On Christmas Eve the Sacristy at Calvary Church re-opened and a collective sigh of relief was heard by everyone that the construction was completed in time! The pictures above, taken with my phone, do not do the space justice, but for now they will have to suffice. Shortly, I will launch my new website where you will be able to see the space through the lens of a professional photographer. His photographs do a beautiful job of illustrating the tremendous transformation of the space, so please check back once the site is launched.
In an earlier post I mentioned that the goal for the project was to create a space that would be used by the altar guild to prepare for church services, while at the same time serving as a place for the minister to store his vestments and prepare himself for church services. The minister’s vision was for the Sacristy to have the feel of a men’s dressing room — not an easy feat when you are charged with placing two sinks and a faucet! To that end, the cabinetry underneath the stained glass window was designed to resemble a campaign chest, with recessed pulls and corner straps to evoke a fine piece of furniture similar to what historically would be found in a dressing room.
Part of my responsibility was to preserve the integrity of this church, which was built more than 100 years ago. If you look closely, you’ll notice that a Celtic cross is carved into the upper cabinet doors. This image is repeated throughout the church and is a part of its history. In addition, the bannister which leads from the altar into the Sacristy was re-built, and its design is an exact replica of the original bannister across the church. Much thought was put into this effort to preserve the architecture of this exceptionally beautiful church, and details such as the Celtic cross and handrail are among many examples of this effort.
Once my new website is up and running, I will post photos of the Sacristy that are far superior to those taken with my phone. For now, these will have to do!
Lately I’ve been feeling as though I’ve had so many things going on that I’ve had trouble crossing the finish line with any one of them. I’m a knitter (a great stress-reliever) and right now I have at least four different projects on the needles, none of which I seem to be able to actually complete. Some may say that I’m a “process knitter” — that I simply enjoy the process more than the finished product. When I say that, I know I’m just fooling myself — I love the finished product, too! The truth is, I guess I just like having multiple things going on at the same time. The past six months have frankly been like that, too. With a kitchen and bath design business, a son applying to college, and a fledgling blog that’s received almost no attention at all, I seem to be busy all of the time and yet I keep putting off things that simply can no longer wait. Last week I checked two boxes off my growing list of to-dos, and when I completed each one I felt like a million bucks. The first one was to create an ad for my son’s senior yearbook. Going through pictures and thinking of the past eighteen years has made me both wistful at this milestone and excited about what lies ahead for him. When I finally selected the photos that I would use and the caption that would accompany them, I felt a tremendous sense of relief. Why had I waited so long to get that done? And then, propelled by the momentum generated by that achievement, I decided to tackle the biggest weight that had been sitting upon my shoulders since December…my Christmas cards! Yes, I mailed my Christmas cards at the end of February, much to the amusement of many of my friends. A post on Facebook that I wrote shortly after mailing day acknowledged that perhaps sending my Christmas cards in February is a measure of how out-of-control I must be feeling lately! Well, at least it’s done — another box checked off the ever-growing list.
Truth is, I do enjoy being busy. The past six months have been exhilarating, and I’ve met so many terrific people and learned so much. Lately I’ve been helping several people to refresh their kitchens which after several years have simply become dated. With cabinets and countertops in good shape, sometimes the best way to give your kitchen a face-lift is with a change to several key materials. Re-tiling the backsplash, changing the plumbing and light fixtures, painting the cabinets and changing out the hardware can all have a meaningful impact on the overall look of your kitchen. In future posts I’ll show some before and after photos to demonstrate how these changes can dramatically affect your kitchen’s overall appearance.
In the meantime, the images that I’ve selected for today’s post should simply serve to get you to begin thinking of which elements in your kitchen you could change that would make your space look just a little bit more current. Could it be the cabinet hardware or the backsplash tile? Or would simply replacing the light fixture over your kitchen table be enough to refresh your space and reinvigorate one of the rooms in your home where you likely spend the most time? Stop putting it off and consider changing some basic design elements in your kitchen — it can have a lasting impact. Think about it!