Thursday, April 9, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

.Welcome to the Foodie Friday and Everything Else link party.


I spent the afternoon in stone yards, searching for a long slab for my kitchen island. The slab has to be at least 124" long (to eliminate a seam), and that's been a challenge. I'm also considering a man-made, white solid surface with an ogee edge for the island and something different for the perimeter counters. You can see the inspiration photo HERE. However, I think this look will be very hard for me to pull off. The last time I used an inspiration photo, as many of you know, it didn't work out. Remember the clock debacle? :-) Just sayin'. 

For months, I struggled with a clock.

Finally, I got rid of the clock and reluctantly put aside the inspiration photo. The kitchen asserted its own personality, and I listened (below).

The lesson: Inspiration photos are great for ideas and a direction, but each kitchen is unique (as it should be), and has its own "voice." A clock might work in one kitchen, but another kitchen will fight you tooth and nail if you force it to be something its not. 

For the ranchburger, I didn't have an overall inspiration photo. (And I have no idea how this space will turn out!). Right now, I'm deciding about the counter tops. I've (maybe) narrowed my choices to three slabs.  Which one do you like--1, 2, or 3? 
If you'd like to see more photos of the stone yard tour, please check back Saturday. I found one slab that looks like a blue sky with poofy white clouds.

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Here are the highlights of last week's FF and EE.
"A Delicious Easter" by Life in my Empty Nest.
An excerpt:
"If you are like me when it comes to cooking for the holidays, the menu is often a mix of both old favorites, traditional to our family, as well as a new recipe sprinkled in for fun. I like my Easter menu to be light and fresh, with a springlike feel to match the season. I have put together some dishes for breakfast (brunch), lunch and dessert and even included a fun cocktail that will be the hit of your entertaining."

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"Tea at Easter Time" by The Nest at Finch Rest.
An excerpt:
"Today I am taking a little tea time respite
 from the busy days of preparing for company
this weekend for our Easter Sunday feast."

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"The Italian Festival Chicken Sandwich" by Styles of Cooking.
An excerpt:
"On todays menu at The Nook On The Square I have put the Italian Festival Chicken Sandwich, served in award winning red onion focaccia, created by The Revel Bakery.
Based in the small Warwickshire village, Stretton-under-Fosse, The Revel Bakery specialises in artisan bread and patisserie made with good ingredients, time and no additives resulting in, what they believe to be, great tasting products. Their focaccia breads take up to 16 hours to make and the red onion flavour won Gold and overall category winner in the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2014.
Todays sandwich contained rocket, red pepper, chicken, prosciutto, grated parmesan and pesto mayonnaise. Absolutely scrumptious!"
--From   Styles of Cooking.

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24 comments:

  1. Your patience and attention to detail is admirable Mlee, at this point I'd be saying just finish it!! I do like the idea of different surfaces on the island and other counter tops, I would love to replace the granite my island, but I think my husband wouldn't love it so much :) Whatever you go with I'm sure it will be stunning! thanks for the FFEE party~
    Jenna

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  2. Thank you for hosting. No matter which slab you choose, I can tell that it's going to be gorgeous!

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  3. They are all so pretty, i couldn't choose for the life of me..:)

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  4. Your kitchen is really coming along ML. I think I would be intimidated by the stone yard and would have a hard time choosing.They all look great to me on the screen. I'm sure they look very different in person. Good luck. I would be a wreck choosing the best one.
    Sam

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  5. Thanks for hosting, Michael Lee! Have a good weekend!

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  6. Oh my goodness, both the inspiration photo and the following kitchen photo are gorgeous! I like slab number two, but what do I know?! Thanks for hosting and I can't wait to see the progress.

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  7. I do remember the clock frustrations, Michael Lee! I think any of the choices on the countertops will be gorgeous, but I'm leaning towards #1. I just like the overall look of it. However, whatever you choose will be perfect and right for you and your kitchen.
    All the features for today's party look wonderful. Thank you so much for hosting your party and best of luck in all your choices for your new home.

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  8. Thanks for the feature! I love your new blog design :-)

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  9. Can't wait to see which one you choose! Thanks for the party!
    - Nancy
    On The Home Front

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  10. I honestly like the original one, so #3, but it's your kitchen, love :)

    I'm having my own decorating issues right now, so what do I know LOL

    xoxo,
    rue

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  11. Your kitchen will be fabulous, I hipe you find what YOU love! Thanks for hosting!!!

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  12. Great features, love the kitchens! Thanks so much sweet lady for the great party!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  13. What a lovely post.... Such an inspiration. And thank you for hosting <3

    Cheers, Heidrun from old town Augsburg

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  14. Can't wait to see the blue sky puffy clouds slab!

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    1. I took (rather awful) iPhotos of some very interesting slabs. Some were like forests!

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  15. I still can't believe after all your wonderful renovations on that fabulous kitchen you created you're starting over again. Decisions, decisions, I'm partial to slab one I think. I'm keeping my eye on the weather, hope it's not too stormy in your neck of the wood or you're in harm's way ♥

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    1. I'd be in that kitchen just a-cookin' if I could. But, well, you know what happened. Yes, the weather seems to go from one nightmare to the next. Ice and zero temps--now rain and deadly storms. A little storm moved through during the night, but, according to the radar app, it looks like a horrid band stretches east of us, from Atlanta to Pennsylvania. Be safe!

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  16. Thank you for hosting and inspiring us. I shared my Easter dinner tablescape today.

    I loved the kitchen you just finished, and I know I will love this one, too. I think any of the three slabs would look great, but I am "head over heels" for number two.♥

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  17. Hello gorgeous! I love your party, thanks for hosting! I would appreciate it if you would stop by our party. That would be so amazing! Lou Lou Girls

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  18. love your boots and pot, my the color just POPS to my watery eyes! also still way to smitten with your kitchen redo...

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  19. Beautiful kitchen, beautiful flowers, beautiful photos! How I love your blog. Thanks for the blog carnival too.

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  20. All the slabs you chose are beautiful. I guess it depends on whether you want to see more or less pattern. I say go with the direction you really want and not substitute. That kitchen with the clock was awesome but like you said not every kitchen is going to work for ideas like that. I'll have to look back at the finished kitchen at the other house!}

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  21. Michael, you can't go wrong with any of those! Beautiful! But I *am* partial to quartz countertops for their durability and ease of care as well as the beautiful patterns.

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