Last Post: June 29, 2016

Five Ways to Quickly Modernize Your Home Interior
June 29, 2016

A home is often in a constant state of flux. Design trends come and go, favorite pieces change, and we always want to improve things. While we don’t advocate going with the latest trend, it can be fun to update your home with new pieces or by doing small renovations. Here are five relatively quick ideas to consider as you make your latest updates to your home.

1. Do a small renovation

Smaller home updates like adding a kitchen island, creating a wet bar, or installing track lighting allow you to update your home slowly, over time, while still enjoying each new feature.

2. Only buy modern pieces you truly love

Home trends come and go, but a beautiful piece of furniture can metamorphosize with each change. Instead of redecorating with each home trend, find ways to update existing pieces you love by using paint or upholstery and only buy new pieces that you want to keep around for a long time.

3. Update easily changeable parts of your home

You can change the look of your home by updating curtains, adding a throw rug and repainting the walls. Several years ago, you could update your home simply by using bright paint on one wall to create a statement. More recently, your home update may be accomplished with some chalkboard paint and a vintage chandelier. Take a look at the “bones” of your home and decide what simple actions can make your home feel more modern.

4. Update hardware

The first thing many people think of when it comes to modernizing is repainting the walls. However, changing hardware can subtly modernize your home. Take a look at your door handles, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Refacing your drawers and changing door knobs are small actions that can create a big impact.

5. Count your porch as an interior

Summer is here, so your porch or deck is likely going to become an extension of your kitchen or dining room. Carry your design changes through to this space by matching chair colors, using fun throw pillows, or modernizing your outdoor kitchen space with the same countertops or hardware used inside.

Let us know if we can help you with your home update! We can provide stone for countertops, stone surrounds, wet bars and more. Contact us today to get started.

Brighten Up Your Kitchen for Summer
June 22, 2016

Summer is officially here. Whether you are simply trying to make your kitchen brighter for the new season or you are doing an all-out remodel, take a look at our fun ideas.

Lighten up

A dark kitchen is no way to greet this sunny season. Lighten up your space with a new coat of paint, white countertops, or a colorful piece of art.

You can also brighten your kitchen with colorful hand towels, pot holders or by displaying your bright apron. No matter how you do it, bring bright color or bold whites into your kitchen.

Get fresh

It’s the season of fresh fruits and flowers. Take advantage of the bounty at your local farmer’s market by decorating with juicy tomatoes, fresh potted herbs, peaches, flowers, and anything else that you simply love.

Set up a kitchen bar

Whether you use your kitchen island, have a dedicated bar space or just use a corner of your kitchen, get ready for those summertime get-togethers with an accessible kitchen bar.

Pack away anything you won’t be using this summer

Kitchens get cluttered enough without having to fight through your Thanksgiving-themed display plate or your roasting pan to get to your barbecue supplies. Go through everything now and pack away what you don’t need.

Additionally, pull out what you will be using. Get the barbecue equipment to the grill and take out the ice cream maker. It’s time to enjoy the season!

Update you seating.

Many of us have bar stools or a breakfast nook that looks the same all-year-round. Instead of letting the space go, get inspired by the season and update it with colorful upholstery and throw pillows.

We hope you enjoy the new season! If you are planning a summertime kitchen update, be sure to contact us. We can help you find the perfect stone for your ideal kitchen.

The History Behind Building With Marble
June 14, 2016

Marble is a fascinating rock. It’s actually “metamorphic rock” which means that, much like diamond, it has been modified by heat, pressure, and chemical processes below the surface of the Earth. This rock is both beautiful and durable, making it a stone used in some of our most treasured monuments around the world.

This stone was first used in architecture thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt and Greece. One of the oldest marble structures is also one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis. This structure might still be standing today if it was not intentionally destroyed by man. However, the foundation of this building along with a few marble columns do remain.

Marble was later used by the ancient Romans. While they commonly built structures with granite or brick, they used marble as a facade to many structures to take advantage of the beauty and variety shown in marble. Many famous structures around Rome were once covered in marble, but the facade was dismantled by later generations to be repurposed.

We often utilize marble similarly in modern construction. This stone is both very valuable and extremely heavy. Throughout history, it was most commonly used for art, to beautify churches or monuments and in bathhouses.

Utilizing marble in ancient structures had an added benefit beyond beauty. Marble naturally absorbs heat from the ground and surrounding areas. This makes it sort of a natural air conditioner in structures that might otherwise retain heat. This made marble a wonderful stone in places where people gather, wicking heat away from congregations at church and in bathhouses throughout the world.

Marble’s cooling properties were not utilized in the kitchen until more modern times. However, there are pastry chefs who swear by their marble countertops as they make delicious, flaky desserts. Even now, we utilize marble for more than just its beautiful look.

If you are considering using marble in your home, contact us today. We can provide you with an amazing selection of stunning colors and install the stone you choose.