Le Grande Bistro serves up Venetian plaster

Le Grande Bistro serves up Venetian plaster

There are a lot of great Venetian plaster projects in Seattle, but the Le Grande Bistro might be one of our favorites. Cathy Conner got the nod to outfit the interior with some Marmorino Classic, and the result is, well, pretty appetizing.

Cathy proves that there really is no end to the creativity you can achieve when using authentic Venetian plasters such as Marmorino Classic. As the founder of Studio C, Cathy has always had a love for decorative arts. Before beginning her professional work with plaster, she was established in the field of culinary arts, so it is no surprise that she found herself doing the walls of a restaurant like Le Grande Bistro. Check out her website for info on what else Cathy has been up to, or could potentially be doing next.

Located in Kirkland’s Carillon Point, Le Grande Bistro’s doors are open and while you are there checking out Cathy’s beautiful work, the food should certainly be enjoyed as well. The interior isn’t the only spectacular thing to look at either. Overlooking Lake Washington, guests are able to enjoy a beautiful view while they chow down on some amazing food that has been getting rave reviews on Yelp. See what other people are saying about Le Grande Bistro here. Or you can go straight to their website to check out the menu, see what they have going on for happy hour or make a reservation. Just remember when you’re there to be sure to stop for a few moments and really take in Cathy Conner’s stunning job with Stucco Italiano’s Marmorino Classic.

We always enjoy hearing about your projects and seeing pictures of your work, so if you have something interesting going on with Marmorino Classic or any other authentic Venetian plaster, let us know, because we would love to check it out.

Until next time…

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Why you should care about indoor air quality

A Prime Candidate Inside or Out

Wondering why we stress Venetian plaster’s green qualities (non-VOC, naturally mold-resistant)?

People are becoming more and more concerned about indoor air quality. Homes plagued with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or mold can negatively impact the health of the occupants. According to Green By Design, “an estimated 15% of the U.S. population — millions of people — are chronically ill from their homes, and indoor air quality is a major factor.”

The long and short term health benefits of using green building materials to achieve clean indoor air are numerous. It doesn’t make sense to let your home be the reason you are sick. Do something about it and utilize breathable, mold resistant plaster to enhance your quality of life. Natural lime materials dry out quickly and prevent VOCs from building up, which helps with all kinds of respiratory conditions. Authentic Venetian plaster is even self-healing, so it continues to stand the test of time while continuously providing your home with premium indoor air quality.

If you are using authentic Venetian plaster, or have thought about using it, you might want to check out some info on indoor air quality around the web:

  • Build It Green explains that “A common source of indoor air pollution is the offgassing of chemicals found in many building materials…”

There is no denying the benefits of using natural lime materials to improve indoor air quality. Have you noticed a difference between working with non-toxic Venetian plasters versus acrylic finishes? Tell us about it in the comments……

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Plaster Mural of Lower Manhattan

Plaster Mural of Lower Manhattan

Check out this mural done with plaster from one of our NY city distributors, Michael Glickman

 

Nice juxtaposition of polished and matte Venetian plaster finishes.…

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Plaster is Everywhere

Nice post from our good friend Randy Orr about lime plasters and the Renovation Hardware catalogue:

“…out 300 pages in the new catalog, 60% of the photos involve Plaster Walls and Plaster Mantels…” Read the whole post here.

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Lime vs Cement

OK maybe this is a little biased, but all and all I found it to be a pretty decent synopses of the differences between lime and cement especially regarding plaster and mortars:

LIME VS CEMENT

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