Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A Tale of Three Kitchens
“I found the kitchen I want!” I said pulling Mr. Wonderful in from the driveway after work.
“That’s what I wanted to hear,” he said, his lips curling into a smile.
“Let me show you.”
“That’s exactly what I wanted to hear.”
“I poured you a glass of wine.”
“That’s precisely what I wanted to hear,” he said laughing.
Inside I handed him a full glass and pointed to three different magazine clippings spread out on the table.
“I like these three,” I said.
“Three kitchens? That’s not what I wanted to hear,” he said emptying his wineglass and promptly left the room.
With the help of my thick file of kitchen picture ideas I had found the kitchen I wanted. Or to be more accurate I should say, I found the three kitchens I wanted.
1) White Kitchen: I loved this kitchen’s clean lines, marble and the feeling of spaciousness that white imbibes a space with. Of course being a mustard aficionado I’d probably have the white cabinets stained with yellow after the first meal of homemade hamburgers.
2) Yellow Kitchen: I loved this kitchen’s warmth and how well red and wood went with it. I had a lot of red and wooden kitchen items that I could still use in this kitchen. Plus the yellow walls would hide any errant mustard stains.
3) Blue Kitchen: I was shocked to find this blue kitchen among my favorite clippings especially after all the fuss I had made about how our old kitchen never should have been painted blue in the first place because blue belonged in bathroom, a pool or a sewer. But this clipping convinced me it was just the ugly faded blue-green paint color in our old kitchen that I disliked. I loved this clipping’s blue and the mixture of existing furniture pieces that it employed as opposed to all new, uniform-looking cabinets. This kitchen had charm, order and personality. It clearly belonged to a real person who had history.
Which meant, I loved particular aspects about each kitchen. Perhaps I could combine the white kitchen’s island with the yellow kitchen’s large painting and wood countertops with the blue kitchen’s blue cabinets. It could look something like this mash-up photo:
Yes! That was the solution! Take the best aspects of each one! I found Mr. Wonderful in the living room engrossed in reading a new comic book.
“Honey, I got it! Our kitchen can combine all three. What do you think?” I said flashing him the mash-up photo.
“Hmm,” he mumbled not looking up from his book.
Which is exactly what I didn’t want to hear.