Monday, October 30, 2017

Quartz Countertop Update

We decided to definitely go with quartz counters! I'm so excited! I got to meet with my contractor a couple of weeks ago to look at samples in the showroom. I was so excited to get the ball rolling!

I mentioned that I'd heard you can get quartz for only a little more than laminate these days and apparently there are some quartz choices that are more affordable but...I guess I have good taste because the sample I went directly to at the showroom was one of the more expensive ones (of course it was) And I added the ogee edge which increased the cost. Oh well. :) All in all, we paid about $80 per square foot. When I first laid eyes on all the samples, my eye went right to this one...

Daltile Quartz in "Riverbank" color.

It had the neutral colors I was looking for...grey and white. Here are all the quartz samples we brought home...

It's always a good idea to bring samples home to look at them in your own kitchen with the kind of lighting you have. Things can look a lot different in the showroom than they do in your own home. I would also recommend taking the samples outdoors in natural light. Sometimes natural light can bring out other colors in the stone that you can't see indoors. 

These were the top two we were considering...

Daltile "Riverbank" on the left and Color Quartz "Breccia Bianco" on the right.

The one on the right just looked too much like a dalmation when I saw bigger pictures of it. Too many black and white "spots" I guess. 

Although I was pretty sure I wanted Riverbank, I still wanted to see a large slab of it before making my final decision. It's so hard to tell on those little samples. So we drove about an hour away to visit the slab yard and see a big ol' chunk of it in person. We donned our bright orange vests and had a guide take us out to the yard. They were able to lift our choice out into the aisle for us to get a closer look...

And here it is...

It definitely has the grey and white look I was going for.

Here's a close up...

I would definitely recommend going to the slab yard before making a final decision. Our particular quartz was pretty consistent in color, but if you're considering granite, you really want to see an entire slab because granite has different patterns throughout. For example, your little sample at the showroom could seem like one color, but when you see the entire slab, you'll see other swirls and patterns that won't necessarily show up in the little sample piece. 

And sometimes you can pick up on another color in the stone that you didn't see in the sample. I have a friend who had her quartz all picked out from a sample. The sample looked like a cream background with grey swirls. Then she went to the slab yard to look at a big piece in person and noticed the swirls had a lot of green to them. 

Here's a picture of the sample on our existing counters, so you can get a pretty good idea of what it'll look like...

I think it will look great with our stainless appliances, white cabinets, subway tile and wood floors. What do you think?

I'm pretty sure we're going with a single basin apron front farmhouse sink too. We'll probably go with a short apron front, so we don't have to modify our existing cabinets too much. Here's the one we're thinking of getting...

And by the way, when did sinks get so expensive??? Talk about sticker shock! 

As soon as we order our sink, we can get started on the counters. And we might even have enough quartz left over to redo the guest bathroom counter. I'll keep y'all posted. :) 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Super Deal on Holiday Pillow Covers

I had to share this deal with y'all! Look at these cute holiday pillow covers on Amazon. This one is a FOUR PACK for $12, including shipping!!! All these I'm showing you today are from TrimakeShop on Amazon. They're 18"x18" so they work perfectly with the standard pillow forms sold at places like Hobby Lobby. 

Look at these cute designs. Can you believe it's only $14 for all four, including shipping?! Crazy!

Just put "trimakeshop" in the search bar on Amazon and they'll all come up. 

I love the Halloween ones and you get all three for less than $10 shipped!

This one is perfect for Thanksgiving and it's only $4, including shipping!

Can you believe those prices?! If you only wanted a couple, you could split the price with a friend and really get a good deal! Or you could split them up and give as gifts. 

One more thing...I edited my FALL HOME TOUR POST because I added this cute plaid "throw"...

Isn't it cute? It's actually a $5 scarf from Walmart. :) 

We visited the slab yard today and officially picked our quartz. I'll share pics soon. Happy Weekend! 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Fall Decor

I'm back today to share my fall home tour. As usual on these posts, I'll try to keep the talking to a minimum and just let you browse through the pics without having to listen to me jibber jabber. :) 

I counted how many pumpkins I have in my house right now and the total is... 55! Pumpkin addiction at its finest. ;) 

That basket holds a ton of burlap pumpkins, along with some cream colored ones with a little fall ribbon thrown in for good measure. 

Check out Miss Holly trying to get inside the armoire...

I have several of these Fall pillow hangers from Kirklands...

This cute little black and white pumpkin is my only new fall decor purchase this year. Target...$5. :) 

That "Give Thanks" pillow is still a fall favorite. And the pumpkin candle holder on the end table looks so pretty when lit.

Edited to add: I just got this pretty fall "throw" at Walmart for $5. P.S. It's actually a scarf! :) Thanks to my IG friend @audrajenn for this clever idea!

The ol' "window cling on a plate trick" for easy to remove temporary fall decor. With the abundance of cute window clings, this works for any holiday. 

I love that my new dishwasher has a handle so I can display another fall dishtowel. 

And that concludes my fall home tour 2017. Thanks for taking a look! 


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