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PaperCity Dallas September 2017

Aria Stone Gallery’s Port Black and Sahara Noir marble add a touch of masculinity and flair to this once-empty, white boxy house.

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PaperCity Houston April 2017

PaperCity Houston April 2017 features one of our favorite backlit stone projects, Aria Stone Gallery’s backlit Onyx Caramello bar, at The Grove Tyler. The lighting of the room is seen in the details, such as the built-in bookshelf near the entryway with individual lighting on each shelf.



PaperCity Houston March 2017

PaperCity Houston March 2017 features this stunning L shaped marble bar at STIRR Dallas. A black field with white and gold veining make this unique and exotic piece of Aria’s Zebrino Black and Gold the focal point of this buzzing tourist attraction in Deep Ellum, TX.

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PaperCity Dallas March 2017

PaperCity Dallas March 2017 features this stunning L shaped marble bar at STIRR Dallas. A black field with white and gold veining make this unique and exotic piece of Aria’s Zebrino Black and Gold the focal point of this buzzing tourist attraction in Deep Ellum, TX.

10 Monochrome Interiors Using Natural Stone
What Does Bookmatching and Quadmatching Mean?
Entertaining Essentials: Home Bars for Every Occassion

PaperCity Online January 2017

PaperCity Online January 2017’s Best Home, Decor and Antique Stores in Houston features only the best shops any style setter should know- including Aria Stone Gallery’s Houston Decorative Center Showroom. From tiles to tapestries to travertines, this article has it all.

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PaperCity Online October 2016

PaperCity Online October 2016 features an exclusive interview with Aria Stone Gallery VP, April Graves, regarding the company’s World Class Hand Selection Program. This program allows customers to travel to the marble quarries of Italy to personally select their own stone for their projects. Read more about this exciting experience below.

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Pastels Around the World

From the Paris runway to the streets of Milan, muted color schemes are not only taking the design world by storm as of late (view more here), but pastels are forever engrained in European history.  With its culturally rich capitals and colorful coastal towns, Europe is and always will be epicenter for pastels.  Aside from the charming Old-World streets, pastels are prominent within interior design, art, and architecture.

Recently, the Aria team had the pleasure of visiting Milan and the Tuscan regions of Italy and we are here to share our colorful collection of discoveries.

Stay tuned as we share additional stories and illustrations from our trip.

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Q & A with Brant McFarlain from R. Brant Design


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Recently we had the pleasure to ask one of Dallas’ talented designers and creative masterminds, Brant McFarlain, from R. Brant Design, a few questions regarding the inspiration behind his award-winning design at Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio event. He partnered with Jean de Merry to create the largest and highest selling vignette in Thrift Studio history, earning him this prestigious recognition. Dwell with Dignity describes their annual Thrift Studio Pop-up shop as “an opportunity to celebrate beauty and creativity while helping others come home— in the truest sense of the word.”

McFarlain attended the University of North Texas where he acquired a Fine Arts degree, and went on to work as a designer for Leo A. Daly and Morrison Seifert Murphy before venturing off and starting his own company.  He is best known for creating designs for high-end residential homes, national hospitality chains, and corporate clientele.  See what McFarlain had to say about his vignette design and what inspires him in this one-on-one interview.



Q. What inspired your vignette design at Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio?

A. Jean de Merry was our major sponsor for the event, so our ‘vision’ was stemmed from their immaculate collection.  One of my favorite pieces we chose to put in our vignette was a JDM sofa.  It was a gorgeous, masculine piece with rich leather and black lacquer.  That masculinity became the foundation of our design as we developed our gentlemen’s bedroom suite.


Q. What inspired you to work with Dwell with Dignity?

A. This is one of those opportunities where I couldn’t say no – it was a complete yes from the beginning.  I hold this organization in such high regard, and am inspired by everything they do for those in need.  I’m not even sure I’d say I was ‘inspired’ to work with Dwell with Dignity, more like I was honored and humbled by doing so.


Q. What is your favorite aspect/key component of this design?

A. I immediately fell in love with the room layout and the way our defined spaces still allowed a connected feel. Our space was unique in that it was quite large, yet still felt intimate and cozy.


Q. What are some key points to keep in mind when designing a masculine yet warm and inviting space, such as this one?

A. It is about selecting key pieces that exude masculinity, while also developing a consistent backdrop that creates an inviting room.  I created warmth by adding lighter colors, contrasting textures, rich rugs, and luscious throws and bedding.


Q. Where do you draw your overall inspiration from?

A. Italian modernism.


Q. With a neutral color palette such as this one, what design elements do you find are most important to keep in mind?

A. When the color palette stays neutral, it is critical to add variety through textures and patterns. A bit of the unexpected makes it playful and infuses your own personality into the space.


Q. What are your favorite ways to add texture and dimension to a space?

A. Unique art and accessories you wouldn’t find anywhere else!  It’s all about developing the subtle layers that help give a space depth and texture.


Q. How would you describe your style? What do you want readers to know about you as a designer?

A. I’m a minimalist – less is more.  A timeless aesthetic is what I strive for – modern, traditional, and everything in between.  My ultimate design style is sleek and sexy, but also practical.


Q. What are three pieces of advice you would give to an aspiring designer?

A. First, I would say find a designer that you admire and respect.  Seek out opportunities to learn and grow as a professional from them.  Second, develop confidence in your design preferences and your skills as a designer.  Have a solid foundation of who you are as a designer and what it means to you. Then, of course I’d say take what you know about the rules of interior design and learn when to bend those rules to create something unique and extra special.

Brant-McFarlain-Quote-01Q. Currently, what are your favorite types of stone to incorporate into your designs?

A. I love using white marbles with limestones. The light, neutral tones creates a sophisticated, soothing timeless aesthetic.

Q. What is your favorite way to incorporate stone into your designs?

A. For a very luxurious look,  using slab material for floors and walls is great when budgets allow.  This also creates a unique design with no grout joints.

Q. What factors do you take into consideration when selecting stone for a particular design?

A. The mood of an interior is set through multiple factors. I look at color, patterning and finish when designing with stone.  The color of the stone for obvious reasons, the patterning in the stone is determined by the application of the slabs and tiles.  If using a tile, I don’t like strong, heavy veining in marbles because it becomes very busy when the different tiles are applied.  Finish is fun to play with as well in a space.  You can mix polished and honed surfaces to create contrast or subtle interest.  Honed spaces feel soft and understated where as polished can sometimes feel cold and formal.

Q. Any additional designer tips you can give our readers when it comes to selecting stone?

A. As a rule, minimize the number of different materials in one space. For example, I typically specify the same stone for both the counter tops and full height backsplash.

About Dwell with Dignity Charity Organization

Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit agency dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Their mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time. They empower families to lead their best lives and to thrive in a safe, functional and beautiful environment. By providing and installing home interiors that include furnishings, art, linens, kitchen supplies and food in the pantry, they enable families to become stable and create home lives they are proud of. Toxic stress levels are reduced significantly. Academics improve. Play dates are made. Plans are made for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and family dinners. These homes have a powerful generational impact.

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PaperCity April 2016

Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Cielo marble table has a custom petrified wood edge detail, giving the shape of this table an organic and natural feel. The linear pattern in the Calacatta Cielo is reminiscent of the natural striations that occur in wood, tying the two different materials together in a romantic way.

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PaperCity Houston | A Monumental Design Fete: Aria Stone Gallery Opening

PaperCity January 2016 celebrates the exciting grand opening of Aria Stone Gallery’s Houston showroom. Architects and interior designers, with clients in tow, filled this innovative natural stone boutique for an elegant night of drinks, inspiration, and of course beautiful stone.

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PaperCity Dallas May 2015

PaperCity Dallas May 2015 features Aria Stone Gallery’s gorgeous new collection of showroom bookmatches, including the bright and cheery Onyx Kilimanjaro, elegant Calacatta Gold and dynamic and colorful Corteccia. We prioritize displaying stone as works of art much like the experience and environment of visiting an art gallery so that you can experience the full beauty of each stone.

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