Natural Stone 101

Kitchens for Living

Natural stone is sexy. If you want a countertop that makes a unique statement with lots of movement and natural variations I recommend natural stone. Granite is a natural stone that blends perfectly with so many styles. There, I’ve said it.

Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

JG Kitchens

There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. Like a mane of glorious locks, natural stone surfaces require care to keep them at their best. Know Your Stone.

#FlexBoneFriday: Natural Stone & Tile Gallery

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Tile installer Rob Fauvergue used a complete ARDEX Tile and Stone Installation Systems solution for renovating the showroom floor of Natural Stone & Tile Gallery in Indiana!

Natural Stone Institute Awards: Deadline This Week

Stone Update

Pinnacle Awards, other honors need nominations by Friday. Featured Association Beat News

How to Keep Natural Stone Countertops Beautiful

CUSTOM Insights Blog

The versatility and beauty of marble, limestone, travertine, granite and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country.

Natural Stone Institute Awards: July Deadline

Stone Update

Entries for 2018 Pinnacle and Industry Recognition honors needed by July 20. Featured Association Beat News

Caring for Natural Stone Countertops

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc.

Caring For Your New Natural Stone Countertops. Your new natural marble or granite countertop absolutely shines in your kitchen. It adds elegance and style to your decor, and its durability makes natural stone one of the most practical types of countertop materials.

New Website Promoting Natural Stone

Stone Update

MIA+BSI launches as part of comprehensive marketing plan. Featured Industry News

NEW ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection

ISC Surfaces

Phantasie Gray ISC Surfaces has updated our natural stone tile collection in a major way to reflect changing design trends. Silver Ash Crosscut Stone Types include limestone, travertine, marble, slate, and onyx.

Stone Care & Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Clean

As The Tile Turns

Thanks to their timeless beauty and uniqueness, natural stone countertops are a gorgeous addition to any home. Available in various colors and patterns, natural stone countertops are a perfect fit for many interior designs, whether you're renovating your home or building a new one.

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Natural Stone Scholarship Deadline Soon

Stone Update

July 17 deadline for MIA young-worker honor; includes travel to 2016 StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. Featured Associations News

Our Florim USA Ethos Tile Adds the Look of Natural Stone

Conestoga Tile Blog

Source: Conestoga Tile Designed to mimic the appearance of natural stone tile , Florium USA has combined this look with the durability and and strength of porcelain. The post Our Florim USA Ethos Tile Adds the Look of Natural Stone appeared first on Conestoga Tile.

How to Transform Your Home’s Exterior with Natural Stone


Whether you are looking for durability or beauty a natural stone combined with other rustic outdoor elements can transform your home’s exterior. How to Transform Your Home’s Exterior with Natural Stone. Stone Wall Advantages: Why is Building with Natural Stone Better?

Pebbles Natural Stone Mosaic Collection Extends Florida Tile’s PietraArt Line

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

LEXINGTON KY ¾ Florida Tile continues to expand its PietraArt stone collection with the introduction of the Pebbles line of natural pebble mosaics for walls and floors. Pebbles is an another extension of our popular and growing PietraArt stone line,” Cilona says. “We

Subtle Seaside Style: Tile Inspiration & Collections With a Soft Touch

Architectural Ceramics

This time last year, we featured a beach blog about AC’s Naturals Collection whose soft color palette and names are inspired by nature. To see inspiration from our Naturals Collection, visit our blog It’s Only Natural: AC’s Glass Tile Collection.

Italian Inspirations: Italian Stone Tile Designs

As The Tile Turns

Few modern flooring materials quite capture the classic appeal of Italian stone tile, which grants any room an instant burst of glamour. Stunning and versatile, Italian stone is an increasingly popular option in today's homes and businesses. Natural Stone luxury tiles

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural-Stone Testing Lab

Stone Update

In-house service can evaluate stone according to ANSI, ASTM specifications. Featured Association Beat News

Insider’s Guide to Stone Tile

As The Tile Turns

When it comes to home finishes, stone tile has a unique way of creating a custom look of understated elegance that is effortlessly natural. Distinct characteristics, especially of natural stone tile , ensure that your home will be truly one of a kind.

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Marmomacc 2015 Celebrates Italian Natural Stone

Stone Update

Featured events will spotlight industry excellence as part of program supported by trade groups and government agencies. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

Texas Bank Facade Gets Natural-Stone Makeover

Stone Update

San Antonio building gets renewed look with new natural quartz and marble renovation. Featured Projects Articles

How to Beautify your Interiors with Natural Stone Ideas


Trying to bring more natural and organic finishes into your home? Natural stone ideas by far one of the easiest choices as it adds durability in granite countertops, texture in stone pavers in your front entry and beauty to your marble shower walls.

Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

Since we’re on the heels of our March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups blog, let’s round out a list in the same main tile types: porcelain, ceramic, glass and natural stone. You get the look of natural stone without the high price or maintenance.

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Follega is 2014 MIA Natural Stone Craftsman

Stone Update

Italian-born stoneworker at Minnesota-based Grazzini Brothers takes association honor. Featured Associations News

U.S. Helps Spark 1Q 2015 Italian Natural Stone

Stone Update

Exports stateside and to Germany offer lead outlet markets for Italy’s natural-stone industry in year’s first three months. Featured Analysis (Mid-Year/Annual) Stone Imports

March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups

Architectural Ceramics

Let’s see how your tile picks compare to a few of our own; and which material, porcelain, ceramic, glass or stone is favored to take it all. Natural Stone. AC’s Altimetry in Calcatta Tia natural stone; image via

Sealed with a Kiss: Hexagon Kiss Dipped Tile

Architectural Ceramics

This natural stone product, made of volcanic rock, is available in large format field tiles like 16″x16″ and 12″x24″ or mosaics like a 1″ and 3″ hexagon. I think we can all agree that hexagon tiles aren’t going away any time soon.

Surge: AC’s Glass-Inspired Ceramic

Architectural Ceramics

Perfect Pebble: Nature is always full of the color green, like a forest full of trees. Or, to explore Architectural Ceramic’s full offering of in-stock and special order tile in ceramic, glass and stone, visit one of our DC-metro area showroom locations.

Expect the Unexpected from Tile Variation

Architectural Ceramics

The same could be said when considering a handmade ceramic or natural stone, because the variation in the tile’s glaze or veining may surprise you. Porcelains too, can be made with a uniform look or to mimic veining found in natural stone. Natural Stone Variation.

MIA+BSI Offers Two Scholarships for the Natural Stone Industry

Stone Update

Opportunities for young industry workers to expand knowledge. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone – General Installation & Cleaning

H.Winter Showroom Blog

We provide these natural stone installation instructions as a general guideline. Most stone cannot be guaranteed in the northeast region of the U.S. Due to the porous nature of stone, high quality white thinsets are generally recommended.

Getting in Shape: The Skinny on Tile Shapes & Patterns

Architectural Ceramics

Our Naturals Collection is a natural choice to showcase a 3″x6″ glass subway tile option. To learn more about this collection, read our blog entry, It’s Only Natural: AC’s Glass Tile Collection. Losing weight. It stinks.

4 Timeless Tile Designs

As The Tile Turns

Expert Advice Natural StoneWhether for future sale or your own personal enjoyment, you're determined to freshen up your home. Like many homeowners, however, time and budget constraints limit the extent to which you can transform your interior aesthetic. A simple tile update could be the solution, but you need a versatile look that will complement your evolving home.

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Soaking Tubs in Natural Stone by Stone Forest

Trendir Magazine

Carved by hand from a single block of Carrara marble, this deep basin Stone Forest soaking tub is also available in Luna Bianca marble. Oh how we love Eau! Either way the full submersion aspect of the deep basin offers a traditional style of soaking in a completely contemporary form

Beck Tabbed as 2014 MIA Natural Stone Scholar

Stone Update

Stoneworker, college student goes to StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas on scholarship. Featured Associations News

Sustainability #1 for Natural Stone Council in 2014

Stone Update

Industry group cites release of ANSI/NSC 373 standard; also notes officers, committee chairs for 2015. Featured Associations News

Keeping Warm with Fireplace Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Just like natural travertine tile would have a range of color variation, our porcelain does the same. A natural stone option with a twist, the Perfect Pebble Collection from our vendor Island Stone , gives a natural look other than marble that’s perfect for a fireplace.

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Tile Spotlight: Using Marble Tile In Your Home

As The Tile Turns

Natural StoneDesign trends come and go, but there are some that remain classic and timeless. Marble is a perfect example, as it's a long-lasting material that never seems to go out of style.

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Outdoors to Indoors: How to integrate your indoor flooring to your outdoor living

As The Tile Turns

Design Natural StoneHome design can be an incredibly rewarding field. As a designer, your goal is to see that look of wonder and satisfaction when your client sees your complete design as a perfect reflection of their ideal living space.

TSJ Launches “The Specifier's Guide to Ceramic Tiles and Calibrated Natural Stone”

The A to Z of Building

A new, annual ceramic and natural stone resource, for interior designers and construction professionals, has been launched in the UK. Produced by leading business-to-business magazine Tile & Stone

3 Ways to Use Tile Outdoors

As The Tile Turns

Expert Advice Natural StoneWhether you are a trade professional or homeowner you can appreciate the importance of patio flooring. A rough or slick concrete patio without tile, no matter how beautifully designed, feels bare and unfinished.