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Stone and surface trends: KBIS 2017 February 23, 2017 by Rachel Potter - KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is renowned as the show to visit for a preview of upcoming trends and exciting new kitchen and bath product launches, from surfaces to appliances and everything in between. This year’s show, held
Seeking Mustang Quartzite in Brazil December 30, 2016 by Rachel Potter - The partners of Pacific Shore Stones travel regularly to far-flung corners of the globe, in search of the best quality, new exotic stones, and to create connections with quarry owners around the world.  This month, they were in Brazil for
Kitchen Trends: The Rise of the Super Kitchen October 17, 2016 by Rachel Potter - Kitchens are often regarded as the heart of the home, and a recent survey by Houzz found that almost half of respondents were spending between three and four hours a day in their kitchens. This has led to the emergence of
White on Trend: Bianco Rhino July 27, 2016 by Rachel Potter - Bianco Rhino is a luxurious and fashionable white marble with light veining that originates from Namibia, Africa. The subtle white or beige tones complimented by grey to gold veining give this marble an elegant, understated appeal. Bathroom applications are ideal
Outdoor kitchens: trends and tips June 14, 2016 by Rachel Potter - With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, thoughts turn to relaxing on the patio, grilling food for friends and family to gather and enjoy.  Recent trends point toward homeowners making the indoor areas of their homes more aligned
5 things you should know about bookmatching stone April 11, 2016 by Rachel Potter - What does bookmatching mean? Bookmatching refers to matching two or more slabs of stone, so that the two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, like an opened book. How are bookmatched stones created? Large blocks of natural stone are brought to
Kitchen and bath trends from KBIS 2016 February 10, 2016 by Rachel Potter - The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is an exciting event that showcases many innovative new products and trends. Part of Design & Construction Week held in Las Vegas in January, the show had a great turnout and was
Design Tips: How to use the Pantone colors of the year 2016 January 11, 2016 by Rachel Potter - What is the Pantone color of the year? Every year, color experts from various nations meet to determine what the Pantone color of the year will be. The Pantone color of the year is a symbolic color selection intended to
5 things you need to know about quartzite November 30, 2015 by Rachel Potter - 1. Why choose quartzite? Quartzite is an increasingly popular choice among homeowners and interior designers.  Its sophisticated good looks combined with crystalline sparkle, durability, earth-toned colors and stylish appearance make it a top trend contender for everything from kitchen countertops
Stone trends: polished, honed or leathered finish? October 29, 2015 by Rachel Potter - Recent design trends show a move toward using more textured and tactile finishes in the home. From countertops to cushions, crushed velvet to hard wood flooring, texture is an increasingly important home design consideration. In the world of stone, while
5 Tips for Visiting a Slab Yard to choose your countertops September 18, 2015 by Rachel Potter - 1. Take your time Visiting a slab yard for the first time can present a large array of choices.  Take some time to look around, and make a note of the reference numbers of any slabs you like, or take
Treasure Hunting in Brazil – Seeking Super Exotic Stones August 11, 2015 by Rachel Potter - When you visit a granite warehouse, do you ever wonder how the stone got there? We made a video to show the process and how we fulfill our promise of “bringing the journey to you”. Our company owners personally travel
Creative natural stone ideas for your home June 30, 2015 by Rachel Potter - Natural stone is a great choice for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities, and is often seen in both these rooms in the home. But the beauty of natural stone can be used in many other applications to create an amazing
Kitchen Trends – Soapstone Countertops May 27, 2015 by Rachel Potter - Soapstone is a classic choice for countertops. Enduringly popular, it’s been around for hundreds of years in farmhouse kitchens and has stood the test of time.  More recently, soapstone has come into the spotlight as the trend for outdoor kitchen
The fabrication process: what happens to your stone once you select it from us? March 24, 2015 by Rachel Potter - At Pacific Shore Stones, customers come to us to select stone for their projects.  We assist with expert advice on choosing a suitable material type for the project, color matching and selection, then liaise with your preferred fabricator who cuts
Granite vs. Quartz – 5 things to consider February 24, 2015 by Rachel Potter - Consumers are faced with many choices when selecting countertop materials. Natural stone choices such as granite and marble are still very popular, but quartz also has its place in the market. How do you decide if it’s right for you? Here are
The pros and cons of marble countertops January 13, 2015 by Rachel Potter - Marble is a beautiful stone choice and has remained popular throughout history in many famous buildings around the world. From Greek statues to Roman baths, it has been used for centuries and is a sophisticated and timeless choice. Popular uses
How to clean your granite countertop December 23, 2014 by Rachel Potter - Granite is a beautiful addition to any home. Once you’ve invested in your granite countertops, you’ll want to know how best to care for them. We recommend that you discuss sealing any type of stone you purchase with your installer,
Kitchen trends – reflecting homeowner lifestyle choices November 10, 2014 by Rachel Potter - Katy Kerbage from our Austin location recently attended an ASID presentation about Trends in Kitchen Design. Presenter Amy Kerr from Subzero talked about how today’s kitchens are built around the homeowner’s lifestyle and personality.  Here are three key trends highlighted