O Christmas Tree!

Have you ever found yourself in a Christmas tree decorating rut? Not that anything is wrong with same tree you have put up for years. And years. That tree probably has a lot of special sentiment – in that case you certainly don’t want to replace it. But maybe it’s time for a new tree, not necessarily a replacement tree, but perhaps an additional one – just to shake things up a bit?

Here’s a look at some groovy Christmas tree ideas that run the gamut from glamorous and sophisticated to fun, funky, and cool.

This whimsical tree totally fun and funky, but it’s also perfectly posh in this chic pink and black living room.

Holiday

This tree in yummy confectionary hues gives off a Candyland vibe, while at the same time  exuding elegance and sophistication.

Frontgate
 A tropical fruit medley adorning this tree gives new definition to the word festive!
Tobi Fairley Holiday
An asymmetrical arrangement of traditional red and green puts a modern spin on this tree, and is a perfect fit for the comtempoary living room.
Homes for the Holidays 2012- Edmonton
 Definitely a minimalist tree, yet charming in its simplicity!
Holiday Decorating: Celebrating an Australian Christmas outdoors
Turqouise and gold accented with shells and starfish create the perfect beachy vibe for this South Florida home.
South Florida style christmas
Just totally glamorous!
Frontgate
Sometimes, less is more!
The sparkin
Blue and lime green decorations (plus feathers!) create a fun, edgy twist.
Cynthia Leigh Designs - Unexpected Interiors
 Completely and totally charming.
Scandinavian style on a budget in a small city apartment
Chic black and white with a Parisian theme – ooh la la!
Christmas Tree!
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with your decor, no matter what your style.  Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!
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Hue News: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery!

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Color forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute have declared “Greenery” as next year’s color of the year. Pantone explains that the vibrant yellow-green hue  is symbolic of new beginnings:

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

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.

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Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. Pantone also created a selection of ten palettes pairing Greenery with neutrals, pastels, brights, deeper tones, metallics, and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product, and interior design applications.

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Do you plan to incorporate Greenery into your interiors? Here are some examples for inspiration.

Traditional Bedroom
Annalisa at Mediterra
Los Gatos Townhouse
Art&deco
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 knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

All About Limestone

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Detail of a limestone countertop. Photo by Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc 

Limestone is first and foremost a sedimentary rock. Sedimentary rocks are formed by sediment that is deposited over time, usually as layers at the bottom of lakes and oceans. This sediment can include minerals, small pieces of plants and other organic matter. Sedimentary rocks are deposited in layers as strata, forming a structure called bedding.

Limestones are composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams (single-celled organisms with shells), and molluscs. The main minerals in limestone are calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate. There are different kinds of limestone that are used for different purposes, but only the hardest and densest should be used for countertops. (When subjected to extreme heat and pressure over time, limestone becomes marble!)

As a sedimentary stone, limestone  is relatively soft and porous – to a degree. But not all limestone countertops are equally porous; some are extremely dense, and as such, liquids have a tough time penetrating.  To minimize staining, apply a sealer periodically; even if the limestone gets stained, you can almost always remove the stain by using oxygen bleach (such as OxiClean). Oxygen bleach won’t harm the stone and  will break apart the organic compounds that make up the foods and liquids that you commonly cook with (including red wine, grape juice, etc.). Like marble, limestone can be etched by acid, so don’t let mild acids such as vinegar or lemon juice sit for long periods of time. Limestone’s beautiful, almost creamy, appearance combined with thousands of tiny embedded fossils in it lead many to believe it is well worth the little bit of extra effort.

Here’s a look at some beautiful limestone countertops for your inspiration!

Richards Drive 1
Hacienda Kitchen
Oceanfront
Historic Master Bath Remodel (West Chester, PA)
Lake Residence
Bathroom
Hacienda Kitchen

 

It requires great skill to install limestone countertops, and you only get one chance to do it correctly. Make sure you hire a skilled fabricator experienced in limestone.

 

To see even more beautiful limestone countertops, click over to our Pinterest board!

 

Prestige Marble and Granite offers quality limestone, in addition to many other beautiful stone varieties. Whatever stone you choose, rest assured our experienced fabricators can handle the job!