Cambria unveils unprecedented new Marble Designs

Cambria announces two stunning new additions to the Marble Collection, Ella and Brittanicca. Beloved by homeowners, interior designers, and architects alike, Cambria Torquay and Waverton, among other designs, offer the quiet sophistication and timeless elegance of marble without the costly upkeep.

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A perfect complement to any classic décor, Cambria Brittanicca melds islands of gray, ash, and black against a white canvas, while Cambria Ella features a distinctive lattice of intersecting dove gray lines on a marbled backdrop that makes a statement while enhancing the overall design of any space.

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“Cambria’s palette remains second to none in the industry and is the result of hard work, American ingenuity and continuous innovation that have become the hallmark of Cambria,” said Peter Martin, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Partner Services.

 

All 124 Cambria designs are completely maintenance free and offered at the same price point, giving customers flexibility to explore all design possibilities without compromising style preference or budget.

 

“The beauty you see in our new designs represents a dedication to the art of stone no one else can match,” said Martin.

 

The new samples are now available for order online at www.CambruaUSA.com. More information about Cambria can be found at www.floridabath.com.

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Laundry Rooms Doubling Up

Most people have become very adept at multi-tasking to keep up with the pace of today’s world, so it is no surprise that the rooms in our homes are following suit. One logical place for a multi-tasking space is the laundry room. Designers are now combing the laundry space with mudrooms, pet care areas, and a place for kids’ storage. The result of this mindset are designs that feature upscale amenities such as cabinets, storage solutions, granite or quartz countertops, deep sinks, and lots of tile.

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The laundry room pairs well with other functions that can tend to be a little messy. It has turned into a double-duty room in most cases, and designers are now trying to make it more functional. The most common secondary usage of the laundry room is as a mudroom. A place where there is ample space for shoes, coats, children’s backpacks, sport equipment, and client-defined storage. A space for the family pet is also a priority for the design of the laundry room. Storage for pet food, necessities, and a grooming space often pair well with the laundry room. Designing a dog shower works well there because of the tendency to install a tile or water-tolerable floor.

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The list of must-haves in the laundry room continues to grow as the functionality of the laundry room becomes more and more popular. While much of the traditional discussion has been about sharing the laundry room space for other purposes or functions, many homeowners are requesting a second laundry room closer to the bedrooms. Making it closer to where the actual laundry is. Allowing a separate area for hanging space, laundry hampers, and a place for ironing or steaming clothes.

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Overall we like to create laundry rooms that are warm and inviting. The more pleasant the atmosphere the more our can clients can actually enjoy doing laundry and house chores. Stop by Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc. Design Center to design your multi-functioning laundry space.

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Introducing our new StarMark Cabinet Line

Nearly 3 months ago, Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc. (“FBS”) announced its entry into cabinet sales with cabinet manufacturer, Wellborn Cabinetry. Now, FBS is pleased to announce its second line of custom designed cabinets by StarMark Cabinetry.

 

Since 1978, StarMark Cabinetry has built cabinetry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one custom kitchen at a time. Starmark does not pull from a warehouse shelf; craftsmen in America build it. StarMark offers more than 700,000 combinations of door styles, wood types and colors; hundreds of organizational accessories; and thousands of decorative accents. StarMark Cabinetry creates both overlay and inset cabinetry from real wood.

 

StarMark Cabinetry takes great pride in their craftsmanship and accordingly, warrants their products to be free of defects in material and workmanship, as long as the original purchaser owns them. All cabinetry purchased after August 2011 is warranted to be free of finish defects.

 

In 2006, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufactures Association began certifying cabinet manufactures that prove they are using sustainable practices and products. The certification is earned on a yearly basis. StarMark Cabinetry was one of the first companies to earn the ESP (Environmentally Stewardship Program) certification. This certification recognizes StarMark as an environmentally friendly manufacturer.

 

Please visit the FBS Design Center and learn more about the FBS cabinet offerings and StarMark Cabinetry.

 

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The Big Green Egg

With great weather and longer days, The Big Green Egg grill is perfect for those weekend cookouts. The Big Green Egg is the ultimate cooking experience. It is the most versatile cooking device on the market. It can be used as a grill, oven, or a smoker. Widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker, the Big Green Egg was derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a “Kamado”. Today the The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic marvel known for producing amazing culinary results for the novice and expert alike.

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With more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined and five convenient sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit every lifestyle. The Big Green Egg is easy to start, easy to control, and safe to use. The outer ceramic surface of the Egg does not get as hot as a metal grill since the heat source resides within a ceramic fire box inside the grill. The Egg has a useable range of 200 degrees Fahrenheit to over 750 degrees Fahrenheit making it extremely versatile. From pizza to ribs, or holiday evening desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all of your expectations.

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One of the popular recipes for the Big Green Egg is the fire grilled steak with steakhouse butter (see ingredients and Instructions below). Please come by Florida Bath & Surfaces to pick up your Big Green Egg and check out www.biggreenegg.com for more information and recipes.

 

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Fire Grilled Steak with Steakhouse Butter

By Big Green Egg

Ingredients

½ cup (120 ml) butter, softened

2 tbsp (30 ml) finely minced shallot or red onion

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

1 tbsp (15 ml) finely minced parsley

1 tbsp (15 ml) finely minced fresh thyme

2 tbsp (30 ml) of your favorite vinegar

A sprinkle or two of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper

 

4 thick New York strip loin, sirloin or ribeye steaks

A sprinkle or two of sea salt and freshly ground pepper on each steak

 

Instructions

Stir all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Scoop the butter into a large resalable bag. Press the butter and form a thick log shape, roughly 4 inches (10cm) long. Tightly roll up the bag, shaping the butter into a perfect round log. Refrigerate or freeze for several hours or overnight until the butter is firm enough to slice.

Set the Egg for direct (no convEGGtor) at 600 degree Fahrenheit with a Cast Iron Cooking Grid. Just before you begin to cook the steaks, pat them dry and season them heavily with salt and pepper. Position the steaks on the grid at a 45 degree angle to the grid lines. After a few minutes, turn them 90 degrees to get the perfect steakhouse grill marks. Flip and repeat. Continue cooking until the steaks reach the doneness you prefer. You may press the steaks with your finger to gauge doneness; they stiffen as they cook through. This will take some time to master but it’s a skill worth cultivating!

Top each steak with a thick slice of steakhouse butter; serve, share, and enjoy! Serves 4.

 

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Penny-round Tiles – A vintage yet modern look

Classic and understated, these close-set circles can make a huge impact on any house design. Ceramic penny-round tile has been around for more than a century but never achieved the ubiquity of hex tile. Penny-rounds are diverse enough to give a bathroom a vintage feel yet a modern look. Originally, they were solid in face-mounted paper sheets and set into a sand-and-cement mortar that also served as grout, easy-to-clean unglazed porcelain circles which debuted in bathrooms and kitchen in the early 1900s.

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Initially, penny-round tiles were prized as a no-slip surface, however, now they have more range than ever. Penny-round tiles are making a splash as backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, shower walls, and accent statements for walls. It is a great choice for a powder bath floor or kitchen backsplash.IMG_3572

Not only are penny-rounds great for kitchen and bath accents they are also extremely affordable. Ranging in a variety of colors, penny-rounds are versatile for any color theme. To see the variety of penny-round tile stop by the Florida Bath & Surfaces Design Center to take a peek!

 

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Cabinet Storage Solutions

Storage in the house is one thing we can never seem to have enough of. There needs to be some type of storage in every room of the home. Cabinetry is a long-term storage solution that just happens to be beautiful at the same time. With Wellborn Cabinets, Florida Bath and Surfaces, Inc. can create the perfect storage solution for every room in your house.

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When creating storage solutions we tend to forget about where we need storage the most. Don’t forget about the front entryway, offices, laundry rooms, and entertainment areas. When entering your home you need a place to hang jackets, sort mail, put your keys, and a place for your shoes. Adding cabinets to a mudroom or front entry way prevents clutter and gives those daily items a space of their own.

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Laundry room storage is crucial for storing detergents, the iron and ironing board, and a space for hanging clothes. You can free up the countertop space for folding and sorting through the laundry by creating a storage solution. No need to close the door to the laundry room to hide the clutter or mess, make your laundry room space beautiful and clean with cabinets that accent the rest of your home.

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Your home office will always need storage and organization. You can create the perfect space for books, binders, and paperwork with built in storage by Wellborn. There is a design for every room and space. Check out the endless possibilities for storage solutions and cabinetry at www.wellborn.com and our cabinet inspiration on Pinterest.

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Vetrazzo at DIG

Vetrazzo is a recycled glass countertop hatched in Berkeley, California in 1996. A materials scientist combined recycled glass and a cement binder to create the sustainable polished countertop. Today, Vetrazzo continues to be an innovation that provides solutions for the environment around the world with touch of aesthetic splendor.

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Vetrazzo is not only extremely durable it is also easy to maintain. It is comparable to granite in surface strength, scratch resistance, heat resistance, and durability. The majority of Vetrazzo’s surface is glass, which makes it impervious to staining.

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Many new businesses are using Vetrazzo as their choice of countertops including Dig in Gulf (“Dig”), which is a new restaurant in the Market Shops at Sandestin. The color palette “Emerald Coast” embraces the coastal lifestyle with a blend of glistening green architectural float-glass, pure white marble, and pearlescent oyster shells. Dig is a locally owned and operated family-friendly café style eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Dig also offers a healthy selection of prepared meals to go. Owner and Executive Chef Brian Murray hosts cooking lessons and can teach you his methods of preparing a delicious meal. Check out Dig in the Sandestin Market shops located at 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach, Florida, 32550.

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Introducing Our New Wellborn Cabinet Line

 

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Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc (“FBS”) is pleased to announce their new line of custom cabinets by Wellborn Cabinets Incorporated. Wellborn Cabinets, Inc. was founded in1961 in Ashland, Alabama by Paul and Doug Wellborn. The Wellborn’s started by specializing in kitchen and bath cabinet contract sales for government-fiananced housing and then shifted the company’s base to kitchen and bath dealers.

Today, Wellborn manufactures its kitchen and bath cabinets in their 2,000,000 square foot production facility still located in Ashland, Alabama. All of the kitchen and bath cabinet, including doors, drawers, and face frames are hand crafted.

 

Wellborn 2While Cabinets may be a new product offering for FBS, its cabinet division managers, David Hakanson and Lee Hakanson, have over 60 years of combined experience in custom cabinetry and furniture. David, originally from Owensboro Kentucky, entered into the custom cabinetry business after high school.

After moving to the Panhandle in 2001, Lee started HG Customs which specialized in custom cabinetry and furniture. FBS is proud and excited to start a new product line with such a knowledgeable and experienced team as Lee and David Hakanson.

 

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Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc. is now Marble Institute of America Certified

Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc. (“FBS”) is proud to announce it has earned the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America (“MIA”) Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator. FBS is now only the second fabricator in Florida to claim the accreditation and thereby joining a prestigious group of nationally certified natural stone fabricators. The sole purpose of the program is to increase the quality of fabrication and installation practices in the stone industry.

In order to receive MIA accreditation, FBS was required to pass a three phase examination. Phase one comprised the completion of a lengthy written application including various documents and references which ensured that FBS is in compliance with the tend standards of accreditation as set forth by the MIA Accreditation Commission. Phase two required the FBS Operation Manager to pass a lengthy and comprehensive written test. The exam tested knowledge and application of material usage, installation, fabrication, restoration, care and maintenance, administration, legal/contracts and safety both on the job site and in the fabrication shop. The third phase involved an extensive site visit and included a facility review, document review and several installation site visits.

For over 75 years, the MIA has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. The MIA Accreditation Certification recognizes FBS achievement of the industry’s highest standards for business activities, product knowledge, fabrication and installation.

 

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Tile Style

In today’s kitchen and bath designs, tile is often picked as the wild card where literally anything goes. Textures, patterns, finishes, and shapes are adding depth and design where surfaces were previously flat. The possibilities are endless with the newest tile creations.

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Marble and neutral stones are top choices for a classic look. Rustic and modern designs yield more textured and rugged stones. Glass, stainless, porcelain, stone, and terracotta are all making statements of their own in a variety of colors. Glass tiles are offered in a range of designs and finishes from glossy to flat and in a wide array of colors. They are great for accent walls and small sections in kitchen and bathrooms to give a pop of color.

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Mosaics are available in rectangles, circles, and hexagons, versus traditional squares which give an added interest to design spaces. Large format tiles are increasing in popularity to produce a sleek look with smaller and fewer grout lines.

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The larger format tiles are not only used in bathrooms to create sleek and clean lines but for flooring and wall coverings as well. Floor tiles now mimic hardwood and marble floors. “Wood-like” tile has changed how homeowners view the appropriate place in the home for tile especially due to the fact tile is more durable and requires less maintenance than other traditional types of flooring material. With the look of wood and other natural stones the popularity for wood tile planks has dramatically increased.

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To learn more about new tile applications or to see the latest designs and trends in tile, please follow us on Pinterest and Facebook.

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