Yearly Archives: 2018

Bookmatching: Geology Meets Geometry

by | Dec 21, 2018 | Educate

Bookmatched slabs sometimes look like butterflies, or Rorschach (inkblot) tests, or many other fanciful shapes. Bar none, bookmatched slabs are one of the most dramatic and impressive ways to use natural stone.

Designing Kitchens with Personalities: What’s Popular Right Now

by | Dec 17, 2018 | Inspire

Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms of the home to renovate and an opportunity to really let a family’s personality shine through their choices of cabinetry, floors, and paint, among other things.

What to Expect During a Natural Stone Restoration

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Educate

Restoring your stone can bring it back to the look and luster it had when it was originally installed. Part of the beauty of natural stone is that the process can be repeated without worry so you can enjoy your investment for a lifetime.

Beauty & Durability of Natural Stone: A Conversation with Loretta Willis

by | Nov 29, 2018 | Inspire

Natural stone is an easy choice for designers, its beauty and durability are limitless when it comes to personalizing and designing your home.

Know Your Rocks: An Overview of the Geology of Natural Stone

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Educate

A bit of geology can shed light on why or where we’d want to use a given stone. Geology also helps us appreciate that every slab of stone offers a little glimpse into deep time and the dramatic forces that shape the planet.

Making a Splash in the Kitchen with Natural Stone Backsplashes

by | Nov 9, 2018 | Inspire

Using natural stone for a kitchen backsplash is not only functional, it adds an element of elegance and architectural detail. Read about backsplash trends for your kitchen design.

Preserving a Sandstone Heritage

by | Nov 2, 2018 | Inspire

Sandstone heritage lives on through the work of master stone carver Keith Phillips who uses traditional hand tools to carve stone at a modest workshop known as The Shed, he is passing on his skills to a new generation of Tenino stone carvers.

Use Natural Stone: As Seen on Make This Place Your Home

by | Oct 23, 2018 | Videos

Join us as we travel to Danby, Vermont to discover the beauty and versatility of genuine natural stone. We’re traveling inside the historic Danby Quarry to get a rare glimpse of how natural stone is quarried. #UseNaturalStone

How to Find and Hire a Natural Stone Fabricator

by | Oct 23, 2018 | Educate

A fabricator is the craftsman who turns a rough slab into a finished product. While it’s important to choose the right material, you also need to find the right stone fabricator.

A Soft Spot for Soapstone

by | Oct 12, 2018 | Educate

Once you’ve come to terms with soapstone’s softness, you can revel in its strengths. Soapstone is remarkably resistant to staining or damage from acids. The density of the stone makes it practically impervious.

What Are Stone Remnants And How Can They Be Used?

by | Oct 4, 2018 | Educate

The leftover materials from fabrication or construction are known as remnants. There are many different ways to address this issue and many advantages to identifying and using natural stone remnants in a project.

Why Retailers Are Embracing Natural Stone

by | Sep 27, 2018 | Inspire

Barney’s New York experiments with different ways to use marble—from curved staircases to cantilevered displays for handbags and jewelry. Savvy retailers and forward-thinking designers are embracing natural stone for more than its utilitarian purposes.

Zaha Hadid’s Stunning Feature Wall Showcases Masterful Craftsmanship

by | Sep 6, 2018 | Inspire

Envisioned and designed by late renowned architect Zaha Hadid, residential condominium building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood features a stunning piece of wall art carved from Grigio Brasile marble that expands 34 feet.

A Deep Dive Into the Properties of Quartzite

by | Aug 24, 2018 | Educate

Quartzite picks up where sandstone leaves off. It’s a metamorphic rock – one that’s been baked into an extra-tough stone by the heat and pressure that only comes from deep burial way down in Earth’s crust.

How to Use Natural Stone Remnants

by | Aug 17, 2018 | Inspire

When a natural stone installation project is complete, fabricators stockpile remnants that are too small for a full kitchen countertop. These scraps present an opportunity for creative applications throughout your home.

Using Natural Stone to Amp Up the Luxury Quotient

by | Aug 8, 2018 | Inspire

From installing large slabs of natural stone in a space to being mindful and using it as a unique detail, this luxury material will rarely go unnoticed in your interior design.

What You Need to Know About Stacked Stone

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Educate

A strong trend in home design is adding texture to vertical surfaces, such as fireplaces and backsplash. Stacked Stone is a three-dimensional veneer is made of cut pieces of natural stone that are attached to a backing and installed like tile.

Sussing Out Sandstone

by | Jul 22, 2018 | Educate

Sandstone, by the most basic definition, is any stone that’s made mostly of sand-sized pieces that have been stuck together into a solid rock. That loose definition leaves a lot of room for variation.

5 Ways to Use Natural Stone Veneer

by | Jul 10, 2018 | Educate

Natural stone accents are effortlessly dramatic and always gorgeous. Here are 5 of our favorite ways to use natural stone veneer accents that you can draw from to add the elemental elegance of stone to your home.

Recapturing the Lost Beauty of Stone at the Peninsula Paris

by | Jun 27, 2018 | Inspire

After an exhaustive 4-year renovation of The Peninsula Paris, the century-old building took a giant leap back to reclaim its rightful place among the city’s most impressive architectural structures.