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Design Guide: Fall Decor

Fall is here! Is your kitchen decorated? We have a few ideas for you that will keep your counter space open!

Glass Cake Dome Lid

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Three-Tiered Stands

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Mini Pumpkins

Megan @theblushhome

Wood Slices

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Metal Tins

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Now you have 5 great ways to decorate your space for fall. Do your countertops need a makeover? Update them with Cutting Edge Countertops! Click here to browse our surfaces.

 

 

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8 Steps to the Perfect Countertop Installation

Did you know October is kitchen and bath month? Well, it is! Believe it or not, now is the best time to upgrade your countertops before the holiday season. To help you prepare for your countertop installation, we have developed this handy dandy guide to ensure you know what to do and expect in a countertop remodel.

1. Budget

One of the most important items to develop in any home project is to establish your budget. Knowing what you are able to spend, or even having an idea of what you would like to spend, will give you a realistic expectation of what you will be able to accomplish in any project.

2. Plan

Plan, plan, and plan some more. It is important to plan around your families schedule. Being without a kitchen or bathroom for any amount of time is stressful. Even though a countertop installation is a quick process, it is good to plan ahead and be prepared for extra time and space.

3. Know Your Space

If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, it is a good idea to know the ins and outs of your existing space to ensure you know what you want and don’t want in your new space. Some things to take into account are your home’s traffic patterns, plumbing, and electrical.

4. In-Home Measure

Before you head off to the showroom and slab house it is important you gather some measurements and dimensions of your current and future space. These don’t have to be exact, but they will help give us an idea of your home. Later on, a team member will make a home visit to template once you have selected your countertop.

5. Select Your Slab

At Cutting Edge Countertops, our extensive selection of countertop materials includes stunning natural stones like marble and granite, durable quartz, adaptable solid surface and more from top manufacturers. Our goal is to provide the latest trends in surfacing materials that meet your design, lifestyle, and budget needs. Click here to view our wide portfolio of countertop brands, materials, colors, and finishes to find the perfect match for your home.

6. Measure & Template

This is when things get real! It is time to plan and schedule a team member to visit your home to template your space and gather all of the necessary information about your installation. No one wants to be surprised with extra charges or unforeseen problems. That’s why we take extremely accurate measurements.

7. Prepare Your Home

On the day of your installation, it is important to clear pathways and entryways and remove items from existing counters to ensure a smooth removal and installation.

8. Leave The Rest To The Pros

It’s time to sit back and relax. Your new countertops will be installed and ready for you to enjoy in no time. Once the work is complete, our installers will review the job with you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Editor’s Picks: Design Chicago 2018

This past week we searched high and low for design trends at this year’s Design Chicago event! As we walked the halls of The Merchandise Mart, we noticed that design inspiration was everywhere. From countertops, tile, appliances, rugs, and more, here are our top picks from the Midwest’s best in residential interior furnishings, architecture, and interior design.

 

Smart Appliances

The number one misconception customers have about smart appliances is that they are too complicated. At the Experience &  Design Center, we learned that Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau appliances are well aware of this claim and are changing the game in smart home appliances. The days of having to download multiple apps to manage your different branded appliances are over! The Home Connect app brings added value to your smart appliance experience by giving you the freedom to manage, discover new recipes, diagnosis/troubleshoot and store all of your appliance manuals in one place.

Smart Appliance Trend

Bosch Coffee Machine with Home Connect

Tile

In the Ann Sacks showroom, we saw a glamorous array of prints, making it loud and clear that having fun with tile, and going bold with print is definitely in style.

Tile trends

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Carpet & Rugs

In the world of Stark Carpet Corporation, we learned two things, bold colors and animal print are a tried and true way to show some personality in your space. The options are nearly endless with carpets and rugs. They make great statement pieces and aren’t permanent so are easily changed out over time to introduce pattern or color to a room.

Carpet and rug trends

Stark Carpet Corp.

Stark Carpet Corp.

 

Solid Surfaces & Compact Surfaces

At almost every panel we attended, solid surfaces and the newer category of compact surfaces were consistently a topic of discussion. They each offer their own specific benefits when it comes to countertops as well as a huge array of designs to catch any eye. Do quartz surfaces have a new competitor? Click here to shop our selection of solid surfaces.

 

Faucet

We discovered a lot of beautifully designed fixtures from the event, but Brizo’s Charlotte collection has our heart. The design is infused with clean lines and elegance bridging the gap between traditional and modern design.

Faucet Trends

Brizo -Charlotte Collection

Hardware

Hardware is the jewelry to the home and Belwith Keeler had several new collections that create the perfect accents to your cabinetry and furniture. Jewel-tones, mixed metals and industrial details are all the rage when adding hardware to your space.

Hardware trends

Belwith Keeler – Chrysalis Collection

 

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Belwith Keeler – Verge Collection

 

We can’t wait to see these trends make more of an appearance in residential and commercial design in 2019. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for design inspiration.

 

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Kitchen & Bath Month

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It’s October and it’s officially the start of the kitchen and bath season. If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom now is the time! Just think how perfect it would be to have your newly remolded space ready for the upcoming holiday season.

Stay tuned because all month long we are celebrating with the season’s latest design trends, cleaning, and organizational tips, and exclusive promotions just for you.

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Carrara vs Calacatta‬ Marble

Marble has a timeless appeal, providing an elegant and sophisticated feel.  Available in a polished or honed finish, it is many people’s choice for a high-end look. Marble also has two popular variations, Carrara and Calacatta. Both are beautiful, and unique in their own ways. Want to know the difference? We’re breaking it down so you can find the perfect marble for your countertops.

 

History of Marble:

Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat, limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding Roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to marble for countertops and flooring.

 

Carrara Marble:

Carrara Marble

The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the veining. White Carrera marble tends to have “softer” veining. Another factor that differs between the two stones is the base color. Carrara marble tends to look less “true white” compared to Calacatta. In fact, White Carrara can be greyish when compared to Calacatta.

 

Calacatta Marble:

Calacatta MarbleWhere Carrara has soft veining, Calacatta marble contains very sharp and thick veins. Calacatta marble also tends to be whiter than Carrara marble. This is an important factor to note, because the whiter the marble the more valuable it is, which also means the more it may cost. Nevertheless, a great choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplash.

 

In conclusion, depending on your budget and style preferences both variations of marble will make an excellent statement to your home.

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IDEA FILE: Tips For the Perfect All White Kitchen

There is a reason why white kitchens have been a classic look for many years. The timeless look of a simple white kitchen connotes cleanliness and brightens rooms that can be naturally dark. It can also make smaller spaces appear larger.

However, some all white kitchens have a tendency to appear a bit stark, or quite frankly…a little boring. The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home, and it should make a statement, not just blend in with its surroundings.

Here are a few tips to warm up and personalize your white kitchen and create a look that will never go out of style!

Add metal accents. Metals such as copper, bronze, brass or polished nickel can definitely warm up an all white kitchen. Look beyond your cabinet hardware for metal options and consider adding a combination of metals with your lighting, fixtures and possibly open shelving?

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Add real wood elements. Real wood adds a warm organic feel to a white kitchen. Islands/countertops, floating shelves and flooring are great areas with the potential to add a real wood look.

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Accessorize to bring in your personality and flavor to your all white kitchen. Consider displaying your cookbook collection in your open shelving units. If you have a garden, rotate in fresh flowers for a pop of color.  The options are endless to add depth and interest to what could otherwise be a bland space.

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Add a statement hood and/or backsplash. A large striking range hood and dramatic backsplash could be the only major design statement you need in an otherwise all white kitchen!

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With an all white kitchen, it’s all about adding contrasting elements and shades of color that will blend seamlessly with the white space and create a more inviting space for your family and guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Professional Granite Countertop Installation

Countertop installation isn’t something that should be DIY’ed. Especially when it comes to installing granite and natural stone. There are safety concerns and technical details to take into consideration. It is best to leave this job to the pros.

 

Choosing Granite Countertops

Granite comes from mother nature, making each slab unique with different shade variations, fissures, cracks, chips, pits, and pores. Don’t let this scare you away! This is what makes natural stone so beautiful! Not only does granite make a great countertop surface because of its beauty, it is also a great choice because of its qualities. Granite countertops are resistant to scratches, bacteria, stains, and heat, and can also be used for both outdoor and indoor spaces. Now that you have selected one of the most popular and durable countertops for your space it is important to get them professionally installed.

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Professional Granite Installation Benefits

Damage:

Even though granite is a strong and durable surface, it can easily be damaged in the transportation process if the right precautions aren’t met.

Insured:

Installing your natural stone countertops with a professional installer will eliminate a great risk of damage, not to mention the installer and the stone are insured if things go wrong. This is not always the case with a handyman who would leave you with the bill and the damaged product.

Time:

There is a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your granite countertops. Measuring, cutting, sanding, polishing, and sealing are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. Countertop installation can be a lot of work for a DIY handyman to handle. Our team of installers are trained professionals that have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed perfectly and in a timely manner.

 

So sit back and relax and let the professionals create an enjoyable experience for you and your family. If you are needing new countertops installed in your home consider Cutting Edge Countertops for your project. If you can visualize it, we can create it – from eye-­catching kitchens to picture-­perfect powder rooms and luxurious laundries. Whether your style is timelessly traditional or stunningly sleek, we can help you create the perfect environment to truly transform your home or commercial space. It all starts with our wide-­ranging selection of surfaces. Contact us today to get started on your installation.

 

 

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On Trend: Pairing Natural Stone and Quartz

When planning a new kitchen, or major kitchen remodel, pairing countertop and backsplash materials presents an age-old dilemma. Many designers swear by hard fast rules regarding how to make the perfect pairing, while others will say all the rules are meant to be broken!

It makes the most sense to start with your countertops. The countertop is the main hub of your kitchen and will most likely take up the bulk of your budget (other than cabinets!). Your desired style, budget and the way you plan to use it will go a long way in determining the best material for your countertop. Generally speaking, there are more limited color/texture options with countertops whereas backsplash options are virtually unlimited. Nail you countertops first, then you can get creative and make a statement with your backsplash.

Many homeowners desire the look of a natural stone material like marble, but either don’t have the budget or are turned off by its high maintenance nature. This is one of the main reasons many opt for engineered quartz for their countertops. Quartz is a non-porous material which makes it virtually maintenance free. No worries about staining from spilled red wine or highly acidic liquids. Based on advancements in the engineering process, quartz closely mimics the beauty of natural stone and is available in a large variety of colors. It is also more consistent in pattern than the natural stone making it versatile for both traditional and modern styles. As mentioned, this would allow you to get creative with your backsplash and have it define the ultimate style of the space.

Why can’t you have the beauty of natural stone and the ease of maintenance and versatility of quartz? You can, by pairing a natural stone backsplash with your quartz countertops.  It’s all about combining different colors, textures, and patterns to project the style statement you desire. For instance, pair beautiful vein cut limestone tiles with a limited pattern quartz countertop. Or add more texture by going with a stacked stone accented backsplash with quartz. To help inspire you to create your own unique combinations, let’s take a look at some examples:

Black quartz countertops with white and gray marble chevron tiles for a stunning look; feasbyandbleeks.com

LG Viatera Snow Strom Quartz countertops paired with gray polished marble subway time for a timeless look; lgviaterausa.com

Vein cut limestone tile kitchen backsplash with quartz countertops; Designer, Carla Aston; Photographer, Tori Aston

A freckled charcoal gray quartz countertop paired with an opulent gray marble mosaic tile; MSI Stone

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Trending Color Round-Up

 

Tranquility HanstoneHave you seen our top colors? We’re introducing our semi-annual color round-up of our most popular countertop colors purchased by our customers. Scroll through to see what they’re loving.

Found something you like? Visit our showroom to shop our customer’s favorites and more!

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Product News: Sensa by Cosentino Introduces New Colors

Sensa by Cosentino, the highly-durable natural stone surface for both interior and exterior application, adds five new colors to its existing offering of 35 hues: White Napoli, Silver Blue, Luna Blanca, Smoky White, and White Alamo. Developed exclusively by Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone for more than 80 years, Sensa is a maintenance-free premium natural stone with a revolutionary stain protection that rivals the performance of manmade surfacing. The new colors add texture and tones to the existing offering—marrying a natural, luxurious look with a maintenance-free, high-quality natural stone.

While other natural stone on the market is porous and susceptible to stains from everyday use, Sensa by Cosentino comes equipped with Senguard®, a deep treatment applied during the manufacturing process that protects the stone helping eliminate required sealing for years to come–saving homeowners both time and money and reducing the risk of darkening that comes with repeated applications of standard sealers. True to Cosentino’s commitment to quality and durability, Sensa comes with a 15-year transferrable warranty.

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Luna Blanca evokes maroon and gray tones that fall across a moon white background to accomplish an innovative design. Luna Blanca is a polished Indian color, and an elegant option for countertops, walls and flooring.

Silver Blue subtly blends white and blue ripples on a natural silver background to create a bold tone, with a metallic finish and a high end design. Silver Blue is a polished, new to market color, from Spain.

Smoky White, found in India, swirls black, white and silver waves to create an exotic design of natural stone.

White Alamo blends cool grays and whites with hints of blacks to discover a stunning work of natural art. White Alamo is a polished, new to market color from Brazil.

White Napoli is a polished Brazilian stone with highlights of gray and black on a creamy white background.

Sensa retails from $36 to $89 per square foot, depending on color, thickness, and finish and is available in 35 hues.

For more information, visit the Sensa tab on our website or talk with a consultant at our showroom.

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