This from an a very good friend and former co-worker:
Hey Purdy Lady,I need you to talk me down from wanting to choose carrera marble for my kitchen counters! Not sure what's happened, but I keep seeing carrera in more and more kitchens lately and I like the look!! Granted, most are from the t.v. shows Selling L.A. and Selling New York where people have spectacular kitchens but use them only as museums. (I think I even heard crickets, saw cobwebs on the professional range, and spied a little tumble weed rolling through the kitchen in one of the episodes featuring a 4 million dollar home.) You get the idea. Anyway, I'm well aware of the negatives regarding carrera/marbles in general- for God sakes I was in the industry!! But I don't know if I want to go with ho-hum "safe" suburban granite like every other kitchen around here! Will I hate it? What about resale down the road?? I'm not even sure who I am anymore. Thoughts??xoxoxo-HP.S. We are knocking down the wall between the kitchen and diningroom, going with espresso colored (almost black) cabinets, and continuing the medium brown color hardwood floors through the kitchen for a cohesive look, stainless appliances, and will have a kitchen island which I'm still trying to decide if I want it the same color as the cabinets. I don't want a solid color counter...would like something with interesting with movement (like marble! there I go again...) and I think it should be on the lighter side considering the dark I've got going on.
Scott says, "hone it and go crazy!" I kinda tend to agree. We used "Calcutta" in a house for it's additional beige veins, thus hiding more wear and tear, but Carerra is so pretty and contemporary, and once you've got a nice patina it's so "soda counter" cool, so "old apothacary smooth."
Sounds like a solid surface quartz just won't make all your dreams come true, and resale? You are doing all the honing, and patina work for them! That, my friend, is priceless!!
Side note: The following images were found on Pinterest, my new eye candy obsession! Shiny, slick marble is pretty, but mostly for showrooms. Carerra marble is prone to acid stains (lemon, tomato, juice, etc but once you have evenly stained it with daily use it develops a gorgeous patina. If the marble is honed first it helps the patina process all the more. My Girl will be happy with the look, she knows what she's getting into!
Love the contemporary look here!!
Fantastic carved drainboard!
Cute and shiny, maybe a little dated- I'd nix those bar stools!
This is somewhat her idea- dark and light, classic!