Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Best White Marble Alternative FOUND! New Statuario Pol Porcelain.

The search is over and you will love me because I finally found it! After bouncing around between Ceasarstone, Silestone, Granite, and the real thing (which of course looked so much better than everything else) I finally found perfection in the form of porcelain tile. My husband and I kept looking for a really white looking carerra marble with grains that didn't just look like dirt, beige or faux.  Then by a fluke, I found Statuario Polished Porcelain Slab made in Italy by Iris.  Not only is it much less expensive than the runner up which was Ceasarstone Calacatta Nuvo but it looks exactly like the real thing. Why? Because it is not a drawn on pattern, but a digital high resolution photographic image that has the beauty of a natural slab of marble.  How cool is that?  It is thin so you have to build it up with a solid piece of wood.
I overheard the sales person whisper to my contractor that it is $1600 a slab.

(I ended up getting this and it looks AMAZING and never gets dirty) Link Here

Shout out to Studio McGee for sharing this perfect kitchen with the world. I empaled them to ask what the divine countertop was and they replied,"We used Hanstone - Tranquility in this kitchen. It came out really good and looks even better in person. Please let me know what additional info you need from us". 

I am obsessed with this white and gold kitchen that is chicer than chic by Studio McGee! Check out the before and after HERE

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The 4 Best Carrera Marble Alternatives

I have been looking for the perfect kitchen counter top and with 3 kids, a marble Carrera counter is just not an option. It stains and always looks a little dirty. I'm totally obsessed with finding something that looks more white than grey and more real than fake.  Here are my top 4 picks for the best Carrera marble alternative.

1. Cambria Torquay Quartz countertops (looks just like marble).
2. HanStone quartz called Tranquility
3. Misty Carrera by Caesarstone.
4. Frosty Carrera by Caesarstone

1. Cambria Torquay  Quartz  Via Seventh House

2. Hanstone Quartz Tranquility 

3. Misty Carrera by Ceasarstone  via Here
Close up of Misty

4. Frosty Carrina Caesarstone  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Meditation

 Breathing in it's going to look fabulous! 
Doris Day's Kitchen
Doris Day was so  happy in hers and mine looked the same but I just couldn't find the love. Since the day I moved into this house, I have been secretly plotting to destroy this kitchen. My husband finally gave me the green light and so before I even had a plan I ripped it up the next day. There is no turning back now!  I am pulling it together on the fly and I am so excited! The concept is this below.

Something like this but not this:
White cabinets, white beveled subway tile , white Carrera countertop with waterfall and pale gray floor tile.
Unfortunately, I have to buy a pinball machine and put it in the living room as payback and keep the Go Rangers welcome mat but I think it is a fair exchange.
So fellow dwellers with taste - any good advice. Help.