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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From the Waterfall Island to the Scullery, This One Room Challenge Home is all Sunshine and Glamour

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Holly Phillips is inspired by color. As an interior designer, and owner of The English Room in Charlotte, North Carolina, she is known for bold color, often through the use of layered accessories and contemporary art.

“Color makes me happy and I think it certainly can affect people’s moods. I

Topics: White Cherokee Marble, Waterfall islands, American marble, Saint Henry Black, American black granite, One Room Challenge

How Do You Fabricate a Neoclassical Stone Mansion? With Tools, Talent and a Whole Lot of Limestone.

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In their work in the Pacific Northwest, the craftsmen at Red Leaf Group are privileged to work on many architecturally inspired buildings, but few as special (and challenging) as a modern neoclassical mansion completely clad and ornamented in American limestone.

Topics: Saint Clair, Limestone, Exterior applications

Fly with Us to France for A Peek At Our Newest Limestone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Artful, iconic, fashionable, sacred - the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower’s Trocadero, the Louis Vuitton building and Holy Trinity Cathedral are among the most notable architectural attractions in and around Paris. As varied in their styles as they are in their purposes, these landmarks are unified

Topics: Limestone

A Rustic Modern Retreat - Woodhouse Lodge

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Meet Megan Pflug. Designer. Decorator. Fine artist. DIY innovator, and now, owner of New York's hip new Catskills getaway, the Woodhouse Lodge.

Topics: Alberene Soapstone, How to cut soapstone, Waxed soapstone

American Marble Gives A New Face To The Surroundings Of An American Landmark In St. Louis

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Once a series of tired, disparate spaces bifurcated by highway traffic, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch National Park recently saw a major overhaul to become a glorious (and contiguous) public space connecting historic monuments with modern architectural elements. 

A New Modern Classic: The White Cherokee Marble Kitchen Design

Posted by Steven Schrenk

When Austin-based real estate agent Creede Fitch set out to design his kitchen he had two things in mind: style and function. He knew what he didn’t want (the omnipresent Carrara marble) but hadn’t yet figured out what material would properly fit the light, modern and streamlined look he was

Topics: Thin Stone, White Cherokee Marble, American marble

American Black Granite Proves Unique and Versatile For Large Scale Architectural Projects

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

In Pennsylvania a little known quarry is turning out a black granite with dramatic veining, and it’s showing up in both living rooms and city parks.

Topics: American black granite, Exterior applications, Black

Could the Laundry Room Be the Next Living Room?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Laundry day might just be Sarah Gibson’s favorite time of the week.

Topics: Waxed soapstone, Soapstone

Stone Cladding in Half the Time (With the Thinnest Stone)

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Back in 2014 Hugo Vega, vice president of sales North America at Polycor, noticed that the architects he was calling on were lacking a thin stone veneer that was light enough and strong enough for cladding large scale architectural projects. After some R&D within the company, Polycor went on to

Topics: Thin Stone, Exterior applications, Fabrication, Material Selection

From Backsplash to Hearth, This Modern Beach House is Wrapped in Luxe Thin Marble Slabs

Posted by Steven Schrenk

It wasn’t a trip to the park or the prospect of a new toy that excited Brooke Wagner as a little girl.

Topics: White Georgia Marble, White Cherokee Marble, Thin countertops, Fireplaces, Thin Stone, American marble

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