Color Blind

While I’m not afflicted with color blindness, many people are and, right now, I almost envy them.  When  redoing their house, they would hire someone who wasn’t color blind to decorate their house.  However, I can’t overcome my distaste for hired decorators enough to hire one.  This isn’t to say that there hasn’t been lots of help from the staff at the various companies I’m dealing with.  That hasn’t been the problem.  It is the dizzying array of choices available for counter tops and back splashes.  It wouldn’t be that hard were I willing to go with the most popular choice, granite.  Everywhere there is granite, faux granite, granite look-a-likes and such.  So, that would be easy.  However, as I’ve said before, I prefer a less busy appearance for my counter top.

For about two and a half months, I have been searching for the perfect counter top to go with the glass tile that will serve as a back splash.  The glass tile has several different colors for the most part in pastel shades and I was trying to meld my glass tile, wall color, flooring, and counter top together.  No plaids or color clashes allowed; however, it shouldn’t be too matchy, matchy either.  Today,  there is victory.  After searching for so long, I have found the counter top.  It’s quartz which means no fuss, no muss, no sealing ever, and although it has some of the same qualities in its look, it is a much calmer stone.  That’s what I wanted to create: calm, serene surroundings.

It took a long time, but it was worth all the effort.  My eyes were crossing from looking for the subtleties of the colors involved.  Were there peach tones? Is that too gold?  Does the black in this piece tone down the gold giving it a brownish tone? Does anybody really care?  I almost do.  But the pièce de résistance for me left the sales assistant, Audrey, speechless.

While she was working numbers, I was going through a catalogue for available sinks and there unexpectedly was an inset kitchen compost unit.  I was gaga.  I have been looking at them for over a year and thought they were either too kitschy or yucky colors or just wrong.  The truth is nothing fit with what I wanted in my kitchen.  But this, this was beautiful, sleek and really perfect.  The lid will be counter height with the pail itself underneath.  Quick someone sing “Ode to Joy”.

And so it goes.  There’s this little jewel buried in a catalogue among the marble, granite, quartz, Zodiac and many others.  So, Happy Mothers’ Day, to me.  Somehow, this sounds as though I have gone a little too green.  But, no, I am right where I want to be adding a piece of green living at a time.  I look forward to adding the outdoor one when the remodel work is completed.




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