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Avente Tile Launches New Website and Blog

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Welcome! I'm pleased to announce that our blog and website have moved to a new hosting platform that is responsive and mobile ready. It's been a big effort with all "hands on deck" here at Avente Tile.

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Malibu with Terracotta Ceramic Tiles: A Historical Perspective

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Stunning view of the Malibu coast from the historic Adamson House. Situated in one of the most sought after coastal locations on the West Coast in Southern California, and perhaps the nation, is the Adamson House.

Adamson House Tile Tour

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With the Fourth of July Holiday just around the corner, I found my thoughts wandering toward the sunny California coast. So, I thought I'd share one of my favorite historical tile haunts, The Adamson House. It's located right on the Pacific Ocean and steps from the Malibu Pier in Malibu, California.

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Tiled Stair Riser Design Picks

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Nothing adds more curb appeal, sense of personal style, and a real design punch than using decorative tiles on stair risers. Decorative tiles used on stair risers showcase personal style and add curb appeal. Tiles allow you to showcase your sense of style.

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Tile Inspiration For Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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Guest post by Jane Blanchard, Modernize. Vibrant blue Arabesque tile adds visual interest. Image via Modernize. Tile is a popular choice for kitchen floors and backsplashes, so popular that even the priciest and most custom options can seem bland.

Hexagon Cement Tile – Patterned and Plain

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Star and Hexagonal Tile Panel, 13th-14th century (Nishapur, Iran). Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Steeped in a rich history of architectural, design and natural elements, the hexagon is a fundamental shape when it comes to building.

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Make a Splash with Pool Tiles

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Deep indigo pool tiles, coupled with the architecture of the pool house, make for an incredible outdoor setting. Image via Architectural Digest. Handcrafted artisan porcelain tiles are perfect for pools and water features.

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Avente Tile's Blog - Tile Talk - Moves to New Home

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Welcome! I'm pleased to announce that today is our very first post of our blog, Avente Tile Talk , at its new location here on Avente Tile. I started the Avente Tile Talk blog at AventeTileTalk.com in 2008.

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Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Since launching our new line of Porcelain Pool Tile earlier this month, we''ve been getting a lot of questions about what makes porcelain tile better than ceramic tile. More commonly, the question is simply, "What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?"

Pre-Sealing Cement Tile: An Important Step

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. How to Apply a Grout Release - Cement Tile Install Tips. When you see a finished cement tile installation (or any tile installation), it''s hard to visualize just how bad it looked when grout was first applied.

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Tile Trends 2015 : Variety is the Spice of Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last week was action-packed as I made my annual pilgrimage to Coverings, a trade show for tile and stone.

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Elevations Relief Cement Wall Tile from Avente Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last month, I reported some of my favorite tile trends and finds from Coverings in the my blog post Tile Trends 2015: Variety is the Spice of Tile.

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Hispaniola Relief Cement Tiles Offer Island-Like Feel

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Colorful, dimensional Hispaniola cement tiles liven up a powder room. The Hispaniola Collection from Avente Tile is an exclusive, made-to-order series of beautiful handmade cement tiles inspired by the climate, textures and surroundings of the Dominican Republic.

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Conversations Art Tile by David Shipley

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Southern California artist David Shipley has created a line of contemporary hand-painted ceramic art tile based upon his unique paintings and sculptures.

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Vintage Tile Tour, Continued

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. As we conclude our tour of the Original Los Angeles Spec House, I''ll pick up where we left off from last week''s post. First, a little background information!

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Geometrical Ceramic Tiles Offer Everlasting Design

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Our new Geometrical Glazed Ceramic tile collection was used to create this appealing kitchen backsplash. Our Geometrical line of ceramic tile mixes classic hand-painted glaze techniques with modern, geometric patterns to achieve an absolutely stunning look.

Saltillo Tile's Centuries-Old Allure

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Coupled with decorative ceramic tiles, Saltillo tile exudes Old World charm. Hand-crafted from natural clay deposits, authentic Saltillo tile can only come from one place in the world - Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila in Mexico.

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Decorative Geometrical Tile Coda

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Two weeks ago I introduced our new decorative glazed ceramic tiles. In that post, Geometrical Ceramic Tiles Ring in the New Year , I explained how two popular cement tile patterns, our Geo 10 and Traditional Anillos , are now available in a glazed ceramic tile format.

Avente Tile Talk: Artist Series Cement Tile Collection Grows with.

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This new collection, created by artists Guillermo Gomez Lama and Tania Marmolejo, boasts eight different designs, each presented with three color options. Further, these 10"x10" cement tiles feature new, contemporary

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Designer Insights with Bill Buyok

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By Tudor Davies, Terry's Fabrics. As you may know, Bill Buyok is the founder and owner of Avente Tile. He started the company as an online tile showroom and catalog so that hand painted ceramic tiles and cement tiles are more easily and broadly available for others who share the same passion.

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3 Ways to Create Style with Plain Hexagon Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. With it''s classic six-sided shape, the hexagon is gaining and maintaining it''s elegant prowess in design circles (pun intended) once again. Here are three ways plain hexagon tiles lead to an overall stylish look.

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Applying a Penetrating Sealer to Cement Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Sealers for cement tile should be applied to protect the tile from water and staining; but, they can also be used to enhance or restore color.

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Tile and Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture at the Homestead Musuem

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. The hot, humid weather we've been experiencing in Southern California since last week has taken a toll on me. I am not used to the tropical weather, so I find my mind wandering. The entry gates to La Casa Nueva at the Homestead Museum.

Patterned Hexagon Tile: 3 Ways to Create Style

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last week, I shared 3 Ways to Create Style with Plain Hexagon Tile. This week, I play with pattern on this powerful six-sided polygon. Here are three ways patterned hexagon tiles provide a stylish look using both ceramic and cement tiles - all available from Avente Tile.

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Cement Tile Patchwork Makes Kitchen Backsplash Sing

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Patchwork tile floors and walls using encaustic cement tile are incredibly popular. Patchwork is a great way to add color and pattern to any room. The cheerful designs make you smile. A cement tile patchwork design was used for this kitchen backsplash.

A Better Saltillo Tile: Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

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A Saltillo tile entry features a cement tile rug. Via Vanguard Studio, Inc. By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. A few weeks ago, we spoke about the history, production and properties of Saltillo tile.

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Holiday Cheer from Avente Tile

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There is no better time than the Holidays to express our appreciation for your business and friendship. May all the joys of the season be yours. Deer in Moonlight Ceramic Tile Mural. Take 10% off any online order placed through January 2015. Use coupon code CHEERS

Favorite Tiled Walks That Add Style

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. With the Summer Solstice now behind us, it's time to celebrate this much-anticipated season by enjoying the outdoors. I enjoy taking my daily neighborhood walks early in the day. It's during these walks that I stop to admire the tiled walks and entries.

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Encaustic Cement Tile as Wainscoting

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Cement tile is paired with locally-sourced coral stone to create this stunning wainscoting for a bathroom. If you''ve ever seen a decorative treatment on the lower half of a wall, then you''ve seen wainscoting.

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Vintage Tile Tour of Original Los Angeles Spec House

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Recently, I had a rare opportunity to tour a house with Royal Delft tiles installed in almost every room. Located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, the home tour was arranged by Joe Taylor and Sheila Menzies of The Tile Heritage Foundation for a collector.

Support the Tile Heritage Foundation

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Tiles tell tales!" is the way Sheila A. Menzies, Executive Director of the Tile Heritage Foundation , explained it to me many years ago. As the year draws to a close and you consider year-end donations, don''t forget about this amazing organization.

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Cuban Tile Makes Grand Entrance for Resort Hotel

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. The above commercial installation of Cuban cement tile uses a classic rug design in rich, warm colors. The hypnotic pattern of our Cuban Heritage Design 110-3B 8x8 handmade cement tile features prominently in this resort''s airy and grand entry.

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Geometric Tiles Create Style on any Budget

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Geometric tiles in classic shapes, such as chevron, hexagon, stripes, honeycomb or octagon, are a great way to add style to your home''s wall or floors. More intricate patterns reproduced on a single tile will always be more expensive than plain tiles.

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Cement Tiles Exude Warmth, Flexibility in Master Bath Redesign

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Nothing excites me more than seeing a customer's installation photos. Readers of this blog know that I love color and pattern. Needless to say, I was thrilled when a customer from La Crescenta, CA called to order more tile.

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Benefits of Pre-Sealing Cement Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Pre-sealing cement tiles is not a required step in all manufacturers'' installation procedures; however, it is something I recommend.

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Avente Tile Talk: Portuguese Ceramic Tile: Architectural History and.

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Portugal is a land of Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden-sand beaches, history, great food and wine, and beautiful scenery. Aside from all these wonderful things are the ceramic tiles of the

Custom Commercial Cement Tile Inspiration

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Customizable cement tiles, from clockwise (top right), include: Traditional Melilla ; Classic Serengeti ; Traditional Gran Cordoba ; and Geometric 02 Cement Tile. Handmade cement tiles are a great choice for commercial, hospitality, and retail spaces.

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New Tiles for a New Year

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As the new year starts with full force, I think it only fitting to share some of our new tile patterns and lines. This week, I share our new glazed ceramic line. It''s a small line that carriers a big and very popular design punch.

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Avente Tile Talk: Portuguese Ceramic Tile Artistry

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According to the curators of the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (National Palace of Sintra) in Portugal, the use of azulejos (a form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile) in decoration is unique when compared

Cement Tile Creates Calming Resort Spa

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. In today''s hectic 24/7 world, a quiet place to escape, relax, renew, and refresh is more important than ever before. Designers cleverly chose cement tile flooring for this resort spa to achieve a calm and peaceful atmosphere in a commercial setting.

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