5 Reasons to Choose Laminate Kitchen Countertops

August 15th, 2013

With all the options out there for kitchen remodels, most people are eyeing smooth surface countertops for their beauty and practicality. The choices are numerous from high end stone products that come from a quarry to wood and recycled materials to the budget friendly laminates. Laminate has gotten a bad rap for a lot of the products from the past decades, but times have changed. I’m a fan of laminate countertops in kitchens for these five reasons.

1. Low Maintenance & Easy to Clean.  When we were growing up my mom had ceramic tile countertops and I remember her saying she couldn’t wait for the day to rip them out. I also remember her scrubbing (and making us scrub!) the grout to keep it clean and bright. Laminate offers an easy to clean solution with a household cleaner, a sponge, and some hot water, cleaning them is a breeze and maintaining them is a cinch since you don’t need to seal them.


Wilsonart Perla Piazza installed in this kitchen


2. Budget Friendly.  Compared to stone and other solid surface countertops, laminate wins in the price war. Starting as low as $15 per square foot, they are far more affordable than quartz, marble, or granite which are often $50 to $100 per square foot depending on the material. You do have to be careful of sharp objects, abrasive cleaners, or extremely high heat. Here is a brief and interesting read about how laminates are made.

3. Stylish. Laminate countertops are looking so good! The new patterns complement dark and light, painted and wood cabinets, but do you notice how they’re installed?

wilsonart laminate kitchen counter

wilsonart laminate counter

wilsonart laminate dark cabinets


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Ten Favorite Black & White Films

August 14th, 2013

A little off topic today, but I watched #7 over the weekend so I felt like discussing. When I was a girl, my mom would always play the AMC channel on Saturday afternoons. The features in the last few decades on that channel are more modern but back in the eighties, AMC played mostly black and white classic films.

In my youth I’d sit and watch the famous actors of the silver screen, and formed a lifetime affection for the greats: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, and countless others. To this day, when I want to relax on a winter day with a hot cup of tea, I turn to a classic black and white film. They’ve even influenced my design aesthetic, I still prefer classic interiors above all others.

Matt and I got on the subject of great black and white films and narrowed down our favorites. His were different than mine, his leaning toward the westerns or action flicks while I favored female heroines.  Here are our lists, mine is up first.

#10. The Artist

We had no expectations watching this movie, we only knew it was a silent film with just music and no words spoken. Both Matt and I really loved this picture and so it made both our top ten lists. We’re still impressed such a great story can be told without words at all, and it was a breath of fresh air among what comes out of the Hollywood studios these days.

the artist


#9.  Some Like it Hot

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hilarious as cross dressing men hiding from the mob. Marilyn Monroe is the sultry singer Sugar in the traveling girls band they sign up with while on the run. It’s filmed at the modern day Hotel Del Coronado which makes a fabulous backdrop to all the antics.

some like it hot

For another funny Curtis & Lemmon caper, watch The Great Race also starring the gorgeous Natalie Wood as a suffragette, it’s a total crack up about two rival daredevils racing across the globe, my kids love the massive pie fight at the end.


#8. 12 Angry Men

This is such a great film (and play). It’s a hot summer night in New York City and a jury of twelve is deliberating the facts of a case involving a young man accused of killing his father. Henry Fonda plays the lone doubter who convinces the rest to stay a bit longer to examine the evidence.

12 angry men


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