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Where Does Marble Come From?

A beautiful, natural stone, marble has been used to make buildings and art works for thousands of years. You’ll see marble floors in the Pantheon, Buckingham Palace and the Taj Mahal. But where does the stone come from?

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The Pros and Cons of Glass Mosaic and Natural Stone Backsplashes

One of the many great kitchen debates involves backsplashes. Just as they do when considering cabinets, countertops, paint colors and flooring, Essex County homeowners care about factors such as cost, maintenance and resale value when they’re shopping for a new design. Glass mosaics and natural stones — such as travertine, marble, soapstone, granite and quartz — are two options that get the lion’s share of attention, so we decided to lay the pros and cons on the table. Use this head-to-head showdown to choose the winner for your kitchen space.

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Caring for Marble Countertops and Vanity Tops

Elegant, versatile and durable as it is, marble, like any other surface, needs conditioning, cleaning, care and maintenance to preserve its beauty and prolong its life. Because it is absorbent, marble need special care – it can stain with spillages like liquids or oil, and is sensitive to acids like citrus juices, vinegar or household cleaning chemicals, which can damage its surface. But, taking care of your marble as soon as you install it will go a long way to preserve it, and save restoration costs in the long run

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Porcelain or Ceramic: Which Tile Type Is Right for You?

Trying to Decide Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile in Essex County? Stone & Tile Design in Essex County will help you discover the similarities and key differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles so that you pick the right one for your next project. Once you've come to a decision, read on for how to keep your chosen material looking like new for years to come.

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Can I Put Tile On The Fireplace?

So much revolves around the fireplace. It is a mood setter and focal center of the living room. It needs to be equally tough and beautiful—and tile is a great option for your fireplace. But not so fast. Tile will only be successful on your fireplace if you know its capabilities and requirements.

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Battle Of The Stones: Granite vs Marble Countertops

It's a stone-cold dilemma when you're trying to choose between granite and marble countertops. Both of them are gorgeous – so it's a tough choice. We're going to introduce you to the pros and cons of these stones from various aspects, so take these facts into serious consideration before you make your final decision.

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Tips For Choosing New Tile

Not all tiles are created equal. Well, they're basically the same, but there are many small differences to consider when deciding the application intended. Stone & Tile Design of Essex County wants you to make the right choice when searching for new tile to add to your home.

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Demystifying Design: Making a Splash With Tile

Whether you are a homeowner, house flipper, or Realtor guiding your client, choosing the best tile for the best outcome can be overwhelming. Just as the right choice can create a powerful impact, the wrong choice can adversely affect not only the specific space the tile has been applied, but also the surrounding spaces.

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Easy And Fun DIY Crafting With Excess Tiles After Your Home Renovation

There are plenty of ideas for what to do with the left over. For example, you can cover a planter, make your own coasters, frame a mirror, create a new table top. The ideas are plentiful, and easy to accomplish with some crazy glue and a tad of creativity. Stone & Tile Design encourages its customers to try these DIY activities with remaining tiles.

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10 Tricks To Get A Luxurious Bathroom For Less

Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn't mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag. Here are 10 tricks to do just that.

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Trendy Tiles: The Top Ten Ceramic Finishes For 2017

Faux wood, matte black, and industrial-inspired concrete tiles stand out as trends to watch in this upcoming year. Designers are thinking about what the most popular trends will be among consumers as they design homes for 2017. When it comes to tile, the hottest trends for 2017 offer buyers a number of unique finish options for any kind of style, from "gritty chic" to "rustic modern."

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Choosing the Right Tile

Tile terminology can be confusing. PEI ratings, glazes and just telling the difference between porcelain and non-porcelain tiles can leave consumers bleary eyed. To help you navigate these issues and find the right tile for your particular application, the information below includes descriptions of the different types of tiles, from ceramic to marble, as well as details on wear ratings.

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Exciting New Tile Trends for 2017 (And a Few Old Favorites Here to Stay)

When it comes adding tile to your home in the Short Hills NJ area, we know how hard it can be to decide on your style. With all the options available these days, it's a very, very good time for tile in home design. The general movement we're seeing is towards tile that makes a bold statement, whether it's with interesting shapes, colors, patterns, or textures — and there are more out there than ever before. Here are some of the hottest tile trends for 2017.

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What to Look For to Check the Quality of a Contractor's Work

Pictures only show so much. Getting into the space and examining it with your own eyes — and hands — can help ensure that the quality is on par with what you expect. Here are a few things to look for.

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Shower Walls

Shower walls are frequently covered in a single neutral-hued type of tile. While this can be elegant and clean-looking, it causes the shower to fade into the background and is not creative. Going beyond a single shape, material and color can give your shower a personalized look and make it the focal point of your bathroom.

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Bathroom Tiles

There’s a reason tile is often the material of choice in the bathroom: it reflects light, it’s durable, it’s easy to clean and it freshens up the space. We’ve assembled a list of bathroom tile ideas to help you get started.

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Bathroom Trends

Your bathroom floor is one of the most important pieces of the home improvement puzzle but it doesn’t always get the proper attention. The floor is one of the key items in any room, and it’s a design aspect that can make or break the style of your bathroom. Since there are so many different styles out there, it’s oftentimes safer to go with what’s trending instead of taking a stab in the dark.

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Terra Cotta Floors

Styles that use terra cotta flooring vary from a classic Mediterranean look to one that merges Mexican influences with a Southwestern theme. Terra cotta floors create a warm, rustic ambiance in kitchens, living rooms and dining areas. The earthy colors and textures of these waterproof baked tiles can be accentuated with complementary decorating techniques to bring out inherent features. You can replicate several distinct cultural styles in your decor by focusing on terra cotta flooring as a foundational element.

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Wood Look Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tile that looks like wood started popping up a few years ago and has been growing ever since. Tile is big business -- Americans bought 2.19 billion square feet of it in 2012. One of the biggest trends is the wood-grain tile look. So, we offer up four reasons we believe wood-look tile is here to stay.

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Best Tiles Pros and Cons

Walking into a tile showroom can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. The displays are spectacular, but there are so many options, at so many price points. Use this tile primer to get the lowdown on a wide variety of durable, beautiful materials. To help you shop, we’ve asked an expert panel of tile manufacturers, retailers, and installers for their best tips on the pros and cons of the most common types of tile.

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Hiring A Kitchen or Bath Designer

Installing a shower door or replacing a faucet or toilet seat are minor improvements some homeowners can do themselves, but extensive bathroom remodeling requires a higher level of skills and should be left to the professionals. This is particularly true if your remodel includes intricate fabrication or tile work. There is no substitute for apprenticeship and experience when it comes to this kind of work.

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Quartz Vs. Granite Countertops

If you’re considering a countertop upgrade you’ll want to consider both granite and quartz. Let’s start comparing them with a brief rundown and then dive into some of the finer points.

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Opulence In Natural Stone

Natural stone floor tiles are organic, strong, elegant and one of the most perfect choices for flooring. In comparison to clay or porcelain baked and even glass tiles, natural stone could certainly be described as green, they are not subjected to heating or chemical processes that may be damaging to the environment.

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Kitchen Backsplash Choices

If you select the right kitchen backsplash for your kitchen you may end up on the cover of popular interior design publications for your great style and selection, however, if you choose the wrong backsplash you'll throw off the entire look of your new kitchen. With so many kitchen backsplash materials and looks available today it is important to select a material and style that will highlight your overall kitchen decor and show off its uniqueness and individuality.

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Holiday Remodeling

Are you wrestling with the idea of remodeling for the holidays? There are only a few projects that you should consider. Since the holidays are busy times for both home owner and contractors, there is ample opportunity for delays, miscommunications, parts not showing up as ordered and other stressors.

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