Deciding on countertop

We are in the midst of finalizing our plans for our kitchen and I will admit it is super exciting but challenging at the same time.  After all, the kitchen is the center piece so I really want to get it right! One of my (many ;)) problems, is that I like a number of different kitchens and styles…

Promise to tell you all about my kitchen ideas but today I wanted to share thoughts on counter tops.  At the moment Silestone is my favorite but its pricey so I might need to mix it with another material. Here is what I have found,

  1. LAMINATE is probably the most affordable material. You can get it in all kinds of colors as well as marble look-alike for ex’ . Resistant against stains and super easy to maintain & clean. The one downside, it doesn’t feel like the real thing…but then again easy to upgrade one day.

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2. WOOD – a nice option that helps ad warmth to the kitchen. Its affordable but needs maintenance after some time, especially around the sink/water, where you will quickly notice stains. Being Scandinavian´n all – I prefer the lighter white-washed wood if I where to pick wood.

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3. STAINLESS has been around for ever and never really goes out of style (its usually colors and wood that do…). Its durable, easy to maintain and well priced. I would perhaps mix the stainless top with another material to avoid it feel to sterile.

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Below a kitchen where they have mixed it …
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Pic Vardagsglädje – above a close up where they mixed silestone + stainless.

4. CONCRETE – a material I really like and am convinced would ad a cool look and contrast to our other wise traditional summer house and style. I love the grey concrete color and since I am debating having it on the main floor I am not sure if its too much adding it as counter tops as well. Regardless, a strong candidate.

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5. NATURAL STONES

MARBLE CARRARA – a classic and popular counter top. High quality, a little more expensive but still better priced than the quartz. However it cannot withstand stains as well and this time around I prefer a counter top where I dont need to worry as much. I know there are ways to treat it to make it more resistant, so its still on the list ;). I would then prefer a thin top to give it a more modern touch …

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NATURAL STONE – limestone, a beautiful material that I have had in the past and just love love but it does require work given its sensitive towards stains from wine and all kinds of citrus fruits. I remember being on my toes every day, worried as someone was preparing fresh orange juice, making the salads with all kinds of citrus fruits or as hubby was making the afternoon gin tonic. Conclusion, its over the top beautiful but probably just not the pick for our family right now… OR?

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SILESTONE/QUARTZ – a strong contender but for sure very expensive. You can choose to make the top as thin as you like ( with concrete it’s harder, easier to break). It comes in various colors and styles. This is my top pick – but will there be money left for that :))

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CORIAN/DEKTON – amazing products that can resist almost anything. They are both in the very very high price range, where DEKTON is the latest and even more expensive but with improved durance. Its not an option for us in this summer house but wanted to mention it to you … in case someone else is thinking about it.

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So, to summarize – my first pick is Silestone  (in a very light color) and if it gets to pricey I might try to mix it with concrete, perhaps have concrete on the island ….but I promise to show you all/more details soon soon.

A side from that, if you are in the stage of building and deciding what counter top to choose – make sure you check prices with someone other than your assigned kitchen supplier. The kitchen stores need their little profit share so it makes sense checking somewhere else as well. “Shop around” before deciding.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Hugs P

Pics borrowed fr; Ballingslöv.se, Vardagsglädje.se, Pinterest.com, Insta;Whitelivingetc, Åraslövkök, Skönahem.se, Husligheter.se, Elle.dk

 

 

 

 

Sold our old summer house

To buy the lot and build in Mölle Sweden, we needed to sell the summer house we have had in a close by town. A house we loved deeply. The house was small but we still managed to fit us 5 as well as guests and constant sleep overs without any problems. We have had our eyes set on the town Mölle for years but where waiting for the right time. Now was the time! It was sad to let the summer place go, after all we spent a lot of time, work and sweat on this place. It was our little paradise, a place we could go to when we needed our Swedish dose, and to be with family and friends. We hope our next house will be as wonderful and enjoyable!

I thought I would share pics of what part of our old place looked like. The house was over 100 years old so we did a full make-over from head to toe. I feel we did a good job! Now, I am looking forward to fit in some of the old furniture into the new house. I hope the mix of new stuff & some oldies will work!

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I am looking forward to 2017 – love the feeling that we are starting fresh, new year, new ideas, new opportunities and hopefully a new summer house by the end of this year!

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Heart of the house

Now to the most important room, the heart of the house – the Kitchen! Like all families, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, we work from home/the kitchen, we love cooking, having friends over for dinner and the kitchen always becomes the hang area until late hours. So, this space needs to be right and cozy. The criteria´s we have so far:

  • We want one big dining table just outside the kitchen (connecting) and in the kitchen space we want to create a small bench & mini round table.
  • A clean island (no bar stools) just a nice area for work, chopping, placing food…
  • I want the fridge, freezer and pantry to be in a space of its own between kitchen and laundry room (our coming drawings will explain it better). A sort of old fashioned “serveringsgång” in Swedish/a passage so its not visible as much in the kitchen.
  • We don’t want upper cabinets in general, but one display cabinet from floor to ceiling where we can store all porcelain on one side.
  • Would love to ad a unique stove & kitchen fan (anyone familiar with the brand)?
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  • We hope to afford a nice stone, carrara marble, concrete, quartz, silestone as countertop…(guess we have to save in on something else 🙂
  • Still not sure what color to chose for cabinets; white, gray or petroleum blue. I have always had light gray and white kitchens in my life..hmm… or if we want cabinets with raised panel, plain or a mix?

Here are some kitchen pictures from Pinterest, Ballingslöv, Esny, twwp that inspire me.

Before I log out I want to share our idea of creating a small divider between sitting area and kitchen in some way. Its an open floor plan but I want to separate the 2 different areas. I love the steel/glass combinations below but most likely it will be cheaper to do it with wood/glass. Below images to give you an idea what I am trying to accomplish, cool right?

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So, as you can see I still have a lot to decide and finalize but if there is one room that I am willing to put in extra time and money on – its the kitchen for sure!  Wish me luck that I will see it clearer when its time to sit down with the kitchen architects… open to comments!

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