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Fall Outdoor Design Trends

The turning of the seasonal page from summer to fall is here once again. Labor Day is gone and we exchange the summer BBQ for the fall tailgate fest. That transition noted, the well-known Chicago design professional Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, was kind enough to share his thoughts on Fall Outdoor Design Trends. [...]

September 9th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Fall Outdoor Design Trends

Four Color Thoughts

As we move to fall, it is fairly easy to think in terms of the color values that blink in our mind's eye; that we associate with this wonderful season. Instead, let's consider Four Color Thoughts that both transition within and sustain any design plan. via Farrow and Ball We have always had a [...]

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Four Color Thoughts

4 Tips for a Bathroom ReDo

Remodeling a bathroom has become as All-American as spring training, summer road trips, fall football weekends, and the winter blues. The kitchen may still be viewed as the epicenter of American home life but when it comes to renovation the bathroom is tops in the eyes of the homeowner for refreshing! So let’s jump in with 4 [...]

August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Bathroom Design|Tags: |Comments Off on 4 Tips for a Bathroom ReDo

The Scallop Shape

The scallop shape in tile represents the logical extension of human interest in the symmetrical elegance of the shell. There is a wonderfully focused site dedicated to ruminations, facts, and otherwise called manandmollusc.net. This site helps us appreciate the enduring nature of the shell: “Archaeological diggings at many ancient sites have produced shells and artifacts in [...]

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on The Scallop Shape

Basic Stone Finishes

Sometimes we wish for the simpler times of days gone by, but then realize that they were not necessarily better times. This may very well be true in terms of basic stone finishes.  Previously, the consumer had only a few choices in how their marble, granite, limestone, and travertine floors and walls were finished. Excuse my [...]

August 9th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Finishing Details|Tags: |Comments Off on Basic Stone Finishes

Institute of Classical Architecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture tells us that it "teaches the fundamentals of architecture through the exploration and study of the classical tradition. It exists to perpetuate the cultural memory of the past as a resource for architectural issues in the present." In the local vernacular,  the Rocky Mountain Chapter thinks that it "brings classical architecture and [...]

August 4th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Institute of Classical Architecture

Outdoor Design Elements 2015

A few months ago the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the results of what they termed a “redesigned” survey meant to capture the essence of current residential design trends. Since Materials Marketing owns a simply sublime limestone quarry in central Texas, these results are of paramount importance. Within the data, we find critical information on the popularity [...]

July 20th, 2015|Categories: Hardscapes, Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on Outdoor Design Elements 2015

Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered

The title of this post, "Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered," allows for wide latitude in terms of both intent and content. After all, the home and hearth aspect of any fireplace setting, be it residential or commercial, tugs at certain primal instincts that we all possess. In the end, the point of the post is simple. We [...]

July 13th, 2015|Categories: Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered

Brushed Limestone

Natural stone finishes continue to evolve as technology improves and market demands increase. A case in point is the reaction of the stone industry to "texture" as an increasingly important design element. We previously developed texture as topic in a post called "Designing with Texture: Six Great Ideas".  To the point of that post, we now [...]

February 14th, 2014|Categories: Natural Stone Flooring|Tags: |Comments Off on Brushed Limestone