My Current Obsession…Our Backsplash

The kitchen…The most important part of a home, and the most important room to make perfect…

Our kitchen will the focal point of our living space and the area everyone will relax and hang out…So important…No pressure…

After going back and forth trying to decide if we should put in an island or a bar, we decided to go with the bar.  We felt a counter height bar would allow more cabinet space and more seating than an island, so this is what we put in.

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We are going to be able to fit 5ish barstools around the ledge, and we will also have the breakfast nook table right under my World Market light, that obviously I’m obsessed with because I keep talking about it in my posts… lol

So after choosing our layout for the kitchen we chose our cabinets and granite, but then we had to make a decision for our backsplash.

Did we want to go with travertine, brick, decorative or subway tile?

My husband really liked the look of the travertine and so did I, but I just didn’t feel like it was the right decision…

I looked at TONS of photos online and started paying a LOT more attention to kitchens I walked into, and after obsessing I made a decision that my husband wasn’t super excited about…

I decided I really wanted subway tile, no grout and off white in color to coordinate with the cabinets and with the the dark brown granite I really felt it would look amazing.

Not only did we need to decide the MATERIAL for the backsplash, but we needed to decide how we wanted it to look…SOOO many decisions…

After choosing what we wanted there was the anticipation of waiting for the backsplash to be installed…2 months went by and then I received a text from the contractor of the finished product…

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I have to say, I’M COMPLETELY IN LOVE with how it turned out!! I’m so glad I went with my gut and choose this BEAUTIFUL off white subway tile as well as the decorative touch where the cook top will be and the potfiller!  I seriously can’t wait to see everything installed, and I can’t wait to actually COOK in OUR kitchen!!!

The company that installed was Floor Works in Dallas, Georgia.  The same company that installed our BEAUTIFUL tile shower and bathroom floors and I have to say they did an AMAZING job!

One more thing checked off our list!

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Granite & Marble

Okay, let me start by saying that Pinterest is AMAZING, buuuuut it makes me have ridiculously expensive taste in decor and decorative features.

Secondly, I’m NOT rich or even close to it, so I definitely can’t afford my high class Pinterest taste! HAH!

With that being said, I had to take it down a notch from my Pinterest boards when building our home.

When building a custom home you literally have endless options, which I feel makes the process SOOOO difficult, and lately I really envy the people that have choices because they are building in a neighborhood or with a builder that only gives you limited options…

Prime example of my ridiculous Pinterest tastes are these Sienna Creme Granite Countertops, which I fell IN LOVE WITH!
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Aren’t these Granite tops BEAUTIFUL!?

PSH…..REALITY CHECK came quickly when I found out these were DOUBLE our budget price…sad moment I know…

My husband has always told me, “You could walk into any store and pick up the most expensive item there.”  Basically he’s right, and the granite company said the same thing…Cool…

Well, the picture below shows the granite samples we were given to help stay WITHIN our original budget.
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I definitely did NOT like the black granite at the top and I really didn’t feel like the grey choices were going to flow well with our kitchen cabinets, which left us with the cream and brown colored samples.

Sooooooo, we decided we needed to go with something SEMI-Similar to my original granite choice, which led us to our Giallo Napole granite which is the bottom right sample.  After the install we were so glad we decided to choose something within budget and we’re LOVING our choice!!

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The colors in the granite match perfectly with the brown cabinet overlay and it looks AMAZING!  There’s also a really cool small splash of grey mixed in on one part of the granite that adds a lot of character and we really feel it will look AWESOME with the new paint color.

Let’s not talk about that horrible blue paint color…That’s getting fixed soon and that’s another post entirely…

One thing I knew I wanted with was a full bullnose edge, which rounds the edge all the way around on the granite and Kyle didn’t seem to care about this feature.  I really feel this added a nice touch to the look of the granite and kitchen.  The full bullnose edge was an upgrade, BUT even with the added cost of the edge style we still came UNDER BUDGET!! YESSS!!!

Now onto the marble for the bathrooms and laundry room.

We had about 12 samples of marble to look initially and all would fit our budget price.  After narrowing down our favorites here’s what we were looking at.

Marble Choices2 All four colors had a lot of grey and white, sorry about the quality of the photo, and the last one on the right had the grey and brown mixed. After looking at our cabinet choice, a darker brown color, we changed our minds completely and decided we wanted only white and brown in our marble and that sample isn’t shown above.

 

Here’s what we went with!

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We’re SOOO happy we chose this marble, it blends so well with the cabinets and it really gives the counter some nice texture!

What do you think?!

Now to deal with that blue paint that should have been grey…