As I’ve rifled through Elle Decor and design blogs over the past couple of years, fantasizing about my small-but-great dream home, I’ve continually been drawn to Carrera marble. It’s a classic building material that in some situations may seem overused, outdated, or too ostentatious. If done right, however, this beautiful white-ish marble is the antithesis of dull. Geometric slabs of Carrera are the ultimate standard of chic, modern living. In particular, marble blocked islands (having the same material on both the top and sides of the structure) make a huge statement. Glance below for examples of the linear, chunky look that I’m loving.