June, 2017

6 Steps to Prep for an Appointment with AC

Architectural Ceramics

Have a tile project on your hands and not sure where to start? How about with an appointment with Architectural Ceramics. Our associates are eager to start the creative collaboration process with you.

Tile Updates: Current Tile Trends

As The Tile Turns

Tile makes a statement while retaining the durability, versatility and other numerous benefits that have made it such a popular flooring material through the years.

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Get the Look: Best Small Patio Products for Summer Entertaining

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Don’t shortchange your small outdoor area.

ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards. Aliquippa, Pa., June 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR™ MicroteC3 Rapid-Set, Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

How to Keep Natural Stone Countertops Beautiful

CUSTOM Insights Blog

The versatility and beauty of marble, limestone, travertine, granite and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country. Kitchen countertops are exposed daily to all types of potential problems, including stains.

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36 Tropical Decorating Ideas Fresh Off the Fashion Runways

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Fashion designers must have been dreaming of Bali Ha’i this year. The latest fashion runways for summer featured models in Hawaiian prints and lush banana leaves. Tropical fashion runway looks.

A Tradition of Tiling Excellence, Guaranteed

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

A Sharper Finish is a one-man business, and Brandon George is happy to keep it that way. “It It allows me to focus on quality control of the job. I can’t blame anyone for mistakes. It’s my name on the line and I want it to be a good one,” he explains.

The Big Move Part III: Demo,Design & The Reason Why

Kitchens for Living

It’s Friday and time for another installment of The Big Move. Thank you so much for all the great feedback on parts I & II You can catch up right here in case you missed them. If you subscribe to the blog that will never happen again.

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10 Ideas For Your New Kitchen

Kitchen and Residential Design

The kitchen is “the heart of the home” and is (along with the bathroom) the most frequently remodeled room of the average house.

Tile Excellence For Sale and I retired to Florida, So why am I in Gloucester, MA.

Tile Excellence

Tile Installation Services | Labor Only | Tile Excellence. for the entire summer posting tile job pictures here and on Craigslist Boston -something I haven’t done since I retired 2 years ago-- from a tile installation job I just finished in Gloucester, MA ? Because.

There’s Subway Tile, and then there’s SUBWAY TILE!


There’s no denying that subway tile is a classic. The shiny white 3″ x 6″ ceramic tiles were the surfacing material of choice for the New York subway system that opened in 1904. It didn’t take long for these rectangular tiles to make their way into our bathrooms and kitchens across the country, where they … Commercial Design Specifications Design Trends Tile Trends Wall Tile Subway tile tile design

Barn-Style Guesthouse Features an Element of Surprise

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Carney Logan Burke Architects completed the design of this barn-style guesthouse in Wilson, WY. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a renovation of an existing structure, but a beautiful traditional house built from scratch.

Prestige Custom Tile Delivers Quality Installations

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Charles Nolan of Prestige Custom Tile, along with his son Caleb Nolan, recently completed a 500+ sq. project in an office building in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The New Farmhouse Kitchen

Kitchens for Living

If you’re a die-hard traditionalist the trend towards contemporary and transitional design may leave you feeling lost for fresh new inspiration in the familiar classic look you love, but no more! Island legs are simple but still read farmhouse.

Home Repairs: What to DIY and What to Save for The Professionals

Kitchen and Residential Design

Have a list of home improvement projects, but you’re fretting about paying a professional to get them done?

Quick Ship Collection Expands for the 2017 Year to Include 57 Spanish Tile Companies

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain , the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announces new additions to the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection.

Great Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Time to kick back and enjoy the great outdoors! Whether you have a large outdoor living space or a small living space, creating a unique outdoor living space that connects with your personality is a great way to go about creating a stylish place.

40 Sublime Swimming Pool Designs for the Ultimate Staycation

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging by a stunning pool and going for a swim. Many of us have to travel for that luxury but a lucky few have a backyard getaway featuring the latest swimming pool designs to “staycation” in.

Maris Tile: Rock Solid Installations with an Edge

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Ulas Maris is a CTEF Certified Tile Installer and has been in the tiling industry for nearly 20 years. In 2004 he formed Maris Tile PRO and hasn’t looked back since.

Zen Vanity for the Powder Room

Kitchens for Living

This gracefully elegant vanity is the epitome of simplicity and minimalism. . WOOD L – SLAB PEDESTAL & BRONZE ZEN VESSEL by Stone Forest. . This natural sculptural vanity features the “live” edge of a tree bark.

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Fashion + Tile Design Collide

As The Tile Turns

In any industry, there are trends that come and go — just like fashion — and tile design is no different. Because tiles are a base material, like textiles that make up larger functional pieces, we often see significant overlap and borrowing in the fashion and interior design industries.

Earthly Riches: Ceramic tile is the jewel of cottage style

Tile of Spain USA

With their promise of low-maintenance, natural colors and rustic feel, it is not surprising that ceramic tiles from Tile of Spain companies are the perfect compliment “Cottage” or “Country Chic” inspired homes.

17 Modern Sinks to Enhance a Home

Trendir Magazine

Look no further than these modern sinks when looking to enhance the interior of a home. Think about all of your options, your kitchen sink, master bathroom sinks, guest bathroom sinks, and even laundry rooms.

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How to Trick Out Your Outdoor Grill Using 10 Essential BBQ Accessories

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. We’ve collected some of our favorite outdoor grill ideas to get you ready for summer.

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June Featured Tiles: Sheffield Metallic & Grove Split Face Wood

The London Tile Co.

It finally feels like summer has arrived in the UK and we’re celebrating with our brand new Featured Tiles. This month we have two ranges that we absolutely love, and we hope you will too.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

Thanks @citizendesignstudio for using our Kiln ceramic Minnow tile as a cool and colorful accent in a shower! We dig it! moderntile #tilelove #ceramictiles #americanmade #bathroomdesign #tiles #moderntile.

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Before & After: A Courtyard Gets a Low-Maintenance Makeover

Apartment Therapy

For a less intrepid DIY-er the assortment pictured above would be one intimidating pile of rocks. Not so for April. She transformed her courtyard into a relaxing spot, perfect for entertaining. Best of all, it's super low maintenance so she can spend more time planning parties and less time watering grass! READ MORE ». Reader Submissions. Outdoor Space. Before & After

Your First Architectural Job is Important

Life of an Architect

Pretty simple and straightforward sentence – “Your first architectural job is important.” ” Let me clarify that I’m not talking about summer jobs or internships … those don’t really count.

The She Shed: Modern Styles for Your Backyard

Trendir Magazine

Have you heard about the growing craze behind the ‘she shed’? This is simply when you build and design a shed in your backyard to suit your personal or creative needs.

Free Up Counter Space with These Small Kitchen Organization Ideas

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Is cooking and entertaining in your small kitchen difficult?

Indoor Outdoor Living Design Ideas

The London Tile Co.

Open plan living can make rooms feel larger and allows you to use the space any way you want, without walls or doorways restricting your design ideas. You can take this one step further by extending your living space outdoors with an indoor-outdoor room. This not only brings a feel of outdoors inside, but also creates additional entertaining space. There are a number of things you can do to create a cohesive indoor-outdoor room and we’ve put together our top tips below.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

Let’s all cook up something great this weekend! Lush glass subway tile in the color Surf. One of our originals and one of our best colors. freshtile #colorsyoucrave #kitchentile #interiordesign #tilestore #subwaytile.

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Before & After: A Drab & Dark Kitchen Turned Mint Green Dream

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Diana Liang ). Diana Marsh spent 11 years living in Brooklyn before returning to her home state of Michigan. After purchasing this Ann Arbor house , she set to renovating it. It had "good bones" but was a bit on the small side and a lot on the dark side.

Greg Flint New President & COO at Coldspring®

Stone Update

Succeeds John Mattke, who joins company board of directors and takes over Stone Panels International subsidiary. Featured Company Insider News