Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Spruce up that Empty Corner with a Fiery Stone Creation!

Unused or underutilized corners and slopes in backyards often pose an issue when trying to design an outdoor living space. Greayer Design Associates was called in by this homeowner to help solve this very problem. They had a large slope dominating the yard that gave them very little working space. The homeowners were hoping to transform this space into a more functional and beautiful area.

After interviewing the homeowner, Rochelle Greayer of Greayer Associates determined that the use of stone and fire was important to the design of the backyard. Also, the slope could be used as the backdrop for a rustic outdoor fireplace. The use of New England Fieldstone gives the project a pastoral feel that looks like it has always been there.

The arched firebox adds a little artistic flair that shows off the mason's skill and ability. The Romans created the arch, and this fireplace features it with the use of bluestone legs and New England Fieldstone for the arch pieces.

Bland backyards can easily be transformed into a relaxing getaway. Wouldn't it be great to step into your backyard and be transported to an exotic location? Beautiful hardscapes with accent plants and accessories that pop, this space is a site to behold. Punches of red and wrought iron pieces give the space a true Tuscan flair.

This space was created by Greayer Design Associates. Contact them today to help create your own "getaway".

Greayer Design Associates
Harvard, MA

Friday, September 19, 2008

Let Magma Design Create Your Backyard Retreat

When you work hard all week, you need a place where you can go and relax and let the stress melt away. For most people, their backyard is the ideal place to unwind. Perfect for both entertainment and privacy, this space was created by Magma Design Group.

Here's a great addition to your home without the walls! An outdoor kitchen adds convenience and beauty to this backyard landscape. The built in grill, refrigerator, and extended counter allows the homeowner to bring their party outside without losing the necessities that are found in the home.

Never to neglect the aquatic element of a design scheme, Quartzite Pavers and Buff Mexican Pebbles accent each other beautifully. Varying sized pebbles adds depth and dimension to a beautiful landscape.

Not all pebbles are used as an accent. Here the pebbles are used as an eye catching focal point. With weaving lines, a faux river creates a border for the garden while also providing curb appeal and a unique flair to the landscape.

For more pictures of these projects and others by Magma Design Group, please visit their gallery in our Design Center.

Magma Design Group
Pawtucket, RI 02862

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When Green and Contemporary Meet, Beautiful Things Happen!

New England Fieldstone is gathered and cultivated from farms and fields throughout New England. Even though the stone has been aged for hundreds of years, it does not always have to look that way. The beautiful colors and cut of the stone add a contemporary flair to this fireplace. With accent pieces and neutral colors, the stone really stands out in a beautiful way. Wood floors and blinds add a natural element that blends harmoniously.

This project used our New England Fieldstone Ledgestone and Ashlar Thin Veneer, incorporating both flats and corners into the project. It was created by Christine Bailey Landscape Services out of Norton, MA. Their customer was looking for something to stand out and also be a local product. Using our New England Fieldstone accomplished both of their wishes giving them a unique fireplace with stone from New England that blends in perfectly with the decor of the room. The wooden mantle surround and limestone hearth add the finishing touches to a perfect fireplace.

For more project pictures from Christine Bailey Landscape Services, please view their gallery in our Design Center.

Norton, MA

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

See How Art and Stone Meet in a Book by Lew French

Product Description:

More than 125 gorgeous photographs showcase the beauty of award-winning stonemason Lew French's work in eight different homes, illustrating how rounded fieldstone, gray slate, rough granite, and even curvy driftwood can be incorporated into stunning pieces of functional art.

Inside Flap:

When Lew French made his first stone fireplace at age nineteen, he didn't expect to feel so drawn to the simple material. Twenty-eight years and countless projects later, he still feels awed by the presence stone has in a well-designed setting, whether it's an artfully rendered remodel of a writer's stone studio, a playful fireplace, or a carefully crafted garden pathway. This first collection of French's work, filled with artistic inspiration for your own home or landscape, is a study in contrast: contemporary hearths of rustic slate, sculptured walls of both great granite slabs and stacked, rounded fieldstones. More than 130 gorgeous photographs by Alison Shaw illustrate the beauty of French's pieces and invite you to see how rounded fieldstone, grey slate, rough granite, and even curvy driftwood, are incorporated into stunning pieces of functional art. Throughout, French narrates the charming stories behind the projects: how an idea came to be; how a stone-splitting technique is executed; even how one of his most difficult pieces, a three-year-long project, was saved from ruin just in the nick of time, the day it was completed. Stone by Design is the perfect inspiration for anyone interested in adding the beauty of stone to their own home or landscape. Lew French was born in a small farming town in southern Minnesota, called Zumbrota. He started to work with stone when he had a small construction crew right out of high school and built one or two houses a year. He moved to Martha's Vineyard twenty years ago, and has since worked on his own stone designs exclusively. His work has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times and House Beautiful. French was also featured as a Modern Master on the premier season of "Modern Masters" in the House and Garden Network. French lives with his two sons, Asa and Truman. Alison Shaw is a fine-art and editorial photographer who lives and works on Martha's Vineyard, which has provided the inspiration and subject matter for much of her color and black-and-white photography. Over 5000 of her original fine art prints are in public and private collections. Alison's work appears regularly in Yankee Magazine, Martha's Vineyard Magazine and Cape Cod Life. She teaches photography workshops for the Maine Photographic Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops. Alison lives with her family in Oak Bluffs.

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