Last Post: October 6, 2015

Ten Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen Countertop
October 6, 2015

Kitchen countertops are easy to clutter with cookbooks, utensils, and appliances. However, limited counter space can make a kitchen feel small and dysfunctional. Here are ten ways you can organize your kitchen countertop to open up the space and make it usable.

1. Mount to-do lists, your phone, keys, and like items on the wall rather than tossing them on the kitchen counter. Not only will this give you more counter space, it will make easily lost items simple to find.

2. Keep decorations on shelves or hanging on the walls. There are so many cute and fun kitchen decorations available, but too many will make your kitchen feel cramped. Be sure to put your favorite decorations up and out of the regular production space.

3. Give your cookbooks a home. Instead of keeping cookbooks and favorite recipes on your counter, install a shelf or use a small bookshelf. This will let you keep your best cookbooks on hand without them feeling like clutter.

4. Use clear containers. We often put foods and spices on the counter so that we remember to use them or so we can see that we have them. Put foods in clear containers and stock an over-the-sink shelf or another spot so that you can easily see what you have and use it as you see fit.

5. Get rid of the junk drawer. This isn’t taking up counter space, but the idea of using a part of your kitchen as a catch-all for clutter needs to end. Removing the junk drawer and going for an “a place for everything and everything in its place” look will help you keep the kitchen tidier overall.

6. Hang your prettiest potholders and aprons. These can seem like items that have no “home.” Give them one by installing a hook or a row of hooks and showing off the nicest potholders and aprons you have.

7. Shelve or hang up your pots and pans. Particular pots and pans may sneak their way onto a countertop or stovetop because they are used so often. Instead of scattering them throughout the kitchen, hang them up or put them in a nearby cupboard or drawer. 

8. Use your cake stand! That cake stand you got as a housewarming or wedding gift can be used like a little shelf. Put your dishwashing supplies on it, use it as a fruit display, or keep it as a home for your most used ingredients.

9. Install a bar or an island. Sometimes, you simply don’t have enough counter space for everything that you want to do in the kitchen. In this case, it may be time to look at installing a kitchen island or creating a bar space outside of the kitchen entirely.

10. Get your wine bottles off of the counter. There are a lot of cute stands for wine bottles, but the counter isn’t a great place to keep those bottles. The wine itself should be kept at a constant temperature and those bottles end up taking up quite a bit of space! Get a hideaway installed or hang a rack on an available wall for some delicious and very usable artwork.

Kitchens should be both visually pleasing and practical. Using the ten tips above should help you keep your kitchen stunning and fun to use.

Do you need new countertops to complete the overall look of your kitchen? Contact us today and we will help you find the right stone for your home.

How to Clean Your Marble Countertop
September 22, 2015

Marble has a reputation of being difficult to clean. However, this reputation is largely undeserved. It comes from the fact that marble reacts with acid, any acid. This includes that lemon you squeezed into your drink and those orange slices you chopped for your children. Because of this reaction, common cleaners with an acid base cannot be used to clean marble.

Just because marble and acid don’t get along does not mean that marble is difficult to clean, though! Here are five simple steps that will leave you with a clean marble counter:

1. Mix about 32 oz of warm water with a tablespoon of dish soap. Make sure the soap has no acid in it before mixing. It’s always nice to put the solution in a spray bottle, but if you don’t have one handy you can use a bucket. The proportion of soap to water doesn’t have to be exact. You also have the option of simply using pre-mixed marble cleaner.

2. Spray (or wipe) the soapy solution onto the countertop.

3. Wipe the solution off with a hot, wet cloth.

4. Buff the countertop dry.

5. We always add the extra step of wiping your clean countertop down with a microfiber cloth. This will pick up any specks of dust and will allow you to further buff your counter.

Your marble may have problems that need a more specific cleaning method. These can include slight etching in the stone or light stains that need to be lifted. However, the above cleaning method should get your marble countertop ready for everyday use.

Bring Fall Colors to Your Kitchen
September 15, 2015

Fall in Portland is filled with gorgeous colors outdoors that we are seeing reflected in more and more kitchens throughout the city. These vibrant hues make us think of family gatherings, holiday feasts, and the scent of pies baking in the oven. The kitchen is the perfect place for these shades. Here are our favorite fall color trends:

Deep Green

Moss and hunter greens contrast against the gloomy skies and make your kitchen feel homey and put-together. These colors also go really well with starker blacks and whites. A hunter green kitchen contrasted with a bright marble countertop can make the space feel bright, cozy, and modern.


A shock of deep purple during fall reminds us there are still flowers in bloom this time of year. With our hot, hot summer, there are plenty of flowers still in bloom right now. This hue feels luxurious and adds depth to modern, streamlined rooms like your kitchen. It also goes extremely well with eco-countertop materials like fuez, Paperstone and LG Viatera.

Vibrant Red

A bright and vibrant red can be really tough to add to a home, but this energetic color can be captured in the kitchen. The key to using this color is adding in plenty of contrast. This can come in the form of countertops, cabinetry, light fixtures, and appliances. You can give your kitchen a 50’s feel by pairing red kitchen space with black-and-white floor tiles or dark granite counters.


Pure gold might be overwhelming as a solid color, but citrus tones or brushed metal can add a lot to the traditional kitchen. Once again, this bright fall color only works as long as the right contrasting colors are used with it. White CaesarStone quartz countertops and dark floors go great with gold accents.

Fall has just arrived, but we are excited to see more and more fall colors in kitchens around the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to contact us if you are looking for the right countertop to match your favorite kitchen hue.