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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Free Kitchen Design Tips For Your Christmas


Ho Ho Ho - Who's your best support at Christmas� Santa Claus or you may know him as Saint Nicholas. Think about his qualities - kind, generous, loving, forgiving.

The greatest drawback of our home was the kitchen design. We moved into our home five years ago. We fell in love with the location. We live on a beautiful lake. We loved the master bedroom, which is the upper loft of our A-frame home. The master suite has its own deck over looking the lake, what a wonderful way to wake up each morning.

The cabinets of the kitchen were in good shape, but they were stained a very dark walnut. The walls were covered in floral wall paper with a garden scene border. The kitchen design was set up so cooking was done on one side of the kitchen and food prep and clean up was done on the other side.

The kitchen design did not allow for more than one person to comfortably work in the kitchen. This was a problem for us because we enjoy preparing meals together and I also host a Christmas cookie exchange each year. We did not like the kitchen design; by we also did not want the expense of a major remodeling project.

Ho Ho Ho - Home made gift box - after you take down your Christmas cards, buy a medium sized box from the $2 shop for each family member. Cut the front of the used cards up into small squares and place in a bag or hat.

After we had lived in the house for 6 months we did a face lift on the kitchen. We painted the cabinets off white and purchased new hardware for them. We stripped the wallpaper and the border off and painted the walls yellow. We put in a ceramic backsplash by the sink and stove area. We also put in a new exhaust hood over the cook top. This greatly improved the looks of the room; however the kitchen design still needs some help. There is still limited counter top space to work on.

Now that we have been in the house five years we have adapted to the kitchen design, but we still get frustrated at the cramped quarters, especially when entertaining. No matter what size your kitchen is, it seems that this is the room that guests congregate in.

We try to prepare as much of the meals that we are going to serve our guests ahead of time, but there are always things that need to be done last minute. It is during these last minute preparations that the kitchen design really limits us.

Ho Ho Ho - In some European countries at the end of the Christmas festive meal you must not leave the table until the host gives a signal that the Christmas feast has ended. Then all family and guests rise from the table in unison and leave.

We are now considering a full remodeling project that will improve the kitchen area. We do not have a way of enlarging the space, but the building contractor feels that by rearranging the kitchen design we will be able to accomplish our goal of having a more efficient kitchen area.

Ho Ho Ho - Bedrooms are also part of Christmas decorating activity.

He has suggested moving the stove to the same side as the sink. This will eliminate the back and forth from one side of the kitchen to the other. He has also suggested a portable butcher block that we can roll into the kitchen during food preparation and then store in the entry way off the kitchen when it is not in use. This will give the entry area another surface also.

We begin on the new kitchen design next week. It will be interesting to see if the minor changes we have planned will make a difference.

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