With hard hats in tow, the Atlanta designers visited the Vermont Quarries operations, and had guided tours led by executives from the quarry and Magd Riad from Marmi Natural Stone.Once underground, the group saw the marble in its natural state and watched as a piece was excavated from the mountain.They learned about the entire process of getting the marble from block to slab to showrooms."With hard hats in tow, the Atlanta designers visited the Vermont Quarries operations, and had guided tours led by executives from the quarry and Magd Riad from Marmi Natural Stone.

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Their home, dating from the early 20th century, featured an exquisite use of marble, including this bathroom."Their home, dating from the early 20th century, featured an exquisite use of marble, including this bathroom.

While in the Hudson Valley, the Atlanta designers toured several historic residences for ideas and inspiration.

At one private residence, the homeowners hosted the group for cocktails and dinner" In May 2012, a group of Atlanta designers headed north to Vermont on a whirlwind trip to not only learn about marble, but also to be inspired along the way.

The two-day trip began in New York’s Hudson Valley, where the designers—guests of Marmi Natural Stone—visited a number of private residences, including one historic property where the use of marble in a residential setting in unparalleled.

The historic house was also orignially designed by legendary classicist Philip Shutze, so any new space needed to be appropriate to the rest of the home, which exudes a timeless quality.

“I had slabbed walls with marble before, but never with a panel design,” says Quinn, who used Montclair Danby in the room.

“But without the panels, it would be too contemporary.” Inspired by baths from Europe, Quinn“s design for the space was completed before the trip to the quarry, but it was serendipitous because a bath at one of the historic estates (bottom left) was similar to his design.

With their creativity fueled by what they’ve seen, the group flew from nearby Poughkeepsie to the Vermont Quarries facilities in Danby, Vermont—the world’s largest underground marble quarry.

After extensive tours one-and-a-half miles underground (where the same quarry opening has been used for more than 100 years), the group pondered how they would incorporate the two slabs of Danby marble offered by Marmi Natural Stone and Vermont Quarries into their design projects back in Georgia.

Marmi has offices around the world, and its North American headquarters is in Atlanta.

The projects created by the designers on the following pages range from simple (a chic new top for a vintage table) to sumptuous (a new master bathroom). MASTER CLASS When tasked with creating a new master bath for long-time clients Don Easterling and Michael Proctor, Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio had to transform a litany of small spaces“laundry closet, guest room closet, master closet and original master bath“to create the new room.