Category: Quartz

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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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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MSI Quartz Countertop Inspiration for Your Home

MSI Quartz countertop inspirationIf you love the look of natural stone, like granite, but need a material that requires less maintenance, quartz is a great option. Quartz is a manufactured stone that boasts the beauty of natural stone but is complemented by added durability. One brand of quartz products, MSI Q Premium Quartz, provides a new alternative to natural stone with its stylish, durable and eco-friendly features. Gain inspiration by checking out these rooms featuring MSI Quartz countertops.

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What Is the Best Countertop for An Outdoor Kitchen?

 With a little help from mother nature, you’ll be outside entertaining soon. If you’re considering updating your existing outdoor space or planning to install a new outdoor kitchen, dining or bar area, now is the perfect time to start the process so that you’re BBQ season ready!

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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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6 Silestone® Countertop Colors You Need to Check Out

Silestone countertop colorsWhat is Silestone®?

Silestone creates quartz countertops that are a hybrid of natural materials and manufacturing innovation. Essentially, natural stone is combined with binding materials to create countertop materials that boast superior performance.

Unlike natural stone surfaces such as marble, granite and quartzite that need to be periodically sealed,  Silestone has a non-porous surface and does not require a sealant. It’s also resistant to staining and etching from spilled liquids, making it ideal for busy kitchens.

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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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