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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

Wednesday, November 10 2010
“I just don’t like granite” is something I hear all the time.

I don’t buy it.

I confess there was a time when I felt this way too.  Actually, when my husband first began talking about getting into the granite business, I had this very sentiment.  “I don’t even like granite…too shiny, too speckle-y, too fancy.”  I’ve always been one of those people who knows exactly what she likes—and granite wasn’t it.

*Granite kitchens are nice for many...but not my style.

 We have soapstone in our kitchen.  It has character and warmth.  It’s unique.  It doesn’t appear pretentious. One never tires of soapstone. Soapstone is my first love.

*Not my kitchen...wouldn't mind if it was! (photo compliments of

But, I must admit, granite has grown on me.
It may be more accurate to say that I have learned about granite, and what I have discovered is very lovable.

First, I’m not a “bright color” kind of person.  I prefer refined, muted colors.  As my daughter would say, I am partial to "faded dullness".  Granite colors are often very bright, almost artificial; but there are also understated, subdued, “boring” granite colors (sigh, tarnished beauty makes my heart sing!)  There really are more choices than just wild patterns and speckles. Natural-looking granite is out there—stone that actually looks like stone.  Like these...

African Ivory                                Costa Esmarela                             Four Seasons

Green Galaxy                                  Juperana Persia                          Seafoam Green
(Photos compliments of Mont Granite)

Secondly, I have this thing about texture.  Where colors dwell quietly, textures soar.

I’ve learned that polished granite is not the only option.
Those of you who don’t like granite, have you seen honed granite? (or leather, or brushed, or flamed, or suede, or water-jet?)

Karma Leather Granite--no shine here.

Midnight Green Granite: polished, suede, and water-jet

I have fallen in love with what the honing process can do for stone.  Honing takes that intense color of polished granite and knocks it down a notch or two.  It also transforms the surface into an inviting texture—one that is more similar to soapstone, or limestone, or (sometimes) marble.

Great textures:  Marble, soapstone, and granite--all visible from this angle of our shop

Granite is much more versatile than I ever knew. With the hundreds of options of colors, patterns, and finishes, the possibilities are almost endless.  It can be mixed with other types of granite as well as different types of stone to create a truly one-of-a-kind living space.  Plus, it is easy to care for and very durable.

Don’t like granite?—I don’t think so !…that’s like saying you don’t like music, or people, or FOOD! 

There must be something here that looks appealing!

Knowledge about natural stone has melted away my stone heart.
I am now completely convinced that there is a granite choice pleasing to anyone, even me…
but soapstone will always be my first love.

Posted by: Marlene Wukusick AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email


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Remodeling and Home Design

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Sebastian and Angie Moster, Owners

Natural Stone & the Green Movement  Countertop selection is often the first place people look to when opting to go green. Natural stone (especially Soapstone) is a top choice for the environmentally-friendly. 

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20157 Five Point Road, Batesville, IN 47006
Phone: (812) 933-0200