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April 14, 2014

The past decade has seen many beautiful additions to flooring products. The traditional quarried stones — granite, marble, and slate have been made more affordable by manufacturing stone veneers. You have the look and feel without the weight. This transition to veneer is gaining popularity as the manufacturing processes become more skilled, combining man-made and stone strata. Imaginative applications in colour and pattern offer us a rich design palette with which to work.

Another option that has captured the popular market is the appearance of porcelain tiles. 

 

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April 7, 2014

Gone are the days when the kitchen was hidden away beside the dining room, door closed except for serving and clearing. Today, the kitchen takes pride of place where living and lounging, dining and cooking meld into one stylish open-plan space. This radical shift in dominance has brought stunning design and style changes to everything kitchen, from counters and sinks to cabinetry and lighting. The kitchen never looked better!...(read more)

March 31, 2014

Dear Debbie,

 

I would like to texture the walls of a guest bathroom and need some direction. The look I am after is a very thick texture, not the regular texture that can be applied with a sponge or a pressure gun.

Donna

Dear Donna,

The thick texture that you are talking about is created by applying plaster with a metal trowel and then working it with a wood trowel. I would recommend contacting a professional plasterer, who will know the type and thickness of the plaster mix required.

There are different types of plaster available for wall applications that you can do yourself. Venetian plaster has marble dust mixed into it, unlike traditional stucco, and can be burnished to a high sheen by rubbing with a spatula or trowel.

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