Installing a stone surface can add an element of beauty and quality to a home environment. With so many different options of stone to choose from, we’ve created a guide for choosing which one could be the best pick for you!
Limestone comes in a variety of colors, textures, and qualities. It can add a unique and stylish touch to any room. It’s best suited for kitchen flooring, entry spaces, and bathroom surfaces. Depending on the density, harder pieces of limestone will take polish while softer pieces don’t.
Sandstone is composed of rich neutral colors that are layered together for an overall natural look. This stone creates warm tones within a room, and it’s best used as shower tiles and walls, bathtub surrounds, and kitchen flooring.
Granite is typically known for its trademark mineral flecks, which add pops of color throughout the stone. It’s very durable, making it hard to scratch and harder to stain. It’s perfect for fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops, and pastry surfaces.
Soapstone has the exact qualities of its namesake, with a soft and soapy texture at its surface. It will never need to be sealed or overly cared for, as the stone is extremely durable and dense. It’s well suited for sinks, fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops, and vanity tops.
Slate has the earthy colors and tones of dark purple, gray, green, or blue, and has a patterned look to it. This stone creates a calming feel within a home, and is best used for flooring and kitchen countertops.
Marble comes in a delicate, swirling pattern with a variety of colors, and adds a touch of luxury to a room. It does require a bit of maintenance, and should be regularly sealed. It’s best for vanity tops, flooring, backsplashes, tub surrounds, and pastry surfaces.
If you plan to make pool parties or brunch by the pool part of your entertaining you will want to give some thought to decorating around your pool.
Here are some ideas:
If you have pool toys and supplies, storing them in an attractive shed is a must for creating a party-friendly poolside.
Oversize paper lanterns provide a great center of interest with their bright colors. They also double as a source of light in your outdoor space. Hang them like mobiles at different heights over the pool area, buffet table, or bar.
Get the kids involved in decorating for a kids’ pool party. Have them create paper garlands using drinking straws. String these over the kids’ eating area. Add little white lights to create a fairyland atmosphere. You might also have them make tissue paper fans and string them about to waft in the breeze.
Place drinks in fancy pails filled with ice. The dollar stores have lots of galvanized pails in pool-side decorator styles.
Kids of all ages love games like water polo, water volleyball and water basketball. You’ll be really popular if you have these available for pool parties.
Think about large containers of plants around your pool. Good choices are easy maintenance ones that add color and delightful scents. Found containers at garage sales, outlets, Pottery Barn, or Pier One make good planters. Consider adding wheels if you are going to move them or put them inside for the winter.
Consider pool side furniture that is colorful, easy to maintain and can be easily moved to create conversation circles.
Around your pool you can add chairs and planters to make the site homey and attractive for guests to share a cocktail and conversation. Planters can add privacy or be moved to open up spaces for larger groups.
Consider portable food and drink caddies which can be prepared in the kitchen and wheeled to poolside. When not in use these caddies can be stored inside an attractive poolside storage space.
Adding greenery around your pool makes it an aesthetic center as well as an exercise or relaxation location. Use the pool surface to reflect nearby plants to add depth, texture and aesthetics to your pool area.
I’ll bet you never gave a thought to security when you were planning your landscaping.
The fact is landscaping can be a deterrent—or an open invitation—to thieves.
Here are some interesting facts about burglars:
Getting the Home Ready for Summer
Just as your car needs to be “summarized” so your house needs to be prepared for the summer months.