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Soapstone Appearance at NYC’s Hottest New Steakhouse

By | Decorating, M Teixeira News, Soapstone in Restaurants

Recently, M Teixeira Soapstone was given the opportunity to help create a sizzling ambiance at Cote, New York’s “Most Exciting New Steakhouse.” Restaurateurs Simon Kim and David Shim wanted tabletops that would hold up to heavy use while maintaining an aesthetic of class. Soapstone is the perfect choice for their new eatery because it hits all the points required for a restaurant application.

M Teixeira Soapstone provided the soapstone, fabricated the dining tables and also performed the installation.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Soapstone Durability – Withstand the Elements of High Use Restaurant Areas

Soapstone is a nonporous material that is denser than both granite and limestone. It cannot be penetrated by liquids, harmed by excessive temperatures, or stained. Its neutral chemical composition also makes soapstone immune to corrosives, harsh chemicals, and acidic substances. Many people remember soapstone countertops in the science labs of their youth – if teenagers and Bunsen burners won’t harm this material, then it is certainly up to the task of hot plates and spilled martinis.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Trending Classic – Accentuate the Aesthetic

The appearance of soapstone is simply exquisite. While there are many varieties of veining and color available, many find that the color and texture of their soapstone blend seamlessly with any backdrop, style, or décor. The stone’s smooth-to-the-touch surface leaves an impression than any restaurant would want for their patrons.

Soapstone’s Low-Maintenance – Focus on What Matters

While happy customers make room for hungry guests, servers need to move quickly to ensure a positive dining experience. A restaurant’s wait staff has no time to worry about which cleaner is O.K. to use on their tabletops, and they certainly don’t have time to polish. Soapstone doesn’t need to be coddled – you can use any cleaner you like. Occasionally we recommend rubbing it with a bit of mineral oil if you enjoy the way it darkens, but it’s not required for the longevity of the stone.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Long-Lasting – Let the Good Times Roll

It’s not unheard of to find 19th century soapstone sinks and wood-burning stoves that are still performing like new. Each of the above qualities gives soapstone a longevity that can be difficult to find these days. This charming (yet tough) material is a lifetime investment that will host evenings out for years to come – maybe even for the great-grandchildren of tonight’s table of two.

Contact us for a free quote today on your commercial or restaurant application.

Make a Statement with Soapstone Outdoor Furniture

By | Decorating, New Arrivals, New Soapstone Products, Our Locations

chaiseAs all decorators know, furniture is just as much about aesthetics as it is practicality. Our contemporary soapstone outdoor furniture items are one-of- a-kind and passionately designed by renowned Brazilian architects Souza and Zanini. Hand carved from gorgeous solid soapstone slabs, these contemporary classics will enhance your outdoor living space for generations to come.

Available for purchase exclusively from our online store.

Soapstone Threshold Shelf

By | Decorating, M Teixeira News

A soapstone threshold is just the right size for a bathroom shelf. Simply install the shelf with two brackets and you have a convenient and unique space to store all your necessities.

M. Teixeira Soapstone now carries a variety of Soapstone Thresholds. Our Soapstone Thresholds are made out of natural soapstone with each one being totally unique. They come 36’ long and in widths of four, five and six inches. With the proper saw blade they can be shortened to the desired length. Our Soapstone Thresholds can be purchased online.

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop Project

By | Decorating, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Slabs

We just heard from one of our customers in upstate New York that installed our beautful Monsoon Wave soapstone countertop. We wanted to share with you the photos she sent us of her new kitchen.

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Kitchen Countertop

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop with Built-in Drainboard

“We are very, very happy with the counter and with everyone we dealt with at Teixeira–with the entire experience, in fact, from my first contact with you–your patient responses to my questions, our visit to Hackensack to choose the stone, the promptness and courtesy of your workmen on the scheduled days at our house and most of all their gorgeous workmanship! Everyone was so nice from beginning to end.” Miriam B., Chappaqua, New York

New! Soapstone Subway Tile

By | Decorating, Soapstone Tile

If you are looking for a practical and attractive choice for your kitchen backsplash or bathroom walls, M. Teixeira Soapstone now has the perfect solution. You will be pleased to see that we carry 3″ x 6″ soapstone subway tile. The impervious quality of soapstone makes these distinctively beautiful tiles durable, stain-proof, and completely resistant to chemical reactions. Subway tiles can add a modern twist or a traditional classic touch to any space.

Soapstone Subway Tile

Soapstone Subway Tile

M Teixeira Soapstone Kitchen Sink Featured on Calfinder.com

By | Decorating, Industry News, Soapstone Sinks

We were pleased to learn that our soapstone sink products were featured on Calfinder.com, a web site that connects homeowners with contractors. According to recent article on soapstone kitchen sinks posted on the site, “High durability and low maintenance make M. Teixeira Soapstone’s washbasins sought-after, especially now that the natural stone is making a comeback.” The articles reinforces the durability and longevity of soasptone. Our soapstone kitchen sinks are carved from a solid block of quality soapstone.

EPA Certified Soapstone Wood Stove by M. Teixeira Soapstone

By | Decorating, Soapstone, Soapstone Wood Stove

A great option for a free-standing fireplace is a soapstone woodstove. The stove is comprised of an EPA Certified cast iron fire box insert surrounded by a soapstone veneer. The stone retains the heat and makes the stove super efficient. You can purchase all of our wood stove fireplaces online or call our office to place you order. We also carry soapstone masonry heaters. These are built solely of soapstone, 100% both inside and out, while the soapstone wood stoves, have a cast iron insert that is covered with soapstone.

Vulcan Soapstone Wood Stove

Vulcan Soapstone Wood Stove

How to Decorate Your Soapstone Kitchen Countertop

By | Decorating, Soapstone, Soapstone Countertop Care

Now that you are enjoying your beautiful soapstone kitchen countertop it’s time to get to work, clear the clutter and enhance the look of your entire kitchen.

The first order of business is to stow away those appliance that you don’t use on a daily basis. The ones that come to mind include the bread maker, crock-pot, rice maker, espresso machine, and yes the George Forman grill. You know the culprits.

Now that your space is cleared here are a few decorating ideas to get you started:

  • Candles always add warmth and coziness to any space. Purchase a pair of inexpensive glass hurricane lamps, add a candle, and surround it with materials that reflect the season. Cranberries, lentils, beans, sand, and coffee beans all look natural and beautiful.
  • Keep your dish soap in a soap dispenser or pretty glass bottle.
  • If you use bar soap next to your sink, take a small shallow dish, fill it with small pebbles or glass stones (from the craft store) to create a unique soap dish.
  • A small bouquet of fresh flowers will bring the outside inside. Also consider a few pots of herbs near the window.
  • A mini table-scape on the serving tray can be practical as well as decorative. Try two coffee cups, a sugar bowl, decorative napkins, and spoons. For wine lovers, a few wine glasses and a bottle of wine can do the trick.
  • A bowl or basket of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables such as apple, squash, oranges, peppers, lemons and limes can add a splash of color especially to corner spaces.

When you are all done, sit back and enjoy your new soapstone kitchen countertop.

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