Fresh Stone Fridays! 4/25/2014

Giallo San Cecillia Premium - Polished

Giallo San Cecillia Premium – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Nettuno Bordeaux - Polished

Nettuno Bordeaux – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 3        Designer Rewards Points: 30

Raven - Honed

Raven – Honed
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Typhoon Bordeaux - Polished

Typhoon Bordeaux – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 3         Designer Rewards Points: 30

Fresh Stone Fridays! 3/28/2014

Blue Calacatta - Polished

Blue Calacatta – Polished
Type: Marble        Price Level: 5        Designer Rewards Points: 50

Calacatta Borghini

Calacatta Borghini Extra
Type: Marble        Price Level: 10         Designer Rewards Points: 100

Giallo San Cecilia Premium - Polished

Giallo San Cecilia Premium
Type: Granite         Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Martello Grey - Satin

Martello Grey – Satin
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Steel Grey - Polished

Steel Grey – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 1        Designer Rewards Points: 10

Silver Taupe Premium - Polished

Silver Taupe Premium
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

All About Sealers!

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Generally, we recommend resealing your countertops approximately once per year.  With the amount of money one spends on material and fabrication the minimal dollar amount it costs to reseal is a very wise investment.  If you maintain/clean your countertops regularly with natural stone cleaners (our or T&M Neutral Cleaner) your sealer should be effective for 3-5 years.

How do you know when to reseal?

The best/easiest way to determine if your sealer is performing would be to apply a drop of water at least ½ inch in diameter to the top of the stone and let it sit on the stone for at least 15 minutes.  Cover the area with a glass to inhibit evaporation.  Wipe off the water drop, if the stone did not darken then your stone is sealed against water-based stains.  Testing for oil repellency is not as simple because if your stone is not sealed, you will have an oil stain.

What should I use to remove a stain on my stone countertop? 

First, you wou774581713ld need to identify what type of stain you are dealing with.  If it is an oil base stain, Oil + Stain Remover by Stonetech would be your best option.  If it is an organic stain, a dry poultice mixed with water should do the trick.  After stain removal, reseal your countertop with your preferred sealer.  We would recommend Bulletproof by Stonetech as it is a water based sealer, and perfoms better than any other water based sealer on the market.

 

 

The Natura Collection

Nature and technology team up to produce unique results with each slab. Patterns and finishes can be tailored thanks to the wide range of materials available and the use of innovative production techniques.

The Natura Collection utilizes digital technology to etch unique designs into the stone. This can be done with lasers, water jets or other techniques depending on the stone and design. Designs can be done on over 500 different types of stones, making the possibilities endless.

Verde Tunas - Contatto Design

Far From Ordinary…Verde Tunas-Contatto Design

Papilio

Far From Ordinary…Sandy Blue-Papilio Design

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Far From Ordinary…Nero Assoluto-Linea Gold Design

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Far From Ordinary…Grey Soapstone-Forest Design

Croco

Far From Ordinary…Limestone Persiano-Croco Design

Brown Antique - Maxi Flora

Far From Ordinary…Brown Antique-Maxi Flora Design

Arabesco

Far From Ordinary…Volga Blue-Arabesco Design

 

 

 

Fresh Stone Fridays! 11/08/2013

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Alpine White – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 4        Designer Rewards Points: 40

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Blue Sapphire – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2         Designer Rewards Points: 20

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Golden Oak – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

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Sienna Beige – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

 

Brun - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Brun – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile         Size: 8″x36″x3/8″

Gris - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Gris – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile        Size: 8″x36″x3/8″

Melange - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Melange – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile        Size: 8″x36″x3/8″

Fresh Stone Fridays! 10/25/2013

Delicate Taupe - Polished

Delicate Taupe – Polished
Type: Granite          Price Level: 4          Designer Rewards Points: 40

Giallo San Cecilia Premium - Polished

Giallo San Cecilia Premium – Polished
Type: Granite          Price Level: 2          Designer Rewards Points: 20

Imperial Danby - Honed

Imperial Danby – Honed
Type: Marble          Price Level:          Designer Rewards Points: 50

Italian White Carrara Sagro - Polished

Italian White Carrara Sagro – Polished
Type: Marble         Price Level: 3          Designer Rewards Points: 30

Super White - Polished

Super White – Polished
Type: Specialty          Price Level: 3          Designer Rewards Points: 30

Utopia - Polished

Utopia – Polished
Type: Quartzite         Price Level: 5          Designer Rewards Points: 50

Fresh Stone Fridays! 10/18/2013

Bianca Perla - Polished

Bianca Perla – Polished
Type: Quartzite        Price Level: 5         Designer Rewards Points: 50

Calacatta Gold - Honed

Calacatta Gold – Honed
Type: Marble        Price Level: 5         Designer Rewards Points: 50

Colonial Cream - Polished

Colonial Cream – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Italian White Carrarra - Polished

Italian White Carrara Select – Polished
Type: Marble        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

Latinum - Polished

Latinum – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 3        Designer Rewards Points: 30

Mombasa - Polished

Mombasa – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 3        Designer Rewards Points: 30

Winter Frost - Polished

Winter Frost – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

How Preciou(stone)!

Precioustone Collection:

With over 20 colors to choose from, our slabs are supplied by the renowned Antolini Luigi and handcrafted in Italy. Gemstones that have historically been used for jewelry including amethyst, quartz, tiger eye, agate and jasper have now become the focal point of masterpieces in architectural designs for countertops, desks, tub surrounds and any other elegant space in which you desire to make a bold statement. Each slab of these specially selected specimens has been painstakingly laid out and hand assembled by experienced craftspeople.

Backlit-The Precioustone Collection’s beauty is spectacular in any application, but part of its opulent charm is that many of these materials can also be backlit to offer a more unique and striking look.

Applications-Precioustone is meant to have that “wow” factor! Make fantasy a reality with any space. Precioustone can be found in the home as countertops for the kitchen or bathroom or can even be used as art pieces. Commercial applications, such as bars, would definitely make a statement with this collection. Wherever you can envision Precioustone, is where it is meant to be!

Amethyst Medium

Amethyst Medium backlit                                                          Amethyst Medium not backlit

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Wild Tiger Eye Gold.  Absolutely stunning!

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Crystal Agate Classic: timeless and elegant.

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Our Precioustone Gallery in Wheeling, IL. You have to see it, to believe it!

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Our Precioustone Gallery in Wheeling, IL. This collection radiates luxury!

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Smoky Quartz pairs well with any type of application

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Smoky Quartz is just the right touch for this bar application

 

 

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!)

Feathered Oyster Quartzite

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.

White Marble = Classic Beauty

That gorgeous classic white marble with gray veining has been used around the world for years now.  Discovered before the first century, white marble has proven that it can stand the test of time.  Some of the most beautiful and historic artwork is composed of white marble.  The Taj Mahal, the Statue of David and the Jefferson Memorial are just a few.  White is anything but boring.

White marble comes in a variety of finishes including honed, polished and tumbled and is available in both tile and slab.  It is recommended for both residential and commercial projects, including flooring, countertops, and backsplash.  It can brighten any room, creating the illusion of a larger space.  It’s a rich material that adds beauty to any space.  As you notice style fads constantly changing, a gorgeous Calacatta Gold countertop or that amazing Statuario White backsplash will always be in style.

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Of course, one of the most common places to see marble is the bathroom.
Take a look at this Calacatta Gold marble flooring.

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Calacatta Nuova tiled flooring and slab countertop.
The touch of white marble brighten up the dark décor of this space.

 

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Calacatta kitchen countertop and backsplash.
There is nothing wrong with decorating white on white.
We love it, what are your thoughts on it?

 

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The touch of white marble brightens up the dark décor of this space.
Do you see how this Calacatta kitchen countertop brings out the
rich and vibrant colors of the browns and creams?