The Pros and Cons of a Marble Kitchen

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Matthew Quinn Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Every time we post our kitchen on Design Chic, we get flooded with emails asking the same question: How has your white marble worn? It’s a good question because, if you know anything about marble, you know it gets it’s share of flak in the wear-and-tear department.

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Morrissey Saypol Interiors via Dering Hall

 

When we got it, we knew the risks. 

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Matthew Quinn Design

 

We’d heard the horror stories. Etching, staining, imperfections left and right. 

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Pencil and Paper Co – One Kings Lane

 

Even still, we wanted white marble. We just did. Maybe it wasn’t particularly kid friendly and maybe it wasn’t as hardy as some stones. 

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Karr Bick Kitchens & Baths

 

But it achieved the look we wanted. It was the countertop we had been dreaming of since we walked into that kitchen, which, at the time, was dark, musty and had chipped laminate countertops and 1950s appliances. 

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James Michael Howard

 

We decided after much research to go with honed marble, instead of polished. We had polished marble at home and I was always having it polished and perfected. 

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Inspired Interiors via Dering Hall

 

After six years of wear and tear, our honed white marble is perhaps even more beautiful than the day it came into our home. 

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deVOL Kitchens

 

We had it sealed, which certainly helped, and, truth be told, there’s some etching and some scratching and if you look really closely, there’s a stain or two. 

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Urban Grace

 

But, in some ways, that has made it even better, like it has remembered every sandy pimento cheese sandwich, every cocktail party, every family dinner, every glass of wine with a best friend. It’s growing older with grace, and we feel pretty certain that its dancing days are far from over. 

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Liz Caan via Dering Hall

 

Whether you’ve been pining for your own white marble, prefer more durable granite, or are even looking for the perfect slate or travertine for your dream outdoor space, Piatri Natural Stone has what you need to turn your vision into reality. All we hope is that you love your stone choice as much as we have!

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Natural Stone Fireplaces

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Beth Ervin Design via Atlanta Homes Magazine

 

The days are shorter, the weather is cooler and there is oh so much to celebrate! If the colder temperatures have you stuck indoors, now is the perfect time to start thinking about creating that gorgeous outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of–complete with an outdoor fireplace, of course! 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

The perfect place to start? Our friends at The Natural Stone Institute! Their beautiful site is an information-filled resource for anyone looking to incorporate more natural stone into his or her home. From tips on which material works best in which space to help finding a competent installer in your area, The Natural Stone Institute is filled with ideas to get you well on your way to that slate patio or stone fireplace of your dreams!

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Elizabeth Kimberly

 

We love natural stone indoors, of course, but there’s nothing like nature’s finest to create an outdoor space fit for entertaining all year long! 

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Bunnny Williams

 

Swimming pools are one of our favorite outdoor features that make backyards so much more fun! The addition of a stone border allows this one to blend in with the nature around it and keeps it from feeling out of place in the environment.

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Billy Cunningham Photography

 

For a fireplace, stone is the perfect choice, of course! Not only does it withstand heat and elements, but it also complements the beauty of the surroundings.

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Meg Braff Design

 

When looking for a more cost-effective solution for implementing a stone motif in your outdoor space, choosing something that can be sourced locally is always a great place to start. This redstone creates a unique look that makes this kitchen a perfect gathering spot for a good meal.

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William Waldron Photography via Architectural Digest

 

This fireplace almost looks like it has always been in this yard. Beautiful!

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Architectural Digest

 

When choosing stone for an outdoor area, you don’t have to stick with just one. Mixing and matching creates a totally custom look.

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Bjorn Wallander Photography via Architectural Digest

 

Travertine is a luxe and singularly fabulous look in an outdoor space. We’re drooling! Travertine is extremely durable, but isn’t the best pick for sub-freezing temperatures.

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Bjorn Wallander Phototgraphy via Architectural Digest

 

Limestone has similar qualities–but in this island paradise, we’re pretty sure that sub-freezing temperatures won’t be a problem! Don’t forget to visit Use Natural Stone before that patio–or kitchen–redesign. 

Will you be utilizing your outdoor space this holiday season? Warm or cold, indoors or out, we’re hope you’re preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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