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Subway tile is a classic, beautiful backsplash style that will tie together any kitchen design.

Timeless Kitchen Design Elements

When it comes to kitchen design, homeowners rely on their personal styles to tailor their renovation according to their individual tastes. Turning to a more classic look can be the perfect balance of creating a timeless look with a personal flair. Granite Transformations offers a variety of options to custom design the perfect classic kitchen that will never go out of style.

1. Cabinetry: White or cream-colored cabinets define a timeless, classic kitchen style that will match nearly any countertop or backsplash.

White or cream-colored kitchen cabinets never go out of style.

2. Clean Architectural Details: Simple, classic details (like islands with legs, furniture-style toe kicks and crown molding) enhance a classic kitchen style and bring elegance to the décor.

Classic architectural details like crown molding will bring elegance and add value to your kitchen

3. Black Countertops: When it comes to classic color combinations, most would agree that two contrasting colors (e.g., white and black) is the way to go. Black recycled glass, quartz or granite countertops are excellent options if you are considering a classic black and white kitchen.

Contrasting black countertops with white cabinets are complementary in kitchen design.

4. Subway Tile: Clean and classic, light colored subway tile is typically 3″x6″ but can be found today in more modern sizes, including 2″x6″, 2″x8″ or 2″x4″. Changing the proportions can instantly add a new look and dimension to your kitchen. Subway tiles are available in a variety of finishes and can be beveled, square-edged, or even handmade to fit your space. Granite Transformations offers a variety of beautiful Subway Glass Mosaic Tile colors to choose from.

Subway tile is a classic, beautiful backsplash style that will tie together any kitchen design.

5. Door Styles: Keeping cabinet door styles simple and not too modern is another element of a classic kitchen design. Shaker doors with bead molding are perfect examples of this classic style.

Maintain a timeless, classic kitchen with classic cabinet door styles.

6. Neutral Color Palettes: Mixing neutral colors with white is a safe bet when you want a classic look with just a splash of color or character. Some homeowners choose a brown and white combination (like walnut cabinets with white granite or recycled glass countertops, or white cabinets with gray countertops).

Kitchens look better with neutral color palettes such as grays, whites and beige.

7. Adaptability: One of the main advantages of a classic kitchen is that you can completely change the look with just a few additions. Mixing in modern lighting fixtures or bar stools, for example, can easily bring a new feel to your kitchen – without taking away its classic look.

Accessorize a classic kitchen lighting fixtures or bar stools to create a new look.

Granite Transformations offers complimentary in-home design consultations with professional design specialists. Whether you’re considering a complete kitchen renovation or just a quick facelift, Granite Transformations can help make the process easy and stress-free. Please feel free to your comments about this post or if you have other ideas about a timeless kitchen and would like to share with us and our readers.

Vibrant colors will be the newest home improvement trends.

2014 Top Home Improvement Trends by Industry Experts

Today’s homeowners are feeling confident about home remodeling after bouncing back from the recent recession by diving into a fresh set of design ideas that are trending in 2014. Industry experts weigh in on their predictions for the latest interior design and home remodeling trends.

A 2013 Hanley Wood survey revealed that remodeling sales are up 10 percent (when compared to 2012), and this number is expected to increase another 10 percent in 2014, according to 45 percent of remodelers who were surveyed. Among all rooms in a home, kitchen remodels scored highest and bathroom renovations came in a close second. Here are their top five remodeling trends for 2014:

More Modern Kitchens – Sleek and simple is the new look to today’s modern kitchen renovation. Where the warmer, rustic feel of the past was once the most popular décor, it is now all about white and grey cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and simplistic designs. Even appliances are being hidden away or blended into the design to create a more refined appearance.

This kitchen utilizes a simplistic design with a modern flare. Done by Granite Transformations.

Brass is Back – Brass is back (but not like you think). The highly polished, bright brass fixtures and lighting that we’ve all come to know have been replaced by a more elegant and rustic finish. Designers are incorporating this new look of dull and hammered brass into kitchen and bathroom hardware, as well as lighting and door hardware.

Resort-style Bathrooms – Vintage-style bathrooms are giving way to resort-style designs with amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple showerheads, heated floors and towel racks and jetted bathtubs. Soothing neutral and cool colors (like Ash Gray, Light Blue and Off-White) are becoming more popular, as are glass tiles.

Resort Style Bathroom Design utilizes neutral colors, free standing tub and glass tiles. Done by Granite Transformations.

Turn up the Color – According to Pantone, the international authority on color, vibrant colors that include Green Flash, Lemon Zest, Nectarine and Rouge Red will be interior designers’ new color palette for accent walls, main paint colors and flooring in bedrooms and main living spaces throughout the house.

Vibrant colors will be the newest home improvement trends.

Staying Green – Energy-efficiency and the use of renewable and sustainable materials is expected in today’s home renovations. Experts agree that homeowners will see more renewable materials such as recycled glass counters and backsplashes, energy-efficient appliances and more creative designs incorporating local climate.

Here are some additional predictions for interior design and home remodeling trends for 2014 and beyond:

Free Standing Tubs – Are becoming more popular than tiled-in tubs, and they take up less space in the bathroom.

Floating Shelves – Open up spaces in the kitchen by eliminating long runs of cabinets by creating different sections.

Express Yourself – Homeowners will put it all out there when it comes to bold use of color or ornamentation. Some examples are the use of jeweled colors, gilded frames and layered textiles.

Multigenerational Living – Households that accommodate aging parents and boomerang kids are becoming more prevalent today, as homeowners are finding themselves designing bathrooms with features ranging from wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, to walk-in bathtubs, to motion-sensing faucets that may make life easier for everyone in the family.

Urban Downsizing – As downsizing continues to be a trend among homeowners, moving closer to urban downtown areas in smaller spaces is becoming more popular than living in larger homes in the suburbs.

Whether you want a modern kitchen, resort-style bathroom or environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials to remodel your kitchen and bath, Granite Transformations has what you need to help your remodel go smoothly. Contact us for a free in-home design consultation, and get started on your home improvement project.

Todd Michael, mosaic designer & artist.

Todd Michael Creates Modern-Day Mosaic Designs Using Old World Artistry

Blending the artistry of an ancient world with a modern twist has defined mosaic artist Todd Michael as one of the most sought after mosaic designers in South Florida. As a self-trained ‘mosaicist’ (a designer of mosaics), Todd has been transforming spaces into permanent works of art with mastery and beauty for the past 15 years.

“The process begins with my imagination as it comes to life after studying the space,” Todd explained. “It has to be a perfect fit, since mosaic installations become absolute and permanent.”

His latest work of art, ‘The View from Delilah,’ began in January when he was commissioned to design a space in the grand foyer of one of South Florida’s magnificent homes on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ft. Lauderdale. Todd first began translating his idea into an artistic composite, which was drawn to scale and then transferred and used as a full-size template. He then hand-placed 82,000 hand-cut pieces of Trend Mosaic Tile onto a flexible piece of mesh, ensuring that all of the glass tiles were in place, secured and ready for transport to the location. “The installation phase is just as important as the design phase,” Todd said. “This is where the craftsmanship comes into play.” Todd explains how precision, placement and the use of quality materials will ensure a flawless installation and guarantee a lifetime of beauty set in glass. “There are no shortcuts in mosaic,” Todd said.
Trend Mosaic Tile work done by mosaicist Todd Michael Trend Mosaic Tile Design

Mosaic Tiles from Trend Group for Todd Michael  Hand Cut Trend Mosaic Tiles

This large-scale project took two months to complete, with over 200 hours dedicated to the meticulous preparation and execution of the design. The end result is a magnificent 10′ x 15′ mountainous backdrop of a Mediterranean scene with a spacious terrace surrounded by native fauna. “I especially enjoyed creating ‘The View from Delilah,’” Todd explained. “I tapped several artistic factors to design the perfect balance of textures, color and flow.”

The View from Delilah by Todd Michael using Trend Mosaic Tiles

Todd says the use of Trend Mosaic Tiles in his designs is the cornerstone of his creations. “Trend mosaics offer me an artist’s palette of beautifully cut tiles in a variety of colors and textures that capture the beauty of gemstones.” In a time where being ‘green and clean’ is at the forefront of an environmentally-friendly world, Todd is proud to tell his customers that Trend Mosaics are made from up to 80% recycled materials. “I’m an artist who paints in glass,” Todd explained. “It’s a great feeling to know I’m creating timeless art with the best products on the market today.”
For more information on Todd Michael and his work, please visit http://www.mosaicsbytodd.com. You can also find exciting updates and posts on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mosaicsbytodd.

Summertime dinner party meal ideas.

Planning Your Summertime Dinner Party

If you are one of many homeowners who have recently renovated their kitchen, now is the perfect time to show it off by hosting a summertime dinner party. Whether you’re hosting a formal sit-down dinner or a more casual buffet-style soirée, here are some entertaining tips for a memorable occasion.

  • Who’s Coming to Dinner? – Write out your guest list and send invites at least three weeks in advance so that you can plan your seating and grocery or catering list to gauge how much food you will need.
  • What Are You Serving? – Warm weather entertaining typically brings lighter foods, colder drinks and a more relaxed atmosphere. Choose grilled meats or fish for your main course and serve lighter salads with a vinaigrette dressing instead of heavier mayo-based salads. Assorted grilled vegetables or steamed vegetables tossed in olive oil and fresh garlic are an easy way to serve your sides at room temperature without the fuss of keeping them hot.
  • Drink Up! – For a fun bar setting, let your guests make their own drinks by offering a specialty drink. Flavor-infused vodkas with a selection of juices and mixers are a great way to get the party started. Offer chilled beer and wine to round out your bar. Be sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages to your guests and don’t forget the cardinal rule…you can never have enough ice!

Drinks can help get the conversation flowing when guests arrive.

  • Set the Mood – Choose music to set the overall mood for the party and select your playlist a few days ahead. During the first hour when guests are arriving, choose songs that will get the party started as everyone settles in, mingles and relaxes. For dinner, select music that is relaxing (but not so soothing that your guests want to take a nap after dinner). For dessert, pump it again, but this time create a montage of songs that are reminiscent of times spent together to create a feeling of nostalgia. Your guests will leave with a happy heart.

Show off your new kitchen with a summer dinner party

Tips and Suggestions to Host the Perfect Summer Dinner Party:

  • Iron your napkins and tablecloths a few days before your party.
  • Set your table ahead of time.
  • Empty your dishwasher.
  • Keep centerpieces low and elegant for easy conversation.
  • Serve beautifully arranged appetizers “family style” at the dinner table.
  • Use your china. (What are you saving it for?)
  • Set up the bar the day before. Start making ice, or buy enough ice and store in a cooler.
  • Decide on which platters and serving pieces you will be using.
  • Plan seating and use place cards for cordial and stress-free conversation.
  • Serve one-bite appetizers and have bowls of munchies and dips on cocktail tables and buffets.
  • If you plan to grill, make sure you have an extra propane tank on hand or fill the one you have.
  • Allow for grill time while your guests are mingling before dinner.
  • Don’t be shy when your guests ask to bring something. Keep a list of items you may want – like a unique dessert, a specialty coffee, or even a favorite family recipe side dish.
  • Don’t forget the powder room. Placing a pretty flower arrangement and disposable guest towels in your powder room are elegant ways to show your guests you are thinking of them.

If a new kitchen or bath renovation is on your summer to-do list or you’re interested in learning more, the experts at Granite Transformations are only a call or click away. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

Create your own craft space with cabinets and countertops from Granite Transformations.

Empty-Nesters Find Creative Ways to Transform Their New Found Space

Let’s face it. If you’re a parent of a graduating high school senior, your emotions may be running high. Anticipation of “Graduation Day,” impending college expenses and knowing your family life will be forever changed can leave you on an emotional rollercoaster. With empty-nesters discovering their new-found freedom, they are also realizing their homes have just increased by one room (or sometimes more). Although some parents may rope off their son’s or daughter’s room as a shrine to their childhood, others are embracing the realization that although the kids are away at school, they will be back (and most likely bring friends).

Some of the more popular room transformations range from the designing of a man-cave for dad with a cool home theatre or media room (complete with full remote control access), to a sewing and crafting room for mom, or even a gym for both deserving parents to enjoy. With a free in-home design consultation from Granite Transformations®, your dreams for a new space are only a call or click away.

A home gym is the perfect way to transform your new found space.

Here are a few fun ideas to turn your new found space into an exciting and functional retreat:

Media Room/Home Theatre: Today’s homeowners are discovering media rooms as a multi-purpose space designed around a large, flat-screen television and outfitted with surround sound and cozy seating. Whether you’re converting a spare bedroom or transforming a larger space (like a garage or basement), your new media room will be the hot spot for entertaining friends and family, streaming music, or it may be your private sanctuary for escaping to watch a favorite movie or even getting lost in your favorite book.

Sewing & Crafting Room: With the kids off to college or moved out of the house, today’s moms are embracing their lighter schedules by finding the time to tap into their creative sides. With the expert advice of the design consultants from Granite Transformations, your new sewing and crafting room could be only days away. Beautiful cabinetry, granite or quartz countertops and even an island for those larger crafting projects make the perfect backdrop for your dream space.

Home Gym: Keeping fit and healthy can be challenging these days because of our demanding schedules. Having the convenience of a home gym leaves the excuses at the door, and opens up the possibilities of balancing the demands of work with staying healthy.

Embrace your new found space and consider a quick and easy remodel by contacting the experts at Granite Transformations for a free in-home design consultation.

Outdoor Fireplaces are the latest trend

Hot Design Trend: Outdoor Fireplaces

With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, it’s time to plant yourself outside to soak up the sunshine, warm your bones, and enjoy some backyard fun with family and friends. One of the hottest summer trends this year is to bring your favorite indoor rooms – outside – by creating elegant and functional outdoor kitchens and family areas. Outdoor fireplaces are heating up backyards across the country and are playing a double role as a trendy brick oven for the nights (when you want to give your grill a break and treat your family to your favorite coal-fired pizza recipe), or as the go-to place for toasting marshmallows with the kids. These creative spaces bring an element of fun and character to your backyard and make your house the hot spot for outdoor summer entertaining. Whether it’s a quiet summer evening relaxing with family or a large-scale celebration, an outdoor retreat can make special times even more memorable.

 

Granite Transformations® offers some things to consider when planning the design of your outdoor retreat. To start, it’s always best to leverage some of the same design principles for an outdoor space as you would for an indoor space. Take into consideration how much outdoor space you have to work with, how many people you will be accommodating, your entertaining needs, and of course, your budget.

Choose waterproof materials: Just as you would for your indoor kitchen, plan for ample countertop space, a sink, storage cabinets, and possibly a bar for your outdoor kitchen. Whether you have the space for a large full-scale outdoor kitchen or a small area for a more intimate entertaining nook, you must choose materials that are waterproof and which can withstand the elements all year round.

o Countertops: When selecting your countertop, focus on durability first. You need to select materials that are made to handle the outdoor elements. Recycled glass countertops are visually stunning when the sun reflects off of the glass. If you go with an engineered countertop, be sure that it’s made to withstand UV rays.

o Cabinets and sinks: When selecting cabinets and sinks, high-quality stainless steel provides one of the best surfaces for your outdoor kitchen. Stainless steel surfaces are easy to clean and corrosion-resistant and will provide years of low-maintenance outdoor pleasure.

o Flooring: Flooring or patio decking material should be highly resistant to grease stains and be able to withstand high temperatures. Sealed pavers or concrete are good flooring choices when designing your outdoor kitchen.

o Outdoor fireplace or fire pit: Although barbeque grills are the most popular outdoor cooking choice, today’s savvy homeowners are opting to build outdoor fireplaces to complement their new entertainment areas. Custom fireplaces add charm to any backyard and offer warmth on a cool night, and they can even double as an oven when you want to give your grill a break. Fire pits are another budget-friendly way to bring open-flame ambiance to your backyard, as they offer a fun place to toast marshmallows or relax on a cool evening.

Functionality and utility: The placement or installation of any gas, water and electrical supplies will add to the functionality of your outdoor space. To ensure that your outdoor space continues to function throughout each season, incorporate various types of shelter to your cooking and dining areas. Installing heaters, awnings, pergolas – or even by planting shade trees – are great ways to shelter your guests from the elements as they enjoy the beauty of your outdoor living area. Experts recommend not having a ceiling or shelter directly over the grill area, as too much smoke will accumulate and there will not be proper ventilation. Cooking hoods are a good option. For smaller outdoor kitchen areas, opt for choosing a counter space that can double as a dining area. One rule of thumb is to plan for a countertop that is at least 15″ deep and approximately 24″ wide, in order to accommodate adequate space for each person.

Other add-ons:

o TV: You may be a fabulous cook, but your guests may also want to watch the big game or listen to great music while enjoying your company outside. Plan for the installation of a flat screen television and music when designing your space.

o Lighting: Lighting is a key component to your outdoor space. Make sure you include adequate task lighting, as well as ambient lighting for those after-dark entertaining nights.

Going inside-out is the way to go this summer. Have the best of both worlds by bringing your favorite rooms outside and where you can enjoy nature at the same time.

Modern Swimming Pool Tile Design Advice

Modernize Your Pool with a Stunning Retile

Unveiling your pool can be an exciting family event, marking the beginning of summer and bringing with it the anticipation of countless hours of family fun and a splashing good time. One thing you might notice is that the pool’s tile may be looking a bit outdated. Retiling your pool with today’s modern designs is a chic and fashionable way to accessorize your backyard. Selecting the perfect tile combinations can create a stunning and welcoming oasis, while also adding a resort-style feel to your home.

 

Most pool tiles are ceramic or porcelain and are available in a variety of textures, ranging from smooth to coarse. Here are some important tips to consider when retiling your pool – keeping in mind safety, style and functionality:

Safety First – Choose tile for around the pool that is slip-resistant. This area will often be wet, so be sure to select a tile surface that can be treated to avoid slipping.

Budget – Establishing an affordable budget is a key factor when planning any renovation or improvement. The cost of most pool tiles generally starts at $1.50 per one square yard. You can use your budget as a guide to help keep you on track when selecting tiles or planning an intricate design.

Lifetime Guarantee – To protect your investment, select tiles that offer a Lifetime Guarantee against color fading and damage. You should also make sure the guarantee protects you against any manufacturing defects. (The last thing you want is to tap out your wallet by chipping the tile every few years.)

Choosing a Design – Just like choosing the décor of your home, choosing the right design for your pool should be a reflection of your personal style and backyard theme. For a leafy landscape, we suggest selecting glass mosaic tile and opt for rounded edges to prevent scraping against your skin. For a traditional yard, classic blue tiles or earth tones are the best choice. For a more eccentric look, some homeowners are going all out by using brightly colored tiles and designing creative patterns on the bottom of their pools for a more fun and fashionable look.

Floor Surface – The surface of your pool will be different than the tiles you choose for your wall and pool area. Most floor surfaces are made of slate, pebble or stone. But if you want a more beautiful pool, then selecting trend glass mosaic is the best option. Trend mosaic has color throughout the glass, so it will never lose its color. It is manufactured for wet environments (such as swimming pools), so with a proper installation system (like one from Laticrete International, Inc.) your pool will look like new for over 25 years. We recommend white or blue tiles for the pool, as they are calming colors and they reflect the light perfectly.

Cleaning and Maintenance – At some point, swimming pool tiles can develop build-up that may require the use of an abrasive cleaner. It’s a good idea to research which type of chemicals are required to clean the tiles you choose.

Getting a Sneak-Peek – Ask for samples of the tile before placing your order. Lay them around your pool so that you can get an idea of how they will look and if you need to make any adjustments.

Installation – As with any home project, you want to hire a reputable tile installer who will get the job done professionally, efficiently and within your budget.

 

Design Tips For Small Kitchen

Tips for Remodeling a Small Kitchen

by Marcello Becchi mbecchi@trend-group.com

Smaller kitchens can be cozy and inviting, and instill a sense of warmth and charm to your home. Homeowners today are embracing the remodeling of their small kitchen areas as more options are available to them, with exciting creative ideas springing up right before their eyes. Two of the immediate questions you’ll ask yourself is, “How will I fit everything?” and “Where will it go?” Remember to consider the best options for storage, lighting and appliances, and to keep them at the top your list when planning your beautiful new space.

Small Kitcehn Remodeling by Granite Transformation Get Small Kitchen Remodeling Ideas from Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations® offers these space-saving tips to spark your imagination and inspire your dream kitchen:

Multitask – When space is at a minimum, maximize its functionality by looking for spaces that can be used for more than one purpose. One example is opting for an island or peninsula, instead of setting up a traditional table and chair ensemble. This family-friendly gathering space offers a spot for casual meals in addition to extra work space and storage. Some can even be equipped with a small sink to allow for quick clean-ups on those busy nights.

Smaller and Compact Appliances – Appliance manufacturers have met the demands of creating a more efficient space for small kitchen owners by offering a range of space-saving and compact appliances, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep (instead of 30 inches deep) and microwave ovens that can be hung underneath cabinets to save precious counter space.

Smart Storage – Maximize your storage space by increasing the depth of your countertops to accommodate more appliances and increase work space.

Maximize Counter Space – Opting for one large countertop rather than smaller ones throughout the kitchen creates a more open space, and is more functional for busy cooks who are looking for extra room. Another great tip is incorporating a cutting board that can slide over the sink to expand the countertop even more.

Cabinets – Think “up” when planning your cabinet layout. Utilizing the empty space above traditional cabinets creates a feeling of grandeur and is the perfect place to store your seasonal dishes, platters or bakeware. Yes, they may be a bit harder to reach, but grabbing a step stool a few times a year is worth the increase in space you’ll enjoy every day. You may also want to consider having a spice rack cabinet tucked inside one of your doors. It’s a great way to organize your spices and free up counter space.

Strategic Lighting – Installing under-the-counter lighting can create an illusion of more space, which will not only make your kitchen appear larger but add a touch of ambiance as well.

Adding a Large Window for Natural Light – Let the sun shine into your beautiful new kitchen by opting for a large bay window. The sunshine will not only light your kitchen but bring the soothing effect of a sunny day into your home.

Flooring – If you’re considering replacing your flooring with tile, opt for placing the tiles on a diagonal, which will give the illusion of a larger space.

Open Shelving – Displaying your dishes and bowls on open shelving reduces clutter and offers a more relaxed and casual feel.

Make it Happen – It all starts with a click of your mouse or a quick call to your local Granite Transformations dealer to schedule a free in-home design consultation that will turn your dream kitchen into a reality. Granite Transformations makes it easy and we take the guesswork out of the entire process. Your new kitchen can be only one day away…

 

Mother's Day Recipe of the Month.

A Mother’s Day Brunch Idea: Baked French Toast Casserole with Brown Sugar Streusel Topping

Surprise your Mom this Mother’s Day by preparing this delicious no-fuss French Toast Casserole. Whether you’re spoiling her with breakfast in bed or feeding a crowd for a Mother’s Day brunch, she will welcome the day off and savor every bite of this sweet and comforting dish. The make-ahead recipe makes the big day stress-free for you, too! Just prepare the casserole the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. The aroma of brown sugar and cinnamon filling your home is sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face and hungry mouths to the table.

With gratitude to all of the great moms out there, Granite Transformations® wishes all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!

Baked French Toast with Brown Sugar Streusel Topping

Cooking Tip: You can either slice the bread and layer in a casserole dish or cut the bread into cubes. Either way, it’s a delicious way to celebrate Mom on her special day.

Ingredients:

1 loaf French bread, cut into ¼” thick slices or cubed
8 large eggs
3 ½ cups whole milk or half-n-half
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Streusel Topping

½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons softened butter
½ cup chopped pecans, optional
Pinch of salt

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs with milk (or half-n-half), ¼ cup of brown sugar, vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. You may use a blender if you wish.
Layer bread slices or cubed bread in a buttered casserole dish. Pour egg mixture over bread, pressing bread down lightly to make sure all of it is submerged in the egg mixture. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning (or one hour before serving time):
For streusel: In a small bowl, combine ½ cup of brown sugar with flour, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons of softened butter. Add pecans (if using). Sprinkle over the soaked bread and bake from approximately 45 minutes to one hour, or until nicely browned.

Serve with warm maple syrup and fresh fruit on the side for a beautiiul presentation.

Enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day from Granite Transformations!

Quartz Kitchen Countertop from Granite Transformations

The Advantages of Quartz Countertops: Leaving No Stone Unturned

Having to make one more decision in our busy lives can be overwhelming. Kitchen and bath renovations can take us from calm to crazy in a matter of minutes, so educating ourselves on the best choices for our lifestyles can be the best strategy to minimizing the mayhem and make the process more fun and productive.
In recent years, homeowners ditched their laminate countertops for the more trendy and sophisticated look of granite. In an age where we are constantly evolving and wanting the best bang for our buck, educated consumers are discovering quartz to be the hottest trend in countertops as its popularity is soaring in kitchens and baths across the country.
Made from a mixture of quartz and ForeverSeal®, Granite Transformations® offers quartz countertops in several beautiful fashion-forward colors: Perla Bianca, Perla di Sabbia, Crema Luna, Fire Beige, King Ivory, Pietra Serena, Ivory, Sunset Beach, and Bianco Reale.

 

Here are some reasons why you should consider quartz when determining the best countertop surface for your home:
• Quartz is very strong, so it is therefore less prone to scratches and chips.
• Quartz is heat-resistant, allowing for a more stress-free cooking environment when you need to set that hot pot down somewhere.
• Quartz is a non-porous surface (making it stain-resistant), thus eliminating the worry of spilled coffee, wine or even olive oil leaving unsightly marks on your countertop.
• Quartz’s non-porous nature makes it more difficult for environmental bacteria, mold and mildew to grow, so it is the ideal choice for kitchens and baths. This provides an extra layer of protection and peace-of-mind…and makes it easier to clean.
• Quartz is available in a spectrum of colors and has a more uniform appearance, creating a sleek and sophisticated look.
• Quartz countertops are environmentally green – meaning they are safe and virtually free from emitting radon gas (a colorless, odorless gas which has been known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, according to the EPA).
Whether you’re ready to create a beautiful new look for your kitchen, bath (or both), considering a quartz countertop from Granite Transformations is today’s fresh alternative to other countertop materials. Schedule a Free In-Home Consultation now!