The Kitchen Before

Our new kitchen is the subject of my next post. Here are the before pictures to give you an idea of what we started with. The cabinets are original to the house, circa 1979. They had been painted white – I believe they were originally a dark walnut color. I forgot to take photos of the insides before my husband gleefully ripped them off the wall, but the inside shelves were all severely sagging. I was convinced that the shelves would give way in the middle of the night and send all our dishes crashing onto the floor. I may have actually prayed for this to happen so we could get a new kitchen years before we actually did, but no such luck.

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For the Love of Chairs

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I love chairs. A lot. In college, I had a poster from the Vitra Design Museum that depicted every chair in their collection. I used to stare at it for hours. As a child, I hadn’t known the Thonet and Breuer chairs we sat on at home were classics. That poster changed everything. I was a student of architectural history, but all I really wanted to learn about was all those chairs. The poster somehow disappeared after college, but the obsession with chairs remained.

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Thankfully, I have a husband who understands – he remembers the poster. I don’t want to collect art or stamps or shoes. I want chairs. In 2006, Herman Miller released the 50th Anniversary edition of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. This was my moment – I was sure of it. We ordered one, and ever since I have been working to make the rest of our home as amazing as that chair. To provide an environment that does justice to how beautiful it is. Join me here at Alexandra Design Finds as I share the endless project known as my house. You’ll find this blog is about a lot more than chairs – we’ll also check out some other wonderful homes, visit stores, markets, craftsmen and collectors and find some wonderful things – for my home and yours.

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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman: www.HermanMiller.com