October, 2020

Choose Ceramics for Safety

Tile of Spain USA

Never before had we been so aware of the importance of hygiene as during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new cleaning and disinfecting habits are undoubtedly here to stay and concepts such as ease of cleaning and hygiene will be prioritized when it comes to choosing materials.

Week of October 26th, 2020 –Halloween

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. It’s every dentist’s favorite time of year, filled with candy, cavities, and cobwebs – Halloween! This year’s Halloween might look a bit different than in previous years, and you should expect to see a lot more costumes involving crafty ways to showcase a mask.

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Introducing New Tempered Colors 2020

Realstone

Bewitching. The only way to describe our new Jade Tempered stone tiles. The rich, classic jewel green radiates depth and warmth for a look that is comfortable yet sophisticated. It will leave you spellbound.

Gauged Porcelain Tile: Our New Favorite Furniture

Why Tile

Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs — porcelain tiles measuring as long as 15 feet, as wide as five feet, and as thin as 3.5 millimeters — are currently one of the trendiest surface coverings available, and we don’t just mean for flooring and walls.

Kintsugi Art: Inspiring Tile Design

Decorative Materials

Many of today’s loveliest ceramic tile designs draw on ancient concepts and artforms to deliver classic aesthetics. These styles can often be traced back to Japan, where design takes on a spiritual element while also highlighting the value of imperfection. Tile Trends

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Be Bold in Black and White: Introducing the Chymia Collection

Garden State Tile Blog

Chymia by Mutina pushes the boundaries of ceramics with a new design-focused collection of porcelain stoneware. Composed of 12″x12″ rectified black & white tiles with 11 textures, Chymia evokes the alchemical process of the transformation of raw materials.

ASCER Announces Highly Distinguished Jury for the 19th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER) has announced the six highly distinguished architects and interior designers who will serve on the jury for the 19 th annual Tile of Spain Awards.

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How about a little black magic to add drama to your space?

Realstone

Enjoy our Spotify Halloween Playlist while perusing some of these magical product pairings. 1.Our Pale Gold Tempered Tiles and mosaics are pure magic! Pair them with black like our Tempered Toro Leather , Midnight Sky Thinstone or Nero Honed Tiles to create a dramatic look.

Dog Showers You (and Your Pup) Will Love

Why Tile

Every dog owner knows the struggle of muddy paw prints after going for a walk or playing outside. Rinsing off Rover with a hose outdoors isn’t always possible because of location or climate. Wiping off Winnie with a rag is a short-term solution at best.

Instagram-Worthy Bedroom Ideas from Granada Tile

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles are a wildly popular design option for floors, walls, and even fireplaces! They are sturdier than ceramic tiles because they are hand-poured, so it won’t fade or chip like hand-painted ceramic tiles.

New Natural Tile Collections from Indonesia Feature Trending Shapes

Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile is thrilled to introduce our newest vendor, Zen Paradise. They are passionate about ensuring their products are natural, high quality, and ethically sourced from Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Join Tile of Spain for a Live Virtual CEU Webinar

Tile of Spain USA

Events Ryan Fasan Spanish Tile Tile of Spain Tile Trends webinar

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Week of October 19th, 2020 – Art & Innovation

Architectural Ceramics

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.

Rêve D’Orient: The Spirit of Wabi Sabi

Decorative Materials

Mosaïque Surface never disappoints with its mixed-material mosaics. The high-end manufacturer has taken another step up with its latest offering: Rêve D’Orient. This remarkable collection demonstrates why Mosaïque Surface remains a leader in the mosaic world. Tile Trends

Hot Kitchen Flooring Tile Trends

Why Tile

Last week we shared cool kitchen flooring tile ideas with you, and now we’re heating things up with hot kitchen flooring tile. What makes kitchen tile sizzle? We searched for tile in warm hues, as well as tile in patterns that evoke cozy, passionate, and playful feelings.

Instagram-Worthy Bedroom Ideas from Granada Tiles

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles are a wildly popular design option for floors, walls, and even fireplaces! They are sturdier than ceramic tiles because they are hand-poured, so it won’t fade or chip like hand-painted ceramic tiles.

Radio Stone Update -- October 14, 2020

Stone Update

KBIS Goes Online Only for 2021; Hard-Surface Imports Up Again. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Tile of Spain Manufacturers Release Top Trends of Fall 2020 and Preview 2021 Novelties

Tile of Spain USA

Earlier this year, Spanish manufacturers vowed to continue to meet the needs of architects and interior designers by keeping production going in the ceramic tile sector.

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

Architectural Ceramics

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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Invested in Improving Our Communities

Decorative Materials

It’s no secret that we’re passionate about tile and design at Decorative Materials, but these are just two of the many things that drive us. We’re also committed to giving back to the communities that have proven such a wonderful source of support and inspiration over the years.

Our Favorite Porcelain Furniture on Instagram

Why Tile

We recently explained why gauged porcelain is our new favorite material for furniture, and now we want to share some of our favorite porcelain furniture examples from Instagram.

Cement Tiles You Need to Create an Aesthetically Pleasing Kitchen

The Cement Tile

Cement, or encaustic, tiles are a brilliant option for a kitchen redesign due to their sturdiness and colors that never fade. They are hand-poured and compressed, and the color pigments are poured into the tiles instead of being painted on.

Natural Stone Institute Testing Lab Noted

Stone Update

Facility gains recognition for stone, fixture analysis. Featured Association Beat News

Tile Handmade In America with the InLine & Highline Collections

Rubble Tile

Pratt & Larson’s designers and artisans have been creating handmade ceramic tile in Oregon for almost 40 years. Quality, artistry and innovation have been the hallmarks of this well-respected tile line for decades. All three of those qualities are on display with two contemporary, design.

Playlist of the Week – School House Rock

Architectural Ceramics

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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7 Tips on How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Kitchen and Residential Design

As the world is evolving with its latest inventions, the use of appliances and substances harmful to the Earth is also increasing. People should be advised to use eco-friendly items to reduce the Earth’s resources exploitation as much as possible.

Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Reviving A Historic Residential Design Feature?

JG Kitchens

My latest piece looks at one outdoor feature that could become a part of many more home plans going forward. It's already popular in shared living spaces like nursing homes, college dormitories, apartment buildings and assisted living facilities, and dates back to ancient times. You can read it here.

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Halloween front porch décor that will make your neighbors jealous

Trendir Magazine

2020 has been a rocky, new experimental year for all of us. Though the world seems to always be changing the holidays are always a top priority no matter what year it is. Halloween is right around the corner and we are extremely excited!

Emser Tile Adds Zurfluh to Design Leadership Team

Stone Update

Will be new director of design and trend. Featured People+Places News

061: Architectural Stereotypes

Life of an Architect

When I say the word “architect” what do you imagine? It seems that most people imagine architects in black clothing, heavy rimmed glasses, and they most-likely possess other-worldly glue skills.

Playlist of the Week – Cooking with Fire

Architectural Ceramics

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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Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations Coquitlam

Kitchen and Residential Design

via Do you sometimes feel that your bathroom has lost the stylish touch and appeal that it used to have? Or that your kitchen lacks enough space for you to move around freely? The solution lies in a renovation. Things change over time hence the need to remodel according to your new needs.

Thought Leader Conversation: Rancho La Puerta President On Bringing Spa Life Home

JG Kitchens

So when I read that world-renowned destination spa Rancho La Puerta -- just over the border from San Diego and Chez J in Baja -- was building a wellness design community of spa-inspired homes next to their facilities, I had to check it out!

Last minute Halloween dining table décor

Trendir Magazine

Unlike what many may think Halloween, has no age limit or boundaries. Though this year the holiday may look and feel a bit different, Halloween is still happening Every great gathering involves décor, whether it is a simple spooky touch or a bold display decorating your dining table is a must!

First Live 2021 Tile-Installer Test Set for February

Stone Update

CTEF will hold hands-on exam in Vero Beach, Fla. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Surprise! I’m Starting a Residential Studio

Life of an Architect

I really enjoyed the 20+ years I spent working with people (who typically became my friends) to design their dream houses. Of all the things that changed when I left my last firm and slid on over to BOKA Powell, the only thing I’ve really missed was working on residential projects.

Playlist of the Week – Coffee Shop Vibes

Architectural Ceramics

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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