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Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian

From interior design to accessories, the beauty and mystery of Labradorite never fails to capture our attention among a diverse realm of applications. This stone comes packed with a unique blend of luxury, versatility and durability, and originates from exotic lands with the richest of cultures. Possessing the ability to be utilized far beyond the abilities of a gemstone, Labradorite has many defining traits that make it extremely valued to artists, jewelers and designers all over the world.

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
An example of the Labradorite gemstone used for jewelry. Image courtesy of Ambra Jewels.

What Is Labradorite?

Labradorite is a mineral that can be found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It has a hard crystalline structure and precious stone properties that are highly valued in both the stone and jewelry industries. Labradorite ranks about a 6-6.5 (similar to the hardness of granite) on the Mohs Hardness Scale, and is also known for possessing magic, healing and psychic powers.

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
Aria Stone Gallery’s Labradorite Bianca Granite Bathroom. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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One of the main defining traits of Labradorite is its capability of displaying a wide spectrum of colors through highly reflective crystal pockets (which can change as the stone is rotated). Labradorite gemstones usually have a dark blue or black base color with metallic pockets of sapphire, green, red, gold or aquamarine. The color play is iridescent like the feathers of a peacock.

This unique display of iridescent colors is known as Labradorescence, also referred to as the “eyes” of the stone. Labradorescence is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. Some stones have a more prominent Labradorescence effect than others, and that greater spectrum of color therefore increases the value of the stone.

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian Baobab Granite. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery. 

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Due to its unique properties, Labradorite is quite rare and not typically seen among mass-merchant jewelers or stone suppliers. However, designers who specialize in unique and custom work, such as Tiffany McKinzie, often use it to create one-of-a-kind pieces of raw, natural art.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian Granite Table. Image and design courtesy of Tiffany McKinzie Interiors. 

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Labradorite and Lemurian Granite

Labradorite is often found in anorthosite, an igneous rock composed mostly of feldspar. Anorthosite is commonly used in the construction industry, and can be cut, polished and used for design and architectural purposes. Some samples of anorthosite rocks were even taken from the moon, and contain fragments of crystals!

Anorthosite is sometimes classified commercially as “black granite”. Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian Extra and Lemurian Baobab granites are both flawless examples of the marriage between anorthosite and Labradorite crystals.

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
Baobab trees on the island of Madagascar.

Originating from the exotic island of Madagascar, Aria Stone Gallery’s collection of Lemurian granite slabs are both glamorous and durable. The highly iridescent Labradorite pockets within these stones radiate an eye-catching shimmer against a dark navy background. They exude a beautiful spectrum of colors that change as light bounces off the stone. The large amounts of Labradorite residing inside Lemurian Baobab granite in particular makes it of precious rarity, and a luxurious addition to Aria’s granite collection.

Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
Sharing the same name as Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian slabs, these ringtail lemurs also originate from the island of Madagascar. Image courtesy of Santiago Urquijo.


Behind the Stone: Labradorite & Lemurian
Lemurian Granite used in a kitchen application. Image courtesy of a tre natuursteen.

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How to Turn Your Stone Remnants into Accessories & Gifts

With natural stone slabs coming in all shapes and sizes, it is very often the case that the slab you have fallen in love with may be slightly larger than what you need for your kitchen or bathroom project. Instead of changing your plan and settling for another, slightly smaller stone, think instead how you can incorporate the stone you adore in a unique way. After all, once you connect with your perfect stone, why not enjoy it further throughout your home? Read along to see a few of our favorite ways that you can give your beautiful new remnants life in another form.

Custom Side Tables

If you find yourself with plenty of stone to spare, take a note from Brooklyn-based designer, Peg Woodworking, with the Bastet end table collection, which is available in either a colorful White Beauty or a monochrome black marble, similar to Aria Stone Gallery’s Port Black. The earthy combination of wood and stone is a classic mix, refreshed by confident geometric design. By creating custom accent furniture, you will be able to transition your unique color scheme across different rooms.

Images courtesy of Kate Casey, Peg Woodworking.

Shelving

Why not incorporate the extra marble from your kitchen countertops as additional storage? Shelving is one of the easiest ways to incorporate your remnants. Once the marble is cut to the appropriate size, it is easy to personalize and install.

Or, if you happened to use more than one type of natural stone throughout your house and find yourself with different remnants of all colors, incorporate them into a custom bookshelf in the likes of this one from Muller Van Severen. This tall bookshelf is not only stunning, but it will neatly tie in all of your projects from all over the house.

Cutting Boards & Trays

Turn the smaller pieces of remnants into cutting boards or elegant serving platters in your kitchen. These trays can be created using your remnants or purchased on their own at Aria Stone Gallery. For more information, contact the Aria Stone Gallery showroom in either Houston or Dallas for pricing and customization options.

Photo courtesy of Aria Stone gallery. Aria Stone Gallery’s custom marble trays using: Colorado Gold Marble, White Beauty Marble, Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble (from top to bottom).

Work Space

If you have plenty of stone left over from your project, fashion a stand-alone piece of furniture and create a work space. This blue bahia granite desk is comprised of only granite from the base to the table top.

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Interior Design Net August 2017

Aria Stone Gallery believes each stone is a unique piece of artwork. Their curated collection of luxurious, hand-selected natural stone is sourced from the most exclusive quarries around the world. Follow along as Aria illustrates the process of transforming stone into art. Learn more about experiencing this journey firsthand here, with Interior Design Magazine.

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Modern Luxury Interiors California Summer 2017

With highly immersive experiences and the launch of its e-commerce site, Aria Stone Gallery is disrupting an age-old industry with integrity and grace. Modern Luxury Interiors interviews Vice President of Aria, April Graves, and talks about how this natural stone gallery transforms the world of interior design with the simple mantra, “stone is art”.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Dolce Vita marble backsplash showcases various shades playing well against the upper lift cabinets in this sleek kitchen.


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Backlighting Onyx Q&A

As described by The Natural Stone Institute, onyx is a frequently translucent and generally layered, cryptocrystalline calcite. Onyx is a sedimentary rock that is usually deposited in cold water solutions, often in the form of stalagmites and stalactites in caves. Through this formation, cryptocrystalline is created and the size and uniformity of these crystals is what contributes to the classic translucent property of onyx stone.

Dating back to the Egyptians, onyx was used to create bowls and other decorative elements and nowadays onyx is commonly used to create jewelry, decorative surfaces, and wall materials. The unique patterns and striations, in addition to a wide range of colors, make onyx the perfect material to add a dramatic focal point to a space. One of the many appeals of nature’s beautiful onyx is that it has the ability to be backlit due to its unique translucent properties. When a slab of onyx is able to be backlit, it is able to take on a completely new life, showcasing the unique veining while adding additional ambiance to a space with a subtle glow.

The key to backlighting is using the correct LED panels to ensure an even coverage of light and eliminating any “hot spots.” To further analyze key tips when it comes to backlighting, we connected with the backlighting expert himself, Patrick Dwyer from Knema LLC (dba LuminousFilm), and picked his brain so you can backlight with confidence. Read on.

Backlit bar features Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Caramello at The Grove Restaurant
When Quartzite is mostly pure Quartz (the mineral), it may also be able to be backlit. Image of Quartzite in Aria Stone Gallery.

Q. What do you need to consider before lighting a countertop? Power source? Size? Material? Is there anything that is different about lighting a wall vs a countertop?

A. Actually, not really. As long as you are mounting the panels to a surface and securing them with something like mirror clips, or c-channel you should be fine.

Q. What should you know before choosing an LED bulb for backlighting onyx?

A. When picking a light color, you should be aware of the overall affect it will have on the room. Do you want to contrast or match existing light fixtures? And you should be aware of how the light will affect the color of the stone. If you have a honey onyx using a very warm color temp (2700K for example) would help bring out more of the yellows in the stone.

Image of Aria Stone Gallery’s Backlit Onyx Black Cloud.

Q. What are the LED backlighting color options? 

A. Our panels have two main color options. White light LEDs (ranging from ~2700K-6000K) and we have RGB LEDs, which allows for millions of different color options.

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Q. How much does it cost to backlight a stone?

A. Cost per square foot varies greatly depending on the project and the products used. Variables such as the thickness of the stone, distance of panel from the stone, and how translucent the stone is can affect the square foot price greatly. Generally, we find the cost to run roughly ~$45-100/square foot.

Backlit bar featuring Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Nuvolato. Designed by M2 Designs.

Q. What is the maintenance on the LED lighting panels?

A. Typically there is very little – to no maintenance on the products.

Backlit bar featuring Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Fantastico. Designed by DeLeo & Fletcher.

Q. How often do LED panels need to be replaced? 

A. If properly installed, the panels should last a very long time. We usually end up replacing power supplies before we replace panels. Our LED edge-lit panels have an L-70 rating of ~50,000 of continual use and our large LED modules have and L-70 rating of ~120,000 hours of continual use.

Note: L-70 is a rating that means that at 50,000 / 120,000 hours our lights should still produce 70% of their original brightness.

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The Zoe Report May 2017

Marble is arguably one of the most luxe finishes you can add to a home—and it has the hefty price tag to go along with. But if you can afford to spend on it, might we suggest one of these completely unexpected and totally beautiful ideas? The Zoe Report sat down with expert April Graves, Vice President of Aria Stone Gallery who clued us into the fact that marble can be used for so much more than just countertops.

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Dallas Innovates interviews owner and founder of Aria Stone Gallery, Vinny Tavares, and speaks about the recent launch of the innovative stone boutique’s e-commerce website. The first of its kind, the company and of course, the website, is dedicated to showing that natural stone is much more than what meets the eye – it is an art form. VIEW MORE:
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Memorial Villages May/June 2017

Memorial Villages features Aria Stone Galley’s chic and modern Arabescato Gris marble bathroom in their “Top Remodeling Ideas For Summer” article. What better way to welcome the summer heat than a cool, bold bathroom revamp? Aria’s “no two stones are the same” persona lends itself to achieving a truly one-of-a-kind look no matter the application. 

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Intown May/June 2017

Intown features Aria Stone Galley’s chic and modern Arabescato Gris marble bathroom in their “Top Remodeling Ideas For Summer” article. What better way to welcome the summer heat than a cool, bold bathroom revamp? Aria’s “no two stones are the same” persona lends itself to achieving a truly one-of-a-kind look no matter the application. 

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817 Home | Stone Age

817 Home Spring 2017 features a sneak peek of the star of Aria’s Dallas Showroom: a stunning bookmatched Fusion quartzite feature wall/bedroom vignette. This incredible article highlights the beauty of natural stone and how it can enhance any interior- from bathrooms to kitchens, even fireplaces. The options for designing with stone are truly endless, see more inspiration here.

 

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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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Lessons from Stockholm Design Week 2017

Stockholm Design Week takes place once a year every February to bring design lovers together to connect and showcase their best and favorite upcoming works. This year we have picked up a few lessons from the Furniture and Lighting Fair on how to create and execute innovative spaces.

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Photo courtesy of Gustav Kaiser.

One exhibit that sets the stage and best encompasses the theme of the Furniture and Lighting Fair each year is the “Trend Exhibit.” This year, Swedish Interior Stylist, Lotta Agaton, curated an exhibit which showcased contrasting materials and colors set in unexpected ways, entitled “Contrast.” Agaton primarily used pieces that were her “old favorites in new settings,” and showed how recovering old products with new textiles or adding a statement wall color can change the personality of objects and make them new again. The lesson from this exhibit is not 0nly the products on display; but rather, how to execute contrast between objects, textiles, and furniture.

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Images courtesy of Lotta Agaton @lottaagaton

The theme of “contrast” carried throughout the entire fair. Most notably, Tom Dixon is one of the many examples of designers using contrasting textures and colors to create an overall cohesive theme that is perfectly on trend. During the furniture and lighting fair, Tom Dixon unveiled his new office furniture line that was inspired by the archetypical Victorian school desk. Below, we see the “Offcut Stool 650mm in Natural” set against the deeply rich background of a dark marble similar to Aria Stone Gallery’s Gris de Savoie.

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Tom Dixon’s “Offcut Stool 650mm in Natural.” Image courtesy of www.tomdixon.net.

Dixon’s “Slab Desk” is constructed of solid oak and features smooth, rounded edges. The desk demonstrates contemporary craftsmanship through a simplistic design that is beautiful in its own right. And when the oak desk is placed in front of the vitoria regia quartzite statement wall with mechanical accent lamps, the contrast in textures makes the entire space feel well balanced and multi-dimensional.

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Tom Dixon’s “Slab Desk.” Image courtesy of www.tomdixon.net.

Contrast in color is also important when it comes to creating well planned design. Furniture designer and interior architect, Gam Fratesi, worked with Gubi to create custom furnishings for Paris’ House of Denmark, which was launched as a collection at Stockholm Design Week. The collection is refined and classic with nods to Mid-Century Danish design combined with elements of traditional Parisian aesthetic. In the bar of the restaurant, the designers chose to pair a strong, dark natural stone with a light oak bar and linen “Beetle” barstools. The white and dark green marble floors further annunciate the contrasting colors through its chevron pattern.

Contrasting colors can be executed on a smaller scale when it comes to furniture. For example, Fratesi’s “TS Table” with a black steel base and white marble surface can easily be incorporated into any small breakfast area with ease.

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Contemporist February 2017

Contemporist February 2017 features a plethora of natural stone inspiration pieces, including Aria Stone Gallery’s stunning and modern Sea Pearl Quartzite kitchen. In 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Natural Stone For Your Interior Spaces, you will find great examples of how to use this amazing material on every surface and in every room in your home.

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Houzz February 2017

Aria Stone Gallery’s Corteccia is nothing short of breathtaking, and the same goes for this kitchen, featured in Houzz February 2017. The colorful undertones of this earthy stone makes a statement upon all kitchen surfaces, while chocolate brown veins add dynamic flare and direction. 

Space designed by Dona Rosene Interiors and Helene’s Luxury Kitchens.

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Houzz February/March 2017 features 7 Kitchens With Statement-Making Fridges, and among these wonderfully unique and fun appliances lies Aria’s whimsical Chateaux Blanc quartzite countertops. Green and pink tones collide in this retro-style space, and we couldn’t be more excited to show it off.

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Modern Luxury Interiors Texas February 2017

Aria Stone Gallery is so excited to announce our features in Modern Luxury Interiors Texas February 2017, in collaboration with Marvelous Home Makeovers, Traci Connell and more. So many beautiful natural stone projects have been highlighted in this issue, including one of our most luxurious installations, a Calacatta Extra Marble kitchen.

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Luxe Interiors + Design January 2017

Luxe Interiors + Design January 2017 features some exclusive insight from some experts in the world of natural stone, regarding usage, techniques and importance of the material. April Graves, VP of Aria Stone Gallery was included in this informative article, Eye on Design 2017: Materials.

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Modern Luxury Dallas January 2017

Modern Luxury Dallas January 2017 features Aria’s gorgeous collaboration with Traci Connell Interiors on this luxurious yet practical family home. Bianco Lasa Veno Oro honed marble is plentiful in this light and bright kitchen, complementing light blue and grey tones throughout the house.

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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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Architectural Digest January 2017

Aria Stone Gallery had the honor of presenting a project featured in the Architectural Digest January 2017 issue. This breathtaking kitchen, bookmatch wall and bar application features Calacatta Extra marble – a hand sourced material especially chosen by Aria.

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PaperCity Dallas January 2017

This breathtaking kitchen, bookmatch wall and bar application, featured in PaperCity’s Dallas January 2017 issue, sports the always elegant Calacatta Extra marble – a hand sourced material especially chosen by Aria Stone Gallery.

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D Home Design Book 2017

D Home Design Book 2017 features a sneak peek of a few of Aria’s most stunning natural stone projects, from bright green marbles to backlit onyx. The options for designing with stone are truly endless. Get more inspiration below!

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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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Luxurious Celebrity Bathrooms

From the penthouses of New York City to expansive estates in Beverly Hills, see how celebrities unwind in their luxurious marble cladded master bathrooms.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s Manhattan penthouse is lined with floor-to-ceiling marble. The floors, countertops, built-in-shelves, and tub surround are all cladded in a luxurious white and grey marble similar to Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Bettogli Extra.

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Image Courtesy of Evan Johnson Images

The dignified master bath of Courtney Cox features a cool palate with rich textiles. A long, trough sink is fashioned with Onyx Black Cloud stone that continues into the shower.

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Image Courtesy of Elle Decor

When Nina Garcia completely renovated her New York apartment, she decided to go with a timeless and elegant white marble. The many use of mirrors breathes light and life into every nook of this detail oriented bathroom.

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Jennifer Aniston converted a large his and hers bath into a spa like retreat in her Los Angeles home. Backlit onyx sets the tone for a relaxing escape to the spa bath, soaking tub, and meditation room.

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Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham’s calacatta marble cladded master bath takes advantage of the natural light and greenery available at their Beverly Hills estate. Complete with a stand alone tub and steam shower and plenty of storage.

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Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the guest bathroom Cameron Diaz’s Asian inspired feminine Greenwich Village apartment in Manhattan is cladded in pink onyx from the walls to the custom countertops. The brass sink was custom made by Bates and Bates with fittings by waterworks. For a similar look and hue, try Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Avorio.

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Image Courtesy of Architectural Digest

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This noble blue office features an even more extravagant centerpiece: a beautiful custom-made Blue Bahia granite desk, hand sourced by Aria Stone Gallery. The rich blue tones in this incredibly rare stone matches the deep blue walls and gold accents throughout the space perfectly, and the nearby windows supply a plentiful amount of natural light, highlighting every detail in the slab.

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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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Unique Applications for Natural Stone in Bathroom Design

With a little inspiration from the brilliant designers and architects around the world, you can transform your everyday bathroom sink and countertop into a beautiful statement piece and work of art. From wall-mounted, pedestal, or integrated sinks, here are a few design ideas using natural stone in incredibly unique applications unlike the rest.

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Innovative Milan architect Victor Vasilev uses straight lines, geometric shapes, and even optical illusion for his line washbasin line, “The Kub.” The floating and pedestal sinks use Carrara Marble, glass, and metal to create a simple, yet fascinating design. A simple stand alone metal faucet pours water into the glass cube basin, which then discretely drains into the Carrara marble cube that is mounted to the wall. Individual matching cubes with can be purchased for additional storage and counter space.

Images courtesy of victorvasilev.com

Italian based company, Altamarea has perfected their seamless, integrated marble sinks and countertops in their Opera line. Inspired by Scandinavian cabinets in the 50s and 60s the floating vanity has pull open cabinets, brass water features, and incorporates integrated marble countertops transforming your standard sink into a satisfying work of art.

Images courtesy of www.altamareabath.it

Teuco, Italian based company has updated the traditional pedestal sink with a “monolithic pedestal topped by a horizontal plane”. Made out of entirely carrara or pietra grey marble this pedestal sink is the epitome of sleek, Italian design.

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Image courtesy of www.teuco.com

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Feature Fireplaces by Leading Designers

The weather is getting cooler and we are cozying up to these phenomenal statement fireplaces cladded in marble, quartzite and onyx. Add warmth, texture and variation to your room by creating a stand out focal point with your fireplace.

Calacatta Extra marble is one of the most exclusive marbles in the world. The deep grey veining scattered with feathery taupe adds to its simple, classic beauty. This marble ribbon fireplace designed by SHM Architects creates a pleasing combination of textures, instantly creating a classic focal point.

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Calacatta Extra Marble Fireplace

We found inspiration in this Pietra Grey Leathered fireplace by interior designer, Kelly Wearstler. The dark contemporary marble is nicely complimented by a perfect balance of geometric forms.

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Image courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

For a colorful and bold feature, try a bookmatch or quadmatch design using a colorful marble or quartzite. This Verde Aurora quadmatch utilizes four slabs of marble to create one outstanding focal point.

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Verde Aurora Quadmatch Fireplace

To maximize impact for a more traditional fireplace, backlight an onyx fireplace surround to create a glow that you can enjoy year round. Designed by M2 Design Group in Dallas, TX.

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Backlit Onyx Nuvolato Fireplace

This stand-alone Statuario Cremo Marble fireplace and room divider by Charleston designer Angie Hranowsky is both show-stopping and functional. Create a strong, neutral statement that can grab your attention among colorful design.

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Image courtesy of www.angiehranowsky.com

Eyes are automatically drawn to the Zebrino White marble fireplace designed by Karyn Dismore Interiors. While the natural horizontal striation of the marble makes the room appear wider, the floor to ceiling design moves the eye upward, creating a dramatic effect.

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Zebrino White Fireplace, image courtesy of Buddy Coronado Photography.

 

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Designer Spotlight: Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Textures, neutrals, and layers, oh my! Marie Flanigan’s design aesthetic is the epitome of classic elegance with a cozy twist.  With a fresh take on color and scale, Flanigan beautifully mixes old with new, modern with traditional, and cozy charm with sophisticated elegance; letting the space speak for itself.  There truly is an art to incorporating colors, textures, prints, and patterns into a space and Flanigan strikes the perfect balance. Lucky for us, we were able to sit down with Marie herself for this one-on-one interview. Read on to discover how Aria Stone Gallery teamed up with the talented Marie Flanigan to discuss Natural Stone 101, her newest featured blog.

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Image courtesy of Maric Flanigan. Get the look with Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra marble.

Q. As we gear up for fall, what trends do you foresee picking up speed?

A. In a world where fresh trends are constantly on the rise, I’ve been really excited to see a return to a more thoughtful and sophisticated celebration of personal style. That means doing less of what the latest trend reports tell you to do and more of what speaks to your heart. The design industry has responded to this change by increasing and enhancing customization services, allowing designers to source pieces that truly speak their client’s language, and by furthering their dedication to furniture rejuvenation, which means that existing pieces our clients hold dear can be reimagined and reused instead of being replaced with something new.

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Image courtesy of Marie Flanigan. Get the look with Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra marble.

Q. We absolutely love your light and airy aesthetic.  What advice do you have for our readers that are looking to incorporate this feel into their space? Any advice on how to successfully mix prints and patterns?

A. Our daily lives are busy and filled with distractions, and my goal has always been to create spaces that offer a respite from that constant stimulation. I love using pieces that boast strong, clean lines accented with fabrics that play with weight and texture in soft, dreamy hues. It’s so important to become a master editor when it comes to achieving a light and airy feel. Pull everything out and start replacing items slowly, only incorporating pieces that lend an overall sense of balance while also pulling at your heart strings.

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Image courtesy of Marie Flanigan. Get the look with Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra marble.

Q. Inspiration is everywhere.  Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

A. My first source of inspiration is always my client. I love hearing stories about where they’ve lived and how they found themselves in the home they’re in today. I spend time learning about the styles, cultures, and environments that are meaningful to them and why, so tha