by Suzanne M. Harvey
I have a laundry list of updates for our new home. It is what I do after all. I take it and make it mine (or yours for my clients). That is the joy I find in design. Taking the good bones and creating a space that is a reflection of those that live in it.
I’ll be honest I am no different from my clients. I want instant results. Since I can see the vision for the end result I have no patience to wait for it to be a reality. But that is the reality of renovations. So I started with the project that should be the fastest to complete…the kitchen.
This space is in pretty good condition. Especially since it was built in the late 80’s. That’s right – no mauve paint or brass fixtures?? None in site but there are a few updates I must make. First up….those laminate counters.
There are a multitude of stones available for kitchens today. And I love so many of them. But with resale in mind I opted for the solid choice of granite. It is a great choice for kitchens and has immense resale value. Every buyer these days expects it. And after our Realtor confirmed it…off we go!
So today I ventured to a local granite supplier to find our new counter. I found some absolutely gorgeous and amazing options. How amazing that this rock comes out of the ground with these colors & designs! So here is where the conflict comes in…can I find something I like that inspires the designer in me and still appeals to the masses?? After all I will probably only live in this house for a few years.
Here it is…Giallo Ornamental. I love that it has so many colors and yet has a subtle veining and will liven up the space. It only took a few weeks to get it and I am loving it!
But one solid rock is not enough for this kitchen! Enter travertine…for the back splash. Again I wanted a choice that would add value but work with any decor. I love the texture of tumbled travertine. With a little shine from the metallic accent tile we were ready for install.
So here it is…the final product.
A designers work is never done…especially in her own home, so until next time…make the most of every moment wherever you find yourself!