Kitchen Plan with Stainless Steel and Moen

This post brought to you by Moen, Incorporated. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve been trying to piece the new house together which has been a painfully slow work in progress. My problem is, I can easily make decisions for other people, but when it’s for myself I have to exhaust every option. *Sigh,* my poor husband. πŸ™‚

With that, I’ve been researching and checking out a lot of cool products. I know I want to eventually redo my kitchen which is dated 10+ years, and am thinking new counter tops (probably granite), new appliances (hopefully sooner than later…the dishwasher is practically broken!), and a new sink with a really cool faucet. My kitchen is just very standard, but adding these elements would make it look a lot better, plus increase the value to my home – overall a win, win!

I’ll be getting stainless steel appliances which will hopefully update the look of my cabinets without having to redo those too, and want a matching faucet. My concern with stainless is usually the fingerprints, because that’s something I think will seriously annoy me. Does anyone have a good solution for that?

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Well, I actually found a pretty nice kitchen faucet by a great brand, Moen, which is fingerprint resistant! The Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet would definitely add a sleek, modern look to my kitchen, and I like the high arc design.

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The features are pretty cool too.

  • Fingerprint and water spot resistant…yes!
  • Pulldown spout has 2 spray functions (aerated stream of a more powerful cleaning rinse with pause feature
  • Relex system – makes a smooth operation, easy movement, and secure docking

Not too shabby! Plus, theΒ Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet can easily be purchased at Lowe’s. Make sure to checkout Moen on FB and @Moen on Twitter for more info and options.

How would you upgrade your kitchen, and how do you combat fingerprints/water spots on stainless steel?

 

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Our New House!

So you may have heard by now that Hubby and I have some BIG NEWS. We bought our first house!

Now that we’ve been married for a year, our little 1 bedroom condo was more than outgrown. Milo, our long-haired chihuahua, would agree.

We had been scouring potential homes even months before our wedding, and landed on one that we both liked. I am the pickiest person ever, especially since one of my degrees is in interior design, yet I have a DIY personality! Here was our wishlist:

HOUSE WISHLIST

  1. 1 Story preferred (although I’d be fine if the perfect house were 2 stories depending on layout)
  2. High Ceilings
  3. Lots of natural light
  4. Open floorplan (especially kitchen area so we don’t feel disconnected)
  5. At least 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms minimum
  6. Move in ready so Hubby wouldn’t be overwhelmed – I’d be fine with gutting and tearing down walls, but maybe I just watch too much HGTV πŸ™‚
  7. Not TOO move in ready for me. I still wanted small projects to make it our own, and didn’t want to pay for other people’s upgrades that may not be our style.
  8. Back yard for entertaining, but not too large because we wanted to maintain it ourselves
  9. Location – specific county for schools and resale value, plus we wanted to stay close to family
  10. Gated neighborhood with a good HOA (effective but not crazy expensive). We wanted a sense of community, a place to feel safe, and in a neighborhood where the neighbors don’t have a billion yard ornaments in front of their crazy bright purple house.
  11. A great bargain – I preferred it to be on the lower end of our budget range, because I thought it would be easier to transition from our condo in terms of bills. I also love a great deal, and in this housing market knew they were out there. We also didn’t want to be “house poor,” because we love going out and doing fun things, vacationing, and of course I love my shopping!
  12. Optional but preferred – a fireplace (I LOVE fireplaces), and perhaps a pool. We were actually kinda torn about a pool because it would be nice living in FL, but it’s also an added expense and responsibility we never had.
  13. Laundry room must be inside

The only problem with the house we found was that it was a short sale. That meant we were waiting for who-knew-how long, and wouldn’t be guaranteed to get it. We took a gamble, and after 7+ months, closed!

Isn’t she a beaut?

Front view of our new home! I love the little bay window and cool angles that make it unique.

Side view. We have a corner lot and cute palm trees. πŸ™‚

Side/Back view. There’s a cute little screened porch that will be perfect for entertaining!

While it doesn’t have everything on the wishlist, it definitely covers most. You have to be realistic that no house will have everything on your list unless you’re building it from scratch, so it’s a matter of setting priorities. We’re really happy, and think this will be a great starter home where we plan to eventually have some kiddos. πŸ™‚

I have to say a BIG thanks to my mom who was our realtor and made it happen. She’s so cute, for my birthday a few weeks later she got me a Pandora bracelet with a house charm to commemorate the event. Thanks Mom!

Hubby and I are really excited and still settling in. I have a long list of fun DIY projects, along with decorating and buying new furniture that I’ll be blogging about. After all, our house will have to have style!

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