The call came in as I was walking out of the ice cream shop. I was balancing a $40 cake I had just picked up for my daughter's 18th birthday, while fumbling to answer the phone.
It was my husband. He wanted to let me know that our refrigerator had just died and he was not happy. While the timing wasn't great, I didn't have anyplace to keep that pretty pink cake, I wasn't really that upset.
I was actually smiling.
You see, I had been waiting, with great anticipation, for this day for a long, long time.
When we added the kitchen, we did not get a built in refrigerator. We had just bought the house, renovated every existing square inch, put on an extension and were planning on a pool the following spring.
To say the budget was tight would be an understatement.
Paying a premium for a counter depth refrigerator when space wasn't a consideration was a stretch and not being ones to take on debt, we (my husband) felt that it would be more prudent to go for a less expensive model. Since I was gunning hard for that built in pool, I agreed.
And I have regretted it every day since.
Now in the grand scheme of things, I know, this is not a big deal, but we're talking design here people. It's my passion and I am a perfectionist when it comes to the details ~ well, some of them anyway.
This was one of them.
As the years went on, my husband tried to appease me, by assuring me that when the refrigerator died, I could get the built in one. I was happy with this plan...
...but you know what? It wouldn't die.
The high end dishwasher we bought? Dead in five years.
The pricey convection stove? Also a goner around the six year mark.
The fridge that we paid less than a thousand bucks for, that I wanted to replace since the day the box arrived...going strong for over thirteen years.
Hence that smile in the Baskin Robbins parking lot. You would've thought it was my birthday.
Well, are you ready for the ironic part of the saga, when my fabulous fairytale turns into a horror story?
Bisque appliances are out of stye. Yup. They're passé.
I knew that they weren't super popular, I mean it wasn't easy replacing the stove or dishwasher a few years ago, but my fridge hunt was downright frightful. Bisque appliances are the subject of scorn and ridicule in interior design circles and appliance stores near and far. They are terribly dated, old fashioned (and not in the good vintage sort of way) and apparently so am I.
AND everywhere I went to find one, I was told this. Over and over again.
Normally, I do not care about the opinion of others. I love my kitchen and feel no need to to explain myself, but after two solid days of these conversations, it started to get to me.
At first I was sad, but then I got angry.
Honestly, who are these people making decisions at the top, telling me that I am wrong, that my choices are out of date and I really needed to get with the times? What times?? The "this is what we think you should have now" times? The "everybody wants stainless today" times? The "you have to get into the new millennium lady" times?
What about "classic" times?
I thought my decor was timeless. I have a monochromatic kitchen with painted wood cabinets, glass doors, an oak plank floor, pine furniture, traditional cup pulls and bisque appliances.
Since when is beige trendy??
I am sure you can guess how my story ends. I literally had a handful of refrigerators to chose from, no one carried a model in the store, so I couldn't even see the finish. Very few of them came with any bells and whistles and absolutely none of them came in my long awaited for counter depth.
The list narrowed even further when I mentioned that I wanted ice and water in the door and I did not want a big, black control panel on the front of my brand new (already outdated) appliance.
That left me with one lonely fridge...which by the way, was special order.
"Bisque is special order, ma'am."
Of course it is.
So as I speak to you, I have a cooler on the floor next to me with a gallon of milk, three yogurts and few blocks of cheese floating around inside. My replacement will not arrive until Wednesday.
I am not in love with it. It is not what I have been waiting for all of these years. It is essentially the exact same thing I have now.
Except it'll be cold inside.
I guess that is the most important consideration, and after five days of room temperature food and take out, I will be thrilled to have it.
Even if it is dreadfully out of style.
What color are your appliances?
Here are a few fun facts I discovered in my bisque appliance hunt.
~ Paneled refrigerators are also out. The wood rots after a while and most manufacturers do not offer that option any longer.
~ I am not alone. There are tons of sites and boards online where people are complaining about the lack of bisque appliances available today. It may not be what the masses are buying, but there is still a market for the color.
~ There are a few companies that specialize in pastel and primary colored antique looking appliances.
Apparently, if things cost more, regardless of color and trend, they are always in style.
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