We asked Sarah Lograsso, marketing manager for Eldorado Stone, for her expert advice on using stone inside and outside your home.

Ask the Expert: Sarah Lograsso on Using Stone in Your Home
Sarah Lograsso, Eldorado Stone
It’s time to invest in a fire pit. We want it to complement our surroundings and provide lots of warmth for our chilly winters. What is the newest trend for stone fire pits? –Dana Fahey, Marin, CA There is a trend towards products and ideas that enhance a lifestyle or create unique spaces, and outdoor living is no longer considered just a “trend” but a lifestyle worth obtaining. Eldorado Stone offers a line of Artisan Fire Bowls designed to bring a heightened level of style and elegance to any outdoor space. Made from strong, glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and hand-sanded through a four­-step finishing process, each Artisan Fire Bowl renders a true one-of-a-kind creation with subtle variations in color and texture similar to natural limestone. They’re as functional as they are beautiful, incorporating a 65,000 BTU gas burner, providing ample heat on cool nights. Fire Bowls ship complete with lava rock and certified CSA components for natural gas or liquid propane. Choose from four colors in either Honed or Travertine finishes. Once installed, you’ll enjoy fireside chats with a statement piece worth talking about. Our farmhouse needs a contemporary upgrade, especially in the kitchen. How can we incorporate stone to add a little modern rustic vibe? –Jill Marsden, Bozeman, MT As a design leader in architectural products,we too like to explore different design possibilities, one being the combination of modern lines and handcrafted texture. Incorporating a stone accent wall into your kitchen or applying stone as a backsplash can help set the stylistic tone of your space. By selecting a more linear-shaped stone and applying the profile with a dry-stack technique, this combination of clean lines in conjunction with a stone surface texture will strike the perfect balance between rustic and modern design. My wife finally agreed to redo the fireplace! What is the best material to surround it with if we want a more antique look with a new hearth? –Don Sharpe, Cheyenne, WY When it comes to transforming a space, stone is well-known for its warmth and textural details. Eldorado Stone offers one of the most extensive lines of stone and brick veneer in the world. With over 150 color palettes, 20 national profiles and 30+ regional profiles, there is an Eldorado Stone perfect for your next project. Selecting a stone profile such as our Cypress Ridge will be a great option as this collection was designed to reflect the poetic harmony and enduring characteristics of age-old hilltop villages. A combination of irregularly shaped stones with colors ranging from sundrenched golds, earthy browns and faint olive green hues offset rust-colored accents to give each stone its own story to tell.
Keep Reading: