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Stone fireplace design options are endless. If you can imagine it, chances are it can be carved in stone. However, the design process can be overwhelming with so many options available. Sometimes it is difficult to hone in on a specific design that will suit your home. Take a look at ways to get inspired to create your dream fireplace. 

1. Online

Where’s the first place you look for fireplace design inspiration? The Internet. Internet searches with millions of random images can be overwhelming. Instead, refine your search for only carved-stone fireplace surrounds by browsing a gallery of stone fireplace images here.
 

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Stone is a popular choice for kitchen accents because it is durable, beautiful and easy to clean. Learn how to incorporate stone into your kitchen design for a timeless look. 

Sinks

Granite kitchen sinks are becoming a popular choice for many homeowners. Replace your stainless steel or porcelain sink with a unique handcarved granite sink. Granite is one of the most durable stone types, so your sink is able to handle everyday wear and tear. Kitchen sinks are available in single or double basin styles depending on your needs. If you like a sleek kitchen design, you may like an undermount sink style, shown below. 

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Fireplaces make a wonderful focal point for any room. They can be carved from several different stone types to give a unique look to each design. Our fireplaces are hand carved from natural stone for a one-of-a-kind look. 

If you don’t like what you see in our online showroom, let us know. We can custom design any fireplace to fit your style. We use 3-D modeling software to show you what your fireplace will look like before we start carving. Take a look at these five unique fireplace designs. 

1. This grand fireplace features intricate carved details and two lions that sit on the mantel. The overmantel features a semi-precious...

Travertine is a beautiful stone type that can be used in a variety of ways inside and outside your home. Learn five facts about this stone type. 

1. Travertine is a type of limestone formed in hot mineral springs. It can be mined from many parts of the world, including Italy, Turkey and Peru.



2. Like other softer stones, travertine is porous. Travertine has naturally occurring holes and troughs throughout the stone. The holes can be filled depending on the look you desire. As a rule of thumb, smaller holes in the stone makes it a more premium cut. Travertine should also be sealed to preserve its beauty. There are numerous types...

A fireplace is a great focal point for any room. Our fireplaces are hand carved from natural stone and are built to last a lifetime. If you don’t see what you like on our store page, we can help you create a custom designed fireplace perfect for your home. 

To begin the fireplace design process, we explore the style of your home to get a feel for your design taste. Pull inspiration from images of fireplace designs you like or sketch a simple design. Please feel free to pull images from our Pinterest page for inspiration. The photo or sketch of your design inspiration also helps us understand your taste to design a fireplace you will...

Oct 21, 2015 in FAQ, Stone Care .

Marble is a luxurious stone type used for a variety of home decor pieces. Learn about this stone: 

1. Marble is a type of limestone that has been crystallized. Limestone is heated, compressed and resolidified to become the elegant marble stone

2. In its purest form, marble is stark white in color. It can also come in other colors due to mineral and clay deposits. The deposits can cause the stone to range in color from pink to yellow to black. Groups of deposits can cause spots and veining in the stone. Marble can be polished to a high luster to bring out the unique veining patterns. No two slabs of marble are alike due to the...

Bronze is an exquisite material for sculptures and fountains. Learn how to care for your bronze display to preserve the natural beauty of the material. 

The good news is bronze doesn’t need too much care or maintenance. Regular cleanings will keep your piece in good shape.

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your bronze piece is remove the dust regularly. Dust buildup can cause the wax coating to wear off quicker than normal. You can use a soft cloth or brush to wipe off the loose dust. You can also use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust. 

Don’t use abrasive cloths or...

Stone bathtubs are a unique alternative to a traditional porcelain tub. Free-standing stone bathtubs offer a unique design compared to traditional bathtubs and showers. The process of creating a stone bathtub is an intricate one. 

Our natural stone bathtubs are carved from a single solid block of natural stone, which means there are no seams in the final product. Our sculptors aim to preserve the inherent beauty of the swirls, veins and crystalline deposits in the stone. We believe adding seams into the design takes away from the natural beauty of the stone. 

Our sculptors begin the carving process by choosing a single block of...