Friday, January 30, 2009

RGBP Friday Five: HGTV edition

WillSmama is buying her first house!  She says: It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?

And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future...

1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?
probably the kitchen.  I would love different cabinet doors and more counter space!  But then, who doesn't?  I also sort of want to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room and make it a half wall (like the one in between the kitchen and dining room) and make it into an L shaped bar instead--extra counter, extra seating, more open feel in a pretty open space already--what would there be to not love?

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?
hmmm...for the moment, I'm going to have to go with the viney wallpaper in the kitchen at one of the condos I looked at before buying this one.  It was basically floor-to-ceiling grapevines on the wall paper.  a little busy for my taste...

3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?
hardwood floors.  It could be within reach if I could just save up, oh, several thousand dollars...

4) Your kitchen - love it or hate it? Why?
Most of the time I really love it, actually--I just don't like the cabinet doors (you have to open them in the right order or else the flap that hides the inside, which is attached to the other door, blocks your progress in opening AND makes a loud slamming very likely!) or the countertops (fake wood laminate).   I LOVE the sink (which I had my grandpa replace the same day I moved in) and the appliances and even the layout.  It needs a little more counter space, or else I need to get way more organized so I don't have so much stuff on the counters!  

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?
Excellent!  New floors, new trim, and crown molding, here I come!  Also the paying off of the new windows (not yet installed)--woohoo!

BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950's right through the early 80's?
hmm...magazines influencing people?  lots of color blind interior decorators?  surplus of ceramic dyes in the system made the ugly tile cheaper?


  1. Here's to hardwood floors!

    as for those ceramic dyes...great minds :-)

  2. I am convinced that wall paper is "The Debil". We went through our grapvine phase, but that paper sounds hideous.

  3. Your bonus answers made me spew my coffee on the monitor!
    Off to clean up....