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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

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

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

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!

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

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

Kitchen Design for Entertaining

Monday February, 2020

You’ve probably noticed your kitchen is where the real party happens. Even if you have a tiny kitchen, all of your guests end up there at one time. Whether they’re trying to help, snack between serving, or just talk near the coffee maker, consider these kitchen design elements so you’re ready for entertaining. Take a… Continue reading Kitchen Design for Entertaining

Looking Back over 2019

Friday December, 2019

Looking Back over 2019 Looking back over the year at Garden State Soapstone, we have a hard time choosing our “top projects” to share. Each simple kitchen counter looks elegant in its new space, but we do so much more than countertops. And even more than soapstone. So we tried to pick a few of… Continue reading Looking Back over 2019

Soapstone Stands the Test of Time

Thursday October, 2019

We love soapstone not only for its sustainable and natural properties, but also its unique history of durability around the world. With a large quarry in Virginia, some styles of this metamorphic rock are easy to find close to home. This lower-emission option is another reason we love it. Historic Stone with a Modern Vein… Continue reading Soapstone Stands the Test of Time

The Back-to-School Kitchen

Wednesday September, 2019

Maybe your kitchen had a little break this summer with all of your cooking taking place on the grill or out on the deck (you need to enjoy those long day of sunshine outside while you have them!). But the school year is getting into full swing, and with a new year, like in January,… Continue reading The Back-to-School Kitchen