Cipollino Bianco marble is the star of this space. The marble’s varied natural coloring and unique veining is accentuated in this herringbone application. The bold use of the marble opens up the foyer and creates a glamorous yet welcoming feel for everyone who enters. The Herringbone theme continues down the hallway with the Cipollino marble hugging a square piece of coffee brown marble in uniform repitition drawing the eye to the custom butlers pantry at the end of the hall. The mini crystal chandeliers repeating down the hallway harmoniously mimic the flooring, further emphasizing its beauty.
The goal for this basement was to create a retreat away from the formal interior of the main floor; to create a masculine space for the homeowner to entertain, relax, and unwind. Formerly a monotonous space with a low ceiling and a continuous sea of bland ceiling tiles, the new design used the ceiling as a strategic design tool to delineate different zones. The ceiling grid was reused and installed at different elevations. Variations in ceiling height were incorporated to create a visual separation between the various zones and break up the large expanse of ceiling tiles that existed before. Islands of drywall were interjected strategically covering ducts and piping, allowing the ceiling to be raised in other areas. Being a windowless basement, the layering of materials and the use of stone helped bring the outside in and added a warm inviting feel to the space. In the seating area, the accent stone wall takes center stage, adding nuances of texture, pattern and color to the space.