We just did a kitchen project through Lowe's thinking it would be easier to do both countertops and backsplash through them. NOPE! Although we didn't have any major mess-ups like you all, the whole experience was quite unpleasant. The Lowe's people "coordinating" the project had no clue what they were doing, and then Lowe's takes a HUGE cut. The guy that did our tile backsplash was great, though, and gave us his info if we need other jobs done WITHOUT Lowe's. He told me what he got paid for the job and it was significantly lower than what we paid Lowe's (I am so irritated with Lowe's I'll believe what he told me, plus we saw the contractor vs. total pricing for another part of the job and the percent cut was comparable.) Basically you pay Lowe's an arm and a leg and they don't do anything but call you to see if YOU have been coordinating with your contractors.
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|4/30/12 9:35 AM|
A red wool persian rug with any fun pattern (geometric, floral, whatever) is my favorite thing in the kitchen. Some people think of them as being fancy and formal and nothing you'd want to subject to food and wine spills, but their durability and natural stain resistance make them so perfect! Furthermore, it would tie in with your dining room....there is nothing I love more than looking from one room into another and seeing a common thread. In our case, we have a red vinyl upholstered vintage diner set in the dining area and the red rug in the kitchen really creates nice visual continuity. We also have a rather builder-boring kitchen and the rug really helps a lot. I know they are pricey but you can find great vintage ones in stores and on craigslist at more reasonable prices. One of my faves is this runner from overstock (I have it in my hallway but have envisioned it in a kitchen or bathroom as well....at the price I may just order more!)
What Next For This Move-in-Ready Kitchen?
|2/7/12 9:23 PM|
Lydiechan, RE: cat yack, we have had the same problem....we used to have wall-to-wall carpeting and found that Mrs. Meyers powdered stain remover worked well with a scrub brush, but it was a pain in the rear when she throws up so often. Then we got all hard flooring so it is significantly easier to clean up when kitty retches in the right place, but area rugs were still a problem. We had a very neutral colored jute rug and discovered that the cat yak stained it badly and the Mrs. Meyers (or any oxy cleaner) bleached it.....so, as funds have allowed, we have slowly replaced all non-wool area rugs with wool, which is the only thing the cat yack comes out of completely. The lanolin makes wool naturally very stain repellent. So, you can scrub with oxy and/or try to get wood/laminate/tile and/or get wool rugs......the things we do to keep home nice with those yacking kitties!
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|1/20/12 9:13 PM|
Ahhhh Downton Abbey.....according to the PBS website, the upstairs scenes are all filmed in the real Highclere Castle (and according to further research, it is still privately owned by the Earl of Carnarvon (descendant of famed Egyptologist) and Countess Carnarvon--they have spent a lot of time refurbishing the castle--they should give their source for the red sofa, not that it would be accessible to any of us!) The downstairs scenes are all on a film set.
Steal the Style: Downton Abbey
|1/18/12 10:40 PM|
Reading this article was like reading the monologue I give at least monthly to my husband professing my love for the vacuum. I have also Miele-evangelized to strangers. We have a canister version on which we also spent a small fortune: we got the one from Williams-Sonoma that is in the ~$850 range, and it was made possible by the fact that we put ALL our Williams-Sonoma gift cards we received at our wedding towards it (and we still invested a few hundred of our own cash....we didn't need any more kitchen stuff anyway.) I was mainly inspired to get it after using my Mom's--she has the top-of-the-line ~$1100 one.
Do You Have a Household Tool You Can't Live Without?
|7/5/11 9:00 PM|