July, 2017

Making a Statement with Shower Accent Walls

Architectural Ceramics

Trends. They come and they go. Watch any interior design show on HGTV or DIY Network, and an open concept layout is in. We know what’s hot when it comes to your main floor’s kitchen and entertaining spaces, but what about a space that is a bit more private: your bathroom.

Italian Ceramic Tile and Mosaics. Part One: Mosaics


Italy is a treasure rove of mosaics. Although the Greeks were the first in the Mediterranean world to use them, the Romans took them to their heart. The three great eras of this art form were the Classical Roman period, the Byzantine period and the Renaissance.

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Insider’s Guide to Stone Tile

As The Tile Turns

When it comes to home finishes, stone tile has a unique way of creating a custom look of understated elegance that is effortlessly natural. Distinct characteristics, especially of natural stone tile , ensure that your home will be truly one of a kind.

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WEBINAR: Super Format Tile, the New Generation of Tile

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Join us on July 20 at 1:00 pm Central Daylight time for a one-hour educational webinar. The evolution of tile and stone in recent years has provided endless design and application possibilities.

How Can You Learn About GIO Tile Products?


We created GIO, not because the world needed another brand of tile and stone, but because we saw a need in the commercial design arena for better surfacing options, service, and solutions.

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The Big Move Part V Progress Not Perfection

Kitchens for Living

It’s time for Part FIVE!!! I know how patiently you’ve all been waiting for this new installment of The Big Move. It’s been a challenging week including a meltdown that turned a Phase two project into a Phase NOW situation.

Addressing Lippage in Large Format Tiles

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

The tile and stone industry is constantly evolving to keep pace with new innovations and trends in the marketplace. One of these recent trends has been the development of large format tiles.

Whimsical Mosaics by Cean Irminger

As The Tile Turns

"Whimsical" really is the best word to describe the Kiddo Collection of custom mosaic tile designs by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna. There are no boring swaths of uniform mosaic tiles to be found here. Instead, Irminger has created intricate tile patterns that are stunningly unique.

15 Tile Showers To Fashion Your Revamp After

Trendir Magazine

Tile showers have a certain bit of luxury attached to their design. And fortunately enough, they’re easy than you think to design and create. You just have to have the right bit of inspiration to get your vision started.

Keep it Classic with Vintage Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Often interior design is about finding the balance between classic and contemporary. Whether it’s fitting a much loved piece of furniture into your minimalist space, or trying to modernise an older property, combining the two is a fine art, which is why we are so in love with the Vintage range. As the name says, these tiles have a vintage look but manage to work in almost any setting.

Here’s How To Pull Off Those 2017 Style Trends You’ve Been Hearing About

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 want to participate in a trend without letting it overwhelm. Get ready for 2017’s style trends.

Back to the Future in 2017

Tile of Spain USA

The passing of time is a reality we cannot escape. It is one that creates two permanent challenges in interior design: durability of materials and longevity of design trends. That’s where ceramic tile comes into the design equation.

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Red Rock Contractors: Making a Splash with Glass Tile

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

This week’s featured tile install is a stunning pool located in Gilbert, Arizona. It was recently completed by Red Rock Contractors and Red Rock Pools , with the help of installer Alpentile Glass Tile Pools and Spas. The pool has roughly 2500 sq. of Oceanside Glasstile.

Trending Now: Artistic Collaborations to Look For

As The Tile Turns

In addition to making spaces comfortable and functional, thoughtful attention to Interior Design elements can capture the attention and imagination of potential home buyers. From paint colors to fixed finishes, including unique colors and materials keep spaces fresh and inviting.

Simple Ways to Incoporate Pattern into Your Home

Trendir Magazine

Patterns just like bold colors can be a bit daunting when it comes to adding them to a room. Many of us have no idea how to play up the appeal of pattern or even how to incorporate pattern into the décor we already have.

Desperate Ways to Stay Cool on the Hottest Days of the Summer

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Melanie Riccardi/Stocksy ). While the thought of making it through a hot summer without any air conditioning might seem excruciating, it's by no means impossible. So before you freak out and book a trip to Antarctica, consider all the ways you can cool down your place DIY-style.

Beauty on a Budget: Above Ground Pool 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. In an ideal world, we’d all have the proper space and budget to have one of the sublime swimming pools we featured recently.

Austin Architectural Lunch & Learn presented by Tile of Spain

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain was one of the featured speakers at the Facades+ AM Austin conference presented July 18 th by Architects Newspaper.

West Coast Style: Icon Tile and Design

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Icon Tile and Design recently completed the entire floor and subfloor of a Bellevue Towers condo in Bellevue, Washington. The project was about 1,000 sq.

Installing External Porcelain Tiles With PorcelQuick Adpeds

The London Tile Co.

Traditionally the most popular materials for patios have been natural stone and concrete slabs for many years, but recently porcelain has seen a huge increase.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

A Hot Dog from @boomhound Modwalls #coolpool Brio glass Mosaic tile helps #beattheheat. tiles #pooltile #Repost of @boomhound. redbonecoonhound #puppylove. coonhound. coonhoundpuppy. losangeles.

Before & After: A Small Suburban Bathroom Goes from Taupe to Timeless

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Diana Liang ). After living in New York for 11 years, Diana Marsh was ready to move back to her home state of Michigan and design a beautiful nest.

Black is Back as the 2018 Color of the Year

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. PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and industrial materials, announced its 2018 Paint Color of the Year: Black Flame.

Blue Paint Colors to Use in Your Kitchen for a Chic Upgrade

Trendir Magazine

Your kitchen may be one of the last places you may consider adding a bold color to. However, you may want to consider different shades of blue for your kitchen space. This versatile color has become all the rave when it comes to kitchen decor upgrades.

ARDEX Americas Announces Expansion of Aliquippa, PA Manufacturing Facility

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, PA, July 11, 2017 – ARDEX Americas recently announced a major expansion of their Aliquippa, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility, effectively doubling its size. This is the third such expansion for the company this year.

July Featured Tiles

The London Tile Co.

We’re having a typical English summer this year; switching between dashing to the supermarket to pick up the last of the burger buns and paddling pools, and cursing that you forgot your umbrella. Luckily we’re all used this unsettled weather, so we can concentrate on updating our interiors without worrying.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

Back in Stock! Lush glass subway tile in your fave colors, including this sunny Sky blue. Shop link in profile. Our in stock tiles ship within 2 biz days from our California HQ. subwaytile #lush #liveyourcolors #freshtile #shoponline.

A Cozy 1920s Studio Apartment in Philly — House Tour

Apartment Therapy

Name: Jen Nolan. Location: Rittenhouse Square — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Size: Roughly 500 square feet. Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting. When Jen moved to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C., she didn't have any connections in the real estate world. Like many young professionals, she turned to Craigslist. Thankfully, she stumbled across an ad for a beautiful studio apartment in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Awesome Vintage Campers and Camper Van Decor for Your Next Road Trip

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Why not camp out or road trip this summer in one of the coolest vintage campers around? Airstream camper vans are hot and can still be found for a good bargain if you’re willing to put in a little work — and even add some stylish camper van decor.

Fire Pit Design Ideas That Will Enhance Your Backyard

Trendir Magazine

Fire pits come in numerous different shapes and sizes. They can be a permanent fixture in your backyard or they can even be a barrel that you choose to carry around.Fire pits have always been a stylish fixture to have. They add warmth and elegance to any backyard design and they are very functional.

Taking a New Shine to an Old Floor: Performance Floor Systems, Inc.

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Performance Floor Systems, Inc. PFSI) recently completed the first phase of a 110,000 square feet warehouse renovation project in Van Nuys, California.

Writing on the Walls [or Floors]

KB Culture

In these days of 140-character communications, Scrabble—both the traditional board format as well as online version of the game—still remains popular. These ceramic tiles let aficionados get their messages across [and yes, you can keep score!]. wallsandfloors.co.uk.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

#tbt A darling little kitchen with a mid pop of our Tardis blue ModDotz as a backsplash. So hygge. freshtile #colorsyoucrave #kitchentile #cozy #hygge #pennytile.

A Woodsy MCM California "Tear Down" Gets a Second Chance — House Tour

Apartment Therapy

Name: Susan and David. Location: East Bay, California. Size: 2,250 square feet. Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned. Susan and David's East Bay home comes with intact natural features, Douglas fir beams and cabinets, and a functional floor plan. Why anybody would list this mid-century home as a "tear down" on the market is a mystery. Luckily, Susan and David stumbled upon the listing when a sale fell through.