We also need to pick a dishwasher so we wanted to check out Smeg's range. Mick has decided on the semi-integrated DWAI152XT. It is one of the most energy and water efficient machines on the market (Mick was sold), it holds 15 place settings and looks beautiful (so I was sold!).
Seeing as we were in the neighbourhood, we also stopped by the Caesarstone showroom at Alexandria. I was so excited and already had an idea of what I was looking for. Our favourites in the showroom were, Nougat, White Shimmer, Free Spirit and Buttermilk, though there were so many beautiful options. The clear winner for us though is White Shimmer. We love that it's white with a hint of speckle (to help disguise mess/steaks) and the 'sparkle' through it from fine mirror chips is gorgeous. I couldn't take my eyes off it! I loved watching the glinting specks 'dance' as I moved around the room. With the sky-lights, downlights and pendant lights in the new house, I'm hoping that the benchtop and splashback will always be a little 'glittery' and subtly change through the course of the day.
It's impossible to properly convey the glittery effect in a photo, but here is a pic of Caesarstone White Shimmer: