The kitchen plans are starting to actually take shape. By shape, I mean something with actual definition, and not the amorphous, foggy compendium of ideas they have been until now. Cabinets have been purchased (IKEA Nexus yellow-brown) and are stacked in the dining room awaiting assembly.
Dining room and hall status as of 11/01/09 - condition critical:
*(Yes, that is a Stickley Brothers costumer and a giant A&C grandfather clock that you spy in the photos. We couldn't bear to part with all the old A&C pieces, and those two made the cut).
Back to the kitchen, and the rub that lies therein. The spouse is a granite fan. We put an amazing, high-movement granite in a traditional home we had in Crestwood back in 2003. It was great there, but I'm thinking not-so-great in this MCM home. I've always pictured a clean, off-white quartz in this home, and he is OK with this. But I still sense a wistfulness for the lost granite, as he has also picked out another quartz -- this one with a larger aggregate. It is really pretty cool and terrazzo-looking. So I am seeking input from my fellow MCM peeps. You people know what looks good, and I know you're not afraid to express your opinions. In my usual manner of placing carts before horses, I have already fallen for a particular backsplash (Sendai Silk by Lunada Bay Tile). I know it is a bit backward, but I am trying to find countertop to suit the backsplash.
Here are the options:
We try to do our part. Thankfully, consignment stores make it easy to do so without breaking the bank. Below is the fabulous wire patio set we impulsively purchased and crammed into DH's Element yesterday afternoon. (Elements really are outstanding wessels -- everybody should have one). I think we'll just leave the set orange. Imagining sitting outside with friends on a crisp autumn day with a mug of mulled cider. Yummm!