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!

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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!

 

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!

 

 

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

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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:

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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.

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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!

 

Kitchen Trends for 2018

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It’s that time when we’re saying goodbye to the current year and looking forward to the next. And at Prestige, when we start thinking about the year to come, we can’t help but think about what’s coming next for kitchen design. If we can judge by how our kitchens will look, 2018 is going to be a fun year!

Blue Everything

Blue is everywhere for kitchens in 2018, from cabinets to appliances. And for 2018 it’s all about rich tones, even the lighter shades don’t go all the way to pastel. Sherwin Williams predicts bright color palettes will be one of the biggest trends in all the different spaces in your home next year.

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Make a splash in any kitchen with bright blue appliances. With it’s retro-industrial design this hood and stove combo covers multiple trends and instantly adds a pop of freshness to the space.
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So Many Bright Colors

While blue is the trendiest right now, color is everywhere, on everything, right now. And we love it. Fun, bright shades make any space feel happier.

These sinks are available in a rainbow of shades.
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This bright yellow counter/sink/pantry unit looks amazing in it’s industrial, gray surroundings.  The contrast between the saffron colored unit and everything around it make it the obvious focal point of the large, open space.kitchen-color-trends-20.jpgPhoto: next125

Glass Front Cabinets

Glass front cabinet doors aren’t a new idea, but they’re all over for 2018. This style turns cabinetry into a display space for collectibles or pretty dishes. They also help create the illusion that your kitchen is larger by providing a sense of depth and openness. You do have to keep the contents clean and organized, clutter can’t be hidden away with these.

Adding designs to glass doors creates a more traditional look. This trendy green kitchen beautifully blends modern and farmhouse elements in a way that feels both current and timeless.Cabinet-Door-Styles-in-2018-Shaker-Cabinet-with-Glass-Door-Fronts-at-Better-Homes-and-GardensPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
Mixing glass front with traditional cabinet doors is a nice way to break up huge spaces of cabinets and creates a nice transition between cabinets and the ceiling. Some people prefer using glass in only a section of the kitchen’s cabinets, you can do whatever works best for your space.Cabinet-Door-Style-in-2018-Cabinet-Doors-with-Glass-Fronts-at-Centsational-StylePhoto: Home Art Tile

Statement Floors

Floors are taking center stage for 2018. And while classic hardwoods will never go out of style, this trend is all about creating an amazing look with standout tile. Big or small, brightly colored or a more subdued palette, the options are limitless.

The clean lines of this minimalistic kitchen allow the beautiful patterned floor to really shine.  The open shelving, gold fixtures and blue cabinets are all on trend for 2018.4117193d452b73d563ea3797a8ff35e4Photo: Sea of Sanctuary
“Rugging,” a floor tiling trend where patterned tiles are surrounded by plain ones in a block style that resembles a rug, will be huge in 2018. Personally, we think this is a super cool way to add interest in an unexpected way.
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Prestige Marble & Granite is here for you, regardless of what, if any, of 2018’s kitchen trends you want to try. 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 House a Happier Place

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The world can be a stressful place. Your home should not be. It should be your sanctuary, where you go to relax, and escape the chaos of it all. Whether you’re trying to become happier in general, or just looking for different ways to elevate your already good mood, the space you spend such important time in can easily reflect that. After all, your house plays an integral part in how you feel on a daily basis.

 Display Your Memories

This is an easy one. Remembering positive times and experiences makes us happy. It’s that simple. Put up cherished pictures, show off travel souvenirs, it’s all about what represents a happy time for you and your family.

This is a fun way to organize and remember your travels.img_2424.jpgPhoto: Mr Perkins ICT
A photo collage is a great way to take pictures off your phone and social media and put them up in your home. This heart shape is fun, but really your options are limitless.originalPhoto: We heart it
A coffee table with a glass top and hollowed out area underneath is a great place to show off tchotchkes and mementos. This is an especially good option for things you don’t want regularly handled. This rustic table does happiness double duty, with its fun pop of color.Coffee-TablesPhoto: Nature Inspired Crafts

Play with Color

There are entire studies devoted to the principle that colors can positively or negatively affect our mood. Some colors are scientifically proven to make us happy. Bold isn’t always better though, this is another aspect of design where your options are limited only by your preferences. If you want to go big you can do an entire room in a happy color. You can easily incorporate pops of color into a space to create impact as well.

Yellow comes up in every search as the happiest of colors. Yellow makes us think of sunshine and warmth and is innately cheery. When choosing your shade it’s important to know that it does reflect light better than other colors. This means you’ll want to consider the brightness level you choose, to ensure you continue to love the color for a long time.333f47a9d147428b8d829e8fb3c3058a-yellow-kitchen-cabinets-open-cabinets.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Red is another color that can get very intense, very quickly.  There are so many options with red, from the almost pinks to the more orange shades. You can make red work in almost any space you want it to. Decorating around red is important; it’s easy to get Christmasy or overly patriotic. If that’s what you’re going for, great! But if not, it’s something to consider.eclectic-living-roomPhoto: Houzz
Blue is proven to evoke feelings of  calm and relaxing. While it makes some think of sadness, blue is easily one of the most popular colors across all demographics. And with so many shades it’s easy to find one to fit your personal style.296cc05c9d8647dd3c6283d6552759d9Photo: Decor Me Happy

Lighting is Key

Any interior designer will tell you that lighting is key when it comes to setting the mood in any space. And for creating good vibes in your home, nothing works better than natural light. Let in the sunshine! It’s a proven fact that time spent in the sun automatically triggers good feelings.  And for spaces where light is scarce, or for winter months, go for bulbs that mimic natural light as closely as possible. And try to avoid fluorescent lighting; it’s been shown to raise anxiety levels.

Large windows let in an incredible amount of light and the paint color mimics the tropical tableau featured so prominently. The cabinet lighting helps beautifully display kitchen collectibles, and the recessed lighting is a nice touch for when its dark outside. iStock_000011988451_SmallPhoto: Crowd Build
Candles create an automatic feeling of warmth and coziness, which increases one’s sense of security. These are all important elements to feeling happy and at ease in your home.tumblr_mx54xrOGf91r7b56jo1_500Photo: Rebloggy

Make Your Bed

Turns out mom was right about this one. Making your bed is a three minute task that has been proven to positively impact one’s mood for the rest of the day. But it’s not just making your bed. Studies have shown that taking a couple of minutes in each room to bring them to “readiness” lowers stress levels. And lower stress levels equals a happier existence.

Making your bed is a great way to start off your day with a sense of accomplishment.2_gjj7wpPhoto: Domain Media

Prestige Marble & Granite is all about making you happy 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!