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February 23, 2012

Stone Showcase: Pondering the decisions…

Every Thursday we’ll showcase one of our customers with their shopping experience from beginning to end.
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Decisions, decisions. Sometimes they take some pondering. If you missed last week’s post regarding the Zarefoss kitchen, click here. After taking the Hakatai subway tiles home to their kitchen and seeing them in their lighting with all of the cabinets, Mary Anne and Bruce realized the tile color was not quite right. The tiles may go with the granite alone, but they are not quite the right shade overall with the cabinets.

We welcomed them back in for a visit to rethink the possible tile choices. Mary Anne decided she wanted to find something that not only went well but was natural looking. She considered a porcelain tile by Floridatile called Tuscania and that seemed to be a perfect match. Mary Jane had suggested a Tuscany style natural stone tile that comes already sealed by the manufacturer. It is made by a company called Questech and the line is Dorset. It is actually a marble that is tumbled. So we pulled that out and put it into the equation. Mary Anne found a natural marble tile called Crema Marfil that had a polished finish. Mary Jane pointed out that this particular marble tile was not sealed by the manufacturer and would require some maintenance on her part. Knowing that she loves to use her kitchen to cook often, a Crema Marfil back splash may not be the best choice in her case. This particular marble would be better used in bathroom applications or places where acids are avoidable. Mary Jane had the choices laid out as we also looked at the grout colors. We ruled out one and here are two new candidates:

Tuscania a porcelain tile by Floridatile

Dorset a tumbled marble by Questech

The winner is the Tuscany look with the tumbled marble stone by Questech. We think it’s going to look fabulous with the cabinets and the Typhoon Bordeaux! Oh so natural, the look Mary Anne is seeking. What would you have chosen?

Next week we’ll have the “before” pictures and by the following week we hope all the new kitchen details are complete for the “after” pictures! Gosh, I can’t wait!

Posted by Lesher
at 8:21 am
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