Soapstone: Is it really made of soap?

June 18, 2013

Soapstone by Jewett Farms

Photo by Houzz by Jewett Farms & Co. 

Although it does feel “soapy” to the touch, soapstone  is not made of soap. Rather, it’s a metamorphic rock— meaning it was once an igneous or sedimentary rock that was changed over time by heat and tons of pressure, into what it is today. It’s made mostly of the mineral talc, which is the softest mineral there is. So, as you might guess, soapstone  is a very soft material.

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The Price is Right: Demystifying the cost of your kitchen countertops project

May 02, 2013

Of course you want the best “deal” when making any purchase. This is especially, and understandably, true when it comes to home remodeling or construction projects. Yes, shopping around is important, but don’t assume that the cheapest price is always the best choice.

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Crystaline Stone: The Difference Between Dyed and Infused

March 19, 2013

Intercrystalline Coloring is more than simply adding a splash of the rainbow. This is the process that can take an ordinary stone and turn it into a piece that catches the eye. For, it is what gives a deep, rich color that makes the stone seemingly glow from within. The process begins with heat in a vacuum setting, adding pressure. The stone separates on a microscopic level, creating small voids. Color is then added to the space, and set. This is where the character of the stone is born. The depth required to perform the colorization is merely a few centimeters. And that is the difference between seeing a color stand on top of the crystals to becoming one with them. Crystaline Stone has turned this process into an art form.

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A New Frontier: Crystaline Stone goes where no countertop has gone before

March 05, 2013

There’s been a lot of buzz about crystaline stone 

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2013 Kitchen Countertops Design Trends

December 18, 2012

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home and our favorite spot to gather. As world-renowned Chef Mario Batali says, “The Kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being family.”  For these reasons, the kitchen is the last place you want to become outdated. But, a New Year is the perfect excuse to finally spring for a new kitchen that is both beautiful and highly functional. If you've decided that next year, it will be time for an update, here are some of the top kitchen design trends for 2013 that can provide wonderful inspiration for kitchen remodels in the coming year. 

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Kitchens & Bath Designs Inspired by Pantone's Fall 2012 Color Palette

November 06, 2012
Pantone's fall 2012 color palette provides incredible inspiration for home remodeling projects this fall. As Rachel Roy describes it, "The color palette contrasts between dark tones of granite, slate and soil with pops of bright pinks and purples; prominent colors of warm and cool shades of Green and Berry with brushed Coppers are combined in beautiful silhouettes." 
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5 Ways to Achieve a Cozy Kitchen or Bath Designs

October 18, 2012
"Cozy" is sometimes used to up-sell a small space, but large and luxurious kitchens and baths need a few elements that add a touch of coziness to keep them from feeling cold and sterile. To inspire fall home remodeling projects, here are five ways to make large and luxurious kitchens and baths a little cozier. 
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Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Remodel Kitchen Countertops & Baths

October 16, 2012
For outdated kitchens and baths, anytime is a good time to remodel and install new countertops, flooring and walls. But for savvy homeowners who want to be sure it is the right time to undergo a home renovation project, here are some considerations that may help with this type of decision. 
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Cabinetry and Color Palettes for Luxury Kitchen & Baths with Gold Calacatta Marble

September 25, 2012

More precious than carrara, gold calacatta marble has distinct veining with warm tones that make it elegant and inviting. As interior designer Eileen Segalman told House Beautiful referring to her transitional kitchen design featured in the magazine, the incredible beauty is certainly worth the extra maintenance. 

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Luxury Kitchen Countertops Design Inspiration from House Beautiful's 2012 Kitchen of the Year

September 20, 2012
Homeowners and kitchen designers alike can find incredible inspiration from the 2012 Kitchen of the Year as chosen by House Beautiful. Designed by Mick De Giulio, this award-winning kitchen design combines style and functionality for a space that is simple yet sophisticated. As Giulio told House Beautiful in an interview, "Kitchens can get very complicated. I wanted to keep this simple and classic. It's also a little bit glamorous." 
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