Just Call it a Comeback - Wood is Good

Healthy, biophilic, sustainable, you name it: wood is good. 

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UPDATE: Quartz Companies Coalesce - Calling Out Cambria

And just when I thought surfacing was pretty boring, this Quartz countertop thing is blowing up!

An industry that rests on its laurels and has largely been running to the bank in a boom construction market for the last 7+ years, has had to stop and smell the roses.  And those are some thorny roses.

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Half-Full or Half-Empty?  Quartz Companies Looking at Glass to Fill their Coffers

While the latest quartz tariffs may be shutting down manufacturers worldwide, the manufacturers in China are savvy.  They are not going to shut their doors. Not going to toss up their hands and say “That was fun while it lasted.”  No, they are looking for a workaround. And the language in the anti-dumping ruling accommodates it.

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OUR TAKE: Pinterest’s Top Interior Design Trends for 2019

It's a new year, and you know what that means: Pinterest users are flocking to their boards to put together the perfect designs for their 2019 renovations, rebuilds, and beyond. What will users be pinning like mad in 2019? Pinterest released their top 100 trends for 2019, and we're excited about them. Here are a few of our favorites, with a special CaraGreen spin: 

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You Are Recycling Wrong

We don't mean to be a buzzkill, we're just being honest. Here's what you're getting wrong, and how you can fix it: 

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UPDATE: Trifecta of Tariffs Take Down Quartz Surfacing

The quartz tariff saga continues. Here is everything that you need to know about quartz countertops and why they just got really, really expensive:

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The Two Healthy Alternatives to Pink Insulation

The defacto, easy, unhealthy insulation option lurking in walls and attics, is invariably pink. When discerning clients question what is in the walls, it is inevitably gypsum and fiberglass, two energy intensive building bad-boys that get picked because they come with familiarity and a low price tag. But what is the cost of this low price tag? What are we sacrificing when it comes to the health of our homes and those that dwell within its walls? Beyond the pink, fluffy, and slightly noxious horizon lives a small handful of viable, healthy insulation options that promote the health of not just your home, but your family. 

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UPDATE: Quartz Countertops are Now Officially a Commodity.

On April 17, 2018, Cambria Quartz filed a Countervailing and Antidumping lawsuit, claiming the Chinese quartz industry displaced 1.2B dollars of US Quartz in 2017. This is already having major consequences for the quartz industry on a global scale. Here's what you need to know: 

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IWF Recap: Our Booth, Experience & Takeaways

The International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta kicked off on August 26 with two halls filled with equipment vendors, wood product vendors, accessories vendors and wild-eyed attendees trying to weave their way through the aisles.

Our Modern Surfaces booth displayed a creative, yet practical take on the "man cave," using PaperStone, Lapitec and reSAWN products in a number of applications. 

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