I've long been a fan of stylist Emily Henderson's work. The former host of HGTV's Secrets of a Stylist does gorgeous things with color, pattern, and texture. The woman has an eye. So it's no surprise that her kitchen renovation is just as beautiful and creative as the rest of her work. Is that brass grout I see? Oh yes.
Emily's full home can be seen in Domino's fall issue, but over the last month she's rolled out a few behind-the-scenes looks on her personal blog. This week she revealed the process and materials that went into creating the marble and brass backsplash in her kitchen.
She started with Carrara marble which, as she notes, she has always loved but was "too irresponsible to have it as my countertop" (as Carrara marble and red wine do not a good pairing make). So instead she chose to install it as a backsplash. She writes:
I wanted to figure out how to bring [Carrara marble] into the kitchen and obviously the backsplash is a good opportunity to do that. You can buy it in bricks, squares or in larger tiles that are wildly less expensive than slabs. So I opted for the 12×24 tiles which are roughly $5.50 a square foot and cost us $451 to do the whole lot – we bought 20% overage since we were cutting them (and when you cut you get some casualties) and that price included tax and shipping (shipping is strangely expensive at $80).
She then bought a brass trim "floor junction" — a component typically used to fill the space in between carpeting and tile on the floor — and figured out a way to install it around the marble so it'd look like brass grout. (Genius!)
The total cost for everything was $1,735: $900 (installation) + $451 (Carrara marble) + $384 (brass grout). Considering she was looking at tiles that cost that much on their own, she deems it a good deal to get exactly the look she wanted. Stunning!
See more photos → Brass and Marble Backsplash at Emily Henderson