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21 11, 2012

Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior

November 21st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on 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 [...]

23 10, 2012

Antiqued White Marble…..then and now!

October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Antiqued White Marble…..then and now!

As discussed previously on this site in a blog post entitled “Reclaimed Stone Finishes”, “in our showrooms across America, professional designers and their clients challenge Materials Marketing to help them replicate a reclaimed stone “visual” that is both practical and budget friendly”. This ongoing design requirement jogged my memory. It was 20 years ago, that [...]

16 10, 2012

Fountain Designs: Creative Ideas & Materials

October 16th, 2012|Categories: Landscaping Stone|Comments Off on Fountain Designs: Creative Ideas & Materials

The trickle of water, a bit of focused lighting and an array of colors all contribute when designing and creating a stone and tile water fountain. This architectural element in a home’s interior or exterior creates a focal point while providing a basic serenity intrinsic to the human condition. The styles and materials traverse a [...]

11 10, 2012

Door Surrounds in Architectural Stone

October 11th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Door Surrounds in Architectural Stone

Door surrounds are one of the most creative opportunities for designers, architects and homeowners to think outside-of-the-box. From front doors to entryways and thresholds, door surrounds made with architectural stone can make a powerful statement, enhance the overall décor and create an impressionable way to say “welcome” to all who enter. I have had the [...]

24 09, 2012

Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

September 24th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design|Comments Off on Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Bathroom remodels can be a dream come true — or your worst nightmare. A well designed and executed remodel, whether consisting of small-scale upgrades or a complete gutting of the space, will leave you with a room you can love and live in for decades. When things go wrong, however, they can get ugly fast [...]

9 09, 2012

Value Engineering. (How to save money when using natural stone)

September 9th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Value Engineering. (How to save money when using natural stone)

In the vernacular of the construction process, there are very few terms more important for the design team and the homeowner to understand than “value engineering”. Too often this process, and that is truly what it is, a “process”, is unfairly categorized as a cheapening of the end product in a simple effort to save [...]

4 09, 2012

Marble vs Granite

September 4th, 2012|Categories: Finishing Details|Comments Off on Marble vs Granite

Marble vs Granite As previously discussed in this space, Materials Marketing Limited is proud to be aligned with the American Institute of Architects and their Continuing Education program. As an AIA CEU provider we offer a course, “Stone in Architecture”. One of the most significant talking points during the course presentation revolves around the selection [...]

27 08, 2012

Mosaic tile patterns by Mosaique Surface

August 27th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Stone mosaics, Tiles|Comments Off on Mosaic tile patterns by Mosaique Surface

Recently, we had the chance to spend some time chatting with one of our newest vendors at Material Marketing, Mosaique Surface in Montreal. Mr. Jason Berube, their Director of Marketing and Business Development, was kind enough to share some insights into his company and also his thoughts on market trends in glass and stone mosaics. [...]

18 07, 2012

Deck & Patio Considerations with Architectural Stone

July 18th, 2012|Categories: Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Deck & Patio Considerations with Architectural Stone

Architectural Stone The following are a few things you may want to consider with Architectural Stone in the production of your deck and/or patio. This is largely based on current trends that I’ve noticed in home design and construction. Two of MML’s travertines, Primavera and Latte, have proven most popular recently in the design and [...]

12 07, 2012

Quality Stone Veneer – Part 2

July 12th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone|Comments Off on Quality Stone Veneer – Part 2

In the first of this 2-part series regarding stone veneer, I introduced the importance of choosing the right materials and application processes for your specific project demands. We also addressed color, material composition and product longevity. Now we will dive a little deeper into the topic to discover more materials, options and project considerations for [...]