Our get-away cabin in the woods is fairly rustic. 

For the most part, I’m content with the rusticity. However, from time to time I dream of updating the kitchen – and bringing it into the 21st century with better storage and lighting.

Every once in awhile, a new idea comes to us out of the blue.

Which is exactly what happened, when my husband suggested one day, that we extend one of the cabinets about 5” –  since it didn’t quite take up all the space allotted to it on that particular section of wall.

It was enough room for a vertical strip of cubby holes, perfect for bottles of wine, he thought.

I loved the idea.

The more we talked about it, the more our vision grew beyond mere bottles of wine.

I started to envision extra storage, plus a narrow vertical cabinet to house baking sheets and pans.

So we called in a cabinet specialist/handyman who listened to our ideas and suggested a few of his own.

A much more sensible approach, he pointed out, would be to replace the cabinet in its entirety, especially since it had already fallen short of its intended purpose.

He was absolutely right.

Tacking on to something that isn’t working well to begin with, is not a solution – it’s simply a half-baked way to try & make it right.

Would I recommend such an approach to a client?

No. Because, the fact is, no matter how much effort you put into it, if the underlying ‘bones’ are faulty, it will never work.

I couldn’t believe my short-sightedness.

It’s so easy to get caught up by our ideas, and not always think things through. I find it amusing that – when I’m my own client – my perspective shifts and I get caught up by ideas just as easily as the next person.

What it really comes down to is this:  that in an effort to save a few dollars here and there, we forget to dream big.

And I’m all about dreaming.