August, 2019

The Spanish Tile Industry Differentiates Itself Through Sustainability

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish sector of ceramic tiles, represented mostly in part by ASCER, is dedicated to improving the environmental impact of member companies’ production processes and ceramic products. In recent years the Spanish tile industry has made great strides in reducing production emissions, reducing resource consumption, promoting the circular economy and being over-all more energy efficient.

10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

It’s summer and your vacation is calling. Come globe trotting with us to beautiful vacation spots, home and abroad, that offer endless design and tile inspiration. While sites like offers suggestions of where to go with their article, the Top 10 Most Searched Summer Destinations , at Architectural Ceramics, we’ve come up with our own 10 cities, as well as tile collections inspired by each popular place. The European Traveler. Barcelona, Spain.

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What is a Transitional Kitchen?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Transitional is the most popular kitchen design in the National Kitchen + Bath Association’s 2019 kitchen design trends. In fact, 65% of kitchens designed in the past year were transitional, more than double the kitchens that were traditional, contemporary or farmhouse, according to Tricia Zack, Market Research Analyst at the NKBA. Why are transitional kitchens so popular? And, perhaps more importantly, would this style fit your design aesthetic?

August Featured Tiles: Sentry & Insignia

The London Tile Co.

Is the summer flying by for you too? At London Tile HQ we’ve been so busy that the start of August seems to have snuck up on us! While we don’t want to be seen to be wishing the summer away, the start of a new month does bring new Featured Tiles – so that’s something to be excited about. This month we’ve got a classic wall tile and a beautiful natural stone inspired range to tell you about – read on for more. Sentry. Keep it classic with the Sentry range.

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Ceramic Pop Art

Diary of a Tile Addict

Retro-feel products, toys, and scenes grace the glazed earthenware tiles of Greg Hicho. These whimsical pop art creations are filled with life, nostalgic scenes hand sculpted and moulded, and finished in vibrant colours. Beauty Parlor (4″x6″). Drive in Movie (4″x6″). Hicho’s ceramic art subjects range from the popular TV dinner, Fluffo Pancakes and messy kitchen, to Troll Dolls, Sea Monkeys, and gumball machines.

Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

PRESS RELEASE / Castellón, 24th July 2019. Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards. The jury is chaired by architect Jacob van Rijs of the famous MVRDV studio. The awards are divided into three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project, with prizes totalling €39,000. Access all the information at : bases, results of previous editions, etc. View the Awards promotional video.


Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) announces the call for entry for the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. Sponsored by Endesa, Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, and CESCE, the Tile of Spain Awards are intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide.

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These are the Most Popular Rooms to Remodel – And the Cost for Each

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

A new report by Houzz reveals that kitchen renovations are still the most popular remodel – and also the most expensive. In 2018, the kitchen was the top interior room renovation among homeowners who renovated last year. The report also notes that costs are rising.

Add Allure To Your Home With Dazzling Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Is indecisiveness standing in the way of your perfect room? With so many tiles to choose from it’s no surprise that it’s not easy to make a decision but we think we can help you – look no further than our Allure range, which is alluring for all the right reasons; modern, edgy and eye-catching, the Allure range has it all. Allure Metallic Field Tiles.

Creative Tile Ideas To Enhance The Bathroom

Trendir Magazine

As one of the most traffic-heavy areas of the home, the bathroom tends to get used and abused regularly, especially if you entertain frequently. Additionally, if you are considering eventually selling your home, having a charming bathroom can boost the price point of your home. Keeping that in mind, tiles are one of the best forms of enhancing your bathroom while still keeping your authentic décor.

Garden State Tile Designer Series: Meet Tina Delia from Delia Designs

Garden State Tile Blog

At Garden State Tile we take pride in the strong relationships that we have built with the interior design community. The Garden State Tile Designer Series takes an in-depth look at the people who have supported us over the last 60 years, and whom we’ve worked with to create breathtaking spaces around the country. Meet Tina Delia, Delia Designs.

Cement Tile: A Statement-Making Solution for a Historic Home Remodel

Cement Style

Julie and Barret Blondeau wanted to make a statement when they updated the bathroom in their 90-year-old home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To achieve their design goals, they selected cement tile from the Caprice collection from Villa Lagoon Tile to replace the outdated flooring in their bathroom. Julie was kind enough to chat with us about the new bathroom design and her experience with our cement tile. What prompted you to start the bathroom renovation?

What’s on Your Playlist? Design Inspired by Music

Architectural Ceramics

What’s on Your Playlist? Design Inspired by Music. Music is inspirational, therapeutic, motivational. It is the driving force behind many writers, athletes, and designers, just to start. Take for example Lin Manuel Miranda, widely known for creating and starring in Hamilton. Clearly, music is important to him – he even shared his own playlist for conquering writers block. Cool idea, right? This got us thinking about our own playlists. What songs are we listening to now?

The Pros and Cons of Purchasing a New Build

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We all love “shiny and new” — and newly-built single-family homes are downright irresistible. And when the existing home inventory is limited, and consumers have confidence in the market, a significant number of homeowners will consider a newly-built residence. However, it’s not a slam-dunk decision. There are benefits and disadvantages to purchasing a new build. These are some of the factors to consider. New build pros. A new build can incorporate your wish list.

How To Get The Bake Off Look In Your Kitchen

The London Tile Co.

We are huge Bake Off fans at The London Tile Co. and we’re thankful that when the show moved ‘house’ it kept the kitschy-kitchen style that we all know and love. While we adore everything about it, the best thing about the colourful design of the makeshift kitchen is how easy it is to recreate in your own home.

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New to Cement Tile Patterns? Here’s What You Need to Know

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles can be an outstanding addition to any home decor scheme. They’re durable and last practically forever, and they come in a wide range of patterns, with the possibility of custom colors and patterns. You need to understand a number of things about cement tiles before diving in, however. Learn five important things that designers and architects need to know when shopping for cement tile patterns for the first time. Cement Tile Patterns: What to Know.

Garden State Tile Expands Its Ceramic Wall Tile Offerings with Arkstone Italy

Garden State Tile Blog

In line with the today’s most popular trends in ceramic wall tile, Garden State Tile has introduced Arkstone Italy into its ever-expanding catalog of innovative surface materials. Consisting of four collections – Estate, Marzo, Optic and Origins – Arkstone Italy features new colorways, finishes and sizes that spark a new dynamic for Garden State Tile’s wall tile offerings.

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Terrazzo: Making a Long-Awaited Comeback in 2019

Decorative Materials

Set foot in any 2019 tile show or convention, and you're bound to see terrazzo. While this marble and cement composite has made its mark for five centuries, it was regarded for several decades purely as a product of the 1970s. That is quickly changing, however, with fresh takes on terrazzo bringing the classic style into the 21st century. Already last year, Italian designers were beginning to dabble in the look. Since then, it has seen a full-on explosion in the tile world.

Week of August 19th, 2019 – Making Summer Camp Swanky

Architectural Ceramics

These luxury tents and cabins are a far cry from the kid’s summer camps of yesteryear. Recently trendy cottage options like tiny houses and decorated semi-permanent tents are garnering some attention. Keep reading to see some summer camping options we think you’ll enjoy. Luxury Standard. Glamping Slips Into the Mainstream , New York Times.

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Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. July 25, 2019. Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2. New Haven, CT – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need.

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Kitchen Shelving Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Trendir Magazine

Exposing your clutter, old dishes and even a mixture of both can be quite intimidating. The chaos is there, but many of us prefer to have it behind doors where no one can see it. Keeping that in mind is why most of us prefer having cabinets and hiding it all away. Do not fret, but it’s time to make a change and officially embrace shelving. While they might seem like an expensive option they aren’t. Here are kitchen shelving ideas that won’t break the bank.

Delicious Pairings: Gourmet Food and Artisan Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

Since the advent of social media, ‘foodies’ has become a movement which spans borders, cultures, and platforms. There’s something equally soothing and exciting with seeing stunning gourmet food perfectly laid out against a background of beautiful kitchenware, gorgeous locales, and even artisan cement tiles. If you’re the type to photograph and share gourmet meals, you know the setting can be almost as important as the meals themselves.

Maestro Montanari

Diary of a Tile Addict

Arché range by Mario Montanari for Katy’s Line. Although I have been writing about ceramic tiles for decades, and have visited Cersaie every year for over a quarter of a century, I still get a flush of excitement at the thought of this year’s show. I guess I really am a Tile Addict! So, in just four weeks, Hanna and I will pack our bags and head off to Bologna … full of anticipation. Every year I follow a similar schedule.


Ceramics of Italy

Quick installation with Impertek’s adjustable supports. Antony Hotel, a 4-star hotel with more than 100 rooms, is just a few minutes from the beautiful city of Venice, conveniently located between Venice Airport and the city’s old town. The hotel, newly renovated with all the modern comforts, offers its guests a large 25-square-metre panoramic terrace, where they can enjoy a fantastic view of the lagoon and of the city of Venice.

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Week of August 12th, 2019 – Beach House Bonanza

Architectural Ceramics

Summer is coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time for a beachside vacation. We’ve found some amazing oceanview condos and seaside escapes that we’d love to visit for their stellar design alone! After a long day soaking up the sun and sipping fancy drinks, these are the kind of beach houses we’d want to come home to. Beach Chic. A 1976 Encinitas House Goes From Dated To Divine, luxe magazine. This beach house from the California Coast doesn’t go over the top with beachy elements.

Amalena Meadow Cement Tiles Celebrate Global Design

Cement Style

Villa Lagoon Tile designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design, finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in handcrafted cement tile. The Amalena. tile series blends the bold energy of Cuban design with the intricate details of antique Turkish rugs, making it perfect as an accent wall by a soaking tub or an outdoor living room.

Case Study: Gettysburg College Admissions Building

Garden State Tile Blog

INDUSTRY. LOCATION. MATERIAL USED. Higher Education. Gettysburg, PA. Crossville Empire Porcelain Stone. PROJECT OVERVIEW. Garden State Tile supplied Crossville Empire Porcelain Stone , specified by Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. , for a two-story, 4,500 square foot addition to the Gettysburg College Fourjay Admissions Building. The new addition serves as the welcome center for perspective students and their families, as well as additional event space for the campus community.

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Workplace Design: The Comforts of Home


There’s no place like home. Home-like environments in the office can lead to more comfortable, and presumably, happier workers. And happy workers, according to current theories, work harder. In fact, studies show that happy workers are more productive and creative.

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A Story of Smoke and Fire

Diary of a Tile Addict

With a group of designers whose priority is in the art, Smoke and Fire Tiles is a ceramic treasure trove. Founded in Stamford, Lincolnshire by Mark Aldridge, the company now resides in a converted granary in Suffolk. Their artistic skill is shown in spades throughout their collections which not only covers tile, but also other forms of ceramic art. Click to view slideshow.


United Tile's Blog

Tile is an imperfect product. And quite frankly, that’s what we love about it. Make no mistake, we appreciate all the advancements and innovations our industry puts forward in the pursuit of making a flawless product: rectification, double or triple glazes, multiple firings at various cone levels – the list goes on. But there’s something to be said for a tile that’s beautifully unrefined. The folks at Wow Design Studios get this.

Week of August 5th, 2019 – Food Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

One of the reasons we love summer so much is the wealth of delicious foods that are in season! This week we went shopping for some hot restaurant designs that range from quaint to ritzy. Feed your interior design appetite with our latest top posts. Simply Delicious Design. Atlanta breakfast joint Pancake Social draws on simplicity of Scandinavian design , dezeen. Pancake Social had to make our top posts of the week – just look at that patterned floor tile!

Amalena Meadow Cement Tiles Celebrate Global Design

Cement Style

Villa Lagoon Tile designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design, finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in handcrafted cement tile. The Amalena. tile series blends the bold energy of Cuban design with the intricate details of antique Turkish rugs, making it perfect as an accent wall by a soaking tub or an outdoor living room.

Garden State Tile Opens Its 15th Location in Columbia, South Carolina

Garden State Tile Blog

Garden State Tile has officially opened its 15th location at 425 Huger Street, Columbia, South Carolina. The expansive 3,000 sq.ft. showroom and 10,000 sq.ft. warehouse in downtown Columbia brings Garden State Tile’s renowned design services and product selection to architects, designers, builders, contractors and homeowners in Richland County. “We’re

Rubble Tile Debuts a Concrete-Look Porcelain Tile with The Core Collection

Rubble Tile

The natural world is often the muse of choice for tile artisans, full of beauty and phenomena that inspire designs we’ve all come to love. But sometimes, great inspiration can come from humankind itself. The things we create can be just as beautiful as what.

Hand-crafted Haveli

Diary of a Tile Addict

Fabric and wallpaper designer Neisha Crosland has always had an eye for pattern. Transforming her gift onto textiles and wall coverings allowed others to enjoy her keen sense of style – to simply marvel at her creations or to be lucky enough to incorporate them into their own homes. Haveli Zig Zag by Neisha Crosland. When finding inspiration for her house Crosland met with luxury surface specialist Alvaro de Ferranti.

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Wall Tiles That Will Inspire Your Next Renovation

The Cement Tile

Proven by the plethora of magazines, websites, and companies dedicated to home renovations, inspiration can strike anywhere. Home decor, be it brightly colored throw pillows or a mesmerizing wall tile pattern, earns a place in the hearts of people across the world, and for a good reason. The home should be a place of comfort, sanctity, and ultimately relaxation from the stresses of the world. Entering a well-decorated home is akin to breathing a deep breath of fresh mountain air.

Food for Thought #19: In a Chaotic World, Your Home Can Help Reduce Anxiety

JG Kitchens

The country has been wracked by high profile mass shooting events before, but the series of three attacks in rapid succession this summer at a family festival in California, back-to-school shopping day at a Walmart in Texas, and popular nighttime social scene in Ohio has many Americans more on edge right now, mental health experts report. When regular outings like shopping trips start to feel unsafe, parents and kids alike get stressed. Photo: Pixabay/Pexels).