Cork, our favorite material for floors, is now made in thick slabs -- perfect for countertops. We're eyeing these for our own kitchen and think they'd be the perfect compliment to the honey-colored pecan cabinets.
Cork is heat and moisture resistant, lightweight, and easy to handle and refinish. The countertops retail for around $25 a square foot plus installation. They're available at Ecohome Improvement in the Bay Area. If you're interested, you can even download a ballpark estimate form [PDF] to get a sense of what they'd cost for your kitchen. Not in the Bay Area? Let us know if you've spotted these in a store near you and we'll update this post with the information.