One of the best parts about being back in our newly renovated home, aside from sleeping in my own bed, is having a kitchen that I can dirty up. Now that I am at home (technically 60 days, if you don’t count travel) I’ve finally dusted our new countertops with flour and got hands into some dough. A messy kitchen, is a well-loved kitchen.
When we started this renovation with McDonald Remodeling, we were looking at it from a functional standpoint; how do we maximize the space we have to fit our lifestyle? However, my ultimate goal was to figure out what countertops will be hardworking enough to handle all of the spills and chaos that go into food preparation, but still work within the design aesthetic I wanted. Bearing all that in mind, we visually split the room into two different sections (“work station” and “entertaining”) and chose by looking into two different substrates for the countertop. Then came the questions: What could we afford? What would require the least maintenance? What could we use to prevent the kitchen from looking dated?
We had to do a bit of research to get to this decision, mind you, but it was well worth it. Ultimately, we worked with the team at Cambria, based right here in Minnesota, with the selection and installation. The team was great to work with and kindly let me hold on to samples probably a bit longer than they had expected (it was a really hard decision to select the finish).
Some of the reasons why I am so happy with our new countertops:
My kitchen will be getting quite a bit more use in the next few weeks, which means my countertops will stay messy, in preparation for celebrating the holidays with family and friends. While I love the look of marble, we made the right decision going with quartz from Cambria. We’re very excited for our first holiday season in this newly transformed space.
Sources: Design/Planning by McDonald Remodeling // Benjamin Moore White Dove // Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron // Cement Tile Shop– Star // Quartz Cambria’s Marble Collection, Ella // Lacanche Range // Blu Dot Hot Mesh Counter Stool
BY Kate Arends - January 5, 2016
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.