Choosing countertops was one of the biggest decisions we made during the renovation of the IDCO Lake House. They are a big expense and one of the most-touched surface in the home, so getting them right feels really important! I am drawn to natural stone, and it was a big part of my initial inspiration for the Lake House kitchen, but something about it gave me pause. We have honed marble in our Austin kitchen and I love it, but part of our long-term goal for the lake house is make it available to friends and family and possibly renters, so we wanted a material that would be easy to care for and super durable.
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Until I started shopping, I didn’t fully understand what a ‘quartz countertop’ was. Quartz is a broad term that encompasses many counters that are engineered using the natural raw mineral, quartz, transforming it into a super-durable surface. The result is a dense, nonporous material that is harder and stronger than natural stone. Since it is nonporous, it doesn’t host bacteria or mildew and it’s impervious to stains. It’s also heat- and scratch-resistant, which makes it easy to use and clean and virtually maintenance-free.
I looked at dozens of samples from several vendors before settling on Casaerstone’s Arabetto 5171. We chose 3cm slabs (we used three total) to give it some visual weight, and wrapped the backsplash up the wall and topped it with a single open shelf. The backsplash made the Caesarstone a textural focal-point of the kitchen, which I love. And the single shelf is on-trend but still feels really classic.
We just celebrated our one-year anniversary with the lake house. Of course, the finished kitchen hasn’t been in use for quite that long, but it’s still gotten tons of action, especially now that we are into summer entertaining mode. The Caesarstone is a dream! We just use common-sense cleaning methods like wiping any wet stains as soon as possible and using a little soap and water on anything stubborn. I love that I don’t have to explain a complicated routine to our guests or worry if I am not the one doing the washing-up. Even with many different folks in the kitchen, they still look as lovely as the day they were installed.
I’m so, so happy we decided to remove most of the upper cabinetry and run the same material up the wall as a backsplash. Not only does it reflect light so nicely (a bonus since we have black cabinetry!), it’s easier to care for than a tile backsplash with grout lines, and is much more wipeable than a painted surface.
Bar Stools: Serena & Lily
Lighting: Hudson Valley Lighting
Floating Shelf Brackets: Etsy
Floating Shelf: Custom DIY
Wall Color: Greek Villa SW 7551
Lower Cabinets Color: Tricorn Black SW 6258
Drawer Pulls: Rejuvenation
Countertops: Caesarstone Arabetto 5171
Faucet: Perrin & Rowe
Stove: Verona 36” Freestanding Electric Range (matte black)
Dishwasher: Verona 24″ Built-in Dishwasher
Refrigerator: Verona French Door Refrigerator
Woven Glasses: Jenni Kayne (code IDCO15 to save 15%)
Leather Vase: Amber Interiors (code Anastasia15 to save 15%)
Vintage Art: Etsy
HVAC Vent Covers: Stella Air
Bamboo Roman Shade: Amazon
Floors: Palka Signature by Flooret (code IDCO33 for 33% off samples)
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