It’s a white out! … And i am not talking about snow! Thank goodness!

Aspen White baby!!  makes me want to go skiing.. or watch Dumb and Dumber.
Aspen White baby!! makes me want to go skiing.. or watch Dumb and Dumber.
Snowflake.  Need i say more??  No one wants snow but they might take a Snowflake.
Snowflake. Need i say more?? No one wants snow but they might take a Snowflake.
Swiss Alps -- sign me up! I am feeling a yodel coming on!
Swiss Alps — sign me up! I am feeling a yodel coming on!
Icon White for all of you divas!
Icon White for all of you divas!
Super White is actually super dove grey! LOL
Super White is actually super dove grey! LOL
Fantastic white -- isn't it though!
Fantastic white — isn’t it though!

I would say that 8 out of 10 calls is about getting Carrara inn the kitchen.  YOU CAN NOT PUT MARBLE IN THE KITCHEN unless you embrace and are away that the science is not on your side.  It will stain.  It will etch.  With that being said, I have a Carrara marble kitchen table.  It is destroyed to perfection and I love it!  Every stain and scratch is a memory that we as a family have made.  I don’t know how I would feel though if I bought a huge kitchen and spent $$$ and had a nice cabernet stain in my island…just saying.  WE are stocked with some really nice white granites and quartzites that could do the job if your still clinging on to the WHITE TREND. **TREND ALERT**

 

xoxox

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!!!!!!!

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