I'm addicted to HGTV. It's not because I pay particularly close attention to the design elements in their shows. I forget about those after ten minutes or so. Sadly, I don't remember many of the construction tips either. I appreciate the channel because it's one of the few that I can turn on to hear adult voices throughout my day with little ones. I don't have to worry about curse words, naked folk, or dismal news stories catching my kids' attention while I'm distracted with housework.
In our home it's usually completely quiet, there's music playing, or we watch learning shows while the kids are awake. My husband and I had one on the other day. It was about renovation and the hosts were trying to determine which type of countertop to install in the kitchen.
"Well, this neighborhood is more of a granite neighborhood...not so much quartz or marble. Let's do granite," the designer informs her partner.
They both shake their heads in agreement and off they go to finish their work for the day. My husband looks at me and rolls his eyes. I sink into the couch ruminating on his eye rolling. Now I'm overanalyzing their design choices, as all attentive, at-home viewers do.
Ok, granite is clearly "second best" for some reason. What do they have against granite? Against the neighborhood? Is it a not-so-fancy area of the city? We had granite in the last house we lived in. You think we were "settling," blondie?
I realize how silly it all sounds, but sometimes weird thoughts get away from me. The rest of the week, I wondered how we as a society determine "wanted" versus "unwanted", and what constitutes "settling." There was no doubt that using granite was settling. They wanted to save money.
At that point I wanted, no I needed, to know more about rocks. So, I Googled.
"Quartz is the second-most-abundant mineral in Earth's continental crust..." - Wikipedia
Now cue the eye rolls! One of the most abundant materials on earth brings in some of the highest prices in modern kitchens. And why? Because someone said it should! Design groups like House Beautiful or Architectural Digest slap, "Kitchens to die for!" over the pages of their magazines and we run right out the door to buy them!
Contractors and designers only install elements that sell homes. Home sales are driven by features that are in demand. Advertising and "professional recommendations" set the standards for what homebuyers are demanding.
So, who's recommendations are we listening to when it comes to "valuable"? With our resources? With our lives?
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2
Now that's a rock worth investing in.
An unapologetic granite lover,
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Photo Credit: Ian Schneider
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.