Quartzite Countertops Brighten New York Coop Renovation

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After purchasing a Co-op in Prospect Park South, Brian and Amy embarked on a complete renovation of their space. The couple brought their styles together carefully, with each getting to show off their favorite decor, furniture, and artwork. The interior design style of their home is a tastefully eclectic mix of mid-century modern and vintage boho. The home was recently featured on 6sqft.com, a NYC real estate and architecture blog. The client selected delightfully bright Super White Quartzite slabs from M Teixeira Soapstone’s New Jersey location. M. Teixeira Soapstone fabricated and installed the bathroom vanity, kitchen countertops, and the kitchen island, which Amy describes as the anchor of their home. The lightness of the stone contributes to the open and airy feel of the home, while the grey veining adds depth and texture.

Beyond its versatile and elegant aesthetic, Quartzite is an excellent and practical choice for a kitchen or bathroom countertop surface. It’s stain resistant, acid resistant, and low maintenance.

Each slab of quartzite is unique with veining in shades of dark and light grey. The sugary crystal appearance of quartzite is simply beautiful and makes a unique addition to any kitchen countertop or island. The stone can be polished, honed or brushed and fabricated with a number of different edges.

Learn more about our Super White Quartzite and Calacatta Quartzite.

M. Teixeira Soapstone’s Grand Opening at The San Francisco Design Center

By | M Teixeira News, Our Locations

On June 7th, M. Teixeira Soapstone celebrated the Grand Opening of our new showroom at the San Francisco Design Center, where we are offering the largest variety of soapstone countertops on the West Coast. The San Francisco Design Center is renowned as California’s top resource for the finest of home furnishings.

Meet our West Coast Manager, Francesco, who did a fantastic job setting up our new showroom in the San Francisco Design Center. As they say, great things happen when a Brazilian and a Sicilian get together. Ok, they don’t really say that…

Our guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and spirited beverages while browsing distinctive soapstone products in the bright and airy showroom.

On display were characteristically deep soapstone sinks, a variety of soapstone tile and bathroom tile, stunning countertops and vanities, soapstone flooring, and a distinguished carved soapstone fireplace and mantel.

Meet Christine, Francesco and David, the San Francisco Dream Team! Great job organizing our Grand Opening event. Thanks to everyone that came to support us!

Our Potrero Hill location in San Francisco has provided soapstone products and installation services in Northern California since 2005. We specialize in imported and domestic soapstone countertop displays, sinks, carved mantels, and infinity vanity sinks.

The San Francisco Design Center is free and open to the public for browsing, though we do recommend making an appointment to ensure the highest level of service.

We would love to help you build the home of your dreams! Come visit our new showroom to get started on your next project.

Now offering free shipping to California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington.

Our beautiful new showroom at the San Francisco Design Center

M. Teixeira Soapstone Supplier Creates Magnificent Soapstone Fireplace Mantel

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We are quite proud to share this extraordinary work of soapstone art. Ronie Ryba, an iconic Brazilian artist and one of our suppliers, created this piece after finding inspiration in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Ryba was intrigued by a renaissance fireplace mantle that had appeared in the film. Upon further research, he learned of the original piece, which can be found at The Villa Della Torre Allegrini in Italy.

His inspiration came to fruition when he found the perfect piece of soapstone. As many great sculptors have expressed, Ryba saw the lion within the soapstone block, just waiting to be unveiled by his hands.

Those who have seen the work in person are wonderstruck by the piece’s powerful presence and generous size at 9’x9’x5’.

M. Teixeira DIY Soapstone Countertop Project Featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

By | DIY Soapstone Countertops, Soapstone Countertop

Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s recent article, “Home Buyers Love Splurges in the Kitchen,” suggested that homeowners invest in high quality kitchen finishes before putting their home on the market. The kitchen has long been known as the heart of the home, and this sentiment is true whether your house is going on the market or will be kept in the family for years to come. M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop was used in Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s ProHOME kitchen for its durability and elegance. The kitchen featured is a mix between modern and traditional, which showcases soapstone’s ability to flawlessly blend with and accentuate any design aesthetic.

DIY soapstone countertopSome homeowners shy away from natural stones because they believe the cost isn’t within their budget. Soapstone is an affordable option, but can be even more affordable if you use M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop kits. More than half of the cost of soapstone counters comes from labor, which makes our DIY kits a smart choice for pennywise homeowners.

M. Teixeira’s DIY Soapstone Countertop selection ranges from complete DIY to fully fabricated, so no matter your skill set or tool collection, you can save money on renovating your kitchen, outdoor area, or bathroom counters. For those who may second guess their ability to tackle this project, we’ll even give you a practice piece to try before you commit to the full kit. Take a look at M. Teixeira’s DIY options today to get started on building the natural soapstone countertop you’ve always wanted!

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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.

Just Arrived in Virginia! Stormy Black, Belvedere Soapstone & Church Hill Soapstone

By | DIY Soapstone Countertops, New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop

We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Washington Metro Virginia location.  Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone Closeup

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Church Hill Soapstone is a classic traditional soapstone that comes from the Alberene Quarry in Virginia. View owner Roger Teixeira’s video describing this classic stone.

Just Arrived in Denver! Super White Quartzite and Belvedere Soapstone

By | DIY Soapstone Countertops, New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop

We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Denver Colorado location. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Super White Quartzite

 

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Super White Quartzite has that classic look of Marble, but is more durable and easier to maintain.

Just Arrived in New Jersey! Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone

By | New Arrivals, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Slabs

We just received a new shipment of Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone slabs. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Save Big Without Sacrificing – DIY Soapstone Kitchen Kit

By | DIY Soapstone Countertops, New Soapstone Products

Soapstone – The Perfect Kitchen Counter Material

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, but many homeowners hesitate to update their kitchen due to excessive cost. A good renovation costs thousands of dollars, making it difficult to bite the bullet and spruce up your home. At M. Teixeira Soapstone, we’re proud to offer a smart solution to this problem: Our Kitchen-to-Go Soapstone Counter Kit. While soapstone is famously impervious to stains, chemicals, acids, and general wear-and-tear, it is also soft enough that the average handy homeowner has all the tools needed to fabricate a stunning soapstone countertop.

 
 
 
 
 

Soapstone is an ideal material for the kitchen because it does not require sealing, it will not stain, and it has heat-resistant qualities. Most people are surprised to learn it is more dense than marble, slate, limestone, and even granite. Withstanding the test of time, soapstone is still widely used in chemistry lab countertops and acid rooms. It’s remarkable durability is perfect for a high-trafficked and well-used kitchen that will stay beautiful for years to come.

Fabricated With Ease by Handy Homeowners

With more than half the cost of natural stone counters going towards labor, it’s an easy decision for DIY-ers to incorporate beautiful stone countertops at a fraction of the price. Instead of needing specialized stoneworking tools, all you need is a circular saw, a jigsaw, a drill/driver, a grinder, and a sander.

Recently, homeowners Matt and Laura reached out to report their success with our DIY kit and soapstone sink. When emailing to let us know how much they love their soapstone kitchen, they wanted us to share this message:

“I have never worked with stone countertops before and I want your customers to know how easy soapstone is to work with. I was very nervous to take on this project, but it was not technically difficult and the end result exceeded my expectations.”

Interested but unsure if you have what it takes to DIY your kitchen? For homeowners who doubt their ability to complete this project, we offer a no-cost “practice piece” for you to test your skills before committing to the full project.

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Our DIY kit has 4 options so you can choose just how involved you would like to be in the fabrication of your countertops: Complete DIY, Cut-to-Size, Cut-to-Size and Finished Edge, and Full Pre-Fabricated.

M. Teixeira Soapstone is eager to help you save on building the kitchen of your dreams. Matt and Laura wrote, “We are really happy to have found M. Teixeira Soapstone and greatly appreciate your assistance with filling our order, holding the material for us, and the care your warehouse guys took while loading and securing the stone in our vehicle the day we picked it up.”

We’re passionate about this resilient and attractive natural stone. Get started on the renovation you’ve always dreamed of and order your sample package today!

Soapstone Remnants Add Eclectic Style to Pizza Moto’s Historic Brooklyn Building

By | M Teixeira News
Brooklyn's Pizza Moto

Brooklyn’s Pizza Moto

After eight years of serving Brooklyn’s best pizza from wood-fired mobile ovens, Pizza Moto found its home in an unassuming building that is rich in history. The restaurant was built and remodeled to create a unique Brooklyn aesthetic and features the timeless durability of soapstone. The bar countertop was handcrafted from M Teixeira Soapstone’s remnants to blend seamlessly with the restaurant’s eclectic style. Using reclaimed remnants is a sustainable and earth-friendly choice. Soapstone is the perfect material for the countertop bar because it does not stain and cannot be damaged by hot pots, citrus, wine, acidic liquids, or chemicals.

While it’s certainly a highlight, the charisma of Pizza Moto goes far beyond the bar. The building was originally erected by an Irish immigrant baker in the mid-1800s and later followed by a Prussian cigar maker, an Italian pasta and sub purveyor, and an American coal-fired pizza baker. The history became even richer when co-owners Dave Sclarlow and Anna Viertel discovered a coal oven hidden behind the wall. Sclarow restored the masonry and converted the oven to burn wood instead of coal, and the team went on to build their restaurant around this delightful piece of New York’s history.

The updated turn-of-the-century wood-burner allows Pizza Moto to quickly produce consistent and evenly charred Neapolitan-style pies with a delicate white interior. The restaurant features inventive choices such as the “clam pie,” which has sliced potatoes, smoky bacon, and clams cooked in cream and white wine. The New York Times gave Pizza Moto a glowing review: “the pies coming out of the old bakery are already among the top tier of New York brick oven pizzas.”

 
 
 
 

The design, masonry, welding, plumbing, and finishing carpentry were done entirely by the Pizza Moto team. The restaurant’s bar is particularly appealing – the stools were welded from discarded desks found at a nearby school.

We’re thrilled to see our soapstone used by creative and talented people like Dave and Anna – we know its lasting durability and chic charm will be the backdrop for great times at one of Brooklyn’s hidden gems.

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