Spending two days at a tile and stone show
may not sound like a great time to you, unless you're like me and you love rocks
. Stone, after all, is just a fancy word for rocks. Rocks for your countertop, rocks for your backsplash, rocks for your walls. Rocks rocks rocks.
Some of these products are, understandably, a bit expensive, but used sparingly, I think they could be really elegant and lovely. Think of them like jewelry for your home.
1 & 2.
This panel, from Italian maker Fiandre
, looks like slices of agate, but it's actually a very thin piece of porcelain that's been printed to resemble rocks. These panels can be used on walls, countertops, or floors, and of course they're a lot cheaper than the real thing would be, and almost as convincing (unless you get really really close, like I did in the second photo).
3.7 & 8.
A highly veined calacatta from Italian stone supplier Henraux
. This particular stone is called 'Calacata Cervaiole.'4 & 5.
This granite from Brazilian stone supplier Pedra Rio
, called 'Amazonita,' has a lovely green hue. I can see it being just perfect as the centerpiece of a kitchen with very modern, white cabinets, like the one in this Melbourne home
Pictures, I'm afraid, do not do this stone justice. It looks like it should be in a museum. Drama drama drama. Called 'Titanium,' it's from the Spanish stone company Levantina
Although this countertop looks very similar to the panel pictured in image #1, this is the real thing — actually made from hundreds of slices of rock. It's gorgeous and of course I am totally obsessed. It's also quite pricey, coming in at around $100 a square foot — maybe a delicious indulgence for a wet bar or tiny apartment kitchen. (I know that if I had this in my kitchen, I might never leave.) From Cercan tile — not shown on their website, but you can contact them
for more info. 9.
These agate slices, also from Cercan
, come in sheets and can be used like tiles. You can backlight them, as shown here, or use them as accents on walls or floors. I think they would be perfect on the floor of a shower. They also come in green, purple, and blue — pretty much any color rocks come in. 10.
Italian tile maker Sicis
specializes in envy-inducing tile mosaics, but they also make this stone mosaic, called 'Delicatissimum,' from the naturally blue stone Sodalite.
(Images: 1 - 9. Nancy Mitchell, 10. Sicis)