News From the Block

I’ve heard the arguments that glass blocks are dated or that they are an “80’s” product – Kepple Glass Block would disagree, the people who make this claim are not aware of how this material has evolved. Glass Blocks come in various sizes, shapes, colors, patterns and designs, making it easy to match you interior design style or color. You can add a beautiful accent wall or invite more light into your rooms.

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The Story of Soapstone

As the granite countertop trend continues to slowly ebb in high-end homes, other alternatives are starting to pick up in popularity. Soapstone is a natural material, a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc with varying amounts of chlorite, micas, amphiboles, carbonates and other minerals. It has been known for centuries for its ability to retain heat (for example, all of our original hearthstones in the farmhouse are made of soapstone). At Green Mountain Soapstone they are unsurpassed in quality, and the largest soapstone supplier to the USA and Canada. They are at booth 133A at the Times Union to help with more information about Soapstone in your home.

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The Local Decorating Resource..Home Depot

As an incurable DIY’er one of my favorite haunts is Home Depot. A surprising number of objects in my home come from this Big Box Store. That’s partly because I love a somewhat rustic look and also because the store’s prices are usually very good. I love walking through Home Depot and BAM.. it strikes like a hot iron instant inspiration!

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Keep your Basement Beautiful..

What a wonderful idea this is!  I wish we had this years ago, we had to have a company come dig up my yard and it was a mess to fix the leaks… Maintaining your investment is important, you need a solution that will last and protect the finishes you install in your space.

Did you know that roughly seventy percent of our planet is water covered at any given time. So what makes us think we can build a simple structure, using the most basic of materials, and have even the slightest chance of stopping water from intruding?
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Sometimes All You Need Is A Splash Of Colour!!

Albany Center Gallery has provided a platform for 39 years for the work of contemporary visual artists to engage the public, Leslie Urbach opened the gallery’s doors in 1977.  The Albany Center Gallery (a non-profit art space) that is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art of the Mohawk Hudson Region. They have at least 7 major exhibits each year. Located at 247 Lark Street in Albany, the Gallery holds regular classes and workshops.      

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Stay Sharp..

There is nothing worse than trying to prepare a meal with a dull knife. If you’re knife isn’t sharp you might as well just try ripping apart your ingredients with your hands instead of cutting them. If it’s one thing everyone needs, it is good kitchen knives, American Made Cutco Knives have been around since 1949. Cutco has proudly made high-quality kitchen knives and products in Olean, New York. A local company right in our own backyard! Cutco sells more than just knives, they also offer cook ware, garden tools, flatware and more. See all their products at their location on the upper level at booth 338 in the Times Union Center.

This is the Feature recipe this month from Cutco:

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