Disappearing Microwaves

August 4th, 2014

Lately, I’ve been spending my hours just thinking about microwaves. Yes, I do that, I sit down in a chair, cup my chin in my hand, look up to the ceiling, and think about microwave ovens. About their placement in kitchens and *gasp* even their necessity.

The microwave oven as we all know has become a staple in the American home in the last 40 years, they are the most convenient appliance for a quick reheat and in my experience, they make a great baked potato. I’ve asked friends this question, "How often do you use your microwave?" For some the answer is "several times a day" for others "not much at all".

The reason I’ve been thinking so much about them is that I’m getting rid of the micro hood in our Nevada house we’re remodeling, at least temporarily, and for two reasons. First, it’s black, and I’ve decided to use all white appliances in this kitchen.

nevada house oak kitchen cabinets

While I endorse the two tone cabinetry look, I do prefer that the finishes on appliances are the same, so the range is getting replaced with a white slide in to complement the existing dishwasher and refrigerator (not shown) and the black microwave is leaving. Both the range and microwave hood will be sold on Craigslist or donated to Habitat, and the cabinets will eventually be replaced, but not until winter. 

Second, I’m not a huge fan of the micro hood. I do see its purpose in a smaller kitchen, it makes sense, but I do prefer the look of just a hood by itself above a range or cooktop and so I’m seeking ways to include a microwave in the kitchen’s new design but I want to make it disappear, at least from prominent view.

In my search of inspiring ideas I found many clever ways to hide the microwave so that it is available when needed but also hidden from sight. 

white kitchen wood flooring

hidden microwave in cabinet


A special appliance pantry is the most appealing idea, with doors that retract into the cabinet so they can sit inside while the appliance is in use.

hidden microwave behind cabinet

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Weekend Reading

August 1st, 2014

Hey all! I’m so excited, tonight my guy and I are headed downtown to see Journey and Steve Miller Band rock at Mandalay Bay, it’s going to be so much fun! At last an opportunity to change out of paint and dust covered clothing…. New flooring and fixtures are getting installed next week at the house, I’ll share another update soon.

I hope to spend a few hours relaxing outdoors on Sunday, we’ve been going at such a fast pace these past two weeks. This outdoor scene looks like the perfect place to enjoy an August weekend! 

outdoor sofa


Favorite links from the week …

Designers predict color trends for 2015.

A great interview with one of my favorite design teams Tilton Fenwick.

Universally charming: Dutch doors.

I just love all the light in McDreamy’s home.

How wonderful is the modern mountain mural in this nursery?

I am smitten with these removable wall tiles. Thinking jade in the bathroom!

Life changes —> blog changes, bravo.

50 habits for a happy life.


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens and Lamps Plus:

brown and color

oak cabinets

What Colors Go With Brown?

Decorating with Oak Cabinets

wood flooring

dorm room lighting ideas

Decorating Choices with Wood Floors

Dorm Room Lighting Ideas

Have a lovely weekend!


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