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BDNY 2019 – Trends & Tile at Boutique Design New York

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In its 10 th year, Boutique Design New York (BDNY) showcases trends targeted to the hospitality boutique and lifestyle market.

Chinese Tariffs and their Effect on the Tile Industry

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Many people have asked us about how the newly implemented Chinese tariffs will affect the tile and flooring industry. They wanted us to go into detail about the actual tariffs and their impact. Here it is.

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Medieval Flooring & Encaustic Tile

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The image above shows the tiled floor of Winchester Cathedral , which boasts the largest area of original medieval tiles in the United Kingdom!

Week of January 20, 2020 – Ski Resorts and Spa

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January 20, 2020. Winter is a great time to plan a ski resort getaway. Dreaming of slopes and spas has inspired us to search out this week’s top 5 resort inspired design posts. Mountaintop Suites. 7 incredible Suites at Europe’s Top Ski Resorts , Architectural Digest.

Scottish Heritage in Interiors

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Layers of history, breathtaking landscapes, and robust culture, Scotland is what we are dreaming of at the moment. Inspired by Betty Sullivan’s visit last September, we decided to look at features of the most prominent Scottish interiors and how they translate to our world – the world of tile.

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Playlist of the Week – Snow Days

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Week of January 13th, 2020. Anyone who has been to the DC area knows that it can deliver anything from warm 70 degree days to blizzards and icy roads – all in the same week! We are getting our houses ready to hunker down in when winter weather strikes.

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Playlist of the Week – Resort & Spa

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Week of January 20th, 2020. Winter is a great time to plan a getaway. Some people find peace on the ski slopes and others just want to spend the day at their resort’s spa getting pampered.

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10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

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It’s summer and your vacation is calling. Come globe trotting with us to beautiful vacation spots, home and abroad, that offer endless design and tile inspiration.

Week of October 7, 2019 – Fireplaces

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Top 5 Design Posts. As summer weather slowly gives way to cooler temperatures, we feel compelled to cuddle up with a blanket and our favorite book (or streaming service when the mood strikes.)

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Fashion + Tile = A Love Story

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There is no denying that we spend A LOT of time looking at (and obsessing over) fresh and innovative tile. It is natural for us to constantly be on the lookout for the next trend in interior design which is why we are excited that September has finally. arrived. Why, you ask?

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Pantone Color of the Year 2020 – Classic Blue

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Pantone recently introduced their 2020 Color of the Year : Classic Blue. If you aren’t familiar with Pantone’s annual announcement, the Color of the Year a recurring pick from Pantone’s color experts that influences the gamut of design industries from fashion to interior design.

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Your Room’s Focal Point: The Fireplace

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The product above is our VTile in a classy step pattern. It’s that time of year when fireplaces become more than a beautiful centerpiece — they are also a source of warmth and comfort.

Week of September 9th, 2019 – Scottish Heritage in Design

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Have you heard of the Highland Games? The traditional Scottish competition is rich with history (and is pretty fun to watch!) The 2019 Highland Games wrap up September 21 st , and they’ve inspired us to take a look at Scottish design.

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Week of October 28, 2019 – Halloween Haunts

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Halloween is fast approaching and we are taking a look at some scary and seasonal design posts. From amazing abandoned building to ways to give your home a Halloween decoration makeover, there are plenty of ways to get inspired! Intriguing Haunts.

Week of September 16th, 2019 – Top 5 Fall Design Posts

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As Summer fades away and the leaves begin to change, we’d like to take a moment for some Autumn interior design inspirations. From the fun activities that Fall brings to the colors of the season, there is a lot to draw from. A Full Plate. Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! Lauren Liess Pure Style Home.

Weekend Playlist: Oktoberfest

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Cheers to the weekend – Or Prost! if you’re in the Oktoberfest spirit! We’re rolling out the weekend with some German jams and the tiles they remind us of. Nena – 99 Luftballons. Island Stone, Paragon Hex. You and I in a little toy shop buy a bag of balloons with the money we’ve got…”.

Week of November 11, 2019 – Veteran’s Day Inspired

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week – Military Interior Design and Architecture. With Veteran’s Day this week and Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have been thinking a lot about what we have to be thankful for.

Week of September 30th, 2019 – Oktoberfest

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The annual Oktoberfest celebration is reaching its end in Munich, Germany this week. In honor of the time-honored festival, we’ve found some amazing residential and commercial design projects with German influence.

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

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Fresh white snow on Christmas morning, bright white lights strung over bustling streets, or white champagne bubbles on New Year’s — What classic imagery comes to mind when you think about the holidays?

Week of October 21, 2019 – Renaissance Styles

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Did you get a chance to visit the Renaissance festival this season? The Maryland Renaissance festival just ended this weekend and it got us thinking about what inspiration we can draw from the Middle Ages.

Tidying Up: How to Clean Up Different Tile Types

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It’s no secret that Americans have fallen in love with Marie Kondo and her mission to clean up homes across the nation.

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If Only The Road to the Final Games Were Paved in Tile

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We know in March and April, the NCAA Tournament is played on wood-covered basketball courts; but, wouldn’t it be sweet if the elite teams dribbled and passed the ball to the finals on wood-look tile instead?

Week of December 9, 2019 – Holiday Decorating

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Week of December 9, 2019. Design with a Purpose. 4 local designers participate in Children’s National’s annual Light Up the Season , Northern Virginia Magazine.

Week of November 18, 2019 – Places to Stay

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. We just wrapped up exhibiting at BDNY. and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Travel and hospitality are on our minds! Whether you have family looking for a place to stay or you just love hotel design, these five posts are sure to inspire. To Your Health.

Week of January 6, 2020

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New Year Resolutions and Gym Design. Happy New Year! This time of year, a lot of people, about 93 percent in fact, make a New Year’s resolution. Exercising more usually tops the list for most popular New Year’s Resolutions.

Penny Round Tile Inspiration to Fill Your Home Renovation Idea Bank

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Tax Day. It always goes one of two ways: receiving a refund or owing Uncle Sam a penny or two. If you plan to use your refund on a home renovation project, then Architectural Ceramics is here to fill your idea bank with inspiration.

Week of October 14, 2019 – Fall Harvest Season

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Autumn is a fantastic time to celebrate with harvest festivals, apple picking, and general Fall fun! Our idea of fun can be found in these Fall-inspired design posts of the week. From old farmhouses to hip restaurant spaces, there are lots of ways to let Fall inspire your design. A season for change.

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Week of November 25, 2019 – Thanksgiving Décor

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Top 5 Design Posts. Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already here and the winter holidays are right around the corner.

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Think Outside the Box: Rethinking the Square Shower Niche

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The shower niche. It’s not going away, but we want to know – where is it going next? Time and time again, a square shower niche is recessed between two wall studs, above the water controls and below the shower head, but let’s stretch conventional thinking.

Design Trends: Going for Gold

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Happy Holidays! Architectural Ceramics hopes you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Now, it’s time to transition from trimming a turkey to trimming the tree. Christmas is almost here! Children everywhere want to spot Santa sliding down the chimney.

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Celebrating Distinctions in Mexican History and Tile

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Mexico is a country whose customs are rich in tradition, be it celebrating a day in history like Cinco de Mayo with an elaborate festival, or hand-crafting Saltillo tile almost the same way today as was done at its conception decades ago.

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Week of July 8th, 2019 – Classic American Style

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Coming out of 4 th of July weekend, we reflected on American design styles and architects. From Washington, D.C.’s s historic townhomes and monuments to the famous Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, we have pulled some designs that inspire from across the country.

Employee Spotlight: Commercial Sales Manager David Arabe

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For Father’s Day we interviewed a new dad, our Commercial Sales Manager, David Arabe, and got his thoughts on his new role as a dad and leading our commercial sales team. Architectural Ceramics: Your clients often juggle project types like hospitality, healthcare, and corporate offices.

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Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodel

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So you’re looking to remodel your kitchen. But how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen? Depending on the size of your space and the quality of finishes you’re looking to add, the total can range between $8,000 and $30,000+.

5 Ways to Wear White After Memorial Day

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Fashionistas will tell you, it’s only acceptable to wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The fashion industry often influences retailers; did you see our post about the 2019 PANTONE Color of the Year ?

Feeling Groovy with Dimensional Tile

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Whether you prefer the song’s original version by Seals & Crofts or the 1974 remake by the Isley Brothers , both Summer Breeze hits reached the Top 100 charts when they were released. Today, the song still blows through our mind when thinking of the perfect summer playlist.

Interlocking Pattern Ideas to Create a Natural Looking Space

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The standard go-to for laying tile is usually a one third offset or stacked pattern using one size of tile. If you don’t mind getting a bit creative, you can create a beautiful and organic look by using multiple sizes of tiles.

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Get InLine with Bespoke Tile

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The above backsplash shows off a unique way to use InLine K. Seriously, who doesn’t love diamonds?

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Turning Functional into Durable, Fabulous

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Let’s admit it, September was BUSY. Back to school, getting into the swing of lunch prep, homework, extracurricular activities just to name a few.

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What’s on Your Playlist? Design Inspired by Music

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What’s on Your Playlist? Design Inspired by Music. Music is inspirational, therapeutic, motivational. It is the driving force behind many writers, athletes, and designers, just to start. Take for example Lin Manuel Miranda, widely known for creating and starring in Hamilton.

Cozy Up Your Home for the Holidays

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Image courtesy of Lauren Liess. This space radiates with warmth, inviting us to enter and relax. It’s the time of year where temperatures drop, and everyone looks forward to all things cozy.

Our Holiday Traditions

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What’s Your Holiday Tradition? We love the holidays over here. From the food, to the decorations, and best of all, the people. We took a moment this month to ask out staff – “What’s your holiday tradition?” Keep reading for the answers and pictures they shared with us!

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Employee Spotlight: Corporate Trainer Rachelle Bishop

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Genuine, hardworking, fun, knowledgeable — AC’s Corporate Trainer, Rachelle Bishop, is a valuable asset to our company and our clients.