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Posted by Exquisite Stone on January 12, 2020

Granite countertops can be many things: artistic statement, form over function eclectic centerpiece, or accessory to coordinate with other elements in your home.  Maori granite is a showstopper that demands all the attention.  Here are four ways to see a Maori kitchen, using coordinating colors and materials.  Maori can be coordinated with Hanstone Quartz, Opalescence, White Macaubus Quartzite, or use this stunning color for your entire project.  Visit exquisitestone.com for more details about our custom stone layout process that helps to make your kitchen a statement.  

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New Arrival: Glacial Blue Granite!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on January 3, 2020

Looking for an interesting new granite color for a countertop project?  Check out our new stock of Glacial Blue!  This color sparkles and flashes in the light, and has both warm and cool tones to coordinate with many different color palettes.  Now showing at Exquisite Stone.  Visit our website for more new arrivals and information about our digital process and personalized slab layout options.    

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New Arrival: Blue Dunes Granite!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on October 25, 2019

Working on a kitchen remodel project? Blue Dunes is an excellent choice!  This granite color combines both warm and cool tones for a perfect combination that coordinates easily with many decor styles.  Visit our showroom today to see some slabs, or check out our website for more new arrivals!  

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Featured Remnant: Brown Fantasy

Posted by Exquisite Stone on March 31, 2017

Check out this new remnant of Brown Fantasy marble, now available for your next project.  Visit our website for more color options!    

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Now Hiring!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on March 30, 2017

Now Hiring a Sales and Countertop Selection Specialist! Exquisite Stone is seeking an individual to fill the position of Countertop Selection Specialist.  This candidate will work directly with clients in the showroom to finalize countertop colors, provide estimates and schedule projects.  An interest in interior design is beneficial, as well as experience working with people in a retail-type setting. Job responsibilities include making and receiving phone calls, assisting customers in the showroom, providing estimates for countertop projects, scheduling countertop measure and install appointments, creating invoices and paperwork for each confirmed project, and performing follow-up contact on potential projects. Experience with […]

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Black Granite – sleek and sophisticated, or pain in the bum?

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

We hear both sides: some folks love black granite, and some loathe it. Of course there are pros and cons to the color of every surface. Black cars show salt in the winter, white cars show dirt in the summer. A black shirt shows lint and is a target for bleach spills in the laundry room, while a white shirt attracts orange soda and spaghetti sauce. I personally love black granite. Sleek and sophisticated, it looks fantastic with everything, and leaves the plan for décor wide open. Orange walls, purple walls, beige walls, why not! Black coordinates with it all, and […]

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What’s Your Finish?

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

Traditionally, granite is generally expected to have a glossy, smooth finish.  While the majority of what we see in natural stone countertops fits this description, there is a yearly increase in the popularity of granite with alternative finishes.  Satin, Leather, honed and brushed finishes are becoming more and more available, and add an interesting dimension to a granite installation. Our preferred granite vendors often have a variety of materials in stock with these custom finishes.  A custom finish can also be applied to any material that is polished. Visit Exquisite Stone today to see what finish is right for your […]

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Benefits of digital templating

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

We are living in a world that appears to become more entwined with technology by the minute.  This reliance on phones and tablets seems to make life both easier and more complicated as we move away from phone books, the #2 pencil, and even desktop computers. In working towards incorporating more digital technology into the countertop production process, Exquisite Stone has set aside the glue gun and graph paper, and is now using a digital templating machine for every project. Instead of manually building a pattern of the countertops or creating a drawing using a tape measure and a notepad, […]

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The look of…St Paul

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 1, 2014

Maintaining “the look” is very important to any remodeling project. Many projects in the St Paul, MN, neighborhood are attempting to revamp the original look of these older homes. Many have existing combinations of white subway tile, white cabinets, and white marble countertops. White Carrara marble is the traditional material that is found in many of these older homes, but the sensitive nature of this marble makes it impractical for some families. Quartz alternatives are a great option where marble may fall short. Caesarstone has a great “carrara-look” color that is a very realistic duplication of the classic marble. Quantra, […]

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The Quartz Corner – Modern Flair, Low Care!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on May 30, 2014

Even though granite is still our most popular seller, sometimes it is just not the right “flavor” for every project. With its busy patterns, unpredictable coloring and veining, and natural variation, granite can steal the show from other featured areas in the home. Quartz is the perfect option when a space calls for solid colors, quieter patterns, and cleaner lines than natural stone can offer. Particularly in modern or more simple design schemes, quartz is able to offer more control over color and pattern, allowing other features to shine. Visit our favorite brands.

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