Natural Stone for Countertops

O’Brien Harris


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had a fabulous weekend and are enjoying the beginning of this wonderful fall season. We spent the weekend at the beach and at a UNC football game and savored every minute!

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O’Brien Harris Design


The only downside was the outcome of the game. This Duke blue stove is giving us negative flashbacks if that gives you a hint… Even still, it’s so fabulous we’d love to install one right in our own kitchens–with that impeccable marble backsplash alongside it as well.

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It’s no secret we love a gorgeous natural stone countertop.  We adore the white veining in this black countertop and how it picks up the white accents in the cabinets and backsplash. It’s the perfect combination of light and dark. 

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A mix of materials in the kitchen is always welcome. A wood butcher’s block gives a nice contrast to a honed granite–and adds an extra work surface for entertaining and meal prep for a crowd. 

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If natural stone on the counter is elegant,

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Natural stone sinks are even better! The uniform look this adds to the kitchen is so chic. 

Crisp Architects



No need to accessorize this stunning kitchen countertop. Beautiful and durable, this granite is perfect for the chef. 

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Studio Dearborn


Few home accents are as versatile as natural stone. From modern homes to the very traditional, a gorgeous marble, granite, slate or stone countertop coordinates beautifully with any decor.

Quartzite natural stone
Meredith Heron Design


The cohesive look that this marble countertop with matching backsplash creates is absolutely stunning. And the chunky handles and stainless shelves add an industrial touch. 

Are you a fan of stone countertops? Which material is your favorite? 

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Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

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Terra Cotta Properties


As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind.

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest


There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom.

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NE Home Magazine


Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
Pritchard + Dixon Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 


While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

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Michael S. Smith via Architectural Digest


There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install.

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Timothy Corrigan via Architectural Digest


Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home.

bathroom with glass shower.- Master Bath
Tim Barber Architecture


Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition.

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Dirk Denison via Architectural Digest


Natural materials like stone, marble or granite also lend that organic natural feel to a bath that add to the soothing appeal.

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David Netto via Architectural Digest


If a water view is in your life, that’s just a bonus!

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We love mixing natural, more expensive materials like marble with less expensive, easy-to-use materials like subway tile. Gray grout adds a custom look.

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New England Home


Of course, not every soothing master bathroom retreat needs to look the same. This wooden ceiling adds depth and another layer of organic appeal to this space. 

What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?



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Things We Love: Natural Stone in the Kitchen

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Anne Hepfer Design


There’s something so soothing about bringing bits of nature into our design schemes. From houseplants to fruits and veggies, minerals to natural stone, there are so many ways to incorporate all that Mother Nature has to offer into our homes.

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O’Brien Harris


Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite. 

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O’Brien Harris Design


But using stone in the kitchen isn’t all that cut and dry. Which surfaces are most durable? Which are best for cutting? What are the pros and cons of each? 

marble in kitchen - natural stone
Marianne Simon Design

So many factors and aspects go into choosing so many of the details of our homes. That’s we are so glad to have found  Use Natural Stone, a site that features guides and detailed descriptions of many natural surfaces and their best purposes. 

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We are especially fond of the fact sheets on the site that break down information about each of the popular stones. Sandstone, for example, is a material we love but didn’t know much about. And all the information was right there!

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath


One of our favorite things about stone in the kitchen is that, no matter what you choose, if it’s natural, it’s going to look fabulous with pretty much any color scheme.

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath


Can’t choose just one stone? No problem! This combination of soapstone and marble is not only aesthetically pleasing but also creates different surfaces for areas that get worked a little harder. 

black granite
O’Brien Harris Design


If you love the durability of granite but are tired of seeing the same old countertops, honed granite is a beautiful choice. It’s one of our current favorites, in fact!

Kitchen black honed granite
Thom Filicia


Black granite is an easy way to create that enviable, classic black and white color palette. With a little bit of wood mixed in, it’s perfect!

blue honed granite
O’Brien Harris Design


Want a look that’s uniquely yours? We’ve never seen anything quite like this blue honed granite! No matter your style, there’s the right natural stone for any home. If you were remodeling your kitchen, which stone would you pick? 

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House Tour: A Well-Collected Retreat

Good morning, chic readers! We have such a treat for you today: A fabulous, newly built Jacksonville, FL home designed by one of our favorite designers, Andrew Howard.

Howard told Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles: “I wanted it to feel like a collected home that had recently been updated.”

Taking a peek around the gorgeous house, we’d say he achieved that goal completely. 

Wood cabinets can make a home feel dark and closed in, but this light color is rich, gorgeous and adds warmth without feeling dark.

This chic banquette is the perfect way to take advantage of a stunning water view. We wouldn’t ever want breakfast to end!

This backsplash and counter scheme is anything but ordinary. As shades of gray go, this is the perfect one.

When it comes to blues, Andrew Howard really knows how to pick ’em. The layered look of this dining room proves that pattern, texture and color can really make the dining room come to life.

Deep blues like this are some of our favorite color picks for 2017. They lend a masculine touch to an office that’s an alternative to traditional wood paneling and, with the right touches, can also be feminine and glamorous.

This spa-like retreat complements the beautiful ocean beyond the doors. The blues and tans bring the outdoors in beautifully.

Speaking of spa-like… This bathroom is positively stunning–and oh-so relaxing.

We think laundry rooms should be lovely if at all possible. Who wouldn’t want to do laundry in this gorgeous space?

One of our favorite things about Andrew Howard’s style is how effortlessly he infuses color into his schemes. This happy poppy color is both restful and fun–the perfect combination!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We always love it when you do.


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


ARCHITECTURE Cronk Duch Architecture

BUILDER Morales Construction Company


STYLIST Liz Strong

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