Though I wanted a shower similar to this stunning carrara marble beauty (so jealous of you, Jeannine!) and it was ironically within our budget, in the end we decided on tiles that are a better fit for us:
1) With a marble vanity/slate floor (upstairs bathroom) and marble backsplash (kitchen) we already choose to seal 2x/year, the thought of yet another sealing job was not too appealing.
2) This basement bathroom will also be the guest bathroom. We felt a bit guilty asking guests to squeegee/maintain those carrara marble tiles after every use........and we get a lot of overnight guests......a lawt. It's like a freaking hotel up in here (dear family & friends: love you, mean it).
3) We kept envisioning any future offspring drawing on those precious marble tiles with those crazy bath crayons or zooming toys across the marble's etch-prone surface........which almost led to a minor conniption on my part. (Note to family: I'm not growing a human yet so calm down).
All those reasons led us to this (excuse the lighting, we're working on it):
A shower worthy of the glossy pages of House Beautiful that I originally envisioned? Well, no. A shower that we can splash in, live in, and love without worrying too much? Most importantly yes.
subway tiles: Home Depot (.88/tile)
tile border/trim: Home Depot ($1.88/piece) --------> So stoked I pushed for these. It's like crown moulding for subway tiles. Love!
accent tiles (a mix of honed carrara marble, polished Calcutta marble, & aqua/grey sea-glass): Bedrosian's, Denver location ($10.50/sq ft sheet)
paint: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl color matched in Sherwin Williams Harmony No VOC paint
* The placement of the glass tiles/cubby might seem a bit off but it was due to logistical reasons of which I won't bore you with.
* This tile combo was inspired by Aubrey & Lindsay's beautiful shower.