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18 06, 2012

Introducing our Urban Collection

June 18th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Tiles|Comments Off on Introducing our Urban Collection

After over three decades in the stone and tile industry there a few truths that I have come to accept. One of them is that any long period of generally elaborate design will sooner or later give way to a cleaner more minimalist approach. In many historical snapshots these transitions have coalesced and aligned with [...]

12 06, 2012

Crown Molding Considerations

June 12th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Crown Molding Considerations

Crown moldings add character, depth and elegance to every room by gracefully uniting the wall and ceiling. Moldings complete the overall design. A room lacking crown molding seems bare in juxtaposition to a space that does. Here are some considerations to help you select the best crown moldings styles. At MML we have many molding [...]

8 06, 2012

7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone

June 8th, 2012|Categories: Natural Stone Flooring, Technical|Comments Off on 7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone

7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone Travertine, marble and limestone are all very similar in physical and chemical composition, so cleaning and care procedures are practically the same for all three types of stone. Let’s focus on travertine for a moment. Travertine is less dense, than granite for example, and is [...]

31 05, 2012

How does MML customize an architectural stone element?

May 31st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on How does MML customize an architectural stone element?

architectural stone element The process of customization typically begins with a designer or client coming to an MML showroom with magazine clippings or even a napkin drawing of their vision. That is the beginning. From there, we guide them all the way from their idea through production to completion. For example, a client may come [...]

23 05, 2012

The Denver Showroom: A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design

May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Stone Fireplace Mantels|Comments Off on The Denver Showroom: A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design

A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design - Materials Marketing In May of 2011, the newest Materials Marketing showroom opened in Denver, Colorado. Since then, we are still hearing the same reaction from the designers, architects and clients who enter, “Wow!” Everything from the floor plan, to the displays, to the lighting, was taken into consideration. [...]

23 05, 2012

Reclaimed Stone Finishes

May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Finishing Details, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Reclaimed Stone Finishes

As a design trend, the use of reclaimed natural stone and/or antique stone is certainly not new. It was over twenty five years ago that a good friend and mentor of mine began to import stone pavers that had been recovered from rural French locations into the United States. Whether the source is a French [...]

21 05, 2012

Oceanside Glass Tile

May 21st, 2012|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Oceanside Glass Tile

At Materials Marketing, we value our relationships with our key vendors and do our best to nurture them and the business continuity they bring. A wonderful example is the twenty plus years that we have been working closely with Oceanside Glass Tile in California. Recently we caught up with Sean Gildea, the OGT President, to [...]

16 05, 2012

Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

May 16th, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Kitchen Design|Comments Off on Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

Since the bursting of the “housing bubble” in America, we as Materials Marketing have witnessed a fundamental change in the approach taken by our clients. Once upon a time, the “flipping” of homes and the “trading up” to a new and presumably better residence drove purchasing decisions. Today, it’s all about renovation/remodel and the “green” [...]

14 05, 2012

Custom Staircases 3 – Compound Helical Staircase Design Considerations

May 14th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Custom Staircases 3 – Compound Helical Staircase Design Considerations

Custom Staircases Part 3 Compound Helical (curving and sloping with more than one radius) custom staircases are the most complex staircases and demand custom cut pieces in order to negotiate the twisting geometry of the sloping curve. The issues discussed in the straight staircase and helical staircase posts still apply, but there are additional requirements [...]

9 05, 2012

Custom Staircases 1- Straight Staircase Design Considerations

May 9th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Custom Staircases 1- Straight Staircase Design Considerations

Straight Custom Staircases can be field cut using Standard Profiles Straight run custom staircases are fairly simple and can be field cut by others in place using standard balustrade profiles. The example above shows a standard BA-303 balustrade staircase. Baluster and Newel Post Considerations There are two things to keep in mind when designing straight [...]