6 Alternatives To Calacatta Marble

Today's marble alternatives have the veins, blooms and fine variations that would be expected in natural stone
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If you’re shopping around for surfacing material, you probably already know that few things say elegance like marble.

In the world of white marble there are many variances – some tend towards gray while others are a bit more creamy or granular. Those in the most pure form are without a doubt the hardest to procure and therefore the most expensive.  Continue reading6 Alternatives To Calacatta Marble

The Hope Gala

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On March 2nd, the Florida Suncoast Chapter JDRF is hosting it’s 7th Annual Hope Gala ~ The Illumination Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida honoring Mr David Collar.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s research mission is to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.  As the global leader in the fight against type 1 diabetes, JDRF’s research programs are comprehensive — addressing all aspects of the disease for the best quality of life and a cure for this disease.

One of the great sponsors of the event is Cambria, the only American Quartz manufacturer. Cambria is a family owned company that started in the late 90’s making slabs for DuPont.

As part of the Hope Gala, Cambria has donated  The Ultimate Kitchen package that will be auctioned off by Cheryl Tiegs. This incredible package is worth over $45,000. In addition to $10,000 in Cambria countertops, the package contains design consultation services, cabinetry, Benjamin Moore Paint and  Kohler fixtures. Who wouldn’t be excited to bid on this prize?  Cambria has informed me they decided not to move forward with this event this year.

If someone you know has type 1 diabetes, this may be a great event for you to attend. For more information, visit www.naplesgala.com.

Cambria quartz  | KitchAnn Style

Cambria quartz  | KitchAnn Style

Cambria quartz  | KitchAnn Style

Magnetic Artwork

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motifo_refirgeratorA while ago I wrote about how you can add some whimsy and color to your kitchen with the top-mount refrigerators from Amana.  Now you can achieve new flair using your existing refrigerator with a magnetic artwork kit from Motifo 

One pack of 1296 magnetic tiles contains six colour-coded designs  for creating your own masterpiece or you can use the Motifo templates to make portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Muhammad Ali, Pink or Yoda to name a few.

A pack costs $79.95 from motifo.com, where you can also download the new design templates regularly added to the site.

Obviously you can use these anywhere they will stick.  I think they could be used to liven up a plain steel entry door or bank of filing cabinets.

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Real Housewives Redo

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Traditional Home has an on-line spread showing the home of Jill Zarin, of Real Housewives of NYC  fame.  The new color choices are fresh.  I love the dining room’s new light and bright feel. 

The kitchen cabinets were painted white with wallpaper used on the flat panels of the upper cabinets.  The flooring and countertops were not changed. Mirrored backsplash helps to open up the tight space.  You can see the whole spread with before photos here.

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