design

Bold Bathrooms Using Natural Stone

by | Apr 16, 2021

Rose Kallas and Christine Morgan, partners and principals of Chicago-based Two Girls and a Hammer LLC, have seen residential design trends come and go. While many classics, like marble, remain popular, the duo is noticing clients asking for more color. Natural stone is delivering.

From the Chemistry Lab to the Kitchen: Soapstone Offers Much More Than a Passing Grade

by | Mar 5, 2021

Soapstone has been a staple material in chemistry labs across the country for decades because of its heat and acid resistance. Glass beakers, Bunsen burners, and hydrochloric acid are no match for soapstone in the chemistry lab, so naturally there is nothing in the kitchen it can’t handle.

Using Pantone’s Colors of the Year and Natural Stone to Create Tranquil Spaces

by | Dec 28, 2020

Pantone recently chose two colors for its 2021 Color of the Year: a gray and yellow, which the company says come together to create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine filled day.

Using 2021 Color Trends and Natural Stone to Refresh Spaces

by | Nov 6, 2020

Experts say the thoughtful use of color and strategic placement of natural stone throughout our homes can help create that sense of connection and comfort many of us are seeking more than ever right now.

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

by | Apr 30, 2020

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.

Designing with Textured Surfaces Using Natural Stone

by | Mar 31, 2020

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.

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

by | Jan 16, 2020

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.

5 Ways to Use Natural Stone for a Show-Stopping Fireplace

by | Dec 23, 2019

Natural stone fireplace facades remain one of the most trendy styles of design no matter where you roam. Whether these clad fireplaces stem from the utilization of leftover stone material or the grand idea of a massive quadmatched feature wall, we can promise a cozy fireplace will never fail to pull together your home.

The Journey of V House: Creating a Contemporary Palladian Villa

by | Nov 20, 2019

Although 500 years have passed since the construction of the Palladian villas of Italy’s Veneto region, this architectural style is still a source of inspiration in the design world. The ‘V House’ features a contemporary Palladian style and is a stunning tribute to the use of natural stone.

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

by | Oct 11, 2019

Interior designers and architects are beginning to incorporate the concept of ‘aging in place’ into their plans and many are finding natural stone is a great way to soften the look of the space while creating accessible environments for everyone.

3 Steps to Create a Natural Stone Fireplace

by | Sep 20, 2019

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

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

by | Aug 13, 2019

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.

Creativity Drives Sustainable Natural Stone Projects

by | Jul 12, 2019

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.

The DNA of Stone Design

by | Jun 21, 2019

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.

Create an Earthy Kitchen with Natural Stone and Real Wood

by | Jun 5, 2019

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.

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

by | Apr 22, 2019

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

Using Natural Stone in Small and Unique Spaces

by | Mar 16, 2019

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.

Designing Baths with Personalities: What’s Popular Right Now

by | Feb 18, 2019

Today’s homeowners are making a greater commitment to bold bathrooms that are making a statement and leaving behind the sparse and monolithic look of recent years.

2019 Colors of the Year Channel Warmth, Renewal, and Soul

by | Jan 7, 2019

Color of the Year reveals are always a fun way to welcome the new year and new possibilities to imbue color and inspiration to our homes. We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s—with a twist.

Bookmatching: Geology Meets Geometry

by | Dec 21, 2018

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.