Have A Happy & Safe 4th of July!



Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July!

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In observance of Independence Day, we will be closed, Monday, July 4th.

Enjoy your holiday!

Barb

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 30th, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Red, White & Blue Salad



Here’s a tasty recipe to try that would work great for the Fourth of July. It has festive red, white and blue ingredients and is easy to make, healthy and quite tasty. Give it a try if you like.

Red, White And Blue Salad

red white and blue salad

  • 3-4 cups of fresh mixed greens, or spinach cleaned and torn
  • 1/2 cup or so fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup or so fresh strawberries cut in small chunks
  • 1 oz (28g) Crumbled Feta
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Poppy Dressing

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 3 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar, or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Wash the greens, as well as the blueberries and strawberries. Place the greens, or spinach in a large bowl. Add the blueberries and strawberries and mix together. Add the Feta crumbles.

For the dressing, mix together all the of the ingredients. Pour over individual salad plates.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on June 28th, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



7 Sink Ideas For Your Kitchen Countertops…



When it comes to buying new countertops, there are a lot of choices. From a selecting a material, color, edge detail, and backsplash, to the faucet and the sink, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Consumers these days, have more choices than ever. In this blog, I wanted to take a look at some options for sinks. While many people still like a traditional stainless steel double-bowl sink for the kitchen, there are many other options today. Some sinks offer single bowl options and others offer 2 or more. Many manufacturers offer a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so it is a good idea to look around and see what appeals to your taste and budget.

Let’s take a look at a few sink varieties to choose from…

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Statuatory White Marble

I really like this large kitchen sink with a back curve design. It looks like it offers a lot of room for cleaning, as well as a nice design that compliments the countertops.

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This kitchen countertop features a large farm sink, allowing for plenty of space for cleaning dishes, etc.
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This kitchen also features a farm-style sink, which are fairly popular these days and gives a nice look.
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This kitchen features a stainless steel sink, which many consumers like. It is a clean look and affordable for many.
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This kitchen has 2 sinks. One in the perimeter tops and one in the island, which gives plenty of space for clean up.
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This stainless steel sink offers one large bowl and one smaller bowl. Some consumers prefer this over the standard double-bowl option.
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This kitchen features a large single bowl stainless. The large island provides a great prep and seating area, as well as a nice space for clean up.
Make sure you visit our showroom today to make all of your countertop decisions, including the kitchen sink.
Thanks for reading!
Barb
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Posted in Uncategorized on June 21st, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Montevideo



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

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Montevideo Granite

Montevideo is a beautiful color with warm shades of brown, taupe, and cream. Some areas of black and and gray can also be seen throughout the slabs. Montevideo has a unique pattern with pretty bursts of spidering veins that can be seen in some areas of the stone. It also contains a fair amount of the mineral, quartz, which gives this stone some depth and character. The neutral tones of Montevideo make it a popular choice for consumers, as it goes well with a variety of decorating options.

Montevideo would look great as a center island, or perimeter tops in a kitchen. It would also look nice in a bathroom as a vanity top, or tub surround, or make a great bar top.

If you are doing some remodeling to your home and like lighter colors for countertops, you might want to check out this color.

Let’s take a look at our current stock…

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Stop by for a closer look today at this color and more.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Spotlight Colors on June 20th, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



All you need is love and granite…



When it comes to granite countertops, what’s not to love? Granite is beautiful, durable, affordable and a low maintenance product. It is no wonder that granite is still the most popular choice for countertops.

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Granite is by far one of the beautiful materials there is for countertops and literally comes in hundreds of colors options. Made by Mother Nature, each color of granite is unique, as it is composed of by a variety of different mineral combinations. Some minerals that make up the composition of granite include quartz, feldspar, mica, etc. It is the different mineral combinations that give each piece of granite an aesthetic appeal that is hard to replicate, although many man-made products try. Granite comes in a large array of patterns. Some colors have more of a consistent look with a tighter grain. Others have a lot of variety with veining, flow and movement that can vary throughout the stone, or from lot to lot.

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Granite is one of the most durable surfaces available for counterops. Did you know that only diamonds are harder than granite? That is why it is hard to scratch. Staining on granite is also rare, but can happen on some stones that are more porous when every day common sense care is not taken. The good news is that should a stain occur, it can be removed, as long as you know what caused the stain. Granite is also heat resistant for everyday use of baking and cooking. While many consumers are reluctant to place their pots and pans on granite because it doesn’t work for so many other countertop materials, it won’t hurt the stone. I actually set my frying pans and cookie sheets right on my granite every day. There really are no worries, but you can certainly use a trivet, or pot holders if you are concerned, or like the peace of mind.

Granite is an affordable option these days for many consumers. Long gone are the days that granite countertops were considered for the elite. In fact, many granites are less expensive than most “quartz” products, which is surprising to many consumers. This depends both on the color granite selected and the color “quartz” selected, but in most instances “quartz” products run more in price than granite. This is good news for many people that prefer a natural look with many color options.

Granite is also easy to care for. Most reputable fabricators seal their granite countertops before they leave their fabrication facilities. When it comes to sealing again, it really depends on the stone selected. There are many granites that never need to be re-sealed again. There are however, a few colors that are more porous that need to be sealed again. The best way to tell if your countertop needs to be resealed is if a water glass starts to leave a ring after sitting on the stone, or if the water is no longer beading up when wiping it down. Every day maintenance and care is easy. All you really need is a hot, soapy dish cloth to clean your countertops. It is best to wipe them dry afterwards with a clean, dry towel to avoid streaks. There are a variety of other products on the market to clean granite, but many contain chemicals that can build up on the stone, and some contain wax, which over time can cause a film. The best thing to clean granite is hot water and dish soap. There will be no build up of any sort of chemicals if you stick with this.

If you love the look of granite and looking for something that is beautiful, durable and affordable, make sure you stop by our showroom to look around. We would be happy to help you with your selections.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Granite on June 14th, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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