Category: Marble

How to Create Kitchens with Character Through Countertop Veining, Pattern, and Texture

use countertop veining to add characterCountertops are an integral design element in any kitchen. Depending on the surface materials you select, your countertops can play second fiddle to cabinetry or they can serve as a focal point, adding character and visual appeal to your space. When you choose natural stone, such as marble, granite and quartzite, or man-made quartz, you’ll imbue your living space with the beauty of stone and have the opportunity to introduce drama with the veining, pattern, and texture you select for your countertops.

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Our Four Favorite Kitchen Renovations in Fairfield County, CT


kitchen renovations in fairfield county- academy marbleIt’s always exciting to see the choices of local design teams as they tackle kitchen builds and renovations in your area. Our favorite interior design projects in Fairfield County, CT all selected natural and engineered stone countertops to feature in their home renovation projects. Their choices of marble, granite and quartz ensure years of worry-free use and beauty. Check out these remarkable renovations and gain inspiration for your next interior design project.

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Purchasing a Wayfair Bathroom Vanity with Countertop vs. Without a Countertop

Vanity with Countertop vs. Without a CountertopIf you’re undertaking a bathroom renovation or building an entirely new space, there are many decisions to be made, including whether it makes more sense to purchase a vanity that comes with a pre-fabricated countertop of or if it’s better to buy a vanity separate from a custom made countertop. While many reputable online retailers, such as Wayfair, offer a multitude of vanities that come with pre-made countertops, there are a few drawbacks with this option to consider early on in your bathroom project.

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Natural Stone and Quartz Alternatives to Concrete Kitchen Countertops (That Look Just Like the Real Thing!)

Alternatives to Concrete Kitchen CountertopsConcrete kitchen countertops are popular with fans of organic, modern and industrial designs. These stylish countertops pair well with natural woods, stainless steel appliances, and flush cabinetry and bring a rugged, masculine feel to kitchens and outdoor spaces. Concrete’s color is a neutral soft gray but it can be stained to achieve different color variations and patterns.

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Countertops Made of Quartz that Looks Like Marble

Countertops Made of Quartz that Looks Like MarbleMarble is a classic material used for countertops, floors, building exteriors and statues. As a natural stone, it’s very porous and must be sealed on a regular basis to prevent damage from acidic foods and liquids. Because of this, marble isn’t always a practical choice for homeowners and professionals despite its beautiful and timeless qualities. But all is not lost. If you love the look of marble but need a less porous surface for your project, there is a more durable option to choose from: manufactured quartz.

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Calacatta Marble Countertops vs. Carrara Marble Countertops

Learn the difference between Calacatta Marble Countertops vs. Carrara Marble CountertopsWhat are the differences between Calacatta marble countertops and Carrara marble countertops?

Even though these two Italian natural stones share a similar name, they have distinctive personalities. Essentially, Calacatta is bold, and Carrara is subtle. Continue reading to discover which natural stone is the right selection for your home!

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Small Bathroom Remodel Tips for Your Home – Part One

Small bathroom tipsPart One – Make your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

There are two paths you can take when designing a remodel in a small bathroom space. You can choose versatile, neutral, and pale décor to make your bathroom look larger; this is the standard answer that interior designers normally recommended for small rooms.

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How to Design a Craftsman Style Kitchen

How to design a craftsman kitchenWhat is Craftsman style?

Created during the late nineteenth century, this style was a rejection of the British industrial movement. At the time, British Victorians had a distaste for the mass-produced, manufactured style that became popular during this era. To them, this period created architecture that was cold and plain.

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White Carrara Marble Kitchen Combinations We Can’t Get Enough Of

All white kitchens have the magical ability to make any home look bigger. It’s no wonder the all-white look is such a popular interior design trend right now. One of our favorite natural stones used to complete this look is white Carrara marble. Naturally formed with a vein cut that blends to create a unique, yet subtle pattern, this stone is a top choice for many homeowners. This marble is not only popular for its beautiful pattern, but for its luxurious clean, white hue.

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