April, 2015

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tile: An Interview with Ryan Fasan

Kitchens for Living

Before we get too crazy with the art here (I’m so sure we will!) I wanted to share some solid info about tile from the man who knows it best, Ryan Fasan. I had the pleasure of meeting “THE tile man” on my recent trip to the trade show Cevisama with Tile of Spain. Ryan is a professional consultant for all things tile related and also spoke this past week at the trade show Coverings in Orlando.

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Tile of Spain exhibits cutting-edge product innovations and timeless trends at Coverings 2015

Tile of Spain USA

Miami, FL April 2015 - Tile of Spain , the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), is pleased to take part in Coverings 2015: The Global Tile & Stone Experience. Coverings, North America’s largest tile and stone exhibition, returns to Orlando, Florida to showcase unique product innovations and emerging market trends. .

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Tile Trends 2015 : Variety is the Spice of Tile

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last week was action-packed as I made my annual pilgrimage to Coverings, a trade show for tile and stone. The week-long event took place in Orlando, Florida and was filled with highlights including seeing long-time friends, a face to face meeting with designer Alena Capra , and listening to Ryan Fasan , Tile of Spain ''s Technical consultant, speak about trends with design. Bill Buyok, Avente Tile owner, at Coverings 2015.

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9 Great Black And White Cement Tiles

Granada Tile

Black and white is a classic pairing. But if you think that classic or traditional equals dull or boring, think again! All you have to do is to take a look at at a house where our Serengeti encaustic tiles rock the fireplace’s surround to see that! Our cement tiles look fresh and modern when pared down to a strict palate of black and white.

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

JG Kitchens

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).

Happy April Fools Day!!

The Tile Shop

Good morning, and Happy April Fools Day!! I''d like to share a contemporary bath design from our new Altamonte Springs, FL showroom. I love the sleek look of a black and white color scheme! Also- the curb less shower a popular trend for Universal Design. This bathroom features the Miami Mix Mosaic , Adoni Black Corinth and the Imperial Brite White Ceramic tile: Please click on the images to view: Many of you have asked where I have all of my photos so you can access them.

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A Tile Tale Inspired by Life and Process: Meet Guy Mitchell

Kitchens for Living

Handmade products are one of the easiest ways to create an artful kitchen. In fact there was a whole turn of the century style devoted to that concept. The Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) was a reaction to the industrial age of machinery and mass production. Proponents felt that items crafted by human hands were imbued with a soulfulness that was lacking in factory produced goods.

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Saltillo Tile's Centuries-Old Allure

Tile Talk

By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Coupled with decorative ceramic tiles, Saltillo tile exudes Old World charm. Hand-crafted from natural clay deposits, authentic Saltillo tile can only come from one place in the world - Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila in Mexico. The process of turning this special Mexican clay into tiles has remained unchanged since 1577. Saltillo tiles are shaped either by pressing quarried clay with a wooden frame, or by carving out the desired shape.

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Steak & Whisky + Granada Tile Toscano Cement Tile

Granada Tile

For this week’s cement tile Tuesday spotlight, we turn our attention to Hermosa Beach, California, a spot for surfers, sun and now Steak & Whisky, brought to you by Chef/Partner Tin Vuong and executive chef John Shaw. . American fare, exposed brick, barn wood and our Toscano cement tiles equal a great new steakhouse in Hermosa Beach.

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Coverings 2015 – Favorite Trends from the Annual Tile Show

JG Kitchens

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. It’s an honor to be included in programs like these, and the opportunity affords me close-up looks at the top products and trends seen at the show. I just finished writing my extensive Trend Report for Kitchen & Bath Design News. It will publish in May and be viewable from my KBDN page.

Design Ideas For Shower Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Bathrooms provide a great space to get creative; you’re not going to be spending large amounts of time in there at once so any bold designs will not be overwhelming, and it’s the perfect room to create different zones or areas as these are already designated by their purpose. The shower is a great place to start as you can really get creative with tiles and make something that’s totally unique to you!

Ceramic Wall Covering Inspired by Mathematics Patterns in Nature

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

You know how you sometimes stumble upon something you were looking for, but it’s far more amazing than you imagined if would be? What if you were wondering how to decorate with ceramic tile? Then this highly contemporary tile design will have you wondering about how the world of ceramic tiles will look in a year or two. The remarkable Kin ceramic tile collection was visualized by Madrid-based design studio DSIGNIO for Harmony-Peronda.

Tile of Spain amongst winning CID Awards projects announced at Coverings 2015

Tile of Spain USA

Spanish tile companies were an integral parts of two winning projects at the 2015 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards , a program that honors outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. The fourth annual CID Awards were awarded April 14th, 2015 at Coverings , the Ultimate Stone & Tile Experience, in Orlando, Florida.

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A Better Saltillo Tile: Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

Tile Talk

A Saltillo tile entry features a cement tile rug. Via Vanguard Studio, Inc. By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. A few weeks ago, we spoke about the history, production and properties of Saltillo tile. To recap, hand-crafted from natural clay deposits, authentic Saltillo tile can only come from one place in the world - Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila in Mexico. The process of turning this special Mexican clay into tiles has remained unchanged since 1577.

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Where You Find Granada Cement Tiles You’ll Find Great Coffee

Granada Tile

Alfred Coffee Shop on Melrose Avenue, Intelligensia Cafe in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles, Olympia Coffee in Olympia, Washington, Blue Bottle Coffee in New York’s Bryant Park — what do all of these places have in common? If you said, great coffee you’d be right. If you said great cement tile, you’d also be right — Granada cement tiles to be exact! What makes our cement tiles and great coffee such a winning combination?

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Customer Photos….a

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I have several beautiful customer photos from Design/Sales Associate Valerie Licsauer in our Rochelle Park, NJ showroom to share with you today! Please click on the images to view: Powder room featuring our Hampton Brookfield and Monaco Listello : Bathroom with Imperial Bianco ceramic and the Key Largo Mosaic : Bathroom with Milky Black Marble, Smokey Blend Listello and Imperial Bianco ceramic: Nice job, thanks for sharing Valerie! Have a great day, Kirsty

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New Tile Ranges at London Tile!

The London Tile Co.

We’ve added some great new tiles to the London Tile website over the last week, and we want to tell you all about them! If you’re looking for something modern and stylish or a bit more traditional, click through to read all about these great new additions. New Tile Ranges at London Tile. Tudor. Tudor is a great new range of porcelain tiles that can be used for both walls and floors in pretty much any room in your home.

Choosing the Best Countertop for Your Kitchen

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

When remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing a. countertop material. With so many choices available, it can be a daunting task! With some materials being nearly maintenance-free and others requiring a lot of care, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each material in order to determine the best choice for your lifestyle.

Argile from Magica

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

The timeless charm of classic terracoatta blends seamlessly with the modern lines of cement in this unique collection from Magica. Blending the purity of the natural raw material with the minimalist sophistication of concrete, Stocked in our Plymouth warehouse in 12″x12″ in five earthy shades including: Natural. Canvas. Brick. Concrete. Also available is 12″x24 in four shades – Canvas, Land, Terra Cotta & Concrete from Olympia Tile, special order, 1 – 2 weeks.

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Kitchen Design with Your Range Hood in Mind

Tile Talk

Guest post by Samantha Velez, Range Hoods Inc. While designing a home kitchen, making choices can feel overwhelming at times. Your mind races with thoughts like, “What do I pick first? The counter or the backsplash tile?” There are so many elements that go into the design, including the cabinetry, range hood, range and flooring. When designing your kitchen, all of the elements play a large role. The tile, flooring and backsplash are all important and influence the bigger picture.

Jaimee Rose Interiors Updates A Powder Room with Cluny Cement Tiles

Granada Tile

We stumbled across interior design Jaimee Rose when we spotted this bathroom on Instagram (follow us at @GranadaTile and tag the photos of your projects using Granada concrete tile with the hashtag #granadatile so that we can find them!). It’s the powder room of a house in Arcadia belonging to Jennifer Hendrix.

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The "Kirk" vignette and some customer photos….

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I have a new vignette and some awesome customer photos to share with you this morning! First- the Kirk vignette is a rustic-contemporary bath that features our Macchu Picchu Brushed stone , the Split Face Rojo and Sandlewood honed travertine. Please click on the images to view: Next some awesome customer photos to share!! This first master retreat was designed by Jeremy Hainley in our Warwick, RI showroom.

New Monthly Deals Start Today!

The London Tile Co.

We’re launching a brand new feature on the London Tile website today – our monthly tile offers! Each month we will be offering great discounts across several ranges of tiles. These offers will also be available in all of our Tile Shops , so why not pop in and take a closer look! This month we have special offers on the following tile ranges: 30% off Aztec ceramic wall and porcelain floor tiles. 35% off Mochino rustic brown wall tiles.

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Inspiring Display of Natural Textures: Nairn Road Residence in Dorset, England

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Designed by David James Architects in Dorset, England, Nairn Road Residence displays a sober modern exterior appearance. The blend of stone, render, glass and aluminium making up the street facade creates visual contrasts with the iroko timber gate.

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Lastra by LaFaenza

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Lastra by LaFaenza is an earthy yet elegant engineered porcelain tile for environments that demand a minimalist look with a warm patinated feel. Stocked in the US Depot in 12″x24″, Lastra is available in four colors including; Almond, Beige, Grey and Dark Grey. Other sizes and unique deco pieces are special order from Italy. Developed to coordinate with the metallicized Lameira line, also from LaFaenza, these synergized lines create a contemporary feel for modern spaces.

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My Porcelain Wall Pieces Displayed at the Gathering Place Gallery in Beachwood Ohio


I’m delighted to announce that the Gathering Place in Beachwood is currently showing an exhibit of my porcelain wall pieces in their gallery. If you don’t know this outstanding organization, its goal is to provide services to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services, all provided free of charge.

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Get The Look: Use Cluny Cement Tiles To Get The LaCubana Look

Granada Tile

When we spotted these cement tiles at LaCubana restaurant in the Ossington neighborhood of Toronto, Canada, we felt sure they were our Cluny concrete tiles. While it turns out that they’re not our Cluny cement tiles (they were made in Mexico), you can recreate the look of their custom-made encaustic tiles for your own cement tile project with a little help from our color palette!

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The Aubrey Vignette and some Beautiful White Marble Spaces

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I want to share the new Aubrey vignette from our Altamonte Springs, FL showroom and some beautifully tiled customer photos from NJ! First, the new Aubrey vignette. We combined the Indo Italian white marble with some of our artistic mosaics- the Montego Round Mix and the Oasis. This marble is one of my favorites….I I love the subtle hues of light green throughout- so peaceful!

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Full Size Tile Samples at London Tile

The London Tile Co.

At London Tile we think it’s important to pick the perfect tiles for your home, so instead of sample pieces cut from individual tiles, we offer full size tile samples. This way you can get a feel for the tile size and shape, and you can begin to plan the pattern or layout for your project. Tile sample orders are eligible for free 3-5 working day delivery – so you won’t have long to wait before you choose your dream tiles! Order full size tile samples online today.

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Cabin-Style Refuge Mirroring a Perfect Landscape: Saturna Island Retreat

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Located on an oceanfront property in British Columbia, Canada, the Saturna Island Retreat is a a contemporary getaway providing comfort on many levels. The cabin-style residence discovered on Sotheby’s features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,300 square feet of living space. Inside and out, wood and glass combine to create an alluring retreat, one able to frame the surrounded natural landscape.

Vitro Slim 2?x6? Glass Mosaic

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Perfect for elegant, contemporary spaces, Vitro Slim is a slim-profile 2″x6″ glass mosaic series that comes in a striking subtle palette of neutrals. Vitro Slim is available mesh-mounted in a stacked pattern. Special order from Olympia, 1 – 2 weeks. Related Images: tile glass mosaic olympia

Passing of John Ames

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

John Ames. It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of John Christopher Ames on April 6 after a brief struggle with leukemia. After earning an MBA from the University of British Columbia, John went on to become the third generation CEO of Ames Tile and Stone, founded in 1912.

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Serengeti Cement Tile Tames Alfred Coffee Shop

Granada Tile

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Granada cement tiles and great coffee are a match made in caffeine heaven. The best coffee shops around the country are decorated with our tiles. The latest example finds our Serengeti cement tile on the patio of Los Angeles’s hottest new coffee shop, Alfred Coffee.

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Farmington Customer Photos

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I want to share some amazing tile designs from Jason Trudgeon in our Farmington, MI showroom. He''s been busy creating some beautiful looks as you can see…… Please click on the photos to view: This first kitchen is my favorite…I just love it!!

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One Bath, Many Ideas

The Perfect Bath

This is a stellar example of a white on white bath. The most important features are the cadence of grids, the layering of materials, the graphic details, the layout and the choice of fixtures.

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Fresh Canadian Home Renovation Inviting Light Inside

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Springtime brings about not only seasonal changes, but opportunities for home renovation projects. Canada’s season changes are better enjoyed from a home that carries an old charm while flaunting spirited modern upgrades. Within a suburban Montreal neighborhood, this bright home was built by the owner’s father in the 1960s and its heirloom features were respectfully dressed in modern skin.

NEW Free Click and Collect Service

The London Tile Co.

London Tile is now offering a free click and collect service at all branches of The London Tile Co. and The Tile Source. Simply order your tiles online and select collection from your nearest branch at the checkout. Delivery times to each branch vary so please check this before ordering. Once your order has arrived at your chosen depot you will be contacted via telephone or email to let you know it is ready to collect.

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