Building Our Dream Home – Whole House Reveal!

Inspiration and the Start of Our Journey

It feels very nostalgic to be reflecting back on where we started with our dream home project but having finished the house it’s amazing to see how we have made it our own along the way.

The journey for our dream home started with finding the perfect location and plot of land to build on. Based in Florida there are many lots available so this stage didn’t take us too long. You can catch up here.

While we were searching for the right lot I was saving as much inspirational images as Pinterest could possibly allow me! Drawing inspiration from the Hamptons, our dream home was to be a true Hampton’s oasis but located in Florida. 

I wanted a fresh feeling home, full of classical accents. Dark floors (read more about that here), light walls, wall panelling and plenty of blue and white furniture and decorative accessories to nod towards the Hamptons.

A quick reminder of our inspirational mood board:

Exterior

I knew exactly what I wanted for the exterior…cedar shakes! Lots of them! We have to have these brought down from Canada, as they are not typically used in our area. It was definitely worth the wait.

Choosing the windows and roofing were key stages of the exterior design. In particular, getting the colors right here was important! We wanted a light colored house but not white, and nothing dark either because of being in the sunshine state.

Catch up on our Windows, Roofing and Insulation journey!

Interior Finishes

 

Then we saw some interior design decisions getting made! And I could really start to put our own stamp on the house. When the plaster was installed I made a start on finding the perfect paint color and ended up creating our own Evans Greige to do the job!

Flooring

I chose a dark hardwood flooring for throughout the house. This was a huge deal for me because the only rooms that wouldn’t have wood floor were some of the bathrooms. It was a tough decision as the choice is so vast! But with the help from the amazing team at Shaw Floors my dream started to become a reality. I was lucky enough to go to Shaw’s headquarters to see everything they had to offer (read all about that here) and I found the perfect wood floor! Classic, rich and perfect for me.

Hands down, Shaw Floors is the go to in my book.  They lead the design field in fresh, new introductions and have a quality that’s unmatched. Clients love them and so do I. I LOVE my new Shaw Floors hardwood, like I’m in love with it. I’m happy I went with my gut and selected classic dark hardwood.

So it’s about time I shared some finished photos of the inside of the house! Here’s the wood flooring in the foyer in all it’s glory:

Even the transition from the stair to landing on the second floor is beautiful! The contrast between the dark floor and light paint used throughout is exactly how I’d envisioned it. I am so happy we went with this wood flooring!

Living Room

From the foyer you enter the double-height living room that also connects to the kitchen and breakfast area. My family and I spend so much time here particularly during the winter so I’m over the moon with the final look!

Here are some of the styling details from the living room:

Kitchen

This is where we really live…all day every day. I wanted something light and bright, clean and fresh. With a nod to my very favorite Kitchen designer (Christopher Peacock), I designed this Kitchen as a hub for the home. I couldn’t be more pleased with it! You can read ALL about the design in detail here.

Breakfast Area

That brings us nicely into the breakfast area which is off to the side of the kitchen and open-plan with the main living room area too.

I chose a round dining table for the center of the space, sat atop a jute round rug. The table is a mid-wood color so it doesn’t match the floor but stands alone in its own right. The chairs are a chic Hamptons style wooden chair that complements the paint color used, and softened with a French blue vinyl seat. If you know how my family eats, you know we need vinyl seats!

Pool Bath

Adjacent to the pool outside and the kids’ playroom, sits a Pool Bathroom. I wanted something fun and exciting, drenched in color and pattern. I think I achieved it! Bright, cobalt blue, hand stamped wallpaper is the feature, so we kept everything else clean. Navy herringbone tile with white every else allows the paper to shine. Stay tuned for a separate post with all the details to come.

Playroom

The playroom is tucked away out of sight behind the kitchen and breakfast area opposite the powder room.

I wanted to create a fun space that the kids can enjoy and that can later be turned into more of a games room when my youngest reaches his teens. Using simple slipcover sofas, a leather ottoman and fun world mural to one of the walls – this is such a great room to have tucked away for the kids! (And I can confirm that they love to play in here!) Having a room dedicated to toys has been a game changer because all the mess is contained.

Let’s go to the other side of the first floor to the Master Suite!

Master Bedroom

Taking inspiration from my designer crush Mark D.Sikes I wanted to create a light and airy sanctuary for my husband and I to enjoy after a long day at work. Keeping with the same paint color as throughout the rest of the home, I started with a rustic area rug and built the interior design scheme from there.

Master Bathroom

Clean and fresh…but rich and interesting, that was my formula for this bathroom. We started with a splurge on the main tile, supported it with a very simple, inexpensive shower tile which all allowed the star of the room, the gorgeous MTI Bathtub to shine. I wanted a nod to a classic credenza for the cabinetry and I think we achieved it. Gorgeous!

Master Walk-in Closet

My dream closet, finally achieved. Every single inch of this closet has been designed to provide a beautiful and restful space to start and end each day. The gorgeous hardwood floors ground the space and the crisp white cabinetry allows the clothes to shine. IKEA? No, this can’t be IKEA. Well, it is. Stay tuned for a post dedicated to all the details. You won’t even believe it!

Daughter’s Bedroom and Bathroom

One of my daughters still lives with us and as she’s growing into a young woman I wanted to give her a space that she could put her own creative stamp on! We kept the design simple with an upholstered bed, dressing table that can double up as a desk for her studies and some fun decorative accessories to pull it all together.

I’m pleased to say that she loves it just as much as me!

Guest Bedroom

And last but not least, is the Guest Bedroom and Bathroom. I have designed this bedroom to be a complete sanctuary and home away from home for whoever stays. The bathroom has been designed with a statement wallpaper and a coastal inspired wall mirror to tie in the design with the rest of the house.

So, after 2 years…many obstacles and detours…we have finally completed our Dream Home. We couldn’t be happier! Thank you for sharing the journey with us!

We’d love to thank our partners on this project:

Shaw Floors

HVL Lighting

Fanimation 

Proline Hoods

Andersen Windows

Tamko 

I’d love to know what you think, please leave your comments below. 

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Building Our Dream Home – Kitchen Reveal

Well, we are all moved in and I’m happy to report we are FINALLY ready to start revealing some of our rooms! Yay! It’s been an interesting journey to say the least.

Today, I am so pleased to be able to take you through the new Kitchen Reveal! Alllll the photos are down below, along with all the details!

*If you’re just joining us, this is another installment of a series documenting the building of our personal dream home.  So far we’ve tackled: Inspiration | Floorplan | Location | Breaking Ground | Roofing | Windows | Insulation | Sheetrock & Plaster  | Selecting Paint Selecting Flooring | Selecting Bathtubs | Selecting Lighting | Selecting Fans | Selecting Cabinets | Powder Room Reveal | Selecting Countertops

Inspiration for the Design

If you haven’t already seen my Selecting Cabinets blog post I shared my main source of inspiration for the design of the kitchen cabinets and island. Here’s a quick recap!

The kitchen is open plan with the double-height family room adjacent, overlooking the English Garden and placed smack in the middle of the mudroom and playroom…making it quite a huge space and a central “hub”. We always knew we wanted an open plan kitchen space as we love to cook and socialize with our kids. For that reason a large island was a non-negotiable! Plus I wanted a feature range hood and some glass fronted cabinets, too.

Throughout my years as a designer I have been truly inspired by the cabinetry work by Christopher Peacock. In case you missed it, I dedicated a whole blog post on his beautiful work and my mildly obsessive design crush.  You can go back and swoon over here. I absolutely love how he uses a variety of finishes throughout his work and pairs this with traditional furniture style cabinets. For our dream home there was no question about who I would draw inspiration from for our cabinets.

Amazing inspiration photo from Christopher Peacock

I decided to create my own formula of paint for the walls and cabinets called Evans Greige! You can read more about how I made our paint color selections here.

For the floors…dark wood was a must. I love how it grounds the space and makes everything else look so rich. We used these Shaw Floors in throughout the home and couldn’t be happier!

Cabinets

From this gorgeous inspiration image, I got to work with my amazing cabinet makers! We worked with our go-to local cabinetmaker, here in Florida, Carson’s Cabinetry & Design. I cannot say enough about them! Their quality and craftsmanship is fantastic and, best of all, they are reliable and easy to work with.

Planning the kitchen so the design was practical and stylish at the same time was the top priority. I wanted a modern feeling space that would also last us for many, many years – a timeless but fresh kitchen was the goal!

This is the final floor plan for the kitchen:

Drawing by Carson's Cabinetry & Design

For the cabinets here, design-wise I want them to look like furniture. The base helps to make them look built in. And having them painted in white were – and always will be – the choice for me. I love the clean and light look because it’s a timeless classic but also looks contemporary.

And here’s a 3D view of the kitchen cabinets!

I absolutely LOVE the design of the cabinets! A modern classic that will never go out of style. Drawing by Carson's Cabinetry & Design

I knew I wanted to do something different in this kitchen. So in the main run of cabinets – either side of the range area – I decided to stack glass cabinets on top of the countertop. These cabinets will be great for storing glasses, vases and other display-worthy items!

Inset cabinets were a must-have for me. They are more expensive (by about 30%) but they’re definitely worth it! They really create that furniture feel which is exactly what I wanted. And as we plan to live in this house for many years – it was a no brainer to go the extra mile!The detailing at the base of the cabinets make them look more built-in and furniture-like which I absolutely love. And we had them painted in our signature Evans Greige paint color!

 

COUNTERTOPS

I chose to pair our neutral kitchen cabinets with Calacutta Gold countertops! You can catch up with the design process in my previous blog post on Selecting Countertops.

Gorgeous marble from UMI

Plumbing

With the main sink in the kitchen island it was important to choose good quality plumbing fixtures here!

For the sink I knew I wanted to use a Kohler product because they are a reliable brand that design and supply fantastic sinks. Under mount sinks look more premium and modern so that narrowed down the search, and I love the cast iron material used for this one (and I can confirm – I love it!)

Next up is the kitchen faucet to go with the under mount sink!

As the general design direction for the kitchen is classic, modern and Hamptons inspired, I decided to get a more traditional and classic looking faucet that features a bridge design. It also has a side spray! I chose the polished nickel finish to match the hardware.

Appliances

 Sub-Zero and Wolf have always been on my dream appliance list!

First up is the range. This 48″ Wolf range anchors the rear wall and was definitely a splurge. I was able to configure it just how I like…4 burners, a griddle and a grill. Perfect!

I also selected two 30” refrigerator and freezer combo! Having lots of space available for entertaining and when all the family are over was crucial.

And for the dishwasher we chose the 24” panel front from Sub-Zero  and the microwave too.

Hardware

As the jewels to the kitchen cabinets, hardware plays an important part of the overall design for the kitchen so getting it right is key!

To begin with, I considered using brass to really make the design “pop” and would give a modern and trendy look but after careful consideration, I settled with polished nickel. It’s a classic finish that works perfectly with the tones running through the marble of the countertops. I also feel like nickel for the hardware is more timeless than something like brass.

Again I took some inspiration from Christopher Peacock, and I reference this amazing blog post by Willow Decor! They go through each piece of hardware that Peacock uses for his kitchens – including some funny looking latches that actually make the design too! – so it’s well worth the read if you’re a fan.

Now I’ll take you through some of the hardware choices.

I have chosen these cup cabinet pull style handles for the drawers as they are really practical and give a farmhouse style feel to the drawers:

And for the main tall cabinets I’ve gone for these slightly icebox latches! I really like these because they’re modern with a slight traditional feel.

I chose these BEAUTIFUL cabinet latches for the super high-up cabinets above and the glass fronted ones. I’m in love with them!!

And of course, I had to choose some classic knobs for some of the smaller drawers and cabinets.

Counter-Stools

I added some back-less counter stools to the island to create a casual and more social area to the kitchen. The stools are a rustic find and really emphasizes the farmhouse detailing I wanted throughout!

Lighting

The pendant lights above the kitchen island were another huge detail for the space that I wanted to get right, and knew they would make or break the kitchen! These gorgeous Polished Nickel lights are from Hudson Valley, of course!

Range Hood

For our dream kitchen we had a custom hood made from the cabinet company for the width of the range area. This makes the range a real feature of the kitchen with the marble splash back. It looks pretty and matches the cabinetry, but really it’s just a shell…what’s underneath is the amazing part! We used ProLine‘s hood insert inside this and love it. It’s super quiet and does it’s job to perfection! What I really am drawn to with style of range hood is this is the fact that you can have the workhorse of the Kitchen built in basically. Once you use something like this, there’s no going back!

Proline's 48" Hurricane Range Hood
See...you can't even see it, but it's there...working to perfection!

Drawer Inserts

Drawer inserts are an absolute MUST for anyone getting custom kitchen cabinets made! (In fact – they are a must-have for pretty much everyone!) Everything is well organized in this kitchen, thanks to the amazing drawer inserts – it will make cooking and any preparation so much easier for everyone.

Including knife slots for this drawer was a no brainer! It reduces any risk of injuries because the blades are all facing downwards instead of getting mixed up / upside down in a normal open space drawer.

These slanted inserts are AMAZING for storing herbs and other small jars:

I love the separate compartments of this drawer! Perfect for all those kitchen utensils that would previously get shoved into whatever spare drawer I can find! It is so much easier to see what you have in each drawer with these inserts:

AND NOW FOR ALLLLL THE Photos!

So…what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts! We are in LOVE!

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7 Designer Secrets You Need To Know

Spitting on your finger to hang the perfect artwork? Stuffing pillows that are too big into covers for the perfect fit? Stacks on stacks on stacks of coffee table book? Yes, yes and yes! These finishing touches make the room! Over the past 20+ years, I’ve collected seven of my favorite and today I’m revealing them to you. 

1. Buy Coffee Table Books You Love

One of the very best tips I have is to splurge on coffee table books you’re drawn to. They are super useful for adding dimension and height to coffee tables, console tables and bookshelves. Stack them, lean them, even open them and you’ve instantly elevated your design. Using topics you love (gardens, photography, you name it) or places you’ve traveled is the perfect way to inject a bit of personality into your room. Want to really take it up a notch? Have some of your favorite family photos made into a custom coffee table book.

perfect tabletop vignette with books {pursuit of style}

beautiful coffee table styling {the zhush}

these books help ground smaller brass items {swoonworthy}

two books stacks {ceresbr1}

the more the merrier {domino}

2. Create Your Own Paint Color

Can’t settle on the perfect color for your room? Love your sample but fear it’s too dark? Create your own color by having the paint store cut the color you love by half or a third. It will give you the same color, but with less intensity. Bonus, no one else will have it and you can name it whatever you’d like!

benjamin moore “sleigh bells” at 50% {studio mcgee}

sleigh bells sample {benjamin moore}

sleigh bells at full strength, maybe a little darker than you want {your design nest}

3. Layer Rugs

Rugs can be expensive, like super expensive. A perfect alternative to breaking your budget is to layer a smaller version of the pricey rug you have your eye on, ON TOP OF a less expensive rug. A basic sisal rug can be found very moderately priced and serves a a rich, textural backdrop for a more “statement” piece. Think large, solid, inexpensive as the base rug and smaller, richer, even trendier as the top layer. The result is stunning and something you don’t see everywhere.

this inexpensive dhurrie rug looks great overtop of an inexpensive sisal {decorpad}

a rich zebra painted cow hide stuns overtop of a basic sisal {kate jackson}

a natural cowhide livens up this basic seagrass rug {domino}

4. Buy Your Pillow Inserts One Size Larger Than Your Cover

No one wants a wimpy pillow. You know the kind; lifeless, pathetic and downright distracting. Purchase the pillow insert the next size up and you’ve instantly given the pillow (and room, really) a makeover. For example, for a 20″ pillow cover, I use a 22″ insert. A 18″ cover gets a 20″ insert and so on. While your at it, splurge on a down or synthetic down fill. Full, down pillows are one of the easiest ways to revive a room!

the proof {domestic imperfection}

plump pillow perfection {dimples and tangles}

perfect pillows {lynn morgan}

5. To Hang Artwork, Use Your Eye and Hand Height

It can be scary to hang the piece of artwork you love on big, bare wall.  Hanging it over a fireplace or a piece of furniture you love isn’t any easier. Too high or too low really cheapens the piece and the room overall. My rule of thumb, if hanging on a bare wall, is to hold the piece in front of you so that the CENTER of the art is AROUND your eye level, then go up just a smidge. Scientific, I know, but it works every single time. 🙂 The rule of thumb when hanging over a piece of furniture or fireplace is to use the WIDTH of your HAND(S) for the correct spacing above. Just place your hand sideways, then place the other on top (sideways) and you have the perfect spacing somewhere in-between the first and second hand. No measuring! Once you’ve settled on the height, lick your finger, slide your hand up, feel for the wire behind and tap on the wall where you want the nail to go. Gross, I know, but it saves a whole lot of measuring. Just don’t tell anyone what you did, it’ll be our little secret.

hung at eye level center and looks perfect! {the decorista}

another center eye level {better home and gardens}

umm, this is too high {social survival}

hand width above a fireplace, works for mirrors too {traditional home}

tory burch’s home, art hung perfectly above the mantle {tory burch}

6. Keep High, High and Low, Low

When you’re putting together the perfect tabletop vignette, it’s hard to know what to put where. Stacking items on books and choosing frames to use? It’s overwhelming. Keeping the taller pieces “high” and the shorter pieces “low” will create an interesting, layered display. For example, start with a tall lamp, then keep your books low, add a frame in the middle and you have an interesting flow. If you had chosen a shorter lamp, stacked your books up too high and selected a frame around the same height, you’d end up with one level throughout, which isn’t nearly as interesting.

nice flow, high to the sides and low in the center {the pink clutch}

vignette perfection! high to the left, low to the right {mimosa lane}

all one height, could look much better with varying heights {vanity fair}

7. Add Dimmers EVERYWHERE

What’s cheap and will instantly transform your entire home? Dimmers! I don’t want to oversell this, but they are literally life changing. Literally. 🙂 Adding dimmers to your main living areas will completely transform the space, I promise. Harsh, overly lit rooms suddenly become soft, candlelit looking spaces. I actually suggest having them everywhere, like in every single room.  Don’t believe me? Try just one and see what you think. You can go with a basic version, fancy smart versions, or even one made just for lamps. It’s super easy to switch out your current old-school switches for new dimmers. You can get them at Lowes, Home Depot or even order them online and it takes under 10 minutes. Home Depot has a quick tutorial here.

warm ambience in this dining room {ownby design}

dimmers allow for softer lighting here {leviton}

what a dimmer looks like, in case you didn’t know 😉 {elemental led}

And a handy dandy pin for your Pinterest boards!

Well, there you have it. Seven designer secrets that I just had to share. Do you think you might try one? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? I would love to hear them, please comment below!

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7 Mother’s Day Brunch Tables & How to Recreate Them

Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 9th) and brunch is always a big hit with the Mom crowd. Steal one of these seven amazing looks to impress. Using basics you already have (white plates, clear glasses, etc.) you can easily add a few pieces and mimic these stunning tabes. Many use fabric right from the store as tablecloths…not even hemmed…shh, it’ll be our secret. 🙂  Be sure to click on the links below each photo and go directly to the items!

1. This hot pink and orange ikat tablecloth, offset with light blue glasses, looks amazing!

source | tablecloth fabric | light blue glasses | fabric napkins | pink chairs

2. Blue and white creates a fresh, clean look for this Mother’s Day brunch, paired with rattan.

source | rattan charger plates | bamboo silverware | rattan wine bottle holder | fabric for tablecloth

3. Does your Mom love Lilly Pulitzer? She’ll fall for this Palm Beach inspired table!

source | gold charger plates |Lilly Pulitzer fabric for tablecloth | green salad plates

4. Tory Burch’s table is a classic in white and blue, mixed with dark wicker.

source | chinoiserie fabric for tablecloth | centerpiece | blue hobnail glasses | plates

5. Magenta, orange and blue work together in this perfect Chinoiserie table

source | oval placemats | pink chinoiserie fabric for tableclothplates pink & gold polka dot fabric napkins | centerpiece ginger jar

6. Blue and white are classic for a reason! This table setting is gorgeous.

source | royal blue & white striped fabric | blue hydrangeas blue & white plates

7. I saved my favorite for last! Kelly green, navy and magenta create a vibrant table here.

source | napkins | glass vase | large blue ginger jar | cobalt blue glasses | green fabric for tablecloth. There you have it! Seven beautiful tables you can recreate for your Mother’s Day brunch this year. Do you think you’ll try any?

Here’s a handy dandy pin for your Pinterest boards!

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Building Our Dream Home – Selecting Countertops

As promised in my Selecting Cabinets blog post, next up is Selecting Countertops! After all, our gorgeous cabinets would be nothing without something equally beautiful to sit on top of them!

I knew from the start that I wanted marble in the Kitchen…crisp, fresh, white marble.  I know, I know…marble is “challenging”, but I want what I want. With all of the options out there, let’s take a look at them.

Not what we selected, but isn’t this GORGEOUS?

*If you’re just joining us, this is another installment of a series documenting the building of our personal dream home.  So far we’ve tackled: Inspiration | Floorplan | Location | Breaking Ground | Roofing | Windows | Insulation | Sheetrock & Plaster  | Selecting Paint Selecting Flooring | Selecting Bathtubs | Selecting Lighting | Selecting Fans | Selecting Cabinets | Powder Room Reveal

Considering Materials

First up, let’s consider all of the different materials available. If you’ve recently undergone a bathroom or kitchen reno you will understand what I mean when I say the choice is VAST. There’s so many different options and even when you’ve decided on the material itself there are even more options to look through. The choices are typically between: granite, marble, solid surface (like Quartz or Quartzite)

Granite

Granite countertops are very common and generally very hard wearing. It’s very hard to make a scratch or dent in granite countertops and they basically last forever. From a cost point of view granite countertops are a good middle ground depending on the fabricator you use. Here, in Florida, they are EVERYWHERE and I know I wanted something different. I use Absolute Black granite a lot for clients and it’s my go to if using granite.

Marble

Gorgeous and hard to maintain…that’s marble. Marble is more expensive than granite countertops but the natural veining of the material really adds a “wow factor” to any space. You can’t fake it with a faux version, so don’t even try in my humble opinion. Marble countertops are less durable than granite so they can be scratched, etched and stained more easily than granite if it’s not sealed correctly. Acidic substances like red wine and oils can stain the material easily if the seal is worn off or done incorrectly. It’s not easy to live with, but it’s worth it…kind of like me!

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops (Quartz and Quartzite) are still relatively new to the industry. They are made from bonding natural stone together with resin or acrylic. Quartz itself is one of the most durable materials on the planet so these countertops are fantastic for professional chefs and those with busy families. Often solid surface countertops come with an extremely long warranty (some products are lifetime warranties – always check before investing!) and that coupled with the durability of the material makes them very expensive!

I love you, but I can’t afford you

Making a Decision

I knew I wanted white marble in the Kitchen and then work everything else off of that. I know, marble is tricky…it stains, it etches, it scratches…but as I’ve said, I want what I want.

Considering 3 of our 5 kids have moved out, things are quieter and the need for a “hard as nails” countertop material isn’t as high of a priority as it was in the past. The open Kitchen of this home is the center where everyone will gather. I’d rather live with a little etching and get to have what I love each and every day. Granite and Quartz just won’t give me that and I’ll use them elsewhere in the home. The Kitchen calls for white marble.

Now it’s time to select them! Time for an 8 hour round trip drive to the stoneyard!

Stone Yard Visit

I cannot stress the importance of a stone yard visit enough! 4 hours  south to Naples to select? No problem! We also went north 2 hours to Jacksonville. All totally worth it!

Photos online are just not the same as seeing a slab in person at a stone yard. When you go to a stone yard you can choose the exact slab that will be put in your kitchen or bathroom, not to mention that it’s a fun trip out!

My daughter came with me to the stone yard, along with some samples from the house so we could have a look at multiple finishes side by side to make some decisions.

Following on from the decision on marble, I knew that if marble was the choice then it would have to be a Carrara or Calacatta marble but I needed to see them in person to check the tones of the veining details.

Here’s what we saw!

Pretty, but too swirly…
Too gray
Carrara…pretty but too gray
Nice to see 2 options side by side

Seeing this photo above from the trip really emphasises the importance again of going to see stone slabs at a yard – you just wouldn’t see the natural beauty of this slab from a photo online!!

Are you ready to see what we selected?!

The Chosen Slabs!

So with Carrara or Calacatta being the top two to look out for in the stone yard, unfortunately most of the Carrara slabs we saw looked far too gray and didn’t really work with the samples from the house. They were all beautiful slabs but I was looking for something with warmer tones to it.

We then came across this Calacatta Gold slab… And I instantly fell in love! It’s the perfect marble with all the veins and detailing that I was looking for, and the warmer tones of the veins is perfect for the house.

Calacatta Gold in the warehouse with the selections

And then I was able to choose the slabs for the kitchen… The biggest area we need stone for as we have the large island. I needed 4 slabs for the Kitchen and Master Bath and they had it. Perfect!

The slabs used for the kitchen

Kitchen Install

Once the slabs were chosen at the stone yard I booked the guys in to template the kitchen and bathrooms for the marble. This step in the process can seem quite slow but it’s crucial to getting the perfect fit!

I am so in love with our kitchen island now we have the amazing marble countertops!!

Some detail shots of the corner detailing to match the furniture style cabinets…

Bathroom Selections

For the bathrooms I kept the same Calacatta Gold marble for our Master. It’s an ideal way to save a little bit on the slab cost.  I then used a remnant of Carrara for my daughter’s bath. We mitered the edge to create  a thicker look.  All of them are relatively neutral and this marble works really well with these finishes that have been selected already.

Here’s an install photo from my daughter’s bathroom.

For 2 bathrooms I chose to use Quartz for the countertops…the pool bath and my son’s bathroom. The reason for this is  two fold….durability and color. The pool bath will be used heavily during the Summer, and my son is still relatively young so it’s better to go for a material with a great deal of durability! Plus quartz offers a solid white-white option, which is what I had in mind for both spaces. The Pool Bath will have some crazy wallpaper and I wanted a solid white to offset it.

Recap

My takeaways for selecting countertops are this:

-Research online to see what you like. Look closely at all of those pretty Pinterest boards you’ve made and I’ll bet there are some commonalities

-Be really realistic with yourself about what’s important to you. If etching and staining will drive you crazy, marble is not the choice for you. If having a natural material is important to you, quartz is not the choice for you. Accept the materials for what they are.

-Narrow down your options, get a quote and then visit some stoneyards. Yes, they are probably far. Yes, it will probably take up your Saturday. Yes, you will probably end up making a few trips. But it’s TOTALLY worth it, I promise.

I hope this post has given you an insight into the decision making process of deciding on the countertops for our dream home! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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