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!


Decorating Your House for Fall

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Summer is officially over. And you know what that means. Pumpkins, falling leaves, crisper air, the holidays will be here before we know it. And while there are so many things to love about this time of year, one of our favorites is decorating around the house! There are so many ways to “Autumn-ize” your home; here are a few ideas we really love.

Pumpkin Everything

When decorating for fall, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins and gourds. And there’s almost no such thing as too many pumpkins when creating your look. Pumpkin decor has come a long way since someone first carved one and stuck a candle in it hundreds of years ago. Today, pumpkins can be incorporated into really any design aesthetic. There is almost no limit to what you can do with pumpkins, this is just a short sampling with some of our current favorites.

Wrapping white pumpkins with bittersweet is an easy way to make a big statement as a centerpiece or on a mantle. Some people are hesitant to use bittersweet inside, and while they’re not wrong, we think it’s impact far outweighs its potential for messiness.white-pumpkins-386x580Photo: Your Cozy Home
Stacking smaller gourds in glass cylinders of varying heights is another way to modernize your fall decor. You can use gourds of all shapes and colors. Putting a little water in the bottom and placing a short length of live pumpkin vine (pulled out and the root and then cleaned of dirt) really gives this display something extra.BHG155276.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
Glitter is a really fun way to mix up your pumpkin decor. If you like the natural tones or want to go more outrageous with your design, it’s all up to you with this DIY project. It is important to note that the glitter and glue shorten the shelf life of a real pumpkin, so this may be one instance where faux pumpkins are better suited. 4400856_284854_GlitterPump2Photo: Sweet Paul
 Gold paint fancies up any size pumpkin. You can paint the gold directly onto the pumpkin, or paint it another color and and put gold on top of that. Either looks absolutely beautiful. Click on the link below the photo for step-by-step instructions on how to gild your own pumpkins.dekoraciya-kratunka-tikva-(11)-27122-500x0Photo: Country Living

Fall Foilage

Colorful leaves and fall flowers look beautiful in any home. These elements also add a fun textural element to your fall decor. Rich yellows, oranges, golds reds and browns dominate and are what you want to look for here. Whether you choose to use the real stuff or go for faux, it’s all about bringing the outdoors in.

These simple arrangements pack a huge punch in this kitchen. The tall branches also create a lot of impact with their height, ensuring the countertops underneath aren’t cluttered and still available to be used. The candles and gourds finish the look nicely.
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Faux fall leaves are used here to make these amazing wreaths and as the base of the mantle decorations. The pinecones and pumpkins complement the look perfectly. Putting the small twig pumpkins on the shorter candle bases is a lovely touch.
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Faux leaves are used here in conjunction with corn and small acorns to create a great windowsill focal point. This is a great example of the different textures you can achieve using multiple fall elements. Even though every cylinder is filled with something unique, they still create a cohesive look.
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Indian Corn can be used in a myriad of ways. You can hang it in bunches, or decorate a wreath with it. It also looks beautiful in a vase or incorporated into your mantle or centerpiece.decorating11Photo: Ten Thousand Villages

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your home for fall,  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. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Gorgeous Holiday Table Settings and Displays

We all want our tables to look the best they possibly can, especially when entertaining during the holidays. Whether you like bold metallics or understated displays, think beyond your fine china when setting the table this holiday season. Here are some dazzling table settings and centerpieces for sparkling inspiration when hosting get-togethers for family and friends in the coming days.

Nary a green or red decoration in sight, this somewhat coastal color combination of light turquoise and silver brings a calm, relaxed feel to the Christmas table.

Navy goes well with anything, including Christmas decorations. Mix it with a bit of silver sparkle and white accents for a clean, refreshing look.

Red and green candy canes lend a touch of whimsy to this traditionally elegant holiday table.

This lovely Yuletide tables cape has a more casual vibe, with bold red zigzags, mason jars and elements from nature.

Understated elegance:  silver pinecones, “Paper Whites” (Narcissus) and white candles conspire to make this elegantly set table even more dazzling.

The tartan blanket serves as the perfect tablecloth for a holiday table setting. The red berries, burlap placemats and hurricane lanterns pop against the red of the tartan print.

With red stripe chair covers and window treatments already in place, this dining room just needed a touch of holiday cheer to complete the Christmas vibe.

Modern, minimalist, symmetrical and just downright gorgeous!


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Inspiring Holiday Decor: Merry Mantels

The mantel is often the easiest place to add some instant holiday cheer. Look no further to find inspiration for your holiday decor.

This mantel is so bright and festive! Fresh fruit has a way of making any room inviting.

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This elegant mantel decor in traditional red, green and gold is perfect against the rich wood tones of this enclosed living space.

Traditional Living Room by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Robeson Design
This living room mantel is proof that Christmas decor can successfully include vivid, bold, nontraditional colors.
Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design
Fresh greenery, twigs and bright red accents give this farmhouse mantel a cheerful and inviting vibe.
Contemporary Living Room by Tacoma Interior Designers & Decorators It’s The Little Things…

Blue, white and silver feels as fresh and natural as a Christmas palette in this pretty space.

Contemporary Living Room

Again, proof that nontraditional Christmas colors can work beautifully, even in a very formal room such as this.

Mediterranean Living Room by Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Regina Gust Designs

Perfect holiday decor for a rustic family room!

Rustic Family Room by Gettysburg Media & Bloggers Mustard Seed Interiors
Avoid an overstimulating holiday season by opting for the clean, fresh look of white and silver.
Traditional Family Room

The birdseed wreath is a quirky twist on holiday decor, but it somehow fits right in with a mantel decked out in raditional greenery and silver mercury glass.

Eclectic Living Room by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators Stephanie Woody

Understated Elegance – add unadorned greenery to decorative items like old books and urns for a beautiful, natural look.

Traditional Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Donna DuFresne Interior Design

While red berries are typically used as decorative “garnish,” wrapping them with a simple string of white lights, and pairing them with pinecones and white candles, allows the berries to stand on their own.

Traditional Family Room by Port Perry Kitchen & Bath Designers Sandra Howie