Blog: From the Bedrock

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

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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"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

Topics: Renovation, Georgia marble, buy local

Georgia Marble Marvels a New Generation

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In 1906, Asa G. Candler, founder of Coca-Cola and prominent philanthropist, constructed the renowned Candler building in the heart of Atlanta. The Candler building quickly became a city landmark, and part of the city’s lore: A safe in the basement cellar was said to have contained the famously

Topics: Georgia marble, adaptive reuse, buy local

Veteran and  Photojournalist Pours Her Heart and American Stone Into Her Forever Home

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Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant and aerial combat photojournalist Stacy Pearsall has spent most of her adult life focused on two passions: photography and the military. Pearsall, whose family’s legacy of military service can be traced to the Revolutionary War, enlisted in the Air Force at age

Topics: Home Design, Renovation, Homeowners, buy local

A Return To Form: The Renaissance Of Structural Stone

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For millennia, natural stone has been used as the primary structural material for construction projects around the world, and the future looks remarkably like that past. The modern building industry is increasingly choosing natural stone materials for their projects due to their proven, trusted

Topics: Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Natural stone cladding

Striking A Balance Between Old And New With American Black Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

AMERICAN BLACK® granite is tied to the culture of Pennsylvania, as well as its history, in fact, it’s tied to the history of the United States itself. From Valley Forge, to the nations’ first capital, Philadelphia, and historic Gettysburg, you’ll find American Black® granite. Monuments,

Topics: American natural stone, American black granite, Sustainable Design, buy local

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