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, Sterling McDavid 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.
Working closely alongside the homeowner, 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.
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.
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 clients’ dreams come true. View the complete editorial feature in Luxe Interiors + Design Colorado here!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dallas is mostly known for their mini mansions, homes with acreage, huge footprints and tons of amenities. Something that people don’t immediately know is that there is a thriving downtown community with beautiful, stately condos.
Featured in the heart of turtle creek, this condo was gutted and completely reconfigured. The kitchen was designed around the White Ice granite. It is a granite that is a little more common, but Aria found this beautiful specimen, boasting full of fields of white with soft wafts of baby blue throughout. This stone paired beautifully with custom medium toned wooden cabinetry that lined the walls from floor to ceiling.
The guest bathroom was the next space renovated and it incorporated a simple yet inviting warm oatmeal color palette. Aria’s Daino Reale marble complements this space exquisitely with its warm, sandy hue, bringing an air of sophistication and interest to the room. The marble pairs perfectly with the taupe mosaic Artistic Tile shower surround.
The master bath took on a beautiful transformation with a spilt level countertop in the Daino Reale marble, more custom cabinetry, and luxurious hardware finishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marvelous Home Makeovers has been serving the Dallas community since 2004 and was founded by Botond Laszlo, CR, CKBR, GCP. Botond has a unique perspective on design aesthetics that is attributed to his European upbringing. This history translates into his projects as a modern, yet classical with a twist, take on proportion, color, texture, and line work. In addition, Botond has a methodical approach to project management that streamlines the experience for all the parties involved. In celebration of MHM’s expertise, NARI recently honored MHM with two COTY (Contractor of the Year) awards for 2016 for their Riverbend Kitchen and Milton Bathroom projects.
Having had the opportunity to collaborate through material partnership with MHM, we have had the privilege of watching Botond provide clear, informative, and decisive direction to his clients first hand. In an effort to share insight to what makes MHM unique, we are pleased to share the following discussion between us.
Q: When a client first inquires with you, what’s your process for determining if MHM is a good fit for the client and vice versa?
A: During the initial consultation we discuss the project and recommended approach. This is time for ideas and questions. Prior to the meeting, it is helpful for you to prepare a clear vision of what you are trying to accomplish. Gathering photos from websites and magazines or just your handwritten notes and drawings help to communicate your ideas.
One key takeaway from this meeting is establishing if we are the right fit for each other. We believe in a highly communicative and friendly process and want to make sure this can be fostered as we progress with the process. During this meeting we will discuss a ballpark budget based on the initial ideas. The culmination of communication styles, shared vision and alignment of scope, resources and time help all parties determine if we are the right fit to work together on their home transformation.
Q: Are there any projects that you have chosen not to take on and if so why?
A: There are projects we have determined are not the right fit for MHM and have respectfully declined. As a small business owner this is never easy but we do it for the right reasons, not just for us but our client. It is important to us that we feel we can have clear communication channels and trust with the client. There have been instances where for one reason or another I did not feel confident we had the required strong communication established and therefore could not move forward. There have been other instances where unfortunately the clients vision did not align with their budget. Rather than complete the work in a way that I felt would meet their budget but fall short of their true vision I have stepped away from pursuing the project further. I have even had clients come back some time later and have adjusted their budget, are ready to do the project and thanked me for standing true to delivering a quality project.
Q: How did the Milton clients and MHM come to know one another to collaborate of the bathroom remodeling project?
A: The majority of our business is built on referrals. We believe in building strong relationships, often friendships, with our clients and it is through that and the trust built during our projects that we have such strong referrals from clients. The Milton project was no different. A client who has become quite an evangelist of MHM referred us to the homeowners.
Q: The color palette for the Milton project emitted a refreshing yet warm undertone. How did you arrive at this color palette and what’s your process for selecting a color direction?
A: First, we need to have a good understanding of what the client wants the space to feel like when completed. We take that vision into picking out core elements, like countertops and tiles. From there it is a bit of an art to complement these core pieces, continue to find colors and patterns that evoke the feel the client is looking for and make sure the space feels like it belongs with the rest of the house.
Q:How do you make you and your clients make a first material selection for a project, meaning do you start with any specific material section first, such as feature wall in the shower or countertops, and then make additional material selections from there?
A: Feature or accent walls, and counters are frequently the cornerstone of the design so we often start with those when addressing the color palette. Taking clients to Aria is a great way for them to see a large variety of granite slabs and the way they are artistically displayed helps the client envision it in their home. Often clients find it difficult to picture a slab in their home when viewing it in a traditional granite yard environment where lighting is sometimes less than ideal, pieces have to be lifted out to see them and just in general feels more of a warehouse. Once clients find a few pieces that speak to them we can narrow down which fits best with the feeling we are aiming for in the space and build from there. These core material pieces are a lot like art, there may be a number of pieces that fit but it needs to feel right to you as well.
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.
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.
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, the 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 work flow 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 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.
Barbara Gilbert: Interior design gives me the opportunity to use my creativity while fulfilling my client’s dreams. I love to think outside the box and try new designs. Seeing the finished project and the look on the client’s face is such an amazing feeling. I can honestly say that I love what I do!
Aria: What is currently inspiring you in design?
Barbara Gilbert: Mixing things up is always fun. For instance I love to pair old beams or floors, or a family heirloom with contemporary furniture. Clean fresh colors paired with neutral fabrics can stand the test of time. We strive to transform ordinary places into unique inspiring spaces.
Aria: How do you approach stone in your designs?
Barbara Gilbert: I absolutely love natural stone, it never ceases to amaze me that these slabs actually come out of the ground. Having said that I lean towards exotic stones, so my clients have a better chance of having something that is not common and unusually beautiful.
Aria: What inspired this Fusion art piece?
Barbara Gilbert: Our client wanted a wow factor and something different. Every time I come into your stone gallery I would always think “one of these days I’m going to hang a slab as artwork for a client,” luckily, I found the perfect client who allowed me to do so. I wanted a natural organic element rather than a standard piece of art work and the results are stunning!
Aria: What is your advice for some one who is about to start a renovation, or just wants to refresh their home?
Barbara Gilbert: If at all possible, they should hire a designer. A designer will keep them from making costly mistakes. If hiring an interior designer is not an option they should try to duplicate a picture in a magazine or a photo on one of the many online forums.