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Give the Gift of Cheese Boards this Holiday Season

Tuesday November, 2021

If you want to be invited to more parties in the future, start by bringing a cheeseboard. You can’t go wrong with cheese at almost every event: picnics, holiday parties, kids’ birthday parties (need to feed the adults, too!), game day, and more. Choose a beautiful cheese board from our shop and include it as your gift… Continue reading Give the Gift of Cheese Boards this Holiday Season

Keeping Your Kitchen Organized for the Holidays

Friday November, 2021

While the holidays can be a fun season, the cleanup craziness usually gets the better of everyone. After a busy day, you want to curl up on the sofa with a good book or movie, not spend your evenings tidying the mess from a flurry of festivities. So here are a few tips to ensure… Continue reading Keeping Your Kitchen Organized for the Holidays

Keeping Your Kitchen Organized for the Holidays

Tuesday November, 2021

While the holidays can be a fun season, the cleanup craziness usually gets the better of everyone. After a busy day, you want to curl up on the sofa with a good book or movie, not spend your evenings tidying the mess from a flurry of festivities. So here are a few tips to ensure… Continue reading Keeping Your Kitchen Organized for the Holidays

Everything You Need to Know About Wood Countertops

Wednesday October, 2021

Thinking of a wood countertop for your kitchen? Learn about the variety of species and construction types before you visit a showroom. With so many options, you’ll be able to find a style that suits your home, even if you’ve never considered wood before. Different Styles of Wood Countertops One reason people love wood countertops… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Wood Countertops

September Gardening in the Tri-State Area

Monday September, 2021

If you started a garden this past summer, you might think the season’s over in September, and there’s nothing left to do. But there’s plenty to keep you busy in preparation for next spring, and you’ll even have some vegetables to harvest before the first frost. What’s Growing: You might think your garden is winding… Continue reading September Gardening in the Tri-State Area

Start Getting Organized for Back to School

Tuesday September, 2021

Back to school season is here, and you might be attempting to reorganize the mudroom or kitchen once again. This year, think of ways you can simplify your organization instead of adding more components that won’t be used. Work with your family’s habits, when possible, instead of forcing a routine that doesn’t fit your daily… Continue reading Start Getting Organized for Back to School

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Slate

Monday August, 2021

At Garden State Soapstone, Slate & Wood, we talk about the popular uses for slate around your home. We did some digging (or mining!) this month and found a few things you probably don’t know about slate. Which of these were new to you? # 1: Where is slate quarried? Slate can be mined or… Continue reading 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Slate

4 Considerations When Adding a Kitchen Island

Friday July, 2021

In open-concept floorplans, the kitchen island is critical. It delineates the areas of the room and adds some much-needed workspace. But just because it sounds like a necessity, it doesn’t work in every kitchen. Whether or not you have an open kitchen space, keep reading for things to consider before installing a kitchen island. They… Continue reading 4 Considerations When Adding a Kitchen Island

Soapstone Sink Inspiration for Any Space

Friday July, 2021

Soapstone sinks look beautiful in every setting, whether outdoors or indoors. They stand the test of time and will still function even if the house has been renovated many times. In fact, some old homes still have an original soapstone garden or laundry sink that has been with the house for generations. Garden Sink Since… Continue reading Soapstone Sink Inspiration for Any Space

4 Things to Consider for Your Outdoor Renovation

Wednesday June, 2021

It’s time to get outdoors and maximize your space at home! Once the weather warms up, everyone in the NJ, NYC, PA, DE, MD and CT area remembers how much they love being outside! Take advantage of the entire season with an easy-to-maintain outdoor patio built with VALONGO BLACK™ slate tiles, soapstone or slate counters… Continue reading 4 Things to Consider for Your Outdoor Renovation

Custom Dining Tables for Entertaining

Monday June, 2021

When you imagine a custom dining table, you might picture a large traditional table large enough for every family member with coordinating chairs. At Garden State Soapstone, Slate & Wood Countertops, we make beautiful, custom tables and bases with a mix of natural materials to meet the vision you have for our entertaining space. Custom… Continue reading Custom Dining Tables for Entertaining

Caring for Marble Countertops

Friday May, 2021

While everyone agrees on the elegance of marble, the upkeep leaves people questioning its practicality. If you have your heart set on marble counters in your home, follow these tips to give yourself a good start on maintenance. Cleaning Marble Cleaning marble is not as difficult as people make it sound. We’ll discuss staining and… Continue reading Caring for Marble Countertops

Spring Organizing for Your Kitchen

Tuesday May, 2021

It’s almost summertime, and you’ve probably done your spring deep clean of your kitchen. Make your summer a little simpler by organizing a few areas of your kitchen, too. Then you’ll be ready for all the fun home cooking and outdoor grilling summer brings! Organize Your Appliances Even if you cleaned inside and outside your… Continue reading Spring Organizing for Your Kitchen

Make These 7 Changes to Your Outdoor Space Today

Friday April, 2021

With warmer weather comes outdoor parties, gardening, and barbecues. Have the best season yet by making a few changes to plan your ideal space. Create Zones The first step to creating a backyard or outdoor space you love is to designate zones. Yes, this requires some tidying and organizing of the backyard, but consider it… Continue reading Make These 7 Changes to Your Outdoor Space Today

5 Great Reasons to Love Slate Outdoors

Saturday April, 2021

As we anticipate spring and spending more time outdoors, it’s time to start thinking about all your outdoor projects, like updating your patio and walkways. Slate natural cleft pavers make a great choice outside, and a honed slate countertop can be perfect for around the grill. Here are a few of the many reasons we… Continue reading 5 Great Reasons to Love Slate Outdoors

Soapstone for Every Home Style

Wednesday March, 2021

Homeowners and designers love the versatility of natural stone throughout their home, and soapstone is one of the most versatile. Unlike granite, which has a distinctly contemporary feel, soapstone has a place in nearly every home décor style. What’s your style? Where have you seen soapstone work well? Keep reading for inspiration! Farmhouse Because of… Continue reading Soapstone for Every Home Style

5 Things to Remember for Your Bathroom Renovation

Monday March, 2021

Bathroom renovations may seem easy, but they can go over budget quickly and still might miss the mark. Keep these few tips in mind as you plan to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth and building out a space you’ll love for years to come. Choose Durable Materials If you’re ready to renovate your bathroom,… Continue reading 5 Things to Remember for Your Bathroom Renovation

Caring for Wood Countertops

Monday March, 2021

Do you have a wood countertop in your home? Maybe you’re planning to install one this year? While some wood requires a little more maintenance than a stone countertop, homeowners love the warmth it adds to a kitchen. With these few tips, you’ll be able to maintain beautiful wood countertops without hassle and enjoy them for years… Continue reading Caring for Wood Countertops

Keeping Indoor Plants Alive This Winter

Monday February, 2021

While most of us adjust to the winter by wearing coats and adding blankets to our beds, we can’t forget about our indoor plants during this season. Many don’t survive the winter due to temperature changes, overwatering, and low light. Follow these few tips to get your houseplants through another Jersey winter indoors. Less Water,… Continue reading Keeping Indoor Plants Alive This Winter

Home Color Trends for 2021

Thursday February, 2021

If you’re tired of looking at the same colors in your home, or you want to change the color of the wall behind your face on Zoom calls, maybe you need a little inspiration. Each year the top voices in design and color announce their choice for the Color of the Year, and why they… Continue reading Home Color Trends for 2021

2021 Resolutions for Your Home

Friday January, 2021

This new year feels different than any other before. After 2020 many of us are giving up resolutions entirely, opting for survival instead. But we can all agree that home has become more important than ever, so if we’re going to have any goals, home is a great place to start. Some families took their… Continue reading 2021 Resolutions for Your Home

Using Soapstone in a Historic Home

Friday January, 2021

Historians have found soapstone in homes going back to the 13 colonies, and with some refinishing, the sink, countertop, or fireplace will be as good as new. If you have a historic home (or you’re adding character to a builder-grade home), consider this natural stone to add a timeless style you’ll love every day. Historic… Continue reading Using Soapstone in a Historic Home

The Best of 2020

Monday December, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to share a few of the beautiful projects we designed and installed for our clients. While this year brought new challenges, we still had the opportunity to help our clients create homes they love as they spent more time there. Keep up with us on Facebook or Instagram to see our… Continue reading The Best of 2020

Preparing Your Kitchen for Winter

Monday December, 2020

The kitchen is the center of your home, especially in the winter. Baking and cooking keep the kitchen warm, which you’re usually avoiding in the summer months. Be prepared for snow day bake offs and hot chocolate sampling by cleaning a few areas of your kitchen ahead of time. Get your pantry ready for baking!… Continue reading Preparing Your Kitchen for Winter

Soapstone Gifts for the Holidays!

Wednesday December, 2020

Whether or not you’re traveling for the holidays, send handmade, locally sourced, sustainable gifts to your friends and family this year! These also make great hostess gifts if you are attending a holiday party in person. Pizza Stones Serve the crispiest and tastiest pizzas from your own oven or your grill during the summer with our… Continue reading Soapstone Gifts for the Holidays!

Soapstone & Marble: Great Contrast for a Modern Kitchen

Wednesday December, 2020

Don’t force yourself to choose between your favorite natural stone options: combine both marble and soapstone for a beautiful contrast in your kitchen. While this may seem like a modern pairing, both marble and soapstone are classic materials that stand the test of time. In black and white, they coordinate with any decorating style to… Continue reading Soapstone & Marble: Great Contrast for a Modern Kitchen

Best Materials for Your Backsplash

Monday October, 2020

The kitchen backsplash offers a great opportunity to show off your style, dress up your countertops, or make them more rustic. When you’re planning, you’ll want something that complements your space but isn’t so “safe” that it doesn’t make a statement at all.  Fortunately, this is typically the last element to install in your kitchen,… Continue reading Best Materials for Your Backsplash

Slate Tiles for Inside & Outside Your Home

Wednesday September, 2020

At Garden State Soapstone, we see beautiful applications of slate in homes every day. Slate tiles especially add a rustic, but high-end element to your home with durability and easy maintenance. Benefits of Slate Tile Slate not only provides a great contrast to the ever-popular white kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, but these tiles look… Continue reading Slate Tiles for Inside & Outside Your Home

Great Ways to Use Soapstone in Bathrooms

Friday August, 2020

If you think soapstone looks great in a kitchen, you’ll love how it looks in your bathroom. Designers choose it for a simple, luxurious detail in the powder room, as well as statement features in a large master bath. Keep reading to find some inspiration for your next project! Soapstone Vanity Countertop The classic option… Continue reading Great Ways to Use Soapstone in Bathrooms

Things to Remember When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Sunday August, 2020

The stay-at-home regulations had most homeowners spending more time in the kitchen cooking or baking. If you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your kitchen (or prepare it to sell your home), remember a few details to make the process faster and more enjoyable. Before You Start Designing… Check for structural walls, complicated plumbing, and any… Continue reading Things to Remember When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Why Choose Natural Stone for Your Kitchen

Monday July, 2020

Countertop options increase every year, adding new colors and levels of durability to your decision-making. But homeowners return to natural stone as their favorite look, whether for a modern or classic kitchen. While new materials may be trending, natural stone such as soapstone, slate, or marble, stand the test of time (and use!) in your… Continue reading Why Choose Natural Stone for Your Kitchen

Soapstone Sinks & How to Care for Them

Wednesday July, 2020

Sinks are one of the most used pieces in your kitchen. You pile them high with dishes, scrub vegetables clean, and rinse off the day’s projects down the drain. Whether you’re looking for a classic style or a new take on this useful piece, soapstone sinks fit in anywhere. Completely Customizable Soapstone Sinks Because soapstone… Continue reading Soapstone Sinks & How to Care for Them

Our Best Outdoor Kitchen Counters

Friday June, 2020

All this time at home may have you looking to update your outdoor space. An outdoor kitchen lets you stay outside while entertaining guests or watching your kids play before dinner. Guests will be more likely to help out and start chopping veggies for the grill when you have a beautiful outdoor space, and of… Continue reading Our Best Outdoor Kitchen Counters

Outdoor Entertaining: Tips & Tools

Tuesday June, 2020

You’ll probably be entertaining at home more often this summer with fewer restaurant options available, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time with friends and family.  Planning Your Outdoor Event Unless you have a pool, you probably shouldn’t have an outdoor event in the afternoon during the summer. Instead, try a fun… Continue reading Outdoor Entertaining: Tips & Tools

Soapstone vs. Quartz

Saturday May, 2020

While quartz grows in popularity for high-end countertops, it has a few drawbacks that you may not realize. The engineered stone seems to rise to the top with durability and color variation. However, soapstone shares many of those favorite qualities and, in fact, out-performs in some elements. Similarities between Soapstone & Quartz If you’ve been… Continue reading Soapstone vs. Quartz

Sustainable Kitchen & Garden Tips

Tuesday May, 2020

It’s finally starting to feel like spring! With the extra time spent at home, you’re probably looking for some new projects to keep the kids (and yourself) busy. With these garden and kitchen activities, you’ll see improvement for your home and watch growth happen before your eyes. Keep Herbs & Greens at Your Door Now… Continue reading Sustainable Kitchen & Garden Tips

5 Reasons to Choose Soapstone for your Restaurant or Bar

Tuesday April, 2020

At Garden State Soapstone Slate & Wood Countertops, we love choosing our natural stone for your home kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor space. But it’s equally beautiful in a commercial setting. Many restaurants around the country have chosen to incorporate soapstone or slate into their designs – including indoor/outdoor bars, tabletops, pizza ovens, and professional kitchens… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Choose Soapstone for your Restaurant or Bar

Get Your Dream Farmhouse Kitchen with Soapstone

Tuesday April, 2020

If you’re considering a farmhouse style kitchen in your home, soapstone creates the perfect rustic texture you’re looking for. In fact, when you scroll through images of “farmhouse kitchens,” you’ll see several soapstone counters and sinks throughout. What elements of the farmhouse style makes it a perfect match for soapstone? Large, Apron-Front Sink When you… Continue reading Get Your Dream Farmhouse Kitchen with Soapstone

Non-Toxic Cleaners for Your Home

Wednesday April, 2020

When you install soapstone countertops in your home, you eliminate the need for harsh sealants and cleaners. Are you ready to move away from these cleaners in other aspects of your cleaning routine? Pull together a few simple ingredients to protect even your bathroom from bacteria and soap scum. Vinegar & Baking Soda: Powerful Cleaners… Continue reading Non-Toxic Cleaners for Your Home

Why Choose Soapstone Over Granite

Thursday March, 2020

While granite is a popular choice for kitchen remodels, soapstone has many of granite’s favorite qualities and more. Because granite has become common place in so many kitchens, homeowners look to soapstone for something unique and durable. Similarities to Granite To begin with, soapstone offers the best of granite’s attributes. You might be surprised to… Continue reading Why Choose Soapstone Over Granite