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Brynn Olson’s Birmingham, Alabama Abode | Home Tour

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

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

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

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All this colorful kitchen needed was one more splash of purple, which can be found covering the surface of Aria Stone Gallery’s Fior Di Pesco Apuano. The cool blue paint on the walls of the space helps to bring out the vibrance of this gorgeous stone.

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A little known fact: the elegant, enlongated White Macaubas is actually the exact same material as the rich and earthy Calacatta Quartzite. The difference between materials is that the Macaubas is vein cut and the Calacatta is cross cut, making for a difference in vein movement.

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THE KITCHEN

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Aria Stone Gallery had the incredible honor of partnering with our talented and wonderful friend, Brynn Olson, on the remodel of her family’s home in Birmingham Alabama. This stunning space, complete with Aria’s Calacatta Supremo marble in a full slab backsplash and butler’s pantry, shines brightly with natural light and is not only stylish, but functional. View the feature in Traditional Home here.

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What’s the Difference Between Calacatta and Carrara Marble?

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What is so special about the most famous and desirable marble on earth? Maybe it’s the Italian origin, and the historical allure that it was Michelangelo’s favorite stone to carve out his sculptures. Maybe it is the fact that Calacatta adorns so many cathedrals, churches and castles all over the globe. Maybe it is the unique mix of white, grey and hues of gold flowing through the dramatic veining – or maybe it’s all of the above. The truth is that Calacatta marble is the most sought after material in the natural stone universe. But anyone who has shopped for Calacatta marble knows that there are so many different types and price ranges out there. So how do you know if you are buying the real thing or a cheap knock off version?

As a rule of thumb, Carrara tends to be muddy in color and not pure white. Carrara is also less expensive and more common to find in your everyday marketplace or cut into tiles. Calacatta on the other hand has very bold veining with a crisp white background. While each natural stone slab is unique, Calacatta marble is much more rare than your typical Carrara.

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Where does Calacatta marble come from?

Calacatta marble comes from quarries found in the Apuan Mountains in Carrara, Italy. Owner of Aria Stone Gallery, Vinny Tavares, has been going to the Carrara area of Tuscany in Italy – the land of Calacatta marble – for the past 10 years. Tavares explains, “what most people don’t realize is that Calacatta marble doesn’t come from one specific mountain or quarry. There is a vast mountain range in the Carrara region in Italy, with each quarry producing a variety of white marbles such as: Bianco Carrara, Goiai, Venatino, Statuario and finally, Calacatta marble. All of these materials are white marble with more or less the same geological formation.”

Some quarries produce better Calacatta marble than others. For example, the Borghini Quarry is one of the oldest operating quarries in the Carrara region and some of the quarry’s cuts can be traced to Roman Times.

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The prestigious Borghini quarry in Carrara, Italy. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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What does the perfect Calacatta marble slab look like?

In order to understand Calacatta, you need to know what is not Calacatta. Just because someone calls a Statuario marble, “Calacatta” – does not mean it is a true Calacatta. But what truly differentiates all of the white marbles in the Calacatta Region – as the Italians have discovered hundreds of years ago – is the stone’s veining and how white the background is. The whiter the material, the more expensive the slabs. The more “uniform” the veining in the stone, the pricier it gets.

At Aria we only go for the best Calacatta slabs, the one in a thousand. The one with the most unique veining and most clear and consistent pattern. The end result is crystal clear, even for those who can’t pinpoint Carrara on the map!

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Bold veining with a clear, white background is the essence of Calacatta Extra Marble. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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