They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and I couldn’t agree more. It is in this kitchen, where we have left cookies for Santa, made countless amounts of homemade Playdough. And it’s also where we have prepared many meals for friends and family.
The kitchen is place where we taught our kids how to count, the alphabet song and twinkle, twinkle little star. We have danced around the kitchen island while using wooden spoons as microphones and pretended to be master chefs. The kitchen is not just the place where we prepare our meals, but where we gather and make memories. Where new recipes are made and old ones are passed down to new generations.
One of my fondest memories is watching my grandmother bake cookies and sitting in front of the oven watching the cookies rise as they baked. The smell of sugar cookies, still takes me back. I wish I had saved some of her beautiful handwritten recipes.
But I do have some of my mom’s handwritten recipes and have framed some of my favourites to cherish. It’s a simple yet beautiful way to create non-traditional meaningful art.
When we first moved into our home, the kitchen was my pride and joy but as time went on it started to look a little outdated it. Unfortunately updating it was not in the budget for many years. So when the opportunity to remodel our kitchen presented itself, I knew we would have to do the majority of the work ourselves in order to make it budget friendly.
I’m proud to say that we have accomplished my dream kitchen with in a very low budget thanks to a lot of elbow grease and of course with the help of Leon’s and Fridgidaire professional.
But all makeovers start with a good before, so let’s take a look at the before photo.We did all the non-trade jobs such as painted the cabinets, installed the backsplash, and upgraded the floor. Though time consuming and labour intensive, they saved us a lot of money.
And here’s the after….Another important factor that cut cost was the fact that the Fridgidaire Professional appliances are built to fit into existing spaces which made this transformation even easier as we didn’t have to rearrange our existing cabinetry but we still achieved a built-in look.
The counter depth fridge fit like a glove and it’s hard to believe that such sleek design can have so much space for storage.
We have a holiday tradition where we host both New Year’s eve and our daughter’s birthday every year. When you host a large family of 40 or more you quickly run out of fridge space, but the Frigidaire French door refrigerator has folding shelf features that allow for savvy ways to store food.Admittedly, cooking is not a great passion of mine, but it happens to be our middle son’s and we want to foster his culinary love. One of the most beautiful things to see as a parent is seeing the various gifts a child demonstrates and it’s very important for us to give them the tools to further enhance or discover such gifts. I love that the Frigidaire Professional Convection Range has so many great features; such as a 2 in 1 burner or a temperature probe but it also aesthetically appealing which was important to me and my design vision.
I love the built-in look of the appliances.
Our kitchen has always been a gathering place and now even more so. I look forward to making many more memories with our family, through the smell of delicious baking and beautiful conversations.
Whether you’re making a gourmet meal or simple grilled cheese, Christmas is the perfect time to gather with friends and family and the kitchen is just the place to do it. It is our hope that you are able to find some time to cherish those you love during this holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.