Cathi Hodgins’ kitchen, that’s what. The designer finally renovated her favorite room. It was worth the wait.
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When she was searching for kitchen cabinets, Hodgins was attracted to a painted finish that reflected the earthy tones of the Pennsylvania bluestone on the patio, a subtle link between the kitchen and the garden.
Then she ran into a stone wall. Where to find granite that reflected both the muted hues of the cabinets and the silvery luster of her stainless steel sink and range?
Hodgins searched for the perfect slab in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York and Pennsylvania—and walked away without placing an order each time.
“I thought I might have to put in a laminate countertop as a place holder,” she recalls.
Then she discovered a slab of Labrador granite, a rare, multi-colored species, in a stone yard off Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike. A swirl of blues, greens and grays, the granite reminded her of the shimmering scales of fish darting through water.
It was breathtakingly beautiful—and jaw-droppingly expensive. Hodgins immediately tagged the stone and had it shipped south for fabrication.
“What is very meaningful, you splurge on,” she says. “I fell in love with the sparkle, the colors and the organic feel of the stone.”
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