Thursday, February 14, 2008
bye-bye, big sea of granite

this is my kitchen with the big slab of cold rock that i have never loved (model was unavailable for permission).
this is my kitchen in its current state. no sink, but lots of promise :) we are trying out temporary islands to see what we find most livable. i have to say, i even like particle board better than granite. i know, i know. i'm odd.
  posted at 3:30 PM  

At 5:43 PM, Blogger restyled home said...

I can't believe it!! There is actually someone else who doesn't get weak in the knees for granite!!

I knew you had exceptional taste...


At 6:22 PM, Blogger becky said...

I have enjoyed following your blog. I'm so glad that you and your daughter are on the mend!:)
And as for not liking granite...I just love the way that you are you!

At 6:22 PM, Blogger becky said...

I have enjoyed following your blog. I'm so glad that you and your daughter are on the mend!:)
And as for not liking granite...I just love the way that you are you!

At 6:39 PM, Blogger hqm said...

Can't wait to see the finished project! Nothing short of fabulous...I am sure!

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Not odd at all!! Just think about when we were all little and no one had granite countertops. I am really excited to see what you end up with! You definately inspire me!

At 8:29 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

I don't like granite either. We are about to do our kitchen. What are you going to do for counters?

At 6:50 AM, Blogger chriskauf said...

It's looking great, I have my island smack dab in the middle, I lost the space for a kitchen table, and I have not regreted it one day islands are so functional if they are big enough, will your sink go under the opening? I can't wait to see it all come together.Sounds like you will have loads of space with an addition too.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Liz said...

I dont blame you at all! I really really really dont like all this granite that keeps showing up in all the houses. Good for you for getting what you want! Cant wait to see, I'm sure it will be cottagy and beautiful.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Janelle said...

So what are you replacing the granite with...I probably missed that discussion. We'll be replacing the counters in our kitchen in the next couple of years, and I have absolutely no clue what I want. I'm eager to see what you come up with!

Glad you're feeling better, too...that pit of sickness is just no fun at all.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Oooooohh...exciting! Yeah, granite has never sent me flying either. Marble, yes...but not granite. You're not odd...we just recently reno'd our two upstairs baths. Beforehand, I told my husband I hated the circa 1993 green and pink tile flooring so badly that I wouldn't care if we just ripped it out and we had to walk on the subflooring until we completed the project. He didn't go for it.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger paige said...

ha! i'm not a granite person either....look at all of us birds of a feather flocking together. that is how that goes isn't it?
can't wait to see what you go with!

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Julia said...

I always found granite looked really busy and worried it would give me a headache if I had to look at it all day! Perhaps I was just bitter?!

When we were choosing our kithen counters, I was much more excited over Corian counters than granite. Corian costs more, too, despite being man-made! Who knew?!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Camilla at home said...

I am glad you both feel better! I`m also very excited to see how it all comes together in the kitchen. I think all of your home is so beautiful so i am sure it will be great! I have followed your blog for a time and find it very inspiring:)

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Mama Lisa said...

your kitchen is so beautiful already so this should be inspiring. i have two questions for you? where did you get the bunny weather vane on top of your cupboards? and are your bar stools with the wicker bottoms from pottery barn? love those.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger homedaisy said...

mama lisa,

bunny is from target two springs ago. stools are from a local shop, but i think you can get them at ballard designs.


At 11:29 AM, Blogger Cottage Mommy said...

I'm excited to see your finished kitchen! How long will the process take? I'm with you on the granite. I think it just bugs me more that it is such a trend and everyone thinks that it is the only acceptable way to do a counter top. Personally, I love wood counter tops - that are sealed of course! My husband would never go for it though! Enjoy the process! I'm glad you are all feeling better!

At 2:40 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

So you must tell -- what are the new counters going to be????? :)

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Jen r. said...

Hi, I stopped by... Love your blog..I am curious to see what you are putting in the granite's space...
Jen R

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I don't like granite either, it's too contemporary..too "everybody has it" for me! I like marble or soapstone! I can't wait to see what you will replace it with!

At 3:07 PM, Blogger debra said...

I thought I was the only one who didn't like granite! Glad to see I am not alone.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Good for you for getting rid of the granite. When we re-did our kitchen 5 years ago no one could believe that we didn't want to put in granite. We ended up with Corian on most of the counters and quartz on the island. I love my island by the way. I have since seen wood counters that I thought were gorgeous.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Melissa Lewis said...

I am new to your blog, stumbled upon it somewhere along the way. I love your kitchen, great shape and space.

In my opinion, you are right on with your choice. From your pics, it looks like your cabinets are an oatmeal-y color. Maybe like a gray beige? I think the stone color you picked would best compliment your cab's as well as your hardwood floor color.

However, when you have dark stone as your counters, you do have more upkeep. You know, you'll have to wipe up those pesky rings your cups of water leave behind a lot more!

But the look will be killer!

Can't wait to check back and see more updates.

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Diana said...

FYI, there is something of a granite and stainless steel "fatigue" going on in interior design when it comes to our kitchens.

Last year, Jenn-Air introduced bronze appliances to combat the stainless fatigue. However, I really wonder about this . . . does anyone remember the "copper" colored appliances of the 1970s? Truly only white has withstood the test of time.

While granite is a wonderful natural material, we are seeing some movement away from it and to things like quartz, soapstone, slate, marble and even limestone.

As a designer, I sometimes wonder if all these stainless steel and granite kitchens are going to be a design style that fingerprints when a kitchen was done. Kinda like the lovely avocado appliances of the 1960s.

It's good that you are really thinking about your selections before you make them. It's easy to spend lots of money and create a kitchen that looks pretty much like everyone elses. To create a look that sings the story of your style is much more of a challenge.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

So you want to get rid of your granite! I'd sell you some corian real cheap!

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Louise said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE the Granite!
Oh god, I wish I had your granite counter top! But I must admit, I do like projects, so I cant wait to see how it turns out!


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