Friday, June 19, 2009

Appliance Delivery

I ordered the appliances for our kitchen over Memorial Day weekend. Knowing how much I love to cook, Britton and my mom urged me to get what I wanted and not sacrifice in the kitchen. The vent hood is from Home Depot. It arrived several weeks ago and Britton already put up the blocking in the wall for it to mount it.

Britton and I did not want to have all stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, so we bought the Jenn- Air floating glass appliances. I am esspecially thrilled about the range and refrigerator. The range is duel fuel, the cook top is gas and the oven is electric.
The refrigerator is also Jenn-Air. It is cabinet depth which means it won't stick out as far into the kitchen as the old refrigerator did.The dishwasher is a Kenmore. It is a consumer reports best buy.
Now I can't wait to see the kitchen come together and actually be able to cook in the kitchen (although that may be months away).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Designer's Delima

Today I read the latest blog post by Erica at Urban Grace Interiors. Is it bad that her frustration made me feel better about my week?

A group of talented and speedy electricians came to our house this week to rewire the house and put in the recessed can lighting. I typically specify Halo brand can lights, but the electrician asked if I would use Progress Lighting because he could get a better deal on them. I agreed; I am always looking for a better deal!

When I got home I was horrified to see this hanging out of my ceiling.

I freaked out! The things that I prevent from happening at my client's house had happened at my own house! After dinner with some friends, Britton and I went to Kroger and picked up four different bulbs to try. Britton, who is always calm, had assured me that it was just the bulb, but what did he know --- he is just a contractor. One by one we tried the bulbs to no avail. We searched the Internet. The diagram of the progress recessed can did not show the bulb hanging from the ceiling. How could this be? 7:00 am - Wednesday morning we were at Home Depot to buy a PAR 30 Short Neck Bulb.

I love the new recessed can lights at our house! Now I know why I specify PAR 30 bulbs for my clients.