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Tile Excellence

Ive been posting articles here since 2011. Ive been criticized by my peers mostly competitors and at times threats of being sued because i shared my opinions of products and procedures I use tried and true from over 35 years of laying tile.

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You Totally Need These Hanging Chairs and Swinging Beds In Your Life

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Are you ready to shake off the winter blues (we sure are!)? Why not swing them away instead? There’s nothing more relaxing than the soft, fluid motion of a hanging daybed or chair.

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Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

The deadline is here. We’re all holding our wallets and our breath in anticipation of (cue the diabolical laugh) Tax Day. We all know that preparing and filing taxes is taxing.

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Tile of Spain Companies Prepare for Coverings 2018 in Atlanta

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain companies are on the road again! In less than 3 weeks, 85 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers will be heading to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to showcase their latest products and innovations at Coverings 2018: The Global Tile & Stone Experience.

Small Bathroom Decor Options

Trendir Magazine

Whether you have a tiny powder room that needs revamping or your bathroom is small and compact. We have put together some interior decorating options for a small bathroom space that will not only enhance the room but will also make it appear larger.

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16 Attic Design Ideas to Take Your Space Way Beyond Storage

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Use these attic design ideas to inspire your next remodel. Image: Stephen E. Kowalski Is your attic currently only being used for storage? If so, you’re not alone. Too many of us are guilty of taking older or rarely used items and burying them up in the attic, never to be thought of again.

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Memories from Architecture Studio

Life of an Architect

Does anybody remember “mixtapes”? For those of you born after 1995, mixtapes were traditionally self-assembled arrangements of songs onto cassette tapes. I had hundreds of them and armed with my Sony Walkman, I would sit and work at my drafting table for hours on end.

Unfair Trade Practices in Quartz Surfaces Claimed

Stone Update

manufacturer Cambria files federal petition to seek higher duty fees on Chinese quartz imports in antidumping claim. Featured Latest News


A Jeweler's 19th Century Barn House & Blacksmith's Shop — House Call

Apartment Therapy

Name: Stacy Hopkins and Mark Meyerrose. Location: Hartland, Vermont. Size: 2,000 square feet combined. Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned. My partner Mark Meyerrose and I renovated a partially restored 19th-century barn house with an adjacent stone blacksmith's shop, (dating back to the late 1750s).

Step Inside this Stunning Modern Zen Kitchen

The Ace of Space

Designer, Sherry Hope Kennedy-Studio SHK balances warmth and liveability in this modern zen kitchen designed for a young growing family.

5 Feng Shui Home Decor Tips for A Peaceful, Prosperous Space

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The recent celebration of Chinese New Year ushered in the Year of the Dog. The dog is an animal known for it’s loyalty, faithfulness and, especially, it’s ability to remain perfectly happy and content spending time at home with it’s family.

Mid-Century Living Room Ideas That Are Timeless

Trendir Magazine

Mid-century décor tends to be a top favorite for many because of its classic décor that brings a vintage feel even to the most modern homes. We have put together a few mid-century living room ideas that are timeless and will remind you of the refine feeling your grandmother’s home had.

Paxton’s Michigan March Madness

Stone Update

Countertop company makes its mark at Detroit b-ball arena and Michigan State campus. Featured Company Insider News

Before & After: Dated Mauve Tile Becomes Classic Herringbone — Sweeten

Apartment Therapy

Some vintage bathrooms are incredibly charming, but I'm afraid the same could not be said of this one.

ARDEX Americas Wins Award for Outstanding Commitment to Employee Education and Development for the Second Consecutive Year

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, PA, April 18, 2018 – ARDEX Americas won the Engaging Pittsburgh Innovative People Practices award for the second consecutive year. The category was Innovation in Learning and Development.

10 Easy Rental Upgrades You Can Do (And Take With You When You Move)

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

A lot of renters settle for an outdated, boring space until they can move into the home of their dreams. Good news, renters: you don’t have to! Here are some easy rental upgrades you can complete yourself (or with just a little help) in no time.

Spring Has Finally Sprung

KB Culture

Yes, I've been quiet for a while. As everyone in the northeast will attest, the past winter maintained a far too tenacious grip on us; I mean, snow in April?!? Any reasonable person [and I include myself in that demographic] would have gone into hibernation. And I did.

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Minimalist Kitchen Ideas That Are Not Boring

Trendir Magazine

While minimalist interior decorating has a reputation for being simple and sleek, it can sometimes feel impersonal or in need of something “different,” especially when it comes to kitchen décor.

Amazon Might Just Be the Most Pet-Friendly Company With 6,000 Doggy Visitors

Apartment Therapy

Amazon is trying to become the coolest place in the world. They bought Whole Foods. You can have things delivered to your house in an hour. You can watch TV from basically anywhere using Amazon Prime. Honestly, is there anything bad about Amazon?


Revamp Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

Conestoga Tile Blog

Whether you use your kitchen to entertain or to simply prepare a meal for your family, it’s nice to walk into a kitchen that you love. If your kitchen is becoming a bit worn and a big-ticket renovation just isn’t in the budget you can still upgrade the space without breaking the bank.

Spiral Staircase Elevates Minimalist Duplex in Thailand

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The creative team at FATTSTUDIO completed the renovation of an apartment with an intriguing layout in Bangkok, Thailand. The aim of the project was to design a bright, airy living space for a young couple with a love for minimalism.

Unfair Trade Balance in Quartz Surfaces Claimed

Stone Update

manufacturer Cambria files federal petition to seek higher duty fees on Chinese quartz imports in antidumping claim. Featured Latest News


How To Do Laundry While Keeping Your Sanity


Creating a healthy home means having a healthy person at the helm. (A A big “thank you” to our friends at for sponsoring this post.). Keeping your laundry clean and hygienic isn’t always easy.

7 Feel-Good Things You Can Declutter in the Name of Earth Day

Apartment Therapy

Getting rid of clutter just feels good. And while there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing something for our own well-being or for the benefit of our homes, Earth Day has us feeling a little green at the moment.


These Are the 25 Best Cities For Job Hunters to Live In – Sorry NYC, You're Out

Apartment Therapy

Is there anything worse than job hunting? Editing your resume, sending out applications, and writing cover letters are grueling work. Then actually going on interviews, it is all exhausting. You have to sell yourself to company after company and hope that one of them likes you and you like them back.


10 Architects You Should be Following on Instagram

Apartment Therapy

There's no shortage of awesome architects to follow on Instagram. The hashtag #architectureporn alone produces more than 5 million posts, many of which come straight from the hands of innovative architects across the globe.

Prefab Houseboats Exist, So You Can Live Out Your Sleepless In Seattle Dreams

Apartment Therapy

Studies show that living near water can reduce stress, so it stands to reason that one way you could maximize that benefit is by living on a boat , particularly a floating habitat that can be assembled in four days by two people. READ MORE ». Small Spaces. Design

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One Thing That Agents Wish They Could Tell Their Buyers

Apartment Therapy

Have you ever wondered what your real estate agent is thinking — like really thinking? Well, now's your chance to find out. READ MORE ». First Time Home Buyers. Home Financing. z_realestate. Buying. Real Estate


10 Etsy Finds for the Target Obsessed (& Those of Us Who Love Them)

Apartment Therapy

Oh, Target. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Between their unbelievably low prices and insanely adorable home décor offerings, the mega store will always have a special place in our hearts.


James Van Der Beek Shares a Brilliant Furniture Assembly Hack

Apartment Therapy

Assembling furniture can be frustrating and time consuming, especially when you don't have all the pieces you need. Thankfully, actor and handy dad James Van Der Beek just shared his MacGyver-esque hacks over on Instagram. READ MORE ». Hacks.


The Best Small Space Organization Solutions—According to People Who Live In Tiny Homes

Apartment Therapy

The tiny home movement has undeniably arrived—not just for minimalists looking to get back to basics, but for adventurers, families, and even 9-to-5ers.

8 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Living Room

Apartment Therapy

We've turned the clocks forward, the days are longer (and hopefully warmer where you are), and time finally feels like it is in our favor. It's time to shake off the cozy winter decor, and let your home project a new, lighter mood.

There's a Condo For Sale In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Building

Apartment Therapy

Want to live like Mrs. Maisel? Then we have good news: an apartment in The Strathmore, the Upper West Side building where the show is set, is on the market. READ MORE ». Real Estate. New York. Books & Media

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Ornamental Grass is A Low-Maintenance, Drought-Resistant Plant Wonder

Apartment Therapy

The hot new trend in planting right now is: grass. Grass? — you may find yourself asking. How could anybody get excited about grass? But that's because you haven't seen this grass.