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The hideaway was designed for a jazz musician, who wanted to create a beautiful workspace where artists could meet, escape and be inspired by the landscape. The cluster of cabins offers pared-back design with Scandinavian touches and plenty of exposed natural materials, including timber and cork. Extensive picture windows frame incredible views across Fleinvær that are

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How to survive a kitchen renovation



a woman posing for a picture: How to survive a kitchen renovation


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How to survive a kitchen renovation


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An upcoming kitchen makeover might have you fantasizing about gleaming countertops and stunning range hoods. Maybe you’re going for tuxedo cabinets or replacing outdated appliances to boost your home’s value.

You’re not likely daydreaming about the disruption to your daily life to get from point A to B.

I’m almost on the other side of a kitchen renovation, with a few pointers to share if you’ll be in the same spot.

Get rid of the stuff you don’t need



a sign on a counter: Before a kitchen renovation, it's time to clean house. Goodbye, mismatched coffee mugs.


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Before a kitchen renovation, it’s time to clean house. Goodbye, mismatched coffee mugs.

As you’re clearing out drawers and cabinets to install new ones or give them a facelift, seize the moment and toss all those mugs you’ve picked up at road races and the mismatched measuring cups you’ve been meaning to replace.

While you’re at it, maybe the cookware set from your wedding registry—that was filled decades ago—should see its way out, too. I’m not one to get rid of something that is in perfectly fine working order, but if they’ve seen better days, they may look out of place in your brand-new, sparkly kitchen.

For instance, I’d wanted to upgrade my wine glasses, so off to Goodwill they went, and in the meantime, Mason jars did the trick.

Basically, embrace your inner Marie Kondo before the renovation unleashes its mess. It’ll be a few less things you’ll have to deal with. You might even have a contest with your spouse or kids to see who can find the oldest expiration date in the pantry.

Set up a temporary kitchen



Relocate small appliances to a new home away from home.


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