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Case Study: The Lattice House – Where the Mountain Meets the Sea

Tile of Spain USA

Tucked away in the Les Gavarres mountain range in Palafrugell, Spain is Casa Celosía, an extraordinary vacation home, designed by Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López of Barcelona-based studio López Rivera Arquitectes.

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Week of September 21st, 2020 – Design Rewind: Return of the ’70s

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Here comes September bringing us cooler weather, pre-holiday pandemic planning, and of course the hit song by 1970s band Earth, Wind and Fire, September ! If you don’t start humming the music whenever you hear that legendary tune, we’re not sure you’re ready for Fall.

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Guest Post: Denise Daniels of MB Stone Care on Preserving Your Home’s Natural Stone Surfaces

JG Kitchens

Regular Gold Notes readers know that I’m a big fan of engineered stone and porcelain slab for their low maintenance properties. You also know that I consider Mother Nature to be the finest artist in the world and greatly admire the incomparable beauty of natural stone.

Enhance Outdoor Spaces With Ceramic Tile From Spain

Tile of Spain USA

With Autumn quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to savor the warm weather and bask in the summer sun. However, the arrival of crisp fall air doesn’t mean you’ll have to forgo your patios, gardens, and terraces. Make the most of your outdoor spaces year-round with ceramic tile from Spain.

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Week of August 17th – Beat the Heat

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we enter Fall, it’s important to keep in mind the “new normal” and remember to do your due diligence in cutting the spread of COVID-19.

7 Fresh Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Garden State Tile Blog

When it comes to the kitchen backsplash, subway tile has been the lasting choice for homeowners. And while this classic selection is as stylish as it is timeless, sometimes a fresh take can reinvigorate an entire design.

Designer Feature: Allison Eden

Decorative Materials

There’s no denying that mosaics are hot right now. We like to think we’re ahead of the curve, however, we’ve long regarded mosaics as one of the most intricately beautiful options for adding a touch of artistry to any space. Another longtime enthusiast?

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Playlist of the Week – Latin American Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Week of September 21st, 2020. As September is Hispanic Heritage month, we thought to cater our music accordingly. Curated from some of the top Latin hits of last decade, as well as some new emerging hits, our playlist is sure to get you up and dancing while you’re making that margarita.

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Tile that Brings the Natural World into Your Living Space

Rubble Tile

Whether we’re talking about porcelain, ceramic, metal, stone, glass, or cement tile, the core materials from which all tile design stems are from the natural world. Clay becomes ceramic and porcelain, sand is transformed into glass, metal and stone are what make up the Earth’s.

Tile, the Right Choice in a Post-COVID World


The focus on clean indoor environments in all areas, both commercial and residential, has never been as great as it is now during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s no secret that ceramic tile (and that includes porcelain) is one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available.

2021 Tile Forecast: Bohemian

Decorative Materials

The bohemian lifestyle emphasizes diversity, with a variety of concepts coalescing to promote an inspired way of life. As an aesthetic ideal, bohemian style accomplishes the same by drawing on a wide array of philosophies and sources of inspiration from all around the world.

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Dream Pools

Tile of Spain USA

With unrivaled durability, stunning graphics and illustrious finishes, ceramic tiles have long been a favorite finish for pools among specifiers, builders and homeowners wishing to create a luxurious oasis in both residential and commercial settings. Rosa Gres, Stela Golden.

Marmomac ReStart Offers Cloud-Based Event

Stone Update

Major natural-stone show will turn the key online late this month. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

“Outdoor Tile, Mid Mod Style”


Check out this great article in Atomic Ranch’s News Letter (great newsletter, subscribe if you haven’t already) about mid century modern tile in the outdoor environment, specifically pool areas.

How to Transform Your Home Office into a Masterpiece with Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

When you’re looking to update your kitchen or bathroom, it seems like there are tips and tricks everywhere, but what about renovating, redecorating, or even adding onto a home office?

Client Feature: Anne Grice Interiors

Decorative Materials

Over the years, Decorative Materials has formed a strong relationship with award-winning Aspen designer Anne Grice.

Week of September 7th, 2020 – Aging in Place vs. A New Space

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September 13 th brings us National Grandparents Day, which is a day for us to spend some time (perhaps virtually) reminding our grandparents how much they mean to us.

Radio Stone Update -- September 9, 2020

Stone Update

Caesarstone Buys Into Porcelain-Slab Plant; U.S. Hard-Surface Imports Up in July; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

Ideas on Budget-Friendly DIY Hottubs

Kitchen and Residential Design

Medical experts proved that soaking in warm water is one of the best ways to get rid of accumulated stress. And when you combine bathing with staying outside and enjoying the view, you'll bring enjoyment to a higher level. And what unites all these? An outdoor hottub.

Wellness Design Strategies For Addressing Wildfire Smoke And Ash In Your Homes During Covid Pandemic

JG Kitchens

“The smoke is coming into my place!” ” My sister cried into the phone. “It’s awful!” ” I could hear the distress in her voice. Had I seen any of the photos of the entire Bay Area shrouded in smoke and ash, she wanted to know. Yes, sadly I had.

3D Printer Makes Sustainable Building Material from Local Soil

The A to Z of Building

Currently, the construction industry is experiencing two major challenges: one is the demand for sustainable infrastructure and the other is the necessity to repair degrading roads, bridges, and

Week of August 31st, 2020 – Southern Hospitality & Design

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September 5 th brings us the annual Kentucky Derby, America’s favorite holiday to celebrate a sporting event that lasts under 3 minutes.

Natural Stone Institute: RISE Home #30

Stone Update

New special-needs residence in Massachusetts for U.S. Army captain. Featured Association Beat News

Modern bedroom ideas with a warm aesthetic

Trendir Magazine

Many consider modern bedroom’s to be quite cold due to their non-traditional aesthetic. Furthermore, modern décor gets a bad rap due to the majority of it being showcased minimally.

Columbia University Far-UVC Light Study Shows Promise As Wellness Design-Based Covid Killer

JG Kitchens

Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all worry less about catching Covid at home? Or the flu? Or any number of other illnesses? Columbia University professor David Brenner has a long-term solution. It's called far-UVC light and he's been researching it for years.

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EasyBuilds Carol Massay Heads up the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards on Judging Panel

The A to Z of Building

The European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards has been designed to find the most exemplary women within construction and engineering across Europe. Carol Massay, CEO of EasyBuild To

Playlist of the Week – Golden Oldies

Architectural Ceramics

It’s Grandparent’s Day this Sunday! Even though a lot of grandparents these days probably identify more with the 80’s, we’re celebrating with some songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Check out this week’s playlist featuring oldies but goodies – and don’t forget to call your grandparents! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design.

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Radio Stone Update -- August 26, 2020

Stone Update

TISE 2021 Moves from January to June; Coverings Connected Begins; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Going Dark on my Fence and Deck

Life of an Architect

Should you paint your fence black? I came pretty close and settled in on a charcoal color (which was a nice change from the previous color of "raw hot dog") and I'm here to tell you that going dark can be a very good thing.

First Excerpt of Wellness by Design Book – Fitness Spaces – Out Now!

JG Kitchens

Here's your first chance to read a hefty excerpt of my third book, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness, which just published September 1.

Washington is the US State with the Most Value of Construction Projects Underway, Says Globaldata

The A to Z of Building

Washington is the US state with the highest pipeline value of construction projects that are in the execution stage, and this is reflected in the rapid growth the state has seen in construction

Week of September 14th, 2020 – Latin American Design Influences

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September is Hispanic Heritage month and we are taking the opportunity to focus on the influence of Latin American Design. In more modern times, we’ve seen a shift towards just that – modernity within design. Chic, sleek, and seamless.

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NTCA Names Tile Setter Craftspersons of the Year

Stone Update

One winner each for residential and commercial categories. Featured Association Beat News

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058: Talking Shop with Building Science Fight Club

Life of an Architect

Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal in the creation of high-performance buildings. This means we are talking Building Science Fight Club with Christine Williamson.

Wellness Design Hits the Presidential Campaign!

JG Kitchens

I was pretty surprised when I heard that Joe Biden touted a successful aging-in-place program in one of his recent campaign speeches. I did some research to find out more about the program he mentioned and was incredibly impressed by what I learned.

Private Housing Sites Operating at 80% of Productivity Due to Covid-19

The A to Z of Building

The latest Covid-19 construction statistics suggest that sites were operating at 80% in terms of productivity in August – according to the new Private Housebuilding report which was published by

Playlist of the Week – Walking the Dog

Architectural Ceramics

Week of August 17th, 2020. We have found ourselves spending a lot more time at home with our pets, like 9-year-old chocolate Labrador appropriately named “Cocoa” After spending a lot more time at home, whether it’s working or simply not going out as much, we’ve definitely become much closer and have spent much more time together with our four-legged friends!

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