September, 2020

Case Study: The Lattice House – Where the Mountain Meets the Sea

Tile of Spain USA

Tucked away in the Les Gavarres mountain range in Palafrugell, Spain is Casa Celosía, an extraordinary vacation home, designed by Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López of Barcelona-based studio López Rivera Arquitectes.

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Cool Kitchen Flooring Tile Trends

Why Tile

Looking for kitchen flooring ideas? Stone-, slate-, and wood-look ceramic tile are all popular options for kitchen flooring, but no one said you have to stick with a traditional style. Unusual kitchen tile flooring is currently trending, especially in cool colors such as blues, grays, and greens.


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Week of September 7th, 2020 – Aging in Place vs. A New Space

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. September 13 th brings us National Grandparents Day, which is a day for us to spend some time (perhaps virtually) reminding our grandparents how much they mean to us.

Designer Feature: Allison Eden

Decorative Materials

There’s no denying that mosaics are hot right now. We like to think we’re ahead of the curve, however, we’ve long regarded mosaics as one of the most intricately beautiful options for adding a touch of artistry to any space. Another longtime enthusiast?

5 Cement Tile Patterns You’ll Love For Your Boho Chic Home

The Cement Tile

If you’re looking to design a bohemian style home, restaurant or business, it’s hard to beat cement tile for its versatility, looks, and stability.

Six street artists producing ceramic graffiti

Diary of a Tile Addict

Ceramic graffiti is a wonderful thing and we love covering it here at Diary of a Tile Addict. But there are still people who don’t know that it exists, or where to find artists and installations.

Tile of Spain Unveils the 2020 Quick Ship Collection that Includes 113 New Collections

Tile of Spain USA

Roca, Selva. Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), announces the update of the Tile of Spain USA Quick Ship Collection.

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Playlist of the Week – Latin American Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Week of September 21st, 2020. As September is Hispanic Heritage month, we thought to cater our music accordingly. Curated from some of the top Latin hits of last decade, as well as some new emerging hits, our playlist is sure to get you up and dancing while you’re making that margarita.

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Look Book: Inspired by Nature

Garden State Tile Blog

From natural stone graphics to wood-look porcelains that have been graced by the passage of time, Garden State Tile offers a wide variety of collections inspired by nature, the seasons, and all its elements. The post Look Book: Inspired by Nature appeared first on Garden State Tile. Blog Look Books

How to Elevate Your Fall Decor With Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

Fall is upon us once again, and it’s time to look toward your seasonal home decor. For some people, this means a complete renovation of one or more rooms.

Radio Stone Update -- September 23, 2020

Stone Update

MSI Plans U.S. Midwest Enhancement; NTCA Tilesetters of the Year; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Dream Pools

Tile of Spain USA

With unrivaled durability, stunning graphics and illustrious finishes, ceramic tiles have long been a favorite finish for pools among specifiers, builders and homeowners wishing to create a luxurious oasis in both residential and commercial settings. Rosa Gres, Stela Golden.

Classic California Home in Spalted Oak Travertine


This beautiful residence in the classic Spanish style ties the exterior and hardscape together with the warm-toned travertine cladding in Spalted Oak.

Playlist of the Week – Golden Oldies

Architectural Ceramics

It’s Grandparent’s Day this Sunday! Even though a lot of grandparents these days probably identify more with the 80’s, we’re celebrating with some songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Check out this week’s playlist featuring oldies but goodies – and don’t forget to call your grandparents! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design.

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“Outdoor Tile, Mid Mod Style”


Check out this great article in Atomic Ranch’s News Letter (great newsletter, subscribe if you haven’t already) about mid century modern tile in the outdoor environment, specifically pool areas.

GIO Looks at Commercial Tile Trends for Walls


As one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available, ceramic tiles—including the exceptionally high-performing porcelain tile category—are the unequivocally right choice in a post-COVID world, especially in a commercial environment. When it comes to commercial surfacing, tile is truly a no-brainer for floors, and it should be for walls as well. The advantages of tile … The post GIO Looks at Commercial Tile Trends for Walls appeared first on Gio Tile. Tile Trends Wall Tile

Radio Stone Update -- September 9, 2020

Stone Update

Caesarstone Buys Into Porcelain-Slab Plant; U.S. Hard-Surface Imports Up in July; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

The Rich Hues & Varied Tones of Rubble Tile’s New Porcelain Collections

Rubble Tile

Variations in tone, shade, and hue are some of the most prominent features of natural stone tile. And the most sought after. We’re excited to introduce two new porcelain tile collections by Mediterranea that use color variation to replicate the beauty of natural stone.

Luxury Tile Guide – Questions to Ask Yourself

Kitchen and Residential Design

Most new homeowners are very aware of how they want their homes to look and feel, where things go and what colors they prefer on their walls.

Playlist of the Week – ’70s Hits

Architectural Ceramics

Week of September 21st, 2020. Do you remember the 21st night of September? We sure did! Not only is this week a celebration of the First Day of Fall, but it’s also a great chance to break out the ’70s hits – inspired, of course, by the famous Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September” Boogie your way into Autumn with this week’s playlist featuring 1970s hit music including funk, disco, and rock n’ roll! Listen on Spotify.

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Sharing 7 Home Hacks for Better Productivity, Happiness, Health with Blue Zones Readers

JG Kitchens

You can imagine how incredibly honored I was when they asked me to write a guest post for the Blue Zones newsletter. I'm proud to share it here as this week's featured Gold Notes post too.

Modern bedroom ideas with a warm aesthetic

Trendir Magazine

Many consider modern bedroom’s to be quite cold due to their non-traditional aesthetic. Furthermore, modern décor gets a bad rap due to the majority of it being showcased minimally.

Marmomac ReStart Offers Cloud-Based Event

Stone Update

Major natural-stone show will turn the key online late this month. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

Zero-Cement Concrete Withstands Corrosion Acidic Environment

The A to Z of Building

Globally, concrete corrosion and fatbergs have a major impact on sewage systems, leading to expensive and disruptive maintenance. Left: Highly corroded ordinary Portland cement concrete. Right: Zero

059 Architectural Visualization with Alex Hogrefe

Life of an Architect

Do you have architectural visualization skills? Maybe you’re asking yourself “what does even mean?”

Week of September 28th, 2020 – Coffee Shops and Café Aesthetics

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. The weather around the DMV is getting chilly, which means you’re either shaking your fist at frosty mornings or ecstatic to be wearing sweaters again.

Wellness Design Solutions Address Retracted CDC Aerosolized Covid-19 Transmission Risk Guidance

JG Kitchens

The latest information is that Covid-19 is far more transmissible than earlier believed, spreading in aerosolized form far beyond the six foot radius long recommended for social distancing, especially in closed, poorly-ventilated spaces.

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Updated Fall Porch Décor For 2020

Trendir Magazine

The year 2020 has done quite the number on us, most of us are stuck at home without much to do or even much socializing. Reason being why decorating your home has become so important. It’s no longer just a space where you get to relax, it’s become everything in between.

Natural Stone Institute: RISE Home #30

Stone Update

New special-needs residence in Massachusetts for U.S. Army captain. Featured Association Beat News

Washington is the US State with the Most Value of Construction Projects Underway, Says Globaldata

The A to Z of Building

Washington is the US state with the highest pipeline value of construction projects that are in the execution stage, and this is reflected in the rapid growth the state has seen in construction

058: Talking Shop with Building Science Fight Club

Life of an Architect

Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal in the creation of high-performance buildings. This means we are talking Building Science Fight Club with Christine Williamson.

Week of September 21st, 2020 – Design Rewind: Return of the ’70s

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Here comes September bringing us cooler weather, pre-holiday pandemic planning, and of course the hit song by 1970s band Earth, Wind and Fire, September ! If you don’t start humming the music whenever you hear that legendary tune, we’re not sure you’re ready for Fall.

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Wellness Design Strategies For Addressing Wildfire Smoke And Ash In Your Homes During Covid Pandemic

JG Kitchens

“The smoke is coming into my place!” ” My sister cried into the phone. “It’s awful!” ” I could hear the distress in her voice. Had I seen any of the photos of the entire Bay Area shrouded in smoke and ash, she wanted to know. Yes, sadly I had.

Charming, fall décor your home needs

Trendir Magazine

September is officially here! Meaning fall decor is finally making a bold entrance and we are absolutely ready. Not only is it a beautiful season but it’s one of the best times to decorate your home in an array of colors that make any space come to life with a transitional cozy appeal. There’ something about fall décor that seems to always feel fresh yet warm all at once.

NTCA Names Tile Setter Craftspersons of the Year

Stone Update

One winner each for residential and commercial categories. Featured Association Beat News

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Peab Builds a New Port in Arendal in Gothenburg

The A to Z of Building

Peab has been commissioned to build a new port terminal in Arendal in Gothenburg. The customer is Göteborgs Hamn AB and the contract is worth SEK 237 million. Image/Illustration: Vision of


Architecture: Form, Function, and Object

Life of an Architect

“Form follows Function.” A phrase coined by the late Louis Sullivan in 1896 in his article titled The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered. In reality, the phrase was “Form ever follows function”, and was based on Roman ideas of Vitruvius of architecture being solid, useful, and beautiful.