Granite Sinks

Natural granite and marble are most commonly used today as kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops.  However, there are many other useful ways to use granite and marble in and around the home.  One excellent example that is underutilized is kitchen and bathroom sinks.  There are three main types of granite sinks.  One type is custom sinks that are fabricated …

Soapstone Resists Heat

Soapstone is an excellent choice to use in the kitchen near the stovetop or at a fireplace. This enduring stone holds up to heat and maintains heat better than any other natural stone on the market. It maintains its heat in a subtle way making it comfortable to the touch. Granite and marble can also withstand high heat from a …

Durability of Granite

Beauty of Granite Granite is one of the most prevalent natural stones found around the world making it an ideal choice for building materials, countertops, and shower surrounds. In addition to its abundance, granite has proven itself to be popular choice for aesthetic reasons. Granite consists of mainly quartz, feldspar, and mica crystallized together to form the colors and patterns …

Marble Veining and Color

  Marble Marble is a remarkable stone with wide color variation and unique vein movement. Well known for its use in sculpture and architectural details, marble has a purity that is unlike any other natural stone. It has become one of the most common counter top materials for furniture and vanities. The unique veining that is characteristic of marble is …

2013 Trend Forecast

Anticipated Colors Now that 2013 is officially underway, it is exciting to anticipate the up-and-coming color trends for the year. According to the experts, the color trends in home design are an extension from last year’s trends with a stronger point of view. The colors are chalky and earthy, the materials are raw and organic, and the finishes are matte. Taking cues from nature, this palate has …

Top Five Ways to Use Stone Slabs

  Santa Cecilia & Amazonia Granite and Marble Slabs When it comes to using granite or marble slabs in the home, there are endless possibilities. Granite, including marble, has more range of colors and patterns than any other slab product making it easy to find the perfect fit for any style. Natural stone has the uncanny ability to span different …

Marble Fireplace Surrounds

Marble Fireplace Surrounds & Mantels The fireplace, one of the most classic elements of a home, can greatly vary in style depending on the type of finishes and details. The fireplace has always been a strong characteristic of the home and the main source of heat in many cases. Even simple dwellings and huts often have a fireplace to heat …

Stone Countertops Honed

Stone Countertops Honed Granite and marble countertops have become the classic choice for the kitchen and bathrooms. For an updated, fresh twist on stone countertops, select a honed finish. A honed finish on stone is a soft and smooth texture with a natural looking eggshell sheen. Nearly all types of natural stone countertops are available with a honed finish. Granite, …

Modern Uses of Travertine

Earthy Chic A current trend interlaced throughout fashion and home wares can be loosely referred to as Earthy Chic.  This style is based on the principal of recycling, reusing, and repurposing to reduce the negative effects on the planet and encourage using organic and renewable resources. It encourages purchasing vintage finds instead of buying brand new and using natural materials …

Granite Fountains

Fountains Granite is one of the most dense natural stones making it ideal for fountains and water features. Natural elements such as vegetation and water elements have a way of completing a space both indoors and out. Being able to smell the subtle aroma of flowers or herbs, for example, in a home or garden can have a calming effect …