I knew from the get go that I wanted a carrera marble counter for the island (I have a thing for carrera as you can tell). Several people tried to talk me out of it due to its porous nature, but I would not change my mind.
Marble it was!
For the rest of the counter space I had no idea what to use. I played with the idea of stainless steel, but thought it would be too cold and modern. We thought about getting butcher block, but didn't want it near the sink. I really didn't like granite or laminate.
This is where our kitchen contractor came in. He had just received samples for a new line of solid surfacing counters by Formica. They were really amazing with anti-scratch and anti-bacterial properties. But it was also very expensive. Even so he showed us a few different colours and then we saw the grey sample and I knew instantly that this was the counter for our kitchen.
During our Restoration Hardware shopping spree we found the knobs and pulls we wanted for the cabinets.
And we found the perfect one from Kholer.