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Caroline Harper Knapp’s Family Ranch House | Home Tour

House of Harper Black Soapstone Kitchen | Aria Stone Gallery

Aria Stone Gallery’s collaboration with Caroline Harper Knapp, founder of House of Harper, utilized the multifunctional and rustic Black Soapstone as well as the decorative, ornamental Arabescato Corchia marble to create a second dream home for Caroline’s entire family to enjoy! These two versatile and unique stones give her ranch house a modern yet elegant feel. To get inspiration on your next dream home, read to see how Caroline incorporated Black Soapstone and Arabescato Corchia throughout her ranch house.

Aria provided a turn-key service by supplying all of the materials for this home making it easy, convenient and efficient for the owners. In addition to providing seamless coordination and design, Aria Stone Gallery always offers a finely curated collection of materials making our client’s dreams come true.

Black Soapstone Kitchen Countertops

Caroline was instantly sold on Black Soapstone for her new kitchen for many reasons, some of which being:

  1. Heat resistance: Soapstone can handle a hot pan with no damage. This resistance to heat as well as the ability to store heat also makes it a great material around hearths and in stoves.
  2. Non-porous: Soapstone is impervious to products found in the kitchen that would stain other materials like granite or marble. Its non-porous properties also make it impervious to bacteria.
  3. Chemically neutral: It resists both high acid and high alkaline substances, unlike other materials that need to be sealed for protection from etching or scarring.

Breaking Down The Characteristics of Soapstone

Soapstone does not stain or etch. Why? Soapstone is a non-porous stone. Therefore, you don’t ever need to seal it. It would be pointless to seal soapstone since it has virtually no pores for debris to sink into! It is impervious to most kitchen chemicals, acids and liquids, in fact.

Soapstone does scratch. Why? Because soapstone is composed mostly of talc, a very soft mineral. But fear not, while it does scratch, it is incredibly easy to repair on your own.

How do you repair scratches on Soapstone?

Look no further than your garage for some sandpaper! Deep scratches can be smoothed down with 120-grit sandpaper, then finished by applying a coating of mineral oil to clean it up. Mineral oil is what you should use instead of a typical “sealer” to keep your soapstone looking vibrant and clean.

Soapstone is heat resistant. That’s why chefs love it! You could *gently* set a boiling hot pan on a soapstone countertop and it wouldn’t burn. It is almost completely heat-proof due to the incredible density of the material.

The Perfect White Marble

While on the hunt for her perfect kitchen stone, Caroline discovered Aria Stone Gallery’s Arabescato Corchia marble and decided to use it for her kids and powder bathrooms! The crisp white background of this stone is beautifully offset against bold, flowing grey veins and golden undertones, creating a painterly image across a polished canvas.

About Caroline Harper Knapp

House of Harper is the one-stop destination for living with style – from interior design to travel, parenthood to fashion – and all of the stops in between! Caroline’s southern sensibilities shine through in the easy ways she entertains at home, dresses up for a date night and cherishes all the moments in between.

After working as a buyer in the fashion industry for 8 years for major companies like Neiman Marcus and Gilt Groupe, Caroline decided not to go back to her corporate career after having their first son, Knox. But it was never her intention to hang up her (high) heels, just yet. HOUSE of HARPER had quickly grown into more than just her weekend hobby so in 2014 she set her sights on pouring her passions into HOUSE of HARPER full-time.

Caroline is married to her husband of 10 years, FMK, as we know him here on the blog. Although he prefers to stay out of the spotlight and has been replaced as head photographer, he is still an active part of HOUSE of HARPER behind the scenes. Together they have two adorable sons, Knox and Andrew, who have become the real stars of the blog!

All images courtesy of House of Harper©

Preston Hollow Estate | Home Tour

Residing in the heart of the iconic Dallas neighborhood, Preston Hollow, this breathtaking estate is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. Showcasing incredible stone integrations, every single room is completely unique and unmatched in beauty. The home features over 10 different materials that Aria hand-selected from exotic stone quarries all over the world.

Andrea Smith Designs teamed up with Aria Stone Gallery on this enormous project, assuring that the client’s fresh space would be immaculate for elegant dinner parties, as well as functional for everyday use. The end result is a home that is incomparable to any other home in the city that overflows with personality and culture.

Aria provided a turn-key service by supplying all of the materials for this home making it easy, convenient and efficient for the owners. In addition to providing seamless coordination and design, Aria Stone Gallery always offers a finely curated collection of materials making our client’s dreams come true.

Grand Entry Foyer

This elegant entryway boasts a unique Taj Mahal quartzite floor that is designed using both polished and honed quartzite, which adds depth and texture. Overflowing with natural beauty and the added perk of durability, this floor is above all the perfect addition to such a large, open space.

Entry Foyer Floors: Taj Mahal Honed & Polished Quartzite – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Upscale Marble Kitchen

This bright and modern marble kitchen is covered from head to toe in polished white marble with heavy grey veining and a crisp white background. This kitchen is perfect for everything from family gatherings to fully catered affairs.

The photo above features Calacatta Gold Extra Marble sourced from Aria Stone Gallery. Get the look with our Statuario Bettogli marble.

Contemporary Powder Room Vanity

Aria’s Onyx White Extra makes a luxurious statement among a sea of colorful blue wallpaper. The integrated sink and vanity is the perfect, glistening centerpiece in this small, jewel box-like powder room.

Downstairs Powder Bath Stone: Onyx White Extra – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Lavish Marble Guest Bathroom

Two classic Italian marbles collide in this glamorous guest bathroom. Andrea Smith used a subtle Bianco Rhino tile for the floor and a stronger, contrasting Calacatta marble for the waterfall edge vanity, tub deck and surround.

Downstairs Guest Bathroom Stone: Calacatta Gold Marble (vanity surfaces and tub), Bianco Rhino Marble (Floors) – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Luxurious Marble Master Bathroom

This breathtaking master bathroom encapsulates 3 different marbles, all sourced from Aria Stone Gallery. When mixing different marbles, stay in either a cool or a warm palette for a cohesive look.

Shower: Colosseo Marble – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery | Floors: Bianco Rhino Marble – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery | Fireplace: Calacatta Cremo Marble – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery | Vanity Surfaces + Tub: Calacatta Gold Marble – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Exquisite Marble Shower

Colosseo marble features swirling gold, grey and sparkling white veins making for a spectacular bookmatch or quadmatch piece. 95% of Aria Stone Gallery’s natural stone slabs are able to give this incredible kaleidoscope impression.

Shower: Colosseo Marble – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Chic Backlit Bar

This unique backlit bar showcases a beautiful, thick mitered edge and topped with Aria’s Onyx White Extra. Many natural stones are translucent enough to be backlit, which is perfect for transforming a space from day to night.

Bar Stone: Onyx White Extra (Backlit) – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

Custom Outdoor Fireplace

White Mustang quartzite is the perfect creamy neutral to complement the bright colors surrounding this outdoor patio. Tones of tan and beige flow throughout this wall, blending together accents of brass and wood.

Outdoor Fireplace Stone: White Mustang Quartzite – sourced from Aria Stone Gallery

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A Stone-Clad Palace of Primary Colors

Aria Stone Gallery united with the ever-talented and always incredible Moore Design Group to bring this stone-clad vision to life: A massive Dallas estate, overflowing with natural stone in the brightest of colors, and in the most unique of applications. Red, blue and yellow were the key elements in this vision, creating an artistic and beautiful primary color palette for the rest of the home. Going back to the basics of color never looked so good!

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Inspired by the El Pabellón de Barcelona by Mies Van der Rohe, this colossal Red Louis Quartzite feature wall spans 39 feet and utilizes 12 slabs in total, cladding the face of an expansive hallway system. Flawlessly quadmatched in all directions, the wall is a true feat, creating a sense of modernism, and elegance within this streamlined space.


Aria Stone Gallery’s Red Louis Quartzite Feature Wall. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

An unexpected and beautiful application, this translucent Onyx Caramello door was brought to life by Moore Design Group for the entryway of this extravagant Dallas estate. Rich tones of gold and orange flow and bubble throughout both the inside and outside of the door, and catches the light to cast a colorful glow through the living room.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Caramello Door. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Caramello Door. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Caramello Door. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Creating the perfect backdrop to a bright blue modern sculpture, this Blue Bahia Granite outdoor feature wall is as exotic as it is functional. The deep blue hues of this wall make for a fun and exciting focal point among the garden and backyard, and an elegant polished finish exudes timeless class.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Blue Bahia Granite Feature Wall. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Blue Bahia Granite Feature Wall. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Blue Bahia Granite Feature Wall. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart as a unique stone boutique. Known as one of the strictest suppliers in the country, Aria only hand-selects first quality, unique slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions.

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Whitney Port’s Studio City Lounge | Home Tour

Former Hills star Whitney Port has been slowly making over the Studio City, Los Angeles home she shares with her little family. She’s already overhauled her bedroom and her baby’s nursery, but the real star of the show is her stunning kitchen transformation. Whitney chose to redo every surface in her kitchen with Aria Stone Gallery’s Arizona Quartzite, and we were ecstatic to help her, as well as designer Marie Flanigan every step of the way.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Arizona Quartzite Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer Photography.

Aria’s Arizona Quartzite’s soft hues and graceful veining allow it to become the focal point in Whitney’s dreamy kitchen. Creamy neutrals, such as shades of light grey, blue and salmon combine to create a calming atmosphere, while contrasting thin, black veins introduce a dramatic element. Get a similar look with Aria Stone Gallery’s colorful Florida Quartzite!

Aria Stone Gallery’s Arizona Quartzite Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer Photography.

Aria Stone Gallery’s Arizona Quartzite Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer Photography.



Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer Photography.

The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart as a unique stone boutique. Known as one of the strictest suppliers in the country, Aria only hand-selects first quality, unique slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions.

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Brynn Olson’s Birmingham, Alabama Abode | Home Tour

Aria Stone Gallery had the incredible honor of collaborating with our talented and wonderful friend, Brynn Olson, on the remodel of her family’s home in Birmingham Alabama. This stunning kitchen, complete with Aria’s Calacatta Supremo marble in a full slab backsplash and butler’s pantry, shines brightly with natural light and makes for an elegant space to entertain and relax. Sporting radiant blue-grey, gold and green veining and warm grey undertones, the colorful Calacatta Supremo is really one of a kind and the perfect fit for Brynn’s traditional Birmingham abode.

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Aria Stone Gallery's Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery's Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery's Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery's Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.

 

 

Aria Stone Gallery's Calacatta Supremo Marble. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.
Photo courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck Photography.

SHOP ARIA STONE GALLERY’S WHITE MARBLE COLLECTION

The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart as a unique stone boutique. Known as one of the strictest suppliers in the country, Aria only hand-selects first quality, unique slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions.

 

Sterling McDavid’s Aspen, Colorado Oasis | Home Tour

Aria Stone Gallery Sterling McDavid Aspen Colorado Oasis

Residing among the rolling mountains and abundant forests of Aspen, Colorado, an architectural masterpiece rose up from the soil. Initiating a seamless connection of the Aspen landscape to interior design, Holly Lydick and Charles Cunniffe Architects partnered with Aria Stone Gallery to fill this jaw-dropping estate with plentiful amounts of natural stone by cladding showers, floors, fireplaces, countertops, walls and even ceilings!  Yes, ceilings cladded in quartzite! Now that is stellar, one of a kind design.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Black Moon Onyx Bar | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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Working closely alongside the homeowner, Sterling McDavid, Aria provided carefully templated spaces featuring intricate designs of vein-matched stone, flowing effortlessly from seam to seam. This gorgeous, Calacatta Lincoln marble kitchen is just one example of how seamlessly the stone flows throughout each space.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Lincoln Marble Kitchen | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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One of the most unique spaces, showcasing this flawless vein-matched design, is the basement spa which is completely clad from floor to ceiling in linear White Macaubas Quartzite. This durable stone was the perfect fit for the McDavid spa, since the Aria team knew this space would be enduring high temperatures and constant traffic.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s White Macaubas Quartzite Spa | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz
Aria Stone Gallery Sterling McDavid Aspen Colorado Oasis
Aria Stone Gallery’s White Macaubas Quartzite Spa | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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Aria Stone Gallery provided a turn-key service by supplying all of the materials for the home making it easy, convenient and efficient for the McDavids. In addition to providing careful coordination and design, Aria also offers a custom option to source materials making our client’s dreams come true. View the complete editorial feature in Luxe Interiors + Design Colorado here!

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Vagli Marble Bathroom | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Agata Granite Bathroom | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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Aria Stone Gallery Sterling McDavid Aspen Colorado Oasis
Aria Stone Gallery’s Valley Gold Vein Marble Bathroom | Photography Credit: Aaron Leitz

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The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart as a unique stone boutique. Known as one of the strictest suppliers in the country, Aria only hand-selects first quality, unique slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions.

 

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Entertaining Essentials: Home Bars for Every Occasion

The home wet bar is essential for any homeowner who loves to entertain. Set the backdrop of your soiree using natural stone and creative design to make your at home bar the life of the party. Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination to become the perfectly prepared host in any situation.

Sleek & Modern

Bright and symmetrical with clean lines and colorful details. The specks of quartz throughout the luxurious hanoi pure white marble shine as they reflect light to create a chic, modern feel. The matching, floating shelves are perfect for quick access when entertaining as well as providing a neat display. The wide isle of this bar makes this versatile and functional, and would be suitable for many different catering and bartending scenarios.

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Above: Hanoi pure white marble sourced was from Aria Stone Gallery; bar designed by Cho Interiors. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Masculine Man Cave

For game day or an evening soiree, this masculine retreat was made to entertain. The bar was fashioned using Onyx Nuvolato sourced from Aria Stone Gallery and backlit with an LED panel to cast a warm, calming glow throughout the entire space. The layout of this bar is perfectly suitable for 1-2 bartenders to ensure all of your guests are well taken care of.

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Above: Onyx Nuvolato sourced by Aria Stone Gallery; wet bar designed by M2 Designs. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Creative & Colorful

Make a bold statement with an incredible book match backsplash that reaches from the countertops to the ceiling, such as this Azul Imperiale Quartzite. This pop of color will create a beautiful, artistic statement and liven up any design, particularly if your wet bar is in an open concept home where it can be viewed from many angles (like this one).

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Above: Azul imperiale quartzite sourced by Aria Stone Gallery; wet bar designed by Deborah Walker. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery

Sommelier’s Paradise

A cellar is a must have for the wine connoisseur. For the expert, a collection of vintage wines is always growing and expanding. The perfect, climate-controlled wine cellar emphasizes organization and display for an easy, visual catalog. The library ladder on a track ensures that all vertical storage is properly put to use. The Stone Wood marble wet bar compliments the dark wood paneling and cabinetry that line the cellar, creating texture and dimension to this design.

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Above: Stone Wood Marble sourced by Aria Stone Gallery; wine cellar designed by Hatfield Builders. Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Bright, Light, & Traditional

The key to perfecting a spectacularly white space is texture and lighting. This monochrome bar displays traditional elements such as the glass window panes on the eggshell cabinets and to the soft light that shines through the linen blinds. But above all, it is the White Macaubas with a honed finish ties the look together with the perfect amount of texture. 

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White Macaubas honed quartzite sourced by Aria Stone Gallery; bar designed by Jenkins Interiors. Photo courtesy of Jenkins Interiors.

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Tour This Artful & Sophisticated Modern Townhouse

Aria Stone Gallery Sea Pearl Quartzite Kitchen

Designed by a fashion and art buff, this townhouse is stylish with impeccable attention to detail with plenty of show-stopping natural stone design. Each room is styled using cool, neutral tones and plenty of natural light.On the main floor, the spacious living room opens up to the island and breakfast bar, featuring Aria Stone Gallery’s Sea Pearl quartzite. The mitered, waterfall edge on the island has complimentary hues to the artwork found in the living room. The modern, white kitchen cabinets offer an abundance of storage in this vertical layout.Off to the side of the kitchen is a powder room. The silver walls and simple, modern sconces set the stage for the floating Arabescato Orobico sink.

Moving on to our favorite room of the house, the upstairs closet. The second bedroom was converted into this fantastic walk in closet and a clever office space. The closet features a glowing, illuminated shoe wall and plenty of cubbies for accessory storage. A large painting was hung on a track that conceals seasonal items and suitcases. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to get ready for their day around all of this beauty.

The Master bathroom is a pure-white haven, clean and simple. The homeowner chose a Bianco Extra Marble countertop with his-and-hers sinks with simple modern finishings.

To wrap up this stunning perfection is the guest bathroom. This space may be small, but it is certainly not short on style. The Arabescato Orobico vanity is complete with a waterfall edge, which pairs nicely to the grey glass subway tile shower.

Arabescato Orobico Marble Vanity with Waterfall Edge

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Colorful Quartzite Condominium

Aria Stone Gallery Quasar Quartzite Kitchen

This condominium, designed by Salem and Associates, packs in large amounts of color, style, and functionality to create an elegant abode in a relatively small space. Floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry in robin’s egg blue ensures abundant, stylish storage. This bold cabinetry is complimented by the amalgamation of chocolate, cream, and rust hues that are found in the Quasar Quartzite countertops and backsplash, sourced by Aria Stone Gallery.

The galley kitchen layout with a large isle ensures maximum efficiency when cooking and prep space for everything to Sunday dinners to cocktail parties. The Quasar Quartzite is a full backsplash that extends from the countertops to the ceiling, giving the space a continuous feeling of movement, texture, and artistry. 

The master bathroom ties in the style throughout the condominium with walls painted in the same family as the robin’s egg blue cabinetry seen in the kitchen. Here, classic wood paneled custom cabinetry and crystal sconces make this room feel elegant and timeless, while the white and creamy hues of the Casablanca Quartzite countertops sourced from Aria Stone Gallery ensure that the space is well-balanced and bright. 

 

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In interior designer, JanAnn Cowden’s eclectic Fort Worth retreat, the kitchen’s bold turquoise backsplash and oversized lanterns with a matching inlay bring a refreshing pop of color to the space. With a perfect mixture of neutrals with pops of color, JanAnn from Kyle Knight Design, incorporates this vivid bright hue to evoke excitement and optimism to the space, while balancing it with the use of cool neutrals.

White Macaubas Quartzite from Aria Stone Gallery

To gracefully complement the space JanAnn chose Aria Stone Gallery’s White Macaubas quartzite with a honed finish for the countertop surfaces. With an elegant pattern of light grey and sandy taupe striations on a field of creamy white, this neutral piece beautifully marries contemporary with classic. And being a dense stone, White Macaubas is the perfect surface to keep up with their (soon to be) three daughters.Another lovely detail is that they ran the stone up the wall to the base of the window to break up the honeycomb patterned, turquoise tile from Artistic Tile. This stone also comes in polished, but to keep with the contemporary aesthetic, they decided to have it finished in a honed texture.This home magnifies the fact that beauty is in the details. With custom features such as the built in glass shelves and focal point lighting, this space is truly one of a kind.

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Mid-Century Modern Calacatta Extra Kitchen and Living Room

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This open concept home features Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Extra marble in a beautiful bookmatch, centered around a mid-century modern aesthetic with natural elements that add warmth to the overall space. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and island with a mitered, waterfall edge for an elegant yet dramatic look.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Extra Marble. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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The delicate veins in this Calacatta Extra align for a dramatic artwork presentation that is the center of attention in this open plan dining and living space. The versatility of Calacatta marbles make for one-of-a-kind patterning that is exclusive to each block of stone. This home was designed by SHM Architects and beautifully fabricated by Il Granito.

Calacatta Extra Marble Kitchen and Feature Wall
Prestigious Italian Calacatta marble in an incredible bookmatch design. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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The remnant portions of the fireplace make for a unique continuation of the design, creating a space that effortlessly flows from one area to the next. The juxtaposition of the rustic elements mixed with the refined, classic look of marble beautifully marry in this artistic and visually inspiring space.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Extra Marble. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Calacatta Extra Marble Feature Fireplace
Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Extra Marble. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Tour the Transitional High-Rise Designed by Award Winning Hayslip Design Associates

Perfect for both entertaining and everyday use, this expansive transitional kitchen designed by Sherry Hayslip of Hayslip Design Associates, is located in a stunning high-rise in Texas. Sherry and her team are known for creating innovative design with a sophisticated style that have led them to winning multiple awards in this category. The quartzite kitchen mixes elegant design styles and elements of spontaneity that perfectly encapsulate Sherry’s mastery of design.

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Bianco Quartzite Kitchen

The custom flat panel cabinetry is exquisitely contrasted with the silvery hues of Aria Stone Gallery’s bianco quartzite countertops. Over the sink and stove, the quartzite slabs extend continuously to the ceiling, visually breaking the line of cabinetry and creating a focal point with the quartzite’s gossamer­-like veining. The texture and interest of bianco quartzite is poised to create a lasting statement as a work of art.

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Bianco Quartzite Kitchen

Storage and functionality go hand-in-hand, as seen in the abundance of open shelving and closed upper and lower cabinetry. The many closed cabinets and deep drawers provide a home for small appliances, additional place settings, and seasonal cookware. Over the prep sink you will find open shelving for easy access to glassware and bar items, making this ideal for entertaining and everyday use. Additionally, the glass panel cabinets are each fashioned with individual lighting to provide a wonderful way to display fine china.

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Bianco Quartzite Kitchen

Stainless steel appliances are integrated seamlessly into the floor plan and add to the overall polished theme. To add interest and texture, hunter green square porcelain tiles are used underneath the cabinetry as a backsplash, adding warmth and color to the space.

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Bianco Quartzite Kitchen

The same color scheme is continued into the 3/4 bathroom, where rectangular hunter green tiles line the shower. The sink sits on top of white flat panel vanity with luxurious Colorado Gold marble. The Colorado Gold marble has subtle, delicate veining throughout the white field that is both whimsical and elegant.

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Colorado Gold Marble Bathroom

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Backlit Onyx Caramello Bar and Lounge at The Grove Kitchen & Gardens

Nestled in a grove of trees, The Grove Kitchen and Gardens in Tyler, Texas provides ample amounts of entertainment and inspiration from outdoor games to live music and impeccable design throughout. It’s aesthetic features fun retro elements mixed with pops of color while keeping a sophisticated theme; creating a destination to escape to from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Onyx Caramello Backlit Bar at The Grove Restaurant

One of the most unique areas of The Grove is the bar and lounge. With design assistance from Bella Remodeling Inc and installation from Berry Clay Construction, The Grove has created a warm and comforting atmosphere that is well suited for the handcrafted cocktails and curated list of wines that the establishment provides.

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Onyx Caramello Backlit Bar at The Grove Restaurant

Featuring Aria’s Onyx Caramello, this expansive back-lit bar instantly becomes the focal point in the room. Onyx is a naturally translucent type of marble that is often used in designs with a backlighting feature in mind. Though Onyx can be sourced from around the globe, this particular onyx with its honey hues originally hails from Turkey.

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Onyx Caramello Backlit Bar at The Grove Restaurant

A large antiqued mirror overlooks the glowing onyx bar, which casts a cozy, den vibe. This bar and lounge warms the heart from the minute you enter.

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Onyx Caramello Backlit Bar at The Grove Restaurant

The use of glowing light is not limited to the bar, the lighting of the room is also seen in the details. For example, the built-in bookshelf near the entryway has individual lighting on each shelf. The fireplace, chandeliers, and wall sconces each cast soft lighting to accent and replicate the same enchanting feeling of the bar.

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Onyx Caramello Backlit Bar at The Grove Restaurant

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Transitional Calacatta Rhino Marble Kitchen

This transitional kitchen was designed by the homeowner. With a focus on quality above all, the homeowner chose a Calacatta Rhino marble with a honed finish for the island and countertops. If ever anything looked like a snowy mountain top, it would be Calacatta Rhino. With its soft sparkle, pure white and soft waves of very light grey and taupe, it feels as if you are in the Alps.

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Honed marble countertops are a wonderful option if you are worried about reflections and scratches that occur in high traffic areas. Rather than a glossy, polished marble, honed marble has more of a smooth matte finish. Because of this matte finish, scratches are far less likely to be noticed, making honed marble a wonderful option for a busy and family-friendly kitchen.

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In order to add one more dimension of visual interest, the homeowner used a diamond pattern tile backsplash from Artistic Tile. This classic pattern neatly ties together the white shaker cabinets with the marble countertops.

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One way transition the look from one room to the next is to find a creative way to incorporate the natural stone or tile remnants in another room of the house. In this case, the owner used the Calacatta Rhino marble remnants from the kitchen for the countertops of a spare bathroom.

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Industrial Rustic Crossfit Gym

D-Town Crossfit’s new location in Dallas is the absolute place to reach your peak physical condition while enjoying incredibly stylish surroundings. The company originally opened in Denver, where designers Robert Trown & Associates brought a rustic and industrial vibe to the crossfit gym. Exposed brick, piping, bicycle wall art, topped with an antler chandelier give this place an upscale urban feel.

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Grigio Italia Marble Front Desk

The front desk greets the fitness enthusiasts with a dark grey custom Grigio Italia marble surround from Aria Stone Gallery. The desk is designed with an asymmetrical jagged edge that matches the industrial-chic surroundings. A large glass garage door provides a wall of natural light and can be opened in the warmer months. And when night falls and the natural light fades, there is always the antler chandelier to light up the space.

The beauty of the natural stone extends to the ladies locker room, where an L-shape row of white vessel sinks sit on top of the beautiful horizontal veining of the Striato Olympic marble. This spacious area has plenty of room for washing up after a session of weight training.

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Striato Olimpico Marble Women’s Locker Room

 

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Striato Olimpico Marble Women’s Locker Room

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Zebrino Black and Gold Marble Bar at Stirr Restaurant

Stirr Restaurant designed by Coeval Studio is a fabulous mixture of contemporary and modern design that wonderfully compliments the industrial-rustic vibe of the Deep Ellum neighborhood located near Downtown Dallas. The neighborhood is known largely for its arts and entertainment venues, and Stirr’s contemporary-meets-industrial aesthetic aligns perfectly.

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Zebrino Black and Gold Marble Bar at Stirr Restaurant

The large first floor consists of wood tables with plush arm chairs, creating a comfortable and chic dining experience. Floor to ceiling windows allow for plenty of natural light and people watching. An exposed brick wall in the center of the restaurant blends the contemporary LED track lighting to the industrial feel of the neighborhood.

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Zebrino Black and Gold Marble Bar at Stirr Restaurant

The most incredible aspect of the restaurant by far is the expansive L-shaped Zebrino black and gold marble bar. The marble, sourced by Aria Stone Gallery, makes for a stunning centerpiece in the busy Deep Ellum neighborhood restaurant and bar. A black field with white and gold veining make this a unique and exotic piece of stone, which originates from the middle east. Geometric black and white tiles complete the base of the bar, which are the perfect compliment to the stone.

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Midcentury Modern Kitchen and Master Bath

Wood, marble, metal and glass are harmoniously used throughout this spectacular mid-century modern space to create dynamic textures and an airy, flowing floorpan. From the sleek surfaced kitchen to the luxurious natural stone cladded master bath, this home incorporates a combination of natural materials that is the perfect mixture of Scandinavian and mid-century styles. The stone in this stunning kitchen was sourced by Aria Stone Gallery.

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Statuario Marble Kitchen

In the kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors allow for an abundance of natural light, which is reflected through the shiny, polished surfaces of the marble and metal island as well as the lacquered backsplash and cabinetry.

Statuario Marble Kitchen

The large kitchen island features a bookmatched Statuario Marble countertop that is not only a piece of art with its magnificent veining, but also a practical workspace and dining area for the whole family. The wooden base with metallic accents add for the perfect contrast to the mainly white kitchen and give you a brief preview into the look and feel of the entire home.

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Statuario Marble Kitchen

The master bathroom upholds the modern tradition of the home by incorporating the custom wood cabinetry with white, polished marble. Here, Aria Stone Gallery’s Bianco Extra marble is used for the countertops and fully cladded backsplash that extends to the ceiling.

Bianco Extra Marble Countertops with Grey Goose Marble Feature Wall and Shower

 

Bianco Extra Marble Countertops with Grey Goose Marble Feature Wall and Shower

Adjacent to the vanity is a Grey Goose marble wall and shower. By creating a custom curbless shower, the stone is able to be carried from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall to create a stunning accent wall that is the perfect compliment to the sleek surfaces of the cabinetry and countertops.

Bianco Extra Marble Countertops with Grey Goose Marble Feature Wall and Shower

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Transitional Onyx and Marble Home

Sophisticated and prime for entertaining, this Dallas home designed by M2 Designs is the epitome of elegance. The expansive and transitional home features a  kitchen fit for a chef, a backlit onyx bar, and a classic white and bright his-and-hers bathroom that will instantly transport you into a relaxing spa mentality.

This masculine and modern Onyx Nuvolato marble bar and feature wall is perfect for hosting everything from game-day events to large cocktail parties. The onyx countertops and feature wall are backlit with LED lights to create a warm glow throughout the room. The remnants from this project were fashioned to create a matching backlit fireplace. Open shelving provides storage and display, while a built in tap provides quick access and easy storage for larger bulk items.

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Backlit Onyx Nuvolato Bar

The expansive two-island kitchen incorporates subtle textures and creamy colors to achieve an elegant, upscale kitchen that is perfect for entertaining and family gatherings. Both islands feature dark wood shaker cabinets, topped with the exquisite patterning and a classic horizontal light and dark grey veining of Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Vagli, which is also used on the countertops.

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Calacatta Vagli Marble Kitchen

Natural light fills the bright and airy guest bathroom. Beige walls with simple eggshell shades create a calming atmosphere to allow the incredible Hanoi Pure White marble countertops and mosaic backsplash to shine. The vanity features white shaker cabinets and his-and-hers undermount sinks to complete the refined bathroom.

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Hanoi Pure White Marble Bathroom

The Hanoi Pure White marble was used in this magnificent all white powder bath, this time featuring a drop in sink and a waterfall edge. The combination of the white marble, mosaic tiles, and ample lighting creates space and texture in this small powder bath.

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Hanoi Pure White Marble Bathroom

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Elegant Calacatta Supremo Marble Master Bath and Closet

Elegant, refined, and traditional this marble-cladded home is the epitome of elegance. Designed by the homeowner, this master bathroom features Aria Stone Gallery’s incredible Calacatta Supremo marble countertops throughout. Traditionally, Calacatta is widely known for its rare and beautiful veining. This particular Calacatta Supremo has incredible stand out blue-grey veining and warm grey undertones that make it one-of-a-kind.

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In the master bathroom, large windows with plantation shutters allow for the expansive master bathroom to be flooded with natural light. Marble is the dominant feature as seen in the floors, countertops, and curbless spa shower. A contrasting green accent wall lines the shower and his-and-hers vanity, topped with crystal sconces.

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A white free standing tub from Tyrell and Laning International, Inc sits in front of the large bay windows, perfect for relaxation as well as acting as a brilliant piece of art.

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Adjacent to the master bathroom is an entrance path to the master closet. A small wet bar complete with a mini-refrigerator is strategically located in the walkway for easy convenience. The closet was planned in a way that makes it easy to categorize clothing and maximize space. Dedicated cubicles with hanging rods make it easy to group clothing, while drawers and cabinets are best used for organizing smaller essentials. An island topped with the Calacatta Supremo is placed in the middle of the closet for extra storage.

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The same Calacatta Supremo marble was also used in the remaining guest bathrooms. A contrasting dark tiled shower, complements the blue grey veins of the countertops.

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Hanoi Pure White Open Concept Kitchen and Bathroom

Aria Stone Gallery Hanoi Pure White Marble Kitchen

Refreshing, bright and polished, this transitional open concept kitchen is perfectly poised for modern families and gourmet chefs, alike. The crisp, traditional white kitchen effortlessly combines multiple textures, while taking advantage of the abundance of natural light to create an overall ethereal feeling. Together, the creative minds of designer, Deborah Walker, and architect David Stocker, were able to achieve a sophisticated floor plan with the perfect combination of texture and luxury.

Aria Stone Gallery Hanoi Pure White Marble Kitchen

Walker, acknowledged that “the client didn’t want to go stark. He wanted the warmth of the wood, yet he still likes bright and light.” The mosaic tile wall adds texture to the airy space, while the contrasting dark wood base of the kitchen island adds warmth and sets the stage for the luxurious Hanoi Pure White marble countertops. Using the classic color combination of blue and white, the heavy cerulean barstools add a hint of color to create an inviting space for family and guests to gather.

Aria Stone Gallery Hanoi Pure White Marble Kitchen

The bright, earthy motif is carried through to the master bathroom, where the same eye-catching marble features can be further enjoyed. The clean and simple white shaker cabinetry is seen again as a vanity, this time exquisitely layered by the same elegant pure white Hanoi marble.

Aria Stone Gallery Hanoi Pure White Marble Bathroom

Oversized mirrors and windows are ideal for this timeless, monochromatic bathroom in order for the natural light to reflect and shine throughout the marble and mosaic tile floor. The dark wooden beams seen overhead nicely hint to the warm kitchen island as the geometric stainless steel light fixture adds for an interesting art piece.

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Spa-Like Bathroom Oasis

Simplicity makes a bold statement in this relaxing bathroom. This inspiring vignette is meant for some quality R&R time with a refreshing, organic, and neutral aesthetic that evokes a sense of serenity. The Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra quad-match marble shower sets the scene while the floating Onyx Black Cloud backdrop provides a natural contrast against the pure white marble trough sink; creating a true bathroom spa-like oasis wrapped in modern luxury.

In addition to the striking diamond-match shower, matching Calacatta marble tables were custom made to complement the space while adding additional interest and storage.

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower and Matching Tables

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

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Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower and Matching Tables

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

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1950’s Inspired Retro Kitchen

Mint green and retro appliances marry beautifully in this charming and colorful kitchen.  In the world of design, we know that trends tend to be cyclical and we can’t help but celebrate the return of the 1950s colorful and vibrant kitchen. From the apron sink to the Chambers stove and Big Chill refrigerator, this inspirational kitchen is clearly keyed to circa 1950. With pastels on the up and up and retro appliances taking the design world by storm, this kitchen is on the cutting edge of new, vintage design throwing back to the bygone era of T-birds and poodle skirts.

We had a chance to sit down with the homeowner’s themselves to weigh in on their inspiration behind the design.

Onyx Emitis Custom Dining Table and Kitchen

Q. Tell us a little about your inspiration/vision behind your kitchen design.

A. I have always loved the colors green and pink, and I didn’t like the idea of doing something traditional or modern in beige or white. My neighborhood is very funky and artsy, so I felt like I had free reign to do what I liked, rather than what is popular. I picked a bunch of colors and elements that I liked, and I threw them together and hoped that it would work!

Q. What was your design process like?  Where did you begin?

A. We initially weren’t going to do extensive work on the kitchen, but it turned out that we needed new cupboards because the old ones wouldn’t hold the Chateaux Blanc stone for the countertops. After that realization, we decided to go all-out and redo everything that we wanted. We decided to go with a retro-country theme, so we picked retro pastel colors and appliances, an apron-front sink, and crystal cabinet pulls. My husband is the one who cooks in our relationship, and he wanted an Italian range with a European look, so I told him I was fine with that as long as it was green.

White Jade Onyx Backsplash & Chateaux Blanc Kitchen Countertop

Q. What is it about retro design that attracted you to incorporate it in your kitchen/home?

A. Stainless steel appliances, neutral colored cabinets, and granite countertops are so ubiquitous today that we wanted to do something different and unique. The retro look offered fun pastel appliances and cabinets, and we could be more adventurous when picking out stone colors for the countertops and backsplash.

Q. What is your favorite element in the room? What attracted you to select our Chateaux Blanc for the countertops, White Jade Onyx for the backsplash, and Onyx Emitis for the table tops?

A. I love the Chateaux Blanc countertops. Ever since I was a child, I wanted pink quartz countertops (I saw Candy Spelling get them in one of her apartments when I was young and fell in love–which is nerdy, I know). As I got older I realized that going for countertops that were super pink wasn’t practical. However, Chateaux Blanc has depth and it has the perfect light pink tint. Most people go for dark granite in kitchens, but I wanted to stick to my childhood idea, and the Chateaux Blanc has been perfect. A lot of people were skeptical when I told them I was doing countertops that were slightly pink, but now they all love them!

Q. Tell us about your custom kitchen table and additional coffee/side tables.  We love that you incorporated the mint green hue into your breakfast nook and continued the look into your living spaces by incorporating natural stone in custom table tops.  What inspired you to do this?

A. I bought the Onyx Emitis for the table tops on a whim not entirely sure what I was going to do with it. My contractor knew a carpenter who offered to make some pieces with it, so I found a couple pictures of tables that I liked, and he made them. I love how they turned out. The coffee table and side tables are boxes, and it is difficult to tell, but the interior of the boxes is stained a dark green to contrast with the mint green. It was a great opportunity for us to go crazy and put together some funky elements we loved with a great piece of stone.

Q. Any advice to our readers that are interested in incorporating a similar retro vibe into their space?

A. Simply that, if they like something, they should find a way to incorporate it. When we were designing our kitchen, a lot of people were very skeptical when we described our ideas, but everyone has loved how it turned out. When we would tell people we were going with mint green cabinets and appliances, a green backsplash, slightly pink countertops, and an emerald green range, most thought we were crazy! So, even if some retro elements sound strange to most people, give it a shot. If someone is going for the retro vibe and feels like maybe they’re missing it, I think the easiest way to incorporate it is through a large appliance, like a refrigerator, which will scream retro even if other elements don’t.

Q. What challenges did you face or what was the hardest design lesson that you learned through this renovation?

A. That everything takes forever! And that there will always be something random that throws a wrench in your plans. We originally wanted to open up the entire wall above the sink, but it turned out that water pipes and electrical wires ran through part of the wall, so we had to stick to a little window over the sink. We also had to learn to tune out all of the skeptics. ; )

Project features: Aria’s 2cm White Jade Onyx kitchen backsplash, 2cm Chateaux Blanc kitchen countertops, and 2cm Onyx Emitis kitchen dining table, coffee table and side tables.

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Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

This all-American library with bold blues and splashes of red and white hues has us feeling patriotic with fourth of July just around the corner. Featuring our timeless Blue Bahia granite, this custom Mid-Century Modern desk is the colorful highlight to this rich and elegant space. Designed in collaboration with the homeowner and artisan, this one-of-a-kind furniture piece features custom notched legs, while its clean lines blend beautifully with the modern aesthetic. Adding a pop of color and a dash of bold, this durable, work of art provides both form and function, marrying the two effortlessly.

Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

 

Aria Stone Gallery Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

Aria Stone Gallery Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

Aria Stone Gallery Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

Aria Stone Gallery Blue Bahia Granite Custom Desk

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Mid-Century Modern Sea Pearl Kitchen

Aria Stone Gallery Sea Pearl Quartzite Kitchen

This is a perfect example of a truly informed customer. This lovely couple spent a year researching and becoming experts on all aspects of home renovation. When they finally felt confident enough that Aria had the best looking Sea Pearl quartzite in the area, they decided to use it in several places in their home.

Aria Stone Gallery Sea Pearl Quartzite Kitchen

Sea Pearl, when in good mining condition, is a beautiful and interesting neutral. It carries swathes of green in a taupe grey field and can go with anything. Unfortunately, the mountain that produces Sea Pearl has closed.

Needless to say, this kitchen is a cook’s dream. With an oversized peninsula, there is plenty of space to create tasteful confections. They added another element of interest to their design by mitering the edges of their countertop, creating the look of a thicker slab and adding a nice focal point to the space.  Pulling the whole look together, they complemented the countertop beautifully with the use of grey subway tile from Artistic Tile. They continued this look into their master bathroom with a spa-like shower and were able to create a space that feels clean and spacious.

Now what do you do when you have pieces of slab left over? This couple chose to feature the remaining slab pieces throughout the rest of the space. They lined the tops of their cabinets in their master closet with the stone and the side cabinets of their custom wine refrigerator. As a final touch, they created a lazy susan that now sits on their kitchen countertop next to the stove.

 

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Bright & Colorful Corteccia Kitchen

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In this beautifully exuberant home, shades of Tiffany Blue and persimmon orange unite to create this colorful & inviting modern kitchen. With pops of tangerine apparent throughout the appliances, accessories, and seating, and blue hues radiating on the tiled backsplash of the kitchen wall, it is evident that high design is in full force.

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Corteccia Countertops

By adding these splashes of color, the homeowners succeeded in energizing the area which truly kicked up the design. Boasting a lavish work space, the oversized island becomes a major focal point in the room. Its impeccable book match of Corteccia and continuous flow looks stunning as it extends to the opposite side of the kitchen.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Corteccia. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Recently, the Architectural Digest released a list of Fresh Decor Trends for Spring 2016 and colorful kitchen appliances and blue hues were notably mentioned, making this kitchen spot on trendy!

Aria Stone Gallery’s Corteccia. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Just off the kitchen sits the living room in which they continued the theme of the stone by incorporating it with the feature fireplace. With a book match on the base plate, it gives the wall a wonderful flow from the kitchen into the open living room.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Corteccia. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Verde Aurora Feature Wall

Aria Stone Gallery Verde Aurora Marble Fireplace

Dana Vidal and her client wanted to do a feature wall around their fireplace and had picked out Aria’s Vitoria Regia, which is a dark evergreen quartzite. After making a few changes, they realized they had not purchased enough stone and their material had already been sold out. So they went back to the drawing board. With a new bright green material just in at Aria, the once dilemma turned into a surprising blessing in disguise.

Aria Stone Gallery Verde Aurora Marble Fireplace
INSTALLATION EXAMPLE

At first glance, Verde Aurora did not catch our attention, but when our showroom manager put it together in a quad match, it took on a whole new life. The marble transformed entirely into something else. With perfect vein matching, this bold wall became the focal point in the room.  Perfectly balancing against the gold hued accent pieces, this unique stone wall truly elevates the space into a whole new realm of luxury.

Aria Stone Gallery Verde Aurora Marble Fireplace
INSTALLATION EXAMPLE

When you walk in the home there are these beautiful dark hard woods that lead into an expansive winding staircase. Once you enter the living room, the feature wall immediately grabs your attention. Accented with gilded velvet couches, leopard accessories, and golden decor accents, this space beautifully marries texture with pattern.

Aria Stone Gallery Verde Aurora Marble Fireplace
INSTALLATION EXAMPLE


The living room opens into a vast kitchen that features an oversized custom dining table with booth seating. Although everything is oversized and impeccably designed, it still feels warm and inviting.

 

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Laura Lee Clark’s Feminine Museum Tower Condo

Laura Lee Clark is one of Dallas’s leading ladies of design. You can see why in this feminine downtown condo in Museum Towers. She has brought together a warm color palette with pinks, lavenders, taupes and creams. The open kitchen has a waterfall island covered in Aria’s Dolce Vita, fabricated by Il Granito, that brings in little hints of lavender and pink with an overall taupe field. It pairs perfectly with the high gloss taupe cabinets.

One of the stand out features of the room are the two butterfly chandeliers that flit over the grand oval dining table and the custom lavender velvet chairs. With all the beautiful textiles and wallpapers, this house has an unique aesthetic unlike any other. With the added bonus of great views, this condo is gem when it comes to the Dallas skyline.

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Clare Project

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We knew that when the Clare’s came into Aria that they would have a beautiful kitchen, but nothing prepared us for what we saw when we arrived. Helene of Helene’s Luxury Kitchens transformed this cramped, outdated space by knocking down a few walls and combining two spaces to create this clean, modern kitchen.

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Bianco Everest Marble Kitchen Countertop
Bianco Everest Marble Kitchen Countertop

Aria: How did this design process begin?

Helene: The client was searching online for a Kitchen Designer.  While they didn’t call me directly from my internet presence, I was referred to them by another contact they found online.

Aria: What was the design inspiration for this kitchen remodel? 

Helene: Lifestyle, clean lines, and an uncluttered look were the inspirations.  Part of the design process is to gather information during an explorative session where we discuss how the kitchen will ultimately need to function and integrate into the overall style of the family and their home.

Aria: What made you decide to use Aria Stone? 

Helene: The homeowner had already visited several stone showrooms and didn’t feel that they were finding what was desired.  Therefore I suggested that they visit the ARIA showroom so that they may find a stone that would move them to give the desired compliment, “I LOVE my kitchen”.

Aria: How long did this project take to complete?

Helene: Approximately 3 ½ months and their General Contractor and his sub-contractors were excellent!

Aria: What was your biggest challenge in this remodel? 

Helene: We were providing floor plan options at the same time they were tearing out the kitchen.  Therefore the decisions had to be made quickly, and as a team, we did very well in these decisions.  Once we combined both rooms, space was enlarged, yet with all the windows and doors it was also challenging.  Our biggest quest was to create an island with a Wolf range, effective cooking stations and workflow throughout this area.  We reworked the floorplan several times before creating the final details.  In the end, we took a small space from their large dining room to accomplish a wall of tall wonderful storage in the kitchen. We also moved the refrigerator to a former pantry area, created a desk in front of the scenic bay windows (that had been an eating area), added a wine bar, and the large island perfect for cooking and casual entertaining.  The kitchen flow is perfect for an active family and entertaining in that others can easily come to the edge of the kitchen to get refreshments from the SubZero refrigerator drawers, warm up snacks in the microwave, throw away the trash, and all without crowding the cook’s area.

Aria: Why did you decide to go with a hoodless vent? 

Helene: This product is unique to Best hoods and the client was adamant about eliminating visual obstructions.  One wall of the eating area incorporates a large television so a normal range hood dropping into this site path would be intrusive.  The contractor did a fabulous job of positioning this from our plans and then prepared and installed this to the manufacturer’s detailed specifications.

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Bianco Everest Marble Kitchen Countertop
Bianco Everest Marble Kitchen Countertop

 

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