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Jonny Quest

These were all too dark and too sleek for my taste. Beautiful in their own way but not very practical for the way I use my kitchen. I spend a lot of time in there cooking and looking out over my garden. These spaces all feel harsh and hard. Sorta like Victorian era parlor furniture. With the dreary Midwest winters I want as much light as possible. I just recently painted my sage green walls a color reminiscent of well creamed coffee and I am amazed at how bright things have become and how that's affected my mood.

I also agree that having a home that allows me to age in place comfortably is something I need to think about. These counters have a lot of sharp edges which could be an issue for those who are not especially steady on their pins. The darkness of the cabinets & countertops doesn't help those with aging peepers. Also, I'd prefer surfaces that are easy to maintain as well as eliminate pieces or surfaces that are unnecessary. But that doesn't mean that a kitchen has to sacrifice beautiful design for function and be environmentally friendly.

Except for appliances, most things in my kitchen are original to my home. My cabinets are the original all wood cabinetry from Nappanee, IN. I am very lucky that previous homeowners took wonderful care of them and there wasn't a need to rip them out. My cookspace countertop was replaced with butcher block and I love it. Very hard working and forgiving. Easy to care for as well.

The wet side of the kitchen still has the original white laminate. While I'd like a new countertop (laminate) on this side, this counter is still in very good shape. Would I go with stone probably not. But if I could find soapstone to recycle I go for that in a heartbeat. Otherwise if I finally need to replace I'd go for laminate preferably in a color that mimics soapstone. I once saw a pic of a cottage style kitchen where this was done and I loved it. But then I've always loved farmhouse/cottage style.

But I like the idea of recycling very much. I've been itching to go to https://reusedepot.org/ near Chicago and often find interesting finds at the Habitat for Humanity Reuse Store. I also freecycle quite a bit. One of my more loved pieces is a mid century modern mahogany dining table and hutch from the Carolinas I think. And since everything old is eventually new again I like finding things like this. Typically they are unique and are more durable than some newer items. I think the only thing I haven't recycled is older light fixtures because I haven't found anything worth the effort of having them resided by an electrician. I do have a love for vintage metal fans though.

I really loved Sarah Richardson as a designer and how she incorporated used items into her designs. I am sure other tv designers do this but I stopped watching television (no time) so I am not sure what's going on these days

If you like the looks that are on trend go for it, but trends come and go. Take your time to learn what YOU like and if it works for how you live. You're not likely to go wrong with taking that approach.

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Jonny Quest-Thank you so much for highlighting Habitat for Humanity Reuse store. We have been giving removed items from remodels to them for years and it makes the removal of perfectly good cabinets, appliances etc. much less painful knowing that they are going to be repurposed.

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At H4HRUS, I am often amazed at what I find new, reuse, or keep out of the local landfills. Very much a win, win.

   

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