The cupboards are here. They are not installed yet, just crammed into the kitchen space all higgledy-piggledy. But they are here so we can see them for the first time.
We went with natural-stained fir, a less-expensive option than oak, which had been my first choice. Fir is also an appropriate choice for a 100-year-old Oregon house because they most likely used fir in the original kitchen.
My favorite bit is how our builder matched the inside moulding of the doors and drawers with the moulding in our dining room paneling. Kind of hard to see here, but cool in real life.
I am still reading Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee and am just at the part where Chez Panisse burned almost to the ground in 1983. Alice Waters used the tragedy as an opportunity to rebuild with a better and more beautiful design more suitable to her evolved vision for the restaurant.
Although our kitchen remodel was, thankfully, not necessitated by tragedy, I am trying to channel Water's optimism about a better, more harmonious, future kitchen.
Sadly, Chez Panisse suffered another fire last month and is closed for renovation until mid-June. Hopefully this recent misfortune will also result in improvements for this California icon.