• Learning to Live Together (or Cleaning and Caring for Your Natural Stone)

    You’ve spent a ton of time, money, and energy building or remodeling your indoor or outdoor living area — and your family loves your new natural stone walkways, countertops, and floors!

    Now it’s time to Get to Know Your Stone. Learning to live with the natural stone you’ve installed will go more smoothly if you’re armed with information on how to protect and maintain the stone.

    Your stone supplier probably provided some tips on care, but Get to Know Your Stone offers a quick-reference laundry list of which cleaning products to use on what types of stains, like ink, coffee, and even bird droppings. The goal? To preserve both the beauty of your natural stone and your relationship for many years to come.

  • Natural Stone Spas for Heating Up and Cooling Down

    Fall’s finicky weather can throw at us, at random, summer’s leftover heat and hints of cold to come. What’s the best way to deal with the ups and downs of fall temperatures? By keeping warm on cool days and cool on warm days with a natural stone indoor spa. From spacious walk-in showers to perfectly sized and shaped tubs, nearly any space in your home can be made into a spa. And natural stone offers a soothing atmosphere and quick cleanup.

    Read Natural Stone for Your Home Spa Bathroom for tips on tastefully decorating and choosing colors for the size of the room you’re planning to update.

  • Your Muddy-Dog Washroom Needs Natural Stone

    Don’t let that dog in the house!

    You won’t be saying that after you redesign your mudroom into a combined laundry and pet shower. With natural stone floors, walls, and shower, you can simply wash away the mud and mess! And welcome a clean dog into your home. Now, wouldn’t that be nice?

    For a treat, read A Laundry Room with Bunk Beds and a Shower for Muddy Dogs to find the clever ways these owners used mosaic tile in the shower and quartz for ledges and counters.

  • Accent with Mosaic Tiles

    Mosaic tile masterpieces emerge when you place various colored tiles together to form patterns or pictures.

    Inside a home, we associate mosaic tile with backsplashes, surrounds, and countertops. But what about a bold, creative, decorative element, like waves of blue tile behind the mirror in your bathroom? Think eye-catching, refreshing, and surprising.

    Outside, we might find mosaic tile walkways, patios, and table tops. But what about covering your cement planters and dividing walls with mosaic tile to create a unique accent?

    For your next decorative expression project, consider mosaic tiles. Let the photos and information at Top Uses for Mosaic Tiles Around the House inspire you! You’ll find no shortage of ideas here!

  • What Do Millennials Know about Natural Stone?

    A lot! They may wait longer to buy a home, but when they do, they’re well researched and are prepared to make solid, lasting purchases. And that includes natural stone. According to Why Natural Stone Is a Great Option for Millennials, the National Association of Realtors reports that “millennials are the largest share of home buyers at 35%, and this figure has been increasing across the past four years.”

    Millennials are savvy, informed buyers who want natural stone’s quality, uniqueness, and lasting appeal in and outside of their homes. But it’s not just for millennials. The beauty and value of natural stone have been part of homes for generations.

  • Mosaic Tiles: More than Just a Pretty Face

    When giving a room in your home a facelift, you need not give up functionality. Mosaic tiles look good while working hard. The colorful, artistic mosaic tile design in your backsplash or shower wall is also protecting your walls. And that gorgeous tile floor is not only stunning but durable and long-lasting, too. Mosaic tiles add beauty while serving a purpose.

    Consider these 9 Top Places to Install Mosaic Tile in Your Home. And these bathroom-specific tile designs show charming creativity while competently handling moisture.

    Don’t let the beauty of mosaic tile fool you. It’s not just another pretty face.

  • Transfer Natural Stone’s Great Qualities to Your Next Project

    Remember the math equation you thought you’d never need again: if a=b and b=c, then a=c?

    Well, that same principle applies to building with natural stone. It does! It goes like this: If natural stone has really great qualities (which it does) and you use natural stone in your project, then your project will have really great qualities!

    So, when you start by choosing environmentally friendly natural stone, you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind countertop, walkway, or floor that is as fascinating and unique as it is beautiful.

    Want to know more good things about natural stone? Read this top-10 list, then start feeling good about your next building venture.

  • Five Types of Natural Stone for Flooring

    You can glean good information from do-it-yourself websites, even if you have no plans to do the project yourself. The Different Types of Stone Flooring, from DIY Network, offers details about five types of natural stone for flooring — marble, travertine, granite, slate, and limestone — including their characteristics and general costs to buy and install.

    As an added bonus, keep scrolling on that page for an article about marble flooring. The personalities for Carrara, Calacatta, and Breccia marble differ, as do the polished and honed finishes.

    If you’re planning to install a new floor in your home, the more information you gather, the better prepared you’ll be walking into it, or on it, in this case.

  • What’s Beneath Your Feet?

    Polished or porous, multicolors or just one, perfectly cut tiles or irregular shapes. The floor beneath your feet serves more than just allowing you to get from point A to point B. The natural stone floor you choose represents your style and character, too.

    Start narrowing your choices with Your Guide to Stone Flooring. This quick-read covers some of the characteristics of granite, limestone, marble, slate, travertine, and stone tiles, so when your friends ask what type of flooring you chose, you can answer confidently about what’s beneath your feet.

  • New for May – Kenzzi Collection

    New for May

    The Kenzzi Collection is imported from Turkey.  The gorgeous porcelain tile has a Middle Eastern design flair.  Both beautiful and practical, this porcelain tile can be used in both residential and commercial settings on floors, walls, backsplash and accents.  This glazed porcelain collection offers mostly geometric design with soft color a softer color palette of greys, whites, black, tan, and beige.  What we love about this line is that it offers a unique perspective that combines international accents which can be used in both modern and historical settings.  Add perspective and depth to your design with Kenzzi.

    You can search entire collection here.


  • 2018’s Refreshing, New Interior Design Trends

    Three-dimensional wall elements? Stacked stone panel accents?

    Natural stone weighs heavy in the top 5 design trends of 2018. Interior designers are placing the textures, tints, patterns, and purposes of natural stones in juxtaposition to each other to create pleasing and fascinating features in homes.

    Other trends suggest using bold geometric designs and marble veining to “pack a dramatic punch.” Which new natural stone trend is right for your next project? Check it out at Top 5 Design Trends of 2018.

  • Timeless, Sustainable, Durable, Affordable Natural Stone

    There are no better words for describing natural stone. But guests who see your natural stone walkways, patios, floors and walls might be thinking otherwise. You can set them straight. Read Four Myths about Natural Stone (And Why They’re Not True), and let your visitors know that natural stone is timeless, sustainable, durable, and affordable. Afterwards, they’ll be sure to add one more word to the list — beautiful.

  • L-V-T is H-O-T

    When most people think of vinyl flooring, durability and practicality come to mind, but certainly not fashion and style. Well, the durability and practicality of vinyl flooring has converged with fashion and style in a big way.

    LVT or luxury vinyl tile is a newcomer to the flooring scene and its growing like wildfire. LVT is the fastest growing segment of the flooring industry and its driven by technological advances that have created incredibly realistic visuals. Whether its handscraped wood looks, contemporary and sleek large format tile looks or wide width distressed hardwood flooring visuals – LVT has it “covered”.

    Combine floorings most popular styes with the legendary durability of vinyl and you can see why interest has grown as homeowners, designers and facility managers discover LVT’s superior performance, low installation and maintenance costs.

    Read more about this flooring trend in the article The Future of LVT to learn more about luxury vinyl tile and why it’s a good flooring investment now and well into the future.

  • All About Color & Transitional Designs

    Area rugs are the quickest and most affordable way to spruce up your space. But, where do you start in trying to find the perfect new area rug for your home?

    The area rug scene is dominated by two trends: bright, imaginative and striking colors and “the neutrals” beige, grays and taupes in transitional designs.

    While transitional designs offer the most design flexibility, it’s your decor that will determine which colors make the most sense. If your furniture or walls are splashed with pattern and colors than a warm transitional neutral area rug will be the perfect compliment. If your decor is neutral and minimalistic than you can be more daring and innovative with your rug choice.

    Find inspiration in Elle Decor’s 28 Best Living Room Rugs To Elevate Your Lounge Space From Casual To Chic to help you set the tone in your home with the perfect rug.

  • Hardwood Flooring Trends

    Hardwood flooring continues to be a fast growing flooring choice among homeowners and remodelers. Over the last couple years, there has been a seismic shift in style and colorations of hardwood flooring. Five inch wide hardwood flooring is becoming basic with six inch and seven inch wide planks becoming more common.

    Reds and oranges are out and browns and grays are in. In fact, in some ways it’s all about the color. Widely available finish colors include an array of browns, grays, whites and even blacks. Domestic species such as oak, hickory, and maple continue to gain in popularity. It’s the lower grades of these domestic hardwoods that offer a more natural, rustic/vintage appearance, featuring nature’s fingerprints of knots, mineral streaks, graining and color variation which are increasingly preferred.

    In 2018, one of the biggest trends in hardwood flooring so far has been wider planks that expand your space and make small spaces feel larger. Check out this trend and read about even more in the article 12 Flooring Trends in 2018.


  • Not So Fast – Carpet is Coming Back!

    With the growing popularity of hard surface flooring including large format natural stone and tile, incredibly versatile and authentic looking luxury vinyl wood planks and tiles and trendy new hardwood flooring options might make one think that carpet is yesterday’s news. Not so fast!

    New technological innovation dominates todays flooring choices and carpet is no exception. Softer fibers have been all the rage for the last couple years and now manufacturers have been able to create beautiful new tonal and tone on tone patterns utilizing these incredibly soft yarns.

    Basic solid colored carpet – an ever popular style for many homeowners and remodelers has lost its “luster”. Increasingly popular tonal textures featuring two or more shades are the current trend, but neutral colors such as beiges, grays, and taupes are still the most popular color choices for their versatile design flexibility with paint colors, window treatments, furniture, bedding and pillows.

    While neutral shades continue to dominate, the new tone on tone designs are undoubtedly stylish without making an over the top fashion statement. Read Better Homes & Gardens’ article Your Guide To Carpet to learn about the different types of carpet available to help you choose the right kind for your floor.

  • Reconnect with Nature – Inside Your Home

    How can you experience the peace and beauty of nature when you can’t be outside? By creating biophilic designs and spaces within your home through building practices thought to improve human health and well-being. Imagine seeing and feeling the textures and colors of a natural environment when you step inside your home.

    Imagine a beautiful blend of wood and stone in the floors, walls, or ceilings – in rustic to polished design styles. You, in an outside world even when you’re not. For photos and inspiration, visit this Houzz article (Healthy Home: Wood and Stone Are Naturals in Home Design) for tips on building stone and wood into your living areas.

  • What’s Beneath Your Feet?

    Polished or porous, multicolors or just one, perfectly cut tiles or irregular shapes. The floor beneath your feet serves more than just allowing you to get from point A to point B. The natural stone floor you choose represents your style and character, too.

    Start narrowing your choices with Your Guide to Stone Flooring. This quick-read covers some of the characteristics of granite, limestone, marble, slate, travertine, and stone tiles, so when your friends ask what type of flooring you chose, you can answer confidently about what’s beneath your feet.

  • Non-Boring Neutrals

    Aside from paint, flooring can be one of the easiest ways to personalize a room. Its color can be a neutral foundation or a vibrant focal point. Today’s trends take full advantage of new products as well as new thinking about style— and current trends favor neutrals.

    Neutral colors work with almost any color combination and won’t dominate your space allowing them to blend easily with your home furnishings and other décor. In order to make sure your floor still has personality despite the neutral color, opt for an option with texture. If you start with a neutral base, you can choose patterns and textures to create visual interest or a more dramatic look. Your neutral flooring choice will make a room cozy and allow you the option to change your home’s décor with the changing seasons. Neutral floors will let other elements of the room stand out like the wall color, furniture, accent pieces, wall art or even lighting features.

    Take a look at the portfolio Living Room Color Ideas: Neutral to find ideas and inspiration about how to design and decorate your living space with neutral base colors including a video about how to assemble the perfect palette of neutral colors.

    Not wearing white after labor day is a trend that definitely doesn’t apply to your floors! Turn every touch, every step and every floor into an unforgettable experience with the welcoming warmth and elegant simplicity of neutrals that will never go out of style!

  • Natural Stone Satisfies when Going Green

    With all of the choices that need to be made when building or remodeling, choosing natural building supplies satisfies not only the practice of building green, but your inner green, too. Natural stone meets green requirements – it’s environmentally responsible, locally available, resource efficient, durable, and sustainable, and, well, it simply feels good to use natural products.

    This natural stone advantage article touches on the variety, durability, green (eco) attributes, uniqueness, and value of natural stone, and can be your launching point to further research. Don’t miss the Resources tab for even more information.

  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall — Natural Stone Covers It All

    Changing your home’s décor with each season is a great idea, but what’s the best way to do that? By highlighting the beautiful colors that occur naturally in natural stone.

    If your home already features natural stone, such as in stone floors, countertops, or walls, draw out the existing colors with seasonal fabrics and accent pieces. If you’re planning to remodel or build, choose natural stone. You’ll find colors — and colors within colors — that make it easy to transition your home from season to season.

    Autumn and winter’s textures and hues are waiting for you! Start here: How to Use Natural Stone to Prepare Your Home for Autumn and Winter.

  • Live Beautifully During National Karastan Month

    There’s still time to take advantage of National Karastan Month, going on now through November 7th. Download the rebate coupon to get up to $1,000 back on select styles of Karastan carpet.

    Karastan wool carpet of our 7 lines we carry, you can feel confident you are purchasing the best flooring for your home. We are one of the world’s largest importers of New Zealand Wool. From Farm to Floor, Karastan’s wool carpeting and rugs are one of the most environmentally friendly products that can be used in your home.

  • Design Tips for Carpets and Rugs

    ​If you have kids, wall-to-wall carpet makes it a great, healthy, cozy spot to run around on, and they can crawl and jump around with a soft place to land. Carpet also improves the acoustics of a room and reduces noise.   As a bonus, carpet also keeps allergens out of the air! Learn More tips from Carpet and Rug Institute

  • outdoor natural stone surface kitchen countertopsA The Path Well Traveled — to Your Pool or Spa

    The Path Well Traveled — to Your Pool or Spa

    April showers may bring May flowers, but the warm sunshine also brings visions of you relaxing in a pool or spa just outside your backdoor. Hold on to that dream, because reality might be more like the constant coming and going of family, friends, and furry pets. You’ll need a pathway, patio, or pool surround that serves many purposes.

    Natural stone can satisfy your desire to have a walkway surface that is durable, requires minimal care, speaks to your style, and blends with nature, all in a variety of finishes, textures, and colors.

    To start you on the right path, take a minute to read “Why Natural Stone Is Your Best Choice for a Poolside Surface.” The article covers choosing the right stone, advantages, and care.

    Remember, the perfect pathway starts with a little research and ends with the relaxing dip in the pool you’ve been dreaming of.

  • What types of stone flooring are there?

    Natural Stone

    Flagstone: Flagstone is a sedimentary rock which is split or cut into layers. Flagstone tiles are most often used outdoors for patios, walkways, steps, and similar applications

    Granite: Granite is very dense, scratch resistant, and occurs naturally in hundreds of varieties of color and shading. Granite floors are one of the most popular types of stone flooring; granite is also often used for kitchen countertops and in some bath environments. Continue Reading

  • How Stone Floors Are Made

    You might think that getting natural stone from a quarry to your home’s floor is a fairly simple process. Something like just slice and ship. But like all pieces of art, which natural stone should be considered, there’s also a real art to its production. Part art, creativity and passion, part science, system and technology. Continue Reading

  • Installing Stone and Tile Flooring

    Installation of stone floors should be performed by a reliable professional. It is heavy, difficult work that is labor intensive, unforgiving of mistakes and often requires use of some sophisticated tools. Your retailer may offer installation or likely can make a recommendation.

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