"I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls
With vassals and serfs at my side,
And of all who assembled within those walls
That I was the hope and pride.
I had riches all too great to count
And a high ancestral name.
But I also dreamt which pleased me most
That you loved me still the same..." - aria from The Bohemian Girl
Found only in a remote area of west Ireland, Connemara marble is truly one of the rarest and most exquisite stones in existence. It has long inspired architects, artists and poets as its billowing mix of green hues brings to mind Ireland's rolling landscape.
I cannot tell you how many times I have ripped "green marble" out of client's homes and replaced it with something more "neutral." I have to admit, I am rethinking my choices. After pouring over hundreds of images and reading dozens of articles, I am reminded of this stone's incredible history and inherent beauty.
During my research, one of the most stunning applications of Connemara marble I came across was in the design of Monsieur Bleu at The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. The brasserie is anything but blue. In fact, it is handsomely decked in varying shades of green. Truly alluring, one of the most gorgeous elements in the design was the use of this Irish marble and the way it was wrapped around the banquettes and washed over the floors. Gorgeous.
Though I should be dreaming of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, tonight I will dream of Paris, and that I dined surrounded by green marble...and loved it still the same.
Be inspired...dream in green. Happy St. Patrick's Day.