Magazine Mockup: Planet Stone Home Decor

I once managed the social media accounts and blog for Planet Stone. I have a couple of articles I wrote in my portfolio tab but wanted to take a couple and turn them into a magazine.

Here’s a quick mockup.



4 Ways to Get Your Bar Ready for Football Season

Football season is finally here! Football fans around the country are huddled up at their friend’s homes or at home, hosting their own football gatherings. Many people have a special game room or a man cave with a bar to enjoy the game. If you’re hosting, having a bar is amazing, but you have to be sure it’s football season ready!

Bar Top

To prevent spills, add bar molding. Bar molding can turn any countertop into a bar top. Not only will it prevent leakage, but it also comes in handy for your guests to relax their arms. Bar moldings are easy to find at affordable prices online or at your local woodworking store.

Is your bar top spill-proof and moisture and stain-resistant? Upgrade your bar top with custom or prefab quartz to make your life easier. With quartz, you don’t have to worry about accidental scratches or hard to remove beer and wine stains due to its durable and stain-resistant qualities. You can view our fine selection of custom and prefab quartz and give us a call at 818.890.0810 if you have any additional questions.


If you and your friends are rooting for a particular team, deck your bar out with your team’s merchandise! Grab team beer mugs, wine glasses, coasters, napkins and hang up your favorite player’s jersey. Turn the atmosphere into a VIP section. Place a TV or two at the bar so people can enjoy drinks, snacks, and the game without moving a muscle. If you’re inviting a friend over who is rooting for the opposite team, have their team’s logo present… on a napkin that you can wipe your hands with.


The majority of football games occur during daytime hours, but we can’t forget Sunday, Monday and Thursday Night Football. When a game runs into sunset hours, proper lighting will come in handy. Set the mood with dim or team-colored fluorescent or LED lights. Try to avoid regular light bulbs as they tend to get hot and use more energy. You can find lighting options at your local hardware store and online. Many decorative LED lights come with an adhesive backing to easily stick them anywhere. Try adding lights around the base of your bar or under your bar molding to prevent possible glare on your TV.

Stock Up

Time to go to Costco and stock up on food and beverages. If you have a counter or cabinet space behind your bar, display your beverages so guests can see their options. Make sure you have a fridge nearby to keep items stocked and cold. The last thing you want to do is run out of items and have to run to the kitchen and miss an important play.

With these easy tips, you’ll have a great time enjoying the game and hanging with close friends. Share these tips with others so you too can get the VIP treatment at their football party.

Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

The first step to any bathroom remodel is deciding the reason why. Do you want more space to replace worn-out items, or are you just looking for a new and fresh design? At this point, you should also decide what your must-haves are and what should definitely be left out.

Next, plan your budget. This is absolutely crucial! Things can quickly spin out of control if your budget hasn’t been set clearly from the beginning. After you have settled your final budget, you can decide where you can splurge and where less expensive alternatives are needed.

Now it’s time for the fun part – designing and deciding on materials! Your day starts and ends in the bathroom. Make sure your design is aesthetically pleasing with enough storage and space for you to move around comfortably. Is there a certain focal piece like countertop, mirror or bathtub you want to display? Plan your color scheme accordingly as well; this will make choosing countertops and cabinets much easier!

Get a general idea of how long the remodel should last? Even small renovations can take some time when considering ordering special or custom materials. Make sure you have an alternate bathroom during the time of construction!

Lastly, give Planet Stone a call! We offer an abundance of beautiful natural stone for tubs/showers, vanity tops, walls, and flooring. We also offer sinks and stock cabinets so you can create a cohesive design for your dream bathroom! Our staff has all the knowledge and expertise necessary for a great remodel. Call us at 818-890-0810 or contact us online to schedule an appointment and receive a personal quote (for free)!

Do you want some money-saving tips for your bathroom remodel? Check out one of our other blog posts here!

Visit Better Home & Gardens for bathroom design and remodel ideas!

Why Choose Planet Stone

At Planet Stone, we pride ourselves in offering the best customer service, excellent installation and affordable prices. We’ve served the Los Angeles area since 2005 and have partnered with a variety of manufacturers to offer customers the highest quality products. We offer a variety of stones to meet your style and needs including quartz, granite, marble, limestone, travertine, and soapstone.

Planet Stone is exclusively set up to provide custom made stone products that are shipped to the job site and are ready for installation.

What We Do

Planet Stone will help with full kitchen remodeling projects and countertop replacement, as well as backsplash and tile work. We’ll make sure your kitchen looks the part for all of your cooking and entertaining needs. We now offer a full line of kitchen cabinets and sinks to help complete your design.

If you aren’t sure about the color scheme, play with a variety of options in our virtual kitchen designer to see which color combination and countertop work for you. Write down your final virtual design details and call 818.890.0810 so we can get started.

Let our amazing crew give your bathroom a fresh makeover. Using our beautiful stone for your tub or shower, vanity, walls, and flooring will create the spa-like atmosphere you desire. We also offer sinks and cabinets to help complete your look.

Let Planet Stone give your business a touch-up. We specialize in flooring, exterior stonework, tabletops, and multi-unit projects. Whether you need to revamp your reception area or your restaurant, we’ll get the job done.

How to Get Started

To request a free estimate, follow these simple steps:

  1. View Our Stone Collection – Choose between custom, prefab and natural stones (all listed under our Materials tab).
  2. Choose an Edge Type – Choose the best edge style for your countertop or use the layout of your current countertop. We offer standard and custom styles.
  3. Provide the Details – To provide an accurate estimate, we’ll need you to fill out a detailed form. Include dimensions of the project area, upload overhead images and additional details based on your project. We want to provide the best estimate possible.

What You’ll Experience

Planet Stone combines great customer service, high-quality control, and excellent craftsmanship to manufacture and install our materials. We’ll work with you every step of the way to get the final look you want. We stand behind our craftsmanship and offer a one year warranty on all installations and labor. For more information about our warranty, visit our FAQ page. You can also visit our blog for more design tips.

We’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help bring your remodeling project to life!


Bathroom Countertop Trends

When choosing a bathroom countertop, you have to choose one that is durable and can withstand soap, water, heat (curling and flat irons) and other common products. You may want to choose a surface that’s easy to clean and requires low maintenance. Here are some popular surfaces to consider for your bathroom remodel.


Limestone provides a more rustic look. Limestone is strong, durable, as well as moisture and stain-resistant, making it an ideal choice for bathroom countertops. Limestone has a natural dull luster that hides minor surface scratches and cleans easily. Limestone comes in a variety of colors and textures to match contemporary and modern bathrooms.


Granite countertops create a luxurious look to any bathroom. There are several affordable grades of granite on the market, so you don’t have to worry about spending a fortune. Granite resists stains and isn’t damaged by water or heat. You will have to occasionally seal granite for protection and longevity.


Soapstone is softer than many other types of stone. This material is very dense and non-porous. It withstands heat and is resistant to stains.


Marble creates sheer beauty for any bathroom. Only use marble in bathrooms that aren’t heavily used. Marble needs gentle treatment as is prone to scratches and stains.


Quartz is incredibly durable and low-maintenance. Quartz is often seen as an affordable option compared to granite and marble. Quartz doesn’t need to be stained in order to last longer like granite. This nonporous surface is mold, mildew, and scratch-resistant.


Travertine has a light color and can take on a high polish. It is harder than limestone or marble, making it well suited for busy bathrooms. Travertine should be sealed for protection and longevity.

All of these amazing stones are available at Planet Stone. Contact us at 818-890-0810 for more details or to receive a free estimate.

7 Elegant Kitchen Design Trends

The kitchen is the hub of every home. If you’re thinking of updating your kitchen, here are a couple of trends to get your creative juices flowing.

Shades of Gray

The standard color for kitchen cabinets may still be white, but gray is making a breakthrough. Shades of gray work well with a variety of colored countertops and wood finishes.

Modern Functionality

Changing the way your cabinets and drawers function elevates the style of your kitchen and provide additional space. Instead of cabinets opening outwards, switch to cabinets that open upwards and out. Many drawers are multifunctional and can swivel depending on the needed space.

Industrial Features

Rugged textures are becoming very popular in home kitchens. Adding brick walls, exposed pipes, natural stone surfaces or rustic wood doesn’t always make your kitchen look cold or stiff. Featuring one or two of these elements can add the pizzazz your kitchen needs.

Darker Floors

If you choose a light color for your cabinets or walls, select a dark floor stain. This design will allow your wall or cabinetry color to pop and add a cozy factor to the room.

Touch-Activated or Hands-Free Faucets

Touch-activated or hands-free faucets may seem gimmicky, but when your hands are covered in dirt or bacteria, tapping the faucet will come in handy. Touch-activated or hands-free faucets may also help save water and decrease your water bill.

Colorful Cast-Iron Sinks

Your sink doesn’t have to be stainless steel. Add a pop of color and farmhouse flair. Sinks come in a variety of colors from neutral to dark hues to pair with a variety of countertops.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is the toughest countertop material. Unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent damage. Quartz is the smart choice for families or cooks.

At Planet Stone, we have a variety of quartz colors to choose from. You can view our selection here. Contact us for a  free estimate or call 818-890-0810.

Marvel Over Marvelous Marble

Have you ever caught yourself staring at the intricate details of marble? You’re not alone. Marble is one of the most elegant materials you can choose for your home. Marble has always been associated with wealth and for its use in architecture.  This natural stone can create a sense of sophistication and boost the atmospheric vibe of any room. When choosing marble, there are several ways to showcase its beauty.

Pairing with Neutral and Dark Hues

Pairing a light marble with neutral colors can really brighten a bathroom with minimal light. Whether you use marble for your tub, shower or wall, top this combination off with shiny steel and you’ll have a rich, rejuvenating palette.

Draw out the natural pattern of marble by contrasting it with dark hues. Try to choose a color that compliments the marbling. Choose a plain color like a smokey gray or charcoal for a dramatic effect.

Small Details

If you don’t want to splurge on marble, make a sleek statement by incorporating it in small doses. A fireplace is often the main attraction of the room it occupies. Why not give it an upgrade? Get rid of the vintage brick and add a more modern look.

Mix and Match

Marble isn’t as durable as quartz or granite. Instead of placing marble on a surface that is heavily used, try placing it on a surface that isn’t prone to stains, scratches or other damage. Pairing a marble kitchen island with a granite countertop creates an eye-catching contrast. This will allow you to keep your marble safe from cooking and food prep areas.


The best way to keep your marble in pristine condition is to use it as a backsplash. A marble backsplash will act as a wonderful frame for the kitchen. Be sure to wipe off any splashes immediately to prevent stains.

Marble may not be the most budget-friendly stone, but it is worth the investment. Marble comes in a variety of colors and each slab is completely unique. Contact us for a free estimate and let us install marble in your home to show the world you have class and style.

Affordable Ideas to Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

You may not think of your bathroom as a relaxing place to be, but with some tweaks, your bathroom can turn into a spa.

Declutter Your Toiletries

Clutter can make a room look messy and can elevate stress levels. That’s why when you walk into a spa, their toiletries are often hidden or strategically placed. Get rid of toiletries you’ll never use again. This will free up counter and cabinet space. If you have items such as bath beads or salts, place them in glass jars or other containers to match your decor.

Upgrade Your Sink

Spas are popular because their fixtures are unique. Incorporating a raised sink bowl can instantly give your bathroom a remarkable look. Once you remove your basin, you’ll have additional storage under your sink.

Beautiful Stone Countertops

Stones are appealing to the eye, can add a touch of quality, and are great moisture and bacteria deterrents. Quartz is a great material and comes in a variety of colors. It doesn’t require sealing and it has a variety of edge treatments. Visit our quartz selection and installation options for more details.

Pamper Yourself with a Deep Soaking Tub

Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t have a soaking tub. Bath manufacturers offer a variety of small soaking tubs that will fit your current tub space. If you aren’t the type of person to soak in the tub, incorporate a massaging showerhead to smooth out any knots in your back or neck.

Install Dimming Lights

Your natural bathroom lighting may be too bright to allow you to fully relax. With a dimmer, you can soften the lighting to get the spa-like relaxation you desire.


Fragrances are known to boost one’s mood. Place a diffuser with lavender or peppermint essential oils in your bathroom. Scented candles can add additional ambiance.

Paint Your Walls

Paint your walls with de-stressing colors such as soft blues, pale green or beige. These colors can add a soothing and spacious feel to your bathroom.

With these tips, any bathroom can be turned into an at-home oasis regardless of your space or budget.