December, 2018

Design Trends: Going for Gold

Architectural Ceramics

Happy Holidays! Architectural Ceramics hopes you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Now, it’s time to transition from trimming a turkey to trimming the tree. Christmas is almost here! Children everywhere want to spot Santa sliding down the chimney.

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2019 Tile Trends Round-Up

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain , the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, is forecasting macro trends for 2019 which include: neutral colors, innovative formats, chiseled edges, vintage looks, geometric accents, gauged porcelain panels, and porcelain pavers.

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The Cement Tile Backsplash: How the Look Has Changed Over the Years

Granada Tile

A long, long time ago, kitchens didn’t have any backsplashes. It might seem impossible to imagine a kitchen without one of the most decorative parts of it, but prior to about the 1940s, they weren’t needed.

December Featured Tiles: Save 20% on Burnt Oak Wood Effect & Sheffield Metallic Tiles

The London Tile Co.

We can’t believe December is here and we’re nearly at the end of 2018! It’s been a great year for us and we want to thank our amazing staff and customers for being so supportive.

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Shower Transformation In 3 Photos

How to Floor Tile

Shot 1. You can see some dark lines down low where most water contact is. There is much evidence grout leaking and lack of maintenance on this shower. It has a heavy fiberglass floor and when the drain begins to leak it needs to be fixed quickly. The decision was made to rebuild it.

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25 Gorgeous Minimalist Fireplaces to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Minimalist fireplaces prove that function can follow form and still, well, function. Image: Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects. In the winter, having a fireplace is a little slice of heaven.

Hottest Bathroom Trends for 2019

Trendir Magazine

As the year is coming to an end it is time to begin taking a look at the hottest and latest trends for 2019. Keeping that in mind, we wanted to begin taking a look at the hottest bathroom trends for 2019.

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More Trending

2019 Color Trends: Here are What the Experts are Saying

Granada Tile

A world without color is no world at all. Seasoned interior designers, burgeoning home decor enthusiasts, and consumers are all captivated by color choices. In both the home and business, your color choice makes the first impression with visitors.

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2018 White Box Challenge: Color Us Impressed!

As The Tile Turns

The annual ASID White Box Challenge encourages top designers to think outside of the [white] box and create artistic masterpieces featuring unusual elements. Year after year, we're amazed by the sheer range of designs that can emerge from seemingly random materials.

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Big And Beautiful – Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Conestoga Tile Blog

The Italian tile manufacturers have done it again. Always the pioneers in ceramic technology, they have once again developed a porcelain tile that is sure to change the interior and exterior ambiance of the world’s architectural structures.

Decorate With Red to Give Your Space a High-Design Vibe

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Red never goes out of style, although different tones of the color will be more popular for a while. A deep, rich red is the “it” color of the moment and we’ve got some great ideas on how you can decorate with this rich, sumptuous hue.

11 Modern Bathrooms That Will Inspire Your Creativity

Trendir Magazine

If your bathroom has been feeling a bit dreary or even lackluster it might be time to upgrade your design. We kept that in mind and have found 11 modern bathrooms that will inspire not only your creativity but your desire to upgrade your space.

Big And Beautiful – Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Conestoga Tile

The Italian tile manufacturers have done it again. Always the pioneers in ceramic technology, they have once again developed a porcelain tile that is sure to change the interior and exterior ambiance of the world’s architectural structures.

Kitchen Worktop Materials Guide

Kitchen and Residential Design

Planning a new kitchen, or refurbishing an old one, always leads to the question, “Which material should I use for my new kitchen worktop?” Nowadays, there are a lot of materials to choose from but which one will fit your; style, budget and your actual kitchen needs?

Pratt & Larson’s Quick-Ship Brownstone Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

If you’re designing a project, you aren’t looking for a fleeting dream. You’re looking for beautiful craftsmanship. But also you need something meant to last, with a tile pedigree that is second to none. When it comes to the test of time, few companies are.


Garden State Tile Blog

Garden State Tile’s Fancy Stone collection consists of hand selected, premium quality marble, glass, and mother-of-pearl mosaics and water-jet tiles arranged in elegant, timeless patterns for walls, floors, and more. The post Fancy! appeared first on Garden State Tile. Blog What's New

5 Creative Ways to Get Bold Colors into Your Space

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Bold colors make a delightful addition to just about any space. They add an eye-grabbing element that just pulls you in. They also work well in a variety of styles, from the children’s room to artistic or boho spaces for adults.

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4 Tile Trends to Look Forward to in 2019


It’s a fact that parts of commercial spaces (like floors and walls) are not practical to update often. These elements have to strike a balance between trendy and timeless in order to stay relevant as well as stand the test of time. And they must be durable and easy to maintain as well.

ModCraft dimesnional wall tile nominated Honoree at Best of Year Awards


ModCraft modern dimensional wall tile was selected as an Honoree at this year’s BOY awards at the Javitz Center in NYC. Our new 3-D tile SlopeStyle was selected by Interior Design Magazine in the the wall coverings tile and stone category.

Engineered Stone Group Supports U.S. Tariffs

Stone Update

Producer association backs federal actions with Chinese quartz duties. Cosentino offers additional support. Featured Industry News

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2018 The Year In Review

Kitchens for Living

2018 was a year of fun and exciting projects which challenged and sparked my creativity! White kitchens continued to be the hot ticket sometimes with an artful mix of natural wood or with deep rich blues. There were difficult situations but always solutions.

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Dolomite Porcelain Tile

Garden State Tile Blog

This line is based off the very popular natural stone, Bianco Dolomite. The veining is very subtle and clean. Our Bianco Dolomite porcelain tile is made in the following sizes and shapes: 30″ x 60″ polished. 12″ x 24″ polished & matte.

Cheap Tricks: 10 Inexpensive Design Elements to Upgrade Your Home

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Whether you’re building a new home or you’re looking to upgrade your space, you’ll find that little luxuries can add up. What might seem like a few bucks here and an upgrade there can totally blow your budget, especially if you have Versailles taste on a suburban budget.

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Turn Up the Music in Studio – Dec’18 Mix

Life of an Architect

Rubble Tile’s Mosa Featured in Horace Mann Elementary School

Rubble Tile

Tucked into St. Paul’s Highland Park, Horace Mann is a K-5 elementary school with a focus on individual growth. Boasting extensive parent and community support, Horace Mann has built a reputation for academic excellence since being founded in 1930.

Xiamen 2019: Even Bigger

Stone Update

World’s largest stone event continues to grow. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Timber Transmutation

Diary of a Tile Addict

Bio Select by Lea Ceramiche. Today’s Tile Addict is inspired by two things. The first is to remind fellow tile enthusiasts that, although wood-effect tiles may have lost their star billing at recent tile exhibitions, ravishing new ranges are still being developed.


Ceramics of Italy

At Palazzo Mezzanotte, center of the Italian Stock Exchange, the assignment of the award to the CEO Mr. Graziano Verdi. Milan, November, 23 2018 – Le Fonti Awards®, one of the most important events dedicated to the Italian excellence in entrepreneurial, financial, legal and insurance field, assigned to Italcer Group , in the person of the CEO and Co-Founder Mr. Graziano Verdi , the prestigious “Innovation & Leadership” award.

2018 Design Trend Recap: The Year’s Most Daring Home Design Trends

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

It may be hard to believe, but it’s almost 2019. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to pause and look back at the last year at Freshome. We explored a lot in 2018. But what really made its mark? Which daring trends reshaped our homes – and maybe even our lives?

Garden State Tile’s Charleston showroom makes its TV debut

Garden State Tile Blog

Operations Manager, Steele Trotter, guided viewers through the benefits of working with our team of design consultants and why choosing hard surface materials for your project makes for a sound, long lasting investment. Watch the segment that was broadcast on ABC News 4 Lowcountry Live here >>>> . The post Garden State Tile’s Charleston showroom makes its TV debut appeared first on Garden State Tile. Blog Media

They Say Clorox Will Not Kill Mold!

How to Floor Tile

And they are wrong. I say that because of years having success with Clorox and don't listen to me. go to:[link] Go to the Clorox site where they actually show you "how to" get rid of mold. I use it frequently in showers why? because it works!"

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GranQuartz Acquires Regent Stone Products

Stone Update

Distributor addition is in line with parent holding company’s strategy. Featured Company Insider News

Five Signs It’s Time to Get a New Roof


(A big “thank you” to our friends at Long Roofing for sponsoring this post!). When all is going well, you don’t pay much attention to your roof. As long as it keeps protecting you from storms, and it looks great on top of your home, you don’t give it too much thought.

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Materials at Play- ICFF South Florida 2018

Kitchens for Living

Every now and then it’s fun and inspiring to venture away from the drawing board to get out and about. I didn’t have to travel far for my latest adventure which took me to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Florida.

Defining a House Style: What Is a Mediterranean Home?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you’re a fan of luxurious living, there’s no better architectural style for you than Mediterranean. These homes remind viewers of seaside villas and time spent on vacation. That said, have you ever wondered what exactly it is that makes the Mediterranean home so unique?

10 Charming Yet Organized Kitchens

Trendir Magazine

If you love organization as much as we do yet can’t figure out how to properly achieve it in the kitchen you’re certainly not alone. The kitchen tends to be a bit more difficult to organize due to always having many different components coming in and out of it on a regular basis.

3 Million Four Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Pageviews! Thank You!

How to Floor Tile

3,425,000 pageviews and counting thanks to you the viewer and people seeking ideas and solutions to everyday home repair problems. What you don't see are the hundreds of businesses that use my articles and photos for their blogs and information pages all over the world. We get tagged from Australia, India, Great Britain, Canada and Mexico. The great thing about the internet is it can be a medium with international reach as if we are next door.

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