The idea of actually finishing our kitchen proper (the pantry won't be done for a few months perhaps) just doesn't fit with my reality. Steve put the toe kicks in today, adjusted the stove height, adjusted a faulty cabinet from Kraftmaid, and we put the shelves in place.
We can't actually put anything on them for a few days until the stain really cures at which point I will post photos. We like them though, thank God. The room needs some pictures on the walls too to break up the green, yellow, and oak color palatte in there.
I am planning to get some cool reprints of cookbook covers from The Library of Congress archives. If you've never checked it out, you can get real prints from negatives in their database, which is vast. This is a great way to get some affordable art on your walls.
They have a huge collection of Edward Curtis photos as well. There are plenty of options as to how you have them printed (archivally or not for example).
We keep our house pretty clutter-free. For one thing, it is only 1200 square feet and clutter makes rooms look smaller. Plus, we still are generating dust, and it just makes more to clean.
I look forward to the day when all my books can come out of the basement and be put onto the wall of bookcases that Steve is going to make for the den. That will be a very happy day.
My books are like old dear friends that I can never seem to part with. I firmly believe that one can travel to many distant places and meet all kinds of people reading books.
My BIG dream (and hopefully no one will stomp on it here) is to finish our house and have a "writing room" for myself where I can write those books I know I have in me. Do any of you have dreams deferred for after you finish your restorations? I mean I know, "we'll never be finished really, but things do die down after a while."
Happy 4th of July. We're skipping the festivities this year in favor of the comfort of home and peace and quiet.