Monthly Archives: May 2013

Choosing a Backsplash

If you are using granite or stone for your countertops in any room you will run into the challenging task of choosing a backsplash. For me this was one of the hardest things to do. Since our granite has a lot of rich browns along with cream and some gold tones many things didn’t work or were simply way out of our price range.

You have MANY choices for this option. You may feel very excited about FINALLY choosing your stone choice and think all is well in life only to stop and realize what am I going to put behind it? You have tiles of stone, ceramic & glass (plus all the sizes and shapes they come in), tin and faux tin, backlit glass and stone or you could just continue the granite up the wall!

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Once you decide on the type of product you want to use, you then run into the color options game again.  Do you choose one color or do you get a mix? Bah!! sometimes it makes you want to run screaming. But don’t! Take a deep breath and go out and look online, read some magazines or hire a designer if you need to. Friends who have remodeled and gone through this are a big help as well. They have run into all these issues and may have some good places for you to look.

For me it was a several month process. I was also dealing with choosing floor tiles, so when that was done I really needed to make a decision. On one of our weekly trips to the local builder’s box store I saw faux tin tiles. They were really lightweight and inexpensive in comparison to the other options. We bought a sheet and when we put it up to see how it looked we loved it. The light reflects off it just right and helps to bring out the color in the granite.

Next I will show you some options to give you some ideas.

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474 S Beach_1610Using a stone is a good option for many granite counterparts. You can get stone that is mainly one color to blend more easily or you can get one that has a variety of shades to accent the area. If you have a more solid countertop I would go with a variety of colors otherwise solid.

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Glass tiles are another excellent choice because there are many options. Glass can also have an iridescent option which can make the light shimmer. Since I’m a sucker for shimmery things I really gravitated towards this. I hope to use glass tiles somewhere in my home. Once I do I’m sure it will be one of my favorite places.

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Tin and faux tin. This is the style I decided on. As you can see the light plays off the tin very nicely and reflects in the smooth surface of the granite. Even if you have a matte finish countertop this is still a good choice as it adds light to the area. The space under cabinets can get dark if you do not have lighting underneath, so this is something to consider.

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Speaking of lighting, you can also choose a backlit backsplash! I didn’t even consider this when I was on the prowl! I love the idea of having either glass or stone backlit. It gives you extra light in the space and a added artistic bonus that you will truly enjoy and be unique. Can you imagine all of the compliments you would get on this?!

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Whatever you choose make sure it will blend or enhance the stone you have chosen. Where have you looked for inspiration? Are you happy with your choice?

Blog post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com

A Behind the Scenes Look at Real Stone and Granite

Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer.  I am an artist, homemaker and writer. I have always been interested in design and entertaining.  I regularly enjoy looking at magazines, blogs, Pinterest and watching home improvement shows to get inspiration for simple ideas for simple craft projects as well as larger remodeling jobs.  Over the last few years in my home, we have redone our floors, painted every room and remodeled our garage to include loads of extra storage and usable work space.

I have been given the opportunity to work with Jose D. Ubilla and his team at Real Stone & Granite as well as scouring the latest trends in home design and showcase some of Florida’s best design, products, services and people I encounter along the way that I think will allow new ideas to flourish in your home and life.

For Real Stone & Granite I am going to be writing blog entries to help you as a consumer to know more about this great company and what they have to offer.  I want to help you decide on products by exploring new inventory as well as the interesting pieces that you don’t usually get to see.  I will be giving you helpful hints and tips as well as industry market news on things that will help you with entertaining and redesigning your space.   I look forward to sharing all of this information with you and would love to hear back from you!

This week I met with Jose D. Ubilla, owner of Real Stone & Granite.  I wanted to learn more about the products and artisan skills his company brings to the world of stone and granite.  I must admit the only experience I have had with this line of products was seeing it at my box stores and then when I went looking for a backsplash to an already existing granite countertop in my kitchen.

Many times consumers have a very limited choice in what they get to choose from when it comes to countertops. You can go to the box stores or the handful of smaller local shops and choose, but the options are still limited in color/stone choices as well as cuts/edging.

I was blown away by the availability of choices I got to look at and ogle over.  I felt like I was on an HGTV show and getting to see all the pretty options! They have granite, natural stone, recycled material as well as man-made faux stone and granite.

So many great options available at Real Stone and Granite.

So many great options available at Real Stone and Granite.

 

Lots of samples to choose from!

Lots of samples to choose from!

Not only do you have loads of choices but you also get to choose your edging.  I’m not just talking about beveled edging, but elaborate edging.  They can even make mouldings and baseboards out of these materials, which is something you will not find anywhere else.  This company uses the most advanced machines from Italy which provide them with the ability to create many designs that your typical box store and most local owned stores simply cannot.

Example of the state of the art technology that Real Stone and Granite uses

Example of the state of the art technology that Real Stone and Granite uses

Piece of a moulding made out of granite from Real Stone and Granite

Piece of a moulding made out of granite from Real Stone and Granite

Real Stone & Granite is a great place to go to get exactly what you are looking for.  It may be a bit more money than what you would pay at the box stores… but the value you get in customer service and product quality is well worth it.

I am looking forward to working with Jose and his great team to get you tons of information that will inspire you to think outside the box!

Blog post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com