I have a dream, and that is to gut and remodel our entire kitchen. I would take out the cabinets, install open shelving, and choose counter-to- ceiling Carrera marble. Unfortunately, it’s just a dream, and I’ll just have to live with “kitchen envy,” the kind that consumes me every time I open a magazine or visit a show-house. The image of thick, meaty counter-top has been known to even keep me awake at night. I would even agree to cease my (incessant) complaining about my all white kitchen if Mr. B. would just agree that our kitchen needs this one (small) change.
A few weeks ago I visited a model home; it was one that a friend had recommended, and since I happened to be in the area I decided to take a look. Now it’s time to profess my hobby; it’s looking at houses. New houses, houses under construction, houses not under construction (I knock first), show homes & model homes. The latter of which has spurned a whole new obsession, thick counter-tops. The kitchen in this model home had a “waterfall island” paired with a nice thick, book-matched marble counter-top. It was as if someone read my mind and designed my “dream” kitchen. The only challenge is that it’s in a townhouse, and not one we currently live in or have plans to move into (at least not yet).
But, it has changed my opinion on the thickness of solid surfaces so much that I find myself judging anything less than 2″. Yes, I have become somewhat of a “counter-top snob” when it comes to the thickness of a counter-top. It’s a dramatic look, and of course not inexpensive, but it’s so visually striking. And you’ll soon see why…
Designer/ Susan Greenleaf-Lonny Magazine
This was one of Lonny Magazine’s most popular image from last year, and it’s easy to see why. The contrast of the white and thick counter-tops against the grays of the cabinets creates such depth and warmth.
Designer/ William Hefner
This kitchen has it all, a fireplace and a thick counter-top.
Image/ Walker Zanger
Designer/ Louise Brooks
Image/ Vogue Magazine
I love the mix of materials in this kitchen, from the well-worn (or well- loved) wooden chevron floor, to the thick marble counters.
Designer/ Michelle Smith
Builder/ T-Olive www.toliveproperties.com
This kitchen was built by the firm that also built our home. The heart of the home gets a make-over and a very stunning one.
Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick
This is from the inspiration kitchen at Phipps Plaza in January. The lacquered cabinets paired with the meaty marble counter-top gives this kitchen a sleek and sophisticated look.
Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick
Yes, this is the kitchen that started my obsession. It has elements of my dream kitchen, from the waterfall island to the recessed shelving encased in book-matched marble.
I hope you are inspired to create your own dream space. In the words of design icon Dorothy Draper “I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right it is right.” And it feels right to me.
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