Category Archives: Onyx

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

Satisfied customer screen shots peeps!!!

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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

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.

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!!!!!!!

Shari…Shari BABY……..#WCW

Matt's sneaks made an appearance in this pic. LOL
Matt’s sneaks made an appearance in this pic. LOL
Heeve - Hoooo
Heeve – Hoooo
topsy turvey
topsy turvey
Bang.
Bang.
*Natural Beauty* and the island is nice too.
*Natural Beauty* and the island is nice too.
love it.
love it.
pre-faucet hole status
pre-faucet hole status
You sure it's big enough??
You sure it’s big enough??
We both wore the same color palette - #random
We both wore the same color palette – #random
Not sure who I think I am in this pic but I'll roll with it.
Not sure who I think I am in this pic but I’ll roll with it.
I don't know where to begin..they had me at  the random polish, honed and split face Carrara tiles  #thistileiseverything
I don’t know where to begin..they had me at the random polish, honed and split face Carrara tiles #thistileiseverything
Textures are ideal...this palette reeled me in...
Textures are ideal…this palette reeled me in…
Sting Ray skin wall paper and is that Dupioni silk? #texturesareeverything #manicureonpoint
Sting Ray skin wall paper and is that Dupioni silk? #texturesareeverything #manicureonpoint

This gal is fierce, confident and her sense of style and ability to pull her “vision” off is AMAZEEEEEE!!  This journey all started with a phone call and an email sent out June 9th 2014.  Their builder, who we have done work with for over a decade, was commissioned to re-build their house after a major flood.  This project took place a block from the beach and boy oh boy is it quite the property. A nice amount of rooms and a fresh clean start.  Shari was on a mission with her biggest groupie behind her…her lovely hubs Matt.  Matt’s disposition is very mild yet funny and just gives this firecracker what she wants trusting her vision is to be executed thoroughly.  Let’s be honest here…this is isn’t her first dance at the rodeo.  They have a gorgeous home in Northern NJ that has her touch, a house in FL that she designed and decorated, and keep in mind before the flood damage in the shore home she had a heavy hand in re-creating her “vibe” there as well.  Now with the shore project about 80% done that means that Colossus has completed the mission of taking her selections and ideas and making them a reality.

I have met ALOT of women over the years in this biz and Shari is one of a kind!!  Her passion for getting her way is infectious.  It sounds bratty but if you saw her delivery it’s stern and confident and she will not waiver.  Matt smiles and looks for other opinions but let’s be honest…..she knows what she talking about.  With some digging I have come to find out she is a cusper cross over!!  She is a Capricorn/Aquarius which in layman’s terms means “creative- control freak”. BINGO!!!  It was a match made in heaven.  I knew we would get along in this lengthy costly project!!

The pics I posted DO NOT do this property any justice!!  The chapter has closed for the project and it is bitter sweet for Joe and I.  We are elated to see the final product and how happy the client is…but also will be missing the erratic emails, texts and phone calls of switches and second guessing.  The one thing I can say solid is that when Shari had a second thought and changed her mind—the outcome exceeded what we all thought!!

We are so grateful to meet really cool people while doing what we love.  Shari (& Matt) …..your officially my #wcw  – (woman crush wednesday)

 

xoxo

Kat

BIG Box stores……….NO!!! WHY!!

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Just a moment to vent about how these big corporate BIG BOX stores just drown this market with nonsense!!  When it comes to your natural stone purchase or even a solid surface – visit  your little guy..the mom and pop fabricator…or just a direct fabricator!!  Do not listen to an employee with minimal training in this area!  I know they are just doing there job and after a while they just do as they are told or trained to say BUT it smears the market for natural stone!!  It’s all sales tactics to sway the consumer in favor of what they are promoting.  In most cases the general public purchase everything from nails to cabinets from these places and they look at it as one stop shopping. I get it!  I am a busy mom, business owner, etc.  You have to make sure the facts are correct.  I am venting at this point because too many defensive patrons arrive at our location spewing what they have been told about how “porous” natural stone is… how it “stains” .. too high maintenance..   When the fact of the matter is natural stone is one of earths wonders and it is actually an amazing concept to think that somewhere in Brazil there are mountains being quarried for granite and it is shipped and fabricated and installed into your residence!  Simply amazing.  Humbling actually!

 

Carry on with your day peeps…  needed to get that out in the universe.  #missionaccomplished

 

xoxo

Kat

#MCM – Mica Crush Mondaaaaaaaays

The weekend was really really relaxing and now I am in the drivers seat once again.  My #MCM is a product called Supreme Surface!!  Yes it sounds corny but this new sealing/conditioning agent is exactly what our clients have been looking for!!  It not only cleans and polishes the stone but it conditions the stone to retain the sealant that is in the compound.  The more your use it the more it repells outer agents that can penetrate the stone surface!  It smells really good and it makes the surface feel silky smooth without any residue!  We recommend using anti-bacterial dish soap to do your initial cleaning and squeegee right into the sink or off the edge.  Then apply the Supreme Surface!  Let the solvent sit for a couple minutes then wipe away with the orange micro fiber cloth that comes in the kit!!  We sell them in the showroom for $20.

Photo on 1-12-15 at 12.05 PM

 

xoxox

Kat

We did 9 pieces of WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! #fabricationfriday

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This is just too cool not to share!! We recently finished up a penthouse apartment in Rittenhouse at the Barclay building.  It’s public knowledge between the realtor and Colossus that the stone sold the place. The unit wasn’t even finished yet and a potential buyer walked in and became the owner!!!  The kitchen sold it!!  1.7 mILLLLLLLLLion for the unit and the Super White Quartzite 9 piece island was the show stopper!!  It was our creative concept to fabricate and install this long island being that we had to overcome height and length restrictions with the Barclays elevators.  We brought 5 pieces of 3cm Super White and 4 pieces of 3cm Absolute Black to the unit and the magic began.  It took all day but the outcome is so amazing!!  I would love to get into the unit now to see the kitchen complete but the owner has moved in and wants to keep it all to himself!!  I hope he’s not upset that I just unearthed his big secret!! DISCLAIMER TO THE LADIES…If your out and about at ROUGE or PARC and you meet a handsome guys in his 30’s and he’s bragging about his 9 pieces of what not back at his place…..Its his island top!!  LOL  Enjoy the pics!!  It’s Fabrication Friday peeps!!

 

xoxo

Kat