Blog: From the Bedrock

Why Thin Stone Countertops Are More Than A Look

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops have been making their mark. With changing demographics and some US homes downsizing, a ½” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear

Topics: Home Design, Technical Advices, Thin Stone, Cambrian Black, Black, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Waterfall islands, Thin countertops

Kirsten Grove Unveils Her Waxed Soapstone Kitchen Reno (and it is dreamy)

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Interior stylist and blogger Kirsten Grove, recently set out on a total renovation of a mid-century Idaho home that was stuck in the 90s. (Think crystal chandeliers and brown countertops.) She and her husband do most of the work themselves adding character, ingenuity and style to every room

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black

The Fashion Kitchen: Scavolini and Diesel Meld Rustic and Luxury

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Because you can never go wrong with a great pair of jeans, two Italian creative companies have joined forces to create a luxury kitchen collection that's sleek and modern with a distinctive vintage vibe.

Topics: Granite, Cambrian Black, Kitchen, Black, Islands, Rustic modern, Scavolini

Polycor Honors Four Women For Outstanding Achievements in The Stone Industry

We all love natural stone for its endurance through time, testing and trends. It can withstand great pressure and all the elements and still retain its integrity and natural beauty. Sounds like the definition of a strong female leader doesn't it?

Topics: Black, Black Equinox, Events, Women In Stone

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

Does Soapstone Turn Green?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

I spoke to a designer the other day who specializes in eclectic modern kitchens in high-end residential homes. Besides her talent for design she's also knowledgeable about the products she specs. She doesn’t spec a material unless she knows it’s origin, it’s impact on the environment or how it

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Black, Myths about natural stone

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

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