It's Monday again and it's raining. That's what my kids would call a double whammy. Although the rain beats against my window and the lightning flashes with thunder rumbling close behind, it's warm and cozy inside my office. I love to sit at my desk and think and write on gloomy days. This morning, I am thinking about marble. The gorgeous stone has been used in elegant interiors since practically the dawn of time. It has always signified wealth and for good reason as it is an expensive material. The ancient Greeks revered it not only for its beauty but because it was easy to sculpt. Isn't it amazing how a block of stone can be transformed into something that almost seems alive?
I love the beauty of the veining patterns and the colors in marble. There are many many beautiful marbles and they come in a variety of shades. Honed or polished, in the hands of a good designer, it can make an interior look like a million bucks. Calcutta Gold marble is one of my favorites:
Kitchen counters, backsplashes and vessel sinks are just a few places to use it:
Lighting is another great place to use marble. This lamp by Arteriors is one of my favorite marble pieces:
Another great way to add some elegance to your home is by using a marble accent table. This one is particularly gorgeous with its tray style top:
Marble can be heavy in addition to costly so another fun way to bring some of its pattern into a space is with faux marble. This flatware is a great example:
Or perhaps a blue marble vase?
If you are a DIYer, try painting a faux marble top out of plywood to create a stunning "marble" table. Click on the photo to see how to do it!