Last Post: May 24, 2016

Your 2016 Portland Summer Calendar
May 24, 2016

Summertime is a great time to get outside and do things around Portland. That’s why we are providing you with a calendar full of fun, local activities in which you can participate this summer.

June

June 4: Join the Starlight Run and Parade as it heads through downtown Portland

June 8 - June 13: Fleet week comes to town

June 9 - July 4: Join other bike riders for Pedalpalooza

June 11: Head on out to the Rose Parade this Saturday

June 18 - 19: Portland Pride Festival and Parade will fly their flag in downtown Portland

June 19: Spend time with your dad! It’s Father’s Day!

July

July 1 - 4: Listen to the blues at the waterfront for the Blues Fest

July 4: Happy Independence Day! Watch the fireworks around town - or at the waterfront

July 10: The Big Float will be meandering down the Willamette River all day

July 14 - August 25: Hotel deLuxe will host fun movies all summer long in their Top Down Rooftop Cinema event

July 15 - 16: Eat delicious berries at the Oregon Berry Fest

July 15 - 17: Get funky at the Cathedral Park Jazz Fest

July 27 - 31: The Oregon Brewers Festival will come to the waterfront

July 30: Book lovers will join up for the Northwest Book Festival at Pioneer Square

August

Aug 2: It’s National Night Out! See what events are going on around your community!

Aug 13: Peruse North Portland at the Alberta Street Fair

Aug 14: Join bikers for the Bridge Pedal

Aug 26 - 27: Relay runners will head out from Hood to Coast

With so many local activities, you have your pick of summer fun!

How to Store Wine at Home
May 17, 2016

Oregon has a thriving wine community. We are in Pinot noir country, and Oregon Chardonnay is the next up-and-coming drink. However, wine can be finicky and difficult to store. It requires stable temperatures of about 55 degrees F and a specific amount of humidity. That means whether you buy a case or you want to store several cases of wine, when our Portland weather gets a little hotter, all of your wine may turn into vinegar.

Instead of allowing your wine collection to become salad dressing, we have two suggestions that can help you store your wine and keep it enjoyable for years to come.

In-Home Wine Refrigerator

This is a great option if you have a very small collection of wine. There are refrigerators (called wine coolers) specially made for wine, some of which can fit beneath your bartop or your kitchen island. This option is excellent if you want to keep your wine handy. But what if you have a very large collection, or you would simply like a special place to keep all of your wine in?

Wine Cellar

While wine cellars are often in the basement, modern technology has given us the ability to put a cellar anywhere. The standard walk-in wine cellar has to have a cooling unit, wine racks and a humidifier. As long as these are installed, the sky's the limit on where you can put your wine cellar and what amenities you can place inside your cellar.

Many homeowners want to install a countertop inside their wine cellar so they can open a bottle and drink a glass while showing friends or family their collection. We always enjoy installing natural stone in places like this, because they can often be sealed against staining and they retain the natural chill of the room easily.

However, no matter which wine storage option you decide on, a great bottle deserves a beautiful countertop on which to rest. So, if you are looking at creating a wet bar for entertaining guests or a full wine cellar, contact us. We can help you find the perfect stone to accent your wine collection.

Five Great Eco-Friendly Stone Options
May 10, 2016

Here at Milan Stoneworks, we work hard to offer you a variety of beautiful, and green, stone options. As an environmentally conscious company, we are proud to work with many eco-friendly manufacturers that create amazing works of craftsmanship which we are able to bring to your home. Here are five of our favorite eco-friendly stone options that we provide:

PentalQuartz is a product that carries both Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certifications. It also is certified to produce no VOC’s or harmful off-gassing in your home. Not only is it green, it is durable, beautiful and affordable. PentalQuartz is composed of 90-93% natural quartz and 7-10% polyester resins and pigments.

PaperStone has been certified to FSC standards by the Rainforest Alliance. The product itself is made from FSC certified and mixed post-consumer recycled paper that has been saturated with resigns and natural pigments. The result is a non-porous, stain resistant surface that is extremely dense and rigid. PaperStone surfaces come in many different colors and have been built to last.

Fuez is made of 60-80% recycled glass in a location that uses 100% wind-generated electricity. The customer can choose any of 28 standard products, or create their own unique surface. Additionally, it is a local product, produced right here in Portland.

IceStone is another product made of recycled waste glass. Additionally, the facility in which IceStone is manufactured recycles 98% of their manufacturing water and is able to recycle any unusable glass or cement into roadbed. IceStone products come in a variety of colors and unique patterns.

LG Viatera quartz products are Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified and Greenguard for Children and Schools Certified. The quartz surfaces we provide from LG Viatera are non-porous and do not require sealing. This product is extremely durable and is backed by a 15 year warranty.

These are just five of our many eco-friendly countertop options. If you would like to replace your countertops in a way that is good for the environment, contact us today. We use these materials in many of our green projects.