Shannon Ggem ASID
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uptown country kitchen photo: Mike P Kelley rustic-kitchen

uptown country kitchen photo: Mike P Kelley

Michael Kelley /

Fir tongue and groove ceiling
Vintage pendant light
Heartland Legacy Range
Beveled mirror subway tile by Jockimo
Brazilian Soapstone countertop, unoiled
Rubber floor tile in leather finish
Custom crown and casings

This photo has 9 questions

Danielle Denis wrote:
I thought dogs were supposed to stay out of the kitchen
   Comment   July 23, 2014
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Shannon Ggem ASID
Our clients are dog people, it's true! Dogs on the beds, sofas and indeed, in the kitchen!
July 23, 2014 at 12:45PM   
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Holly Berecz wrote:
Photo Permission? - We're compiling a blog for on a built-in place for pets. May we use your photo? We will, of course, provide credits. Thanks!
   Comment   March 20, 2014
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Holly Berecz
Thanks so much. Can you tell me any background information on the "pet area?" What was the reasoning behind the request? Do you receive a lot of requests for incorporating the family pet? I'd love to use a quote. If you'd rather, you can email me (and include your name for quoting purposes) at Thanks again!
March 20, 2014 at 5:25PM   
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Shannon Ggem ASID
I've got 2 more for you. I actually can only think of a few projects where I haven't been asked to work in a pet or dog station. I have pets, so I think I attract clients with pets. I hope that the stray dog hair the lint roller missed helps sell my services- it's branding!

The photo you asked about was in a kitchen with no room to spare. Every use needed a home, there could't be a stray trash barrel or dog bowl around!

This first one was an entire room in a large home, we did a "vanity" with the food below, a twin bed on a low platform for the dog bed and we restored a shower in what in a no pet home would have been a powder room to accomodate those dogs! We also drilled holes into the recessed panel door so the dogs could check out what was going on a little. Dog Station,

and this fabulous polka dot floor project had a giant room for their dogs to lounge and eat in, they had their own door under the cat's feeding station on top of the desk. California Collected

On the art deco loft project we got so lucky and found a cafeteria tray from the building itself from when it was a department store for the cats to use. Even cats should collect antiques. I'll post that photo in a new answer.

Meeting my client's pets is one of my FAVORITE parts of this wonderful career.
March 22, 2014 at 7:26PM   
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seashells4me wrote:
What is that gorgeous stove? - And where can I get one?
     Comment   October 17, 2013
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Shannon Ggem ASID
That over is the Heartland Legend. I believe the model is discontinued but they have several beautiful stoves.
February 11, 2014 at 4:25PM   
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marycgould wrote:
What is the stone used for countertops? - I love the countertop stone - can you tell me what kind/type/name it is? thanks!
   Comment   September 23, 2013
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Shannon Ggem ASID
Sure, thanks for the inquiry. It's 3cm Brazilian Soapstone.
September 23, 2013 at 6:29PM     
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slumiere wrote:
Will the heat from the stove/oven cause the mirror tiles to crack?
   Comment   April 19, 2013
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Shannon Ggem ASID
It will not, this product (from Jockimo) is built to handle heat. Good luck!
April 19, 2013 at 7:19AM   
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Angie Batts wrote:
Where did the mirror tiles come from?
   Comment   November 29, 2012
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Shannon Ggem ASID
These are from Jockimo.
November 30, 2012 at 9:09AM     
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Artistic Tile
Artistic Tile's Charleston Mirrors can add the same look to your backsplash.
March 14, 2013 at 12:00PM   
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willilc1 wrote:
Tell me everything u know about the light fixture please - Light fixture?
   Comment   November 29, 2012
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Shannon Ggem ASID
I stumbled across this fixture at a charity shop. It appears to be 1960's. It's ceramic. Oh my goodness I love that thing!
November 30, 2012 at 9:07AM     
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palippold wrote:
Does anyone know how to cut beveled antique mirror tiles?
   Comment   August 26, 2012
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They are from Artistic Tile, they're hand silvered, 3x6 tiles. I'm putting them in a 'hutch' area that has a marble counter...the rest of the kitchen has marble subway tiles for backsplash and steel grey granite I wanted something different for this area.
I love what you did!
August 26, 2012 at 8:13PM   
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Shannon Ggem ASID
Sounds like it'll be gorgeous & Thank you for the compliment.
August 26, 2012 at 8:52PM   
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etoennies wrote:
Where can I buy the flooring? (The "leather" rubber floor).
   Comment   May 30, 2012
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Shannon Ggem ASID
Leather finish rubber floor tile can be found here:

Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with your project! Let me know if I can be of more help.
May 30, 2012 at 7:00PM   
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