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I simply love stone. From counters in the kitchen to fireplaces in the living room, stone is the perfect material for nearly every room of the house. Its beauty lies in its variation and imperfections, its organic range of shades and tones and its environmental qualities. It is available in countless modules from 1″squares to large 4′ x 7′ slabs. It can have straight or ‘antiqued’ chiseled edges and textured surfaces. It is durable, versatile and easy to maintain. Like a chameleon it can blend in with its surroundings; it can be sleek and modern or rustic and traditional. And, while this post extols its praises for all manner of residential installations, you will find stone in airports, hotels and commercial spaces.

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Stone has been used as a building material since before history was recorded. It is one of the basic materials in the world and its presence in castles, temples and modest dwellings reveals its’ remarkable visual essence and durability. Greeks, Romans, Incas and Egyptians built their fortifications from enormous stone blocks, created spectacular columns for their amphitheaters and elegantly carved decorative ornaments out of stone. When you select stone for the interior of your house, or the exterior for that matter, you are making the same kinds of choices that civilizations have made from Paleolithic times to the 21st century.

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This is a wonderful room for many reasons, but I have focused specifically on the fireplace. Rarely do I see a fireplace using directional stone and one that is so bold. The gray and white marble, called Zephyr, is quarried in Turkey. Rather than just face the firebox with a ubiquitous stone, this installation shows how slabs have been layered for a simple but architectural installation. The fireplace, along with the modern furniture, choice of paint and objects makes this focal point of the space well integrated into a holistic design.

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