Blog: From the Bedrock

Marble Vs Quartz - Umbra CoFounder Shares His Love Of Natural Stone for Interior Designs

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

When it comes to materials and design, it’s hard to find someone with a more innovative approach than Paul Rowan. The co-founder of groundbreaking home accessories design company Umbra has built a career and life based on a vision of innovation and design-driven solutions.

Topics: Home Design, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble

What This Real Estate Agent Learned About Soapstone Counters

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Building a home from scratch can seem daunting, overwhelming, impossible. It certainly seemed that way to Kelly Ladwig, a Nashville based real estate agent who is no stranger to the world of home renovations, having a couple of renovations under her belt, starting with a Milwaukee condo in the

Topics: Soapstone, Marble, Kitchen, American marble, Georgia marble, Soapstone sinks, White Cherokee Marble, Alberene Soapstone, Interior Design, interior

Join Us For a Virtual Quarry Tour with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Adding warmth and a natural element to any architectural or hardscape design, Indiana Limestone is one of the most popular building stones - and has been for well over 150 years. Used on famous American buildings, including Rockefeller Center and the Pentagon, it's hard to imagine life without it.

 

Topics: Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, Locally Quarried

It's All Here: Leverage Polycor's Made in America Supply Chain

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Patience may be a virtue, but after waiting months or more, you can’t blame even the most patient suppliers and shoppers for throwing their hands up in frustration as they wait for deliveries of stone that seems like it will never come.

Topics: Sustainable Design

Mt. Airy White Granite Joins the Polycor Portfolio of World Class Natural Stones

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Locals in Mount Airy, North Carolina call it “The Rock.” “The Rock” is the world’s largest open face quarry, encompassing territory roughly equivalent to 66 football fields. It’s so massive that it is rumored that astronauts can see “The Rock” as they orbit the Earth. (Mount Airy is called The

Topics: History and Heritage, Granite, Origin, American natural stone

New York City’s Hottest Architecture Uses Modern Stone Wall Cladding

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

The lobbies of New York’s most exciting new buildings and their wall cladding are dressed in Indiana Limestone, the same stone used to build New York in its Golden Age. 

Whether walking by one of these iconic buildings, or entering into one of their grand lobbies, you feel transported in time,

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

Texas Designer Claire Brody Tells The Story of Design (and Stone) in This Spanish Revival Home Renovation

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Old meets new, inside meets outside – the  magic is in the mix for interior designer Claire Brody. Her signature aesthetic, which gained attention when she and her husband Parker renovated their 1960's ranch home in Austin, TX, has a thoughtful, colorful, collected feel.

Topics: Home Design, Renovation, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble, Saint Clair

Designer Ma Allen's Labor of Love Is a Modern Family Home Rich in Maximalist Style and Classic Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Raleigh, North Carolina–based interior designer MA Allen might not be a household name just yet, but she’s definitely on her way. She started 2020 by being included in House Beautiful’s class of Next Wave designers, one of 14 of the most promising up-and-comers in the design industry. She founded

Topics: Home Design, White Cherokee Marble, American black granite, Homeowners, buy local

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

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

When Stacy Garcia’s daughter and son-in-law decided to remodel their kitchen, they naturally chose her parents to design and build the project. Michael and Stacy Garcia are the owners of Garcia Cabinet Makers in Valley Center, California, a custom cabinetry business known for fine design and

Topics: Alberene Soapstone, buy local

Historic Georgia Marble Buildings Inspire a 1920s Atlanta Home Renovation

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

"We don't do trends. We take time to develop and curate a truly authentic home," says Seth van den Berg, a partner in the talented Atlanta-based interior practice The Drawing Room.

TDR’s projects are often modern in spirit but driven by classical design principles. The Drawing Room transformed a

Topics: Renovation, Georgia marble, buy local

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