Hi redgirl, I am in the middle of planning my kitchen renovation, and I was struck by how similar your remodel is to what I am trying to do! I have a 1940s-vintage house with dark-stained ash floors and white cabinets and am looking to replace the (cheap, white, no-name electric) range. I'm looking at doing white subway tile too, but with black accent tiles rather than the terra cotta ones you chose.
Two questions for you:
(1) I have a similar fridge (mine is a Fisher Paykel though), and am trying to decide between the 30" Blue Star and the 30" Wolf. Would you do the Blue Star again? I like the looks of the Wolf much better but have almost convinced myself the Blue Star is better in terms of cleaning and cooking.
(2) Where did you get your soapstone counters? My cousin is trying to convince me not to get natural stone; she is a big proponent of Caesarstone (quartz) or similar countertops. I *love* soapstone though and don't find that Caesarstone or Silestone make anything that looks like real soapstone. Have you been happy or unhappy with your choice of countertops?
Thanks! Your kitchen looks beautiful; hope you're enjoying it!
Hi, I'm currently looking at the 30" Blue Star vs the 30" Wolf. Since you've had your Wolf for over a year now, I was wondering if you'd still make the same decision? The advantage of the Blue Star for me is mostly the cast-iron grates and the "wok-ready" burners, plus, the fact that I can get it in something other than stainless. (I am not a fan of "matchy-matchy" kitchens.)
But... I'm also an engineer, and when I opened the Wolf, it was love at first sight. I'm having trouble convincing myself that the Blue Star for $3900 is a better deal than the Wolf at $4100, BUT, there is the lower-end Blue Star without convection for only $2300, and THAT is very tempting. (These are all recent prices I was quoted in the southeastern Michigan area.)
Also I have heard that the Blue Stars get hotter, in terms of having small critters (I have an 8-year-old, 2 cats, and a 3-month-old puppy) who might inadvertently get too close to the front of the range.