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Mixed Media Design

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This Monday, We’re Mixing Things Up

“The trend this year is mixing unexpected materials such as quartz and wood.”

Mixing Stone and Wood in Design, by Element Surfaces

Since the beginning of 2018 the home design industry has experienced a rapid growth in mixed media design. We recognize the importance of countertops as a focal point of kitchen design, so this month we’ve crafted a beautiful Mixed Media element to help you visualize the way you can integrate multiple textures in your space, and take your design to the next level.

Zebrano is a perfect countertop to integrate a natural look and an organic warmth. Its soft tones with light veining are stunning. Torano‘s soft veining won’t feel too harsh in the space, but will allow it to blend well while it’s soft grey undertones will coordinate perfectly with the black hardware that we’ve chosen. In order to contrast the wood countertop, and tie in the Torano we’ve chosen a unique tile floor. Shape is very important to design because of the visual interest that it brings, and this floor does just that.

We would paint the cabinets in this space Silver Marlin (2139-50), it’s soft look adds calmness to the space, and it’s a gorgeous compliment to the Zebrano. Ice Mist (2123-70) will pair perfectly with the light green of Silver Marlin. This white wall color has a greenish undertone that will tie the cabinets in to the space.

We’ve chosen a sleek black faucet with a concrete sink to contrast the warmth of the Zebrano wood, and offer visual interest to the space. Sleek black hardware will pair well with the faucet and bring consistency to the space.

Lighting is the perfect way to add a touch of fun. We’ve chosen these gorgeous circular hanging balls that can be customized to complete your vision.

The ideal bar stool to tie this room together features a wooden seat and metal legs, bringing in every element of your design.

Featured Designer: Maddie Bouma

Chipotle Brisket Sliders

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If you love Football

chances are you love game time munchies.

If you love Football

chances are you’d rather be watching the game, than stuck in the kitchen.

If you love Football

these Chipotle Brisket Sliders will be the best part of your Sunday.

Do all the hard work the night before, and let the beef soak up the flavor overnight. Toss the beef and sauce in a crockpot for 8 hours, and you’ll only need 15 minutes to put these sliders together before the game.


For the Beef:

2 pounds beef brisket

1 medium onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup beef broth

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1-2 canned chilies in adobo, minced

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 packages King’s Hawaiian Rolls

8 slices Havarti cheese, cut into quarters

For the Caramelized Onions:

3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

  1. Place the brisket and chopped onion in the bowl of a lightly greased slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, beef broth, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chilies in adobo, and spices. Pour over the brisket.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
  4. Remove the brisket from the slow cooker and shred. Cover and keep warm.
  5. Pour the sauce from the slow cooker through a fine mesh sieve into a medium saucepan.
  6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium heat until sauce thickens and reduces by about half.
  7. While brisket is cooking, caramelize your onions. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are dark golden brown.
  8. Toss the shredded meat with the sauce (that you simmered in step 6).
  9. Slice King’s Hawaiian rolls horizontally.
  10. Pile beef on the bottom half of the buns.
  11. Top with a quarter slice of cheese and some caramelized onions.
  12. Add the top half of the bun and enjoy alongside a rich Malbec.

Chipotle Brisket Sliders featured on Barrington, by Element Stone.

Garlic Chicken Wings

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Who Says the Hostess Can’t Have Fun Too?

These delicious wings are the perfect party appetizer. Perfectly paired with a rich Cabernet these Garlic Chicken Wings are astoundingly easy to prepare.

Don’t let cooking ruin your party fun! Prep your wings tonight, and bake them tomorrow.

Wow your guests and leaving their mouths watering for more, with hands-on prep time taking less than 2o minutes.


3 pounds chicken wings



1/2 cup Lite Soy Sauce

1 tsp Magic Mushroom Powder (or Porchini Powder)

2 tbs Lite Brown Sugar

2 tbs Minced Garlic

1 tbs Honey



2 Green Onions, thinly sliced

1 tbs Furikake

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Trim off tips of chicken wings.
  3. Combine marinade and wings in a large ziploc bag for 10 hours, or overnight to thoroughly marinate.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Remove wings from marinade and place on a shallow roasting pan, don’t overcrowd the pan.
  6. Roast for 20-25 minutes. When they’re ready the skin will be caramelized and crispy, and the juice should run clear.
  7. Garnish the wings with the green onion and Furikake.
  8. Pour a glass of your favorite Cabernet and enjoy!