The World’s Most Interesting Counter Material … Soapstone

It might even have a Dos Equis with the World’s Most Interesting Man. Those of you on the east cost of the United States are familiar with this material; those of us west of probably Pennsylvania all the way to the west coast are mostly at a loss about this amazing countertop material. I know

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Holly’s Right—Grandma’s Laminate is Long Gone

My co-blogger Holly just penned a blog on laminate. If you have never read any of her stuff I would highly recommend it. I am going to try and push your laminate possibilities even further and ride Holly’s coat tails on this one. When the word laminate is mentioned, it can carry that “I’m out

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Bloggers Cramp… It Leads to a Sweet Little Find

I have to admit, sometimes I have bloggers cramps. Bloggers cramp can be a driving force, like tonight as I had to sit down and get a blog to my editor by the end of the evening or I will disappoint her and I truly hate doing that. I couldn’t have a better editor, so

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To Combo or Not to Combo—That Is the Question…

A good friend of mine called me up earlier this spring and asked if I would like to do the counters for the new kitchen he and his wife are doing. My reply, of course, “Send me your prints.” So, Tom emails me his prints and, in true Tom, fashion his new kitchen includes a

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I’ve Been Waiting a Long, Long Time for This!!

I can’t tell you how many years I have been waiting for something like this to happen; it may have been as long as 10 to 12 years. I imagined it happened something along these lines. An engineer was walking along one of those long corridors, buried in thought about how to solve the current

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Size Does Matter

In my last blog, I wrote that I would be expanding our education on counter top materials with updates on new and exciting products that manufactures will be bringing to market in 2014. I have seen some great things and am looking forward to writing about them and showing them to you. But on this

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Goodbye 2013 HELLO 2014!!

I have to admit this month’s blog is going be nothing but a big TEASER for you. And here is why, I have several meetings, phone calls, and lots of “Show me what’s new in your product line” things set up for the next several months. One thing I can tell you is that many

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Seriously Cool…

In the world of countertops, it seems that quartz, stone and solid surface materials dominate everything. At least in the residential market they do. I would say that 90% of our jobs are done in those three material choices. But the other day, what I saw lit up my inner design fire. This long forgotten,

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Perfect Material

It has been a very busy summer this year. I finally broke away from my company to spend two weeks with my boys (there are four of them) in sunny Florida. It was awesome to get away from Illinois. I love to travel to other states, meet other people, and see different architecture. I have

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Get Past Clients to Talk About You

The main theme of the presentation “Past Clients: Defining Your Future” that I gave during the Pro Expos by Pella a few years ago was utilizing happy clients to get more clients. Referrals. Many professional who have a high referral percentage will tell you it’s an ideal place to be for a business. But how

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