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5 Mistakes I Made While Renovating My Kitchen

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This summer, I embarked on a soup-to-nuts kitchen renovation..for the first time in my life. I hand-drew a floor plan to scale, ripped out tile and hacked down cupboards, and product sourced everything from our custom cabinet makers (a friend of a friend) to our backsplash tile (a Wayfair score!). Am I obsessed with my tiny jewel of an apartment kitchen? Heck, yes. Did I make a boatload of beginner mistakes along the way? You betcha. I’m sharing them here so you can avoid them.

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Since the kitchen is all white and we chose durable, man-made quartz for the countertops, I wanted to bring in some more luxurious, natural texture via the backsplash. I found a gorgeous, long Calacatta marble subway tile which I thought would be the next best thing to a pricey, single-slab backsplash. The problem? Both the

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She thought they were renovating the kitchen, he worked with a Seattle company on a bigger surprise

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30 years into their marriage and nearly 20 years in the same house, Alvin and Joanne were ready for a refresh — not the marriage, Alvin emphasizes.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long! We still feel like newlyweds who got married yesterday,” he says.

But the house was starting to feel a little dated, and the couple heard from a friend that Granite Transformations did really great work. As a former interior designer Joanne took the lead on most decisions, and then Alvin came up with a plan to celebrate their love at the same time.

“I said honey, I don’t think we can afford to do all this, and convinced her to postpone the fireplace and bathroom renovations. But of course in my head I thought ‘I’m going to make sure we get this done.”

Alvin worked with Granite Transformations to orchestrate a surprise, and they completed

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Interior design ideas, architecture and renovating photos

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Where do I start the process of interior design?

The
beginning stages of home décor can be daunting for some. The
step-by-step process will take you from developing your own personal
style to outlining the priorities when considering each room.
Professionals will use the principles of good interior design, high
quality and value for money to turn your design vision into a
reality. However, you may still mastermind your own decorating ideas
to suit your individual style and preferences.

If
you are looking for any room ideas in particular, homify have a
simplified rooms page. This lets you view the most popular
photographs of the day. It also acts as an overview for the available
categories for room ideas and home decor and even where to find local
experts in South Africa alongside international inspiration. The
website has been designed to help you easily navigate your way around
the platform,

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