Blog: From the Bedrock

Misunderstood Marble, Overqualified Quartz: How Clients Get Misinformed on Material Selection [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

It’s time to spec the counters and flooring.

You’ve got a library of materials in every color, texture and variety and the client says, “Oh, no marble. I hear marble stains.” Or “Soapstone? Doesn’t that scratch?”

You sigh and get out the quartz samples.

Topics: Material Selection, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz

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

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

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

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

Marble and Granite Designs Break Out Of The Countertop

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Our love affairs with design materials come and go, some for good. (We’re talking to you Linoleum.) But the stone countertop is a classic that has outlived the fads of Formica and stainless steel tops. Instead of being replaced by newer materials, natural stone is actually breaking out of its

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

How to Talk To Your Fabricator About Granite and Marble Designs

Posted by Steven Schrenk

White Cherokee marble block at Polycor's US quarry in Georgia.

In your design repertoire you have go-to materials, favorite pieces and colors. But your ideas are always evolving, growing. You’re in a constant search for new possibilities.

As you add to your portfolio you push further in your

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Thin Stone, Fabrication

Neutral Color and Natural Material Design Trend: How to Blend Natural Shades with Natural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

There’s no denying the fact that the color grey has influenced recent design trends. With many articles published on the subject in the field of interior design, various paint manufacturers have increased their color offerings to include a growing array of greys. Benjamin Moore, for example, has

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

How to select natural stone slabs for your design project

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Do you know how to select natural slabs for your design project?

With the plethora of information on the subject of natural stone, there is not much covering its selection for kitchen projects. When it comes to choosing the final slabs, it is oftentimes easier said than done. With new

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection

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