First I want to thank all of you who responded with your great ideas & suggestions. I was reading them as I was walking through the marble yard today & they were very helpful. I didn’t get much sleep last night worrying about making a decision. Anyone who thinks marble shopping is fun….trust me it’s not!!
I decided to go to another marble distributor early this morning in hopes of being able to see more options & make my decision easier. I’ve never been so confused!! Sometimes too many options are worse. I was naturally the most attracted to the Calcutta slabs I was seeing but they are way out of my budget. (isn’t that always the case…. I can find the most expensive thing no matter what I’m shopping for, so why would this be any different?)
At the end of the day I decided carerra was my best option, and I’m not complaining about it…believe me, I’m just happy to be getting marble! I didn’t really see any slabs that I thought were any better so I drove back to my original place with the plan to purchase the first slabs. My fabricator measured yesterday & turns out one will not be enough. I knew that was too good to be true cause it sure would’ve been a lot cheaper! But with the two slabs I will be able to do my bathroom vanity & the custom island my husband built!
Anyhow, while I was still contemplating whether it looked too gray or not, I thought I better double check in case there was something else there I had missed. And don’t you know….hiding in the very back…..there were three slabs that were from the same lot but with a noticeably whiter background!!
……… But then I noticed a sold sticker on one so I thought…..ok Heidi, don’t get your hopes up. Fortunately when I had someone check they were in fact all available! Yay! This made my decision because I was getting a much better price here ( mainly thanks to a friend in the business who does work with this company) but also because these slabs are already honed. The other placed had mostly polished and it would be an addition cost to hone.
Here they are…
There’s quite a bit of veining but picture it cut in half and it looks much softer. I told my fabricator to use the cleaner areas. Its hard to get a good feel from the photos but i could tell instantly that these looked brighter so I’m feeling good about my decision and cant wait to see them installed!! If all goes well they might be in by next weekend
Now on to other decisions…need to pick my faucet (& yes that darn budget problem!!)
It never ends!
Thanks again for your help. I feel so blessed to have such great followers who were so quick to help a girl in stress mode!
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I need your help!
Why is it so hard making decisions when it comes to my own design choices???
I’m considering this slab of carerra marble for my countertops…
I don’t want the background to look too gray. I like a whiter background with gray veining. Does this look appropriate? I was pretty confident about it until tonite & now I’m second guessing myself. I am planning to purchase it tomorrow but I want to make sure it’s gonna have the feeling I want. What are your thoughts?? This is harder than I thought & I can use someone else’s perspective.
Thanks in advance!
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Remember this chair?
I have a pair & they were once in my living room.
I never really loved the quatrefoil fabric on them so they’ve been recovered in a wonderful Chelsea Editions check ( that I only waited 5 MONTHS to receive!)
And they are now in my master bedroom sitting area
I’ve been wanting to get a small loveseat for up there & got super lucky when I found this on Craigslist!! It’s custom made with a nice linen upholstery & beautiful trim on the skirt
The coffee/end tables are from my living room as well. I think they’re a better scale for this smaller room ( I bought a new one for the living room)
My bed, dresser & nightstands are gone (sold them to a friend) so here is the current state of my bedroom. I also repainted. Although I loved the soft blue/green/gray color I had, it didn’t go well with the more taupey gray in the check fabric. The new color is similar without the greeny undertones. It’s Benjamin Moore Olympic Mountains
Sorry for the poor quality pic…the lighting wasn’t the best & this is the only pic I have right now
My mattresses are on the floor while I wait for my new iron canopy bed (to be delivered this Friday..yay!!) I ordered the one from Pottery Barn. Let’s hope I like it because I couldn’t see it in person since they don’t have it on the floor in any of their stores. I won’t like it if the iron feels cheap or hollow, but at least they have a great return policy. I’m hoping that won’t be necessary but we shall see. The painted nightstands are ones I got about 4-5 months ago and the bench was also recovered in the Chelsea check. I’ve switched out the curtains for just simple cream linen. I don’t want much pattern/color in here. don’t my new floors look awesome!
Remember the rooms that have been inspiring me?
The check will probably be my only real pattern in the room. Oh, and look what else I found that I couldn’t walk away from….
You know about my putti fetish! I couldn’t help myself….. You just don’t see these every day and this one was way too beautiful with all it’s patina to not bring it home. It will be hung in my bedroom somewhere.
I still need to find a chest or small sideboard to set the tv on in the sitting room. I’m holding out for something special. I would love a nice antique.
I’m also wanting a tall narrow chest of drawers for the wall opposite the bed. Theres not much wall space so it can’t be too wide. I’ve been drooling over this Swedish antique one but just can’t bring myself to spend the money right now with all the kitchen projects
Isn’t it gorgeous??
I will post soon on what’s been going on in the kitchen….
Have a great week everyone & God bless
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Well….. The only tent worth checking out in Brimfield was the one from Lone Ranger Antiques
And according to him, all his best stuff was gone the first day
I was seriously considering the piece above for my bedroom… But I walked away
Ahhh…. I’ll take # 83! He’s the only thing I’m bringing back home & he’s priceless
Happy anniversary honey & thanks for taking me here. We learned that its not worth coming at the end of the show (which I thought would be the case) …. It starts Tuesday and it looked pretty wiped out by Saturday. It’s hard to tell from these pics but trust me when I say everything else looked pretty sad.
Lessen here….. Come early or don’t come at all! Have a great weekend everyone
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This post is gonna be all over the place but I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on around here.
Let’s start with the kitchen
I’m loving my new floors! But that’s about where the improvements stopped. No fault of my husbands but we ran into a stumbling block…
He started building the upper cabinets, and I wanted him to build a side panel beside the fridge to make it feel more “built in” (like the one on the right where the oven is)
That’s when he gave me the bad news…. The countertop sticks out too far, not giving us any space to add the side panel (boo hoo). I’m planning to replace the counters with marble at some point but i was going to wait a few months (or longer) before tackling that expense. Sooo….this is how our kitchen remains & now I’m forced to look for counters sooner rather than later. I guess that’s how remodeling projects go! Until he finishes building the cabinets, we cant really order the new door fronts either so we are definitely at a stand still…
On another (more positive) note…..look what was opened this weekend
Yay!! I can’t wait to start enjoying the pool & spending more time outdoors! Now if it would only warm up around here long enough to actually feel like spring! What is with this weather, I actually had to turn the heat back on today, it was freezing in the house this morning
And for a bit more exciting news…….I’m going to Brimfield this weekend!! For those of you who don’t know, it’s a huge outdoor antique fair held 3 times a year in Brimfield Mass. It’s probably the largest fair on the east coast. It stretches out for a mile on a 2 lane road with tents set up on both sides as far as you can see. It lasts all week & it would probably take that long to see everything. I couldn’t be more excited!! I’ve only been once over 12 years ago & have always wanted to go back. My husband & I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary the same weekend & he was sweet enough to offer to take me up there. We will be staying at a bed & breakfast literally walking distance to the show. We are due for a little get away & this will be perfect!!!
I will try & post from there but no promises!
Have a great week
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I’ve been wanting an iron canopy bed ever since seeing this one on Pinterest
Designed by Anelle Primos
There’s something so relaxing and ethereal about this bedroom. I love everything in it, esp those Tara Shaw chests/night stands & Bviz pillows. I’ve been staring at this photo for months….makes me want to change everything in my bedroom. I love the lack of color & simplicity. I find I keep wanting to go this direction more & more these days
Here are some more favorites I have been pinning
Im especially liking the combination of metal with an upholstered headboard. What are your thoughts? Do you love metal canopy beds or do you prefer wood?
The one I currently have is wood but I’m thinking of selling it to a friend & starting over. The new wood floors in my bedroom have me itching for a change ( gotta love that domino effect)
Here are a few contenders…
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