part on your neck will settle down. Those dancing skeleton's are too fun! Have a Happy Halloween!

  5. The kitchen will be beautiful when you're done, I'm sure! Best wishes in your surgery recovery. I'll keep you in my prayers.

  6. Hi Linda! The kitchen is coming along nicely! You have chosen some very nice adornments! Glad your thyroid surgery was successful! Prayers the swelling will be gone before your appointment! Thanks for sharing the progress on you and your kitchen! Blessings from Bama!

  7. Linda, it is going to be gorgeous. Glad you are continue to regain your strength and health back. Praying all goes well for you on the 4th!! Happy Halloween.

  8. Cannot wait to see the finished kitchen. Prayers for a speedy, problem free recovery for you. Happy Halloween!

  9. I, like everyone else, cannot wait to see the finished kitchen. The handles for the cabinets are beautiful. The dancing skeletons are hysterical. I hope your health problems are over and your recovery is without event.

  10. I am so glad you are feeling better, Linda. Your kitchen is going to be a showplace when it is done. Wishing you nothing but great news Monday. xo

  11. I'm finally here! WHEW...this new teaching gig I have is quite demanding on my time, but to visit blog friends is my favorite thing to do these days!

    LINDA! Your kitchen my dear, is so stunning! Everything about it is perfect. Whatever you choose, I know you'll be happy with it. When we did our reno, I loved the granite we decided on, and still do.

    LOVE THAT SKELETON GIF! And I wish you a happy entrance into November, another lovely month to reflect and celebrate. Thank you for visiting. Anita

  12. Everything is going to be spectacular when you are finished, Linda. I love both of those choices in chandeliers. The one with the shade is so unique!
    I'm back from my trip and I'll be in touch in the next few days, dear friend.
    Glad you're feeling good.


  13. The pop out looks so beautiful, Linda! I know you will love your updated kitchen. Thank you for the update on your health. I'm still praying for you each and every day. xo


  14. All choices are all absolutely amazing and I love your approach to the setbacks. You're a brave soul. In every vertent of your life. An inspiration - for me and all witches around the world ahahah
    Happy Halloween, Linda!

  15. Your kitchen is going to be GORGEOUS!!!! Joe just got a copper sink for his bar and it is beautiful and yours is even prettier! I love all your choices. I hope your Dr. visit goes well and you are HEELED soon. XO

  16. Glad you are feeling better. Hope the swelling is not a problem!
    Your Halloween animations are so cute. I adore your bump out and all of your picks look wonderful. It will be so nice to have it all put together. Those cabinets will be fabulous!

  17. Hi lovely lady.
    I know your Kitchen is going to be the Apple of your eye Gorgeous!!
    Happy Halloween sweet lady!!! .I keep praying for you each and every day.

  18. It's going to be a dream! Such rich, warm colors. I really like the bump-out fix. Glad, too, that your surgery is behind you. Am praying for a good report on Monday.

  19. Thanks for the nice comment you left on my post about Concrete Swedish Made Clocks! Your new updated kitchen looks like its coming along wonderfully btw. Take care!

  20. It's going to be fantastic! Glad you're feeling better. :)


  21. Linda-your kitchen project is really coming along! I love the way the pop out is looking from your terrace. So happy that you went with that copper sink. I'm sure it's frustrating at times but you will love the results. Glad to hear you are on the mend and have that surgery thing behind you. Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    xx, Heather

  22. Your kitchen will be really beautiful. I love the quartzite so shiny and happy looking. Just what a kitchen needs. I am glad that things are going along okay with you healthwise and kitchen wise. That is really a huge project. Are you cooking during this time. I would think not. At least there are some silver linings....:). You are amazing. I opened my blog and Halloween is gone! Thank you! Joni

  23. Your kitchen will be really beautiful. Makes me wish I could redo mine. I'm sure it must be tough to try and get the remodel done while your going through all of this with your health. But it's probably a good distraction!

  24. Wonderful transformation to your kitchen, Linda. I hope and pray from a similar transformation to your health - may my prayers be answered so.
    Your attention to detail is startling and oozes style and professionalism.
    My very best regards and come here, let me give you a big hug ~ love Eddie

  25. my prayers are with you...But don't look for trouble. I've had a many operations and some did get very infected or swollen. What I'm trying to say is try not to worry.
    I do love the knobs and I love,love the crystal pendant.,
    Marie Antoinette

  26. Hi Linda, wow are you going to town with the exterior and interior of your kitchen. I hope you are well. Love the dancers.

  27. Just checking on you! The kitchen is going fabulously. Those pendants have me drooling!
    Be well.


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