out with the old and in with the new…

we have lived in the same house for over 32 years which was newly built when we moved in…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-32-yr-old-kitchen

the original cabinets and laminate counter tops were nothing fancy but they served us well over the years (I really liked my stainless steel sink a lot too)…magpies-nest-enclosed-back-porch

since the contractor that did our recent renovations did such a nice job and there happened to be a 25% off cabinet sale we decided to get new white cabinets and counters to update our kitchen…magpies-nest-open-kitchen-shelves

that means moving everything out (Mr Magpie built these shelves for us years ago)magpies-nest-dream-shelf

over the weekend we enjoyed some cherry apple canelé baked at our local Le Pain Quotidien bakery… they were almost as good as the first ones we got to try at a Sunday fresh air market in Libourne, France back in April…
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our tour director introduced us to a gentleman that still made them the old fashioned way brushing the fluted metal molds with beeswax which gave the cannelés a special crunch on the outside YUM (that is a new heart rock that Mr Magpie surprised me with above)…

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it was such a special happening right there on the street that we did not get any good photos of that encounter (the old metal pans were a thing of beauty)…
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2016 has been an exciting year of changes for us…

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not sure how plugged in I will be while the renovations are going on the next couple of weeks because the main computer has to be moved and that is the only way I can do blog posts or comment…magpies-nest-autumn-days

here’s wishing you a Happy November (ALREADY!) and a Happy T Day too as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

36 responses to “out with the old and in with the new…

  1. How exciting Patty. I can’t wait to see the finished results. We have lived here for over 32 years as well.Easier to care for places called at times but this remains home.Love all the photos. xoxoxo

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  2. Happy November to you as well dear Patty!
    Enjoy your time “unplugged” and I look forward to seeing photos of the renovations!
    Sending warm wishes and huge hugs,just because you are you!
    Love,Jackie
    aka Missy

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  3. Oh Patty, that’s a huge job and living in turmoil is never fun but I know it will be more than worth the aggravation. As one with an old kitchen, I can only swoon in expectation!

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  4. Hello ma chère Patty, le changement fait du bien au moral, surtout ce changement-là.
    Le nouveau style me plaît beaucoup, j’ai moi même repeint ma cuisine à la patine, le rendu est superbe.
    J’attends avec impatience de voir vos rénovation.
    Amitiés.
    MAPY

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  5. You have huge renovations going on – super exciting – the sunroom looks amazing already and I am looking forward to the kitchen then!
    A wonderful and yummie post!
    Happy November dear Patty ! Good luck for all the work!
    oxo Susi

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  6. so much happening-and yes, changing around you. Your sun room renovations look beautiful and I’m sure the new kitchen/cabinets will bring even more light into your life.
    Oh to have the truly authentic canelé…
    thanks for sharing so much goodness here. Love your new heart stone:)
    Happy T day and a happy November too!

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  7. Gosh i can always count on you for lovely photos Patty! Good luck with all your renovations… believe me i know how that feels…lol Hubby has been working on my craftroom and i have been caulking and painting the windows in the Master Bath…uuuuughhh..I do a little bit each day and we are getting there… 🙂 Cannot wait to see pics when you are all done.. Hugs! deb

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  8. I second that – only I have so much old there is no room for the new, of course I am talking about my craft room!
    A whole new kitchen – you are going to be thrilled and I cannot wait to see pictures.
    I loved your pictures today Patty – that sure was a dream trip.
    A heart stone – I love your husband!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  9. Oh what a wonderful post! I immediately saw the “heart rock”… Nice renovation, Patty, all the best for the next step. xo

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  10. You will be so happy with your new white kitchen. Mine in Florida is white and everything is so much brighter in your kitchen.
    The rock touched my heart. Good man.

    Hugs
    fredaB

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  11. I can’t wait to see the new kitchen. Sounds like the update will help you sell your home, too. I also love a white kitchen. It makes everything feel clean and fresh.

    What amazing vignettes you have created and those cherry apple canelés look fantastic. Beeswax? Yet another way to use it.

    Hope the remodel is finished soon, because I have truly missed you. Thanks for sharing the canelés, your new heart rock, your lovely vignettes, and your old kitchen with us for T this Tuesday.

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  12. I hope your renovations will soon be complete, but glad you had a nice and delicious break in between. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie
    Sabine i here visiting me today, best wishes from her, too. Hugs, Valerie

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  13. I look forward to seeing your new kitchen 🙂 Happy T Tuesday!

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  14. We have been in our home for 40 years, and still have the original kitchen 😦
    Dh is not one for renovating, or having it done by others…..so we are just going to build a new house this year…..not because of the age of this place, but because we want to live in a different location.

    I always enjoy your photos…..love the new heart rock.

    Happy T-day

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  15. Patty ,hello, it is good to hear from you, here. The shelf in your kitchen looks wonderful, and is it the new lovely cabinets under it ? I can understand you now after so many years with a darker kitchen , will love a little whiteness. Gorgeous collages from France, and the street life there, and I love your shelf with DREAM and the birdie 🙂
    Have a good time renovating and getting all in place ,again, dear friend.
    Hugs,
    Dorthe Xx

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  16. Hi Patty….Happy November to you too. The sunroom is looking great. I look forward to seeing the new kitchen. Aaaaaah….France.

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  17. Wishing you a very Happy November too dear Patty! It sounds like you are going to be busy this month with your new kitchen being installed – how exciting! It’s nice that you have a little bit of France on your doorstep to bring back such happy memories of your travels – I love the look of your local bakery and the cherry apple canelé sound and look delicious, I don’t think I have tried these before … yummy yum yum! Wishing you all the best with your renovations and a very Happy T Day! J :-0

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  18. Good luck with your renovations, it will be so good when it is done, I’m sure. When we do this and it’s finished we always wonder why we didn’t do it before.
    I love the mosaic photo with the patchwork, the heart rock, the daisies in the jug and the view to your lovely garden, it’s perfect, and the last mosaic is pretty marvellous as well.
    Happy November to you!

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  19. Well, a very happy November to you too!
    And what an exciting one for you! Rennovations! Yes, there’s mess but it will be lovely when it’s finished. Your new kitchen cabinet looks really nice. You won’t know yourself!
    Great photos of France. Yes, we have been to Libourne as it is twinned with Keynsham in the UK where we lived, so we had to go and visit when we were in France not long ago.
    The cherry apple canelé look yummy. (I’ve never had one). I love your quilty table cloth. Did you make it?
    Thanks for your kind comments.
    Happy T-Day and a good week,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  20. It seems like November is going to be busy for you, but I’m sure your new kitchen will be lovely. I remember having new benches [counters, I think you call them] a couple of years ago and that was enough for me. You will have fun putting all your lovely things back in place when the job is done.
    The cake looks delicious, I;m sure you enjoyed it and the memories of your holiday that came to mind.
    Loved all the beautiful photos you collages together, it really cheered up a cool day here to see them
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

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  21. Oh new kitchen cabinets are so exciting. I keep hinting that we should do the kitchen next but he want’s the bedrooms done first. We’ll see. Great photos from France and sure do hope you get to stay connected during the remodel!!!

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  22. How exciting. I would really love to do somethings to my kitchen since everything is 38 years old. We’ve been here for 28 years and I am ready for at least a new counter. Some day. Those caneles look yummy. I had my first one in NY last summer- but no cherries so I bet your were better. Take lots of photos to show us the new kitchen when you get back online. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  23. Oh Patty! I remember having a new kitchen fitted in our old house – quite an upheaval so will be thinking of you! Love seeing more of your France photos! Your view looks lovely btw! Hugs, Chrisx

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  24. How wonderful to have lived in the same home for 32 years. The longest I’ve (we) lived in one place is 14. I hope your kitchen renovations go well, it’s wonderful to have it updated. Happy November to you. Hugs, Shirleyxx

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  25. Good luck with all your renovations Patty and I hope all goes smoothly and isn’t too stressful. (Love the shelves your husband made.)
    Lots of interesting photos and things to see – the cake in particular looked good and tasty 🙂
    We’ve been having a major de-clutter as the walls were closing in (must stop hoarding stuff once we are clear) Its a slow process as also going through late parents things which is hard.
    Almost the weekend – so wishing you a good one. .. Gill xx

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  26. I’ve lived through a kitchen reno so I know it’s doable, even though it’s not a whole lot of fun. The end result will be worth it though!

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  27. I’m soooo excited for you!!!! Kitchen renovation is the worst. We did that in our last house. But Soooo worth it! Miss you…. My fault.

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  28. I’ve gone through several renovations and none of them were fun but they were all worth it!! Hang in there 🙂 ~Sophia

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  29. Happy November Patty! Hope all goes well with your kitchen re-fit. Lovely photos as usual, you have been busy.
    Alison xxx

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  30. Hi Patty!
    Love your renovations. They are lovely! Enjoy your time unplugged and then bring us more photos. They are always fabulous!I have lived in the same house for thirty years and it needs a renovation too specially the fencs. Have a magical week my friend!

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  31. Your sunroom looks so nice and inviting and I bet your new kitchen will become the same. Wonderful photos from the nice market, and the stone heart Mr. Magpie gave to you looks nice. I know he loves you so much, saw it in Paris. 😉 I am excited to see your finished kitchen.
    Big Hugs and have a nice new week.
    Sabine

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  32. Hope it’s all going well, been out of touch with too much going on locally. xox

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  33. This was fun to see as my horse cope today was regarding change being the only constant …learning to deal with it keeps your energy conserved and powerful…keep riding the changes with little resistance. You’re not a Pisces are you?! It looks wonderful and will be a refreshing change- enjoy!

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  34. so excited for you! it is a monumental undertaking to redo house rooms…we started our addition/renovation 18 yrs ago and then came the baby…still not done with many things but we love our home just the same…hoping you are well, my friend…xoxo

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  35. love those shelves he built but its always nice to have a change..I like your post about the caneles too havent tried those yet

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  36. Hello sweet lady! I can’t believe I haven’t been over to see your blog in ages!!!! You always take such beautiful photos!!! Hope you and Mr. Magpie have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see your updates! Love, love, love your sunroom by the way!

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