Last Updated on December 27, 2016

Tuxedo Cabinets (No jacket required)

Don’t let the name fool you. Although tuxedo cabinets sound formal, the trend of varying upper and lower cabinets in contrasting colors is a unique and relaxed way to transform your kitchen from shaggy to chic. Homeowners can dress their homes in style (black tie optional) with a look that exudes elegance and sophistication. And although black-and-white are the traditional contrasting colors for tuxedo cabinets, experts agree it’s perfectly acceptable to expand the cabinet dress code to other contrasting colors, such as navy blue and soft grey or other combinations that suit your style.

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Shiplap (A fancy word for wood paneling)

It’s not what you think. Yes, most of us remember the old dark wood paneling that covered our living room or basement walls, but today’s home design gurus are finding clever ways to use white shiplap to give today’s kitchens a fresh, modern look while still adding a touch of nostalgia and warmth.

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 Appliance Hideaway

One of today’s top kitchen trends is to include the perfect “hiding away place” for your kitchen appliances, both big and small. The days of showing off stainless steel appliances and a parade of gadgets along your kitchen countertops are long gone. Experts agree that keeping your appliances hidden away – either behind matching cabinet doors or peek-a-boo storage spaces – is a stylish way to keep everything blended and consistent with your design scheme.

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Hardware Mashup

Industry experts are switching things up in the kitchen hardware department by ditching matching pulls, handles and faucets, and are mixing various finishes such as copper, pewter and gold to add interest and character to today’s kitchens.

Fading Kitchen Trends

  • Short and dark-wood finished cabinets are being replaced with taller and brighter ones to create a more open space and timeless look.
  • Speckled granite countertops are no longer the rage. New materials such as quartz and marble are becoming the front-runners in today’s kitchens because of their maintainability and stain-resistant qualities.


For more information on how to bring these trends into your home, call Granite Transformations. Or, to schedule a free in-home consultation, please visit us at

Last Updated on December 19, 2016


Gifts for Her

Plush Bathrobe

Wrap her in luxury and warmth this season with a beautiful, plush bathrobe. She’ll love cozying up on the couch or sitting by the fire embraced in pure comfort.


 S’well® Water Bottles

Add a new fashion accessory to her wardrobe with a trendy water bottle from S’well®. It’s a fun way to make a fashion statement while keeping healthy. Staying hydrated never looked so good.




LuMee® Illumiated Light Up Selfie Phone Case

Let’s take a selfie, or two – or ten. This illuminated selfie case is the perfect gift for every selfie fanatic who is never satisfied with their first picture. It’s a clever way to bring star quality to any photo.


Plaid Blanket Scarf

Is it a blanket or a scarf? How about a little bit of both? This cozy blanket scarf is a great way to bundle up in style and makes the perfect gift for every woman on your list.



Gifts for Him

Victorinox Wooden Swiss Army Knife

Help him keep everything at his fingertips with this stylish Swiss Army knife. He’ll appreciate the convenience – and love its “coolness” factor.



Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags

Sorry, but we couldn’t resist these toaster grilled cheese bags. It’s a bachelor must-have and a clever way to help him maximize his time and keep mess to a minimum.


 The Ultimate Beard Haircare Pack

Help him keep his rugged look sexier than ever with this complete beard haircare kit. It includes everything he needs to put the finishing touches on his beard or mustache. Makes a great gift and the perfect addition to his grooming routine.



Best Gifts for Him and Her

With so many great gift ideas out there, we decided to dedicate one section for gifts that are great for both the men and women in your life.

Fitbit® Alta™ Fitness Tracker

Fitness fanatics will love this new tracker. It’s the latest from Fitbit® and not only helps you track your fitness and nutritional goals, but it can even tell you how long and how well you’ve been sleeping. If that wasn’t enough, you can even see your texts and phone calls.



VicTsing Shower Speaker

Music lovers can listen to their tunes in the shower, the beach, or anywhere they want to hear their favorite artists with this wireless and waterproof speaker from VicTsing.




Fire TV Stick-The Ultimate Binge Watching Gadget

This is hands-down the best gift for any binge watcher in your family. The all new Fire TV Stick allows you to connect to your TV’s HDMI port to watch over 250,000 shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, GO and more – plus, you will have access to 7,000 apps and games.


 Anker Power Core 10000 Portable Charger

Never worry about a low-battery again with this portable charger. And don’t be fooled by its size. It is powerful enough to charge a phone over three times.



 Wusthof Stainless Steel 8-Piece Steak Knife Box Set  (Monogramming Available)

Let them dig into their favorite steak with these elegant stainless steel knives. This beautifully boxed set makes a great gift for everyone on your list. You can even have the wooden box monogrammed to add a personal touch.



 Optimist/Pessimist Glasses – Set of 2

Is the glass half empty or half full? Let them decide when they use these fun drinking glasses. It’s a gift that is sure to spark interest and conversation.



Granite Transformations wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. For more information on Granite Transformations, or to schedule a free in-home consultation, please visit us at

Last Updated on December 5, 2016

Considered a budget-friendly option, subway tiles are not only classic, but they can be installed in a variety of fun and interesting patterns to give any room in your home a sense of nostalgia.

Here are ten of the most popular subway tile design patterns:



  Stack Bond


Traditonal Herringbone


 Running Bond


 Straight Herringbone


 Diagonal Herringbone




 Diagonal Offset


Vertical Stack Bond


 Vertical Offset Bond


In keeping up with these trends, today’s hottest celebrity house flippers, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, have designed The Diamond Collection™, an exclusive line of mosaic tiles for Granite Transformations/TREND Transformations, that is sure to inspire any homeowner.  Included in the collection are their new “Subway GRAND” mosaic tiles, which measure 4″x 10″ (a size that is considerably larger than the standard 3″x 6″ subway tiles). As the name suggests, The Diamond Collection™ reveals glitz and shimmer but still maintains its neutrality with chic color schemes. You can read more about The Diamond Collection™ by Tarek and Christina El Moussa in the exclusive People Magazine  article.

To learn more about The Diamond Collection™ by Tarek and Christina El Moussa, or for more information on Granite Transformations and to schedule a free in-home design consultation, please visit us at