Cookie Cut

What I love most about Nikki’s kitchen makeover is that it really shows how much you can customize a builder-basic tract home. We both live in Arizona, the state that invented cookie-cutter homes. Our state color is beige. Our state flag doesn’t exist because the HOA ruled against flags. Our state motto is “Mi Casa es Su Casa (because we can’t tell whose is whose).”

But Nikki really managed to break out of the same-ol’ same-ol’ mold, not just with her kitchen, but her entire home. Every last detail looks custom-made. The whole shamdangle is simply fantastic, and it inspires the heck out of me! There’s a lot more to see on her blog Grand Design, do check it out!




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  1. I seriously look at your blog every day, I love all the before and afters. It never gets boring! Thanks for featuring my kitchen!

  2. Beautiful! I LOVE the ladder!

  3. As a 5th generation Arizonan I am weeping at your description of our beloved state. Did I mention they are tears of laughter?

    Beeyooteefull kitchen. (That’s how we spell it in AZ)

  4. Now I understand the state motto!!
    What an inspiring transformation. I live in a cookie cut-out, and I feel that it is boxing me in–every day! Working to spread out.

  5. That ladder is SUPER COOL!

  6. Pure Awesome-ness! And… I love that the appliances aren’t stainless. Not that I have anything against stainless – it’s just nice to see a standout kitchen without stainless. :)

  7. it’s gorgeous! I love that she didn’t spend tons of money, just worked w/what was there, but a total transformation.

    Arizona jokes – hilarious!

  8. That is ALL KINDS of awesome! Love the ladder hanging from the cieling. Sigh. I love clever people that make beautiful homes.

  9. That is ALL KINDS of awesome! Love the ladder hanging from the cieling. Sigh. I love clever people that make beautiful homes.

  10. That is ALL KINDS of awesome! Love the ladder hanging from the cieling. Sigh. I love clever people that make beautiful homes.

  11. You crack me up!

  12. I love this makeover!

  13. Very nicely done and definitely not “cookie cutter” anymore.

  14. love the befores & afters, but really enjoy your commentary, too!
    beautiful.

  15. This is the best description yet that you have ever written! Crackin me up. I am going to go check out her kitchen, she did a beautiful job that is for sure.

  16. Too busy laughing at your AZ joke to see the makeover.

    Oh, wait, that’s a nice after!

    :-)

  17. You are hilarious.

  18. That whole first paragraph had me laughing! After my husband and I had been in our new home for about a year I woke up late one night to feverish banging on the front door. It was my husband, but he had been doing the same thing next door for 20 minutes wondering why I hadn’t opened the door for him. Sadly, our house was two story and the neighbor, who thankfully wasn’t home, had a single story. But that is how much the houses looked alike.

    Love the after shots! Time to take a look around both of your sights!

  19. so funny! before i read the paragraph I thought “this house is in arizona” then i read the paragraph and it was. it just screamed arizona. (im from az btw) soo funny. kitchen turned out amazing!

  20. Your commentary cracks me up! I love your blog so much and it’s one of my first stops every morning!

    Keep up the good work and I love this kitchen!

  21. “Our state color is beige. Our state flag doesn’t exist because the HOA ruled against flags. Our state motto is “Mi Casa es Su Casa (because we can’t tell whose is whose).”

    Best lines EVAH!

    I will be remembering those for ages and laughing each time I do.

    As for the kitchen. Are you SURE that’s the same house?

    Beautiful and so different, it’s truly amazing.

  22. Funniest lines on AZ!!! Still laughing!!! LOVE the after!!

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