One decision down, 8 million to go. The second hexagon tile sample for the kitchen countertops arrived yesterday, and the choice was clear. The non-cushioned, thicker 3-inch hex tile from SubwayTile.com
was lovely, but when the much-cheaper, cushioned 1.5 x 1.75-inch tile from American Universal
arrived, we (and three of our neighbors) agreed that we actually liked it better. The cushioned vs. non-cushioned is such a teeny tiny difference that we don't think it will matter much in the grout-cleaning.
I heard back from the stone people this week also, and the soapstone was going to cost around $2,000. So that's out. In spite of the potential grout issues, I'm happy with the hex tile decision. It's going to look awesome!
So I'm placing an order today. Hurray!