Yearly Archives: 2018

What to Expect During a Natural Stone Restoration

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Living With Stone

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 | Living With Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Living With Stone

Using natural stone for a kitchen backsplash is not only functional, it adds an element of elegance and architectural detail in the space just above the kitchen sink or stove.

Preserving a Sandstone Heritage

by | Nov 2, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

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 | Living With Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Inspired by Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Inspired by Stone

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

Using Natural Stone to Amp Up the Luxury Quotient

by | Aug 8, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

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.

What You Need to Know About Stacked Stone

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Living With Stone

A strong trend in home design is adding texture to vertical surfaces, by using stacked stone. The 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 | Working With Stone

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 | Working With Stone

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 | Inspired by Stone

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.

How to Use Natural Stone to Achieve a Luxury Look On a Budget

by | Jun 21, 2018 | Living With Stone

Going top to bottom in high-end natural stone may not be within reach for some, but that doesn’t mean they can’t add high-end touches to their designs and give their rooms a touch of luxe.

Bluestone: Rivers and Deltas Create a Versatile American Sandstone

by | May 31, 2018 | Working With Stone

Bluestone is a fine-grained sandstone from Pennsylvania and New York, characterized by its grey-blue color—but it’s not always blue.

5 Reasons to Choose Real Marble for Your Countertops

by | May 29, 2018 | Living With Stone

You’re facing the same conundrum that so many marble-loving home owners have wrestled with: you love marble, but is it really worth the care and maintenance to keep it looking beautiful year after year?

Elks National Memorial: A Spectacular Showcase of Marble from Around the World

by | May 3, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

The space incorporates 27 varieties of marble and has been considered “one of the finest marble installations in the United States” in a story published in Through the Ages trade magazine in 1926.

Pros and Cons of Installing a Slate Roof

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Living With Stone

Slate roofs are elegant and unique. They can also be costly and difficult to install. Not always, though. Here are some of the pros and cons for homeowners to consider.

LEED the Way with Natural Stone

by | Apr 10, 2018 | Living With Stone

Learn more about green building for homes. Find out what LEED credits are achievable with natural stone.

Natural Stone is Featured Prominently in Healthy Home Showcase

by | Apr 6, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

Read how one family built a healthier home with building materials that promote good indoor air quality.

Why Natural Stone is a Great Option for Millennials

by | Mar 27, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

Millennials see natural stone as a functional piece of art. They are very knowledgeable about what they want.

From Earth’s Mantle to the Fireplace Mantel: Tracing the Origins of Green Stones

by | Mar 13, 2018 | Working With Stone

Let’s explore some green stones and illuminate their properties, minerals, and geologic origins.

Going Digital in the New Stone Age

by | Mar 7, 2018 | Working With Stone

Some say new machines and techniques let them work more efficiently, avoid mistakes, and achieve greater precision. Here are some examples of how cutting edge digital tools are fitting into the age-old stone industry.

Backyard Goals: Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

by | Feb 27, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

Outdoor kitchens afford homeowners extended livable space. Experts agree that advanced planning helps families make the most of their investment.

How to Care For Your Granite Countertops

by | Feb 26, 2018 | Living With Stone

We sat down with several stone care experts to learn how best to care for granite countertops.

Mad About Marble: A Geological Look at a Classic Stone

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Working With Stone

Marble is one of the world’s most revered and useful natural materials. Read about it’s formation, patterns, colors, and technical properties.

“Stone Is Art”: A Panel Discussion Hosted by Aria Stone Gallery

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Working With Stone

A panel discussion hosted by Aria Stone Gallery featuring a variety of talented stone industry professionals. The questions were specifically targeted to each professional’s forte including topics such as stone trends, types, use, applications, and experience.

A Cemetery’s Life-Affirming Stories in Stone

by | Jan 22, 2018 | Inspired by Stone

In Barre, Vermont, less than 10 miles from the state capital of Montpelier, residents take the town’s unofficial designation as Granite Center of the World to heart.

Limestone – A Tropical Seabed Brings Us a Practical Stone

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Working With Stone

Next time you come face-to-face with a limestone slab in a showroom, pause and indulge yourself with a little mental time travel to the prehistoric, balmy ocean that created this stone.