Category Archives: Transformation Tuesday

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

 

 

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

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