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Losing My Marbles

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Photo: Marble of the World

Beloved and I have a love/hate relationship with marble. On the one hand, we are really in love with the look and feel of the stuff. The sheer mind-blowing variety of patterns and colors makes my inner designer go giddy with joy. However, we learned the hard way that marble is very hard to live with. Years ago, when we were redoing our downstairs bath, we found a multi-colored marble tile that so captivated us, it became the jumping-off point for the whole rest of the room’s design. Once installed, it looked absolutely gorgeous. Then we started to use the bathroom, and the problems started. Every drop of water etched the marble, every step across the floor left a scratch. We tried everything we could to keep it polished and beautiful, but we eventually just gave up. We haven’t gotten around to replacing it yet, so we just don’t look at it anymore. It still breaks our hearts a little.

I’ve also heard from designers and home improvement shows that marble counters, sinks, and bathtubs are similarly delicate, subject to scratches, chips, and stains. While I truly adore the look, I am thoroughly put off by its epic impracticability.

So rather than attempting to decorate with marble (which would only end in tears), I thought today I’d take a happy-if-impractical walk through the drool-worthy world of marble (from a safe distance).

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Losing My Marbles

  1. After reading this blog, for the first time in my life I’m happy I have cheap laminate counter tops. Mine is indestructible and has held up for over 20 years with barely a scratch! I was blown away by some of these photos…the marble staircases with the “smoke” effect made my jaw drop.

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  2. An artist dream but needs a good foundation. Very heavy.

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  3. The smoke show stairway was my favorite. How beautiful is that?!! That pink bathroom–chandelier included–I could bathe in that!

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  4. I also have a laminate looking like marble countertops. I am not a huge fan of marble but it is nice. I sure don’t want to sit on a block of marble without thick cushions. Beautiful, outstanding photos. Hal

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  5. That first staircase!!!

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  6. We redid the kitchen and two baths a few years ago and got quartz countertops. One looks like it’s embedded with colored glass; the other two look like marble. All the visual drama without the maintenance drama.

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