Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Options Part I

The floors did get installed in the hallway, butler's pantry and family room which is a huge improvement.  When everything is finished they'll come back to sand and polyurethane them.  

Family room
First floor bath looking into butler's pantry

The cabinets are still going up.  They kind of took a break last week.  The installers seem to be very thorough which is good and bad.  I only say bad because it's taking so freakin' long to put them up.    

I've had to make some pretty tough decisions in the past week.  Namely about the countertops.  I really really love the look of marble.  Who wouldn't want one of these kitchens?

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There are about a gazillion pictures and blog posts about marble countertops because they are so timeless.  But...they are also completely impractical for someone like me who has borderline OCD.  All my hair would fall out worrying about stains and etching.  But oh is it beautiful.  

I also love Quartz..
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They even have some that mimic the look of marble

Ceasarstone Misty Carrara
But...I've heard that you can't take things hot out of the oven and set them down on quartz.  I guess it's not the end of the world.

We also looked into Soapstone 
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Such a classic look.  Our neighbors have soapstone and they love it.  But...I know myself.  I'm fairly lazy at home and I just can't see myself oiling these every six months or sanding them if heaven forbid they get a scratch.  I'm twitching even thinking about it.

The only biggie left that I haven't mentioned is granite.  We've had granite countertops before and were pretty happy with them.  My only beef with them is that our particular granite had a lot of mica and quartz bits that chipped.  I lived through the tragedy though and lost very little hair since our installer was able to "fix" these areas.  Other than that, no problems and no maintenance.  Yes.  

So after giving it a lot of thought, we decided to stick with granite.  I really wanted to get a white colored granite which apparantly is an oxymoron.  I've seen some whiteish granites online but the local retailers in my area didn't have a lot of choices.  Apparantly you have to live in Utah to get the goods.  Don't ask me why.  Anyway, here are the options:  

Option one is Delicatus White
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This is probably one of my favorite kitchens.  The granite looks so dreamy.  There is a lot of variation in this stone.  Some slabs end up looking really peachy yellowy while others are more gray, black and white.

Delicatus White via marvamarble.com

 Option two is Ambrosia White.
Ambrosia White via marvamarble.com
I really love the movement of this granite and it has some nice grey veining with garnet spots. 

Option three is Spring White
Spring White via marvamarble.com

This granite is actually similar to the Delicatus White.  It has white, black, grey, and taupe with some garnet spots. 

So, opinions?  We had the template made today for the granite.  I actually already decided on one, but I'll reveal what it is once it's in.  I hope I made the right decision.  All three are really beautiful.  It was tough to choose but I'm really excited about some of the progress that's taking place.  Yay progress!


  1. Ambrosia is my favorite. I have soapstone counters, as you know, and they are fine. I don't know that I would do them again, though I certainly don't hate them. They were very expensive, and I'm not sure that I wouldn't be happier with wood counters. I wanted the soapstone so I could set hot things on the counter, but it turns out my mom so ingrained in me the habit of hot plates and pads and tiles chipping/burning that I can't set anything on the counters anyway.

  2. All of the options look lovely, although I am partial to the Ambrosia. Yay for progress! Especially having floors.

  3. I agree that of the three pics the Ambrosia is the prettiest. I'm not saying that's what I chose...don't want to ruin the surprise:)