5 Ways To Spruce Up Your Kitchen…



With spring in the air, many people are looking for ways to spruce up, not only the outside of their homes, but the inside as well. If you are one of those people, but maybe don’t have the budget to take on an entire remodeling project, don’t worry too much. There are plenty of small things that you can do to freshen things up, especially in a kitchen. Following are a few things to try…

  1. Paint—It is amazing how just painting a few walls can make a big difference! Not only will  a coat of paint freshen a room, but it can give a room an entirely different look, depending on the color you choose to use.  From bright and bold, to to neutral, to another shade, or a new color, the choice is yours. A new paint color can change your room and your mood.
  2. Add new appliances, or paint your old ones—Replacing worn out appliances is one way to give your kitchen a touch of new-ness. Another way is to paint your existing appliances, if they are still functional. You’d be surprised what adding a new color can do.
  3. Replace Light Fixtures—Lighting is something we don’t always think of, but can make a big difference. There are many neat fixtures out there these days that can add a new dimension, improve the lighting, and even make a statement. I know we have got rid of a few over the years that have looked like UFO’s.
  4. Consider Painting Your Cabinets—If new cabinets aren’t in your budget, there are some other options to consider. Just like painting the walls can make a difference, so can painting a cabinet face. Some people may even want to add a splash of color that is bold and gives the wall paint a nice contrast.
  5. Consider replacing a small countertop surface, or island, only—If replacing your entire kitchen countertops is out of the question, you might consider just replacing a small accent piece, or your island, if you have one. These days, it is fairly common to have two different countertop surfaces.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Kitchen Ideas, Uncategorized on April 17th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Tomato & Feta Salad



Here’s a tasty recipe I got from my sister in-law, which she served at a family gathering the other year. It is easy to make and very tasty.

Tomato and Feta Salad

6 to 8 ripe tomatoes, sliced

12 oz of Kraft crumbled feta cheese

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Green stripe tomato, sliced

Place sliced tomatoes on a plate, add the crumbled feta cheese throughout,  add the green stripe tomato for color, put about ¼ cup of olive oil on, then add the 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar.   Do not stir/toss nor put salt or pepper on it.

Note: The older the balsamic vinegar the better.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on April 13th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Check Out Our New Spring Colors



I don’t know about you, but I have spring fever and am waiting for that warmer weather. I know others are too, and have begun planning those spring projects. If your spring projects include doing some remodeling, keep in mind that we have plenty of selections for your countertop needs. In fact, we just got in a few new colors for spring.

Let’s take a look…

Bianco Antico Granite

I know that color sales often go in streaks, and Bianco Antico has been a popular one. If you are looking for tones of white, grey, taupe, and silver, you may want to take a look at this one.

Colonial Gold Granite

Colonial Cream is another good option, when it comes to neutral tones. Warm tones of cream, beige and gold can be found throughout these slabs.

Madura Gold Granite

Madura Gold is another color that is fairly neutral. It contains warm gold tones, with a gentle flowing pattern.

If you are interested in one of these colors, or maybe some other color options, make sure you stop by our showroom to take a look at our selections.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on April 12th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Stone Sculptures…



When people think of granite and marble these days, they may think of countertops, memorials, or buildings. Stone sculptures, however, have been popular throughout the ages. Ancient Greeks were fascinated with marble and created both exquisite buildings and sculptures that included intricate carvings. Romans loved to work with granite and marble and used the stone to construct beautiful buildings and sculptures. While sculptures have been popular throughout history, today’s technology has definitely advanced the one time lengthy processes.

In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of some stone sculptures I’ve seen on various trips and vacations. Let’s take a look…

Art Museum in Mauii, HI

Art Museum in Mauii, HI

Art Museum in Mauii, HI

Head of Christ (originally from Cathedral in Charles France) located in Catholic Church in Sedona, AZ

Mount Rushmore (Black Hills, South Dakota)

If you are interested in learning about other sculptures world-wide, check out the Most Famous List of Statues Worldwide.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Stone Sculptures on April 11th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Learning Links—Household Ideas



People are always looking for ideas and unique ways to decorate their homes. Often times in our showroom, we get asked a lot of questions about kitchen ideas, so I thought I would share a few links that I found. Maybe you will find one that is useful.

Household Ideas:

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Barb

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Posted in Learning Links on April 10th, 2012 by Barb | | 2 Comments



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