Molly and Jeff wanted a kitchen that was both pragmatic for everyday use and open enough to entertain guests.  To achieve this, they contacted Ellena Rose at eRose Design in Meadville, PA. Ellena is trained and experienced in interior design.  She’s designed hundreds of kitchens and specializes in them for a very unique reason.  She helped run her family’s restaurant for 20 years.  As a result, she brings a perspective to kitchen design that sets her apart from others in the field. “The kitchen is the heart of the home, and I focus on both the aesthetic and practical aspects of the room.  Modern kitchens need to achieve a multi-use balance that the rest of the house doesn’t require.  These days, the kitchenRead More →

Why has granite become so popular as a countertop? There are many man-made materials; stainless steel, laminate, epoxy, concrete, and even glass.  Natural products like marble, limestone and the subject of this article, granite have become fashionable and much more affordable in recent years.  Whether man-made or natural, each material has its own price structure and advantages. However, there are several reasons for granite’s attractiveness. Raw material price is down.  There are over 50 different countries that quarry granite.  Supply is up and technology changes have reduced both production and logistical costs.  Don’t misinterpret, we’re not suggesting that granite is cheaper than laminate covering, but the cost per squareRead More →

Fact:  In the US, stone has become the countertop of choice over man-made surfaces in all new and remodel construction. While this statement may not seem ironic on the… um… surface, it is.  It really is.  Here’s why… Most of the stone used in kitchens is billions (with a ‘b’) years old.  Humanoids have used stone in the procurement and preparation of food for at least 2.5 million years.  By the way, archeologists use the somewhat oxy-moronic term, “Lithic Technology” to describe this. All but one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were made of stone.  Can you name the exception? …The fiftyRead More →