My husband, Randy and I left Swan’s Nest right after the holidays and flew to our home in Dallas to help move his mother and her husband into a retirement community. It was an intense, mini-version of “Extreme Home Makeover” as both families pitched in to pack, move, unpack, and create an elegant, comfortable home for Mom and Jim in their new apartment.
Now that we’ve returned to our beloved Swan’s Nest, Randy and I are involved in another sort of makeover – the completion of the “new” kitchen addition we built onto Swan’s Nest. Not many homes have two kitchens, and I’ll admit it does raise some eyebrows, but the beautifully-remodeled “old” kitchen was originally Ben Revett’s office in 1898, and its storage capacity is very limited – especially for a woman who makes her living from cooking. There’s no room for a breakfast room table – not even a tiny one – and the windows behind the island create a lighting issue each time we film there.
So, it was decided early in the restoration process that Swan’s Nest would have a large, new kitchen addition that would provide me room enough to cook, entertain, develop recipes, write cookbooks, and film television shows. This is my “dream kitchen” – the first in my life. I’ve always made do with whatever kitchen I inherited, so the thrill of having a kitchen of my own design is almost intoxicating.
We’re on a tight timeframe to complete the kitchen. There’s a magazine photo shoot scheduled for mid-March and there’s still much to be done before the photographer arrives. The framing, roof, windows, sheetrock, electrical, texturing, painting, and cabinetry installation are all complete. In the four days since we returned to Swan’s Nest, the major appliances were delivered, we picked up the terrazzo tile for the backsplash, we decided on how the terrazzo would be laid out, the select-grade hickory was delivered for the flooring, and Mike from Trimworks, one of our carpenters, adjusted the island to ensure it is level for the countertops.
Next week, our Colorado Springs countertop fabricators will produce our countertops using Zodiaq® “Space Black” by DuPont. I chose quartz because it’s durable, non-porous, it won’t stain, and it’s easy to care for. Monday February 1st is a big day. The countertops will be delivered and installed, the KitchenAid appliances will be installed, and my production company will film the entire process for an upcoming episode of At Home with Christy Rost, a production for American Public Television.
By way of disclosure, I should mention that DuPont has contributed the Zodiaq® quartz material for our countertops, KitchenAid has contributed all of the major appliances, and Waypoint™ Living Spaces by American Woodmark has contributed the cabinetry for my television shows.
The New Year has taken off at a very quick pace, but it comes with a brand new kitchen, and our final major project in Swan’s Nest’s 3-year restoration process. I look forward to sharing the excitement with you.