Styling your Kitchen Made Simple

Styling a space is the act of adding the personal pieces and artistic touches that turn a house into your home. While this may sound like decorating, there are differences. If decorating your house is like getting dressed, styling is the accessories you add to make the look complete.

One of the hardest spaces to style always seems to be the kitchen. The need to balance functionality and beauty can be tricky, but with a few simple tips anyone can have a kitchen that looks like it was styled by a professional. These ideas for styling your kitchen can be incorporated into any design aesthetic and don’t require a high level of DIY experience!

Add Plants

Potted plants are the perfect way to add color and life, literally, to your kitchen. Visit Gardening Know How for a list of plants that will generally thrive in your kitchen.modern-fall-decor-in-the-kitchen-white-carrara-countertops-white-carrara-herringbone-backsplash-brass-pot-white-pumkins-1.jpgPhoto: ZDesignAtHome
While we’re a fan of almost any plants that can survive in a kitchen being there, we must admit being especially partial to herbs. Not only are they beautiful, they smell amazing and you can’t beat the taste of fresh cut herbs in cooking.winterkitchengardenPhoto: Whole Foods Market

Display Your CookBooks

If you have the space and cookbook collection, this is an absolutely amazing way to show them off. We are absolutely obsessed with the easel with attached lamp, it’s an amazing accent that is also completely functional.BookDisplay9Photo: The Cottage Market
We know the idea above isn’t practical for every kitchen, but you certainly don’t have to go to those lengths, or need that amount of space, to display your cookbooks. We like the idea of putting them in a cute wire basket. j1129iztwjeijqmqaxncPhoto: Domino

Get Creative With Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a beautiful, and functional, way to style your counters. When not in use, your cutting boards leaned against your backsplash are the perfect way to bring together the elements you choose to display.

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Use Unique Utensil Holders

How amazing is this large vintage trophy as a utensil holder?vintage-trophy-utensil-holder.jpgPhoto: Kelly Elko
This vintage water pitcher makes a perfect utensil holder and is sure to add just enough rustic charm to any kitchen.il_570xN.1594956408_n41sPhoto: Etsy

Use Trays To Group Items 

Random items on the kitchen counter can look like clutter, but grouped together on a tray disparate items appear to all go together.Ways-to-Style-Kitchen-Counters-5 (1)Photo: Love Grows Wild
If you don’t have any trays, or just prefer a different look, a cake stand works beautifully as well.  We love how this one keeps all your most-used spices close at hand.
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Put Out Pretty Hand Towels

Whatever your personal style, dish towels are an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen. Whether you want something seasonal, or are going for a specific color scheme, dish towels are a small way to make a big statement.
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As always, 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!

 

 

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But What Have You Done For Me Lately?

It’s been a busy couple of months around here at Prestige Marble & Granite. We are all moved into our new, completely indoor, heated AND air conditioned showroom space, located at 2494 Park Plus Drive in Columbia Tennessee.

We are so excited about our ability to provide our customers the chance to peruse our massive selection of stone year round, regardless of weather conditions. We almost never think it’s too hot or too cold to check out the most beautiful and exotic stones around – now you won’t either!

Just one section of our awesome new showroom space – packed with a variety of natural stone slabs, of course.42521683_1864840666918534_3872770112427655168_nPhoto: Prestige M & G
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We love how these amazing blue quartzite counters turned out. Blue quartzite is an extremely versatile stone that is practical for both indoor and outdoor use thanks to its beauty and incredible durability. Quartzite is an extremely hard natural stone, created when sandstone is put through high heat and pressurization processes deep under the earth’s surface. Blue quartzite is a popular choice for those wanting more than just white and gray out of their natural stone.

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A gorgeous slab of Blue Quartzite. It is important to note that with any natural stone – No two slabs will be exactly the same. 61530Photo: The Stone Gallery

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This Blanc du Blanc granite turned out fabulously for this kitchen remodel. Blanc du Blanc is a creamy white colored stone with light to dark brown veining, quarried out of Brazil. It is a beautiful bold neutral that can compliment a variety of design and color schemes.

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We love how beautiful these Bianco De Vinci marble counters look in this brand new white kitchen. They add a polished element to the country chic cabinetry. The customized edges really elevate the whole look and give this space a slightly more luxe feeling.

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Sparkle White Quartz was the perfect choice for the counters in this gorgeous gray and white kitchen. It’s hard to capture in photos, but the Sparkle White has icy and silver flecks throughout that give an extra flair to whatever space its in.

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As always, 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!

Interesting Islands

Large or small, everyone loves a kitchen island. The kitchen is the heart of the home and people love hanging out there. In your home your kitchen island can be whatever you want it to be, and serve whatever purpose you want it to. It is with that thought in mind we share with you some really cool examples of unique kitchen islands.

This ultra-modern horseshoe island works beautifully with a workspace level and lower glass half-circle dining level. You could also easily pull up bar stools to the upper level on the outside edges to create more seating while entertaining.Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-37Photo: Mendelday Kitchen
We love this triangular island with it’s gorgeous curves. It also incorporates the mixed materials trend we talked about last month by combining natural stone with a built in cutting board space. This design allows for seating on two sides, with a separate workspace area, maximizing its functionality.unique-kitchen-island-shapes-trends-with-enchanting-pictures-ideas-and-styles-cartPhoto: Eckti
Everything about this round island is gorgeous. From the granite counter top to the the walnut inlaid cabinetry, this custom piece is a stunning addition to this amazing mid-size kitchen.unique-kitchen-design-round-kitchen-island-walnut-cabinets-modern-kitchens.jpgPhoto: Nicholas C Johnson
This T-shaped island is a great choice if your space allows for it. The potential uses for so much counter space are really unlimited.t-shaped-kitchen-islandPhoto: DecorPad
This huge S-shaped island is a beautiful mix of granite and wood. The organic curve of the wood juxtaposes beautifully with the sharp edges of the granite counters and round stainless steel sink.22a727e8e5fe87a629ee51b06a52d746.jpgPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island is the perfect example of how using an irregular piece of granite can work for your small kitchen. It shows how much extra storage and workspace an island can create.
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This boat-shaped island is amazing. It feels both classic and modern, a total showstopper that perfectly complements the beachy vibes of the home around it. Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-15Photo: Uhozz

Regardless of how you choose to design your kitchen island, 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!

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!

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!

 

 

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!

 

Creating More Counter Space In A Small Kitchen

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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather, where memories are made. It’s where food is prepared, and often consumed. The kitchen is imperative to the operation and running of the household. While huge spaces are great, a small kitchen can easily meet the needs of a busy family. One way to help achieve this is to create as much counter space as possible. There are several different ways to go about doing this.

Make Your Backsplash Do Double Duty

The backsplash in your small kitchen can be utilized in a number of ways to help free up extra counter space.

You don’t have to sacrifice style with your backsplash to create storage. This kitchen beautifully utilizes a single shelf at a level that doesn’t impede use of the counter underneath it. It also incorporates under cabinet lighting that makes reading labels easy and helps highlight a beautiful spice collection.spicesPhoto: Oceanic Realty
A pegboard can be used to create storage in multiple ways. You can hang your most used utensils on hooks. Shelves are easily put in and moved around. One of the bonuses of pegboard is how easy it is to move or change the way you use it. It also creates a really interesting design element in any size space.pegboard.jpgPhoto: HGTV
Get Creative With Your Cutting Board

A cutting board is a must in any kitchen to ensure the protection and long life of your counter tops. But keeping them on the counter top at all times takes up valuable space in your small kitchen. There are several different ways to get around this.

Custom stovetop covers that double as cutting boards is an easy and beautiful way to keep your cutting board off the counter. This idea also creates additional workspace in a small kitchen. You can go to The Kitchn to learn how to build the one shown below.
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An under counter pull-out cutting board is a great way to declutter your counter tops.a617d18e679179dfccd96a23e49867f8.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Utilize Corners and Gaps

Placement of kitchen appliances can create some awkward spaces in smaller kitchens. And corners are generally ignored in a lot of kitchen designs. But there are ways to use these spaces to either provide additional counter space or as a place to store what you’d usually keep on the counter.

This small apartment kitchen perfectly takes advantage of what could be completely wasted space by mounting butcher block in a previously ignored corner. Bonus points for creating the perfect spot to hide the kitchen garbage or a bar stool.e7258ad75d31f31ee952724ed420ed6fddbdb0b5.jpgPhoto: Door Sixteen
This tiny kitchen uses the large corners surrounding the sink to store and display a wide array of objects. Mounting your paper towel holder under cabinets or a shelf is another easy way to keep a necessary kitchen item off your counters. small-kitchen-with-corner-shelves.jpgPhoto: Decoist
You don’t need deep corners, as shown above, to install corner shelves. Regardless of their size, corner shelves are perfect for helping keep your counters clear.
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Regardless of the size of your kitchen,  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!