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Tile of Spain Announces Winners for the 5th Annual “Passport To Creativity” Contest

Tile of Spain USA

Four lucky winners are heading to Spain thanks to the 5 th annual Tile of Spain “Passport to Creativity” contest. The design professionals selected to participate in the 6-day architectural excursion are: Jeffrey Johnson – CEO/Principal Interior Designer, Jeffrey Design, LLC. Richard Bosch – Principal,  Richard Bosch Architect. Ronald Fergle – President,  Solart, Inc. … Continue Reading.

Sawchuk Construction Testifies to ARDEX UI 720™ FLEXBONE®

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

When Sawchuk Construction  encountered a bathroom floor that previously was flooded, they knew the substrate was in trouble! What they initially thought was coal in the concrete turned out to be mold. Several more issues mounted on the jobsite. Enter  ARDEX UI 720™ FLEXBONE®  Floating Uncoupling Membrane. ” . The client wanted the neo-angle shower taken out and a new shower constructed.

Pantone’s Color of 2017 at Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

GREENERY. We love all shades of green here at Modwalls , so we’re oh so happy that this bright, fresh shade has been chosen as Pantone’s color of the year for 2017. Greenery works in so many rooms and we have the tile collections in this vibrant hue to make anyone’s day brighter. Did we mention that we LOVE bright green? Shop online 24/7 at

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A First-Time Home Buyer On: Deciding to Buy a House in Your Twenties

Apartment Therapy

Anastassia Nelson recently purchased a 925 square foot 1920s bungalow in Tacoma, Washington , and spent a year renovating the house into a stylish cottage full of vintage finds. And Ana was only 25 when she became a homeowner. Are you impressed? I'm 33 (not a homeowner) and very impressed. Ana was kind of enough to answer some questions about how she bought a home while still in her twenties, from how to know when she was ready to how long it took to save up for a down payment. READ MORE ». Buying. Tour Feature. Real Estate

London Tile Wins Best of Houzz 2017 Award

The London Tile Co.

We are very excited to announce that we have won a Best of Houzz 2017 award for Customer Service! The winners are chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals. Houzz is a fantastic place to find and collect ideas for interior design projects, and the community of professionals and homeowners are all extremely helpful. Join the Houzz community today and don’t forget to follow The London Tile Co. Tile Design Tips

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How to Make It Work When You Have No Room for a Home Office: A Round-Up of Ideas & Inspirations

Apartment Therapy

Jessica's Super Small NoLita Apartment. Image credit: Nancy Mitchell ). We know that it's not always easy to visualize the possibilities of adding more into a small home, so here are some of our favorite posts—from roundups to Maxwell's pro tips to a collection of small space house tours—to help you carve out a home office space when you're short on space in general. READ MORE ». Home Office.

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Kitchen and Bath Design and Remodeling Trends from KBDN

JG Kitchens

This is my latest Trend Spotting report for Kitchen & Bath Design News , showing you what the experts are predicting for 2017. It covers economic, style and technology trends in the kitchen and bath sphere. hope you find it informative. Colorful fixtures are a hot trend right now. Photo Courtesy: Hastings Tile & Bath ).

How to Perfect a Slow Cooker Dessert – Blueberry Cobbler


Fruit cobblers are always delicious but when you make them as a slow cooker dessert or Crock Pot Dessert they’re unbelievably great. Blueberry cobbler is such a delicious treat, but who wants to turn on the oven to bake it? Thankfully, you can rely on the slow cooker and take it easy and cool. Tell us what your favorite part is about this slow cooker blueberry cobbler recipe. 1-cup sugar.

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Why It’s Time to Go Monochrome

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

When it comes to redesigning a room, the first decision is usually, “which color?” ” And sometimes, that can be the hardest choice of all. I can’t be the only person who has excitedly walked into a paint store, then left a short time later, overwhelmed with a thousand similar-but-different options. Who knew there could be so many shades of white? Yes and no.

Granada Tile’s Cement Tiles Decorate Tower 12 Restaurant

Granada Tile

Granada Tile’s cement tiles point the way to good food. Follow your eyes to find the Granada Tile cement tiles and a great place to eat. Look for cement tiles from Granada Tile to point you towards good food. For this reason, we’re proud to say that we are in some of the best restaurants across the country. Opening soon, Tower 12 on the Hermosa Beach pier sports a casual, beachy vibe.

The 10 Commandments of a Clean Car

Apartment Therapy

House Tour: Chris & Roger's Vivacious 160-Year-Old Victorian. Image credit: Chris Stout-Hazard ). For many of us, our cars become a home away from home. Between work commutes, kid pickups, and daily errands, we wind up clocking some serious hours inside our vehicles. And just like any place where we spend a lot of time, keeping things tidy can be tough. READ MORE ». Cleaning. Organizing


Our Favorite Tiled Spaces

Making Tile Modern

At Modwalls, we design our unique tile collections to delight our clients. We in turn are delighted by how our tile gets styled in residential and commercial environments. Here are some of our favorite tiled spaces of the past year: BRIGHTEST RESTAURANT TILE DESIGN. The name says it all at Gusto Restaurants! MOST CREATIVE KITCHEN TILE. Lush glass tile by Modwalls is also available in other sizes.


19 New Year Organizing Tips for Home Office Organization


Is your home office organization in need of a New Year’s makeover? An office needs to be organized in a simple and straightforward way to be efficient and reliably functional. However, this place can get too messy too quickly, as it is too easy for in-trays to become a dumping ground. This New Year’s is probably the best time to keep on top of tasks and for your home office organization.

Clad in Heath: The Norton Simon Museum

Heath Ceramics

On a recent trip to Southern California, we stopped by the Norton Simon Museum — previously the Pasadena Art Museum — to check out its extensive art collections and sculpture garden and, of course, its unique Heath Tile exterior. As we browsed and admired the volcanic-textured cladding of large, 5” x 15” custom Heath Tiles, we started to wonder about the backstory. See pages 210-213.

These Modern Bathroom Tile Designs Will Inspire The Most Reluctant Remodelers

Trendir Magazine

Bathroom design is more than just picking tiles, but that is probably the most important aspect of it. Modern bathroom tile designs are so varied, it can be hard to make the choice at all. Materials alone range from classic ceramics to natural stone, which, in turn, includes more varieties than just marble. They also look sleeker and minimal. Small squares look especially bold and daring in black.

10 Small Changes that Will Ease You Into a Healthier Day — Fine Tuning

Apartment Therapy

Getting fit and sloughing off unwanted habits isn't exactly a one stop shop—at least, not in my experience. Instead, I've learned improving your health is a lot more effective (and easier) when you're looking at the big picture and taking things one step at a time. So instead of overhauling your whole life, nutritional outlook and agenda, here's a new game plan: Ten small steps to ease you into a healthier day, whether you begin with one or opt to take on the whole list. READ MORE ». Wellness


Architectural Graphics 101 – Drawing Alignment and Notes

Life of an Architect

Time for another installation of Architectural Graphics 101 ! The previous installment was received pretty well and despite the fact that this series is not intended for seasoned architects and architectural technicians, those folks still have an opinion on the matter that I welcome. Drawing Alignment and Notes?!? … I promise that this will be better than the title might suggest.

6 Clever Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs


If you are like most families winter heating costs are at the forefront of your mind. During the winter, saving heat is very important as there are very few heat sources available. There are many ways that one can adopt in order to minimize winter heating costs in your home while ensuring that heat energy is saved. Below are various ways of saving on winter heating costs in order to save resources.


A huge thanks to our employees and partnering organizations for.

Heath Ceramics

A huge thanks to our employees and partnering organizations for our first annual Heath Service Day, which took place on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and part of #NationalServiceDay. . highlight heath ceramics national service day martin luther king jr day heath service day sausalito san francisco community service

Orange County Design-Build Specialists, Burgin Construction Inc., Named Best of Houzz 2017

Burgin Construction

Burgin Construction Inc. has been named Best of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service by the foremost platform for home renovation and design, Houzz Inc. “We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz.

What Can I Do About the Noisy Water Pipes in My Bedroom Wall? — Good Questions

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy). Q: I live on the sixth floor of an eight floor apartment building. My bedroom is sandwiched between two pipe locations - on one wall, the bathroom pipes for the two units directly above mine. On the other wall, the pipes for the neighboring unit, and their two upstairs neighbors. READ MORE ». Good Questions. Reader Submissions

Strength and Beauty Intertwined in Nature-Inspired Element Tile by Florim

Rubble Tile

Florim’s Element collection is influenced by natural elements and the beauty and strength that they possess. This versatile collection draws upon metals for much of its inspiration, highlighting its functionality and fortitude while remaining sleek and stylish. Use Element to ground your space and create a dialogue with nature, sparking a sense of calm that […]. The post Strength and Beauty Intertwined in Nature-Inspired Element Tile by Florim appeared first on Rubble Tile : Minneapolis Tile Shop and Showroom.

Unique Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your Gift List


Are you stuck looking for unique gift ideas for that special someone? Who doesn’t love giving and receiving gifts? Most people do, but sometimes the struggle to think of something to give can turn it into a bit of a nightmare situation. We have all been there, flipping and turning at night trying to come up with something special to buy your favorite Aunt. Personalized Gifts for Anyone.

Discover our Top 5 Tips for Writing Successful Tile Installation Specifications

CUSTOM Insights Blog

A good tile specification helps prevent delays from RFIs, costly change orders or even failures in the tile assembly. Clear, concise and correct specifications guide everyone involved with the project and contain the essentials to protect the owner’s investment.

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KB Culture

This striking surfacing—seen here on both the wall and the drawer fronts—is a melange of materials: fabric is sandwiched between sheets of glass. While Vetrite is suitable primarily for vertical use [light-wear horizontal applications, like tub decks, is OK], it is offered in an impressive number [18] of formats, ranging from 4x4 inches to 47x110 inches, in more than 50 patterns.

Before and After: An 1860s New Orleans Double Parlor Is Brought Back to Life

Apartment Therapy

When Tim purchased his house in 2010 , it had been abandoned since 2004, a year before Hurricane Katrina. The windows were left open and the walls were covered with mold. The property was what Tim describes as "marginally livable," and didn't even meet the requirements for financing. He would have to pay out of pocket to get a hot water heater installed, the electricity turned on, and have the mold re-mediated in order to secure a mortgage. READ MORE ». Living Room. Projects. Project Ideas. Before & After. Tour Feature

How To Think Like an Interior Designer: Emphasis

Conestoga Tile Blog

The principle of emphasis in interior design is the process of creating focus within a designated space.  This method is used not only to draw attention to a focal point in the room but can also be used to divert the viewer from noticing a less desirable area of the space as well.  Less is more when it comes to focal points in each area.

Simple Tips for the Best Mens Closet Organization


We always hear about closet organization for kids and women, but rarely do you hear about mens closet organization. From the kitchen and living areas, to the garage and home office we always seem to forget to focus on the men. Yes, guys, lets face it – sometimes organization articles aren’t focused at you, and you have plenty to get organized! Mens Clothes: Store seasonal apparel.

Exotic Loft in Australia Mixes Styles to Perfection

Trendir Magazine

The Rural Building Company  took this and that and everything else and put it into their project in Perth, Australia to create the most exotic loft. Its very facade will convince you that it’s a no ordinary home or another clever conversion. Slanted roof and angular shapes characterize the facade that moves in a dynamic dance of contrasting materials and textures. Apartments

American Olean's Theoretical is a Real Option for Concrete Look Tile

ISC Surfaces

Creative Gray in 12x24 Theoretical from American Olean is a modern, industrial cement look with subtle graphic variation and a versatile range of neutral colors. All sizes mentioned are in inches

Monday on Marketplace: 5 Great Finds — Apartment Therapy Marketplace

Apartment Therapy

Well into the thick of January, it's time to reward yourself for working on resolutions past the first week of the month. Treat yourself by shopping Apartment Therapy Marketplace , including the interesting, funky fresh finds newly listed finds below. Go ahead, you deserve it. READ MORE ». Classifieds


Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts

Tile Excellence

Ceramic Tile Floor Repairs and Shower Regrouts are big topics in the world of tile installation and tile repair. Here's some good information about both. By popular demand, one of the Guide Articles written by Tile Excellence and published by Mass Reality. Chris is not just a " Massachusetts Home Contractor Guides , but also an expert and published author, [ Copper Pans vs. Rubber Membrane ] so you should go check out his articles and posts. Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts


Weekend Gardening: Edibles to Grow This Spring


Weekend gardening is a great time to get your edible plants started. Spring time is perfect for gardening and planting. Other than beautiful and colorful flowers, anybody that cooks should plant a few edibles, in their spring garden or even in containers. They will add freshness and vitamins to your meals, making them delicious and nutritious with no additional cost. How to Grow Container Herbs.

19th Century Apartment Gets Contemporized in Kiev

Trendir Magazine

Designers Alena Makagon , Alexandr Ivasiv and Artem Zavarzin  take remodeling to a whole new level with their 19th century apartment project in Kiev. Defying age with fresh plaster and contemporary furnishings, it looks every bit as elegant and grand as it probably did more than a century ago. The main room that combines living and dining area stands separate from the kitchen. Apartments