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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Kitchen Reno Part Two

by amanda on November 19, 2015

Although I still love love love our kitchen, my loyalty stops at the desk area. We’ve had a pathetic excuse for a “drop zone/family office” for 3 years now. See below.

Drop Zone/Family Desk Redesign

The pile of junk is a never-ending struggle, and I realize this will never change. However, I am keen to at least get some of the permanent junk off of there, improve our messy cable situation, and make it dead easy for hubby to drop his keys and wallet. Out.of.the.way.

We finally decided to tackle this this fall. I’ve ordered the same cabinets again from Home Depot (they still carry them, bless their hearts). I tried so hard to do the Kijiji route on this but couldn’t find the right combo of upper and lowers to 1) make the desk and 2) house the stereo and have symmetrical upper cabinets.

We are getting the same great local guy who made our kitchen island to make the desktop. That way everything will look very put together! Normally I don’t sign up for a “matchy matchy” look but when you are dealing with spaces that will always have “stuff” on it, sometimes it’s best to keep the lines clean and similar looking. Now, because this part is custom, I can make it exactly what I’d like, which include 1) a bevel on the edge that is the high traffic side, so no one bangs their right hip into when entering the house and 2) a cut-out for cables so we can keep things as tidy as possible on the desk surface. I’m going to mount a power cable on the wall just below the desk so it is off the floor and easy to access.

Home Depot Kitchen Cabinet Drawing

Custom Desk with Beveled Edge sketch Existing Custom Kitchen Island Beveled EdgeAll of this took some Pinterest research to figure out. I’ve included a widget below of my Pinterest board.

Follow Amanda DeVries’s board Drop Zone Ideas on Pinterest.

Stay tuned for the final result!

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