Hotel @ The Lafayette

Roughly six months ago Hotel @ The Lafayette was opened in Buffalo, New York.  Hotel Lafayette is a historical building that was just recently restored.  Now it is the home to 57 hotel rooms, residents, banquet spaces, restaurants, desserts,  floral shop, and other boutiques. For a little history lesson, the historic building was designed by… Read more »

Houzz

Have you heard of the Houzz app/website?  We love this website/app.  The Houzz website/app is a home design and remodeling platform that assists people in finding products or ideas.  By connecting designers, homeowners, and professionals from around the world individuals can become inspired about their next project. How does is work: Search a database of… Read more »

HanStone

Here at Italian Marble & Granite we have just brought in a new engineered stone.  HanStone is a quartz surface that is a lot like Caesarstone.   It offers 54 different color choices, some of them appearing to look more natural.  This surface requires no additional sealing or polishing.  Like granite and Caesarstone, HanStone is heat,… Read more »

Semi Precious Stones

Caesarstone a provider of quartz surfaces also offers a line called the Concetto line.  The concetto line is a hand-made stone that is made from semi-precious stones.   The concetto stones can be translucent and therefore lit up.  Like many of the other of surfaces made by Caesarstone the surface is heat, scratch, and stain resistant. … Read more »

Why Buy a House in Buffalo

As many may know people are not moving to Buffalo, but rather away.  Buffalo is truly a wonderful place and many residents will agree.  So why is Buffalo a wonderful place to buy a house? Houses are cheaper in Western New York Western New York Residents get to experience all the seasons:Yes we do get… Read more »

Your Opinion

This post is to see what you would like in your kitchen.  What are some trends that you like?   Questions to think about:   Do you like dark or light surfaces and wood? Do you like granite back splashes or tile? What type of appliances are you looking for? What colors do you like?… Read more »

Introduce Texture

When most people think of a solid surface such as granite they automatically think of a polished looking surface.  But, there are different finishes that a stone can have.  For example, most marbles we prefer to put a honed finish on because scratches are less noticeable.  Honing is a process that we only do to… Read more »

Onyx

Onyx is a stone that we just started to see a lot of people using in the last 7 years.  We have been installing it in a lot of commercial places, as shown above.  The pictures above are from two local restaurants in Buffalo New York, Sea Bar and Mike A’s Steak House.  We have… Read more »