Houzz: Fall Kitchen Trends 2013
Kitchen Trends No one can any longer doubt the impact of the social media concept on contemporary life and culture. What is very interesting to observe is how, in the maturation process, it begins to segment itself into very useful "bites." A site of great value for anyone living and [...]
Tunisian Limestone Tunisia, as a country on the southern shore of the storied Mediterranean Sea, has found itself astride the advances of Western civilization for over 2000 years. The ancient city of Carthage was located not far from present day Tunis. American school children are told of [...]
Cleaning and Protecting a Travertine Floor: A few tips from a pro!
Cleaning and Protecting a Travertine Floor Today, travertine is a relatively common flooring in the luxury residential space. In order to best understand cleaning and protecting a travertine floor, let's first learn a little about it geologically. We have previously discussed travertine in [...]
Slate Trends 2013
Slate Trends 2013 Slate is defined by Wikipedia as "fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism" In no small part due to its relationship to shale, slate is [...]
Q is for Quartz and Quality
Q is for Quartz and Quality It is always fun to add some science to fashion-oriented posts. So here we go on the subject of the mineral Quartz. The always helpful Wikipedia tells me that "quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust" and that "there are many [...]
Porcelain Tile: Then and Now!
Porcelain Tile: Then and Now! It would not be an exaggeration to say that porcelain tile burst upon the hard surface flooring scene in the early 1980’s. At the time, a typical hard surface in a commercial flooring application would be specified as an American quarry tile or in an upgraded [...]
Renovating the luxury bath
Renovating the luxury bath Updating a residential bath has always been very high on a home owner’s to-do list. According to Michelle Menotti in the Huffington Post “The National Association of Home Builders released its 2012 Remodeling Market Index, in which they surveyed a panel of [...]
Elongated Shapes Trending in Stone and Tile Design
Elongated Shapes Trending in Stone and Tile Design Classical architecture has always been cognizant and held sacred the purity of shapes and proportions. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, known more simply as Vitruvius, is the author of De architecture which is more commonly known as the Ten Books on [...]