While researching a hotel for a weekend Napa getaway, I almost went with the tried and true Andaz Hotel in downtown Napa. I decided to research lesser-known boutique hotels and the beautiful Napa Vineyard House caught my eye. After communicating with the nice manager Kevin, I booked a suite which turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made! Here’s our experience at Napa Vineyard house and why I think it’s a wonderful hidden gem in Napa.
I got a ton of questions about the stainless steel island so I wanted to create a post that covers some pros and cons after 6 months of use! After 6 months of use, on we really love the surface. Here’s what to know about stainless steel islands!
1. Stainless Steel is Durable
One thing that attracted me to this surface is that it is durable and heat resistant. Stainless steel doesn’t stain. If you clean regularly and correctly it’s a great germ-free and hygienic surface for prepping food! One of the best features is that the surface is heat resistant, meaning that I’ve put hot pots and cookie sheets directly from the oven on the surface without ruining it!
2. It Can and Will Scratch Easily
This issue is one that I thought about for a long time before ordering a slab for our island. Stainless steel scratches so easily, but it also develops a patina over time. Within a week our island had a few scratches. They are noticeable in photos only up close.
Stainless steel surface can be more noisy than quartz and butcher block. We are already used to it but it’s important that people know when you chop or bang something on the surface it can ring.
Butcher block would have been much cheaper than stainless steel. We paid about $1500 for our large piece to be fabricated by a local craftsman. Stainless steel can range around $150-$200 per sq foot.
5. Look and Feel
Stainless steel provides a cool and crisp look to any kitchen. I love white but to keep the room from looking “clinical” I often put out a wood bowl full of oranges or lemons. The beauty is that stainless steel surfaces are very neutral so the decor around them can be changed up often!
Let’s start out 2017 with a dramatic before and after shall we? I swore I was never going to go through a kitchen renovation again. Cooking out of the living with a toaster oven was an incredibly stressful experience. When we purchased this new home, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to live with the dark cave like kitchen. It’s hard to see in the photo but the cabinets had a thick layer of grease on them and they were banged up pretty badly. The sink wasn’t centered on the window. There was a horrible drop ceiling that made the room feel really dark and closed in. We decided we needed to create a bright white minimalist kitchen that we would want to cook in!
Buying for teens is hard. Inevitably I hear things like iPhone, Playstation, camera, etc when I ask a teen in my life what they want for Christmas. But what if your budget isn’t that big or someone else is already handling the big ticket items? I’ve gathered what I think are several gratifying gifts for teen girls. They include some really cute fashion items, a boredom buster, and an item to fill that sweet tooth!
I hope everyone had a really good Thanksgiving. We spent it at home with a few last minute guests and it was really nice. P had the entire week off of work so we initially thought we would travel, but then decided to just stay home and work on a few things…. [Read more…]