10/16/2014

Furnishing Vision

Welcome, Kelly Moss, to the furnishing vision team! Kelly will be leading our Residential Sales and Design portfolio! Keep your eye on our sites for the latest in residential trends and products. We have some exciting new products.....
To request samples or a product presentation, please contact:
512-444-8600
consult@laterasurfaces.com

www.furnishingvision.com

5/12/2014

Beautiful New Samples of Sardegna Marmi Have Arrived!

Soft shapes and luxurious ambiences. Marble reveals a new soul in the markings perfectly etched on its surface: zebra, crocodile and serpent evoke exotic climes. Sardinian stone is reborn, rediscovers its history and sets a trend: design language recounting an unforeseen personality each time. Unusual shapes, surprising combinations, unexpected forms of workmanship and tactile effects: the Sardegna Marmi Design collections enhance the materials and enliven exteriors and interiors as expressions of style and unpredictability.

Pictured below is a sample of Snake Orosei Marble from the Glamour Collection. 
To see samples of this beautiful product in person, stop by our showroom.
For More Information 
www.laterasurfaces.com 512-444-8600 

4/29/2014

Thinking about an outdoor kitchen? Find out more about beautiful materials suited to outdoor applications.

With summer’s imminent arrival, there’s no better time to think about creating a beautiful, functional outdoor space for grilling, relaxing, and cooking outdoors. Naturally, not all materials are going to hold up as well when exposed to the elements as they would indoors. While marble and granite are prone to etching when exposed to acidic rain, and  Luckily, there are several surfacing materials that will hold up extremely well for exterior countertops.
1.  Soapstone- Natural, beautiful, durable
Soapstone’s non-porous, non-reactive surface makes it highly resistant to staining or etching and since soapstone does not need to be sealed, there is no need to worry about the chemical sealer breaking down over time. Soapstone will not harbor bacteria, nor will it react with acidic substances. It is both heat- and cold- resistant, and can be subjected to great fluctuation in temperatures without any risk of cracking or scorching. The stone will develop a rich, dark patina over time, though you can always oil or wax your stone to enhance the colour and bring out the veins.
2. Vetrazzo- Eco-friendly, made of 100% Recycled Glass
Vetrazzo is another material been primed for exterior applications such as patios, pool surrounds, and outdoor kitchens. It is highly stain-, scratch- and scorch-resistant. The colours of the glass shards will not fade or change with exposure to UV, which means that Vetrazzo will retain its beauty year after year. Like granite and most other natural stone, it will require periodic re-sealing to reduce the risk of etching.
3. JadeStone- a new and exciting porcelain-like countertop
JadeStone, a new and exciting product on the surfacing market, makes an outstanding outdoor countertop that is nearly impossible to scratch, stain proof, heat proof up to 2,000 degrees and is unaffected by UV rays. It is completely non-porous and requires no sealer, won’t stain and is completely moisture and bacteria resistant.

For more information please feel free to contact us
www.laterasurfaces.com * 512-444-8600

4/28/2014

New soapstone slabs in Dallas and Austin!

We have new slabs of Bruzios and Minas soapstone that have arrived at our Austin and Dallas showrooms! Stop in to take a look at this gorgeous new material in person. 

Pictured above is a close up of the surface of our Bruzios soapstone, which darkens to a deep, rich green with the application of mineral oil. 
Pictured below is our Minas Soapstone, which embodies the classic soapstone look with a matt black surface and white veins


For more information or to schedule an appointment 
call 512-444-8600
www.laterasurface.com

4/15/2014

Viatera Quartz Surfaces from LG Hausys!

Viatera® quartz surface is designed and created around the idea that a countertop is more than a place where meals are prepared. It is where good memories are born. Whether you’re looking for a surface that stands up to the demands of daily life, or a surface that resists the wear of commercial applications, Viatera® allows you the freedom to create a space that truly reflects the beauty and wonder of life.
Viatera® is comprised of 93% quartz, one of the hardest minerals on earth, giving the material the superior strength to stone. Should you accidentally inflict a deep scratch or surface impression, a trained professional can easily resurface your Viatera® thanks to its sealant-free consistency.

Feel free to come in to our Austin or Dallas showroom to view this beautiful, durable product in person!

3/25/2014

New Location In Dallas

We're excited to announce our new Dallas location! 

Milestone Distributors
2615 E. Belt Line Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
Telephone:(214) 717-2101
FAX: (512) 444-8601
E-mail:consult@laterasurfaces.com

Stop on by or give us a call at our main location (512-745-5850) with any questions you may have! 

12/06/2013

Holiday Soapstone Gifts

The Holidays are here ... and need some gift ideas?

Soapstone Whiskey Rocks, BBQ Griddles, Wine Holders or Cooking Pots make the perfect gift for coworkers, friends or family.


Organic All-Natural Soapstone Griddle

The Soapstone Griddle is a natural, non-stick, energy-saving way to a better tasting life. Unlike a gas or electric griddle, the stone griddle absorbs energy and distributes it evenly in the form heat for faster cooking food. It provides a flame barrier to that allows the flavors of whatever is cooking to bloom into a culinary masterpiece without being disturbed. The griddle comes with a smooth side that is best for cooking pizza or pancakes and a grooved side for grilling of steaks and chicken.


 

Whisky Rocks
Whiskey Rocks give a new meaning to “on the rocks.” Serve top-shelf liquor in way that gives guests a chill. Made from recycled soapstone, this modern-day version of the ice cube cools any small volume drink without the melted water. Simply freeze and pop them into whiskey, scotch, liquor and even wine. These sophisticated rocks chill the drink without diluting the taste.

Coffee or tea losing it's heat too quickly? Pop one or two rocks into the microwave, drop them in your mug, and enjoy your heated drink for longer.
Our rocks won't scratch your barware either - our cubes have no sharp edges.
The larger stones in this set chill your drink about 25 degrees (using 2 stones). Results vary depending on volume and starting room temperature.

Soapstone is the only non-porous, odorless, tasteless, and a natural food-safe stone used in the home. Due to the high density of the material, soapstone retains temperature better than stones like granite or marble, so you can expect a sustained chill or heat. Soapstone is non-reactive to most common household cleaners and is dishwasher safe.


  

Soapstone Wine Coasters - Scoop
This handmade soapstone coaster are made from 100% soapstone. It is stain proof, heat proof, and fade proof. It also protects against scratches and prevents water marks. The Scoop's sleek design will add a modern touch to any room decor. We also have custom graving available (please call for more details). 

Oven-to-Table Entertainment Platter
The Oven-to-Table Entertainment Platter is hand-crafted in USA and made from recycled soapstone. Its sophisticated design takes full advantage of the soapstone properties. The appetizer plate can be easily heated or chilled to maintain food at the perfect temperatures. Simply place the appetizer plate in the freezer to keep hors d'oeuvres chilled or stick it in the oven to keep food warm. Each plate is unique in itself with color and veining patterns. The Oven-to-Table Entertainment Platter is a beautiful addition to any party or family gathering.  
  


For more soapstone products, information and direct orders please visit www.laterasurfaces.com/shop/ 

or contact us at 512-444-8600

12/05/2013

Sardegna Marmi Design - GLAMOUR Collection

Sardegna Marmi Design is a new brand whose original ideas take the elegance and creativity of the made in Italy worldwide. The brand combines the extraordinary structural features of Sardinian marbles with refined aesthetics. Collaboration with masters of design leads to unusual solutions for flooring and facing. In its collections different styles, chromatic effects and unexpected finishes give life to a new stone age. There are 3 different Collections: Glamour, Woods & Shapes. 

This post will focus on the Sardegna Marmi Design - Glamour Collection
Jungle - Savana - Jungle 

The Glamour Colection features soft shapes and luxurious ambiences. Marble reveals a new soul in the markings perfectly etched on its surface: zebra, crocodile and serpent evoke exotic climes. Sardinian stone is reborn, rediscovers its history and sets a trend: design language recounting an unforeseen personality each time.

GLAMOUR Collection: Jungle

Shower wall: Jungle in Black Secrect marble. Wainscoting: Jungle in Orosei marble. 
Floor: Run in Orosei Marble, brushed.
Shower wall: Jungle in Black Secrect marble. Wainscoting: Jungle in Orosei marble. 
Floor: Run in Orosei Marble, brushed.

Wainscoting: Jungle in Orosei marble. Floor: Run in Orosei Marble, brushed.
Detail of Jungle wall paneling in Black Secret marble. Infinity Stripes flooring in brushed Orosei marble.
GLAMOUR Collection: Savana 
Detail of Savana wall paneling in Black Secret marble 
GLAMOUR Collection: Snake
Detail of Snake wall paneling in Orosei marble.

The birth of Sardegna Marmi, a group of companies specialized in the various stages of producing Sardinian marble: extraction, workmanship, surface treatments and marketing. The quality of the material and workmanship, plus efficient and flexible service, enables the company to gain renown and growth through time so that today Sardegna Marmi products give extra worth to public buildings and private homes worldwide, from Europe to the Americas to the Middle and Far East. 

For More Information Please Contact Us 

11/22/2013

East Fort Bliss, opened second Sam Adams Pub in the Army.


East Fort Bliss, in El Paso, TX opened the second Sam Adams Pub in the Army. The new pub, specializes in the Sam Adams line of craft beers, opened November 13, in a renovated part of the Centennial Club. 

The renovation includes new furniture, equipment, bar ware and new Alehouse Amber with patina, Vetrazzo countertops. The countertops are made of recycled beer bottles and is the perfect choice for a Sam Adams Pub. 
Planned for three years, the pub is meant to provide some casual dining options and enhance the quality of life on East Fort Bliss, said Tianna Bowden, food and beverage program manager for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which will run the facility.
“Craft beers are extremely trendy right now, and people are getting away from the basic domestics,” Bowden said. The Army’s first Sam Adams Pub is located at Fort Irwin, Calif.
The new pub will serve a variety of imported and domestic beers in the bottle and different Sam Adams craft beers in the bottle and on tap. It will also serve wine and has a full liquor bar. It will be open to the public, but you need to be at least 21 to enter the premises.The pub will also feature a beer-inspired menu, Bowden said. ”A lot of the menu items are made with beer,” she said. “We have beer-battered fish, lager ketchup, beer chili, even our desserts. We have a beer and bacon pecan tart. ”The pub cost $275,000 to renovate and outfit with furniture, equipment, bar ware and other amenities. The money came from what are known as nonappropriated funds, meaning the money isn’t general tax dollars but was generated by Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities at Fort Bliss, said Heather Wilburn, marketing coordinator for the morale-boosting organization.”I think it’s exciting to have something like this on Fort Bliss,” Wilburn said. “East Fort Bliss has expanded so quickly a lot of quality-of-life projects are just now catching up. We have gyms, the Soldier Activity Center. This is the first step for a food-dining-entertainment aspect.”The pub will also have an outdoor patio area with a separate bar and fire pit.A certified Sam Adams cicerone, or beer guide, was scheduled to visit the pub before it opens and train the staff on how to serve beer and talk about it.The pub will be open 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, but may expand those hours in the future.
For Vetrazzo Samples Please Contact Us 
- For the full story please visit - El Paso Times

11/18/2013

Looking for a new kitchen, why not use PaperStone ... for the whole thing?


Looking for a new kitchen, why not use PaperStone for the whole thing? 


PaperStone® is ideal for countertops in any room, restaurant food prep surfaces, conference tabletops, signs and plaques, window sills, cutting boards, cutlery handles, furniture, restroom partitions, cabinets, indoor and outdoor (RainStone™) wall cladding, and many more creative uses.

  

PaperStone® is innovative and cost competitive. It’s a beautiful, heavy-duty composite known for its environmental sustainability, contemporary appearance and remarkable warmth to touch. PaperStone is used for counters, vanities, and furniture, that is FSC certified qualifying for LEEDs building credits. PaperStone® is durable and recommended for residential kitchens, baths and many commercial uses. PaperStone® is NSF certified and is excellent as a restaurant food preparation surface. It is manufactured in the USA and is made from 50 to 100% post-consumer recycled paper and is petroleum-free resin.


Extremely strong and durable
Long lasting lifetime product with superior scratch, dent and chip resistance.
Superior strength allows innovative cantilevered designs, up to 18” unsupported overhang with 3/4-inch material.

Easy to clean, safe, no radon emissions
• Washes clean with sponge and dishwashing liquid.
• With proper cleaning, does not promote growth of bacteria, mold or mildew.

Warm appearance, stain resistant, UV stable
Natural earth-tone colors oer a warm ambience to any room.
Non-porous surface provides a lifetime of stain resistance.
Excellent color stability, resists the eects of exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Heat resistant
Heat resistant up to 350° F (175° C); use of a trivet or hot pad is recommended.

Residential Lifetime Limited Warranty
When installed by a certied PaperStone® fabricator, PaperStone Residential Lifetime Limited Warranty means you can relax and enjoy PaperStone® for as long as you own your home.

Easy fabrication and installation
Installed with the same carbide-tipped tools and techniques used in working
with ne hardwoods.

For Samples Please Contact Us 

11/15/2013

Taking Soapstone to the NEXT LEVEL!

Escobedo Construction taking Soapstone to the NEXT level! These black 3d panels are made out of Noire soapstone. Escobedo Construction cut the custom pattern into the panels on their 5-axis CNC machine and it turned out stunning!



These black 3d panels are made out of Noire soapstone. Escobedo Construction cut the custom pattern into the panels on their 5-axis CNC machine and it turned out stunning!




For samples or more information please contact us! 


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11/08/2013

Whole Foods - Coffee & Tea Bar - Austin, Tx

Whole Foods - Coffee & Tea Bar - Austin, Tx

Who does't LOVE Whole Foods Market & Coffee? That's why we were more than thrilled when Vetrazzo was specified for the Coffee & Tea Bar in Whole Foods Market World Headquarters in Austin, Tx. Vetrazzo a 100% post consumer recycled glass counter top material was the perfect material for the project; not only because of the ascetics of the material but Whole Food's Green Mission of the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is parallel to Vetrazzo's. "Everyone around here strives to honor this (3 R's) golden rule of environmental stewardship". So it was only a natural choice to use Vetrazzo. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle .... WELL .... Vetrazzo begins with you! When youRECYCLE dispose of your glass bottles into your curbside recycling bin, it ends up at a facility where it is processed by color and glass type. Once sorted, it's crushed and packaged for companies like Vetrazzo to purchase for REUSE. We source all our glass from post-industrial glass sources and demolition sites to get an array of options for making slabs but ultimately REDUCING all that glass into landfills. Vetrazzo is also made in Tate, Ga reducing any carbon foot print the product may have.  

A beautiful dark Charisma Blue with Patina was chosen for the entire Whole Foods Market Coffee & Tea Bar area. As you can see (in the photo to the right), the slab is mostly made of brown beer bottles, a few green wine bottles and there is a hint of a rich blue color which is from Sky Vodka Bottles. To give the counter top a rich dark background a was a patina stain applied to the entire slab at the factory. 

Vetarzzo counter tops are made up of over 85 percent glass, mixed with cement, water, and other proprietary ingredients which makes it a very durable work surface especially in high traffic areas.
The next time you are in the Austin, Tx Whole Foods 
make sure to grab a cup of Coffee and take a look! 

For samples or more information please contact us!