Category Archives: husband wife team

Just because I am freeeeeeezing…….

Sipping after the COVERINGS 2014 show!
Sipping after the COVERINGS 2014 show!

I am suffering in sub-zero temps and I just can’t take it anymore!!  Why not do an early #TBT to when we were in Las Vegas last year for the COVERINGS 2014!  Viva Las Vegas!!!!

Ok Mother Nature!  You make amazing natural materials– now stop this frigid blast that is jamming up our schedule and our supply deliveries and bring on the SPRING LIKE TEMPS!!!!!!

 

Just saying!

xoxo

Kat

Just be spo·rad·ic or Speratus!

This is just a neutral palette gone wild!
This is just a neutral palette gone wild!

 

This can go with any color cabinets. I would love to see it with either a deep cherry or a rich buttercream with a saddle glaze or vanilla glaze……

I wonder is Paul Fago could make those colors….. I am sure he could.

http://www.pfcabinetmaking.net

This husband/wife team are just amazing!!

I will be doing a whole write up on the soon!! Don’t want to miss that!!

 

xox

Kat

Super busy and busier and busiest!

Just Joe and I on Valentine's Day!
Just Joe and I on Valentine’s Day!

My life is so full right now.  Between being a full time working mom and running a household my brim is pouring over!!  My blog had to take a side car to me just being productive with my daily tasks…..plus I needed some time to develop material! LOL

We are heading into the busy season and we are noticing the demographic of our new clients is changing.  We have had a flood of young and excited new home owners getting their dream stones and sparing no expense!  And we have also gained more mature clients who are re-doing their kitchens and picking super high end materials!!  This is so exciting!! This means the “sparkle” is coming back!!  HELLO GENERAL PUBLIC!!!!  NATURAL STONE IS A LUXURY ITEM!!!!  Hopefully the days of “quick and cheap” (this is when someone comes in the shop with only 40% of info we need to give pricing and they demand it cheap and quick) are coming to an end.  America is the breeding ground for free enterprise so there will always be a niche for someone and always a target market.  Joe and I feel like we are heading towards the turning point in the stone business.  There is excitement and creativity flowing.  The new colors being quarried are super vibrant and offering new color palettes.

 

As we head into TAX SEASON it seems like the tax refunds are being used to enrich lives with upgrading in the most used areas of “ones” home….  either kitchen or the bathroom!

 

xoxo

Kat

 

 

Satisfied customer screen shots peeps!!!

McDermott

Yep loving it more!!
Yep loving it more!!

 

Joe and I strive for nothing but smooth sailing and happy customers!!  I always try and open another level of communication with current technology.  If you have an iPhone I can text right from my iPad or iMac.  It is super easy and sometimes when our clients are in class or meetings it is just easier to look at the phone and text back.  Do I like talking on the phone with clients—-OF COURSE!!  60 texts = a 10 minute conversation.  I can sum certain things up in a matter of minutes opposed to feeling like someone is being neglected because I didn’t see their text! It’s a double edge sword…just like everything in life.  I do feel that in this day in age, society in general, is all about convenience.  So we just go with the flow and bend with the times and use our technology at our fingertips.

xoxo

Kat

Striato got me like…..

I am obsessed with this.
I am obsessed with this.

 

I just had to share this.  I found it online when looking for unique tile layouts.  It’s called Striato Olympico marble and you better have confidence to pull this off!!  There is one thing I would change and that is I would make the tub undermount.  Besides that, this designer really knocked it out of the park!  Perfect example of mixing cool tones and warm tones and creating a really classy look!  Enjoy and once I find the source of this I will share the info!!!

xoxo

Kat

You can find ridiculous slabs of this at:

DENTE TRADING-

4 Enterprise Ct.

Sewell, NJ

08080

856-218-4500

It all started at the fountain…….

 

Just the rules peeps.
Just the rules peeps.
A close up in all it's glory.
A close up in all it’s glory.
Come and find it!!
Come and find it!!
I just want to sit on that ledge!
I just want to sit on that ledge!
I just want to launch a penny in there! #goodluck
I just want to launch a penny in there! #goodluck

This fountain actually has a crazy story attached to it.  Joe and I met in October of 2004 and it was love at first site…..BUT the summer of 2004 I was actually walking down Passyunk Ave enroute to some adventure and I saw Joe and the guys working on the fountain.  Joe’s cousin was actually contracting Colossus Granite to fabricate the fountain ledges and wrap.  I worked with Joe’s cousin at the time and Joe’s Uncle was my landlord.  When Joe’s cousin yelled “Hey Kat!  What’s up?” I remember seeing Joey and waving hi.  Who would have thought that on that day I would be waving to my future husband, father of our children and future business partner….  Who would think that the company that was installing the essential pieces to the long awaited East Passyunk Fountain would be mine one day…  Life is crazy.  Just don’t sweat the small stuff…embrace what’s infront of you and own any actions you take.

 

The stone in this application is simply 3cm Absolute Black.  It has been installed for 10 years through all the elements and look how it has held up!!  Amazing!  Granite is durable people!!  It’s the surface that just keeps giving back!

 

xoxo

Kat

Mother Nature makes this?!?!

Azul Imperial Quartzite….where to begin..  Heather Grey, Lavender, Turquoise, Mint Green, Dust Gray, Sea Foam Green…..

Earth’s pressure can make such a piece of art.  It is just humbling.  We have a client that saw this and fell in love!!  She used it for her laundry room….. YES I SAID LAUNDRY ROOM!!  Can i fold my towels all up on your Azul Imperial please????

Pics will be uploaded soon….

 

xoxo

Kat

Just unreal.
Just unreal.

Can I get a sample……… please :O)

Ok so samples in the natural stone business have gone through many phases.  Years ago builders used to swing by the shop and ask for a sample board or a sample box.  Although the timing of natural stone has always been grouped in blocks and lot #’s, we always gave away samples in groups and made a bold disclaimer :”THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT THE SAMPLES YOU ARE VIEWING ARE GOING TO BE THE EXACT LOT OF WHAT YOU WILL GET”.  When a client came to us directly they have always been shown their actual slab and we would knock a huge chunk off the side of the slab.  This can get really costly and wasteful.  It also damages the slabs.  If there are any existing fissures or pits near the area of impact it can cause stress fractures.  As time progressed,  we would Fed-Ex samples to clients directly after we cut it off with a Makita.  This was also costly but now at least we were progressing from hammer strikes to strategically cutting a 4″ x 4″ square off the corner.  NOW…in 2015 we actually, upon delivery of every material. cut the left or right side of the slab, whichever has the most color variation, the height of the slab by 4″.  Then once we have the 60″- 79″strip we cut it down into 4″ squares.  You average 17-20 samples per slab.

WHAT’S THE SAMPLE EPIDEMIC??  Well….If I have 5 clients come in 1 day and everyone takes 3-4 samples then by the end of the week I am out of samples.  This means I have to once again return to cutting the strip off the side and now I am really wasting money since I am cutting away from the total length of the material.  By cutting 8″ off the side of a slab can mean a kitchen now getting seamed when it should have fit in 1 piece or a kitchen spilling into a second slab when if the samples weren’t cut it would have worked. This really cuts into our margins.

We are very very serious about a customer 100% knowing what they are choosing and how the color will look in their application.  I love that I can give samples out and everyone finds them helpful when they get home to see what it looks like in the lighting of their personal space.  Let’s be real…. the material is displayed in 100% natural light …I am pretty sure there is no such thing as a topless kitchen unless it’s for an outdoor cooking area or Vegas….get it…

The one thing that I still find baffling is what a customer will do with the samples once they make a decision or if they choose to shop around and keep all of our samples.  There really is no need to not give them back.  Even if you choose another fabricator, just leave them by the front door of the showroom after hours or drop them off to the showroom during 9-5!!  I will be so grateful!  During my lunch break today I brainstormed as to what I thought clients used the granite samples for other than just returning them and giving potential clients like themselves the same opportunity to see their color choice in their nest.

Just saying…

xoxo

Kat

Paper weight..boring..zzz..zzz..zz
Paper weight..boring..zzz..zzz..zz
Nerf Gun Target Practice!!
Nerf Gun Target Practice!!
Great DVD holder!!
Great DVD holder!!
Maybe TMNT's can use it as their DOJANG
Maybe TMNT’s can use it as their DOJANG
You can use it as a weapon!
You can use it as a weapon!

Drop it in like it’s hottttttttt….BLANCO SILGRANIT STYLE

 

Undermount sink BEFORE
Undermount sink BEFORE
Blance SILGRANIT Drop-In AFTER
Blance SILGRANIT Drop-In AFTER
Back it up...back it up
Back it up…back it up
Got the lens tilted..LOL
Got the lens tilted..LOL

We have a client that WE LOVE!!!!!….she got a brand new amazing kitchen update with Nettuno Bordeaux but was just unhappy about her sink situation.  She chose the U105 under mount rectangle sink but after it was all installed she felt like it was A. just not big enough and B. maybe too cold of a look..she wanted more warmth with this rich lush creamy quartz granite.  This is not a usual circumstance.  Usually you get granite to have the under mount sink application since in reality most have had FORMICA and a drop in was a must.  I gave this client all of her options and she chose the bisque colored BLANCO SILGRANIT Drop- in model 440212.  Let me tell you!!  It actually looks amazing!!  Creates some dimension while giving her what she wanted…SPACE!!  Being an Italian woman she has needs with the kitchen sink to be a certain depth and width.  She got it wight he BLANCO and just couldn’t be happier!!  Yay!  Score for us and score for her!!

 

xoxo

Kat

Happy FRIDAY PEEPS!!!!!!!