If you follow along with my journey on Simplicity Redesigned on Facebook, you know that I have pretty much been insane lately. I took a hard look at my life and decided to take some time off of blogging to get my home back in order before the city decided to condemn it or I had to explain to the authorities why we were reporting our children missing but only giving them my home as the area they could possibly be missing in. Yes, it was THAT bad. I posted the pics on my Facebook page as well as in the last 2 blog posts about the kitchen that proves it. There are days I question why on earth I decided to keep this blog so real. Oh the pics I post!
I also needed to relax my mind, attempt to de-stress my body and come down from flare up after flare up of PTSD. What does PTSD have to do with a kitchen revamp? A lot actually. Lots of people entering my home, stress of a revamp, sheer and utter exhaustion, not eating properly, a blown budget, getting a new truck, refinancing our mortgage, living in a constantly trashed house, and trying to get one of your children accessed for what you believe to be autism. In a matter of 10 LONG weeks, all those things add up to heavy, serious stress. Making PTSD easier and easier to flare. Each flare up in turn getting progressively more intense and severe. Needless to say, I needed to get my home in order and myself back to some kind of balance once again.
FINALLY……Kitchen pics! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!
I know my kitchen is not for everyone. I am more than OK with that. It was not meant to be. It was custom built to my specifications and needs. I spent several hours designing it and years perfecting what I thought my dream kitchen could look like. I helped make it into my reality. It was incredible watching it all unfold. I can honestly say that I am in LOVE with it.
I am going to show you what my kitchen looked like before first. These pics are from a couple of years ago, Yes, you see Coke and Pepsi in the pics. That dates the pics to about 5 yrs ago. But you are able to see exactly how it looked.
Kitchen of the past 8 years….
Now on to the kitchen of present day….
The basic concept for this kitchen design was to be open. I did not want cabinets or drawers. I instead opted for open shelves, baskets and buckets to organize my things.
Now I am going to show you all the details that make it amazing….
So there you have it….My amazing kitchen that we seriously thought would NEVER get done. 72 hrs turned into 10 LONG weeks.
I simplified, purged, and designed it to be the kitchen of my dreams. Stumbling blocks along the way turned out to be the mother of some of the coolest parts about the kitchen. In the end I have no regrets. I did not settle for anything in this kitchen. It is exactly what I wanted and built to my design.
I know that the openness, colors, size and layout of my pantry is not for everyone (I hear it all the time). My response is that’s OK, I can help them design their dream kitchen because they are standing in mine.