My ultimate interior design dream is for marble countertops in our home. There’s something about the cool, white stone that is so timelessly beautiful. Marble, to me, is reminiscent of European architecture, French patisseries and old Italian kitchens. I’ve been warned off by many because of how high maintenance and delicate marble is compared to other surfaces, but somehow it being temperamental makes it even more appealing to me. While some would lose their mind over the inevitable etching, I look at it as telling a story of the life of the stone and where it resides, which to me makes it somewhat romantic and magical. When Zack and I once went to look at marble slabs I was practically swooning, running my hands over the beautiful pieces and dreaming of where I would put it in our home. I assumed he would be attracted to the more masculine granite pieces, but he surprised me and fell equally in love with marble, which in turn made me love him just a tiny bit more too. One day, I will have the stone in my home, I’m sure of it. Unfortunately the price just isn’t realistic for us right now. Not only that, we don’t plan on staying in the house we are currently in forever. We’re both thinking that our dream for marble should be held off on until we hopefully one day are able to build the home we plan to grow old in. We still plan on replacing our kitchen counters with something similar looking in the near future, and for that I have plenty of inspiration from photos of the dreamy marble kitchens I love…
We recently decided to replace the flooring in our study. Currently the room has carpeting in it, which we’ve wanted to pull up for awhile. The color of the carpet has a bit of yellow in it which clashes with our slate colored walls, and besides that it wasn’t in the best of shape. Our cat has repeatedly attacked one corner, which actually makes the job of starting to pull it up a lot easier, so thanks for that Hobbes. There are also a couple of stains from the previous owners… nothing says home sweet home like remnants of other people’s dirt, right?
So we got an estimate a few months ago for replacing the three room’s on our main floor which have carpeting. Whenever we get estimates I always re-realize how inexperienced of homeowners we are, the prices always shock me! Needless to say, we decided the carpeting was going to have to stay put for awhile. The bedrooms aren’t as big of a deal since nobody sees that but us really, but the carpeting in this one room has really been bugging us. You see it to your left right when you walk in the front door, and it’s just been a constant eye sore for both of us. So with Zack temporarily out of the field due to rain, we decided we would go buy some cheap carpeting for him to lay down on his own, which we’d eventually replace when we could afford to having everything re-carpeted. That plan quickly changed however, when we were at Menards and Zack found decent pricing on hardwood flooring that he decided he’d rather put in than carpeting. I wasn’t at all opposed to the idea, and after picking out a floor that’s a bit darker than the rest of the hardwood in our house, I of course had to complicate the idea by suggesting we do the floor in a herringbone pattern.
I absolutely love herringbone and chevron patterned floors. People often get them mixed up, but the above picture shows the difference. After pitching the idea to Zack by showing him some pictures and doing a little bit of research he agreed it would potentially look amazing, and decided that he was capable of this. Once we actually sat down and started planning it all out though, we realized how overly-ambitious we were being. Not only would they use more material, defeating the purpose of saving money, but they’re also pretty complicated to install. Nice wife that I am, I insisted to Zack a normal floor would suffice just fine. We were both a little disappointed, but I think for now it’s worth saving ourselves the headache and money. One day we’d like to build a house, so hopefully in the future I will get my herringbone wood floors! I also love these patterns done in stone…a marble herringbone floor in a master bath is another dream of mine. For now, here is some inspiration for us all. Are you a fan of these patterns?