I've chosen my marble, cabinet color and backsplash!
After agonizing over the decision of whether or not to do marble, I've finally decided to do honed Alabama White marble the perimeter. I decided about a month ago and I haven't looked back. I know it's the right decision for me, even with four kids. LOL. I will have a large island that will be done in black pearl. I've lived with an 8" x 8" piece of the marble for months and even with the imperfections (from me trying to chip it, stain it, etc) it's more beautiful than any of the granite I've looked at. It will be sealed with Dry Treat which they guarantee against staining for 15 years (we'll see about that). I eliminated the quartzite because I've only seen one I liked and it was almost twice as much as the marble and I know some still have problems with their quartzite. Anyway, I haven't had it installed yet (new construction) but I'm confident that I've made the right choice for me and I'm prepared for the imperfections. Just wanted to share! Here's a picture.