Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Help Me, Rhondas

As I suspected, we have been thrown deep into the throes of house-deciding. We have pored over blueprints and asked to have one wall moved four inches and another wall six. It feels like some pretty important nit-picking.

I'm not really in the mood for nit-picking right now. Alas, my Dad is probably right - we will be happy to have those four extra inches.

He's also "nudging" us to figure out the island and dining room table situations, so we are better prepared to deal with electrical, when the time comes.

I have never worked this way before. I've always lived in old houses. I've figured things out at my own snailish pace.

 {Click here for the whole remodel.}

Here's my first question. On a scale of 1-10, how unimaginative is it if we buy the exact same island we bought for the old house?

1) I really liked it.
2) It has a pull-out trash can (My Dad is losing sleep over a lack of space for a trash can.)
3) It takes much less thought than any other option I can conjure up.


I originally wanted this, but I stalled and it sold. That yellow is dreamy. But there's no place for a trash can. And no over-hang in the back.

I am a mess here.

Can you tell?

But I did find bar stools! Well, I found 2.


TJ Maxx, people. Another shopper was sort of lurking around them, so I held the post until Cory made his way over from another store to give me a second opinion. That lady knew I meant business and she finally walked away.

Then Cory stamped them with his approval, picked both of them up and almost knocked over a shelf of glass-ware in the process.

A big group of Moms laughed at him with me.


Aren't they dreamy? They are so knock-off Sundance. Only mine were $60 rather than $225. If you find a third at your TJ, let me know!

ps - I won't miss you, blue indoor/outdooor kitchen carpet. But I think we all knew that.

I also scored this fabric for $0.10 at a garage sale. I have no idea what I'll do with it. What I really want to do is wear it.

I bought a random wooden folding chair last night at an auction for $2 and a wooden armchair last week for $10. 

You see the condition I find myself in. I like too many things. I am scattered. I'm paralyzed by the urgency of it all. I want to find things cheap.  Then I do, and I buy them. Then I'm more confused than ever.

Help.

90 comments:

  1. It is all so much fun, isn't it? I know you will knock it right out of the park! Excited for you!

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  2. You sound overwhelmed. Sure get the same cabinet if you liked it in your other house. Just do the basics and figure out the rest after you have moved in for awhile.
    I have a cabinet alot like the yellow one....except it isn't yellow......I might even consider selling it.
    Good luck.....sorry it is so stressful right now. It will all come together.

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  3. If the island in the old house worked well for you, then of course GET IT! That is not a lack of imagination, just practical. One less thing to worry about, right? That fabric seems so you (as far as I know you) that you should have a skirt made! Love the stools, by the way.

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  4. If you loved the last island I would go with the same style again. Can't beat tried and true. If you feel you need to change it up make sure you use a differnt finish. Frugal not cheap. My mom is cheap even though it pains me to say it. Mom loves the best but won't pay for it and is insulted by the higher cost of quality and will often buy something inexpensive and not be happy with it and then will buy the very item she wanted in the first place thus spending more money.

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  5. Yes, get the island! At least make that one decision easy on yourself!

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  6. Get the same island.
    Paint it dreamy yellow.
    Make napkins or curtains with the fabric to enjoy it every day. Use scraps as a headband for Ruby or yourself or both.

    LOVE THE STOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. ha-ha :) this all sounds like myself! We are buying a house {after just extensively remodeling this one!} & I am 1/2 contemplately putting in an entire kitchen just like our old one:)! My husband is pumped but...then I think hmm...I have another chance to "try" something else :)-I think my husband isn't going to get so lucky!:)
    Happy planning oh yeah...& remember to breathe!:)

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  8. Do I sense and new pom-pom skirt in your future? Why yes, I think I do!

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  9. I, too, would go with the island you had because it will be a piece of the old house for you. Ya' know? But wait, I'm a worry wort. What if everyone tells you 'do it' and you can't find it or it's discontinued. See how I am? And...I also like all kinds of styles and really can't find how to settle with it all. 'Ecclectic' as a style always makes me laugh...as for me it really means 'no clue'. That fabric is amazing! What size is it? It screams curtain or pillow to me. You've got quite a talent for house-making so be excited! It's gonna be great!!!

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  10. Since it is a new house, I would look for an older island. I loved that yellow piece and you can find those old sideboards everywhere. You can paint it and then take off that little curvy piece on the top and add a new top making it larger and with an overhang for your stools. You can use old barn wood or any wood to look old. I had an awful island at the cottage..builders stock cupboards. I panelled it with old door and put a barn board top on it. You can see it here
    http://razmatazblog.blogspot.ca/2010/07/finallythe-island.html

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    1. Oh, my. I love this response (and the creativity of this beautiful individual in general), but--if she were responding to me--I would want to lay my head over and cry. To be honest, I'm on the brink of crying for you, Shannan. Who has time for paint and top removal and finding and adding a new top? Whaaat? But now I'm dying to see her island, so I'm outta here. ;)

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    2. Brandee - Did you see it? It's DREAMY!!! Thanks for sharing, Raz!

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    3. i think Corey has time. Right? right? mwhahahah!

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    4. It IS dreamy. Still? No time for such beautiful madness.

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  11. Hidden trash can storage is sort of fancy, so I say get the original island, it will bridge a happy home that you once lived and loved to this new home that you will live and love :)

    And paint it dreamy yellow!

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  12. no the true joy comes when you enter that moment in which you step and look at how you've figured out how to incorporate ALL the things you love :) enjoy!

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  13. someone once told me that if you just always buy things you love, you'll love what you end up with, and that will be your style.

    I think thats a lie. The things I love look ugly together.

    Get the same island, it'll feel like home.

    xoxo TFW

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    1. i both second and third everything tfw expressed here, that's how heartily i agree.

      and i think that yellow fabric wants to be a skirt. if you're feeling particularly reckless, send it on over with your measurements and i'll whip up something that may or may not be publicly wearable. 50% chance.

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  14. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Go with the same island.

    (love the stools)

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  16. ok, i messed up on that last comment...;)
    oh, man!
    i totally saw these stools at TJ weeks back! LOVE them!
    and who cares if you get the same island!? it's totally awesome! :)

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  17. If you see that buffet's cousin that's 5'6" or less, let me know!!!!!! It's just what I want in the front room!!! And I love that fabric! And I love the bar stools and I can't wait to see your house!

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  18. I think you will appreciate being able to sit up at an Island again for additional seating. I like the bar stools as well...now is the time to be nit picky...so go get your nit picking on!! ; )

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  19. Same island. And maybe (I say this with all the love in my heart) a giant margarita maker that you can use now?

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    1. You know I almost bought one of those at Target the other day? Because I had three kids there at dinner time and they were BITING each other. 300 dollars seemed reasonable. SEEMED WORTH IT.

      SO know I know who buys those things. Desperate mothers at dinner time.

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    2. Bwahahahahaha! Love it. (But feel your pain)

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  20. Oooooooohhhh....boy....I UNDERSTAND (to a small degree.) Love the island, get the same one as the old house-you LOVED it.

    We live in an ancient of days house & are getting quotes on some cabinets, etc, because I think we are going to redo our nasty rotten kitchen. I have been in full blown panic over it at times because it's expensive-and then I feel guilty about giving a rip about CABINETS...I want to be content in whatever state I'm in. I want to care more about others than my house---and I do, but why do I get all willy nilly when so much cashola and decisions are involved. And now, don't take this in a bad way (and I realize if I preface my sentence with this I should shut my trap...) that waaaaaaay back you did a video thing with your pastor and you made the statement that you don't think God really cares about what house we are in (not exactly like that.) AND YES! AND AMEN! I hear you sister---and know what you mean. I understand what you were talking about how life is bigger than our homes...I. GET.YOU. hence, my panic and feeling guilt about the stupid kitchen. Alas, I started to remember God cares about everything...and it's okay to talk to Him about my dumb kitchen. So, I started to pray about it---pray that it wouldn't become a focus, but that He'd take away panic, help me make easy decisions and on and on.

    Now, I hope my comment didn't make things worse...and I'm now cutoff from commenting and banned from reading. You probably didn't want some big yada yada thing and you wanted to hilariously show us your garage sale fabric-no big whoop. It was just yesterday, lady, I was thinking of this all...

    and I babbled...cause I can't help my yappin Albert ways.

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    1. Oh, I hear you/me (ha). Trust me, it's my inner struggle du jour.

      When I made that comment on the video, what I meant was that there are bigger fish to fry, you know? I spent a lot of my life mostly caring about things like my house. I don't think it's bad to care, but I think it's bad if that's what I mostly care about.

      Clear as mud? Ha ha. :)

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    2. I catch what you're sayin 'bout bigger fish to fry---I know how you're statement was intended, I never took it as anything else---I have so. much. trouble with the balance in it all. Sometimes I feel like throwing my crafty junk out the window-what is this really doing for anyone? I struggle & I struggle because I just wanna...serve....and not serve myself.

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  21. You have such a great eye; trust your instincts.

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  22. Buy the same island because it was dreamy in the first place. Why second guess yourself when you already had the best thing? Just don't.

    I love those bar stools. So, suppose I find one at my TJ Maxx. Are you coming to pick that bad boy up? How long will you stay? Can we decorate my house while you're here?

    And the state of affairs as far as I am concerned is a mess. We put down the wood floors and painted three weeks ago now. The mantel is still bare. I can't choose a proper rug. And do not even speak of window treatments.

    In another room there's a pile of chairs. Let's change the subject.

    There's talk of discharge around these parts. Cross your fingers, eyes and toes.

    xxoo

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  23. Dear Shanny-wanny:
    Love the stools. And yes, totally unimaginative on the island, ha! --> HOWEVER... I would be the SAME WAY. Why, on earth, would you reinvent the wheel -- so to speak -- if you SO LOVED the old island? I'd go for it. Plus, it will feel like a piece of HOME in the middle of NEW. Life is too short to keep reinventing the wheel, and stressing out over such decisions. Stick with your gut and what you love. Love ya! ~Sally-wally

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  24. Get the same island. You know you like it :) I'll be checking my TJ Maxx today...maybe I can help a sister out! How many do you need? Two?

    Happy Wednesday!

    XOXO,
    Angie from Ohio

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  25. I'd go with the same island. You know it works for you, and it's one less decision you have to make. We are currently living in a rental after having renovated an entire house, and I tell you I don't miss the nit picking one bit.

    Then again, I am stuck with the fluorescent lights installed in every room in this current house. Really? Fluorescent? It's like going bathing suit shopping every time I stand in the bathroom in my underpants. Also, it makes eyebrow plucking an extreme sport. Oy. Maybe picking out an island isn't so bad after all.

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  26. I recently did the very same thing in tjmaxx with three mirrors for our bathrooms in the new house...had a TOTAL stand off with a couple of ladies who also wanted them. :)

    I won.

    If I can make all these decisions, you can, too!
    So far, I've only had one week where I had one foot hanging over the edge and all five toes on the other foot ready to go over. :)

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  27. i see where you are headed with all of this and i love it all.

    heck yes.

    our tj just isn't that cool. i would have fought someone over those stools too!

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  28. Same island would be ideal. I think in the long run you will be happy with the amount of space and storage. Can you wait till you move in to make a final decision about the island?

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    1. According to my Dad, we cannot. We need to know the dimensions so we can plan for electrical. Oy.

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  29. I would so get the old island. It's wonderful and will make that new kitchen feel like home in two seconds flat.

    Also, hidden trash is a very good thing.


    Oh - in answer to your question? I don't think it's unimaginative to embrace (so to speak) what you know works for ya and makes your heart happy; that's just plain smart. Ramp up the imagination over things like where to best use that 4 to 6 inches, is what I'm thinking.

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  30. Been there. We are *holds up fingers* this close to finishing the first house we've built. It was a toss up between buying old and renovating, or building new and making it feel old. So we're using as many reclaimed items and pieces with history as we can. But it is so hard to pick out things for a space that doesn't exist yet!

    In short - I feel ya, sister.

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  31. not the old island unless you change the color to something different. The end.

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    1. Really? Whyyyyyyyyyyy are you a blue/green hater?

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    2. I too love love the yellow dresser thing.....I know its not an option since it sold. But I saw a make over show on TV and they used an old piece like that and took off the top of it and added a butcher block cutting board and made an over hang (eating bar)

      They then took the unused top, added legs to it and made a table desk.

      Good luck with the house it sound like a fun project!


      Peace+
      Georgiann

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  32. Okay right now I'm laughing because I remember you talking about fabric in a post a while back and telling us you didn't even sew but had a thing for pretty fabrics... (Or was that someone else and I'm confusing them with you?)

    Girl I LOVE the stools... and I love TJ Maxx and I love the island. It's so cute and just get it since you already loved it before. It will make life that much easier. I'm super excited for you guys.

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  33. My husband and I built a new house once and I swore we'd never do it again. Too many decisions, too little time. THe day we moved in I started looking for an old house again. On a better note Raz has the best taste ever!

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  34. Buy what you love. There are no rules. It is your home and IF you love it it is all that matters. I am sure, absolutely sure it will be great!! Get the same island and get it in yellow!!!

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  35. Oooh gorgeous island! I love it and it seems so practical. In a land that is so unfamiliar and new and scary, that island could be like a wee life raft for you! A place to feed those babies and hide the rubbish bin! Sounds perfect to me. I think it would $$ well spent, rather than feeling pressured to changing it up and NOT loving the new one. You will always compare them!
    I also agree that if you feel the need for a little change, then paint it!

    Good luck and have fun :-) xx

    ps - do we get to see the random chairs?? xx

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  36. Cost plus has a stool very similar..... and if your a member you can use a 10% off coupon from your rewards.

    Good luck!

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  37. hey, i like your old island! it's classic; and if you like it, get it again.

    hmmm....cute fabric!
    and the barstools? sweeeeet!

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  38. I love your old island, and I say get another! Love the new stools ~ all the best with your million decisions!

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  39. If you liked your old island, then buy the sane one and you can paint it that dreamy color. The stools are great! Keep with the scattered, and you will discover you have created a home perfect for you!

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  40. Okay, your old kitchen was just insane! Seriously! You are going to do an amazing job with this new one! That buffet is gorgeous!Suddenly I've got a hankering to paint some furniture yellow. Love the bar stools, and you should give that fabric to periwinkle jazz and have her make you a skirt!!! Great chattin' with you on Sunday!

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  41. I say get the same island you liked in your old home but Paint it that fun color you liked form that piece of furniture that got away. AND if you want a bit more whimsy, perhaps you could replace the moulding on the side with something more curvy. Good luck! I am excited to see what you come up with.

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  42. I agree that you should go for the island you love, even if it is the same one you had before. If your kids are anything like mine, they'll totally love having a few of the same things from "home". You worked really hard to get the farmhouse how you liked it, so I think you might find this happening from time to time in fixing up your new house.

    You and your textiles crack me up! That really is beautiful fabric. (and I still CANNOT get over your kitchen carpet...)

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  43. Love the old island, where is it from?

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  44. You can't go "too big" with your island. Imagine yourself working at the island with your entire family fitting around it!! One may be helping you, one may be doing homework, one may be just hanging around with the family. Cory can be helping too! ;) Bigger is better when it comes to your island...remember that!!!! :) Think-family hub. Okay, did you get that? ;) Love the stools!! :)

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  45. buy your old island then paint it the dreamy yellow that you like!

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  46. http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/island/colorful-kitchen-islands/#page=2 Just found this and thought it would be perfect.

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    1. Yep - I pinned that one weeks ago. I adore it! You know me well. :)

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  47. I have moved into several brand new homes, and remember the endless decisions. My husband and I have very different tastes though which actually made the decisions easier as once we compromised there was often only one common denominator left! That said, I would say, go with your gut, collect to your hearts content...(as long as it is within your budget). You can sort and toss/sell later, in your new home, once you are there. Being a new house, I always found that my stuff looked AWFUL at first until I got creative and started arranging and putting pictures up. I have a real hodge podge of odd second hand items that messed up the new home's "Wow, I'm a beautiful new home" look at first, but once better acquainted, they all got along just fine!!
    Oh yeah, I also went through scads of magazines and home decor books pulling out what I liked, and looked for reoccurring themes to help narrow down choices. Good luck and enjoy the process of dreaming your future!

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  48. i have that same problem; liking too many things. if i could decorate a farmhouse or two, a downtown loft & a beach cottage i'd be good. ;)
    dang it lady...now i'm jealous of your bar stools. i get to go to a good old lady auction tomorrow...1st ever. super excited! your house is gonna be gorgeous just like the last one, so excited to see what you settle on.

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  49. I'm with everyone else. While the cool yellow buffet would have made a unique island, it just isn't practical. As in, there's nowhere to sit or work or put anything. Enough said. That fabric? Make a skirt out of it! A 10 cent skirt would be utterly magnificent.

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  50. well shoot. i'm the same way... i like cheap and i like to move slow. except when it came to my man - we dated and married all in 10 months AND i chose a ridiculously priced ring. i was young then, that's what i blame it on. anyways, all i know is that it sounds dreamy to start fresh. enjoy it for me?

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  51. You really scored with those stools, love them!! Its ok to pick things up here and there as long as you really love what you're buying, then it will all come together in the end. I'm excited for you and your family!

    Londen

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  52. Ok now panicking that if I find those swoony stools in my local TKMaxx I will simply have to figure a way to send them intercontinental from Blighty to the Midwest. Crumbs.

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  53. LOVE the stools!

    LOVE the vintage credenza that sold..BUT if it doesn't house a garbage & such, it really wouldn't have worked well for an island anyway.

    I say: BUY the island just like the one in your old place. It worked, it looked great & you loved it. If you want to switch it up a bit, change up the color. I don't think it's unimaginative to have a certain aesthetic & stick to it. God knows I do. My niece has even told me many times "Wow, do you like neutrals!"

    You have great taste & an amazing eye. If you buy what speaks to you & you love it, you can generally make it all work in your home. I have found this to be true.

    Your fabric: I have that same fabric minus the flower on it, but mine was $10 and I made pillows. I envision you turning it into a little "salsa apron".

    Can't wait to see what else you buy/have bought, etc...and perhaps you want to show us some inspiration photos of how you SEE your new home?

    As always,

    HOLLA & xxoo~

    TT

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  54. I loved the island, so I think you should get it again. Those stools would look perfect with it.

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  55. I vote for the same island. It is cute and you like it...so go with it! The bar stools are so different-I like that. The fabric would be great for any number of uses. You are a lucky girl!

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  56. Get the same island, fo shizzle! Someone else already said it, but it's true so I'll say it again: it'll make your new place feel like home.

    You might buy random things but at least you buy them. I always hem and haw and then lose them.

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  57. I just stumbled on you this week. I share membership in many of your clubs*, the Major Kitchen Remodel Club being one. (Went about 8 weeks without a kitchen sink, washed dishes in the bathtub - in a dishpan, of course - THAT was fun -- not complaining at all though.)

    Having done this before, you know that kitchen planning is rife with four- and six-inch decisions. And since you are looking to simplify (if I have read you correctly) don't you want to eliminate one decision and stick with what you know? Did you love that gorgeous island? Did it work well for you? Who cares if it's unimaginative (kitchen islands in general can be unimaginative -- but I love mine). Function is king in the kitchen. Use it again and check it off your list -- on to the next thing! (Besides, it will be an entirely different kitchen overall.)

    We are now about to embark on a major addition. It is all I can do to resist yard sales, flea markets, antique and junk stores, Craigslist, PB outlet. Ikea, Habitat, thrift shops, etc. I cannot purchase a single thing (and therefore cannot even look) until I have decluttered and am ready to pull together my style, whatever that is. Now you've given me one more place to avoid -- TJ Maxx. Thanks alot! (Congratulations on the stools, though -- love them!)

    [*Adoption Club (three awesome only-God-could-have-done-this children (with stories to match) (and I hope I will be able to join you on the 25th), Love Photography Club, Planning to Write a Book Club (if you're not in that one, you should be - your economy with words turns every day phrases and verbal images into art), Trying to Simplify Club, Can't Sew a Stitch Club, and more -- most especially, Jesus is Lord]

    Susan

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  58. How much material do you have?? Would it make a cute valance above your kitchen window?? I guess if you had enough we could make you and Cory a matching outfit, a shirt for him and a skirt for you.

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  59. I almost forgot the most important thing.I vote for the old one. But I would make the top something else, more heat tolerant as well as scratch and marker proof, also add an electric outlet on one of the ends so you could use the mixer, crock pot, or what ever. And surely you could have them paint it any color you desired,(Dad said so). It was fun sitting around as I watched you chop and shred the next best meal ever. And there was plenty of room for the little helpers too.

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    1. Mom. All these comments! Are you trying to make up for not returning my call today??

      Also, the last island was scratched because I chopped right on it. It's butcher block! It's patina!

      And Dad has already convinced Cory that it's a bad idea to have an outlet in the island b/c then there would be a hole in the floor. :/ Take it up with him!

      Love you.

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  60. I am a faithful reader - but not good at commenting ... the fact that you still remember/like the old one weighs heavily in my mind! Unrelated - every time I listen to Christa Wells Kingdom Coming it reminds me of you :)

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  61. You are on to me. It's now 11:30 and I have a notion to give you a call. I will say an outlet is something I miss all the time with my island(you know the one Dad decided we needed and designed). I am off tomorrow and will give you call then......promise. Love you!!!!!!

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  62. Poor Cory! Sounds like something I would do....gave me a good giggle! :)

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  63. PS. You sound like you have a great MAMA, you are so very lucky. I lost mine at a young age, and I would Love, Love, Love to have her in my adult life. Enjoy!

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  64. Opps my first message didn't post, you may want to try Nadeau Furniture, there must be one not too far from you, cute furniture, low prices. Could adapt and use butcherclock or granite on top (NOT MARBLE). And by experience you must have an outlet, for mixers, buffets (crockpot, warmers) and...there's always pottery barn!

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  65. First of all...love the post title. My dad's girlfriend in high school's name was Rhonda so it was a family joke to sing "Help me, Rhonda" when we needed help with something.

    Anyway, I agree with so many others that if you loved your island at your old house, stick with it. I am painting my new house with the same colors I had inside my old because that's what I like!

    There are so many options it can be so hard, but you have to look at all those pictures you've pinned and all the magazine pages you've marked (I do this so maybe you do too) and look for the elements that are common. You usually can't have everything you might want, but you can have most of them.

    Oh, and I hate to tell you, but there will be at least one thing you will wish you'd done differently once you move in and start living there. That's just how it works.

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  66. I vote for getting the same island. It's perfect and I agree with the others who mentioned having a piece from your old home to add familiarity. Oh, and, don't forget the pullout trash can ~ nice to have the trash hidden and it makes dad happy. ;-) Personally, I like the blue/green island much better than the bright yellow one, but that's just me. :-) Can't wait to see your new place!

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  67. Here's what I'd do...go shopping at cheap shops, flea markets &/or yard sale it this weekend, and if nothing...call it a sign that the old is now the new.

    Also, the fabric...frame it and hang it. Or use it as a table cloth. Or throw those ideas away and make a skirt.

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  68. Two cents from someone who recently built a house: if you loved your previous island for both looks and functionality, then it makes sense to go with it again. It will be familiar and comfortable, but will still seem fresh and new because the rest of the space will be different. It might actually anchor you and help you settle into the heart of your new home.

    Second, I put outlets EVERYWHERE in our house and still regret not doing it in one place: the end of our island. We have an outlet on one end, true, but not the other and I so wish I had a place to plug in a lamp to light up my little ones' art table. I've decided that a good rule of thumb with running electrical is to over do it. It's easy when the walls are open.

    It's always a challenge to navigate through the many, many opinions when creating something. I think if you trust yourself, you'll know when it's time to concede to the experts and when to not back down. I pushed back on several issues (like double wall ovens, which the kitchen designer swore that I would never use--and thought were ugly--and which I love, love, love and use weekly).

    If you think you really do want outlets, then go for it. True there might be holes in the floor, but that won't be a problem for years and chances are, you'll address them without too much issue because it'll have been a reasonable trade off for the high functionality of a wired island.

    You have pitch-perfect taste. You know your style through and through. Trust your gut. It can be pretty overwhelming, but you know what you're doing.

    Oh, and that fabric would make the most beautiful kitchen towels to be hung on a "found" rod on the end of your island. So pretty. Or perhaps a couple of very fetching aprons for you and Ruby?

    Good luck! Will you let us know what you decide?

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  69. Long time reader, but have never commented....when we left our last house I measured EVERYTHING about the bay windows in our kitchen addition. I enjoyed them so much (size, angles, etc). I wanted to repeat them in our next house. When we remodeled here a few years later, we recreated the area and the windows. So happy we did that! I have also learned to buy the things I love...even if I don't know where they will go in our home. If I love them I will always find a way to make good use of them-sometimes in a way I never imagined originally. Btw-love reading your blog :)
    Barb

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  70. Kudos on your amazing barstool find! I bought similiar looking ones for twice the price at Wisteria...and i like YOURS better!! :) p.s.They would look really nice with your old island!

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  71. Your old island was great. I love the look of old furniture turned into something new and functional. How fun to be planning a new kitchen and home. It's amazing the details that are needed, but once you live in it, you'll be happy that you paid attention to the details and put a lot of thought into it. TJ Maxx is a total weakness of mine and I love never knowing what you will stumble upon. Your random finds are what is going to make your kitchen, you, and one that is different than anyone else's! As far as the fabric, can you make a curtain/valance out of it and hang with clips?

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  72. Such nice article to display here.Nice furnitures are display here,It look so beautiful with home locations.Kitchen all things are so beautiful.

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  73. Ok, I am in search if those bar stools... I google imaged "TJ Maxx bar stool" and there and behold the pic of them came up... Attached to your blog. I have 1 and need 2 more. I've been to 2 TJ's and 2 Home Goods today. I love them and hope I can find 2 more. Ps, if you loved your old island, stick with it...

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    1. I couldn't find any more TJ Maxx stools. I'm going to take mie back, let me know if you want it, I'll charge you What I paid,plus shipping. But I did find these ones from JCP... ok for some reason I can't publish the like, they are theNewman Barstool

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