For many nothing surpasses the luxury, unique qualities and characteristics of natural stone. As no two installations are ever the same, there is something inherently special about using natural stone in your interior and exterior environments. However, for some, the ease of care from man-made products is the deciding factor. For these homeowners, Italian porcelain tile offers the sophisticated aesthetic they desire coupled with the durability and low maintenance they need.Read More
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Prized for its exotic and translucent qualities, Onyx is a beautiful natural stone that brings a sense of elegance and sophistication to any project. When viewed under natural light, onyx has a dimensional and effervescent appearance that has made it a popular choice in the trade and design community. These same qualities are transformed when backlit. Depending on the spectrum of the backlighting source, the colors in onyx may appear warmer and more vibrant; Illumination reveals the subtle details of the complex patterning found in these extraordinary stones.
|Onyx Slab||Same Onyx Slab - This time with back lighting|
Oftentimes backlit onyx is used on vertical installations, such as a wall feature, room dividers or fireplaces. Another
August 14, 2013 9:47:04 AM EDT
Many of our customers love the look of white marble but have concerns about its durability as a kitchen countertop. In Europe, marble had been used in kitchens for hundreds of years. Many of these homeowners embrace the unique characteristics of their decades old countertops. Rather than re-polishing the surface, they often allow the countertop to create its own history within the patina and surface texture that develops.
Before you make your final section, below are just a few helpful hints, tips and questions you should ask yourself before choosing the perfect countertop for your home.
July 10, 2013 11:34:37 AM EDT
Checkerboard patterns have been used for a millennia and they are as relevant today as they were back then. Over the years, this design technique has been adapted but as a trend it has never disappeared.
Whether black and white or done in colors, traditional or contemporary, rustic or urban stylish, when done correctly this pattern can work with all design styles. Seen Right: Traditional Hall by Mountain View Photographers Mark Pinkerton
Natural stone is a terrific way to incorporate this design element into your home décor. Choosing the right size tile is an important factor to consider; 12" X 12’ tiles work really well in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. This size allows for the checkerboard pattern to shine without looking too busy.
This pattern works well on a diagonal and to add interest, mix it up by using both diagonal and straight patterns for a more textural look.
June 17, 2013 2:28:43 PM EDT
High Contrast - Black and White Design
Found in nature, the combination of black and white often serves a powerful purpose; whatever the intent, these colors are always a striking visual for our senses.
As within nature, black and white in design creates a dramatic environment. Depending on your design style, this combination provides an endless array of opportunities. Whether your decor calls for an element of sophistication, elegance or whimsy, incorporating this color combination is an impactful way to achieve your goal.Read More
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