My new kitchen is so unlike the old one. The old one had no counter space to speak of but had lots of storage space since it had a pantry right in the kitchen. A big walk in pantry with shelves on three sides and pegboard for the pots on the fourth. I so loved my pantry.
Fast forward to today. My new kitchen has more counter space than both my last two kitchens combined. It is a fabulous place to entertain as there is a huge granite counter to put a buffet or snacks on. But sadly it lacks storage space. I didn't want the cabinets hung from the ceiling which would close in the space. The whole bottom floor is open and I wanted to keep the open feeling. But where oh where to put all my jars?
On Wednesday I finally got my storage space. The kitchen area is very close to the basement stairs. So we had shelves built going down the stairs. They work out perfectly for food storage. Many of them are made to be just the height for pint canning jars and they fit two jars deep.
On the other side we put in some hooks for whatever. Whatever right now happens to be some of my garlic, some of my onions, some store bought onions, and my grocery bags. You see the store bought onions? Have you ever picked out your vegetables based on what container they come in? I saw this nice mesh bag and thought how nice it would be to reuse if I ever got onions of my own big enough to go into it.
It is so nice to have all my canning jars off the floor of the dining room. Well most of them. The empty ones are still there. But that wasn't all that happened that day. We also got our office furniture delivered. It was a really happy day for me. It let me unpack all those office boxes which were also sitting on the dining room floor.
The furniture was custom made locally by Cherrystones. They did a wonderful job. And if you notice out the window, you can see my garden from here. I love looking out everyday and seeing the tomatoes and marigolds.
But the excitement never stops. Yesterday the landscapers came. Whoohoo! We are finally going to have a yard. You know with real dirt and not just subsoil and weeds. I'll have paths. The townhouse mates will have a hot tub on their side and I'll have a vegetable garden on mine. Well at some point we will have all this. They say it will take four weeks to finish. I'll have a future post on this as I got permission from our landscape designer to put the plans up. I was wondering if I would ever get my house together, but slowly but surely the pieces are falling into place.