As a decorator I'm pretty excitable about beautiful materials, but even so, it has been a long time since I've found myself completely gaga over an entire collection and the company behind it. Known for stone, Charles Luck is a LEED certified, style-minded source of natural stone products, ranging from tile to furniture, that suits a range of budgets. Charles Luck's Georgetown showroom is one of the newest additions to the design stretch of Cady's Alley, an area know for its high end home offerings. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Charles Luck doesn't cater exclusively to those with deep pockets. With product prices ranging from $5—500, an inviting showroom, and, perhaps most importantly, a gracious and knowledgeable staff, it's as well suited to serve rookie homeowners attempting their first renovation as it is to simplify the specification process for seasoned designers.
My list of highlights is more than one post will allow, but given my fascination with river rock and pebble flooring, I was especially taken with the wide selection of pebble tile — I felt my inner nine year old nerd arise as I poured over the pebble sample boxes (picture 7) with the same thrill I felt with my rock collection as a kid. I was equally excited about the marble and Larch wood Pave seating collection (picture 6) designed by Italian designer Enzo Berti, which is both relaxed and sophisticated (and surprisingly comfortable).
The showroom itself packs a powerful punch in a small space. They've complemented the historic building (picture 3) — thought to have been a stable and then a distillery— with reclaimed cobblestones from Boston outside the entrance, and a rustic interior that begs you to run your fingers over the natural textures and take a closer look at the pleasing patterns such as the slate herringbone tile floor tile (picture 2) and the intricately carved marble tiles in the bathroom (picture 8).
To learn more about Charles Luck, visit their website, it's one of the richest and most thorough I've seen. Their "macro view" struck a chord with me, as I'm sure it will with many readers. Or if you're just in the mood for some sweet eye candy, they have an extensive visual collage, comprised of everything from fashion to nature, for each of their signature looks. However, the images are jam packed with practical tips from material suggestions to color palette, so take a few minutes to explore.
(Images: 1-5: Charles Luck, 6-8: Leah Moss)