Always Make a Grand First Impression!

First impressions are lasting impressions.  It only takes one-tenth of a second for someone to paint an image of who you are or how you live.  They aren’t always accurate, and can be misleading at times.  We are all very critical of one another, especially each other’s homes.  If this very second, someone were to walk through your front door, what would your entryway say about you?

Remember the entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home.  Work with the space you have.  Determine whether you want to make a comfy and inviting entryway or a bold and daring one. There is no wrong or right way when it comes to decorating your entryway, it’s more of a sample taste of what your visitors will get when they enter your home.

A great entryway doesn’t always have to be over the top; pick and choose what you want your focal point to be.  Check out this amazing Feathered Oyster Quartzite installation that T&M supplied.  This practical home chose to enhance and focus on the flooring, while keeping the walls neutral and furniture minimal. (This is definitely not your ordinary entryway, but we love it!)

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Below is actually the entryway to our wheeling location.  Being a terrazzo & stone company, we decided to make the flooring part of the main attraction.  It is a beautiful blend of Terrazzo, Marble and Limestone.

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We are speechless, check out this 160 sqft epoxy terrazzo rug in the entryway of this private residence.  Create the illusion of a rug by using terrazzo or natural stone.  This method will not only outlast the life of a rug, but the home itself!

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You don’t always have to concentrate on the flooring.  You can engage visitors immediately by displaying family photos or art in the entryway. You can make your entryway super girly or macho manly.  Remember it’s your entryway and it’s a vision of your personality.

The most important rule to follow is to make your entryway inviting.

Dark, Sexy & Mysterious … BLACK!

Join the dark side! For all those risk takers, those out of the ordinary bunches that are bold enough to join the dark side, the reward can be breathtaking.  Ok we don’t really want you to join the dark side; we just want you to see how decorating your space with the color black can be stunning.  Black is the most dramatic color, it grounds a room and draws the eye.

Decorating with black is not easy; it takes a special hand and some creativity.  Any room can handle black, it’s just the amount that you use that draws that fine line between grand & depressing. There are limitless ways to get creative with using black in the kitchen.  A black countertop or backsplash can add a unique yet sophisticated feel to any room.  Remember, black is just like any other color it comes in many different shades, tones and finishes. A slick black floor tile can be mesmerizing.  Black floor tiles have the power to accent everything else in the room.

Black is forever! Here are some of our favorite black T&M Materials!

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Absolute Black Granite – Polished

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Cambrian Black Granite – Satin

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Nero Nuvolato Granite – Polished

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Black Soaptone – Satin

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Nero Marquina Select Marble – Polished

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Black Crocodile Marble – Polished

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Black Terrazzo

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Vitalia Fusao Nero – Porcelain

Accessorize YOUR Stone!

We are forecasting that glass and glass blends will be huge in 2013.  While some may think that glass tiles are just a trend that could phase out, we would like to differ.  If applied strategically or subtly, glass tiles can be both timeless and classy.  Think of glass as ‘jewelry’ for your stone.  A strong piece of jewelry can make anyone feel like a million bucks, so why not translate that into your décor!

Dressing up your stone can make a significant statement in your home.  Don’t get us wrong, glass and glass blends can look great on their own such as a backsplash but we love seeing them in small punches. Every day we see more and more customers feel more comfortable with mixing man-made materials with natural stone.  Plus, this gives everyone a great opportunity to create custom looks.

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