Preparing the Kitchen

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but that means the holidays are really just getting started. The invitations have been sent, the stockings have been hung and the menus have been meticulously planned. Through the remainder of December and into New Year’s Eve, people are frantically working to prepare their homes for the holidays, and for most people the kitchen …

Going Green with Granite

  What happens to an old granite countertop once it is replaced with a new one? What about the stone left over after a fabricator finishes a countertop? It is possible that a stone as beautiful as granite could end up in a landfill, but it is actually finding new life due, in part, to a push toward environmentally-friendly home …

Choosing the Right Stone

There comes a time in every kitchen’s lifetime when renewal is necessary. Maybe the floor is a bit dull, or maybe the cabinets seem dated. Some kitchens seem so dreary that it appears a complete renovation is the only course to liven them up, whereas others just need a nip and tuck. The decision to choose stone is easy; however, …

Beyond Labor Day

Although Labor Day signifies the fast-approaching end of summer, it doesn’t mean people have to stop enjoying the outdoors. Even as the days grow shorter and the temperatures cool, families can still gather for late summer cookouts, alfresco dining and relaxation. As outdoor living surges in popularity, diverse design options and the usage and availability of quality materials such as …

Back to School Renovations

  August is synonymous with back-to-school activities: parents purchasing clothing and school supplies for their children, teachers returning from their summer vacations and schools preparing to start the new school year. August also serves as a subtle reminder that summer is ending soon and fall is just around the corner. With change in the air, the last full month of …

Water and Stone

  When some people think of escaping from the summer heat, they have visions of water crashing into the shore as they walk along a sandy beach. If time or circumstance doesn’t provide the opportunity for a getaway, a “stay-cation” may be the best alternative. Even if the beach isn’t just off the patio, there are various options that provide …

Paving the Way with Stone

During the spring and summer months, many people spend time outdoors to relax, play games, or for parties and gatherings. Renewed interest in the outdoors has caused many homeowners to start construction or home renovation projects to create the perfect backyard sanctuary. Backyards aren’t the only areas receiving attention—front yards are being redefined as open-air foyers, serving as stunning entrances …

Allure of Stone Furnishings

  Many people have heard of granite countertops, travertine tiles and marble floors, but stone is gaining ground in another area of home décor—furniture. Popular interior design and home transformation television shows inspire homeowners to seek out unique ways to distinguish their homes from others. Although stone may have been overlooked in the past, its strength and versatility, along with …

Absolutely Marble

  In ancient Greece and Rome, the allure of marble made it the natural stone of choice for sculpture, public baths and construction. As time passed, it became the hallmark of the high-end flooring. There aren’t many home features more distinctive than the refined splendor of a polished marble floor. For this reason, it is still one of the most …

Red, White, and Blue Stone

Red, White, and Blue Kitchen Two hundred thirty-seven years ago, the United States of America declared its independence. Interestingly, one of the largest battles of the American Revolution, the Battle of Brooklyn, took place on a historical site now known as the Old Stone House. Given stone’s reputation for resilience and sturdiness, it’s not surprising that a structure made of …