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pull it, push it any way you like it

Reader Maryann e-mailed me to inquire about the drawer pulls we used in Ali’s bathroom with the walnut cabinetry. The brand is Haefle and we love the look, we used them in all of our bathrooms and also in the bedroom built-in cabinet we had made. They do need to be notched at the top of the drawer so they sit flush on the cabinet so a little extra work is needed there. We chose them in a chrome plated polish but it looks like other finishes are available.

We ordered them through our cabinet makers, but I found them online at knobsandthings.com
Cost: $4.70 each

To get the same look in our laundry room, we used the Ikea’s Strecket (shown below on the right) which come in at $3.99 a 2-pack. Much more economical. These look great with the Besta cabinets we installed in gloss white, really clean and simple. Granted they aren’t of the same quality, but depending on what you’re using them for, you can justify.

While checking out sources online, I came across this blog entry. Looks like we have the same love for the look.

wishy washy dishwasher

With references from friends and knowing we wanted to incorporate environmentally friendly products into our home, we chose the Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawer, a two drawer dishwasher for our kitchen remodel. The idea is that you can load just one drawer at a time and save water and energy. Perfect for our little family of three. Or so we thought. It seems that the dishwasher is going more now than before, thanks in part to the fact that it is very sensitive to overloading and over crowding. Half the time our bowls and glasses end up upside down and full of water, it must have mega gusts of water for less amount of time. Plus the washing part is a little wishy washy. We’re figuring it out, but should have gone for the old standard.

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hey good lookin’, here’s what’s cookin’

I’m severely behind in my blogging, compared to progress done on the house, but will try to bring it up to date in the next few days. At least there will be more photos to compare progress instead of a bunch of studs hanging around. And I don’t mean just Jeff, Paul and Nate.

The kitchen cabinets are set to deliver next week which is fantastic! Our kitchen cabinet manufacturer is Teerlink Cabinets. Because we were in love with the kitchen in the SLC house we made an initial bid on and lost out on, we based the design on that kitchen. It was completely original 1960s, flat front walnut, no handles etc. Loved it! So, our new kitchen is loosely based on that. Flat fronts, walnut, no visible hinges but there will be pulls for the drawers, even though I tried to fight that battle and lost out to Jeff and our kitchen designer. Here are the designs and here’s to happy cooking!

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The walnut doors will be topped with a countertop of white Carrara marble, thinly veined with gray. It’s beautiful. We’re probably going to run it as a backsplash as well. Still deciding

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And the walnut is going to be gorgeous. To continue the wood theme, we are wrapping walnut veneer along the top of the fireplace and we are putting it on the east facing wall (front of the house) and the wall with the front room closet. Here’s a sample but we are doing it in 10′ panels.

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