Much like planning a wedding or having a baby, when you undergo a kitchen renovation, you suddenly become that insufferable person who can only view the world in relation to your “big life thing.” Somebody mention clean energy? You will sanctimoniously talk about your induction oven. Go to a friend’s house for coffee? You will take out a tape measurer and start measuring their breakfast bar.
So it was for me, when over the past six months, I compared every fictional kitchen I saw on TV to the one my husband and I were planning, making us freeze-frame on specific countertops, backsplashes and paneled dishwashers…you know, for research.