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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.

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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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.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Modern Vanities

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By Cheryl Khan of Trade Winds Imports. Maybe your bathroom is stuck in the 60s or maybe you just need to freshen things up a bit.

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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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?"

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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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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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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New Cuban Cement Tile from Aguayo Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. A few weeks ago, I shared 2015 Tile Trends from my annual pilgrimage to Coverings , a trade show for tile and stone. I promised to share some other great new tile finds that Avente Tile will be adding to our offerings.

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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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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.

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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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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Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. This post is a contribution to the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. As a blog hop participant, we've been asked to write about Summer DIY & Home Improvement.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Handmade Cement Tile: Defining Quality

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Handmade Alcala Cement Tile on a bathroom wall. In my last post, I introduced Avente Tile’s newly published Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile. This 14-page downloadable Guide features information, examples of cement tile installations, FAQs, and more.

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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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Cement Tile Border Pattern Creates Charming Patio

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Cement tiles naturally create an Old World ambiance with their traditional patterns and color variations that occur from being a hand-crafted product.

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Avente Tile Talk: Innovation, possibilities and technology in ceramic.

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This past week I attended an event in Boston that was hosted by Tile of Spain which showed the advances that have been made in ceramic tile. At this event, there was also an opportunity to gain a CEU credit but I was

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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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.

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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Avente Tile Talk: Creative floor tiling

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It's a bit of a story to this tile project as this section of the floor has been concrete for a few years. I've been a builder and blogger for some time now and we have a home on Cupid's Cay, Eleuthera, Bahamas that we work on

Custom Cement Tile Pattern Creates Contemporary Clubhouse Charm

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Despite hundreds of existing cement tile patterns, sometimes you just have to literally "break the mold." In the commercial design of this golf clubhouse, a simple contemporary design was created specifically for this environment.

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Avente Tile Talk: New & Old Cement Tile Patterns Heat up the Strip

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As I conclude my final post on playing with pattern in tile design, I'm excited to share a unique wall installation of our classic, popular Cuban tiles and our newest line of cement tile offered by Aguayo Cement Tile. That's yours

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

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Exercise your creativity with handmade cement tile! Last month, we reviewed the time-tested quality manufacturing processes and techniques utilized in producing handmade cement tile. In this third installation, we’ll take a look at the various sizes, shapes and formats available with cement tiles.

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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

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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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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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.

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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