As followers of my Pinterest page will attest to, I am fairly obsessed with Hamptons and Cape Cod style kitchens. I have been dreaming about designing my perfect kitchen for years and every time I see one I like I pin it on my board, so I have a reference for what I want when that day comes. I was looking at my pictures the other day and it was clear that they pretty much all looked the same – white shaker style cabinets, nickle pendants, subway tiles and marble bench tops. That is my idea of kitchen heaven.
However, now the time has come to design my real life dream kitchen I have to decide where the dream should meet the reality. You know, the reality where I have two kids under 8, a love of spaghetti bolognese and a husband who drinks red wine. In short, not an overly marble friendly reality.
I know I would love how it looks, but I’m just not sure if it’s worth the risk that we’d wreck it and then I’d be devastated and eternally frustrated by it. I have been repeatedly warned against it by friends and family, but then I look at those pictures and become seduced by it’s luxurious sophistication. I can’t help but think that now that I’m finally getting my dream kitchen, shouldn’t I go all the way and have the dream?!
Still, it’s a big decision and the last thing I want to do is regret it, so I’ve started to do some research. I Googled blogs and websites to see how other marble loving mothers (that sounds like a support group!) have fared with their decision. And along the way I’ve found some stunning blogs and kitchens, so make sure you check them out. One of my favourite blog finds is Georgica Pond, which is about the build of a stunning Cape Cod style home in Sydney’s Northern beaches. The writer, Mel, a mum of three, clearly had the same reservations as I did about her marble kitchen, but as she writes on her blog, she has never regretted it. She is very clear that it will stain and scratch, but states that it’s so beautiful it’s worth the imperfections it gains over time.
Mel’s beautiful kitchen, from the Georgica Pond blog.
Mel’s post was helpful and informative, but her kitchen was so damn gorgeous I’m not sure if it inspired or deterred me! She does have marble tiles in the bathroom though and as stunning as it looks I wouldn’t go that far. I hate cleaning bathrooms as it is, so I definitely don’t need that added stress.
Another great site I found was Life in Grace, with her Living with Marble post. This stylish American mum was also warned against marble but decided to get it anyway. Again, she admits that marble has its drawbacks, but writes that she loves looking at her kitchen so much it’s worth it. Again, not helping!
Hilariously, this writer even suggested you check your Myer Briggs personality type to see whether you have the right personality to cope with marble. And, of course, as an ENFP I am one of the three types that supposedly can! However, even if I could deal with its fragility I’m pretty sure my kids and husband don’t have the same personality type. I can just imagine them dumping all their bags, keys and pens on the island bench and me constantly berating everyone for not taking care of it. I really don’t want to be one of those people, it’s so boring.
This is exactly what I’m worried about…
We all know that engineered stone, like Cesearstone and Essa Stone can look gorgeous, but without being porous like marble, so that is a big advantage. And Cesearstone’s new product Calcutta Nuvo is undoubtably beautiful. It does look like marble, with only a faint vein rather than a strong one, which I don’t mind. The only draw back is that it’s as expensive as marble, so part of me feels like for that price you’re better to get the real thing. But then we’re back at square one!
I asked our Facebook followers what they thought and after 100 comments they were pretty much divided down the middle, probably with a slight lean against it. So really, after all this research I am right back where I started! At least I have a little bit of time to think about it though. And think about it…and think about it!
So what do you think, to marble or not to marble? I’d love to hear your opinion….
My dream kitchen. Ah, happy place.