Blog: From the Bedrock

From Modern Rustic to Mid-century, Marble and Granite, Designs That Mix It Up from The Kitchen to The Backyard

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Maybe it's the change of seasons but we've had new combinations on our minds lately.  Cool mornings and hot afternoons, rustic wood and high polish lacquer, deep black granite and subtle grey marble. (You know, things stone people think about.)

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Marble, Limestone, Kitchen

You Want A Rustic Kitchen For TV and Home? Yes, Chef.

Posted by Annie Roy

When Chef Arnaud Marchand set out to build a home kitchen for his young family, I knew he had a clear vision for his design. His kitchen - from the ceiling beams to the floor tiles – needed to be warm, functional, dynamic and beautiful – and resonate with the scenic environment – and be great

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Notable Installations, Architecture & Design Trends, Soapstone, cabinet hardware, Natural Stone Design Tools, Virginia stone, Kitchen, Black

Slip Into Something More Comfortable [PHOTOS]

Posted by Annie Roy

They’ve been with us through thick and thin. Soft, smooth and forgiving, our favorite jeans are never the dry clean only variety, and in fact they get better with every wash.

If only our interiors behaved so well. (Upholstery that never fades. Rugs that never fray.)

There is one material though

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Black

This Scavolini Dealer’s Home Kitchen Will Have You Craving Matte Black

Posted by Annie Roy

 Niki Serras and her husband in their Detroit home kitchen.

Like a Delta One touching down at JFK from a weekend fling in Milan, black is back and it’s bringing matte with it. And I couldn’t love it more.

With European influence black is coming home to our kitchens and living rooms (even the

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Notable Installations, Architecture & Design Trends, stone sourcing, Granite, Renovation, Cambrian Black, Leathered finish, Antiqued finish, Kitchen, Black, Brushed finish

Knock, Knock. Matte Black Wants to Come In. [PHOTOS]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Navy is nice and white is classic. But there is staying power in black. Always chic. Forever sophisticated. (Enjoy your 15 minutes grey, but there will never be a new black.)

What we love about black, however, does change. For years we loved the high shine of a powdered coated finish. We lusted

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Nordic Black, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black, Brushed finish

Cambrian Black: LBD of Granites

Posted by Annie Roy

 

There are two reasons the Little Black Dress has earned itself the universal acronym LBD: versatility and longevity.

Chic for the charity event, sexy for a date, appropriate for the boardroom – it’s all things to all people, a true wardrobe staple. The LBD dresses up with jewelry and down with

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Granite, Cambrian Black, Kitchen

The Original Green Building Material, Just How Sustainable Is Natural Stone?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

We’ve all seen our fair share of Discovery Channel shows that analyze ancient temples, classical cathedrals and other feats of historic architecture. Aside from their fascinating stories and designs, there are other impressive details that hold our attention besides our musings of being inside

Topics: Material Selection, Environment, Corporate Responsabilities & Ethic, Architecture & Design Trends, stone sourcing

This Might Just Be Your Favorite Design Tool

Posted by Steven Schrenk

You know the look. Wide eyed amazement over your array of stone slabs dissolves to consternation then confusion. There are a LOT of choices in the yard, in the studio, in the showroom and the customer is overwhelmed.

How do you help them choose a slab of granite? How do you pair their need for a

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Natural Stone Design Tools

Annie Roy Wants You To Get Emotional About Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

The Stone Experts: Introducing a new blog series featuring Polycor’s experts in design, architecture, fabrication, sales, marketing and geology .

 
Annie Roy
Slabs Sales Manager, eastern Canada
Expert in: Natural stone design, photography

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Soapstone, Ask a stone expert, Kitchen

Marble and Granite, Better For Traditional or Modern Design? Yes.

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Is there any more classical material than marble?

From large blocks used in historical buildings to slabs for kitchen islands, American marble is THE material for traditionalists. But can it do modern? And what about granite? Can it climb out of the builder-grade kitchen to edgy modern designs

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone

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