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Garden Party

Recently at Materials Marketing, we celebrated the grand opening of our new Garden Showroom. Showcasing what our capabilities are at MML, the event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of our local designers, clients, and colleagues. Live music, BBQ from Smoke Shack, and libations were an exceptional way to celebrate the end of [...]

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Landscaping Trends|Comments Off on Garden Party

British Regency Fireplaces

Architectural components from the British Regency period remain remarkably relevant in present day design plans. Perhaps the easiest examples in the world of a luxury stone purveyor, such as Materials Marketing, are Regency fireplaces. Let's set the stage for this post with a bit of historical reference. The Prince Regent The "Regent," for [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on British Regency Fireplaces

Shading in Natural Stone

Shading in Natural Stone is an inherent and desired characteristic. Let’s get that point across very early in this post. Like snowflakes and people, it is safe to say that no two pieces of stone are exactly alike. Even if two slabs were cut from the same block the visual results will differ. Therefore, we suggest [...]

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shading in Natural Stone

Reclaimed Stone Finishes

The use of reclaimed stone in haute design plans has been with us for some time now. In fact, in this space we have spent quite a bit of time on the topic. A few years down the road and the idea is as strong as ever, but perhaps with a few tweaks. Let’s take [...]

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Texture and Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Reclaimed Stone Finishes

Natural Stone Veneer 2015

Very few construction materials compare to the beauty and durability of architectural stone. According to Mark Cachon, author of Architectural Stone, technology has dramatically changed the stone industry in the past several decades. We now have state-of-the-art machinery and manufacturing capabilities that allow us to construct impressive and aesthetically attractive stone interiors and exteriors. Natural [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone Veneer 2015

Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone

For the purposes of this post, let’s go through a few quick definitions. Natural stone is millions of years old. It is quarried from the earth and has gone through many natural changes over time. Cast stone is a type of precast concrete designed to simulate different types of natural cut stone. So time to [...]

September 12th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone

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

Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior

A swimming pool at home creates an additional gathering place for family and friends, adds an inviting and beautiful feature to the landscape (or interior), and offers a private area to relax, unwind or get some exercise. Regardless of the climate, it is about lifestyle. The color values and shapes now available in architectural stone [...]

November 21st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior