Smart Storage Ideas to Make the Most of a Small Bathroom

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A small bathroom might seem like an obstacle you can’t overcome. But it doesn’t have to be. Organization is key in any small space, and making every element as functional as possible is the goal. Here are a few of our favorite creative ways to maximize every possible inch of space in your small bathroom.

We love the idea of using shower caddies to really maximize the storage potential of a small, under sink cabinet. The caddies are naturally the perfect size to hold your products and easily double your storage potential. It’s important your shower caddy has a flat bottom so it will stand.

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Adding a second shower rod on the inner wall of your shower gives you ample space to hang your bathing Good Housekeeping
How cute is this frame style shelving unit? The size is perfect for a tight space and makes a fabulous showcase for the treasures you want on display.17-small-bathroom-storage-ideas-homebncPhoto:
While not possible to create in every bathroom, recessed built-ins can save a tremendous amount of space.
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A magnetic makeup board is a super fun way to store your makeup and take up almost no space. Bonus – it’s almost like a piece of living modern art in your bathroom! Go to Youtube for a DIY tutorial to learn how to make one for your house.e5a063fbaf41cd764d5c3046897f8bd6Photo: Instagram
 This bathroom mirror that doubles as a cabinet is a brilliant way to create a lot of excess storage space in a small area. Go to Shanty 2 Chic to see a complete tutorial on how to create this awesome DIY yourself!
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Shelving is an obvious way to create more storage. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with where you put it. We love the idea of utilizing the space above the bathroom door.shelfPhoto: My So Called Home
Magnetic strips are a great way to collect bobby pins and other small metal objects (nail clippers, tweezers, etc.) you can never seem to find when you need them.24-magnetic-bathroom-organizersPhoto: Super Woman
There are so many different ways to take advantage of your cabinet doors for storage. We like both of these from Amazing Interior Design.88Photo: Amazing Interior Design

Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about your bathroom, regardless of size, and what will work best for your personal style and needs. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!


Making Your Home Pet Friendly


The very fact you’re reading this means you’re a pet person. In fact, your pet is probably one of the best parts about coming home. And definitely part of the family. With that in mind, there are a number of ways to consider their needs in the place you all live.


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Hard surfaces are the obvious choice for pet owners. Hardwood and natural stone are each good choices, though each has drawbacks. Wood has a high potential for water damage/staining and even the hardest varieties are prone to scratching under big dog paws. Some softer, more porous stones, have the same issues as hardwood floors, though proper sealing and maintenance certainly extends their lifetimes. Granite, being the hardest of the natural stones, is a great choice for dog owners. Likewise, ceramic tile is one of the easiest floors for a pet owner to maintain.

Washable Walls

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While not usually a first thought when it comes to making a space more pet friendly, animals are very similar to children in their ability to make a mess of your walls. For this reason alone, we have to recommend paint for pet owners. Satin or semi-gloss finishes are great options for high traffic areas, especially ones that see a lot of moisture. An eggshell finish cleans easily but is better in an area with a more moderate traffic rate. If you just have to have a more matte look, make sure to get a washable flat paint.

Built-In Food Bowls

Having a designated feeding station helps create the routine your pet craves. And having it built in means you’ll never trip over, or step in, an ugly dog bowl again.

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This drawer-style keeps bowls hidden when not in use. This is a great choice for anyone who also has young children, as they always seem to go for the pet food. The slide-in food storage containers placed next to the bowls is a smart touch.
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Bathing & Grooming Station

If you have the space, a dog bathing station can make your life a lot easier. And, if placed in a garage or other entry space, can help stop dirt from even entering your home.

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Built-In Kennels

Animals like having their own spaces as much as we do. A fun addition to any space, a built-in kennel gives your dog somewhere to relax without having to worry about getting stepped on or tripped over. And there are so many ways to do this, the possibilities are endless!

This double kennel, with special in-crate lighting, gives dogs a safe place to lay in the kitchen and is a great use for the space under a large island. The crate doesn’t extend to any of the island’s edges, leaving room to push in barstools.dogs-in-kitchenPhoto: Kitchen Cabinet Kings
The laundry room/mud room is also a great place for a built in dog crate.indoor-dog-house-with-laundry-roomPhoto: Home My Design

Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about creating a pet friendly space in your home. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Finish Options for your Granite Counters

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Granite has been the number one natural stone choice among homeowners and builders for years. It’s beauty and durability are just some of the reasons for its popularity. When you think about granite counters, you likely envision a shiny, smooth stone. The polished look has been the most popular countertop finish choice for years, and is still the most utilized today. As homeowners have started looking for more unique options, changing up the appearance of granite with different finishing techniques has become more fashionable.


Polished granite countertops are probably what you think of when you think of granite. To achieve this look the stone is buffed to the highest possible level. The glossy, highly-reflective surface draws attention to the stone and perfectly displays the flecks, veining, and other desirable characteristics that make each slab one of a kind. A polished finish can also work as a stain repellant, making it a great option for a kitchen prep/work space.

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If you love the look of granite but aren’t a fan of the super shiny style, a honed finish might be exactly what you’re looking for. A honed finish is still extremely smooth, but has a decidedly more matte appearance. Natural imperfections may be more noticeable with this finish, and it is definitely more susceptible to watermarks and fingerprints than the traditional polished look.

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An example of honed versus polished finishes on the same slab for comparison sake.
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Similar to the honed finish, leathered stone isn’t glossy or reflective. But this is where the similarities stop. Unlike polished and honed countertops, the leathering process results in a surface riddled with fissures and has a pitted feel, like a fine piece of leather. For this reason, leathering may not be the best option for a busy cook’s kitchen, as it can be slightly more difficult to truly deep clean. Because every stone is unique, the leathering will appear more pronounced on some slabs than others.

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A flamed finish is created by firing an intense heat at the granite, causing the stone to burst and change color. The process results in a rougher, textured finish with a faded, more natural seeming appearance. Flamed granite works best in damper areas, where slip-resistance is an important factor. Because of how well-suited this finish is in exterior, uncovered areas, flamed granite is extremely popular for outdoor kitchens.  Don’t feel confined by this if you really love this look,  it can be used functionally in almost any room in your home.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about different counter finishes, and what will work best for your personal style and needs. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!



Hue News: Pantone’s Color of the Year is Ultra Violet


Color forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute have declared “Ultra Violet” as 2018’s color of the year. Pantone explains that the dramatic purple hue is symbolic of the visionary way of thinking that will carry us into the future:


Pantone, owned by Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corp., has a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. The Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development.

Every year, Pantone’s team around the world spends a good chunk of the year studying trends in fashion, consumer products, social media and technology. It looks for influences that best describe the current mood of society and picks a color to reflect those elements. Pantone tips off some marketing partners in advance, so consumers will soon see a variety of products, such as Sephora cosmetics, KitchenAid stand mixers, Keurig coffee makers, and even cars, in the new hue.



While the shade is definitely an intense one, this doesn’t make it difficult to incorporate it into your current design scheme.

A little bit of Ultra Violet can go a long way, making it the perfect pop of color in an otherwise monotone room.Pantone-Ultra-Violet-office-2Photo: BoConcept
When pairing this vibrant purple with other colors, choosing other equally bold hues will make the biggest impact. The golden yellow used below doesn’t compete with the Ultra Violet, but complements it beautifully, and makes both more interesting.Pantone-Ultra-Violet-entryway-3Photo: House Beautiful
If you already have a bold color scheme, Ultra Violet is a great way to add a touch of fun and lightness to a space. This eye-catching rug really anchors this room. The pillows and art carry the purple color up, really tying together the beautifully eclectic elements that make this space so special.Pantone-Ultra-Violet-living-room-3Photo: Hi Sugarplum

For more inspiration, Pantone created eight different color palettes to help you bring Ultra Violet into your personal design aesthetic. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral anchor in every palette, each conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood. These palettes can easily cross over into fashion and beauty applications as well.


You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgeable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!


Prepping for Your New Countertops!

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You’ve picked out your new countertops and are already envisioning your dream kitchen come to life. You’ve met with the contractors and your installation is scheduled. What now? While certain aspects of install prep fall on the installation crew, there are some things you can do to ensure your counter install goes as smoothly as possible before they even arrive.

Is Everything Where You Want It?

Once your space has been measured and a template cut, changes can be extremely costly and will obviously take additional time to correct for. Make sure your appliances, outlets, and sink are all where you want them to be in the space when your contractor comes to initially take measurements. If you’re purchasing a sink from a separate source, make sure you have that available as well.

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Is the Rest of Your Home Ready?

This isn’t an issue in new builds, but if you are replacing existing counters you want to make sure they are completely free of stuff when installers come to take measurements. And for the day of the install, make sure there is a clear path from where your granite will come in to home and where it’s going. This doesn’t just mean furniture. Rugs, wall hangings, etc. should all be removed. In a renovation, it’s also important to make sure the openings from the kitchen are properly sealed off from the rest of the home to keep dust and debris in.

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Have You Scheduled Other Necessary Professionals?

The majority of installers don’t have licensed plumbers or electricians as part of their crew. So while they will install your sink, they will not be able to actually hook up the plumbing. As such, you will need to coordinate schedules with the professionals who can perform these jobs. It may require extra organization on your part, but in the end will be totally worth it when you’re not having to wait to use your beautiful new kitchen!

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Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!


Back to Reality: Getting Your House Together After the Holidays


Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, the magic of the holidays quickly leads to the anxiety of cleaning it all up. Which then leads to either a total purge where you get caught up in the moment and throw away too much, or more likely, you haphazardly throw a few things away to make yourself feel better while shoving a bunch of junk into a closet, where you can deal with it later. Not this year! It may not be the most fun, but adulting rarely is. And once done, I promise, you will feel so much better!

Organize those Ornaments

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I dislike taking apart the Christmas tree almost as much I enjoy putting it up. One thing that makes decorating easier is wrapping and storing your decor in an organized manner. While not fun in the moment, your future self will certainly appreciate the effort when next year rolls around. Also, protecting your holiday treasures ensures your family will continue to enjoy them for many Christmases to come.

Tangled, messy Christmas lights are a huge pain. Avoid that completely by storing your lights tightly wrapped around a piece of cardboard. We like this idea because you can leave yourself notes if necessary and it’s free. You can use cardboard leftover from the holidays. However, you can use paper towel tubes, coffee cans, etc.
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Different ornaments require different storage methods. More fragile ornaments may have to be wrapped multiple times, or if small enough, can be stored in egg cartons. Oddly shaped ornaments might need special attention as well. Regardless, see-through bins always make finding what you’re looking for so much easier.
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Get Rid of the Garbage

It’s easy to get attached to holiday decor. Memories are automatically attached to a lot of holiday stuff. I get it. There are family heirlooms, or crafts made by your children. The things you will treasure forever. But that random creepy Santa you bought on a whim over a decade ago, with the torn pants and missing hat? Throw that stuff away! Anything that doesn’t work, or is excessively tattered, get rid of! If it’s condition isn’t too bad, consider donating. Just get it out of your house.

We’re all for everyone doing what makes them happy. If you like the creepy,Nightmare Before Christmas vibe, by all means, do you! Otherwise, send that Santa on his merry way. creepy-santaPhoto: Jezebel

Deal With Unwanted Gifts


It might sound bad, but you know what I’m talking about. Every year there are the random presents you really don’t want. And while you might feel guilty, it’s silly to shove that stuff in some closet, just to pull out or wear the next time you see the gift giver. Stop the madness. If there are items you think you can easily regift, put those somewhere. A cabinet or closet you can go to if you ever need a present quickly can be a lifesaver. Otherwise, donate. It is a good idea to make a note of who gave you what. Though we all regift, if would be a definite faux pas to regift an item to the person who originally gave it you.2e0a4d5d172b6577c502f56c45eb2d76--funny-christmas-merry-christmas

Keep 1, Toss 2

For those of us trying to keep the general clutter level in our home to a minimum, this is an easy way to start the new year off with a bang. For every gift you keep (stuff that goes to the regift closet, obviously doesn’t count) you get rid of two like items. If you don’t have anything that qualifies as similar, just get rid of any two things. This is a good trick to remember around birthday time too.

It’s great to get the whole family involved and this is a really easy way to start introducing your children to the idea of charitable giving and thinking of others, especially the less fortunate.little-boys-helping-with-donations-1.jpgPhoto: Simple Living Country Gal

If your present to yourself this year are new kitchen counters, or if you want to start the new year with a new bathroom,  Prestige Marble & Granite has got you covered. We are always here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!








Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

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If you enjoy entertaining friends and family in your home, this is definitely your season to shine. Whether you love throwing cookie baking parties, gift wrapping get-togethers, or hosting your family’s big holiday soiree, there are a number of ways to ensure your kitchen maximizes it’s party potential!

Open Concept Layout

While there may be only so much you can do about the layout and design of your space, if you are building or remodeling there are certain options that are better for entertaining than others. An open kitchen/living area design is often considered the pinnacle of designing to entertain. The open layout allows host and guests to intermingle easily and keeps everyone from getting separated from the group, or isolated in small rooms.

This L-shaped island with the 2 level countertop and bar create a beautiful space for guests to congregate away from the ample work space on the opposite wall. The built-in wine fridge further maximizes the efficiency of the space and is considered a must-have for the avid entertainer.
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Ample counter space and seating are key elements when designing to entertain. This kitchen has space for multiple food and drink service stations. The large island, located slightly off-center, will help avoid possible traffic jams in busy areas. Modern Gray Kitchen Features Dark Gray Flat Front CabinetsPhoto: Donco Designs

Surface Potential

You go to a lot of effort decorating and prepping for your holiday events. You don’t want that all to go to waste because all anyone can see are dirty or damaged counters. Check out our post on the pros and cons of different countertop materials to see what will work best for you.

Granite is a great countertop choice if you plan on doing a lot of entertaining. It’s beautiful, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also naturally heat and water resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about guests inadvertently damaging your What Rose Knows
If space allows, having dual islands is ideal for the entertainers home. This kitchen has one island obviously designated as a work space with a sink and another large island perfect for a large food spread or beverage station.101860761.jpgPhoto: Traditional Home

Decking the Halls

One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is decorating the house! Whether you plan on hosting people in your home or not, holiday decorations always make you feel more festive.

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However you celebrate,  Prestige Marble & Granite wishes you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. And we are always here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!