The Dream House Diaires #10…The Dark Side

The Dream House Diaires #10…The Dark Side

I hadn’t intended to make this a…

…but it’s morphed into that as I write so for the second time this week, I seem to be thinking of goodness I’d love to use in the new house.

Today, I’m talking marble.

I’ve long time been a fan of the stuff..have some gorgeous white stone in my kitchen and wouldn’t consider any other surface for #projectdreamhouse.

Lately though, my thoughts of Carrara or Calacatta have been one upped by dreams of this…
Austral Gold Black Marble from Australia | Natural Stone
…aka Austral Gold.
Also lusting after the more common but equally gorgeous…
…Nero Marquina.
Though I’ll probably stick to something blanco in the kitchen, I’m most definitely going to plaster some of this dark goodness in a bathroom and perhaps on a fireplace or two…LOVING it in a honed finish.
I find it so strikingly dramatic and modern…
black marble wall mounted sink.
Those columns... Darryl Carter,fireplace
black marble splashback
black marble bath
black marble bath with antique fixtures designed by Michael Graydon
Black marble in the kitchen

Of course, there’s always the black and white marble mix for the floors to also consider…I’m thinking something like this MUST happen in the foyer…

Raw wood, deep black velvet, black marble / Jo Malone headquarters in London

VILLA BISONO: April 2011

Kelly Wearstler Home Beverly HIlls CA Marble Floored Entry Gallery

…but in a space more like this…


And on a smaller scale, I’d love to incorporate this table pretty…

…and pretty much every KW marble accessory…

…and if the gods really love me, this guy…

{all pictures via}

…for the dining room…holy hell I love that table.

And you?

Are you all about the softer marble varieties or have you also fallen a bit for their darker cousins?



  • my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you
    Posted at 07:47h, 09 August Reply

    black marble is my favorite and think you owe it to yourself to consider it for your kitchen. white marble can be so blah. that black and gold number is ridiculousness. i say ditch the white and go for the black.

  • Hollie Cooper
    Posted at 09:23h, 09 August Reply

    The use of the black slab as a backsplash is nice & unexpected with the use of white marble on the counters! SOme of the b&w images for foyer inspiration are to die for. My post today was on Popham Designs they make tile that is amazing & graphic, you may like some of that action too! {}

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:29h, 09 August Reply

    We were going to do a honed black nero marquina in one of our bathrooms – was going to look fabulous!!!, however, once we started playing around with a sample we realized that it wasn’t going to be the choice for us. We have white marble in our house, and fine w/ the etching. Etching on black marble is a whole other story. When it etches, it etches in white, and in my opinion, looks pretty worn. Get a sample and put a drop of lemon or orange juice on it and you’ll see what I mean. Maybe it will not bother you. Just thought I’d point that out.

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 09:35h, 09 August Reply

    Ah Christine, you always make me see things so differently! If you had asked me 5 minutes ago about black marble I would’ve been like “meh”, but now…you’re so right, gorgeous to the MAX!!! That #3 example of b&w floors is stunning…if that was my foyer, people might find me with my cheek on the ground petting it. (c; Have a happy weekend, love!

  • Albertina M. Cisneros
    Posted at 09:38h, 09 August Reply

    I love this black marble…and remember it hides everything! white marble absorbs everything and doesn’t wear as well….don’t dismiss it!!

  • erin williamson
    Posted at 09:41h, 09 August Reply

    Black marble ftw!

  • House@heart
    Posted at 11:05h, 09 August Reply

    I love it, of course, I love it more with gold next to it!! I would love a small black dramatic powder room…dreaming on…


  • Kristie
    Posted at 11:34h, 09 August Reply

    I love the idea of black marble! We have honed white carrera marble in our kitchen and adore it. I am curious, what product do you use to clean and maintain your white marble kitchen counters?

  • {The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller
    Posted at 12:12h, 09 August Reply

    Um, yea. You need that b@w situation in your foyer. Make it happen sister.

  • Christina Garcia
    Posted at 16:37h, 09 August Reply

    black marble is everything! do it!

  • Nancy {at} powellbrower at home
    Posted at 16:39h, 09 August Reply

    OMG that austral gold is straight from heaven! I love it and need some marble on my countertops!
    xo Nancy

  • ChicLiving
    Posted at 16:49h, 09 August Reply

    I’ve been thinking about a similar black marble for our fireplace, much later down the road, but I can dream. Would love to see this in your new house!

  • BKCsquared
    Posted at 00:46h, 11 August Reply

    LOVE marble bathrooms. Those photos are gorg. Black & white checkered floors are also one of our faves.

    xo, K

  • The Now
    Posted at 20:46h, 11 August Reply

    OK yes I am in love!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love this in my imaginary parisian dining room. xoxo

  • The Now
    Posted at 20:48h, 11 August Reply

    I meant kitchen…and maybe a dining room fireplace. ahhhhh!

  • Debby Steele
    Posted at 08:04h, 12 August Reply

    I love marble too. I have a marble floor in my powder room and LOVE it. I love a marble counter top in a kitchen too! Gorgeous. xo

  • Wiggs
    Posted at 10:43h, 12 August Reply

    I love the idea of black marble! But…I don’t know, it sort of begins to read 80s to me when used outside of the kitchen and maybe patterned flooring. I’m always risk-averse when it comes to stuff I won’t be able to change, so I would probably stick with accessories like that gorgeous coffee table and stick with white marble on anything attached to my house. That said, I know you’ll make it look fab!!

  • The Office Stylist
    Posted at 14:40h, 12 August Reply

    So gorgeous! I love the black marble + the wallpaper in the bathroom! Its glam and chic!

    –Sayeh, The Office Stylist

  • Lynsey ~ Frou Frou and Frills
    Posted at 10:14h, 13 August Reply

    This post has definitely taken my love for marble to a whole new level! Thanks for sharing!

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