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How to Make Natural Stone Play a Starring Role in a Kitchen Design

by | Jun 18, 2021

Jan Neiges is a certified master kitchen and bath designer with the National Kitchen & Bath Association and principal of Colorado-based Jan Neiges CKD LLC. For Neiges, the act of discovery and finding out what is drawing the client to a particular piece of natural stone is part of the fun when working on a kitchen.

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.

What’s Trending in Natural Stone Flooring

by | Jun 3, 2020

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.

Philly Chef Prefers Patina Over Polish For His Soapstone Kitchen

by | Apr 22, 2020

“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”

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.

A Textile Designer Turns to Natural Stone

by | Nov 11, 2019

“We knew Lori would appreciate the challenge of creating her signature textural effect in natural stone, and that she would help us deliver a fresh design carved in classic favorites like Bianco Carrara and Bardiglio marble,” says Nancy Epstein, founder and CEO of Artistic Tile. The resulting collections are organic, nature-inspired, super tactile, and very dimensional, either in actuality or visually.

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.

Caring For Quartzite Countertops

by | Apr 4, 2019

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.

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.

Designing Kitchens with Personalities: What’s Popular Right Now

by | Dec 17, 2018

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.

Why Natural Stone is a Great Option for Millennials

by | Mar 27, 2018

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

Why I Use Natural Stone: A Conversation with Vinny Tavares

by | Sep 5, 2017

Read why Vinny Tavares, owner and founder of Aria Stone Gallery, uses natural stone over engineered quartz. Is quartz a natural stone or artificial?

Striking Patterns: What Stripes Tell You about Your Stone

by | Aug 7, 2017

Find out how your stone got its stripes. Much of Earth’s history is recorded in layer upon layer of sediment.

Natural Stone and 2017 Color Trends

by | Feb 9, 2017

Designers use natural stone to compliment interesting color trends.