Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Ganashe



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

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Ganashe Granite

Ganashe is a beautiful color with cool shades of white, gray, taupe and cream. Some areas of black can also be seen throughout the slabs. Ganashe is one of those stones that contain larger areas of the material quartz, which gives the stone some depth. It also has contain areas of the mineral mica which give it a little shimmer and reflection.

Ganashe would look great as a focal point in a kitchen as a center island or a fireplace surround in a family room.  Consider using it as the perimeter tops in your kitchen or as a bar top in a bar room.  There are endless possibilities!

Here’s an example of a full slab…

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Ganashe Granite

Stop by our showroom today or view all of our material selections here.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Spotlight Colors, Uncategorized on August 27th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Know Your ABC’s



When it comes to countertops, it’s important to know your ABC’s…

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A is for Affordable:
While there are many options for countertops these days, granite is one material that is affordable for many. In fact, many people are often surprised to hear that granite is less expensive than most “quartz” products. This does of course, depend on the color option selected, but holds to be true in many instances. Many consumers these days are price conscious and while they like nice things, may need to stay within a certain budget. That is why most fabricators price some of their granite colors based on different color groupings, or tiers, giving a variety of color options to those looking to stay within a certain price range. There are also many colors that are priced individually that still are less expensive than some “quartz” options.

B is for Beautiful:
Granite is by far one of the most beautiful materials available for countertops. Made by Mother Nature, granite comes in literally hundreds of different colors, each with their own unique look. Granite is comprised of a variety of different minerals including quartz, feldspar, mica, etc. It is the different mineral compositions of granite that give it an aesthetic appeal matched by no other man-made material, although many try. Granite also has a timeless look, and with the variety of colors, patterns and tones, there is truly something for everyone.  It is no wonder that granite is still one of the most popular choices for countertops among consumers.

C is for Care:
Granite is easy to care for. While there are many myths out there in regards to cleaning and sealing granite, it is easy to maintain. Most reputable fabricators seal their countertops before installing and there are actually many colors that never need to be sealed again. Every day maintenance is also simple. Granite countertops should be cleaned with a hot, soapy dish cloth after use such as preparing food, or eating a meal. While there are many products on the market to clean granite countertops, some can leave streaks, or a wax build-up, so your best bet is to stick with good, old soap and water. For more information, make sure you check out our video on How do I care for my granite countertops.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 24th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Add A Classic Look To Your Home With St. Cecilia Granite…



When it comes to granite countertops, there are hundreds of color options to choose from. One color however, that has been popular over the years is St. Cecilia. In fact, it is still our number one best-selling color! St. Cecilia has warm, neutral tones that lend it well to many decorating options, making it appealing to many consumers. It also has an affordable price point, which makes it a popular choice for many home owners. Over the years, we have installed many kitchens, bathroom vanities, bar tops, fireplace surrounds, etc., using St. Cecilia. It is has a timeless look and just happens to be one of our Group A color selections.

Let’s take a look at a project we recently installed using St. Cecilia…

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St. Cecilia Classic Granite
Contractor: Black Dog Presevation

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St. Cecilia Classic Granite
Contractor: Black Dog Presevation

If you are looking for an affordable option for your countertops and like warm colored tones, you should definitely take a look at St. Cecilia. Stop by our showroom today to check out our stock!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 19th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Update Your Office With Granite & Quartz Countertops…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of some tops we fabricated and installed for an office project. The project included two different materials, granite and “quartz,” which were installed in several different spaces.

Let’s take a look at the project…

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Patagonia Granite Table
Peterssen/Keller Architecture

The first piece was for a table and it turned out beautifully. I don’t know about you, but I love the color, Patagonia. It contains large areas of the mineral, quartz, which is the large gray-toned area in the table. Its neutral tones go well with this office environment and decor. It is also a nice focal point for the room.

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Patagonia Granite Table
Peterssen/Keller Architecture

The second area involved a coffee bar top. I really like the full height backsplash they chose to go along with this bar top. Notice how the stone pattern flows from the countertop up the wall. What a nice look!

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White Vega Santa Margarhita “Quartz”
Peterssen/Keller Architecture

The third area was a kitchen area where they used White Vega Santa Margarhita , which is a “quartz” product. The dark brown cabinets look nice with the light countertop and stainless steel appliances.

If you are looking to update your office, or home, make sure you stop by our showroom to look at all of our materials.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 17th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Chocolate Berry Tart-Paleo



In this blog I wanted to share a recipe that I found on Pinterest. It is easy to make, uses healthy ingredients and is quite delicious. It is also a Paleo and vegan recipe. I did not have all of the ingredients that this recipe called for, so I changed it up a bit and it turned out great. Give it a try if you like chocolate and berries.

Chocolate Berry Tart

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  • ½ cup (40g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 ½ cups (190g) almond flour (I used 1-1/2 cups ground walnuts)
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
For the ganache
  • ½ cup (120ml) canned full-fat coconut milk (I used almond milk)
  • 6 oz. (140g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Whole Foods 365 brand chocolate chunks.)
  • ¼ cup raspberry preserves (100% fruit) ( I used 1/2 cup mashed strawberries with 1 tsp. of honey)
For the topping
  • Assorted fresh berries or fruit of your choice (I used strawberries and blueberries)
For the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse walnuts to make a flour mix. Add the salt and shredded coconut until finely ground. Melt together coconut oil and maple syrup and add to flour mix and coconut mixture. Pulse until coarse crumbs form (dough should clump together when squeezed with fingers).
  2. Transfer dough to a greased 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup or your fingers, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.
  3. Bake in center of oven until golden and firm, about 12-16 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour.
For the ganache
  1. Place finely chopped chocolate in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, just bring the milk to a boil. Pour hot milk over chocolate and let stand 1 minute, then stir until smooth and creamy. Stir in mashed strawberries.
To assemble the tart
  1. Pour warm chocolate mixture into cooled tart shell. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, and then arrange the berries (or whatever fruit you are using) on top as desired. Chill for at least one hour or until set and serve. Note: I put my tart in the freezer for awhile to speed up the process. 

Thanks for reading!

Barb

P.S. If you like recipe’s, make sure you check out and purchase our cookbook, Indulge 101 Recipe Favorites for others. Keep in mind that profits from the cookbook will be donated to www.healinghaiti.org. Visit our Indulge 101 Favorite Recipe Facebook page for more information.

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 10th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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