Ask a Pro: Selecting the Perfect Natural Stone Slab


No matter the size of a house- whenever a luncheon, dinner soiree, or dessert party is thrown, guests have a tendency to congregate in the kitchen. Such a popular gathering spot should be given the utmost attention, especially when it comes to countertops. That is where the high-quality designs of All Natural Stone come in.

Nothing beats the look of a show-stopping kitchen island. As the centerpiece of any kitchen, the island is a place for food, drinks, and laughs. “The Magma granite slab we chose for this island had a sedimentary feel to it,” said Arman Bashi of Valley Home Builders (see opening photo). “It contained lots of layers and flowed in such a way that the homeowner fell in love with it immediately.” We especially love how the homeowners paired it with the yellow fiery crystal pendants, which compliments the rich magma flow in the granite. We asked Arman for a tip on how to choose the perfect natural stone slab. “So often does a client of mine see a slab they like, fall in love with it and then explore other options,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before they gravitate back to their first choice. I say ‘If you fall in love at first sight, then it’s meant to be!’”

Photos courtesy of: Jana Geller Design (left) & Jim Kelly Construction (right)

This gorgeous open-space kitchen received first-class treatment from designer Jana Geller and Jim Kelly Construction (left). “I selected this stone because it has a lovely softness about it, plus a hint of the soft green that we could reflect in the backsplash and mosaic,” said Jenna, when asked about how the sky-lit Crema Calcatta slab island came to be the focal point of the space. “It was important to us that there was a continuity and integration of style throughout the kitchen. Adding the beauty and durability of leathered Costa Esmeralda granite for the kitchen counter top next to the stunning New Ravenna water jet mosaic backsplash created the perfect pair. The beauty of selecting slabs at All Natural Stone is the ability to also find wonderful tile and mosaics to create an integrated look for the whole project all under one roof.”

We can’t get enough of this perfect master bathroom by Jana Geller Design and Jim Kelly Construction (right). White Carrara marble is so classic, and looks timeless when placed next to a dark wood vanity. “Matching White Carrara tile on the floor with a one-inch inset frame of gold travertine reflecting the soft gold frame of the mirror completes the picture,” said Jenna. “The whole feeling in the bath is one of serenity and balance.” We asked Jana how she helps her clients choose the perfect slab. “My advice to all of my clients is to fall in love with the slab. The design direction and style falls in place. And when I bring my clients to All Natural Stone, that is exactly what happens!”

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