Yearly Archives: 2019

How Natural Stone Is Elevating Universal Design and Aging in Place Spaces

by | Oct 11, 2019 | Inspire

Interior designers and architects are beginning to incorporate universal design into their plans and many are finding natural stone is a great way to soften the look of the space with its earthy colors and tones while creating accessible environments for everyone.

Italian Marble Shapes European-Inspired Cathedral in Tennessee

by | Sep 27, 2019 | Inspire

European churches are more than just places of worship—they are centers of design. Incorporating massive stone columns and ornate decorations crafted centuries ago, these spaces are a source of inspiration for much of today’s architecture, especially in the religious sector.

3 Steps to Create a Natural Stone Fireplace

by | Sep 20, 2019 | Inspire

A beautiful fireplace can become the hub of your home, where you gather with family and friends. Make sure to take time to make the right choices so you can enjoy your investment for decades to come.

Know Your Minerals

by | Aug 30, 2019 | Educate

Minerals are the components of all natural stones. The color of every natural stone, whether it’s jet black, glittery silver, or a kaleidoscope of Technicolor – comes from the individual minerals. Read more in this handy guide to the ingredients of your favorite natural stone.

Bending Marble at the Bent and Light Showroom

by | Aug 23, 2019 | Inspire

The design concept was fueled by the desire to dispel the perceptions that marble is unyielding and heavy. The Bent and Light showroom is meant to feature the bended marble technology as the latest innovation established by MM Galleri in Singapore.

The Timeless Quality of Natural Stone: Why I Use Natural Stone

by | Aug 13, 2019 | Inspire

Natural stone has the look and feel of luxury. The durability as well as its ability to be sculpted into functional art give it a time honored respect that is hard to come by in building materials.

Granite vs. Engineered Quartz for Your Kitchen Countertop

by | Jul 31, 2019 | Educate

Thought should be given to countertop material’s durability, maintenance, sustainability, and cost. Let’s take a comparative look at some of these issues before making a decision.

Caring for Soapstone Countertops

by | Jul 19, 2019 | Educate, Resources

Soapstone is versatile and can be incorporated into a wide variety of designs. It has remained a go-to countertop material due to its long-known physical properties and classic old-world aesthetic.

Creativity Drives Sustainable Natural Stone Projects

by | Jul 12, 2019 | Inspire

Now that decision-makers can look for the Certified Genuine Stone™ label to identify sustainably produced natural stone, the possibilities for incorporating this product into environmentally-friendly projects are endless.

Do Engineered Quartz Countertops Stain?

by | Jun 28, 2019 | Educate

Many people are curious about the differences between natural stone and manufactured surfaces, and my approach is always the same: be wary of marketing claims, learn as much as you can, understand the properties, and be informed.

The DNA of Stone Design

by | Jun 21, 2019 | Inspire

Designers are always waiting for the rumor that something astonishing has been found, so passion can engineer gigantic ideas that will surpass our previous project. We seek to create a design that will pay great respect to the geological wonders.

How Artists Use Natural Stone to Create Timeless Sculptures

by | Jun 13, 2019 | Inspire

The beauty and versatility of natural stone are among the many reasons homeowners and builders gravitate to the material for their projects. Artists often are drawn to stone for similar reasons.

Create an Earthy Kitchen with Natural Stone and Real Wood

by | Jun 5, 2019 | Inspire

Read on to experience a few projects that feature this classic combination and to learn how you can achieve this style in your own project.

Sifting Through the Confusion about Manmade Quartz Surfaces

by | May 21, 2019 | Educate

Is quartz natural stone? Our geologist analyzed samples from several different quartz manufacturers. Sort fact from fiction using real scientific data to prove performance statistics.

Creating a Spa in Your Home Using Natural Stone

by | May 6, 2019 | Inspire

People are looking for refuge and spaces to retreat from the chaos of daily life. Interior designers are responding by creating visually open spaces in the bath area to replicate the spaces one finds in a more traditional spa. Natural stone can help create that calm feeling.

Beyond Countertops: 3 Great Ways to Use All of Your Stone Slab

by | Apr 22, 2019 | Inspire

We’ve pulled together some of the best slab repurposing ideas we’ve seen in the field—some inspiring suggestions to maximize your investment, and to help you gain the maximum enjoyment possible from the slab that called your name

Designing Stunning Outdoor Kitchens with Natural Stone

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Inspire

Homeowners get inspired by stunning outdoor kitchens they see on social media sites like Pinterest or in print magazines.

Caring For Quartzite Countertops

by | Apr 4, 2019 | Educate

Quartzite has been gaining in popularity as a countertop material in the past few years. With a look similar to marble and a durability comparable to granite, this natural stone seems to have it all.

Using Natural Stone in Small and Unique Spaces

by | Mar 16, 2019 | Inspire

From shower curbs and shelving to adding natural stone in laundry rooms and closets, designers and homeowners are finding more ways to bring Mother Nature indoors in unique and interesting ways.

A Scientific Guide to Shopping for Natural Stone

by | Mar 8, 2019 | Educate

By experimenting on stone samples, you’ll not only gather key bits of information, but you’ll also gain confidence in the real-world attributes of various stones.