Hello! First want to announce the winner of the Decor Market rug giveaway. Congratulations goes to Sandy who left this comment- Sandy on 07/06/2019 at 11:31 am I’m in love with the Roland Round Three Light bathroom lights! I have actually been looking for something like this for a bathroom, I’ll need three and these are a great price. Thank you for introducing me to Decor Market!! Great giveaway! Love this rug!!! Please email [email protected] to provide your full name and shipping into ____________________________________ Back from a wonderful July 4th holiday after a few stressful months and it did my body (and mind) good! Hope your holiday was enjoyable and safe, onwards to summer that is going by awfully quick! I still get so many emails about my opinion on marble, marble countertops and using it in general. You might already know I am truly an unwavering fan. I love it so much and honestly would not consider any other material. It is timeless, incredibly beautiful, durable and always elegant. And yes, I did say durable. Use a good sealer and you are good to! I have used it in our NY home as well as our PB home. I have used it with clients and helping friends with their kitchen and bath selections alike. It seems it always ends up being marble:) I have always looked at it like this- when you go to Europe and walk in palaces and churches that are hundreds of years old and see the fabulous marble floors and architectural elegance with that gorgeous patina that can only be achieved over time….that is when you know marble is forever. Now don’t get me wrong, if you are usually fastidious and will freak out if you see a stain , then it may not be for you. I personally don’t mind it, I think it adds character and though I use a cutting board for everything I am not going to tell you that the occasional lemon juice has not spilled onto the marble and left a small marking.Most people come into my kitchen and need to know what we do to keep the marble looking so good. Upon further inspection you will see small imperfections like the time my son cut a lemon on the marble, but you really have to look for it to find it. That said, it doesn’t bother me, because my kitchen is for REAL LIFE, like cooking and entertaining, using and enjoying. Any little nick or stain is a minor marking of how much we enjoy it:) Let’s look at some beautiful examples of marble being used in kitchens and baths- _____________________________________ My own kitchen where we used marble everywhere, on the coutertops and backsplash…and it still looks great, 8 years later! We used calcutta gold (honed) Yes, to me a bathroom is a perfect place to use marble liberally, Lauren Haskett Casey Howard used white marble and an intricate marble on the backsplash, love it And we love it as much in Palmetto Bluff What a beauty, love the inlaid floors Oily and Em Here is my master bath in PB, love it with the white marble L O V E this sink! Jane Beiles Here is our back kitchen in PB, where I also used the calcutta gold and subways tiles- a very classic look (both honed) Gorgeous detailing on this fabulous marble vanity, Parkers and Lamp Great look here in how timeless this is, will stand the test of time! Design Works How about a huge marble feature wall with a big slab, so pretty! Shea McGee Another elegant example of how beautiful waterfall edged counterops in marble look! Cari Berg Isn’t the square edge gorgeous? We did this in PB, its very current and so beautiful, Karen B. Wolf Few things are as classically beautiful as an all white marble bathroom, this will stand the test of time Fox Group Here is my island in Palmetto Bluff, love the thick 3″ simple edge, very clean and appropirate Thoughts on a waterfall island using giant slabs of marble? Melanie Turner White marble is fabulous when paired with colored cabinets, Caitlin Wilson Wow! This is a first, have not seen a marble slab applied to a hood this way, Kitchen Lab Stefani Buchman used slabs on the wall, so dramatic and gorgeous! Did nearly this identical look with the white marble subways going all the way up the ceiling, I really love this effect, Fletcher Rhodes _______________________________ A few fast facts- Use a good sealer (the rule is once a year but we have done it only once and so far so good)! For daily use- you only need a damp paper towel or cloth, nothing else to clean it I always use a cutting board to cut anything, though plenty will cut directly on the marble cutting board Lemons and limes are the number one no no and you should be careful as the acidity will leave a marking Do your homework! There are marble yards abound, don’t look at just one or two and don’t “settle”. Wait until you get the slabs you want and fall in love with, and when you find them, mark them (they go fast) My personal favorites are Calacutta Gold which is white with veins of soft gold and grays and Carerra but I prefer the whiter variety (less gray veining) Thickness of countertops depends on personal taste, the average is 1 and 1/4 inches thick however you will see 3/4″ all the way to 4 or 5″ there is no “one way” Marle countertops in a kitchen are a bakers dream! They don’t conduct heat well so are always cool to the touch, why do you think so many bakeries have white marble! _________________________ Well, what do you think? I think the key is to be sure you get a top marble sealer. I also prefer honed marble over polished and am told honed is a little less prone to stains and markings. They say you should use a good sealant once a year, though to be honest I have only done it once since we have lived here, and it still looks great. The only thing I am super careful about is cutting things directly on the marble with lots of acidity like lemons, limes (those I always cut on a cutting board in the sink) other than that I use it just like the Europeans do……to do everything. It always amuses me when people remark how scared they are to use it. One look at all of the old castles and many iconic monuments throughout Europe and you will see things that have been standing for several hundred years and yep, you guessed it……done in white marble. For me, there is no other choice, it’s my absolute favorite material of choice and there is no other substitute. It is classically beautiful forever and ever. OK now your turn to weigh in………. Thanks for stopping in, until next time…….