When we finally purchased our home five months ago after a year and a half of looking and waiting (dreaded short sale), the house needed a complete design overhaul. The kitchen was an eyesore, with its drab, sad cabinets, green slate floors, and beige tiles. I had always dreamt of an all white kitchen with carrara marble countertops.
The only problem is every slab yard/store strongly suggested I not use carrara marble for kitchen countertops--they insisted it was for bathroom use only. In fact, they looked at me like I was downright crazy for even contemplating the idea. It was astonishing that not one person they worked with had ever installed it in a kitchen yet every design/shelter magazine that exists has featured it in their magazines for years and repeatedly.
(Although don't get me wrong, I do love me a carrara marble bathroom. Can never have enough in my mind.)
All of the warnings almost got to me. I searched out every alternative, but kept returning to carrara marble. There is just no substitute.
I am so happy that I didn't listen to all of the naysayers. I absolutely love the honed carrara marble (bianco) that I did get installed (and sealed.) I welcome the patina that will come with age and wear and tear. It wouldn't be so bad to feel that every time I walked in to my kitchen I am transported to Old World Europe. That day seems pretty far away as it still looks just as good as the day it was installed.
Kitchen pictures to come...