Colorado Marble: American Stone Meets Italian Tradition

by | Sep 29, 2020 | Educate

Colorado Marble is prized for the stone’s pure color, pure composition (99.56% calcium carbonate), light veining, and consistency of the pattern throughout the formation. These attributes and beauty – in addition to the sheer quantity of stone present – give Colorado marble a place of prominence in the world market.

Using Natural Stone Indoors on a Budget

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Educate, Resources

Whether you’re looking to update several rooms in your home or just one space, your goal is to maximize your look without sacrificing the budget. How does natural stone fit into this?

Three Things I Wish Customers Knew About Using Natural Stone

by | Aug 14, 2020 | Educate

To ensure a successful countertop fabrication project, remember: a good job takes time, look beyond the color, and perfection does not exist in our world.

Rocky Mountain Quartzite: An Iconic Stone from the American West

by | Jul 31, 2020 | Educate

The story of Rocky Mountain Quartzite is a classic American success story that brings together all the necessary elements: favorable geology, a product that could distinguish itself from others, and a business plan and workforce that could develop the company to its full potential.

A Marble Kitchen Makeover

by | Jul 21, 2020 | Inspire

From the start of their kitchen remodel, the owners of a palatial home in Weston, Massachusetts knew they wanted a countertop material that would become the showpiece of the living space. “As soon as we saw the slabs of Calacatta Saturnia marble, we knew it was the perfect fit.”

How to Freshen Up Your Outdoor Space Using Natural Stone

by | Jul 14, 2020 | Inspire

Using natural stone can be a great way to add interest and functionality to a project. Here are some budget-friendly ways to help make your outdoor space your new happy place and an oasis during any time of the year.

Stony Creek Granite: Bedrock of America

by | Jun 29, 2020 | Educate

Every block of stone holds a story. Not just in its geologic past, but also in the ways that stone becomes part of human history. Behind every successful quarry is a collaboration between the forces of nature that created the stone, and human inventiveness that built it into a successful venture.

A New Take on a Classic Icon: The Winged Goddess of Victory

by | Jun 18, 2020 | Inspire

A Hellenistic sculpture of Nike of Samothrace is one of the world’s most celebrated sculptures. In 2017, it inspired a private Fortune 100 company in Portland, Oregon to reinvent the iconic artwork in the form of a stone wall carving.

What’s Trending in Natural Stone Flooring

by | Jun 3, 2020 | Inspire

Natural stone flooring is a favorite for many homeowners because of its aesthetic appeal, versatility, sustainability, and ease of care. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.

A Tour of Washington D.C.’s Stone Landmarks

by | May 21, 2020 | Educate

With outstanding monuments and some of the world’s best museums and cultural institutions, Washington, D.C. is a must-see destination. Many of the historic and important structures in Washington, D.C. are made of stone from America’s greatest quarries.

3 Questions To Ask Before Using Natural Stone In Your Kitchen

by | May 6, 2020 | Educate

Natural stone plays a prominent role in many kitchen remodels. Here are three questions to consider when choosing a stone for your kitchen project.

Using Natural Stone to Create Old Hollywood Glamour in a New Beverly Hills Hotel

by | Apr 30, 2020 | Inspire

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an urban oasis that combines modern luxury with timeless design. This building welcomes visitors to Beverly Hills by honoring the Golden Age of Hollywood and the architectural history of Los Angeles.

Philly Chef Prefers Patina Over Polish For His Soapstone Kitchen

by | Apr 22, 2020 | Inspire

“The soapstone countertop has character. It’s not smooth, but it’s not rough either,” Barnieu said. “That’s what I like about soapstone; the more you use it, as it gets older, the patina of the stone gets more and more charming”

Telling White Stones Apart

by | Apr 10, 2020 | Educate

White stones are popular, frequently mislabeled, and often misunderstood. Learn how to tell if your white stone is a granite, quartzite, or marble. White stones are popular, frequently mislabeled, and often misunderstood.

Designing with Textured Surfaces Using Natural Stone

by | Mar 31, 2020 | Inspire

While polished and honed are the most common surface finishes for natural stone, leathered and brushed textures are growing increasingly popular to add a unique flair your design.

Eco-friendly Cleaning Practices for Natural Stone

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Educate

It is important to use the right product and process for the type of stone and specific issue you are addressing. Different stones have different characteristics and will respond differently to cleaning and maintenance.

Perry World House: How the University of Pennsylvania Used Natural Stone to Transform its Oldest Building

by | Feb 28, 2020 | Inspire

The 17,400 square foot academic building features limestone cladding inside and out. It received a Pinnacle Award in the Commercial Exterior category, “an amazing transformation of a declining historic house into a vibrant modern jewel of an office building.”

How to Be Your Own Stone Sleuth

by | Feb 20, 2020 | Educate

Learn how to test stone samples for hardness, acid resistance, and porosity. Kitchen designers, architects, fabricators, and restoration professionals can use diagnostic techniques to learn as much as they can about particular varieties of natural stone.

Living In Color: 2020 Colors Of the Year Channel Calm and Nature

by | Jan 16, 2020 | Inspire

Two decades ago, Pantone introduced their first color of the year. Since then, other companies have joined the fray. We asked several experts how the 2020 colors of the year will impact how homeowners design their homes and what types of natural stone choices they might make.