Hi - I am new to this website and am searching for countertop suggestions. We are installing a new kitchen from floor to ceiling, and are going for a classic country style (in-frame cabinets, range cooker etc). I really love to cook and cook all the time but am hopelessly messy, which leads me to think that I need a very durable and easy to clean countertop. (We also have little kids). But I strongly dislike granite (too hard, cold and shiny and I'm not really into the patterning). My favorite look so far is Pyrolave (enamelled lavastone) but it seems like its going to be very expensive and would take too long to obtain from the supplier. So, I guess I like a more matte, opaque finish, as Pyrolave provides. Any suggestions? Wood would be great but I'm afraid I just can't take care of it properly. Thanks so much!!