Thursday, January 11, 2007
the confessions of a cottage lover
i don't want to offend anyone here. but i am going to use a strong word. i hate granite countertops. i have them, so i can say that, right? i have always hated them. in two previous houses where we got to choose our kitchen countertops, i chose a tan corian. i think corian is softer on the eyes because it isn't so busy. maybe granite is just a masculine thing, my husband loves it. but it reminds me of petrified jungle animals. my preference would be marble (like in the bath above) with a butcher block island. from what i hear and read though, both marble and block are very impractical. so back to corian. i just had to get that off my chest.
  posted at 9:40 AM  

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that you bring this up. I chose Corian just a few years ago when we built our house because I hate granite and marble is impracticle. I wish they'd make practical marble. I have marble in the bath rooms,but not the kitchen. I totally agree with you.

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow-I thought I was the only one in America with this opinion. When we redid our kitchen 3 years ago and didn't use granite all my friends thought I was nuts. I used corian in a really neutral tan color, I think it was called sand or beach, on the counters and quartz on the island. I have never regretted it. BTW, my friend who did her kitchen the same time as me and did granite in hers now hates it. Too much up-keep and too cold and shiny.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Sarah and Jack said...

Eh, I am not big on the granite thing either.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I so agree! I have white corian and white cabinets...too much white I think! I would love soapstone counters and a farmers sink.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

I should show you pictures of my parents' kitchen. They have mostly butcher block with a beautiful island that has the carerra marble. Plus some stainless around the range. It is awesome.

Even with three boys...I'm going for the marble when we replace our tile. We had black granite in our old house -- we put it in 8 years ago mainly because it was "the thing" but I was never too crazy about it. Too harsh for me.

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm, this is where we disagree. :) I'm not a big fan of marble. Not sure why. But I do like most granites. I also like several Corians.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

I love that old-timey grey and white marble. I'm sure it has a name but I have no idea 'bout that. I have a picture from my "home decor" file folder that I have kept since college (!) and it has this old washstand converted into a bathroom vanity with that old-timey marble. I just love it!

P.S. I love Bennett too, we thought of that for Sterling, glad you brought it up! : )

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I love granite, but I really love marble and want to eventually put it in at least the masterbath and definetely on the island. I think it just gains character with use.

At 4:14 AM, Blogger Nature Girl said...

Someday in your future you will LOVE granite sure cools down
{{{{hot flashes)))) quickly!I hope anonymous 2 sees this....wink :) NG

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Puff said...

While I'm not sure I absolutely hate granite, I'm sooooo weary of the cherry cabinet, black granite, stainless kitchen combo! It seems that 90% of what's been built or renovated in the last 10 years or so has it regardless of the type of house. It kills me to see Victorians, comtemporaries, and cottages all with the same generic kitchen! Whew, that feels better!
VaxGirl -

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Bettsi said...

Granite can be pretty, but like Puff said, it's so overdone now! I've always been the more rustic type myself. If I am ever liberated from formica, I'd love butcher block or even a terra cotta tile. Life is cold, home should be warm.

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Becka said...

Oh, I hate granite too! It just seems so..sterile, and unfriendly. My dream kitchen will have a combination of butcher block and tile (mostly made by my father, and some made by my children...)


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