Eye Candy

May 11, 2012 in Shopping by Joe

One of the bonuses of having a partner who’s in the construction trades is we get to shop at places that the general public doesn’t know about or places the public can’t even buy from. That and we don’t have to hire a contractor to do any of the work in our new rehab home. Although…a house full of construction guys could be ummm fun? :) I may have to rethink our approach here.

We’ll probably do a lot of shopping at Home Depot but will not be buying any of the finishings from there or any other well-traveled store if we can help it. Why is that you wonder? Let me explain. When a person steps into a house and can say to themselves¬† “that tile is from Home Depot.” or “those cabinets I’ve seen at a dozen other houses” is not the first thing we want people to say to themselves. Not that there is anything wrong with tile or cabinets from these places, but we want to use more unique things. I guess we’re high maintenance.

Our end goal is to eventually sell this place, maybe in 2 or 3 years. Depends how long it takes us to turn this eye sore into an eye opener.¬† What we don’t want is people to walk in and see something that they’ve seen at a dozen other houses they looked at before ours. We also for ourselves don’t want to see something in our house that we also see everyday at Home Depot or other popular store.

So the other day Barry had to go pick up some supplies for work at one of his tile supply warehouses. I decided to tag along and tease my senses with all the possibilities of what could be.

I call this my slice of heaven! This is just a small little section that would fit in my viewfinder. More tile selection than one can handle

Tile Warehouse

After we got what we came for we headed into the showroom. I was a little weak in the knees at the vast selection of beautiful tile choices. Pretty sure I left my fingerprints on every piece that was on display.

Looks like wood!

A sucker for color…

How can you choose!?

I forgot to snap a photo of the granite/marble selection room. It was about the size of half a football field. Amazing. I did however get distracted by these two gorgeous specimens that were sitting in the main showroom. Can you see the man in the first slab?

Drool worthy granite

Earthy and Beautiful

It’s going to be several months before we even get to the point of picking out our wall and floor materials but it’s always fun window shopping. It definitely won’t be the last time we do it, and probably won’t be the last time I post about it either. So I hope you don’t grow bored of my textural daydreams and ramblings ;)

12 days to go! Are you counting along with me?