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Stained Or Painted Kitchen Island?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

stained island


I am working with a client in her new home which is being built. The homeowner, Sara, asked if I could help her with some of the major purchases so that she would get it right the first time, without all the stress. We are starting in the kitchen, which is the central room to all of the first floor.

stained island2

She has already chosen white for her cabinets and a medium wood stained floor. She wanted to pick a wall color next, but I told her she needed to pick the granite out first, then the wall color.

blue island


I am so glad I could help her with that decision. It is much easier to pick a wall color around the granite, rather than have to choose a granite color around your wall color. Agreed, right?

While she is looking at granite, I am gathering information and photos to help her decide what look she loves best for her kitchen island. Painted or stained wood?:

white island


blue island2


stained island3


red island


white island2


stained island4


So many beautiful choices. Which would you prefer, a stained or painted island with your white cabinets? Hard decision!

If you need help making major purchasing decisions in your home, contact me today.

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More Granite Decisions

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014



I thought picking the actual granite stone would be the only difficult decision to make:


But as my husband and I found out, there are other important decisions to be made. Such as the surface. Today, you can have your countertops polished, honed or leathered:


We choose the leathered, which is still smooth but has a little texture to it. I think it will be much easier to take care of and not show every little fingerprint or water spot (you can read more here if you are interested in learning about the different surfaces).



The next step was having the installer come to the house and measure. I had my heart set on not having the granite brought up the wall as a backsplash. I wanted it clean like this:





backsplash 3


But no, we have another issue. The installer, who owns the business and has been doing this a long time, tells me that all of those beautiful pictures of the backsplash going to the bottom edge are from homes in the South where it is always warm. In the Northeast, where my home is, the house is always moving and adjusting for the different temperature changes. If I were to put backsplash tile all the way down to the granite counter, the separation of the seam would constantly be changing. The seam would be separated and open at times and I thought it might collect dirt as well as not looking attractive.

 granite meet


What do I know about granite?? So, I followed his advice and am going with a 4” high granite backsplash. I think it will still be beautiful (and easier to clean!).

granite with granite backsplash


One other big decision was the countertop edge. Of course there has to be about eight different edges to choose from. We chose a half-radius edge at first. Then the installer told us we should get a simpler edge because when the granite is cut for the edges, it turns smooth and shiny. Since our granite is leathered, we have to be careful of too much of an edge showing. The shiny would draw too much attention to it and it would stand out. So we choose a simpler beveled edge:

beveled edge


So many decisions! And yes, if you were wondering, we picked the Viscont White granite over the blue after our adventure to the granite yard here. The blue was gorgeous, but I felt it would be too ‘bossy’ in our kitchen. I love the simplicity of the black and white and it will work best in our home!

Love to hear any thoughts or comments. Thanks everyone!

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Afternoon At The Granite Yard

Saturday, March 1st, 2014


My hubby and I went to the huge granite distribution center near Boston, MA today. So many beautiful granite slabs to choose from:

granite fantasy

gray granite

After much research, we narrowed our new kitchen counters choice between granite or quartz. Quartz is man-made and also very beautiful. Quartz is more expensive than granite, a fact I did not know:



But when we went into the showroom, we both fell in love with the individuality of each piece of granite:


I think it is amazing that Nature made these stones! We came prepared with our maple cabinet door:


One of my very favorites of the day (beautiful blue!):

blue granite

God made this! Amazingly beautiful, but I think since it falls under the ‘exotic granite’ category, that makes me guess that it might be too expensive:



What do you think of these recycled glass slabs?:

recycled glass

I asked if people are buying these for their homes and she told me they are sold for mostly commercial projects:

r glass 2

So pretty and different. I bet they are going to be popular in the future. They come in so many different colors and they are good for our planet. My only problem with them is that they are too ‘busy’ for me to have throughout the kitchen. But on a freestanding kitchen island …. awesome.

I think we narrowed it down to two selections. The Blue Bahia:

blue fav granite

OR the Viscont White Leather:

granite fav

Both so beautiful! I think the Viscont White will look the best in our home with our stainless appliances. But I’m not absolutely sure! Has anyone else been through this process recently?

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Sneak Peak of Turquoise Kitchen

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014


Do you remember about a month ago, I wrote about helping my sister-in-law try to convince her husband that a turquoise kitchen would look so beautiful in their home?:


I had put together some photos of turquoise kitchens which helped him visualize the room better.  Elaine loved this cheerful turquoise:



So we tried a sample board around the room:

elaine2 (2)



Do you see the turquoise color coming out in the chair?

And I am happy to announce that he agreed to paint the kitchen with Gem Turquoise from Behr:

gem turq


It came out so pretty! I love how well it works with both the stained wood as well as the white:




Love it! Can’t wait to see it decorated. Great job Bill and Elaine. Bill, aren’t you glad you agreed with us? What do you all think of this color with both the white and the stained wood?

If you need help selecting wall colors for your home, contact me today.

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