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Soapstone and the Mohs Scale

Friday June, 2016

What is the Mohs Scale? At Garden State Soapstone ™, customers frequently ask about the difference between harder soapstone and softer (traditional) soapstone. To answer this question, it’s important to first talk about the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale characterizes the range of hardness that different minerals contain. Specifically, it identifies scratch resistance of various… Continue reading Soapstone and the Mohs Scale

Soapstone in 10 Ways

Thursday May, 2016

There’s more than one way to use soapstone. At Garden State Soapstone ™, we’ve discovered that there’s not just one way to use soapstone. In fact, it’s a natural, organic material with versatility that makes it perfect for just about everything. Luckily, we were able to narrow down our favorites. Here are the top 10… Continue reading Soapstone in 10 Ways

Soapstone: Now Trending in NYC

Tuesday February, 2016

New York City Soapstone Garden State Soapstone ™ has installed soapstone countertops and done other services for customers who span the mid-atlantic coast, from Maryland and Pennsylvania to Upstate New York. Lately, we’ve gotten a lot of attention from homeowners from Brooklyn & Manhattan. That’s because soapstone makes a great addition to any modern, urban establishment. It’s… Continue reading Soapstone: Now Trending in NYC

Soapstone Veining

Tuesday February, 2016

Soapstone’s Unique Veining Characteristics When it comes to soapstone, each individual slab is unique. When it comes to the range of varieties, there are subtle to dramatic tonal and veining variations through each type.  Some slabs have dispersed and minimal veining. Other slabs have dense and dramatic soapstone veining. How does soapstone veining occur? Soapstone… Continue reading Soapstone Veining

Getting Technical: Colors of Slate Countertops

Tuesday February, 2016

Slate Countertop Colors Slate is formed by compressed layers of sediments under the ocean and riverbed. The heating and compression of these sediments altered the alignment of minerals, giving slate the ability to be separated into layers. It can be made into great slate countertops. For a natural stone countertop, slate countertops are fascinating. Slate occurs… Continue reading Getting Technical: Colors of Slate Countertops

Benefits of Organic Soapstone Wax and Soapstone Oil

Tuesday February, 2016

Organic Wax and Oil: A sustainable solution for sustainable soapstone countertops. Earlier, we had a post about care & maintenance for your soapstone countertops. Soapstone is easy to maintain because of its non-porous qualities. Soapstone should not be sealed, but should be treated and enhanced with soapstone wax and soapstone oil. Since then, we’ve had… Continue reading Benefits of Organic Soapstone Wax and Soapstone Oil

Care and Maintenance for Soapstone

Wednesday January, 2016

Soapstone Care and Maintenance One of our frequently asked questions is, how do you care for your soapstone? It’s actually pretty simple. Here’s why soapstone countertops are easy to maintain: It will not stain It is non-porous and should not be sealed It is heat resistant It is bacteria resistant, so it is food safe,… Continue reading Care and Maintenance for Soapstone

Brooklyn Soapstone Countertop Installation

Monday December, 2015

Natural, Durable Brooklyn-Area Soapstone Looking for soapstone in the Brooklyn area?  Soapstone is the fastest-growing all natural choice for counter tops in the Brooklyn NYC area. Demand for authentic soapstone counter tops and sinks is higher than ever, as consumers seek natural, environmentally friendly, maintenance-free, durable alternatives to synthetic, concrete and semi-natural products. Soapstone is… Continue reading Brooklyn Soapstone Countertop Installation

Manhattan Soapstone Countertop Installation

Monday December, 2015

Looking for soapstone in the Manhattan area?  Soapstone is the fastest-growing all natural choice for countertops in Manhattan and NYC. Demand for authentic soapstone counter tops and sinks is higher than ever, as consumers seek natural, environmentally friendly, maintenance-free, durable alternatives to synthetic, concrete and semi-natural products. There are several advantages to installing Manhattan soapstone… Continue reading Manhattan Soapstone Countertop Installation

Soapstone and Slate Fireplace Designs

Tuesday November, 2015

Design a Fireplace Perfect for Your Home The weather is chilly. The days are short. It’s starting to feel like winter (But wait…Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21!). Whether you’re a stickler for dates or not, we can all agree that it’s not just sweater weather anymore. If you’re spending more time inside, your… Continue reading Soapstone and Slate Fireplace Designs

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!