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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.

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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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Guest Post: Jean of Delightful Repast’s Favorite Countertop Appliances

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I “met” Jean of Delightful Repast a number of years ago, and have had the honor of her guest blogging for me twice before. I couldn’t resist asking her what she was thinking about lately. Here are Jean’s favorite countertop appliances, those mini kitchen workhorses.

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.

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.

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.

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?

NIFTY NUGGETS – Magnetic Switch Plate Covers for Clean Style

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Nifty Nuggets is an occasional series about the little details that make your designs more sublime. I came across one last week at a local tile expo.

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.

My Sensible Style Bathroom

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One of my earliest Pinterest boards was My Sensible Style Kitchen. In that one, I shared the elements I’d like to include in a fully-remodeled Chez J kitchen. This new board, My Sensible Style Bathroom, takes on my master bath.

Cersaie 2015 – International Tile Trends Preview

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Every year, the international tile industry gathers in Bologna, Italy for Cersaie, a global trade show for the latest products and trends. My latest Pinterest Board gives a preview of what’s to come this year. You’ll likely see these new styles and trends in 2016 and 2017. Enjoy!

Inspirations for a client bath – #1 Surfaces

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My project partner and I are getting started on another client bathroom project. As I ponder choices for the space, I’ll be sharing them in Pinterest Boards, like this first one for Surfaces.

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.)

Design Inspirations – National Park Edition

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As I’ve posted before, there’s no finer designer than Mother Nature. Her blends of color, texture and shape are breathtaking. Sometimes they’re grand and majestic, as in the Grand Canyon or the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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.).

Dwell on Design 2014 – Show Preview

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I’ve attended this massive West Coast design conference several times, and been a panelist twice. It’s open to both consumers and the design trade. I’ll be walking the Dwell on Design exhibit hall floor with Gold Notes’ Architectural Adviser, Dean Larkin, AIA.

Warmth Makers for “Snowvember”

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It seems like winter has hit much of the country early. While I live in sunny San Diego, which has 70 degree temps most of the year, I travel regularly and have friends, family, readers and clients across this great land of ours. This Pinterest Board is for you!

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.

Death Valley National Park Inspirations

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Death Valley may not strike you as a site for design inspirations, but perhaps you’ve never been to the desert! It is nature at its most dramatic — and deadly. While unforgiving, it is also incomparably beautiful if you love modern and rustic, high contrast, neutrals and color combined.

New Year’s Resolutions for your Bathrooms

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How is 2015 going for you so far? Still keeping with your resolutions? Last week, I gave you some for your kitchen. Here are some new resolutions to consider for your bathrooms. (No, No, this is not about flossing after every meal.)

Coverings 2015 Preview Post – North America’s Top Tile and Stone Show!

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The week of April 14, I’ll be visiting Coverings 2015 as a member of the official press corps. This will be my third visit to North America’s top tile and stone show. In honor of the trip, I’ve created a Pinterest Board showing some of the products and exhibitors I’m looking forward to seeing. Enjoy! Coverings brings the best of tile to Orlando in 2015 (Photo Courtesy: Edilcuoghi).

Annual Kitchen & Bath Design Trends from KBDN

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What’s trending in kitchen and bath design? What’s coming up for 2018? These questions were answered by leading industry pros for my latest Kitchen & Bath Design News Trend Spotting report.