Where Have I Been? Well, Shopping of Course


Okay, this is not your regular shopping for books/clothes/shoes. We are in the midst of building our new house, and so we have been shopping for big-ticket items…like kitchen sets, or floor tiles, or taps, or, light fixtures, or, or…the list seems just endless 🙁

This has been a totally eye-opening experience for me. Earlier, I hardly glanced at advertisements for such house hold design items. Now, we not only scan them thoroughly, we have clipped them out, and created a binder (a sort of hodge-podge collage of all the things we like).

The next step of course has been to actually go to all the shops, and try to match up our ideas with reality. Most of our dreams ended up getting dashed on the twin rocks of availability or pricing. Basically, things turned out to be far more expensive than we anticipated, so we re-planned and re-budgeted time and again. Tedious!

So, of course, when we come across a pleasant surprise now and then, it’s absolutely thrilling. And here, I’ll share one such find.

For long, K and I have debated the need for a modular kitchen. I wanted one, he didn’t (too expensive). And that’s where things stood until we came across a really remarkable thing – steep (and I’m talking almost 60% discounts) on display models in showrooms. Yup, if you are lucky, those fancy showroom models can be bought right off the shelf … provided the cabinets suit your kitchen size and design.

We were super-lucky to land one such deal from House of Johnson. Primarily, they deal with floor tiles, but they also have pretty good kitchens on offer. And when the sales assistant mentioned in passing that the display units could be bought as is…we immediately rushed back with our architectural drawings, and it all matched perfectly!

Now, I am happy and K is happy.

We found out that quite a few showrooms offload their display merchandise in this way. However, it is rarely advertised. It pays to ask, and negotiate, and be patient. We practically parked ourselves in the shop. Hey! It’s a lot of money, and a huge decision to make. Finally, I think to just get rid of us, he threw in a dishwasher into the deal as well.

I couldn’t be more excited about our new kitchen! Here’s a rather blurry photo of the kitchen display, and please ignore my hand popping in the corner 🙂

Our soon to be new kitchen

Our soon to be new kitchen

Btw, there is no loss of quality. It’s so cheap just because it’s already been assembled.

  • Really A good Kitchen remodeling

  • I am also in the middle of getting our kitchen done, and we are just not able to pull ourselves for this huge task. Especially getting the civil work done when you have moved into the house, is going to be really difficult.

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    First Thoughts.. Awesome!!

  • I’m not good at decorating, so do better when someone else comes up with the design plan. I love what you’ve picked out!!

  • New kitchens are always so nice!! Especially if you get to choose how you want them.

  • Wow, that’s gorgeous. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • I absolutely adore that kitchen? So modern and lively.

    I can’t wait to see how it looks once it’s all in your home! (And what you cook in it!)

    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

    • @Mae @Carol: Thanks, I can’t wait to see it all installed and set up too 🙂

  • wow thats a class kitchen & u got it for good deal aur kya chahiye!

    • @Smita: aur kuch nahin….happy 🙂

  • wow! looks awesome. we’re going thru the same thing, although in a rented apartment, much less can be done. Must say I have been very happy with what we have got so far but then our luck ran out. now i have got a cheap sofa from ikea which i hate but will have to live with atleast for sometime. my advice: sleep overit. if u still want it the next day-go back!

  • Oooh! Your new kitchen is going to be so lovely! I really love the colors… Once you have a fancy kitchen, you’ll wonder how you ever got by!

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