August, 2018

Making a Bold Tile Statement

As The Tile Turns

You love to experiment with new tile trends - but that little voice in your head warns you that bold looks could quickly go out of style. Ideally, you can balance your love of statement tile with your desire for practicality and long-term style.

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The CID Awards Highlight Three Projects Featuring Tile of Spain

Tile of Spain USA

During the annual Coverings trade show, the Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID Awards) honor outstanding work in both design and ceramic/stone installation around the world.

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Working in Harmony: Tile That Embodies the Principles of Feng Shui

Architectural Ceramics

In today’s fast-paced culture, men and women alike have hectic work and home schedules. As adults, we often over-book ourselves with work, or our kids with school activities and birthday parties. Having a calming space at home to recharge may be more beneficial than we realize.

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How To Care For Marble Or Natural Stone From?

How to Floor Tile

Marble Institute Of America! link] I personally do not advocate using Marble, Travertine and other natural stone in showers or wet areas because it is too soft and hard to maintain.

Cool Kitchen Backsplashes to Whet Your Appetite

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The basic function of kitchen backsplashes is to prevent water, food and other types of liquids and solids from damaging the wall behind your kitchen counters. However, backsplashes can be both functional and stylish.

Porcelain Paving Vs. Natural Stone

The London Tile Co.

It goes without saying that all paving materials will have pros and cons, but with porcelain fast becoming the material of choice for patios we wanted to see how it compares to another popular material: natural stone. The most common types of natural stone used for paving are sandstone, granite, slate and limestone – all of which have a beautiful natural look. Most natural stone paving has a rustic finish that can look out of place when used in modern homes and gardens.

Don’t Make Me Blush: The Pink Tiles Are Having a Moment

As The Tile Turns

Several trends made us sit up and take notice at the recent Salone de Mobile Milano. We were especially inspired by Artemest's Stranger Pinks event. It's just one example of the many contexts in which blush is having its moment in the sun.

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A Clean Slate: How Rough Slate Can Have a Clean Aesthetic

Architectural Ceramics

Notebooks, pencils, backpacks — August is a time when school supplies hit the shelves; and parents and kids alike stock up to prepare for the new year. Parents get their clean house back, and kids get to start off the new school year with a clean slate.

New Wood Flooring "VS" Your Pets, Who Will Win?

How to Floor Tile

Wood Flooring will lose. OK, you just installed you old worn out carpet with new warm wood or engineered wood flooring partially to make it easier to clean and eliminate some of the odors that can emanate from older carpet. Besides, you got a good deal on the material and installation.

Outdated Home Trends That Could Be Making A Comeback

Trendir Magazine

Some home décor trends are timeless, such as fireplaces and marble counters. But others can be quite baffling like using outdoor furniture indoors and/or popcorn ceilings.

Get Ready to Go Nuts Over These 4 Drool-Worthy 2018 Countertop Trends

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should.

Timeless and On Trend: Marble’s Well-Deserved Takeover

As The Tile Turns

The ultimate classic design, marble has evoked elegance for millennia. Ancient Greeks adored marble, to the point that the design prompted several of the society's most revered looks. Tile Trends

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Gennadi Grand Resort Redefining Luxury Vacations with Ceramica Mayor

Tile of Spain USA

In Rhodes, an island known for extravagant vacation spots off the coast of Greece, the brand new Gennadi Grand Resort seeks to redefine luxury vacations.

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China Hard-Surface Tariffs: Now 25%?

Stone Update

Trump administration ratchets up proposed import tax on natural stone, quartz surfaces, ceramic tile and related goods. Featured Latest News

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Porcelain, The Ultimate Outdoor Tile

Conestoga Tile Blog

Kasbah Museum. Tangier, Morocco. For nearly 6,000 years, ancient architects have incorporated ceramic tile in their building projects. Ceramic tile was used during the construction of buildings, walkways, and courtyards.

Stylish Mudroom Decor Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Filled with racks of shoes, coat hangers, and additional storage, the mudroom is essential in keeping a home free of clutter and organized.

Not Your Father’s Laminate: Check out These Woodgrain, Stone and Matte Finishes

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Laminate used to look cheap and cheesy. It was durable, but certainly not fashionable. However, times have changed, and now the material is much more realistic-looking. In fact, it can mimic many of your favorite materials, which makes it an excellent, inexpensive design choice.

August Featured Tiles: Allure & Exhibit

The London Tile Co.

August has arrived and while we’d normally be mourning the fact that summer is coming to an end, this year we have found ourselves craving cooler climates. That’s not to say that we have not loved having so much sunshine, but we’re English and we do like a bit of rain. This month we have two lovely tile ranges to tell you about, so read on for more information about the August Featured Tiles. Allure.

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Ceramic Cover for Côte d’Azur

Diary of a Tile Addict

New villa on the Côte d’Azur featuring tiles by Ceramiche Caesar. With its sunny beaches, breathtaking turquoise sea, and picturesque villages huddled on the mountains overlooking the Riviera, the Côte d’Azur is a magnet for lovers of the sea, the sun, beach life, and having fun.

Braxton-Bragg Goes Mobile with Viper Van

Stone Update

Stone-supplies distributor restarts shop-to-shop service after six-year hiatus. Featured Company Insider News

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Porcelain, The Ultimate Outdoor Tile

Conestoga Tile

Kasbah Museum. Tangier, Morocco. For nearly 6,000 years, ancient architects have incorporated ceramic tile in their building projects. Ceramic tile was used during the construction of buildings, walkways, and courtyards.

15 Bathrooms That Have Been Transformed With “Wood” Tile

Trendir Magazine

When you think of bathrooms, you don’t necessarily get a clear picture of wood accents in mind. Obviously, water and wood don’t play too nicely together.

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Wood Textures in the Kitchen

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Wood is a common material for kitchens, from cabinets to walls to countertops. You can also use wood textures in the kitchen in surprising ways to create some visual interest and a style all your own. You can use wood in unexpected ways or in unexpected places to make a statement in a space.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen and Residential Design

Did you know a major kitchen remodel, including new countertops, can give you an average return of 91% at resale ? In fact, homes with kitchens that are updated sell faster and the home dramatically increases in value. When it comes to homes, kitchens rule the roost.

Rubble Tile Presents: Fuse and the Murals Collection From Mosa

Rubble Tile

A mural is defined as a work of art executed directly onto a wall. That definition makes it clear why Mosa was inspired to name their new collection Murals, and we couldn’t agree more. Just like applying paint to a canvas, installing this delicately comprised.

Yes, You Can Use Porcelain Tile in Industrial Style Interiors!


Modern industrial interior design is about exposing all that lies beneath to achieve raw, edgy style. The industrial-chic aesthetic, which really took hold in the late 2000s, is still going strong a decade later.

*CUSTOM System Selected for Tile and Stone Orange County’s Two Tallest Towers*

CUSTOM Insights Blog

Irvine, Calif. is a high-tech economic powerhouse sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley South.” This fast-growing city’s skyline was transformed by a pair of distinctive glass office towers located at Irvine’s Spectrum Center, an open-air retail and dining district.


Design Essentials For A Dreamy Bathroom

Trendir Magazine

Many may argue that the bathroom is one of the most personal rooms in a home, and others will argue that it isn’t. In our opinion, the bathroom is one of the best areas to decorate and personalize.

Little Design Luxuries to Consider for Your New Home

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. When designing a new home , it’s all about the details. While you’ll be busy picking out things like cabinets and wall treatments, it pays to think small.

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Six Home Improvement Jobs to do Before You Sell

Kitchen and Residential Design

When the time finally comes to sell your home, you want it to be worth as much as possible. For this to happen, you’re likely going to need to make some improvements. But where to begin? Which areas of your home will return the most value?

Italy Inspired

Diary of a Tile Addict

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence by ZAS Architects.

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Majestic Acquires Carolina Counters

Stone Update

Fourth deal for North Carolina stone- and glass-fabrication group. Featured Company Insider News

Vintage Bath

The Perfect Bath

Recently, I posted a picture of a bubble gum pink bath. It was a pretty intense space, but it used the highest quality designs and products that were available in the late 30’s or 40’s. I found another vintage bath image that I thought worth sharing. Now, onward from pink world and into green…tile and fixtures all the same color. The conformity of the 41/4″ tile and the contrasting grout was certainly a trend in the 30’s and 40’s.

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10 Spaces That Prove Plaid Is Definitely Back

Trendir Magazine

Plaid may seem like the perfect winter décor due to its cozy aesthetics, but it’s actually quite the opposite the bold print works all year round and it’s officially making a comeback. Here are fresh new ways to incorporate the charming print throughout your home.

Fast Money: 7 Things to Consider Before Flipping New Construction

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Whether you’re addicted to house flipping shows on TV or you’ve flipped a home for profit in the past, you know it can be tricky. Flipping existing homes can come with unexpected twists, turns and structural issues.

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Rubble Tile and Original Style Present: King’s Highway

Rubble Tile

In South Minneapolis, there is a 1930 Tudor house, with a hint of Mediterranean flavor, owned by the designer Carolyn Mitchell of Carolyn Mitchell Interiors. The house was in need of some design work and modernization before its 100th birthday came up. That’s where Original.

Feature Floor Fashion

Diary of a Tile Addict

Laura Ashley Mr. Jones by British Ceramic Tile. Bold and bright, or discreet and understated; whatever the style, sales of feature floor tiles are on the up and outselling plain floor tiles, claims British Ceramic Tile.