The counter top will be Madreperola, a quartzite. It's as durable as granite. This one looks like white marble with some khaki veining.
The reason I posted originally was because I was having a helluva time finding a material that was unusual yet very durable, would continue to look good and withstand a real cook using it. It's been an education and the original ideas have changed and developed. Definitely a design process. Everyone here has given me so many great suggestions.
As long as the client is happy. Form and function. Originally it was going to be a cooks kitchen in Provence with the modern conveniences and a rich wood floor, Parisian bakers table, white marble counters.
Now I'd call it 1920's vintage, skullery kitchen in the castle, Paris cafe, Arts and Crafts. I dunno!
Here's where we're at with materials:
Oil rubbed bronze hardware. My favorite thing are the vintage ice box latches for the smaller upper
A few hanging lights (decorative)
The cabinets with the grilles - a few of those with bronze grilles.
Floor - 20x20
She had to have subway tile. I'm fine with that, I never do it. I always bring the counter top up in a slab because I hate dirty grout but c'est la vie.
No outlets in the backsplash, no cut outs, yay. Outlets go above the splash inset on the bottom of the cabinet.
The actual slab
The usual phallic shaped Grohe faucet
What little wall there will be on the kitchen side, I'd like to do a dark khaki wall. 7" high baseboards will be soft white above the floor.
The breakfast room side with the french doors will get jute or grasscloth wallcovering. All I need to do is get rid of her fug art.
I want these on either side of her too fugly mirror in one of their finishes, they're big and would be strong. Still undecided but I've got sconce holes in the wall.