Miss Katie, The Kitchen, and Kourtney’s Master Bedroom Challenge

Hallelujah!! The brain surgery is done, and we tucked a very-groggy-but-still-smiling Miss Katie into her bed in the ICU last night around 7pm. :-)

Hospital Bed

It was a loooong day, but the surgeon said he’s very happy with how everything went, and *fingers crossed*, we’ll get to bring her home tomorrow! I spoke with her via FaceTime this morning and she was just as giggly as ever! 😀

Thank y’all again for your prayers! XO


On the fridge front- the plot has thickened, y’all.

The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | French Door Fridge

I called S&S (the people who were scheduled to come back and take a THIRD look at the fridge today.) I knew they were going to be coming from Birmingham again (which is a couple of hours away), so I wanted to make sure they knew they had already seen our fridge (twice) and that it was Whirlpool sending them this time- not Lowes. (I was thinking I could save them a trip since they had already diagnosed it.) Well, long story short, the lady I spoke with said that the “Second Through Fifth Year” warranty is something we would’ve had to pay for when we bought the fridge…and that our records show that we didn’t purchase it.


Soooooo, I *think* we’re back to square one….a.k.a- fridge shopping. :-(

I’m going to go back and revisit the comment thread where so many of y’all shared which refrigerators you were happy/not happy with. It seems like Kenmore (or was it Samsung?) was the name that got the most positive reviews so I’m going to start there. And needless to say, we WILL be purchasing the extended warranty this time around! #LessonLearned


Up next on the blog- a presto change-o! A reader name Kourtney sent me these photos of their master bedroom and asked if I was up for throwing in my two cents:

Master Bedroom | Planked Wall

Master Bedroom | Makeover Ideas

Master Bedroom | Makeover Ideas | Cottage Style

Her email said, “I have attached a few photos of our BLAH master bedroom. We love the planking and the color of the walls (Gray Lake by Benjamin Moore). The open door is our bathroom where we are wanting to put a barn door and add french doors that go out onto the patio. We are planning on getting a king-sized upholstered headboard. I was thinking a nice grey linen one? We are willing to change pretty much everything else! We are on a budget, but we want to make this room a place of relaxation. We would love to add a few romantic touches, and want it to feel comfortable and more ‘us’.

Off to have some fun in Photoshop! (Thanks for the opportunity, Kourtney!) 😀

Kourtney's Master Bedroom - Pick My Presto
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  1. Teresa says


    Glad you got good news from Miss Katie and her docs!

    Time to make your own good news with Whirlpool. My mom used to sell appliances for Lowe’s…you have to twist their, and the appliance companies’, arms in order to get warranty coverage. They just don’t want to help you! I would argue with Whirlpool that the “Second Through Fifth Year” warranty, as stated in the official warranty information, makes no mention of it being offered only at an extra cost. It appears to be part of their standard warranty program. As others have stated, I would also take the opportunity to let them know your numerous readers are reminding you of this information, and that you are willing to make a consumer complaint to the appropriate agencies in order to seek satisfaction on their warranted product.

  2. Gwen says

    Layla, sorry about the frig problems. I suggest a bit more research before you purchase an extended warranty. Most financial folks & consumer guides will tell you they are not a good financial decision. I know it feels like a good idea now when you are about to be forced to make an unplanned purchase, but do the math before you sign up. Pray Miss Katie recovers quickly. Best to all of you.

    • Barbara says

      I love my Fisher & Paykel refrigerators…..they are manufactured in New Zealand, and I got mine at Lowes (special order) but the price is so good compared to other refrigerators out there, and they are counter depth. I have two of them put side by side and, they look very professional. I’ve had mine for five years and no problems. Great space inside….not fancy just simple and efficient freezer on the bottom. The stainless steel finish is so easy to clean with a nice smooth finish…..I guess I can’t say enough good stuff about my fridges!

  3. Ter'e says

    How is our Katie doing this morning?
    is she recuperating with you and Kev.
    I hope she is doing really well and taking it easy.
    Pls hug her for me.

  4. DawnK says

    Check with Consumer Reports before you buy any major appliance next time. Kenmore appliances are consistently in the top ratings, and yes Whirlpool does make Kenmore appliances, but there seems to be a distinct difference in the quality for some bizarre reason. And for heavens sake DON’T make the mistake of getting sucked into buying an extended warranty, they really are not worth it……..again per Consumer Reports.

  5. Nancy says

    We have bought all of our appliances from Sears Canada and you can buy an extended warranty at any time for any appliance you have purchased there, even if it was bought years ago. Our seven year old dishwasher broke down and we were still able to buy a warranty and get it fixed a couple of days later. I realize that you bought yours at Lowe’s, but I would ask if there is any kind of after market warranty. I am also interested to know if Sears in the US also sells extended warranties well after the appliance was purchased. It’s one of the reasons why we keep buying our major appliances there.

    Here’s wishing a speedy recovery for Miss Katie and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your presto change-o.

  6. says

    Go with the Sears Kenmoore. You will not be sorry like we are. We have a 3-year old, very expensive Samsung counter-depth that we will be replacing soon no doubt. When they installed it, it frosted up in the bottom freezer. The repairman sent by the company said it just was a fluke and he shut it off and defrosted it and said call me if there’s still a problem. Well, no it’s out of warranty and leaking water from under the fridge due to excessive frosting in the freezer. The water leaking out of the bottom has seeped into the trim next to the fridge and warped it, so now we will have to have the trim removed and replaced. I will only buy Kenmoores in the future.

  7. Joy says

    I didn’t comment the last time on the fridge, but I feel I need to now. The compressor in our Kenmore fridge died. We decided to purchase a new compressor through Sears (~$150 or $200?? I can’t remember). They sent us a compressor, which we had a friend install (licensed refrigeration) and we paid him $100. It didn’t work. We took it to a Mom and Pop shop and they tested the compressor. It was bad! We contact Sears. They ended up sending us 4 compressors (the first three were bad) at no extra charge. The Mom and Pop shop charged us another $100 to install the good compressor. A long story to come to this point: our refrigerator works perfectly and if we had started with the Mom and Pop shop repair folks, it would have been $300 to get it fixed. As it was, $400 isn’t a bad deal to repair your French door refrigerator to like-new condition. And it’s a lot cheaper than a new $1300 fridge (which this one would’ve cost to buy again). Have you checked out the local Mom and Pop repair places in your area?

  8. says

    I totally agree with Theresa. Do not just give up on the warranty! There is no mention of it costing more money up front. We would just not take no for an answer and we ended up getting a brand new refrigerator. They are just not wanting to help you. They will do everything they can to just make you go away….Don’t! I also agree with others you need to let them know about your blog and the bad publicity this is causing them!
    Also, I was told by a repairman, Kenmore, many years ago, was made by Whirlpool, but not anymore. Lots of different companies make Kenmore now and one never knows who the maker is.

  9. says

    I know you’re keeping your fingers crossed with Whirlpool, which is what we had for years and years. But just in case it doesn’t work out with them, we replaced our Whirlpool with an LG a little over a year ago, and it is WONDERFUL, Fantastic. Can’t say enough about it. When I bought it, I specifically asked which ones people are the happiest with, and was told LG. I can now say that I agree. But I wish you ALL THE BEST with your Whirlpool, Layla!

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