a kitchen before and after

Elizabeth and her family live in Lexington, Kentucky.  She emailed about a year ago and said can you help me?  And attached these photos.

We helped.  Poor Elizabeth was without a kitchen for a very long time.  She had us on speed dial and we (I say “we”, it was mostly Allison) offered design and moral support for Elizabeth during this renovation.  We’ve never set foot in Elizabeth’s house.  All of this work was done via email and phone.  There were times of panic (Elizabeth, I hope you can laugh now)… the faucet was back-ordered, should she wait for it, or should she reselect?  The cabinet guy goofed on the door style, but he made it right.  The lights, we ended up ordering two chandeliers and played a lot of “hold this up and send us a picture”.  And at the very end of it all, Elizabeth decided she wanted tongue and groove pine on the ceiling.  The kitchen was completed and then the ceiling work began.  I know she was stressed out.

Living without a kitchen for a long period of time is total insanity.  You don’t realize how much you appreciate your kitchen until it’s gone.  Elizabeth did dishes in her bathroom sink for months.  I think in the end she would agree… it was all worth it.

[All photos were taken by Elizabeth, she's pretty darn good with a camera! Thanks Elizabeth!]

out of town project sneak peeks

Thank you for your very kind responses to my Monday (day in the life) post.  I am blown away by your interest in the everyday, who knew blogging could be so simple?  I will follow myself around more often and give you a daily glimpse on a regular basis.  Some sneak peeks of a few of those projects tagged on our map.  Most of these are not completed yet (some folks waiting on rugs, some on pillows, some on bar stools…), but  you get the idea.  We love these people…

Some of our people live like this for weeks on end, but we offer moral support and assure them it will all be worth it in the end…

Stay tuned… I’m dedicating an entire post to an out of town kitchen remodel that I think you will enjoy!

Oh, and if you’ve sent us an inquiry through our “Contact Us” page on the website, we are having issues (not receiving them!) if you are interested in working with us please email allison(at)urbangrace(dot)com

hot fun in the summertime

Goodness!  Y’all worried about us?  We are alive.  We celebrated our various working anniversaries and then got back to the grindstone.  No rest for the weary!

Lauren started today… a newbie and we are so very glad to have her!!  Today in our “let’s not scare her off light-hearted” conversations Allison told her, and I quote, “I didn’t drink coffee before I started this job!”

I’ve driven Allison to drink.  I told her I would help her through caffeine detox and pay for Crest White Strips.  It isn’t all fun and games around here, whew, we work a lot.  And we also sing and listen to music and laugh.  But we mostly work.

Last Wednesday Allison and I set our alarms for 3:20am so we could jet set to Memphis for the day.  My alarm woke me, but her alarm setting was unsuccessful.  Luckily my wake-up text message at 3:45 woke her.  Off we went.  She’s  a great traveling companion.  And together we had a wonderful time and enjoyed checking on the progress of this project that we’ve both put in many long hours on.  Obviously it’s a few weeks away from finished, but still so fun to see the progress!  My first visit to this house could be classified as “frightening”.  “Run down” and “unloved” are adjectives that come to mind.  An addition (kitchen and master bedroom) were top of the list, while preserving the character and charm of the home’s original bones.  This beauty came complete with operable transoms, intricate mouldings, original doors and hardware, cremone locks… all things I LOVE.  Ahhh the details!!!

In the kid’s bath (below) we designed it so that bottom “drawer” is actually a shelf, so the wee little ones can brush their teeth!  We wouldn’t want to be blamed for any teeth rotting!

The master bathroom glass shower enclosure was installed while we were there, but I snapped these photos before it was installed…

After a full day in Memphis I headed for a mini-vacay (without my voice, been a little run down and under the weather lately) to my parents farm, and Allison headed back to the beach.  Bless her.  An emergency landing in ATL, and she wasn’t home until 1am.  I was going to try to give you a recap of my farm weekend… but whew, I’m tired. I’ll save that for tomorrow!