Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year


It's been a while.

We finally got our winter house back just before Christmas. Just enough time to dig out a couple of topiary lighted trees, put a wreath on the door and a ribbon on the house numbers. That was it.

The rest of the time was taken up with moving back in and sorting everything out. Imagine unpacking boxes someone else packed up for you.

When the flood happened, all our things were quickly moved out of the house, packed up and stored away by the recovery company and the contractors came in to remove drywall down to the studs, doors, carpets, cabinets--everything attached to the walls.

It's taken six months to restore the house. Our insurance paid for most, but of course, we did not want to re-install the old stove, sink and microwave. There were things about the house we didn't like. Wall-to-wall carpet for one, so we elected to pay for new tile floors. There was a desk in the kitchen that was a store house for miscellaneous tools, polish, cleaning supplies, so I had the carpenter rework the space to make a utility closet and a home for my old rainbow vacuum. A hall installation of upper and lower cabinets which were not useful became a beautiful new linen closet.

The whole house had to be painted, so we selected soft tones of a buttery yellow, a soft blue and very light green.

Most things that were water damaged that could be repaired were fixed. We did lose some pieces of furniture, most of which were covered by insurance, but our rugs (not the wall-to-wall) didn't fare so well, so we are now living in a house with no curtains or rugs to soften the sound. Pretty echo-y at the moment.


We're getting there.

My studio is semi-unpacked. And I still have a lot to attend to before everything will settle down so I can once again concentrate on clay.



Jessica Peterson Blackburn said...

The kitchen looks great! What material are the countertops made of? They are beautiful!

Sister Creek Potter said...

Congratulations. It is lovely. I can't imagine going through 2 kitchen remodels! One almost did me in! You must feel like you've been reincarnated and are starting life all over!

Clay and Fiber Artist said...

Hey, Jessica,

The stone is called Cambridge and is from Canada. I just fell in love with it the minute I saw it.

The finish is a 'leather look' which means it has been honed. Up close, it almost looks like a sliced meteor--a very black lower layer, a dark black grey dense layer that looks like looks as if someone scattered bits across the surface and then there are occasional tiny splats (about 1/4 inch wide) of a brass-looking bit. Since it's all been dull-polished, it has a slight variable surface, but is easy to clean.

The whole kitchen looks so much better with the dark stone.

Cheers, Auntie J.

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