Mixed Material Countertops

We love the mixed materials trend that is so hot in kitchen design right now. There are almost innumerable ways to incorporate this look into your home, one of our favorites is by combining multiple materials for your countertops. While we at Prestige will always be partial to natural stone, we get that sometimes people want to mix it up a bit. Here are some of the dual material kitchen countertops inspiring us right now.

The idea of using a piece of wood to connect two separate pieces of stone seems so simple, but it makes a big impact. This is a really understated way to experiment with a mixed materials countertop in a truly unique way.d1a8d28d768818fafdfdfc692987ad7cPhoto: Pinterest
We love the combination of wood and limestone on this kitchen island. There are so many different textures and finishes in this space, keeping the clutter to a minimum allows the eye to focus on the individual elements without becoming overwhelmed. 58471909Photo: Chicago Tribune
This combination of light stone and dark wood work beautifully in this modern kitchen with its neutral colors. Not only is the shape of this island unique, the stark contrast in the light stone and dark wood make this kitchen centerpiece a true showstopper. And how fabulous is that sink?modern-kitchenPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island was created by topping a pair of architect’s drafting tables with glass. It adds a modern twist to this otherwise traditional kitchen. The glass beautifully complements the classic Carrara marble in a really unexpected way.glassPhoto: House Beautiful
We love the yin and yang vibe of this stark white stone next to the dark wood of the upper level bar. This two tone kitchen look has been gaining in popularity in the last couple years and we don’t predict the trend will be going away any time soon.ca7c5a8c64543ddc98c4c93f7908dd2cPhoto: Houzz
We love how the wood centerpiece of this large stone topped island not only breaks up the space visually, it also defines the different areas by function. We love how the pops of blue in the room really pull that color out of the predominately gray granite.1400989063342Photo: HGTV
This stainless steel island lends an industrial feeling to this contemporary white kitchen with it’s perimeter stone countertops. The hardwood floor really warms up the space, keeping it from feeling too stark.countertops-for-kitchen-elegant-in-white-with-a-modern-stainless-steel-island-great-countertop-photoPhoto: Globaltsp

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!

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Awesome Outdoor Decor

Whether you have a porch, patio, deck, or balcony, summer is all about that outdoor living. And there’s no reason you can’t pay the same level of attention to your outdoor space as you do your indoor ones. Your outdoor living space should be a place you go to escape, whatever that means for you. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor spaces!

This screened-in porch combines rustic and industrial elements to create a uniquely chic area that can be enjoyed year-round in the south. 1490107626-character-building-porch-0317.jpgPhoto: Country Living
This small concrete slab deck was absolutely transformed with a painted rug. The breezy white curtains hanging from the pergola and the succulent chandelier tone down the bright pops of fun color to keep the space relaxing and elevate the look. Go to A Beautiful Mess for step-by-step DIY instructions to create your own painted rug.
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This front porch looks absolutely luxurious with its layers of soft textures. The chairs, rugs, throws, and pillows all in creamy tones with earthy accents create a space that is both elegant and cozy.Awesome-Farmhouse-Front-Porch-Ideas-03.jpgPhoto: Popy Home
This modern deck space proves that sometimes less really is more. The minimal decor and clean lines are meant to allow the view to be the focus of this space, which makes perfect sense for this Hawaii home. Don’t think you have to live in a tropical paradise to take inspiration from this look though.roundup-outdoor-swings-6-nicole-hollis-hawaii-600x900.jpgPhoto: Design Milk
What else could you want with this beautiful combination outdoor kitchen and living room? Multiple seating areas, a television, fireplace… why would you ever go inside? We love how the hanging plants are used to create a feeling of privacy.danielsporchz_fullPhoto: HouseTrends
Don’t think you need an expansive space to create your own outdoor paradise. We love the way people have created a huge impact with a small area.

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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. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Extreme Kitchens

We see a lot of kitchens here at Prestige, so it’s kind of hard to surprise us with a truly unique design. But it still happens, and we always try to learn something from it. Though we could never choose a favorite, here are a few of the unique kitchens we really love.

You know we’re partial to natural stone here at Prestige, but this lego island is definitely a colorful alternative. This island was the brainchild of Parisian design duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti and consists of 20,000 lego blocks.legokitchenPhoto: Wills Company
Interior designers Branimira Ivanova and Desislava Ivanova call this innovative design “Cubism in the Kitchen”. Their goal was to create a kitchen that was both functional and artistic. The result is a beautiful space with a uniquely modern twist.

 

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It doesn’t get much cooler than this kitchen island/giant aquarium combo. But how do you maintain your aquarium? Not only does this island have hidden storage, and plumbing for the built-in sink, there is a mechanism that raises the entire top at the push of a button. Aquarium-kitchen-island-brings-in-the-wow-factorPhoto: Gizmodo.com
It might be hard to believe that this Arabian-themed space is a kitchen, but it is. The ornate design might be too much for most people, but it absolutely makes a statement.11464Photo: Ideal Home
We love everything about this open concept kitchen with a staircases divider and island with a built-in fireplace. The clean lines, mixing of different materials, and muted design colors make this design feel both trendy and timeless at the same time.open-staircase-design-partition-saota-1.jpgPhoto: Trendir

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!

 

Less Granite Garbage 2: More Ways to Use Scrap Stone

We got such great feedback on our post about upcycling granite remnants, Less Granite Garbage: Tips for Using Scrap Stone, we decided to bring you even more fun ways to use scrap stone around your home. We love seeing how many creative ways people find to use granite; here are a few of our favorites from across the internet.

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Granite is wonderfully suited for use as bookends. These examples prove the versatility and range of looks you can achieve with simple granite remnants.
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Granite scraps make for beautiful dog bowl bases. This is also the perfect solution if your pet is one of those who constantly wants to play with, and knock over, their food and water dishes.080adbe3522137c754e4bb2b2aab8c4aPhoto: Fireplace Carolina
We love the asymmetrical, rough-edged look of this cheese tray. It would make an elegant addition to any occasion. cc5cde12d59f9690cc0bec5f79def07fPhoto: Countertop Couture
Using your granite scraps to create a custom coffee table is the perfect way to tie together different spaces in your home.20130526-Granite-Coffee-Table-2-757054Photo: Ikea Hackers
Granite’s durability make it perfect for outdoor use. This garden bench, made by incorporating a remnant slab with two large stones, is absolutely incredible and would look beautiful in any setting.e3302ef2e5d8129adba12eb59bcae210Photo: Pete Rose, Inc
We love the stone mosaic at the base of this tree. Equally functional and beautiful, granite scraps are an extremely creative way to protect your landscaping.granite-mosaic-under-tree-21675128Photo: Making Mosaics
Granite’s natural heat resistance and durability make it the perfect material to build a fire pit with. This square one takes things to the next level with a grill attachment.
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There is no limit to the number of ways you can use granite scraps in creating outdoor pathways. Finished or rough, uniform or random, this is an easy way to express you personal aesthetic. We love how all of these unique walkways help both capture and create the atmosphere of the outdoor spaces they’re in.
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Whatever project you can dream up,  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!

Countertop Trends for 2018

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Your countertops are a vital component of your kitchen, ultimately, they are where the action happens. And if you’re remodeling or looking to buy a home, countertops are probably on your mind. But you don’t want to start life in your new kitchen with dated decor. Here’s what is hot right now in the world of countertops.

Neutrals, Neutrals, Neutrals

Neutral tones like beige, gray, and tans are seeing a huge resurgence in popularity in home decor in general, but especially in the kitchen. And don’t think neutral has to mean boring! Modern kitchen design is focusing on highlighting the individual components of the room against a softer colored counter.

The yellow and green decor accents really pop against this santa cecilia granite, which complements the light, airy feeling of this kitchen perfectly. The neutral palette will also easily accommodate a variety of color or design schemes.neutralPhoto: Memorable Decor
The neutral gray island counter keeps the focus on the midcentury modern design elements dominating this space. This kitchen completely reinforces the idea that neutral colors can be fun.102335341.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens

Integrated Sinks

The integrated sink is a huge trend for 2018. Integrated sinks are made of the same material as the countertop, creating a seamless, modern look. It’s important to be aware that not all materials are suited for the purpose of a sink. Stainless steel, quartz, concrete, and marble will all endure being a sink.

We love the double-level element of this integrated sink. One of the most functional aspects of this sink style is how easy it makes clean up; this design takes that to the next level.sarah-blee-claudio-silverstrin-sinkPhoto: Remodelista

Patterns & Veining

Homeowners today are gravitating toward more unique countertops. Veining is in, and materials like quartz are being offered with more realistic swirls and patterns that look more natural than ever.

The beautiful gray veining of this kitchen island makes it an absolute show stopper.Which-Wood-Is-Best-For-Kitchen-Cabinets-Aqua-Glass-Tile-Backsplash-Using-Granite-Tiles-For-Countertops-Portable-Kitchen-Island-Breakfast-Bar-Gerber-FaucetsPhoto: Erbria

Textured Surfaces

Stone countertops have long been polished and shiny, and while that look will never go out of style, today’s homeowners are gravitating toward counters with a bit more character. You can check out our post, Finish Options for your Granite Counters, to learn more about the different textures available for your counters.

A leathered finish creates an almost water-washed look for your counters. This design takes it a step further with a rough edge as well.040Photo: Anchors Rest

Quartz

Quartz isn’t new this year, but its popularity has never been greater. And it doesn’t seem like this trend is going anywhere anytime soon. Quartz is non-porous, making it extremely resistant to staining, and very hygienic. It’s also super durable and available in a huge number of colors and patterns. Read Quartz vs Quartzite: What’s the Difference, to learn if quartz might be right for your kitchen.

Quartz works with any design aesthetic and makes a beautiful surface in any 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. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

 

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 essentials.gallery-1429918313-hdm049915ghkcharmin010.jpgPhoto: 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: Dizainall.com
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

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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.

Flooring

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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.

This gorgeous island beautifully uses scrap granite to match the feeding station with the counters.aaaaPhoto: Pinterest
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!