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  1. Jessie
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Just wanted to chime in about a giant carrera marble island. My 2 cents: Do not put the sink in it. Leave it alone in its beautiful marble glory. Everyone told me to put the sink in mine, and I didn’t, and every year at Xmas when every inch is covered in frosting and sprinkles and cookies, I am happy that I stuck with the giant marble island workspace. you can see here: http://shadeofabeechtree.blogspot.com/2008/09/kitchen-details.html
    I LOVE having all that space for crafting, cooking, whatever.

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  2. Kate Sparks
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    I vote for storage. Moving plumbing gets really expensive. Besides you can take it with you should you ever have to relocate due to jobs/family.

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  3. Linda
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    A new day….balancing practical matters with the GFT. I think you are on the right track. Yay for Paul.

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  4. Gaylin
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    The clean look of Carrera marble would be so stunning that any thing else in the kitchen on walls or floor would be unimportant!
    Sigh** so beautiful

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  5. di
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    I always thought drawers would be the best solution well done you!!! Now for the Craigslist troll to do her magic and find the new gft that will absolutely suit the piano and bring the awesomeness of your kitchen dreams to life.

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  6. Cynthia
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    By golly, you’ve got it. Congrats. Major decision made and the remaining decisions can now fall into place.
    Although perhaps consider a white granite top.
    Never would have guessed your height. Never.
    I have such fun reading your blog. Please do not stop.

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  7. Brittany
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    No ideas here. I just want to hug the gorgeousness that is the piano island. I think I may have a full-blown crush.

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  8. Rhonda
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Yep, I agree with #5. Keeping the piano base totally intact and adding a marble top will be a showstopper for sure! You will have the most gorgeous kitchen ever someday! And there is no way that you are 6 feet tall! You look like such a tiny little thing in your videos! However, I’m sure you know your true height! haha!

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  9. tammigirl
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    If it would fit in my van and you had said Cleveland…

    But not until the Cavs have won the championship, please.

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  10. Donna Marchlewski
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    This piano begs to be keeper of drawers to hold all your small kitchen wares.

    Also, the required plumbing pipes for a sink and/or dishwasher would simply ruin the lines of this beautiful piano; no matter how well they were disguised.

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  11. Kelly
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    Totally agree with everyone who voted ‘no sink in the piano.’ Practically, I’ve lived with both sink in an island and sink against the wall. Having the sink in the island always meant dirty dishes out in the middle of the kitchen and then clean ones piled in the middle of the kitchen. (If I could redo my kitchen, I would get an extra-long sink against the wall so that I had room enough for dishes to drain-dry in the sink. ) Anyway, can’t wait to see what Paul accomplishes during his “vacation”!

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    • JFS in IL
      May 5, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      good point about the dishes, had not thought of that but you are so right, that is what would happen.

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  12. JFS in IL
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:02 am

    I, too, vote for NOT putting a sink in the middle of the marble. Besides, if you do leave room at the counter for the other item, you will never find it. If you put the sink in the counter area…then you WILL find a huge bookcase. Which you can find another use for, or put a sink in the middle of (??)

    So – which is it? Leave room for the bookcase and never find one…or jinx yourself into finding one by leaving the sink where it is. The Fates await your decision.

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  13. Julie
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Carrera marble will be beautiful. I have it in my kitchen (which is from the 1920s — although the marble was our recent addition, as the original tile countertop was too battered to keep) and love it. Don’t worry about keeping it pristine. Scratches and stains don’t really show; they just help add a lovely patina.

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  14. Bols
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    It’s carrara marble, not carrera.

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    • Siouxie Q
      May 5, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

      Oh Bols, you sure know how to bring the party.

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  15. Heather
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    I love the idea of a huge piece of marble on the piano! I recently had to abandon my kitchen island plans.

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  16. Joellyn
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    I personally think the gorgeous legs of that piano need to have the open space underneath to preserve the furniture-ness, as you already feel. That said, I do actually quite like an island sink. It is fun to do dishes and have someone sit on the other side for a chat whilst working away. But it is very necessary to have the dishwasher there too, and to have plenty of room all around the sink. And it easily gets cluttered. So yeah, I also vote to keep the piano sinkless in this case!

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  17. Margy
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    Vote no sink in the island. I have a Carrara island, and love it…now. At first, I freaked over keeping it clean, stain, etch and scratch free, and made myself insane. I kept paper on it for 2 weeks after we got it, and just peaked at it a few times a day! Once the inevitable started, and I stopped investigating who had been responsible for every mark, I got over it. You only see the issues in certain day light, never at night, and it does show the love. Mine is polished, and I’ve read recently that honed shows less. Also consider Calcutta Gold. Little bit more money, but on your piece it would be absolutely incredible. best of luck!

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  18. Amy B.
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    I vote no sink in the piano as well. Don’t mess with the piano-ness of it. It’s lovely as is, so the less you do to it the better. Also, I have a very long, 3′ wide peninsula in my kitchen that’s just counter top, no cook top, no sink. I *love* it. I sew, so it’s the perfect place to cut out my projects. It’s great for spreading out when baking. It’s fabulous as a buffet for family parties. If I had moved the stove or sink to the peninsula I would always be working around them. There is nothing like long, uninterrupted counter space in a kitchen. You won’t regret it. You are so fabulous I’m sure you can find a GFT for the sink wall that the sink can work with. 🙂

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  19. judy
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    I keep picturing the marble top shaped like a baby grand and I swear it has to have some piano keys inset…..my conservative brain monkey keeps screaming tacky corny, bad bad bad taste! but the Liberace lemur says yes!!!!!!!!!!!!and with a huge candelabra! Great post and really reveals your alter ego which is one very very smart Lady

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  20. Mary Beth
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    I don’t understand why the Craigslist hall tree qualifies as serving no purpose! Seems to me it would easily go on top of the van (it is flat on the back!) and would provide great and beautiful coat/hat storage!! I’m happy to mentor you in justifying any purchase….

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    • Sunnie Mitchell
      May 5, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

      I was thinking exactly the same things!

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