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CAMBRIA QUARTZ – Family Owned, American Made

March 25th, 2014      Leave a comment

Crafted by some of America’s top experts and unequaled in beauty, Cambria® is fast becoming the preferred pure natural stone of
designers and remodelers alike. It is a product that can be used for many applications in your home, the most popular choice being counter tops and vanities. Its superior performance with strength, durability and maintenance-free benefits make it a very popular choice for our customers.

At embee & son, we carry a selection of Cambria® color samples to
please everyone’s taste and style. When you visit our showroom, the
Cambria display contains selections from every Collection including Waterstone, Cambrian, Marble, Jewel Quarry, Desert and Classic.

Cambria Showroom Display

 

Here are the 10 reason to choose Cambria®:
1. The leader in design innovation and palette development
2. Over 100 designs, all one price
3. Family-owned, American made
4. Superior service
5. Premium performance with elegance and practicality
6. The stronger natural stone choice
7. Lifetime limited warranty against manufacturing defects
8. A healthy environment due to its nonporous, nonabsorbent qualities
9. The best for the environment
10. Reputation of exceeding expectations

At this time, embee & son is pleased to provide special promotion pricing on the following selections:
Aragon
Bellingham
Brentwood
Brownhill
Buckingham
Lincolnshire
Newhaven
Nottingham
Sutton
Waverton

Cambria Promotion Samples

 

See why Kathy Ireland says Cambria is “gorgeous & unique” in this video: http://bit.ly/OArfjo

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Creating Contrast in Your Kitchen Design: Part 2

March 21st, 2014      Leave a comment

By Stevie Storck

In my last post, I talked about why creating contrast with your finish selections is important and showed an example of a kitchen that successfully balanced medium and dark tones with white painted cabinetry. This time, I’m going to focus on creating contrast in kitchen design that uses medium and dark tone wood cabinetry!

Contemporary Kitchen by Seattle Kitchen & Bath Designers NW Home Designers

Espresso stained cabinets are striking in person, but many
people are afraid of using such a dark color in their kitchen. This kitchen proves that you can have a dark brown/black as the primary tone in your kitchen, and still have a space that feel bright, sleek and warm. First to offset all of the dark cabinetry, they chose a creamy off-white color for their
countertops and walls. Then, to bridge the high contrast, they introduced warm, medium tones in the backsplash and flooring.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Dark
Secondary Tone = Light
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Medium

 

Craftsman Kitchen by Dallas Kitchen & Bath Designers Brooke B. Sammons

Wood cabinetry with a medium tone stain is excellent for
creating a warm feeling or for replicating historic styles, like in this craftsman-inspired kitchen. This designer made a great choice by selecting hardwood flooring with a light to medium tonal variation. You never want to try to match the wood of your cabinetry to your flooring exactly! The cream walls
and lighter countertops help to balance all of the wood and the dark slate backsplash creates a contrasting focal point. The dark finish of the cabinetry and lighting hardware help to tie it all together.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Medium
Secondary Tone = Light
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Dark

 

However, there is another way to create balance in a kitchen
with medium tone cabinets. The warm wood tone of these cabinets would really pop against a dark wall color, like an olive green or eggplant and a dark countertop. A white subway tile backsplash and white painted bar stools are all
that you would need to balance this design perfectly.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Medium
Secondary Tone = Dark
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Light

 

Hopefully I’ve demystified the finish selection process a
bit for your kitchen remodel. Using any one of the four formulas I’ve shown you and you are guaranteed to have a beautiful, balanced kitchen.

Still feel like you need help? Don’t worry! At embee & son,
we have two interior designers who are here, not only to create the best layout for the functionality of your kitchen, but also to guide you through the selections process to ensure that your end product is well-designed AND
beautiful!

 

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Creating Contrast in Your Kitchen Design: Part 1

March 14th, 2014      Leave a comment

By Stevie Storck

Designing your dream kitchen can be an overwhelming task.
There are so many decisions to make! Even after you’ve decided on your most functional and beautiful layout, there a still dozens of decisions to make regarding materials and finishes. What hardware are we going to choose? In what
finish? What type of flooring? What paint color? …The list goes on and on.

For many homeowners, this portion of the remodel process can be very frustrating. You may know the look and feel you want your kitchen to have, but are unsure of how to achieve that. Many homeowners’ first inclination is to “play it safe” and choose materials that are similar in color, like shades of beige to go with a medium wood tone cabinetry. While it’s true that the elements of this design will “match”, the overall effect will be a monotone kitchen where all the finishes blend together.

One of the things I talk about with all of my customers is
how important contrast is in a kitchen design. The best kitchen designs have a balance of light tones, medium tones and dark tones, no matter what shade your cabinetry is. Here is an example of how to create contrast if you are choosing white cabinetry for your kitchen remodel with embee & son.

 

White-on-white kitchens are a trend that isn’t going
anywhere – people love the light, fresh and bright feeling that they give. However, if you choose white for literally ALL of your finishes, your kitchen will go from feeling light and bright to sterile and institutional. This photo shows a successful white-on-white kitchen design. While white is the primary tone used on the cabinetry and tile backsplash, this designer added warmth with a medium tone hardwood floor and contrast with dark countertops and cabinetry
hardware. The overall effect is still light and airy feeling, but also grounded and balanced.

 

The Formula?

Primary Tone = Light

Secondary Tone =
Medium

Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Dark

Use this formula when selecting your finishes and you can’t
go wrong! In my next post, I will show you how to incorporate contrast if you are choosing medium and dark wood tone cabinetry for your kitchen remodel!

At embee & son, we have two interior designers who are
here, not only to create the best layout for the functionality of your kitchen, but also to guide you through the selections process to ensure that your end product is well-designed AND beautiful!

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Steam mops and hardwood flooring – not a good combination

February 28th, 2014      Leave a comment

“Can I use a steam mop on my hardwood flooring?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

Steam mops are not recommended or endorsed by hardwood, laminate, or vinyl plank flooring manufacturers. Introducing moisture through steaming can swell the joints of these products. The T.V. commercials show a “wood looking” floor being steamed, which is most likely standard sheet vinyl. Please enjoy steamed crabs and steamed shrimp, but sanitize your floors with cleaners developed for this purpose.

Steam Mops

 

Hardwood is a porous, natural surface and as soon as you have a spill, work quickly so you don’t harm the floor. Most of these floors are coated with a polyurethane that over time will begin to break down and expose the hardwood. This leaves the floor more prone to scratching. The easiest way to help prevent this breakdown is to properly take care of your flooring frequently by using natural and specific products.

Here are some ways to keep your hardwood floors clean:

Hard Surface Floor Cleaner

Use a professional flooring cleaner.
We carry a Shaw Floors product in our showroom made specifically for hard surfaces such as hardwood. Just follow the instructions for daily/weekly cleaning and maintenance on the label. This cleaner is suitable only for hardwood floors with a polyurethane finish, not on unfinished, unsealed, or waxed wood floors.

Use a vinegar mixture.
Be careful and dilute a half a cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water to clean your hardwood floors. After you’ve mopped the floor be sure to go over it with a soft, dry fabric so the floors do not remain wet.

Use a gentle brush or vacuum.
Make sure to purchase a brush or vacuum that are specially made for your hardwood floors. These vacuums have softer bristles as opposed to the hard bristles used for carpet. Hard bristles could scratch the floor. Use a soft, dry mop to dust the hardwood flooring regularly and keep them free from mud and debris as best you can. A micro fiber mop would be a great example of a soft, dry mop to use.

Use beeswax.
But only a few times a year. It’s a substitute to toxic polishes and finishes. This will make them greatly resistant to debris and dirt. Beeswax will also
give you a wonderful luster.

Maintaining the wood of your hardwood floors on a regular basis is going to extend the life of the floor. Always a plus when you invest in a beautiful, natural product that you want to be around for a long, long time.

If you have any questions for Patrick Helf, our flooring expert, please email him at: patrick@embeeandson.com.

embee - Pat Helf

He would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. 


Celebrating Our Very FIRST Houzz Award!

February 21st, 2014      Leave a comment

We Are Happier Than Clams Here At embee & son!

Houzz Press Release - embee & son

To say we were pleasantly surprised when we received the press release above from Houzz would be an understatement. We were overjoyed and ecstatic! Let us show you why we were awarded the “Best Of Houzz” by more than 16 million users monthly that comprise the Houzz community.

You can stop in to visit our expert staff in design and flooring, see
actual products we carry, and view photos of our completed showcase remodeling projects. embee & son, inc. has over 30 years experience in the building and remodeling industry, we’ve seen everything from the way your home was built to the products installed within. Check the embee & son Houzz page for all of our ideabooks and projects.

We are here to help you with every step of your project. From small to large, we can handle it all!


Recipes for Christmas Leftovers

December 27th, 2013      Leave a comment

Do you ever find yourself bargain hunting at the after
Christmas sales? Doing gift returns and exchanges? Maybe even attending some lingering parties? All the while there is leftover turkey, ham, roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggies, or cranberry sauce sitting in the fridge tucked away with plastic and foil wrap covering them.

How about turning these foods into wonderful have-again
meals? Here are some Christmas leftover recipes embee & son has found to help your feed family and friends.

 

Ham Stuffed Manicotti
(found at: Taste Of Home)
Ham Stuffed Manicotti
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
INGREDIENTS:
– 8 manicotti shells
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 1 tablespoon canola oil
– 3 cups (1 pound) ground full cooked ham
– 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
– 1 can (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
– 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
– 3 tablespoons butter
– 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– 2 cups 2% milk
– Paprika
– Chopped fresh parsley
DIRECTIONS:
1. Cook manicotti according to package directions; set aside. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Remove from the heat. Add the ham, mushrooms, half of the Swiss and Parmesan cheeses; set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, saute green pepper in butter until tender. Stir in flour until combined. Add milk; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir a quarter of the sauce into ham mixture.
3. Stuff each shell with about 1/3 cup filling. Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Top with remaining saude; sprinkle with paprikia.
4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley and remaining Swiss cheese before serving.
YIELDS: 8 servings. 
Editor’s Note: Recipe can easily be doubled for larger group.
 
Basic Turkey Soup
(found at: Taste Of Home)

Basic Turkey Soup
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min + cooling. Cook: 15 min.
INGREDIENTS:
Turkey Broth:
– 1 leftover turkey carcass
– 8 cups water
– 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
– 1 celery rib with leaves
– 1 small onion, halved
– 1 carrot
– 3 whole peppercorns
– 1 garlic clove
– 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Turkey Vegetable Soup:
– 8 cups turkey broth
– 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
– 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon pepper
– 4 cups sliced carrots, celery, green beans and/or other vegetables
– 3/4 cup chopped onion
– 4 cups diced cooked turkey
DIRECTIONS:
1. Place all broth ingredients in a large stockpot; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 25 minutes. Strain broth; discard bones and vegetables. Cool; skim fat. Use immediately for turkey vegetable soup or refrigerate and use within 24 hours.
2. For soup, combine the broth, bouillon, pepper, vegetables and onion in a large stockpot. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add turkey and heat through.
YIELDS: 8-10 servings. 
 
Mashed Potatoes with Ham
(found at: Taste Of Home)
Mashed Potatoes with Ham
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
INGREDIENTS:
– 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
– 2 tablespoons butter, divided
– 3-1/2 to 4 cups hot mashed potatoes (prepared with milk with butter)
– 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
– 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
– 1/8 teaspoon pepper
– 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1/3 cup crushed cornflakes
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine onion and 1 tablespoon of butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Add potatoes, ham, onion salt and pepper; mix well. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and cornflakes; dot with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through.
YIELDS: 4 servings. 
 
Do you have any leftover recipes you want to share? We’d love to hear about them!


Is it time to update your counter top and back splash?

December 13th, 2013      Leave a comment

When you enter your kitchen do you cringe? Do you keep the lights turned down low or off?  Are you doing these things because you can’t bear to see your counter top and backs plash another day? Well, we at embee & son, inc. would love to help turn your frown upside down. We offer complete kitchen designs and we are your one stop for counter top and back splash installation.

Three Back Splash Examples

Updating your counter top and back splash is one of the most economical and easiest ways to change the look and feel of your cooking space. Your family and friends will want to gather with you to enjoy it. You can express your personal style and maybe even add a generous helping of added functionality. And you don’t need to take on a full blown kitchen remodel to add equity to your home.

Call today to make an appointment with our expert design staff to visit your home and discuss your preferences. It is helpful to start a portfolio containing your ideas so embee can turn your vision into a reality.

Measuring Photos - Patrick

We will invite you to our showroom to make product material selections. Choosing the right material can really make your space shine. There are many options to consider such as subway tile, glass tile in a myriad of colors, porcelain or ceramic tile, and even hammered copper.

Three Back splash & Counter top Samples

Our experts work with you throughout the process to create a design customized to you and your lifestyle. Your proposal will be the actual price of the project without hidden costs or fees. Upon approval and receipt of the deposit the real fun begins as your selections and products are ordered and produced.  We schedule a time with our granite & quartz counter top fabricator to template your new counter top.

Counter top Template

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure timely delivery to our location so we can get started on your project . After your items arrive, we will schedule the start date of your project.

Counter top Install Photos

embee & son, inc. provides expert design services, competitive prices, expert installation, and a timely delivery schedule. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and completely committed to assisting our clients from the design stage to the completion of your project. What are you waiting for? For one of the best kitchen remodeling has to offer, choose embee & son, inc.


“Why does our Vinyl Flooring have a grey haze?”

November 22nd, 2013      Leave a comment

Believe it or not, we receive this question quite often when people visit our showroom looking for new flooring. Currently they have sheet vinyl flooring in their home that has developed a grey haze over the years. Not sure as to why this grey haze is there, we are asked why.

Scratched Vinyl

The cause can usually be identified as the abrasion from the worn nylon buttons fastened to the legs of a stool. These wood casters, or even wooden legs, place minute scratches in the vinyl surface attracting dirt. This creates the grey haze you see above. This condition will improve with cleaning, but will reappear a short time later.

Armstrong Industries has developed floor protectors to eliminate this problem. They should be purchased at the time of all flooring covering replacements.

Scratched Vinyl Floor Protectors

We have these floor protectors in-stock for just $11.95 per package. A small investment for saving and extending the life of your floors.


Have You Ever Wondered: “IS A GRANITE COUNTERTOP FOR ME?”

November 15th, 2013      Leave a comment

Have you been searching for a solid surface counter top material recently? Do you want a unique natural stone product that is available in hundreds of patterns and colors? Do you want something different that your neighbor down the street may not have? Well granite may well be the answer for you! There are hundreds of color choices with many different patterns including veins, specks, and swirls. Granite is easy to clean and it is a sanitary counter top material because it does not harbor bacteria. And no two slabs are the same because of it being natural stone. Many people like the fact the color is all the way through the product.

Granite Samples

Some of the top benefits of granite counter tops are beauty,
affordability, durability, and a unique look. The beauty of your natural stone will still be seen in five years. Granite is hard to
scratch and you can place hot items such as griddles, fryers, and
toaster ovens that won’t burn or leave char marks. It is stain resistant with our 25 year warranty sealant. But not to worry if you do scratch it, repair is possible if it is damaged.
It’s not a trend, it’s strong, it’s kid friendly, and it’s so durable,
it will last your lifetime and more. So what are you waiting for? Come into the embee & son showroom and view the many samples we have.

 

Granite Collage

 


Have you ever wondered “WHAT IS MY KITCHEN STYLE?”

November 8th, 2013      Leave a comment

Finding your personal kitchen style is often times best discovered through photos instead of words. A photo can evoke strong feelings towards like and dislike, helping you to know which kitchen style is an expression of you. You’ll know it when you see it, as the old saying goes. In this post we will show you some kitchen styles from the kitchen remodeling portfolio from embee & son, inc.

FARMHOUSE KITCHENS
Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens give you with warm and cozy feelings of days gone by when making a living off the land was a way of life. The mainstays of this design are comfort and function while being stylish in today’s world. This kitchen showcases a classic farmhouse design incorporating inset cabinetry, bowtie hinges, and a butcher block island in custom paint
finishes. The original wood floor, exposed beams, and brick fireplace add to the character & charm creating that warm & inviting atmosphere.

COTTAGE KITCHENS
Cottage Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens ooze with simplicity dating back to earlier times. It harkens to a lifestyle of simple & easy living. This kitchen displays the period details that are the key to a 1930’s stone cottage kitchen. It incorporates a farmhouse sink, inset doors, white subway tile, and furniture details that create a simple  and functional design in a small space. Octagon tile flooring emulates materials from the original era.

CONTEMPORARY KITCHENS
Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens tend to follow a form that is more whimsical in respect to finishes and the forms it follows. They are clean, uncluttered, and simple while all the while remaining invitingly livable. This kitchen uses clean lines, simple detail, and an iridescent tile backsplash. The stone tile floor adds warmth keeping the space from being viewed as sterile.

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen is also contemporary. Utilizing natural maple cabinets with oversized stainless steel hardware, it defines this space as contemporary. Leather accented barstools, bull nose edge profile granite countertops and the cove crown molding surely keep it clean.

ECLECTIC KITCHENS
Eclectic Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens break all the rules! You can mix and match to your hearts content. Refusing to conform to society’s view of a distinct style. You can have a style that is all you. This kitchen is a combination of finishes, materials, and textures. Using contemporary details joined with a traditional tone, the natural stone and granite bring all the style home to you.

TRADITIONAL KITCHENS
Traditional Kitchen Remodel

Details are the true definition of a traditional style kitchen. These details whether it’s raised-panel cabinetry, decorative moldings, legs using furniture style, or arches… they all can convey the owners personal style. This kitchen uses classic raised panel cabinetry, stacked crown molding, bead board details on the island, a classic hardwood floor, furniture ends on cabinets, and an arched valance over the window.

TRANSITIONAL KITCHENS
Transitional Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens marry the best of traditional with contemporary. A warm welcome peppered with simple and clean lines. These spaces procur the harmony and balance needed in a busy household. The style is a wonderful
selection for balancing harmony and flexibility. This kitchen uses glazed painted cabinetry, oil rubbed bronze hardware, hardwood flooring, and stacked crown molding. A standard canvas to springboard into others styles by decorating selections leading to a neutral backdrop and following a favorite décor.

RUSTIC KITCHENS
Rustic Kitchen Remodel

A rival to the clean white kitchens of today, rustic style is a more distressed and worn appearance incorporating stone, wood, brick, fireplaces, and more vintage appliances. This kitchen uses timber frame construction, hickory cabinetry, a stacked stone fireplace, and slate tile flooring. All components of an organic and rustic feel.

Don’t be surprised if you are confused about which style best suits you. Come into the embee & son, inc. showroom and talk with one of our kitchen design experts. We can help guide you through the process of discovering the kitchen of your dreams.

So, WHAT IS YOUR KITCHEN STYLE? Leave a comment, we’d love to know!

 

A little information about embee & son, inc.

embee & son, inc. is the premier retailer in kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and home fashions in York, PA and South Central, PA.

We offer custom kitchen designers and custom bath designers on our staff to make your home remodeling a hassle-free project from start to finish. If you’re in the market for something fresh to update your home, embee & son, inc. is here to help your dreams become reality.


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