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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Remodeling Around an Ugly Granite Countertop


Would you choose this granite for your countertop?

Our home's previous owner (PO) did. I think it's a Juparana Florence or Juparana Bordeaux or Juparana Crema. It's hard to tell for certain. The color looks different, depending on the light.

Dark area over the dishwasher


Distinctly coral-colored in the light near the window 
Lots of brown near the sink
While I'm not in love with this granite, I can cut our PO some slack. Having had the nail-biting pleasure of choosing a slate slab for my previous home's kitchen and a marble slab for this home's recent bathroom reno, I can understand how a homeowner with the best intentions can still end up with a stone that doesn't end up looking as nice as they'd imagined it would.

When you go to "choose your slab" from the fabricator's yard, it comes out at you in big raw blocks like this.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Right Height for Hanging Artwork in Your Home




This weekend I broke down and did something around the house that I'd been meaning to do for some time: I re-hung every single piece of artwork the proper height. So, what is the right height?