The Trials and Tribulations of Installations

The cabinets are here are ready to be placed. The question is – Are they really ready for installation? After inspecting each cabinet thoroughly, some were in better shape than others. The 8 foot cabinet that needed to placed next to the fridge had major issues. The cabinet frame had cracked where the doors hinges were placed. We weren’t sure if this happened at the workshop in the States or during shipment as all cabinets arrived pre-assembled.

Also, the glass door frames were warped and didn’t close properly.

This means waiting another 2 weeks for the new replacement cabinets to arrive…which of course will prelong the completion of the kitchen.

We didn’t let this discourage us (ok well maybe we were discouraged for a couple of hours) and Bill and Chris went ahead with installing the remaining cabinets.  They are definitely white! We are waiting for the electrician to come in so we can add the doorframe to the front of the dishwasher, as it will be hidden.

Photos of the 8 foot cabinets that encase the fridge to come shortly.


We have no sink, it’s been like that for over a week now. For now it will remain an intepretation of tubular art with a bucket.

Let’s move on to lighting, shall we?



Mother V – My obsession

I happened upon this amazing lighting fixture a few years ago and I have obsessively been searching for a cheaper version. It’s called Mother V and it was designed by Barlas Bayler. It  has the perfect amount of rock n’ roll that the kitchen needs…I love a good contradiction that makes sense.

The Atlantis Chandelier version goes for approximately $29,880. I wasn’t anticipating purchasing the original anytime soon.

I went to the interior design show earlier this year and made a bee-line to the Living Lighting booth as I all I could see was the replica of the Mother V Chandelier from down the hall. The sales lady must have thought I was crazy and so did Chris, as the version they had was massive…probably the same height of our kitchen. I had to have it. I told the sales associate all about the background of the light…and I’m sure she thought I was insane.

I went to Living Lighting on King to see if they had a smaller version in stock.

And…there it was. In all its glory, on sale and waiting for me to pick it up. I’m pretty sure I saw my initials on the tag.

Good things definitely come to those who wait


Chris and I also went shopping for hardware and decided to stop in at Anthropologie.  They  have a great eclectic selection of hardware for cabinets, and we found one that we absolutely loved. It has the right amount of character and it’s not too fussy. They didn’t have enough in stock in any location in Toronto, so I had to call a few locations and found the remaining knobs in stock in Calgary.


After debating with the Home Depot rep that an Apron Sink would be the best solution for our space, as our window frame would be tricky and may not allow the proper space to add an average size sink as well as the faucet.

Ah the faucet….Smooth curves or angular moody lines? Totally Off Topic.

Thankfully, the lead designer was on hand and agreed with us that the apron sink would be best suited. We went through a number of catalogues to find the size that would fit. I never realized how tricky this would be, as the size we need isn’t standard and there is definetly not a large selection of stainless steel apron sinks. Cue the cash register.


After much research on what countertop what right for us, we agreed that we wanted quartz. We loved the fact that it is the most durable and resistant and doesn’t need to be sealed. The only problem with quartz is that it doesn’t provide the movement that a natural stone like marble has.

Quartz mostly has a replica of a pattern which seems manufactured (mainly because it is), and marble has motion that is fluid and unexpected. Marble is not practical as it is soft and porous and will stain easily.

My favorite looks are Calcutta and Carrera, which are both Marble. I needed to find a middle ground.

So I searched for what seemed like forever and didn’t really gain any traction…until I stumbled upon “Quartzite”

Quartzite is part of the quartz family, I believe it is made up of 90% quartz. For whatever reason, it’s really hard to find info on quartzite…but of the images and posts I read it seems to have a bit more options in terms of the design – some even have a marble like look to them. The benefit is that quartzite is almost as durable as quartz, which is the feature I love the most.

We went over to see our next door neighbour’s place and they had just installed a quartzite countertop. I was so excited! (Clearly it doesn’t take much…although, I’m a big mineral geek) The countertop was gorgeous and exactly what I was looking for….they just helped my job of finding the right slabyard easier.

Till next time!


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