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Way back in 2005, I saw Cedric's house tour on our site and I was mesmerized by the clean simplicity and elegance of his kitchen setup (above). At the time our own kitchen was practical and cooked some great meals, but there was a lot wanting (below)...

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When the time finally arrived, and I got to renovate a few years later, I remembered Cedric's innovation and copied a lot of his kitchen, from the cooktop (DeLonghi) to the fridge (Summit). That was also when I realized how many good ideas I was taking in from the blog everyday that were lodging in my memory.

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But the most exciting part was copying his glass backsplash invention, which I'd never seen before. Working only from pictures, I ordered a similar piece of thick glass and had the edges beveled for softness. This allowed us to bypass a backsplash and show off our uninterrupted colorful accent wall. It was also easy to clean.

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This is now a great DIY recommendation of mine: forgo the backsplash, go with the glass! In a pinch or in a rental, Cedric's idea is a brilliant solution.

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