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So in the midst of it all, interior designing is delightful, relaxing, that is, until you get into the real work of it. Our countertops were a source of frustration and dated builder-standard design.

IMG_7459They’re gone now! And in comes a beautiful black quartz by Cambria.

IMG_7598Ooh-la-la, says Fancy Nancy!

IMG_7601On has to be careful with trends. Everyone is painting kitchen cabinets these days. Although I love the look, I suspect stained wood will be back in style within ten years. Design, of whatever nature, just can’t handle such fierce enthusiasism without changing drastically. There is something about hot design that desires exclusivity and once everyone has it, no one wants it.

So one has to be careful. Some stains will never go out of style. Some will quickly, like the orangish stain of my cabinets. But, with a couple of our antique, including our huge coffee table, being the same shade, I didn’t mind so much.

IMG_7761With the white design in the black, I knew I could paint the cabinets white down the road and white never seems to go out of style.

I wanted a statement for the tile backsplash, but it could not compete with these intense countertops.

Behold!

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IMG_7807 The black minimizes the orange in the cabinets and makes them bearable.

I’m planning on red accents and picked up some pieces at the consignment store.

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Down the road the fridge will go stainless. I’m on the fence still about hardware, though I know I want a sleek arch, which turns out to be a 1930’s design.

The outlets will also go black. For now, it was nice of our contractor to use red tape around them, since that’s the accent (right?).

It’s dramatic. As a mostly enclosed kitchen, it can afford the drama. Our living and dining room are all in neutrals with a few accent colors. It may be that this is the drama I crave for an enclosed dining room one day. Regardless, we love to be in there now.