After a crazy couple of weeks we are finally getting this post up about our experience at Cambria!
If you don’t know what Cambria is you’re probably living under a rock – no offense. Cambria is an American producer of natural stone quartz surfaces. We were invited to their Inside Innovation Summit and got the privilege to visit their facilities to learn and see how Cambria quartz is made and let me tell you it was incredibly impressive.
Learning about how this company started, how they market themselves, and how they have changed the countertop industry was inspiring.
The first stop on the Cambria tour was visiting their 1 million square foot Plant in La Seur Minnesota – yes, you read correctly- 1 million. We were able to see how the quartz was shipped in, how they test for it’s high percentage of quartz in each batch, and how they create each slab. We learned how Cambria strives for sustainability. They do not use explosives when mining for quartz and they recycle all the water they use to produce the slabs of quartz. How amazing is that!
One thing we quickly learned about Cambria was their passion for excellence and attention to detail. Each slab is carefully looked over using quality control techniques so that not one slab goes by without being less then perfect.
After the first visit to their plant we were off to their fabrication facility in Belle Plaine, MN. Here we got to see the CNC machines (cutting machines) in action. This was really fun to see because this is were the slabs came to life and are cut into kitchen and bathroom countertop shapes. We also saw the software technology they use to match two different slabs together for certain surfaces so that the pattern of the slab matches and blends seamlessly into the other. Again, passion for excellence at its finest.
Stop number three on the tour was the Home install in Edina, MN. This was absolutely stunning. This home was built by Sustainable Nine and Cambria was installed in all the bathrooms and in the kitchen. We got to hear from several Cambria associates and Mariel Hemingway who is a brand ambassador for Cambria! This home was stunning from floor to ceiling and the details were exquisite.
After the amazing home install we headed to the Wit and Delight studio for happy hour. Wit and Delight is a lifestyle blog run by Kate Arends. The Wit and Delight studio is where Kate and her team offer rebranding, communications strategy, graphic design, art direction and content creation. The studio was amazingly decorated, and of course, Cambria was installed in their beautiful kitchen area.
The last stop of the day was Dinner at Bellecour in Wayzata, MN. This is a brand new french restaurant right by Lake Minnetonka and installed in their bar area was Cambria’s new Ella Matte Quartz, it was stunning.
After eating at Bellecour we headed back to the hotel for the night. The next day the group headed to LAB MPLS where we ate breakfast and created mood boards! Unfortunately Lacey had to catch a flight this day so she missed out 🙁
They had an adorable toast and smoothie bar along with a coffee cart. We then got to look through all the props to gather for our mood boards which was done on top of slabs of Cambria Quartz!
Here is my mood board that Kim created! -I was a little intimidated at first by all the props but once I started I got really into it and had so much fun creating this white, blush pink and blue/grey spread!
This experience was truly inspiring and we really fell in love with the Cambria brand. Their passion for excellence, attention to detail, amazing customer service, staying ahead of the trends, and the fact they strive for sustainability and have become a lifestyle brand are what make us want to use Cambria in our homes and homes we may remodel in the future! Our only regret is not using Cambria sooner.
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Lacey & Kim
DISCLAIMER: Cambria graciously provided all food and lodging for the event but all opinions are our own.