This week has been a big buying week.
I kinda liked the adrenaline of running around spending 'pretend' money
( aka: money we have to pay back to the bank, hello credit ) and making pretty-much snap decisions on applicances etc. AB doesn't get a buying rush, so I think the word for his experience would be: draining.
Ok, in the kitchen - fridge, stove, dishwasher, check, check, check.
I deviated onto lighting when I was supposed to be thinking sinks .. so still gotta go there
( and my lights are out of stock until May, so I may have to make-do with something lesser-loved. Poo )
Over at the house, they've been bricking in an old external door and making a new one in my laundry/pantry. Swish. It's set to become my favourite room.
I was over at Caesarstone yesterday looking at slabs of rock to lock in my final decision.
It turns out some of my shortlist were way too busy when viewed large, so I surprised myself
by going meek & subtle.
Ice Snow it is.
However, there WAS a fab slab called Free Spirit which was *adorable* .. but discontinued
due to beige chumps like myself not having any imagination or the guts to use it. Pshaw.
I thought it was actually quite subtle, and if it was still available, i'd be getting it for sure.
I was assured I would not be able to even find an offcut anywhere in the country,
let alone 3+ metres of it.
Pshaw I say again.
It has two of my fave stones in it: amber & amethyst.
I have a beautiful art deco amethyst ashtray that belonged to AB's grandma that picks up the prettiest light. I pinched it from the table of stuff no-one wanted that was going to the Salvos.
Maybe amethyst isn't for everyone then.
Ok, so White Snow. All good. Looks pretty in slab form, won't pick fights with Uncle Barry or offend the Tupperware host. Wears pearls, crosses her legs, doesn't swear. Done.
Next problem: The laundry that runs ( doorless ) off the kitchen .. with the 5m bench on one side,
and the pantry shelving on the other.
We can't afford the luxe in there, so it has to be Laminex.
I found a chip that matches the Ice Snow .. but it just wasn't sitting well with me .. not only was the tone slightly off and cooler .. it just seemed .. like it was pretending to be something it wasn't?
With stone, you have that depth.. whereas the laminex was a printed stone pattern. Flat as a tack.
It bothered me.
Would I get over it, or would it always make me wince?
So ( I think ) i've decided not to match it. I've picked out a plain light linen speckle that isn't pretending to be anything else .. it's just a beige-y heshian-y shade that's quite nice.
It's called Platinum Micro.
BUT, will it look weird to have another colour peeking through in the laundry?
Unless I pick up this shade in a splashback later on to tie it in?
Possible .. i'm not up to splashbacks yet - neither colour or subtrate.
( I think they quoted me on glass though, which would be nice.. )
I could also pop it in under my island, where the kids will be kicking it on the barstools?
The black box above is supposed to represent the open doorway that will be there .. where you will plainly see the laundry benchtops
OR: Should I go with the fake-stone-look laminex that kinda-matches the Caesar?
Or something else?
What would you do?