Learning Links for Kitchen Designs And Decorating…



When it comes to remodeling, people are always looking for ideas and unique ways to decorate. In our showroom, we get asked a lot of questions about kitchen styles, trends, etc. , so I thought I would share a few links that I found to help with ideas. Hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Learning Links, Uncategorized on July 29th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Spotlight On Onyx…



When it comes to natural stone, there are quite a number of different materials to choose from. In this blog, I wanted to focus on onyx.

Green Onyx

Onyx is often considered a gemstone and is strikingly beautiful, although it is considered a fragile stone. It is composed of cryptocrystalline quartz, that form unique bands that can run both parallel, or in irregular shaped patterns. Onyx may be used for countertops, but care must be taken for cleaning and preventing scratching. Its maintenance is similar to that of marble. Onyx is popular for vases, jewelry, fireplace surrounds, and table tops.

Following are a few more photo’s I wanted to share:

Light Green Onyx

Onyx Vase

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Onyx, Uncategorized on July 28th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops And Seam Match…



One question that comes up in our showroom for those customers with longer countertop runs, or islands is, “What will my seam look like?” While this answer can vary slightly depending on the material and color the customer is selecting, our response is, “We always do our best to make the seams tight and always try to match the grain and flow of the stone. A perfect match however, is sometimes hard to achieve with colors that contain a lot of movement, but this is again, what we strive for. Let’s take a look at some install photos from a recent job:

Sedna Granite Island

This particular job required 2 pieces to be seamed together to create a large, curved island, as a focal point for the kitchen. In the close-up photo below, notice the tight seam we were able to achieve, and how the flow pattern is matched from piece to piece and moves naturally to each end.

Sedna Granite Seam Match

Keep in mind that while seams are sometimes unavoidable, due to kitchen layout, slab sizes, etc., they do not have to standout. Most reputable fabricators avoid seams with large gaps, extra epoxy, or silicone.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Seams on July 26th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Bars



If you like both chocolate and coconut, you will probably like this recipe that I found in the July, 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine . I am going to give them a try this weekend.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

1  cup  (2 sticks) butter
4    squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, broken up
1 1/2  c. sugar
1 1/2  c. flour
4   eggs
1/2  tsp  baking soda
1/4  tsp  salt
1/2  tsp  coconut extract
1 c. sweetened flake coconut
1/2  c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2  c. confectioners’ sugar
2 1/4  tsp coconut extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8 x 10 baking pan with foil. (9 x 13 can be used). Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Make Bars:

Combine butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave another minute and stir. Microwave for 30 seconds more and stir until smooth. Stir in sugar, flour, eggs, baking soda, salt and coconut extract. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake for 30 minutes. Watch carefully and check often so that you do not over bake the bars. Remove pan and sit on a cooking rack.

Prepare Topping:

Spread coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 350* for 10 minutes or until golden. In a large bowl, combine butter and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Beat in coconut extract and 2 tbsp water. Stir in up to 1/4 c. extra powdered sugar to make a thick icing.  Spread over partially cooled bar and top with toasted coconut. Cover with plastic wrap or a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate until completely cooled. Set the bars on the counter 15 – 30 minutes before serving . Cut into small squares.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on July 22nd, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Mombasa



In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the color, Mombasa, which is quarried in Brazil.

Mombasa Granite

Mombasa is a neutral colored stone that contains shades of brown, beige, taupe, cream, and black with undertones of a slight green hue. Mombasa has some flow and movement and can contain large areas of quartz, which gives the stone some depth and character. Let’s take a look at some of our current stock…

Mombasa slabs

If you are looking for a neutral toned granite, you might want to check out Mombasa for your countertops. Mombasa would work well for kitchen countertops, an island, a bar top, fire place surround, or a bathroom vanity.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Spotlight Colors on July 20th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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