Entries tagged with: trends


Why PaperStone is Your Domestic Quartz Alternative

Pardon our stars, but why the **** are you still using quartz for your countertops?! It's time to use PaperStone, and we'll tell you why. 

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April Vignette - I Wanna Hex You Up

In North Carolina, April means it's pollen season. And while it sure makes our eyes water, its striking color inspired us to make a vignette that incorporates the sneeze-worthy shades of North Carolina Spring, paired with some cool blues, captivating hex shapes, and natural wood elements. Talk about a hexy vignette. 

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Warm Walls Welcome Wood: the Biophilic Design Benefits of Wood

Accent walls are a common design element in spaces where you are using a lot of neutral colors or hard surfaces and you want an organic or eye-catching element to draw the occupant’s attention.  As more and more attention turns to biophilic design, these features wall have taken on a decidedly ‘nature-like’ appeal and can really accomplish the elusive feat of bringing the outdoors in.

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Biomimicry and Building Materials - What You Need to Know

Imagine spending four billion years in school.  That is a lot of education, and it forms the baseline for everything around us as we know it. For billions of years, nature has been adapting and evolving to changing temperatures, sea levels, climates, canopies and weather patterns, constantly learning and adjusting to survive.

 

Building has evolved for a few thousand years, starting with rocks, peaking with glass-clad high rises across the globe, and now settling back into an attempted harmony with nature.  

 

We are optimistic about the trend of bringing nature into the space through Biophilic Design, and we are eager to see more widespread adoption of Biomimicry on its heels.  

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A Whizard in a Blizzard -  A 2-Day Crash Course in Improving Building Materials Marketing

Venturing out to Boulder, CO the day before a bomb cyclone to meet with a group of building materials suppliers and marketing gurus may not appear to be the most sound of decisions.  We are all experts in our field and run companies brilliantly, so what could we possibly learn from a LinkedIn pontificator with over 300 pairs of socks and a packed agenda of marketing techniques which we have all heard of and implemented to some degree already?  

A lot.

In this blog post, we'll recap the most important takeaways from the 2019 Whizard Summit Event and the top three things we plan on implementing based off what we learned. 

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Sinter is Coming - is the season for quartz winding down?

As the cult following Game of Thrones amps up to its epic conclusion, with warring factions fighting for survival and hoping to emerge the victor, we thought it coincided nicely with the rise of sintered stone in our market. We partnered with our friends over at Modern Surfaces to discuss the rise of sintered stone.

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March Vignette - Get Sprung

Fresh, crisp, bright and light. That's right folks: spring is upon us and we're getting sprung with this month's vignette. 

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New Year, New Showroom

In August of 2018, we signed a lease on a warehouse in South Raleigh.  At the end of October, we celebrated the transformation of this space into a state-of-the-art showroom, showcasing our portfolio of sustainable, healthy building materials.  Below is a chronicle of our journey from blank walls to vibrant, engaging installations.

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Construction Downturn - Are You Ignoring It?

Reports are coming out about slowed construction starts and new home sales dropping.  Are you paying attention? Are you protecting your business? Or are you shrugging it off and saying it is just a temporary correction?

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