Meet & Pair!

Oyster GreyThis may be a pumpkin spice latte but these stones are anything but basic!  Meet the new fall staples of stone. If you’re currently remodeling or renovating your home then keep on reading!

Meet Blue Dorato Soapstone:

There’s not a soapstone we met that we didn’t like. Especially Blue Dorato Soapstone, that gold veining is everything! If you’re not familiar with Soapstone, it’s comparable to your favorite pair of jeans, you just fall in love with it more and more throughout time.  

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Perfect Pair:

(Bianco Genesi 26, Grigio Tracce 3 Superfici, Antracite CG Cemento)

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Meet Nero Levanto AZC:

Talk about dramatic! If you’re looking to make a statement then this is the marble you want in your kitchen! And guess what, this is available in Azerocare, low maintance, no etching & no staining!

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Perfect Pair:

(Italian White Carrara, Black CG Architecture, Statuario Grigio CG Marmoker, Antracite Genesi 13)

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Meet Oyster Grey:

For all those cool tone lovers, Oyster Grey is here!! 

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Perfect Pair:

(Kerrala, White CG Architecture, Statuario White Extra)

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Meet Aculla:

New Arrival, Aculla, sure stands out! We love the beautiful quartz crystals found in each slab!

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Perfect Pair:

(Tortora Genesi 13, Porto Rotondo CG Sardegna, Chicago Avondale Glass Mosaic)

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Meet Capri:

Get lost, in the wild veining of Capri! Mother Nature never disappoints, Capri wows from every angle!

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Perfect Pair:

(Malta, Bardiglio Imperiale CG Marmoker, Scandinavian Oslo Glass Mosaic, Statuario Grigio CG Marmoker)

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Remodeling 101 – Everything you need to know about Slab Selection!

If the idea of remodeling your home has kept you in the same kitchen for years then consider yourself lucky for stumbling upon this blog.  We know that any kind of remodel/renovation can seem like a scary task to take on. But with the right information, a helpful Professional Designer and a Fabricator it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Below are a few helpful tips that will make the process of choosing a new slab easier.  If you still have questions, simply call and talk to one of our helpful Design Consultants. (Clockwise from top: Maggie, Leona, Margaret, Robbi, Diane, Liz & Monika)

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First things first, find a local Fabricator that works for you.  Just to make your life easier in the end, it’s better to know exactly what you need before starting to look for slabs or doing your research.  No matter how big or small your project, have a Fabricator come out and measure exactly what you will need. Eyeballing doesn’t always cut it.

Remodeling 101 Tip:  Pick your countertop first and then move on to the backsplash.  Remember you need your dress before accessories!

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Once you have your measurements, you can begin brainstorming.  Getting ideas online is great, besides the good ol’ google, there’s also instagram, pinterest & houzz.  You can also view live inventory at www.tmsupply.com.

Remodeling 101 Tip: Our website is completely live, you get to see our actual stock online. (How cool!?) You can view material by type, color, or price level.  (Please note that prices are shown by levels, level 1-10, level 1 being the lowest to level 10 the highest. It’s helpful to find out from your Fabricator what price levels you should be looking at.)

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At this point you should have a pretty good idea of how you want your home to look like and what you’re looking for.  And if you don’t, that’s ok too, that’s what we’re here for.  You don’t need an appointment to come in and look at slabs but it is helpful to make one.

Remodeling 101 Tip: Bring anything you can that will make the decision of choosing a slab/s easier.  The more you bring to the initial meeting – the better. Cabinets, wall colors, photos, and even sketches will help tremendously in the end.

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Designer: Studio Brunstrum

Good things don’t just come in tiny blue boxes.

Have you ever received a gift from Tiffany’s? You don’t even have to open it, the box itself, that iconic Tiffany Blue puts a smile on your face.   Tiffany has turned their distinctive shade into an international icon of elegance and sophistication. “From the moment you set your eyes upon Tiffany’s cool and fresh aquatic blue shade, a color that speaks to vibrancy and escape, you are immediately transported into a world filled with luxury and delight.” –Pantone

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It’s no wonder the launch of Tiffany & Co’s new blue themed restaurant features Amazonite specialty stone.  You can find the unique turquoise hues of Amazonite throughout the walls of Blue Box Café.  They say turquoise is the color that can recharge ones spirits during times of mental stress and tiredness.  When focusing on the color turquoise, whether on a wall, clothing or décor you feel an instant calm, a gentle tuck of energy.

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For being a bright and vibrant color, turquoise is also versatile and comes in many different shades and tones.  When incorporating turquoise into your next project, consider the cousins: Aqua, Aquamarine & Teal.  Choose the version that best suits your personality and the vibe you want to go with.  There is no wrong choice, these are all great pick me up colors that are sure to to awaken your spirits.

Aqua

Closer to green than blue, aqua is refreshing and uplifting. It is creative and light-hearted, yet strong and individual.  Add a soft glow to any space especially great for brightening up a small area.

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Aquamarine

Enhancing creativity and inspiration, the color aquamarine calms and balances the mind and emotions.  Aquamarine is a vibrant eye catching color, one glace and you’ll be dreaming of a Caribbean vacation.

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Teal

A more sophisticated version of turquoise, teal signifies trustworthiness and reliability. It promotes spiritual advancement and commitment.  This chic hue can stand alone or be paired with any sister shades of blue.

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Introducing: The Antolini Tech Collection

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Porcelain Slabs

Porcelain slabs are quickly gaining popularity and becoming the material of choice.  Now we have to ask ourselves, is this a trend, “flavor of the month,” or are they here for the long run?  Porcelain slabs have been a hot item in Europe for some time now, and slowly making their transition into the states.  One thing’s for sure, this trend is here to stay, expect to see a growing incline in porcelain slabs for both residential and commercial markets.

Why Porcelain?  Aside from the obvious – durability, versatility and low maintenance – Porcelain is available in a variety of colors and finishes that can be used for flooring, wall cladding and countertop applications.  Whether its your style or not, you now have the option to have the same color/pattern throughout your countertop, floors, walls and baseboard. Additionally, the thinness of porcelain slabs screams sleek and modern which we love!

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Antolini Tech Porcelain Slabs

Introducing the Antolini Tech Porcelain Collection Slabs.  Available in 10 new colors ranging in both polish and satin 1.2 slabs.

The Antolini Tech Porcelain Collections Slabs are created by compacting material such as clays, feldspars, kaolin and quartz sands, baked in ovens at very high temperatures.  With the size of 63×126, the Antolini Tech slabs are suitable for most varied applications such as kitchen tops, bathroom vanity tops, table tops, and furnishing in general; façade cladding, flooring, etc.

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    • Hygienic surface – suitable for food contact
    • Easy to clean & maintain
    • Resistant to frost & high temperature
    • Mold & mildew resistant
    • Stain & acid resistant
    • UV resistant
    • Resistant to bending & shock
    • Highly resistant to scratching & abrasions

 

Cleaning, Maintenance and Care

What maintenance? That’s right, little to no maintenance is required, simply perform daily cleaning with lukewarm water and home detergent.

Is Porcelain Right For You?

Assuming you have read the list above, when looking at the list of pros of porcelain there is not much room left for the cons.  If you are looking for a sleek modern look the Antolini Tech Collection is right for you! Especially if you like the look of marble but are scared off by its brittleness and the fact that it stains easily, then porcelain may be an option!

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The Story Behind the Stone – Iceberg Extra

IMG_1764 Some say it’s better to be lucky than good, and that may be true – but no matter what, we believe hard work always pays off in the end! Iceberg Extra has a similar story to tell on how this wonderful white quartz was discovered. Our good friend and explorer, Maxwell, was on a quest in Brazil searching for Emerald Quartzite. The land he was exploring is very well known for the emerald and therefore very well guarded. The heavy abundance of emerald bandits made his journey very dangerous; however, what he ended up finding is a story for the ages.

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Located in the NW region of Bahia, Brazil – Maxwell was lost in the middle of nowhere, when all of a sudden; he stumbled upon the largest deposit of white quartz in the entire world. His loooong adventure and hard work finally paid off in LARGE dividends as this quarry of white quartz is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Production out of this quarry is very limited due to the level of difficulty to get to this desolate area. Our exclusive relationship with Maxwell gives us first priority when it comes to looking at their most exclusive blocks. Come see the finest white quartz in the world – Iceberg Extra .

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