The Beauty of Stone: Classic stonework ideas for condo owners

I love nice things. Most people with taste do. I like the challenge of taking the ordinary and transforming it to be extraordinary. It is quite possible to design and customize incredibly beautiful condominium interiors with the help of using properly-crafted stoneworks. So many types of stone are available to use for the fireplace, kitchens,…

Beauty of Stone: Elegant, rarely-seen soapstone

I’ve been doing stone setting and designing now for over 32 years. One of my favorite stones to use in my stone masterpiece is soapstone. I call it the “Rich Man’s Stone.” It is quite elegant — it reminds me of money. It’s not that it is too expensive. It is more rarely seen, beautiful…

Beauty of Stone: Holy Slate!

I love to use slates in different patterns for various projects. Slate comes in different colors and sizes. Most slates are between $3 and $6 per square foot for materials. I cut slate pieces up into many different sizes and set it in flat – one piece at a time. It comes in gauged (uniform…

Beauty of Stone: Honed Travertine — a high-end, contemporary house material

  Travertine comes in many varieties, sizes and finishes. Usually I use a honed finish because it is smooth, flat and easily maintained. Travertine comes in tiles and slabs. I use more travertine tiles than travertine slabs. Enjoy the photos of my travertine masterpieces that I made for Sanjay Soli and Sharon McConnville. Travertine has…

Beauty of Stone: Maxfield Parish inspired residential masterpiece

Ann Sacks Tile in downtown Seattle referred the “Foreign Publisher of Microsoft” to me in the early 1990s. This house, in Kirkland, Wash., had some good structural qualities to it. However, the clients had some nicer furnishings and taste than the finisher presented when they purchased it. We completely redesigned every finish, cabinets, appliances, lighting,…

Beauty of Stone: Timeless, classic design using stone

When I was in my 30s, I designed and started transforming my home into my Shangri-La. I love my home. I’ve raised five children in it and now my son, daughter-in-law, and my one year old granddaughter live with me. I designed my home so that it wouldn’t date or go out of style. It…

Beauty of Stone: Tips for creating a stone masterpiece in your home

I love to look at a great stone fireplace; a beautiful marble or onyx bathroom; gorgeous granite or soapstone countertops in a kitchen; or some really impressive bluestone or slate flooring. A well-designed project made with excellent craftsmanship takes the chosen stone material and uses it to its potential. Creating a personalized stone masterpiece is…