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Heart of the Home

Friday November, 2015

No matter how big or small, every home needs a kitchen. The kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the home. It provides experiences for anyone who enters and uses the space. It’s the median place of congregation for family, roommates, friends. Even the beloved family pet knows where to go to get fed.… Continue reading Heart of the Home

Soapstone Video: Template & Install

Sunday November, 2015

New Video from Garden State Soapstone ™ Check out our newest soapstone video: featuring countertop removal, template, and installation for a home in Monroe, NJ. Garden State Soapstone ™ Video: Learn More Have a question about soapstone? Contact Garden State Soapstone ™, Slate & Wood Countertops.

‘Tis the Season (For New Countertops)

Sunday November, 2015

The Perfect Time for New Countertops It’s November 1st. Halloween is barely over. What’s the rush, right? Wrong! ‘Tis the season for new countertops. If you’re giving the gift of countertops for the holidays, act now. Here’s how: Send us your project details (Dimensions, Layout, Location) Schedule a visit to learn more Choose your material… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season (For New Countertops)

A Survey of Renovations

Friday October, 2015

Houzz Survey of Homeowners & Renovations A recent Houzz publication surveyed the percentage of homeowners across generations, their goals for renovations, and the most common renovations. Last year, 58% of surveyed homeowners were renovating. Of course, this says a lot about the clientele on Houzz, but just what are these renovation trends? Interiors and Professional… Continue reading A Survey of Renovations

Cooking with Soapstone

Thursday September, 2015

Cooking with Soapstone For our last blog post, we talked about outdoor kitchens, and why they’re perfect for fall. This time around, we’re going to talk a little more about soapstone as a cooking tool. This exciting New York Times article,  which came out at the beginning of the month, details how soapstone can enhance… Continue reading Cooking with Soapstone

Trending for Fall: Outdoor Kitchens

Thursday August, 2015

We all know that outdoor kitchens increase the value of your home while providing a modern, outdoor space. And it’s no surprise that soapstone is the best material for the project. Its thermal, impervious qualities are perfect for year-round enjoyment. Our #1 reason to have an outdoor kitchen? Because spending time outside is not just… Continue reading Trending for Fall: Outdoor Kitchens

Tips to Grill Inside with Williams-Sonoma

Tuesday May, 2011

Grill Inside with Williams-Sonoma I was checking out Williams-Sonoma’s blog and came across an article that instructs how to grill great burgers, steaks, and much more inside – perfect for city living! The trick to using indoor grilling tools is knowing what they cook well and what they don’t, so I grabbed our Test Kitchen… Continue reading Tips to Grill Inside with Williams-Sonoma

New Use for Potholders

Wednesday May, 2011

Protect Your Bathroom Counters with Silicone Potholder Check out this clever use from lifehacker… Who says potholders are just for the kitchen? Silicone potholders can be used anywhere you need to protect a surface. Here, they’re being used to prevent heat marks on a bathroom counter from curling irons and other personal appliances. Why They… Continue reading New Use for Potholders

HGTV Green Home: Enter to Win!

Monday May, 2011

Green Homes with HGTV HGTV has an opportunity for you to win their Green Home of 2011.  It’s a custom built, modern prairie style, fully furnished, eco-friendly home located in Denver CO – worth almost $700,000. The home also includes local artwork and funishings, and engineered hardwood flooring.  Enter twice a day through June 2, 2011! Enter… Continue reading HGTV Green Home: Enter to Win!

Garden State Soapstone ™ in Baltimore: Photo Tour

Friday May, 2011

Garden State Soapstone ™ in Baltimore! It’s always nice to see finished pictures of a beautiful project. Today, however, I’m going to show you some pictures from an onsite installation in Baltimore. These soapstone countertops were fabricated, templated, and installed by Garden State Soapstone ™. Garden State Soapstone ™ serves residents, homeowners, business owners, designers,… Continue reading Garden State Soapstone ™ in Baltimore: Photo Tour

Backsplashes: HGTV!

Thursday May, 2011

HGTV has some great ideas for your new kitchen. Looking for new backsplashes? HGTV is a great resource.   Two Backsplashes: Better Than One Two kitchen backsplash materials are better than one. Candice Olson pairs soapstone and blue glass tiles in this New Orleans-inspired kitchen. Bronze Sparkle Install under-cabinet lighting to show off your backsplash.… Continue reading Backsplashes: HGTV!

Whisky Soapstones: Get the Most From Your Drink

Wednesday May, 2011

Whiskey Soapstones & Whiskey Rocks This summer, enjoy soapstone whiskey rocks in your drink. Whiskey soapstones are the perfect way to chill your drink and keep it cold. Get the Most Out of Your Drink Since summer is right around the corner, you need to invest in these soapstone ice rocks! Avoid warm drinks – these… Continue reading Whisky Soapstones: Get the Most From Your Drink

Designing For A Different Generation

Tuesday May, 2011

Homes and the Generation Gap An article written by Anita Shaw, titled Bridging the Gap, reminds kitchen and bath designers that each generation has a different personality and specific needs. Below are the highlights: Bridging the Gap By Antia Shaw May 2011 Many different issues and elements influence which trends rise and fall and which products… Continue reading Designing For A Different Generation

Dining In Style…Sea Style

Tuesday May, 2011

Dining in Style, Anywhere. Below are some pictures from Architectural Digest that show how you can dine in style, even on your yacht! Read more about dining on the sea: Click here for the full article. Dining on Your Yacht The Kathleen Anne, a 128-foot Feadship yacht owned by a Scottish couple, includes three levels… Continue reading Dining In Style…Sea Style

Outdoor Dishwasher

Thursday May, 2011

Your Outdoor Kitchen How would you like to add an outdoor dishwasher to your outdoor kitchen?! I heard about this from the blog, Kitchen Clarity which is no longer active. Just in time for Summer, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet – the people who brought you their outdoor pizza oven last year –  are first to market with… Continue reading Outdoor Dishwasher

Wondering What Your Kitchen Remodel Return Is?

Thursday May, 2011

Wondering What Your Kitchen Remodel Return Is? www.Kitchen.com has a great article on how to estimate your kitchen remodel’s return on your investment. The recession may technically be over, but when it comes to housing values, the numbers still have been sliding down. As a result, so has the return in investment on remodeling projects. However,… Continue reading Wondering What Your Kitchen Remodel Return Is?

Keep Your Wood Countertops Looking Brand New!

Tuesday May, 2011

Care & Maintenance for your Wood Countertops Straight from the experts! Here are some tips on daily maintenance, scratch removal, and how to apply a top coat to your wood countertops: Daily Maintenance for Wood Countertops Use a 20%-80% vinegar/water solution to clean your top. Do NOT use ammonia-based cleaners; over time they will soften… Continue reading Keep Your Wood Countertops Looking Brand New!

Soapstone Fabrication

Friday May, 2011

Soapstone Behind the Scenes: Soapstone Fabrication Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Here are some photos a happy client from Long Island just send us of the on site fabrication. Additionally, Garden State Soapstone ™ templates and installs soapstone projects throughout the region. Feel free to visit our showroom by appointment. Jay will… Continue reading Soapstone Fabrication

Monthly Newsletter: Grey Sky Films

Wednesday May, 2011

Grey Sky Films and Garden State Soapstone ™ Just wanted to thank Grey Sky Films for mentioning our company in their monthly newsletter. Check them out here! GARDEN STATE SOAPSTONE   April showers bring May flowers!  Right?  Well, we certainly hope so.  It’s been a soggy month and we’re looking forward to some sunshine and… Continue reading Monthly Newsletter: Grey Sky Films

Personalize your Countertops!

Tuesday May, 2011

The options are endless! Here is some more inspiration from K+BB on how you can completely transform your countertops: Countertops: Surface Expression Yes, white kitchens are still very much in fashion and thus the interest in white countertops continues. But if you feel a groan coming on with this bit of non-news, you may want… Continue reading Personalize your Countertops!

Can’t forget about SLATE

Monday May, 2011

We Love Slate. Slate is an incredible building material, known for its durability, natural beauty, and versatility. The natural colors, textures, and inherent qualities are in tune with today’s lifestyles with warmth, elegant charm, and easy maintenance. It’s a metamorphic stone with very distinctive properties and performance criteria. Countertops, tabletops, and sinks are just a… Continue reading Can’t forget about SLATE

Frank Lloyd Wright – Inspiring Architecture

Thursday April, 2011

Inspiring Architecture: Newest article from K+BB: Honoring the architectural legacy and inspiring architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Reveal Designs’s Taliesin Design hardware collection offers a clean, linear look. The collection was initially embarked upon over a year ago by the students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, founded by Wright in… Continue reading Frank Lloyd Wright – Inspiring Architecture

Design Trends!

Wednesday April, 2011

NKBA Releases Design Trends Survey Results Found this super interesting article from K+BB and had to share it… What’s popular in kitchen and bath design? Survey says… February 18, 2011 If you believe what they say about the past—and this may also apply to the immediate past—being a good predictor of future behavior, then you… Continue reading Design Trends!

What Martha Has To Say About Stone Surfaces

Tuesday April, 2011

Martha Stewart on Stone Surfaces The limestone slabs here were treated several ways, proof that a stone’s finish is as important as its color. Finishes can be applied separately or in combination. Honed stones (1 and 5) have the most natural-looking finish. After the stones are cut, they are sanded with a coarse abrasive to… Continue reading What Martha Has To Say About Stone Surfaces

Dining by Design

Monday April, 2011

Dining By Design Dining by Design: My favorite time of year! From Architectural Digest As one of the nation’s largest supporters of HIV/AIDS service and preventive awareness, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises millions of dollars each year through its fundraising efforts within the design community. Dining by Design—the organization’s signature event, now in… Continue reading Dining by Design

A Beautiful Countertop Alternative – Wood!

Friday April, 2011

Wood is a Beautiful Countertop Material. Bring your design dreams to life with fine solid wood, a new beautiful countertop expertly hand-crafted to bring elegance, warmth and durability to any decor. Decorative and Functional Our wood countertops can be both decorative and functional. Butcher block countertops can be used for food preparation such as cutting… Continue reading A Beautiful Countertop Alternative – Wood!

Dr. Bubbles to the rescue!

Wednesday April, 2011

Dr. Bubbles and Your Soapstone As I have discussed before, the care & maintenance for soapstone is minimal and very simple. The most common way to keep your soapstone looking beautiful was by using mineral oil, until a better solution came about – Dry Wax.  There are many benefits to the wax such as: Eliminates the… Continue reading Dr. Bubbles to the rescue!

New Pics: TrueLeaf Kitchens

Tuesday April, 2011

New Photos: TrueLeaf Kitchens A great kitchen design firm we work with, TrueLeaf Kitchens, forwarded some fantastic photos of a final project we worked on.  The client loved their new kitchen so much they staged all the photos for us! For more information about Garden State Soapstone ™, visit our website at www.gardenstatesoapstone.com. We offer soapstone, slate,… Continue reading New Pics: TrueLeaf Kitchens

Garden State Soapstone ™ is now LIVE: Soapstone Videos!

Monday April, 2011

Garden State Soapstone ™: Soapstone Videos Check out our Garden State Soapstone ™ video, now on YouTube and our website. Additionally, our soapstone videos include on-site fabrication, template, and installations. Our materials span beyond soapstone; we also use slate, wood, and marble. Schedule an appointment, request a quote order samples online, or contact us on… Continue reading Garden State Soapstone ™ is now LIVE: Soapstone Videos!

Be Inspired By Kitchens!

Friday April, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration We’re ending the day with some kitchen inspiration! When designing/remodeling a kitchen, it can often be very overwhelming with all the different appliances, materials, and finishes. I came across a great article from KOHLER on how to bring your own inspiration into kitchen design. If you want to transform your kitchen into a… Continue reading Be Inspired By Kitchens!

Soapstone Q&A

Thursday April, 2011

Soapstone Q&A Since I get many questions about soapstone every day, I wanted to provide you with some of the most frequently asked questions. Here’s my Soapstone Q&A. If you have any others, post below OR contact me here. QUESTION: Do I need to seal my soapstone counters like granite or marble? ANSWER: No. Soapstone… Continue reading Soapstone Q&A

Soapstone Isn’t Just For Countertops: Soapstone Uses

Wednesday April, 2011

Soapstone Isn’t Just for Countertops: Soapstone Uses I was approached by a company, Amit Exports, Agra India and want to share their creations with you, and additional soapstone uses. They are a wholesale quantity manufacturer for hand-crafted Tablewares, Dinnerwares, and more. Amit Exports was established in 1990 and today is India’s leading producer and exporter of… Continue reading Soapstone Isn’t Just For Countertops: Soapstone Uses

What exactly IS soapstone?

Tuesday April, 2011

What is Soapstone? If you are still asking yourself “What is Soapstone?”, read the article below… Soapstone is made up of Talc and Steatite. There are two different materials known as “soapstone”. The first material is talc; the softest mineral known and commonly used in manufacturing cosmetics, toothpaste, refractory materials and sculptures. The second soapstone… Continue reading What exactly IS soapstone?

Architectural Digest: Words of Wisdom from the Experts

Monday April, 2011

Architectural Digest: Words of Wisdom from the Experts If you are having a hard time designing your kitchen, check out this interesting article I found from Architectural Digest.  Read more on Architectural Digest: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/ Designers Tell All When designing a kitchen, what are the key considerations? What are your favorite materials to use? What are… Continue reading Architectural Digest: Words of Wisdom from the Experts

Cooking on Soapstone: Soapstone Pizza!

Friday April, 2011

Cooking on Soapstone: Soapstone Pizza Having a hard time finding the extra money in your budget to eat out or order in? We have a solution – Try a Soapstone Pizza Stone! Pizza stones are becoming more and more popular.  Since soapstone and will withstand temperatures over twice that of cast iron and other metal… Continue reading Cooking on Soapstone: Soapstone Pizza!

Spring is Here: Outdoor Kitchen

Thursday April, 2011

Soapstone: Outdoor Kitchen & Grill Now that the weather is warming up, I want to share with you how soapstone can be used as the perfect material for your outdoor kitchen & grill. Soapstone is ideally suited for outdoor use because it is heat and stain resistant. Some other stone countertop surfaces hold heat, creating a… Continue reading Spring is Here: Outdoor Kitchen

Thinking of going with Granite Countertops?

Wednesday April, 2011

Thinking of going with granite countertops? Think again! There are more options today than ever before and soapstone is the best! Check out the list below for soapstone advantages over granite countertops and other natural stone countertops. Quarried Naturally Heat Safe Will Not Harbor Bacteria Non Porous Will Not Stain No Radon Emissions Will Not… Continue reading Thinking of going with Granite Countertops?

From Granite Gurus: Check this out

Tuesday April, 2011

Granite Gurus: Remodeling Your Kitchen Wondering if it’s worth it to remodel your kitchen?? Check out this interesting fact from the article “Did you know…“ from Granite Gurus. The article discusses a return on investment when it comes to renovating your home. The article says that “For every dollar you spend this year remodeling your… Continue reading From Granite Gurus: Check this out

How Should I Treat My Soapstone?

Wednesday March, 2011

How should I treat my Soapstone? Care and Maintenance for your Soapstone How should I treat my soapstone? We’ve got the answer! Here are 3 maintenance free ways of treating your soapstone. Absolutely no oiling required. • 95% of our clients no longer use Mineral Oil. Traditionally most soapstone customers used a mineral oil to… Continue reading How Should I Treat My Soapstone?

Go Ahead, Scratch your Soapstone!

Wednesday March, 2011

What if Soapstone Scratches? Are you afraid of ruining your beautiful new soapstone countertops? Don’t be! So, what if your soapstone scratches? You as a consumer can fix it! If your soapstone countertop becomes scratched, follow these easy restoration steps: Most scratches will disappear with a dab of mineral oil. To permanently remove a deep… Continue reading Go Ahead, Scratch your Soapstone!