Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Heart of the Home

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is just so true.  My kitchen is the place where visitors sit at the island bench and get served with a hot coffee and something freshly baked, It is the place where my children congregate when they are at home and it is my favourite room in the house.  I am the happiest when I am baking.

 When I first had the environmental health officer from the council come out to visit to tell me what modifications I would require to allow my daughter to commercially cook from our kitchen I was expecting a list of changes but to be honest not to the extent that was required.  That called for a BIG decision to be made.

 I do not cope well with change or things being out of place in my home.  It's my own kind of OCD I think.  Everything has to be neat and tidy and then I am a happy chappy.  So the decision to renovate or not was not only down to can we afford to do a massive renovation but also can I cope with the upheaval it would cause ?

 So after drawing up plans, talking to tradies and working out if we had enough money the decision was made to begin.  The ripping out of the heart of my home began last Monday.  We have so many happy memories in this kitchen, Christmases shared with loved ones, Birthdays, Friends, Visitors .....  Just so much that I felt quite emotional as each piece was ripped from it's foundations and removed.

 Now we am living in a storage unit as such - The entire contents of the kitchen are spread throughout the house ensuring that just about every room is affected.  How am I coping ?  Just .........  Today's job is to try and make one room "normal"again in some way.  I'm not sure how I am going to do that to be honest.  My hall way is full, the spare rooms are full as is my front foyer and dining room as well as the invasion in my craft studio and so on .........

But it will be worth it in the end.  I keep reminding myself of that.  A commercial stainless steel whale of a sink will be the centre piece of the kitchen.  I am still getting used to the industrial look as each day the kitchen begins to come together.  I am taking daily progress shots so I can look back on it and hopefully smile and tell myself that yes it was all worth it.  Well here's hoping anyhow.

Have a great day.

Love and Hugs,