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26 Oct

My interpretation of Jamie's kitchen. I'm thinking to put a framed food/drink pic and a pot of something green. Rosemary perhaps.

I’ll keep this posting to very few words only.

One of my fave chefs.. beside Chef-at-Home Smith.

Our architect originally wanted to have kitchen fully lined with closed storing-cabinets, an edgy but expensive exhaust hood, smaller fridge, and no oven. I told him that I want an open cabinet just like Jamie Oliver’s (with so much smaller space of course), cheaper exhaust hood, definitely bigger fridge (even bigger than the current one which we already have it for 3 years), and oven? Hell yeah. Oh, at first he designed the wall to be covered with mosaics, but I requested to have it changed to stainless steel since I want a sleek modern looking kitchen. Plus, I used to like mosaics but as I’ve seen it too often almost everywhere (restaurants, houses, show units, hotels, etc), I do not want to have one in my kitchen anymore.

O ya, the idea to have open shelves instead of closed cabinets is to make the space feels less crowded. The bonus, it’s cheaper too. So friends… please welcome to my little kingdom. A domain where I exercise fully my sovereignty :D No one can move things around (permanently) without my consent. Hehehehe..

Kitchen counter: Nero Granite, Stainless Steel, Open-shelves (IKEA), 2-pit stove and exhaust hood (Modena), Oven (Delizia)

Fridge Corner. The second drawer where some of my pretty party/cooking/table-styling books are peeking out can slide in-out.

That’s all. Only three combo pics needed to showcase my tiny kitchen :D We still plan to get a short and slim dining table so we can dine “lesehan” style. Ooh, and a very thoughtful and sweet hubby of mine said this morning that we should get a bar stool so I can cook and wash dishes sitting down, to make doing the chores less tiring. *my heart melt right-o*

I’m thinking to get the retro step stool combo. A modernized classic kitchen chair and step stool from 1935 like the pic below. The steps can glide in and out plus it has a comfortable padded vinyl seat. Just don’t know where I can get it in J-town though.

pic taken from http://www.kotulas.com

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24 Oct

Less than half of my architecture/home interior books collection

As a show of happiness for receiving a special treasure from a pretty little flower, I’m sharing some of my holybooks when looking for inspirations for birdnest.

I’ve always had a thing for architecture and interior design. I like looking at buildings, houses, hotels, furnitures, and all-things-related since forever. I think I’ve written it somewhere that when I have nothing better to do, I would doodle floorplans. I like collecting architecture/interior-related books because they’re so colorful with very few text and nice to display :D   Actually, I also like collecting cooking/table-styling books for the same reasons.

Anyway, one book that I felt lost when I didn’t have it with me during visits to look for curtains, paints, furnitures, carpets, etc was my color-scheme reference book below. What’s more fun than choosing colors for every single thing in your house anyway? Nothing can beat it. Never ever for me.

My bible

Finding cheap deals were not really a big problem. Just consistently looking and bargain and willing to go to the off-the-beaten-path places and more often I could find a great deal. A bigger problem would be to find the right color for my sofa, tv stand, and even for my aqua-gallon cover :) I really did read through this bible from cover-to-cover repeatedly. Chose one, browsed the webs, window shopping, changed my mind, and repeat. Until I kept ending up on the same page over and over again. So here’s my winning colors and themes for birdnest…

Living room landscape.. and there's the quotation from a curtain+sofacover store.

Blue and brown for our lazy-time retreat aka bedroom

Splash of green, pink, and white for my little jumping bean

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