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March 12, 2012

Something is missing…

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[I’m still mad about the damage the porch painters did to our cork floors! The replacement tiles are not sun worn or showing any signs of color change..]

Relocation…

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And in its place…

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A new bond was formed!!!!!!!!! My life-long dream is to have a fridge-top, freezer-bottom appliance. Just like the Barefoot Contessa. We were partially spoiled at our last house when we had a french door fridge and I learned how wonderful it was to see my food at eye level. So when Matt and I bought this house, we set up a side savings allotment to save for a new fridge + stove [stove = need because our current one is as basic as they come; fridge = pure want]. 

This month we reached our goal and cashed in! This Samsung Stainless Energystar was actually $500 cheaper than we saved – including 10% off at Lowes this week on all major appliances! Hint: the stove is coming later!

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Our previous fridge was nice, but still the old-fashioned style. At the moment it is a beer fridge, but we might Craigslist it…the brewer is still deciding what his dream brewery is. Is we do sell it, even more $ saved!

I spent a while this morning arranging food, cleaning shelves (new and old fridge gunk), and removing stickers. GAH why are stickers so annoying in 2012 when there are so many cool stickers out there!? Luckily my Scour Off takes them off well.

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I worked on house stuff for a while and then sat down to do blog stuff for a while and it was 1pm and I wasn’t hungry, but I was getting nausea. I’m not one to forget to eat, but pregnancy is throwing me a twist.

Luckily I found some good eats IN OUR FRIDGE (!) and felt better after lunch on the porch.

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I made an egg, cheese + jalapeno sammie

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With pear on the side

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And a pile of salty almonds. Love these.

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Honestly, tea to drink.

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2.5 hours later, and I’m already thinking about a snack!

Back to the fridge..

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1 Sana March 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Yep. my mom is obsessed with your french door fridge as well :)

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2 Kristi March 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Looks great! I don’t remember reading about the painters damaging your floor but that is NOT cool! Maybe you can eventually order a completely different color and make a pattern?

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3 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Oooh, your new fridge is beautiful! That’s so exciting! Stickers really are such a pain, though, I hate having to scrape that annoying adhesive off. I love salty almonds, too – I try to stick to raw for the most part, but my great aunt tends to give me salty almonds and I’m always happy to snack on them.

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4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I like that style of fridge, but not when you have to open one door first – that annoys me. ;)

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5 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

You can open either with this guy :)

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6 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

So jealous! My goal in life is to have a huge kitchen with nice granite countertops and a nice big fridge, that’s probably sad but it’s true :)

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7 Jeanna March 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Oh my gravy, I love your R2D2 lamp, and your food always looks absolutely amazing.

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8 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It’s Matt’s from his childhood!

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9 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Congrats on the new fridge! I’m so jealous. It looks freaking amazing! I never even knew I wanted a french door fridge but now I do. ^_^

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10 Mom March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Beautiful! That sticker stuff is incredibly annoying though–that they wouldn’t use another kind of sticker.

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11 katie @KatieDid March 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

super gorgeous!! I grew up with a freezer bottom fridge and totally forgot about it until just now. It was fantastic you’re right!

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12 Cm @ Lazy Healthy March 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I just got my first top-fridge, bottom-freezer a few months ago too. Honestly, it’s such a better design!

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13 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

A french door, freezer on the bottom is my dream fridge, too! When we bought our house and were fridge shopping I had my heart set on one but it turned out it wouldn’t fit in the current location. We are going to re-do our kitchen soon and a new layout to fit a french door fridge is a must!

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14 Melissa @ HerGreenLife March 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Lovely fridge! Funny too, this morning, I pulled up a Craigslist apartment that we might look at, and the kitchen picture looks like they have that exact same fridge you just bought (it looked very nice for an apartment kitchen). Organizing food in a new [super clean] fridge would be just my kind of project :-)

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15 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’m so jealous of your fridge!!

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16 Nicole March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Lucky you! We can’t wait to upgrade to the French doors. The house we just bought has a side-by-side, which totally sucks! We’re happy it’s stainless and has the ice/water dispenser, but the inside is tiny. I could fit so much more in the old standard fridge we had at the condo. It doesn’t help that I have to keep two 12pks of soda and a tray of Gatorade in there for the hubs. If we don’t upgrade before the farmers market season, there won’t be room for all the good stuff!

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17 Nicole March 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Any don’t we all want to have a lovely kitchen like Ina? Complete with doors that open to a fantastic garden where you can just wander out to gather flowers or a snip of fresh basil. :)

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18 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Congrats on the fridge! We remodeled last year, and I went for two separate units…100% fridge and 100% freezer. I thankful I had the space, because as much as I cook and shop, all 23 cubic feet each are filled! We won’t mention the garage fridge also being pretty stocked too. ;)

Can’t wait to see the stove. It seem like the baby is liking jalapenos!

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19 Blessing {Working Mom Journal} March 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Nice fridge. So do you guys have all stainless steel appliances now? Not sure if the rest of your appliances were stainless or not.

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20 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Yes. Our dishwasher is stainless (came with the house) and our stove was white and is going stainless/black.

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21 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

It is amazing! That is on my wish list!

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22 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Oh wow, what a beaut!!!! I love double-door, freezer-bottom fridges and am TOTALLY getting one in my next house. Just the thought of all the lovely things you can put inside makes me vibrate with excitement lol! (Yes, major nerd here!) Enjoy your new toy!

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23 kristen @ verbs and vignettes March 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

awesome new fridge! want should definitely come before need every once in a while. and yes, ina is such a doll.

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24 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! March 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

*SWOON!* I’m not a homeowner (in fact, I’m temporarily homeless while I’m traveling abroad!) but I’m drooling over that fridge! Enjoy!

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25 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’ve always wanted a fridge like that too. Unfortunately, the past two houses have had stainless steel side by sides (which I despise b/c of it’s width restrictions) that are brand new and so I just can’t justify getting rid of a perfectly good fridge and spening mega $ for the one I want. One day…

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26 RachelSD March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

There are few things I love more than a clean fridge. Something therapeutic about wiping down all those shelves and bins and having a fresh place to start stacking food…

Congrats!

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27 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio March 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

awesome fridge!! It’s the little things in life right?

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28 Magda March 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Fridge looks great! Lunch on the porch, pear and almonds – you know what is good!

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29 Angel7 March 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Love the new fridge!

Being pregnant, I cannot palatte eggs right now, unfortunately. I wish I could for the protein, though.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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30 Barbara March 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Suffering some major fridge envy.

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31 lynn @ the actor's diet March 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

nice! my fridge is so pathetic. seriously, it doesn’t even have rails for the doors!

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32 Elle @ nutritionella March 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It’s also my dream to have a refrigerator with a bottom freezer some day. I had one for a short time but it had to go back because the fridge was just too big! It looks beautiful. :)

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33 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

we have a fridge top freezer bottom as well, and i LOVE it!! your stainless steel one is beautiful too! enjoy! :)

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34 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life March 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I have dreams on having a fridge like that! We just bought a new stove and dish washer last year, so the fridge is next! But I am determined to save for the gorgeous one that I want (just like yours!!!)

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35 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Congrats!! Love it and the style. That’s the exact style I’m going for when we buy our appliances. :)

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36 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I have appliance envy right now. Wow, that is a gorgeous!!! fridge!!!

I actually had a fridge like that, top fridge with double doors, bottom pull out freezer, when I built my house in Myrtle Beach and picked out everything from the trim to the fridge, but sold that house in ummm…2005. And I still miss that fridge :)

Enjoy yours!!!!!

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37 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Your lunch looks so good, now I’m craving a pear! I’m visiting my parents at their new house in Colorado and their fridge looks just the same! Although I think it’s a different brand.

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38 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Pretty new fridge!!! Feels good to have a fresh, clean fridge huh?

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39 Jennie March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

That R2 lamp is beyond awesome!!

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40 Thelma March 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

You are so lucky you will never have to bend down to get veggies out of the crisper ever again. Congratulations on your beautiful new refrigerator.

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41 Robin March 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

We have the same frig and love it!!! Actually, I think our daughters love it even more… just wait till your kid(s) are big enough to pull the freezer open on their own and help themselves to ice… it’s hilarious.

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42 Linds @ Linds Eats March 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Ow! ow! Now that’s a hot fridge… I feel your longing for a new one. I am currently dealing with an apartment sized fridge and stove. The stove kills me! Enjoy!

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43 Laura @ She Eats Well March 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Jealous of your new fridge! That would certainly not fit in my small SF apartment. And I love your lunch because it has so many different foods; those are the best, little tastes of everything!

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44 Lydia March 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I LOVE your new fridge! Gotta get one of those. And, we loved seeing one of our fav. staples in your fridge…TJ’s Organic Ketchup…..can’t live without it in this house.
Lydia :)
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45 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth March 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I have never seen a split door fridge like that. It looks great. And I also love those almonds. Enjoy the new fridge

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46 melissa (fitnessnyc) March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

you all are awesome savers! congrats on the beautiful new fridge!

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47 Julie March 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Nice upgrade! About the flooring, can you hide the darker cork tiles under the fridge and stove? I can’t tell if the ones under the fridge were too dirty to put in the main floor, but just an idea…

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48 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

That’s a thought, but I think the ones under the fridge are just as dark from lack of sun exposure. And we’d need help – I don’t want to make the floor worse!

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49 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

[Good idea though!]

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50 Ma Fea March 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Congratulations on the great budgeting and the great fridge!
I have a really dumb question: I’ve noticed that you never have to put coasters under your beautiful jars on the porch table, or under your iced tea bottle? Is there no humidity there? My wood tables would definitely have water marks all over from that! Just curious. :)

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51 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I’m just lazy!! I probably should :)

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52 Silvertide March 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Your fridge looks great – nice and shiny. So how do you live without an ice crusher (fine and coarse) and without nice icy cool fridge water well filtered. My wife would go into convulsions and pound me to a pulp if I messed with her giant side by side and its source of crushed ice for her smoothies.
Let us know how much fun it is to dig through the freezer after six months. Let the fridge shine on happily ever after…

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53 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I am a girl with super sensitive teeth. I never EVER drink ice water – or even chilled water. Ouch!!! Matt just adds a few ice cubes from the freezer to his, so this wasn’t a problem for us.

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54 Elisabeth March 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I love the Barefoot Contessa’s fridge, too! Congrats on getting your lifelong dream fridge ;)

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55 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

LOVE the new fridge!!! That’s my favorite kind of fridge!!

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56 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

That is one hot fridge. lol

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57 jojo March 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

What a beautiful refrigerator!!
Eggs sandwich is one of my favorite lunch/snack! :)

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58 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Love that style of fridge :-) I don’t even have my own home yet and I KNOW it’s what I want when I do!

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59 Sara N March 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Stock up the old-fridge with homemade freezer meals for after the baby comes, then you can always sell it later.

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60 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Love the new fridge! It looks so roomy!

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61 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Oh! Nice fridge! I hope someday to own a really nice fridge. For now I have to put up with whatever happens to be in my rental when I move in…

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62 Joss March 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

niiiice new fridge :D We have one like that but ours makes ice…at the front of it …one side pumps out cold water and the other side ice cubes :D

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63 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Ah love the new fridge!

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64 Baking Serendipity March 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Your fridge looks just like mine! I love having everything at eye level, and insist sometimes it’s the reason why I eat better. High five savings and organization :)

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65 Steve From Texas March 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

I have the same fridge. Great fridge. The only downside, is the height between the shelves doesn’t let you store tall items well. You will get used to buying short items. LOL!

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66 Brandee March 13, 2012 at 1:13 am

We have this fridge and I love it! Especially love having the water spout inside and not out the outside door!

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67 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

I love your new fridge SO much!! Can’t wait to see the new oven! =)

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68 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

Great new fridge! That’s the kind I want, but I don’t like the stainless steel, I’d go with white.

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69 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

I love the fridge! It looks awesome! :) When my fiance and I eventually get a house a stainless steel fridge is definitely a requirement!

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70 seana March 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

We bought the same exact fridge (except in white) in December. I love it!! My old fridge would freeze my lettuce and other veggies. New stove is planned for Dec.

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71 Donna March 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

We have a similar French door fridge, and I absolutely love it! ( had a side-by-side one for a short while and hated it. Made the company switch it out). I am the same way about chilled drinks. I rarely use ice, so the same ice maker in the bottom of ours is no problem. Plus, I have back problems so I love having the refrigerated (most commonly used items) at eye level and within reach. You just don’t open the freezer as much as the fridge!

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72 Charise March 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

Your new fridge is almost identical to mine! We have a Samsung french-door as well, but the interior components are a little different (we have one skinny, double-wide drawer under the produce drawers instead of the extra drawer higher up). I LOVE it – so convenient to not have to stoop over to get fruits and veggies!

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73 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

Yay! your fridge is running! Both literally and figuratively ;)

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74 Kim March 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

My fiancé and I just got the same fridge (or looks to be the same from the pictures)! Well, when I say just, I mean back in July. It’s great! My only complaint about it is the freezer closes a little too quickly on its own. Seems like I’m always rushing to pull out a thin mint before the door closes on my hands :) Anyway, hope you are enjoying the upgrade!

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75 [New Balance] Nicole March 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

How fun! That is quite a lovely fridge!

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76 Melinda March 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Glad to see you got your dream fridge! :)

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77 Rhapsody March 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Congrats on the appliances! I am renting a place with that same fridge, and I have to say I hate the freezer setup. It’s hard to organize the freezer as everything just gets piled up in the bottom drawer and is a PITA to rummage through since I have to bend over! Maybe you’re shorter than me and it’s not a big deal though. :)

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78 Meredith March 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

WOOHOO NEW FRIDGE!!!! Our new one is also a Samsung, and we LOVE it so far! That’s so sad about your cork, do you think you (or a professional) could sand it down and stain it like they’ve been saying on YHL? I was sooooo nervous about moving our appliances in after our cork went down, but thank goodness everything went okay. We still need to have you guys over!

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79 Björg March 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

Ohmy, that fridge looks beautiful and spacious, congrats!

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80 Kenz March 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

R2D2 totally monopolized this post for me….now I want one! :)

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