Quartzite vs. Quartz: What’s the Difference?

by Marie Flanagan
Reposted from Houzz
The subtle differences between quartzite and quartz seem to befuddle everyone from design-savvy clients to industry experts. Some people even use the names interchangeably, which is a huge mistake because it only adds to the confusion. Each material has its pros and cons, so educating yourself on the facts is important, especially if you are considering either of these beauties for your home improvement project. A quartz versus quartzite showdown is well overdue, so let’s dive in.
March 15, 2018
Houzz Contributor. Marie Flanigan Interiors is a full service interior design firm that manages projects throughout Texas and around the country. Our experienced team has a comprehensive understanding of custom furnishings, antiques, textiles, and fine art. We specialize in high-end residential and commercial build-outs, sharing solid relationships with some of the industry’s most talented architects, contractors, and vendors.
We are feeling the love this February and were inspired to share these “decorating with pink” design tips from Houzz‘s Lisa Baston Goldberg….
Pink is a bold choice when it comes to design, and it’s not for everyone. But for the color lovers among us, going with a powerful pink-inspired palette may be just what you need to infuse more vibrancy into your living space. Pink is happy. Pink is infectious. It can be bold or it can be soft, but regardless of the shade you pick, it’s sure to bring life and enjoyment into your home.


That said, in my experience as a designer, I find that clients are cautious about incorporating pink. They not only worry that it’s too bold, but they’re also unsure what to pair it with. But fear no more. Here are five of my favorite colors to use with pink, and tons of inspirational images that rock the combos.

By: Emily Wallace


Every year, Pantone chooses a color for people to focus on and to bring to light in their everyday lives. The 2017 Pantone color of the year is greenery; a symbol of new beginnings. The fresh and fun shade gives light to previously dull and boring aspects.

Green is essentially the color of nature itself. Beautiful shades of green are found all throughout the world. A person can not look at something thriving in nature and not be in awe. Living in a mountain community, we are surrounded with the amazing fullness of nature and greenery. Greenery incorporates nature and prosperity into a home to liven it up but also making it a place of serenity from people’s hectic lives outside their home.

While Trilogy is known for setting trends and not following them, a design goal of Trilogy Partners is often to “bring the outside in.” Our clients hear this phrase often and most people who are building a home in Colorado want to embrace nature. We embrace Pantone’s color of the year because it emphasizes how important bringing natural elements into your inside environment is. Feel more connected and more serene while enjoying the 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery.

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page  March 29th and March 30th from 8am – 8pm MST every hour on the hour for Design in a Day.

One Team.

One House.

One Day.

Can they do it?

What do you do when you have the best lot in Breckenridge but the house on it is antiquated and does not honor the stunning mountain and lake views around it? You hire Trilogy Partners.



We are going to create a totally new home design concept for this magnificent piece of land by employing the creativity of our in-house design team and our Project Management Modeling process that leverage’s Trimble SketchUp Pro software to turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The end result will be a stunning 3D model of a new home design complete with kitchen, bathrooms, tile, trim, furniture…everything that makes a house a home. And we are going to do it in 24 hours.




Can it be done?

We think so. Would any other design build attempt to do this? Definitely not. Trilogy’s Project Management Modeling is unlike any other project management tool as it integrates 3D virtual models with highly organized efficiency. SketchUp’s Chris Brashar even says that he is “personally astounded by what Trilogy are doing with SketchUp for whole project management.” 

Mark your calendars and follow us on Facebook to watch the progress of this transformation on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 8am MST

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page March 29th at 8am MST for the first Facebook Live session of Design in a Day


This is the 32nd Annual Breckenridge Festival of Film and Trilogy Partners has (exclusive) 2 for 1 Breck Film Festival Tickets (regular box office price $10)


Visit the Breck Film Festival Thursday June 7 through Sunday June 10, 2012

Choose from amongst dozens of world class films and premiers at www.breckfilmfest.com

Call 970-453-2230 or write info@works.trilogybuilds.com to order (pick up tickets at Trilogy 233 South Ridge Street Breckenridge before 5 pm Friday June 8 (limit 10 tickets per order)

All proceeds benefit the Breck Film Festival.

BE OUR GUEST. Join us for the OPENING NIGHT VIP FESTIVAL PARTY sponsored by Trilogy Partners Thursday June 7 at 8:30p. Have a drink on us, meet cast and crew and share your enthusiasm for great film-making. RSVP by THURSDAY NOON to 970-453-2230.

This is an awesome event with fabulous films. Please join us!

Are you waiting with bated breath for July 15th, when the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, comes out in theaters? If you answered YES, you’ll want to continue reading our post.  We recently came across a great piece in Architectural Digest about the set design for the latest film. AD takes fans inside the mind of Academy Award–winning production designer Stuart Craig and gives glimpses into the brilliant scenery that will be lighting up the screen for the final Harry Potter movie.

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Architectural Digest. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

Craig tells AD that “I love architecture, and I regard myself as a kind of architect—an architect that works in plywood, but nothing more substantial than that. We try to get the detail absolutely right. In a building as complex as Hogwarts, however, the mix of periods is absolutely permissible. We used the great Gothic cathedrals as locations in the early days. They date from the 12th to the 16th centuries. Even 19th-century Victorian Gothic elements were added. So there was no constraint in being true to architectural detail and respecting the history and form of it.”

To read more about the set design for the latest Harry Potter movie visit Architecturaldigest.com.

There was a lot of talk earlier this year when Apple secured a 98-acre plot that was formerly owned by their rival Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, California and with good reason. Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak worked at that Hewlett-Packard location over 40 years ago when he and Steve Jobs first built the Apple-1. It looks like Apple has come full circle and are building themselves a city within a city in Silicon Valley, more precise an “Apple City”.

Renowned British architect Norman Foster looks to be taking the reigns on the project for the new environmentally friendly campus for Apple, which is right up his alley with his recent Masdar project in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi

Foster won the Pritzker Prize in 1999 and has designed his fair share of recognizable structures such as the Gherkin in London and the Beijing Airport.

Archdaily.com reports that the new Apple headquarters will “utilize Foster’s innovative vision for sustainability, ability to perfect a building for its users down to the finest detail, and ideas to maximize efficiency in the workplace.” There has been talk of an underground transportation system linking the two campuses together so staff can move between the buildings without the use of a car.

We can’t wait to see the early designs coming out of Foster + Partners.

The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) exhibit Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement showcases 11 projects on five continents that offer practical solutions to underdeveloped communities through architecture. The MoMA states that, “Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool.”

Metro Cable in Caracas, Venezuela. Designed by Urban-Think Tank

We have seen first hand through our work with The Haiti Orphan Rescue Program (HORP) how we can make a difference in the lives of so many people by providing them with the proper tools and means to live their lives.

The exhibit is currently at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City  until January 3, 2011. For more information please visit MoMA.org.

We were excited to head down to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i for our second project with South Park’s Trey Parker last year. Kaua’i, the Garden Isle, is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. The setting was a lot different than the home we created for him in Steamboat. The scenery was dominated by lush gardens and the beautiful Wailua River.

Take a look at some of the interior shots of this Hawaiian home below.

Trilogy Partners

Trilogy Partners

Trilogy Partners

Trilogy Partners

Trilogy Partners

Trilogy Partners

Make sure you come back later in the week to see the exterior of this remarkable home.

Much has been discussed on the merits of the LEED program in the last month.  Even renowned architect Frank Gehry strongly criticized LEED certification, claiming that it was more of a political issue and not based on performance.

According to an opinion piece in the New York Times by Alec Appelbaum, “The LEED program, which awards points for incorporating eco-friendly material and practices into buildings’ design and construction, has led to a sea change in the industry, introducing environmental awareness into everything from regulatory processes to rents.

But while the standard is well-intentioned, it is also greatly misunderstood. Put simply, a building’s LEED rating is more like a snapshot taken at its opening, not a promise of performance. Unless local, state and federal agencies do their part to ensure long-term compliance with the program’s ideals, it could end up putting a shiny green stamp on a generation of unsustainable buildings.”

We’d love to hear what you think about all the negative press LEED has been receiving lately.

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