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July 11th, 2014

Hello friends, happy summer weekend to you! I want to thank so many of you for offering very valuable insight on the kitchen design dilemma I posted about yesterday, there are so many things to consider in that decision, I’m truly grateful for your input!

We’re headed back to get started on more renovation projects in a week, and you’ve given me a lot to think about, so thank you. I also have some ideas about the fireplace I want to share with you and we’re so close to choosing the floor tile for the downstairs – we’re going with a wood lookalike porcelain tile throughout the entire first floor and I really like these options.

This weekend is another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ and I hope you enjoy this collection of inspiring DIY ideas! Build a porch swing for enjoying time lingering outdoors spring through fall with Yellow Brick Home.  

porch swing yellowbrickhome


Make colorful outdoor cube lanterns that mimic the CB2 versions with a tutorial posted at HomeDit.

outdoor cube lantern diy


Transform Target tables into a tufted leather bench with a step by step spied over at Kristen F. Davis Designs.

leather tufted bench diy


Make tubular starburst sculptures with… drinking straws! Find out how with Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things. 

starburst scupltures gorgeousshinythings


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Counter vs. Bar Height

July 9th, 2014

Today is another peek into the home we’re remodeling with a design dilemma we will be tackling soon, this one is the debate between counter and bar height for the kitchen peninsula. This ledge is more of a stuff collector than practical dining surface, a dinner plate doesn’t even fit but I imagine it was designed to be that way on purpose in the original plan.

I do get the ‘divide the spaces’ look achieved with the bar height in this kitchen which looks out into the shared family room and breakfast nook space, but the narrowness of the wood shelf on top is odd to me. And say hello to the lovely vinyl wallpaper I have the pleasure of removing later this month.

counter height wall

And then there’s the sink nestled in the angle which I can’t even think about moving (the cost! the headache!) since all the plumbing to the dishwasher and sink is inside this pony wall and we’re working with a slab foundation. I’m not a fan of the layout of this kitchen, I am a U shaped kitchen lover and this one isn’t like that at all. But since we do plan to replace the cabinets/counters/sink down the road I think that will satisfy so I’m going to work with the footprint as is. (That tile/carpet combo is also leaving this month, more on that soon.) 

So it raises the question of keeping the higher breakfast bar as it is now but extending that upper surface with new countertops and corbels, or do we cut down the wall and extend a new countertop out in a single plane as one large surface to unify it all at counter height (my preference).

At first I was concerned about the sink if we cut down the wall thinking “there will be the splashing of the water everywhere!” but I realized plenty of well designed kitchens have islands or peninsulas with sinks at counter height.

counter height peninsula

john maniscalo architecture


counter height island with stools

teddy edwards


peninsula with waterfall edge

texas construction company


blue kitchen cabinets counter height stools

summerhouse interior design


counter height sink island bhg

better homes & gardens


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