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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Paper or plastic?

I guess I'm what is known as a "late adapter."

I got this for Christmas. And I love it.

I really do. Epicurious. Urban Spoon. Gratitude. Pinterest. All at my fingertips. Not to mention news, weather, grades, music. I re-watched the last episode of Downton Abbey while Little had her piano lesson. How could you not love that?

But, a couple of years ago I got this for Christmas.

And I love it, too. In fact, I just like saying Filofax, although I don't really say it out loud ever. Today I finally got around to buying my 2012 calendar re-fill. I can't wait to take a black Uniball micro pen to that creamy, thick paper.

I've been known to sketch a floorplan or an outfit or a desktop arrangement on that lined paper.

But, of course, I'll never watch Downton Abbey on it.

Paper or plastic? I say it's not either-or. For me, it's both-and. What about you?


  1. I have both and must say when it comes to day to day planning and keeping track of "my life" I am a old fashioned paper planner all the way. I have a tiny filofax for my bag but a big planner at home and seriously cannot live without it. I was also given the Life Planner from Erin Condret which is great too, but there are granted things the iPhone does that nothing else can, like instagram, and easy texting, and well about a million other things that I have yet to discover. I like having the best of both worlds:)

  2. Both and Both!
    I am horrifically addicted to my iPhone which is somewhat shameful and ridiculous...I have been training myself to leave it in the office all morning or the housework NEVER gets done.
    I have a gorgeous, blank, hardcover journal with the most lovely pear design on the cover that I carry everywhere with me because I am apt to scribe in it maniacally at any second!
    Nothing will ever replace pen to paper in my mind, although in a pinch, I will use the Notes app on my phone! ;)

  3. I'm a writer and huge Apple fan. I love my iPhone, but I keep all dates, plans, and anything I hope not to lose in my Filofax. I use a fountain pen to write in it---I just love the feel and look as the nib moves across the cotton cream paper. I've had a Filofax since I was thirteen and my family was in London. I couldn't possibly keep everything electronically; that would be no fun at all. I use the Filofax Flex to quickly jot down story ideas, etc.

  4. It's really both.. both are great.. nice that you have an Apple product.. I love Apple creations but I cannot afford to have one.

  5. Hi! Discovered you through Tessa at Nine and Sixteen. You have a beautiful blog, home & family and I look forward to revisiting soon! Gorgeous photos in your idea have lovely taste! I have to ditto Janet's comet above. I have an iphone but I could never give up my Filofax! Take care,


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