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Holy White Marble, Batman!

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 12, 2009

It appears I’ve been amassing images with white marble (and a few other types of white surfaces).  I guess the upside to finding a house that needs a bath or kitchen remodel is that I’ll be prepared with ideas.  . . . and prepared to save up my pennies for the good stuff.

Do you have white marble in your house?  What are your thoughts on wear and tear?  I hear wildly conflicting advice.

For your white surface obsession: floors, counters, and walls, oh my!

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marymcdonaldThe above image really inspires me for a big house remodel.  I imagine that the island is smack dab in the middle of where the old kitchen wall used to be.  Such a great way to open up an old, likely dark, galley kitchen.  This idea of opening up a kitchen to the living space does NOT always work.  As I go through real estate listings I’m amazed at how many people knock down walls.  There’s a house in a great area full of similar (quaint, bland?) little ranch style homes.   The owners are touting it as “loft style living.”  I firmly stand behind the fact that you should not attempt “loft style living” while working with a ranch style home.  Knocking down a bunch of walls into one mass space is not always the height of urban glam.  It takes skill and artistry and vision.  I will now step off my soapbox.  Thank you.

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How would you feel about a full length mirror right next to your bathtub?

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Check out those tufted walls!

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Shiny is fabulous, but honed is pretty great too.

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Recently I’ve found several images of kitchens with glass doors at one end.  Beautiful! Fabulous openness and light.

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This seems like it would be slippery. But check out how the tiles were laid on the floor and on the shower wall.  It’s very rorschach-y, no?

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I’m always a fan of real art in the kitchen.

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I’m an equal opportunity lover of both dark and light flooring.

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I have likely mentioned this before, but if you’re thinking of a bath remodel and you’re trying to decide if the cost of a freestanding bath is worth it vs. a bath like the one above, don’t forget to figure in the cost of the surround.

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I’m a sucker for a good subway tile.  In case you missed that.

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So what can we learn from the above images?  White is equally fabulous with white, with color, and super fabulous with black.  White feels clean; it feels glamorous; it can run the gamut from classic to contemporary.

(Images harvested from all the good ones: Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor/Point Click Home, House Beautiful, My Favorite and My Best, Decorno, I Suwannee, Cote de Texas, Suzanne Kasler, Elizabeth Dinkel, and I’m sure someone else I have forgotten)

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