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Rock Solid

by Suzanne M. Harvey

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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