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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: May 19, 2022

6 Reasons Why the Best Countertops for Baking Are Quartz

A kitchen for bakers is like a basketball court for a basketball player. Here we will explore six reasons why quartz countertops are the best for baking.
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: May 18, 2022

Pink, Red, and Green Quartz Countertops: Unique and Bold Design Ideas

Homeowners feel tired of the same old kitchen ideas and a new trending concept is looking into more unusual kitchen countertop ideas. Let's learn our ideas!
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Updated: May 13, 2022

Blue Kitchen Countertops Buyers’ Guide: The Most Popular Materials

In this buyer's guide targeted toward the Chicago homeowner, Granite Selection will take a look at the most popular materials used for blue countertops.
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: March 28, 2022

Best Quartz Countertops that Look Like Concrete

The sum of weathered wood and exposed brick, building systems, lighting fixtures, and concrete, or what we call the industrial interior style, has dominated design trends since the late 2000s in various iterations. With it came the swift adoption of concrete countertops and the virtue of shaping this building material into any dimension to fit […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: March 28, 2022

Сoncrete vs Quartz Countertops: Which Is Better?

Both concrete and quartz are formidable contenders for kitchen and bathroom countertop remodeling. Quartz remains a classic material, often substituted for natural stone, while concrete comes at a premium because it isn’t mass-produced. Despite this, the latter complements modern home interiors and looks just as good as quartz. So, how does concrete weigh up against […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: March 25, 2022

Concrete Countertops vs Granite: Which One is Better?

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen or are designing one from scratch, how do you decide which countertop material is best? Currently, there’s a lot of debate around concrete countertops vs granite. In this blog, our specialists compare the two, so you’re informed on the pros and cons of each. Appearance and Color Options […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: March 18, 2022

Veined Quartz and Dark Colors: 5 Biggest Trends in Kitchen Countertops

Choosing countertops is a big decision because they’re the focal point of the space, and it’s important to find something beautiful and practical. For example, quartz countertops are a popular choice for homeowners in Chicago and all over the country due to their durability and the extensive range of patterns and colors available. Kitchens are […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: February 16, 2022

7 Quartz Misconceptions: Debunking the Myths

Quartz countertops were invented in 1963 by the Breton company in northeast Italy, which trademarked the process still used to manufacture countertops today. The technology has been licensed to more than 50 companies around the world, whose manufacturers have developed their own aggregates, adding bits of glass, brass, marble, and granite to create a unique […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: February 15, 2022

Quality and Grades of Quartz Countertops: All You Need to Know

Buying quartz countertops in Chicago whittles down to aesthetic and price, but what, exactly, determines cost? Size, labor, color, and grade are responsible for the final buying price. Quartz grade is determined by the slab’s thickness, colors, resin, and minerals it contains. Picking a decent grade delivers longevity, ensuring your countertop withstands everyday wear and […]
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Paul Batashev by Paul Batashev
Updated: February 02, 2022

Best Granite Bathroom Design Ideas

You might be familiar with granite used in kitchens, but what about for the bathroom? A granite vanity (or shower or floor) is long-lasting and easy to maintain, a practical way to make your bathroom look fantastic. Granite bathroom countertops are chic, functional, and quickly gaining popularity with homeowners in Chicago and elsewhere. That’s why […]
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4 must-have cookbooks by chicago chefs
4 must-have cookbooks by chicago chefs

This eBook outlines the best cookbooks written by today’s most inventive Chicago-based chefs. These cookbooks are not just filled with recipes, cook times and measurements. Each book catalogues the chefs’ creative journey, what inspires them, and what they’re passionate about. Get inspired, roll up your sleeves and cook something you never thought you could.