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Week of August 17th – Beat the Heat

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we enter Fall, it’s important to keep in mind the “new normal” and remember to do your due diligence in cutting the spread of COVID-19.

Week of October 19th, 2020 – Art & Innovation

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. October 25 th marks National Art Day, an occasion to share some appreciation for the unsung heroes of design inspiration. Artistic expression can be traced back to caveman drawings and hieroglyphics and has come a long way since then.

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Week of October 12th, 2020 – Kitchen Design Trends and Styles

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. October brings us Fall weather, darker dinner times, pumpkin carving, and plenty of candy. October 16 th marks “World Food Day” and what better way to celebrate than by diving into a Top 5 Design list all about kitchen designs and trends from past to present.

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Week of September 7th, 2020 – Aging in Place vs. A New Space

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September 13 th brings us National Grandparents Day, which is a day for us to spend some time (perhaps virtually) reminding our grandparents how much they mean to us.

Week of October 5th, 2020 – School Building Design and Architecture

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. While heading back-to-school this year might look a bit different that previous years, some things will always remain the same.

Playlist of the Week – Latin American Inspirations

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Week of September 21st, 2020. As September is Hispanic Heritage month, we thought to cater our music accordingly. Curated from some of the top Latin hits of last decade, as well as some new emerging hits, our playlist is sure to get you up and dancing while you’re making that margarita.

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Playlist of the Week – ’70s Hits

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Week of September 21st, 2020. Do you remember the 21st night of September? We sure did! Not only is this week a celebration of the First Day of Fall, but it’s also a great chance to break out the ’70s hits – inspired, of course, by the famous Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September” Boogie your way into Autumn with this week’s playlist featuring 1970s hit music including funk, disco, and rock n’ roll! Listen on Spotify.

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Week of September 28th, 2020 – Coffee Shops and Café Aesthetics

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. The weather around the DMV is getting chilly, which means you’re either shaking your fist at frosty mornings or ecstatic to be wearing sweaters again.

Playlist of the Week – Golden Oldies

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It’s Grandparent’s Day this Sunday! Even though a lot of grandparents these days probably identify more with the 80’s, we’re celebrating with some songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Check out this week’s playlist featuring oldies but goodies – and don’t forget to call your grandparents! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design.

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Playlist of the Week – Working From Home

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Week of August 10th, 2020. This Fall, things slowly enter a “new normal” as life seemingly carries on through our post-pandemic world. Your favorite pumpkin spice latte might be handed to you from a longer distance, or perhaps you’re now a Zoom pro, master of working from home in a time when uncertainty is imminent. Whatever changes you expect to see in your life this Fall, we’re here to provide perhaps the most important part — the soundtrack.

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Week of September 21st, 2020 – Design Rewind: Return of the ’70s

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Here comes September bringing us cooler weather, pre-holiday pandemic planning, and of course the hit song by 1970s band Earth, Wind and Fire, September ! If you don’t start humming the music whenever you hear that legendary tune, we’re not sure you’re ready for Fall.

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Playlist of the Week – Walking the Dog

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Week of August 17th, 2020. We have found ourselves spending a lot more time at home with our pets, like 9-year-old chocolate Labrador appropriately named “Cocoa” After spending a lot more time at home, whether it’s working or simply not going out as much, we’ve definitely become much closer and have spent much more time together with our four-legged friends!

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Week of September 14th, 2020 – Latin American Design Influences

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September is Hispanic Heritage month and we are taking the opportunity to focus on the influence of Latin American Design. In more modern times, we’ve seen a shift towards just that – modernity within design. Chic, sleek, and seamless.

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Playlist of the Week – Cooking with Fire

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Week of October 12th, 2020. As Friday the 16 th officially brings us World Food Day, what better time to step in the kitchen and what better way to celebrate than by preparing a meal of your choosing while you sing and dance to some ultimate jams. Featuring some truly “hot” songs among some classics as well, we bring you our playlist perfect for creating masterpieces in the kitchen.

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Week of June 1st, 2020 – Baths and Bathrooms

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Finding unique and comforting ways to relax is majorly important! With the age of technology in full swing, we’ve seen Bluetooth activated showers, remote-controlled saunas, and self-closing medicine cabinets. To each their own, but one thing remains constant and that’s the art of the shower. That blissful moment after waking up, feeling the water cascade over your face, or perhaps you’re more of the relaxing bath after dinner type.

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Week of July 27th, 2020 – American Designers

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we close out July and welcome the familiar feel of August, it’s important to reflect on the Summer and appreciate all that accompanies these hot and humid days.

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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. Retailers and product-based companies in many consumer categories are affected by the new tariffs and countervailing charges implemented on goods from China. The threat of anti-dumping charges is imminent. Keep reading to see what these changes mean and how each has increased.

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! Our thoughts are in the Medieval ages this week, with the Renaissance Festival wrapping up a few days ago and the chilly (sometimes gloomy) days that evoke a feeling of days past. Come with us back in time to learn a few quick facts about medieval flooring, from stone to encaustic! Quick History of Tile in Medieval England.

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. With over 750 manufacturers, and attended by 8,000+ designers, architects, owners, developers and specifiers, the two inspiring days each November are nothing less than exciting and drool-worthy. Regardless, if you are a hospitality designer or a homeowner, BDNY is a great place to check out what’s trending and who doing what at this moment in time.

Week of May 11, 2020 – Graduation

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. With the stresses of academic work, the excitement of school sports, and the even the pressure to get involved, there are few occasions that invoke celebratory sentiments stronger than graduations. As we celebrate the Class of 2020’s special day, we must remember the highs and the lows from this scholastic journey, and utilize the valuable lessons we’ve learned along the way as this new chapter in the Book of Life begins.

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Playlist of the Week – School House Rock

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Week of October 5th, 2020. Music does so much – it moves us, speaks to us, motivates us. But it’s also a great tool for learning! In honor of this week’s World Teachers Day, we’ve hand-picked some tunes the not only rock, but might just teach you something! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation. AC Stock Playlist of the Week

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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. Through the centuries, the palaces, castles and everyday structures have seen so much change. From shifting monarchs, war and peace, and simple daily life, all this history has left remnants of the past.

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Playlist of the Week – USA

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Week of June 29th, 2020. As the month of July approaches, the time for Summer fun and festivities arrives as well! This 4th of July season will bring new challenges in the post-COVID-19 new normal, including socially distant fireworks, virtual cheers and many more innovations that have kept us sane during these recent trying months. As the way of life slowly adapts and adjust to the “new world”, one thing remains the same: American Music.

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Week of August 24th, 2020 – Pet Friendly Design

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. August 26 th brings us National Dog Day, which is a friendly reminder to give your furry friend some extra love, or maybe add another mile on your morning walk.

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. While sites like Travel.com offers suggestions of where to go with their article, the Top 10 Most Searched Summer Destinations , at Architectural Ceramics, we’ve come up with our own 10 cities, as well as tile collections inspired by each popular place. The European Traveler. Barcelona, Spain.

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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? September is huge for fashion junkies, and interior finishes are heavily influenced by what we are seeing on the runway.

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Playlist of the Week – Beach Vibes

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Week of June 8th, 2020. As the weather warms up, so are people’s spirits and smiles. Take a break from the chaos of today’s world and imagine your toes in the sand, and your favorite drink in hand. Got it? Now press shuffle on our Playlist of the Week and let the vibes complete. No stress, just you and our favorite tunes for the upcoming summer, something to play while poolside with the friends or while *watching* your kids at the beach.

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Our Favorite Fall Tile Designs

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We are entering into a treasured season for many. The air feels crisp and clean, the temperature borders between a comfortable warmth and a glorious chilliness. The leaves are turning to vibrant shades of red and orange, evoking the Ansel Adams in us all. When else do we feel the need to pull over every few minutes to snap a picture during our daily commute? We wanted to revel in Autumn for a bit, asking our resident tile experts to share fall tile inspirations for you.

Week of August 10th – Work from Home Design Tips

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we inch closer and closer to schools starting back up again, whether it be hybrid in-person or online, we also inch closer to the realization that we might be using out home spaces for much more than just living.

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Playlist of the Week – Summer Concerts

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Week of May 25, 2020. As many artists and musicians have had to cancel their live shows for the foreseeable future, the summer concert scene will look a bit different this year. That’s no reason not to rock out on your own from the comfort of your own backyard. Have a listen to this week’s Playlist of the week for some for some music that’ll have you longing for summer concerts, while also putting you in a good mood! link]. Listen on Spotify.

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Playlist of the Week – Coffee Shop Vibes

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Week of September 28th, 2020. National and International Coffee Days both happen this week! Whether you’re a fan of the pumpkin spice latte or you’re more of a chai tea fan – these relaxing songs from our Playlist of the Week are the perfect mix to sip to. Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation.

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Week of June 15th, 2020 – Farmhouse & Gardens

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Combing elements of design has been a continuous trend in the industry over years, and will be for many to come. Combining elements of the past and future, like taking an old farmhouse, and creating a modern living-space that keeps the “old-fashioned” feel, is something to be admired by all who appreciate design.

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. With the fall season in full swing, it’s common for our clients to start thinking about taking their neglected ole’ fireplace and bringing it into the modern era. . Tile can take your fireplace from ho-hum to exceptional, making it the focal point of your space.

Week of August 3rd, 2020 – Library Design

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Wee k. In the year of challenges and obstacles, we take on August like we have every wrench thrown our way, with a big smile and an open mind!

Playlist of the Week – American Made

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Week of July 27th, 2020. Embrace the familiar feel of saltwater air on your face as you’re finally at the beach after a long year of being stuck inside. Take a moment to relax and reflect on everything that challenged you, made you stronger, and taught you how tough you are. Whatever the rest of 2020 brings our way, it’s up to us to see the positives in every situation and ask ourselves “how can I use this as a learning experience?”

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Playlist of the Week – Gardens & Patios

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Week of May 18, 2020. With the unprecedented times it seems as if many homeowners are experiencing a renewed interest in DIY and home projects. Many of these are focused on the interior as we are “sheltering in place”, however; the advent of warmer weather and extended sunlight hours have many people looking outward and tending to their gardens. Check out this week’s Playlist of the week for some tunes that’ll get you moving in the garden.

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Playlist of the Week – Earth Day

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Week of April 20, 2020. With the runaround of daily life, it can be easy to forget how fortunate we are to call Earth our home. Thankfully, Earth Day’s annual celebration serves as a reminder that we all need to do our part in protecting our ecosystems and continue working towards a more sustainable future. Whether Easter celebrations are a part of your plans or not, check out our Easter Playlist for some feel good hits. Listen on Spotify.

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Week of May 25, 2020 – Concert Series

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we approach June, its hard not to reflect on the artistic excitement that usually follows suit. It’s a time that is typically marked by our favorite musicians touring, the beginning of outdoor concert season, and annual Jazz festivals that occupy many of the world’s most popular cities. Though we will miss out on the musical fun this year, it’s a great opportunity to pick up an instrument and start honing your own skills.

Week of July 20th, 2020 – Baseball & Americana

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. With the rise of our “new normal”, some things we remember may take on an unfamiliar spin. We might be explaining to our kids one day what the legend of a “buffet” was.

Playlist of the Week – Waterways

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Week of June 22nd, 2020. As Summer officially enters the domain, everyone looks for their own escape to make-up for those long, cold, and dreary Winter hours. Hit the road and get stoked for your family beach trip, or for that quiet week away in your favorite lake-house rental.

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Week of June 22nd, 2020 – Lake Houses & Nautical Vibes

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we officially enter Summer, we also enter another exciting time for most families and couples – vacation season. After working those cold, dreary winter hours with the thought of a Summer retreat in the back of your mind, the time has finally come to use up that precious PTO and hit the road for some quality destination time. No emails or Zoom meetings involved!

Week of April 20, 2020 – Earth Day

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Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Earth is our home, and as designers keeping our home in peak condition is near and dear to our hearts. Whether it’s incorporating sustainable porcelain tiles into your design or finding a use for reclaimed materials, there are lots of ways to honor our environment while creating a space. Join us in celebrating this year’s Earth Day by checking out some innovative projects that keep the Earth in mind through design. Design in Mind, Earth at Heart.

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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.) This week we are taking a look at some cozy and creative fireplace designs to stir up our Autumn imaginations. Modern But Still Cozy. 10 cosy homes with fireplaces from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards , dezeen. Not every fireplace has to look like it came straight out of a Victorian mansion.

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