DETAIL LOVE: A Scraped Marble Backsplash

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As any designer worth his or her salt will tell you – design is in the details – and as luck would have it, I’ve I got a little gem of a detail to share today….



Set within the recent renovation of this San Francisco kitchen, lies the elemental stylings of designer Nicole Hollis. When asked about her aesthetic leanings, Hollis describes a strong preference for clean lines, subtle textures and the use of raw materials like wood, metal, glass and leather. It is just this passion for materials and textures that gave rise to the rather brilliant kitchen back splash application you see above.



From a distance, the Calcutta marble wall appears honed but as the light catches it, and you move in, you’ll detect subtle linear striations running in contrast to the natural veining patterns of the stone. Such an interesting finish option, especially when combined with the natural marbling of the stone. What do you think?


Photography: Mark Adams via C Magazine

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  1. May 19, 2014

    This is completely stunning! Other than the fact I had no idea it could be done, this really does add another layer to the room (even more so in person) I’m sure.
    Great feature.

    • D
      May 25, 2014

      Thanks, Emily. I had no idea either until I stumbled upon the detail photo!

  2. Olivia
    May 19, 2014

    Nice texture. But it being in the kitchen, seems like it’ll be hard to maintain and keep clean.

  3. Niki
    May 19, 2014

    If the function of this kitchen is cosmetic then Yes. Stunning. But I think true genius is when perfect form is perfectly functional…..

  4. May 22, 2014

    What a great way to add detail. The entire space is lovely. Any idea whom the art is by?

    • D
      May 25, 2014

      Hi Debra. The photo looks like it could be a Massimo Listri. As for the others… I don’t recognize the artist but I suspect cropping them and doing a google image search might pull something up. Loving the new kitchen so far! I can’t wait to see the completed space.

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