Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Poll time

So those of you who have been with me and my blog for a long time remember the wedding planning. That is how this blog started in fact, it was a way for me to talk about the wedding planning process, and share with people who had a choice to read or not. I did not want to go around my office asking people if I should have Ivory or Brown vests for the men. I assumed, correctly, that they did not care. I wanted a forum for which people could hit the snooze button.

So again, here I find myself, in need of my blog reader's help, and if you are totally uninterested, hit the little red X in the upper right hand corner. But please don't. Because I get a report of everyone who opens my blog but doesn't finish reading it. No, I really don't. But it would be cool if I did!

And I don't care who you are that are reading this..or how weird you may think it is that you read my blog. (However I promise, I love that you read this, no matter who you are.) Please give your opinion.

Okay here goes. Critical, life changing issues here.

Kitchen Cabinets for the house remodel. We are doing custom Walnut cabinets, with dark grey-ish oak floors, kind of like this picture:
And now...we have to pick countertops. Initially, I wanted granite. Everyone does granite, nice houses have granite. This will be a great house. So we looked, and selected, and then went back, and it just doesn't fit. We have beautiful, grainy walnut cabinets, an awesome backsplash of glass subway tile. The granite countertops are just giving it a more traditional feel, and a busy appearance.

So, the designer is pushing us towards manufactured products, as she says they are the new thing to do. Granite is out, Cambria is in. Hmmm...Okay. I listen, but still question her sanity.

Nice houses have granite, right? Well after scouring every Dwell Magazine, Architectural Digest, and modern home magazine I can get my hands on, it does appear that the new, modern look includes these manufactured products. Below, find evidence.

All beautiful kitchens, with busy, pretty cabinets, and solid, clean countertops. I literally could not find a picture of a beautiful, modern kitchen with granite.

Help! This manufactured stuff is heat proof, stain proof, gouge proof....all that shenanigans. I just don't want it to look cheap, or ugly. In fact, it's more expensive than Granite. What do you think? And if you have interior design friends...send them over to my blog for an opinion!

11 comments:

Sara said...

I like it!

Randee said...

i watch all the hgtv stuff and it seems like they are doing some of this newer stuff other than granite sometimes. go for it..what is life if not a risk ;)!

Robyn said...

What did Billy have in his condo? I can't remember!!!!! Ugh!!!!

Rachel Rosen said...

Have you considered soapstone? I think that looks nice and classy...

Anonymous said...

CAESARSTONE IS A PRODUCT THAT IS VERY SIMILAR, CAN COST ALITTLE LESS AND HAS SOME SOFT MORE UNIFORM COLOR CHOICES.
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE WWW.CAESARSTONE.COM AND LOOK AT #1141, #4141 AND #2141. I THINK YOU'LL LIKE IT!

RACHEL'S MOM (COLLEEN)

Scorpicon said...

Not sure what color you're looking into, but after looking at the sample photos you provided, I don't see why white granite wouldn't fit the bill. What about marble (though I think that's probably crazy expensive)?

Synthetic is fine, but I think it can easily teeter on the line of looking cheap. It all depends on what you're specifically looking at. Can we get some samples?

Mel said...

I have heard the same about Ceasarstone and limestone or soapstone counter tops as the others have posted. I have always liked the matte versions of the solid surfaces - I think it looks more modern. Let go of the granite and go for it. It's going to be dated soon too. Just make sure you see them in person - not just a photo.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of concrete counter tops.... I have seen them in a few different houses and LOVE the look....

Samantha said...

My inlaws have cambria and it is gorgeous!! You would never know that it isn't the real deal. On another note, the design looks awesome!!!

Kara Frank said...

Thank you all so much for your help! Connie - that is exactly what our designer recommended. It makes me feel confident that you like it as well. Thank you all for your help! Stay tuned for more help from the audience!

Greta Hanson said...

I swear you are like our go to couple for all things home advice. Nate and I started the exploration process of remodeling our kitchen a few months ago and decided that I really need a designer, because i have no vision. Did you guys do a designer? Anyone you would recommend?