Blog: From the Bedrock

Steven Schrenk

Coming to the stone industry via studies in art and design at SCAD where I first fell in love with this material, I approach stone design with an artistic eye developed from years working in museums and galleries curating and installing exhibitions. I carve sculptures in marble and granite which continues to deepen my connection with natural stone. Cutting and fabricating slabs and blocks, working with architects and designers and managing complex installations are an extension of my hands-on skills in the industry and the studio. I enjoy expressing the beauty, and telling the story, of natural stone to convey its timeless message, ranging from the quarry to your finished design and everywhere in between.

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A Sustainable Modern Homestead Takes Shape With Alberene Soapstone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Sustainability starts at home for Jason DeSalvo, or more accurately, at the homestead. Together with his wife Deborah, the DeSalvos wanted to build a home in New Jersey guided by their worldview and focused on principles of sustainability, energy-efficiency, and the home’s integration with the

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Soapstone, Kitchen, Alberene Soapstone, Natural Materials, Countertops, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Sustainable Design, Bathroom Design

Black Countertop Kitchen Grounds A Classic Seaside Maine Home

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Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Soapstone, Renovation, Kitchen, Soapstone sinks, Alberene Soapstone, Natural Materials, honed finish, Interior Design, New England, coastal, coastal living, interior, Maine

HGTV Luxury Home Rocks the Block with Timeless GEORGIA Marble SURFACES

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Builder and carpenter Evan Thomas and his partner designer Keith Bynum are known for transforming run-down properties in Detroit into stylish starter homes for first-time homebuyers on their hit HGTV show “Bargain Block.

Topics: Marble, American marble, Islands, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble, Countertops, Made in America, Neutrals, Kitchen Design, Locally Quarried, buy local

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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