August, 2020

Guest Post: Denise Daniels of MB Stone Care on Preserving Your Home’s Natural Stone Surfaces

JG Kitchens

Regular Gold Notes readers know that I’m a big fan of engineered stone and porcelain slab for their low maintenance properties. You also know that I consider Mother Nature to be the finest artist in the world and greatly admire the incomparable beauty of natural stone.

Enhance Outdoor Spaces With Ceramic Tile From Spain

Tile of Spain USA

With Autumn quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to savor the warm weather and bask in the summer sun. However, the arrival of crisp fall air doesn’t mean you’ll have to forgo your patios, gardens, and terraces. Make the most of your outdoor spaces year-round with ceramic tile from Spain.

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Week of August 17th – Beat the Heat

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we enter Fall, it’s important to keep in mind the “new normal” and remember to do your due diligence in cutting the spread of COVID-19.

7 Fresh Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Garden State Tile Blog

When it comes to the kitchen backsplash, subway tile has been the lasting choice for homeowners. And while this classic selection is as stylish as it is timeless, sometimes a fresh take can reinvigorate an entire design.

Tile that Brings the Natural World into Your Living Space

Rubble Tile

Whether we’re talking about porcelain, ceramic, metal, stone, glass, or cement tile, the core materials from which all tile design stems are from the natural world. Clay becomes ceramic and porcelain, sand is transformed into glass, metal and stone are what make up the Earth’s.

Tile, the Right Choice in a Post-COVID World


The focus on clean indoor environments in all areas, both commercial and residential, has never been as great as it is now during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s no secret that ceramic tile (and that includes porcelain) is one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available.

2021 Tile Forecast: Bohemian

Decorative Materials

The bohemian lifestyle emphasizes diversity, with a variety of concepts coalescing to promote an inspired way of life. As an aesthetic ideal, bohemian style accomplishes the same by drawing on a wide array of philosophies and sources of inspiration from all around the world.

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Week of August 31st, 2020 – Southern Hospitality & Design

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September 5 th brings us the annual Kentucky Derby, America’s favorite holiday to celebrate a sporting event that lasts under 3 minutes.

How to Craft Your Fireplace With Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

If you’ve got a living room, dining room, master bedroom or other room in your house with a fireplace, it’s almost certain that the fireplace is the visual centerpiece of the room. If it’s not — it should be! Fireplaces are much more than places to keep warm in the winter.

Radio Stone Update -- August 26, 2020

Stone Update

TISE 2021 Moves from January to June; Coverings Connected Begins; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Kid friendly yet trendy apartment decor

Trendir Magazine

So, you’re living in an apartment, have a couple of kids and a dog, with no clue on how to have a well- put together home that isn’t boring. We’re here to help you reclaim your power and share with you how you can create an impeccable space that is kid-friendly yet trendy while offering your personality on a platter. Here is how to do just that without having to shy away from white decor. Dramatic Contrast. When in doubt, use bold hues and work them in with wood.

Client Feature: Anne Grice Interiors

Decorative Materials

Over the years, Decorative Materials has formed a strong relationship with award-winning Aspen designer Anne Grice.

Museo de las Collectiones Naturales, A CID Award Winning Project

Tile of Spain USA

During this year’s annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards special recognition for Innovation in Tile was awarded to COR Asociados Arquitectos for the Museo de las Collectiones Naturales. What was once part of a series of pavilions that served the Spanish military during the 1930s and 1940s is now home to a priceless collection of wildlife on the campus of the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain.

Playlist of the Week – Working From Home

Architectural Ceramics

Week of August 10th, 2020. This Fall, things slowly enter a “new normal” as life seemingly carries on through our post-pandemic world. Your favorite pumpkin spice latte might be handed to you from a longer distance, or perhaps you’re now a Zoom pro, master of working from home in a time when uncertainty is imminent. Whatever changes you expect to see in your life this Fall, we’re here to provide perhaps the most important part — the soundtrack.

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How to Transform Your Home Office into a Masterpiece with Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

When you’re looking to update your kitchen or bathroom, it seems like there are tips and tricks everywhere, but what about renovating, redecorating, or even adding onto a home office?

Emser Tile Achieves Best-Seller 2020 List

Stone Update

Los Angeles tile/stone distributor lands on magazine’s rating of “Best Companies to Sell For.”. Featured Company Insider News

Ideas on Budget-Friendly DIY Hottubs

Kitchen and Residential Design

Medical experts proved that soaking in warm water is one of the best ways to get rid of accumulated stress. And when you combine bathing with staying outside and enjoying the view, you'll bring enjoyment to a higher level. And what unites all these? An outdoor hottub.

Introducing Mosa Canvas: Subtle, Versatile, Tactile Porcelain Tile

Rubble Tile

The Dutch tile makers at Mosa are well known for sustainable practices and innovative designs. Now, they’ve introduced a new porcelain tile collection created to enrich a space through its tactile relief and soft, organic character. These tiles are also hardwearing and functional, especially fit.

Columbia University Far-UVC Light Study Shows Promise As Wellness Design-Based Covid Killer

JG Kitchens

Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all worry less about catching Covid at home? Or the flu? Or any number of other illnesses? Columbia University professor David Brenner has a long-term solution. It's called far-UVC light and he's been researching it for years.

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Playlist of the Week – Walking the Dog

Architectural Ceramics

Week of August 17th, 2020. We have found ourselves spending a lot more time at home with our pets, like 9-year-old chocolate Labrador appropriately named “Cocoa” After spending a lot more time at home, whether it’s working or simply not going out as much, we’ve definitely become much closer and have spent much more time together with our four-legged friends!

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3D Printer Makes Sustainable Building Material from Local Soil

The A to Z of Building

Currently, the construction industry is experiencing two major challenges: one is the demand for sustainable infrastructure and the other is the necessity to repair degrading roads, bridges, and

Natural Stone Institute: R.I.S.E. Home #29

Stone Update

Members aid with special-needs-home construction in Washington state. Featured Association Beat News

Going Dark on my Fence and Deck

Life of an Architect

Should you paint your fence black? I came pretty close and settled in on a charcoal color (which was a nice change from the previous color of "raw hot dog") and I'm here to tell you that going dark can be a very good thing.

Coffee table Ideas that are stylish and Functional

Trendir Magazine

If there is one accent piece that has remained true to home décor, it is the coffee table. An item that will always be needed and loved by everyone. For some, it’s a display table for knick-knacks they know and love, for others its where they can eat a snack or two while watching TV. Regardless of what you decide to do with it, it’s always one of those items that is well-loved and better used.

New Remodeling Trends Report Points To Growing Wellness Design Popularity

JG Kitchens

One of the impacts of Covid is that everyone is spending so much unexpected time at home. Call it a stress test on our living spaces. The contractor leads that Houzz shares point to some areas of interest that definitely tie into wellness design. The post New Remodeling Trends Report Points To Growing Wellness Design Popularity comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold Kitchen, Bath And Wellness Design, LLC.

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Week of August 24th, 2020 – Pet Friendly Design

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. August 26 th brings us National Dog Day, which is a friendly reminder to give your furry friend some extra love, or maybe add another mile on your morning walk.

Construction of a New 25000sqm Yard Facility at UK’s Largest Salvage and Vehicle Recycling Company

The A to Z of Building

North West-based groundworks specialist, M Downes Earthworks, has commenced work at the UK’s largest salvage and vehicle recycling company, SYNETIQ, in Gloucester, to construct a new yard


Radio Stone Update -- August 12, 2020

Stone Update

Hard-Surface Imports Up in June; KBIS, Xiamen Stone Fair Updates; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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056: Starting A Design Firm

Life of an Architect

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own design firm, maybe you’ve just graduated from school, perhaps you’ve worked for another firm and seen first-hand what not to do and decided it’s time to go out on your own, today is the show for you because today’s topic is “Starting a Design Firm”.

Outdoor Summer décor ideas that is too good to not indulge in

Trendir Magazine

The summertime is great! You get to spend the most time outdoors, the weather is typically beautiful, and an extra dose of fresh air is always awesome. Keeping that in mind, decorating your outdoor space for the summer can be quite complicated, even for those that are experts at home décor. This might be due to summer being such a free spirit or due to not wanting to overwhelm the space with decorative items.

Thought Leader Conversation: School Psychologist Roseann Capanna-Hodge On Wellness Design Ideas For Covid Homeschooling

JG Kitchens

I'm very glad my 'munchkin' is in her late 20s now and I don't have to cope with homeschooling this fall, like millions of other parents and step-parents across the country. I wanted to share some tips with them, so I reached out to school psychologist Rosemary Capanna-Hodge. She shared some terrific ideas on making your home more learning-friendly and wellness-focused during this challenging time.

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Playlist of the Week – Beat the Heat

Architectural Ceramics

Week of August 17th, 2020. It’s been hot, hot, HOT these past few weeks! There are some design tips you can implement to cool down your space this summer, but in the meantime you can get into a cooler headspace. Beat the heat this summer with this week’s playlist featuring songs about sun, heat, and hitting the beach! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design.

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Award Winning Construction Software Company EasyBuild UK attend the Property & Construction Summit

The A to Z of Building

Earlier this month multi award winning construction software company EasyBuild UK attended the online Property & Construction Summit, where CEO Carol Massay shared her industry

Caesarstone Buying Porcelain-Slab Producer

Stone Update

Acquisition of majority stake in India's Lioli Ceramica creates multi-hard-surfaces company. Featured Company Insider News

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057: Renovating your House

Life of an Architect

Leaving your mark on the place where you live is built into the DNA of most architects and designers. This can manifest itself in many different ways but for many of us, working on the place where we live is the most obvious choice.

3 Warning Signs You May Need a New Roof

Kitchen and Residential Design

If you're thinking your roof looks run down and you notice wear, tear, and other forms of damage, it’s likely time for a new roof. Extreme temperatures, severe weather and precipitation, and old age are all factors that can result in a ruined roof that needs repairing or replacing.

7 Tips for Hiring Contractors to Work on Your Home

The Armchair Builder

When you hire the wrong contractors to do work for you, life can get messy. We’ve all heard the horror stories…a homeowner gives a “down payment” to XYZ company to put a roof on but they never show up.