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Why You Might Want Porcelain Slab Countertops

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I first spotted porcelain slab countertops in a European cabinet showroom in West Hollywood, either in 2009 or 2010. I didn’t know what they were, but I loved the sleek look.

Tile Trends at Coverings — From Kitchen & Bath Design News

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This month’s Trend Spotting takes us to Orlando, where the massive Coverings tile expo took place. Check out the latest global tile trends. Which ones do you love? Which ones would you include in your home? There are so many new, and new-old, styles to choose from.

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Sexy Home Design Styles Make a Comeback

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I recently returned from the massive Design & Construction Week expo in Las Vegas. DCW combines the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show with the International Builders Show , both large events by themselves, tremendous together, as many feet will attest!

Real Estate Trends Impacting Design — From KBDN

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Are you planning on selling your home this year? Or do you sell client or investment properties? If you’re in the residential realm, this first of two articles on real estate trends impacting design and remodeling choices can help you get better results.

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Cersaie Impressions – Scavolini Italian Cabinetry

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I was very fortunate to be included in the Ceramics of Italy -sponsored press delegation to Cersaie last month. This was my second time touring the Bologna, Italy-based mega-show and it did not disappoint.

Top Tile Trends from Italy

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Last year, I traveled to Italy’s top tile expo, Cersaie, with a press delegation. I didn’t go this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share the top trends with you anyway. The folks at Ceramics of Italy and their press representatives have kindly made them available.

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Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

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There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. You may have one of these surfaces in your home. Marble and granite have long been popular for countertops, shower surrounds and floor tiles.

Preview 2019’s Top Tile Trends For American Homes — From Forbes.com

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I’m in Orlando at the moment, checking out the latest tile innovations, products and trends at Coverings. Here’s an early look at the top looks at this massive tile expo. As you might expect, there’s eye candy for days!

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2018 Tile Trends from Tile of Spain

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I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the major Spanish tile show, Cevisama , in a hosted press tour, in 2012, and seeing Tile of Spain ‘s exhibits at Coverings at several shows. Here’s the trade group’s take on what’s hot for ceramic tile in 2018: Monochromatic.

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Seven years of Gold Notes!

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July 2015 is Gold Notes‘ seventh anniversary month. What a long, fun trip it’s been! Much has changed in my life since starting my blog in July 2008, and I’ve shared most of it with you in my weekly posts. Here are seven highlights to toast the occasion: Happy birthday, Gold Notes!

2016 Tile Style – Italian Edition

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As I noted last week, many of the most exciting and innovative styles in tile come from Spain and Italy. This is the second of two posts on the latest trends from those creative countries.

Design & Construction Week 2018 – Fine Homebuilding Fave Products Posts

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The editors of Fine Homebuilding particularly liked these cool new products shown at Design & Construction Week, and asked me to write them up for their website. Here are the posts with their links and photos. More DCW coverage to come! Add lighting to your countertop supports!

European Tile Trends — From Forbes.com

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What’s hot in tile? Check out the major trends at Cevisama in Spain to find out for your next remodeling or new construction project. These were the ones on display at the massive tile expo, as I shared this week with Forbes.com readers , and coming soon to a floor or wall near you! Cevisama is the first major tile show of the year where the latest trends are on display. Next up is Coverings in April, which I’ll be visiting as a member of the press delegation. Stay tuned!

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Cersaie Impressions – Flaminia Bathware

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As I mentioned last week in my Cersaie Impressions – Scavolini post , I used some of my time in Bologna to explore booths we didn’t visit with the Ceramics of Italy press tour. This was one I really enjoyed.

REMODELING Cost vs. Value Report Highlights

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Are you planning a remodeling project in 2018? If so, REMODELING Magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report will be helpful in deciding where to put your money and what it’s likely to yield in increased home value.

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Six favorite kitchen and bath design trends

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been publishing this blog for six years! Throughout the month of July — Gold Notes‘ anniversary month — I’ll be sharing a series of six “favorites” posts, just as I’ve done for previous years.

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Kitchen

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday season. Chances are, your kitchen played a starring role. How did it do? Oscar or Onion?

Molten Gold – Island Oasis

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I’m not an avid chef, as I’ve shared before in my In Praise of Slow Cookers post , but I love eating healthfully. One of my strategies for achieving that, regardless of whether I’m using my Crockpot, stovetop or oven, is with herbs and spices.

Cersaie Impressions – Villeroy & Boch

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One of the booths I enjoyed visiting in my last (free) day at Cersaie , Italy’s annual bathware and tile show, was Villeroy & Boch. As their products are widely available in the US, I was somewhat familiar with the brand.

Architectural Digest Show 2017

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I’ve been wanting to attend the AD Show for awhile now, and finally made it there this year. It’s similar to the Dwell on Design shows I’ve been attending for the past seven years in that it attracts some major brands and smaller artisinal companies.

Favorite Italian Tiles in San Diego Union-Tribune Article

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My first #Cersaie article has published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and I promised to share a link with my Gold Notes readers. This covered some of my favorite tiles from the sponsored press tour through the many Ceramics of Italy booths we visited.

Guest Post – Ryan Fasan on Cevisama and 2015 Tile Trends

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I had the great pleasure of meeting Ryan Fasan, technical consultant to Tile of Spain and senior partner in Professional Attention to Tile Installations, on a press tour of Cevisama a few years ago.

Coverings 2014 – Top Tile Trends

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I recently attended Coverings, another major tile and stone show, in Las Vegas. It was a very good expo, with some of my favorite American, Spanish and Italian manufacturers in attendance. I was also delighted to see some good-looking tiles from Latin America.

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Design & Construction Week 2018 – Fine Homebuilding Fave Products Posts

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The editors of Fine Homebuilding particularly liked these cool new products shown at Design & Construction Week, and asked me to write them up for their website. Here are the posts with their links and photos. More DCW coverage to come! Add lighting to your countertop supports!

9 Great Bathroom Trend Ideas

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This week’s Ninth Anniversary Pinterest board celebrates 9 Great Bathroom Trend Ideas. As regular Gold Notes readers know, I don’t spend too much time fussing about the latest finish or color trend. Those change every year or so, whereas your bathroom will be around for a decade or more.

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Coverings 2014 – Tile & Stone Show Preview

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Next week, I’ll be attending Coverings, North America’s top tile and stone trade show, for the first time in almost a decade. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Cevisama in 2012 and Cersaie last fall, Spain’s and Italy’s respective tile shows.

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REMODELING Cost vs. Value Report Highlights

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Are you planning a remodeling project in 2018? If so, REMODELING Magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report will be helpful in deciding where to put your money and what it’s likely to yield in increased home value.

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Cut Your Risk of Catching a Cold with these Three Simple Home Changes

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It’s that time of year again! Kids are back in school. Work is ramping up. So it must be time for another head and chest cold to kick in. if you’re as sick of getting sick as I am, consider making these simple changes to your home. I shared three of them in my latest Forbes.com piece.

European Tile Trends from Cersaie in KBDN

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As you probably already know, I write the monthly Trend Spotting section for Kitchen & Bath Design News , a trade magazine for designers, manufacturers, retailers and other industry pros. This month, the topic was tile trends from Cersaie, the massive Italian expo I attended in September.

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Molten Gold – Shower Power

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I’ve never been much of a bath girl. Showers are much more my thing. I like them big and I like them stylish. Sometimes you don’t have room in a compact bathroom for big, but there’s no excuse for a lack of style.

Coverings 2014 – Top Tile Products

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Last week, I blogged about the top tile trends I spotted at this major US trade show for tile and stone. This week, I’m going to share some of my favorite products. You can see more of them in last week’s post.).

Cersaie Preview

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A week from Saturday, I’ll be flying back to Bologna to attend Cersaie, the massive Italian tile and bathware expo, once again. And once again, my host is Ceramics of Italy, a trade group representing tile manufacturers.

Brick Inspirations

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I’ve been thinking a lot about bricks lately. That’s partly because my late mother‘s birthday falls at the end of July, which always reminds me of the Dutch Colonial home she brought us up in.

Aging in Place Tips from The Forward

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This is my latest piece on aging in place for a 103-year-old publication, The Forward. As you’ll see when you click the link , it addresses the “aging in place” subject from a Biblical perspective: “Thou shalt honor thy mother and father.”

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Cevisama 2016

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Every year, many of the top tile makers across Europe gather in Valencia, Spain for a massive expo called Cevisama. I was privileged to attend in 2012. Here’s a board inspired by the latest show. Even though I wasn’t there last month, I can still ogle the goodies.

Why You Might Want a Bidet-Style Toilet — From Forbes.com

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I first saw a bidet on a college graduation trip to Florence, Italy. I had no idea what it was! Fast forward a few decades to a Toto showroom visit and I experienced a bidet-style toilet and thought it was fabulous! I’ve been recommending them to clients and readers ever since.

Coverings 2016 – Top U.S. Tile Trends

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Coverings is the tile industry’s largest North American trade show. I didn’t get to go this year, but thanks to modern technology, I can still share fabulous photos and top trends from the event I’ve enjoyed attending numerous times before.

Back to School, Flooring Trends and other Jamie Gold Articles

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It’s another book-writing deadline week for me, so rather than create a new blog post, I’m sharing links to some articles I’ve written recently that may be of value to you or your friends. Here’s one on getting your household in back to school shape.

Coverings 2015 – Favorite Trends from the Annual Tile Show

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I was delighted to be part of the Coverings VIP Press Tour again. This means that they paid for my travel and I participated in several hosted tours.

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2016 Tile Style – Spanish Edition

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Many of the most exciting and innovative styles in tile come from Spain and Italy. In a duet of posts, I’ll be sharing the latest trends from those creative countries. This first one is from Spain and was created by Tile of Spain, the trade organization for the industry, based on what their member firms were showing at the big Cersaie expo in Bologna. (I I attended that two years ago myself, and hope to go again in the future.)

Kitchen and Bath Design and Remodeling Trends from KBDN

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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. I hope you find it informative. Colorful fixtures are a hot trend right now.

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Architectural Digest 2015 Home Show Trends

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Once again, I won’t make it to the AD Show in New York. However, I have friends in cold places who have filled me in on the trends being showcased at the designer-public event next week.

Recent Writings

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I’ve been busy lately! In addition to working on client projects and finishing up edits and captions for the New Bathroom Idea Book for Taunton Press, I’m also writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Kitchen & Bath Design News.