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81 Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Why Tile

Regardless of whether you have a small or large space, a ceramic tile backsplash can make a huge design impact. Particularly in the bathroom, backsplash tile can set the tone for the whole space while also protecting your walls from water damage and creating a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean surface. Of course, the impact of bathroom backsplash… The post 81 Bathroom Backsplash Ideas appeared first on Why Tile.

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The Great Reveal 2023

Floor Covering News

W ith the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in our rearview mirrors—as far as much of the industry is concerned—trade show season is in full swing and has already garnered much excitement. The biggest and most highly anticipated show of the year, Surfaces, is set to kick off in just two weeks and suppliers and specialty flooring retailers alike are poised for the event.

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New Product Spotlight: Spanish Porcelain Planks and Hexes at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

Two of our favorite tile shapes to work with at Rubble Tile are planks and hexes, so our newest stone-look porcelain collection is quite a treat! The classic, always on-trend nature of tile planks and hexes makes them a fun choice for both traditional and.

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Sustainability Meets Wellness In 2023 Kitchen Renovations Trends Survey

JG Kitchens

You don't have to choose between the planet, product performance and the people in your life when planning a kitchen remodel. The attributes come together on many fronts, including some of the most popular choices, according to Houzz.com. The post Sustainability Meets Wellness In 2023 Kitchen Renovations Trends Survey comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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A New Bathroom for the New Year Using a Full Year of Tips

Why Tile

2022 is a wrap. And once again, we have the pleasure of looking back on the tile tips and trends we’ve covered over the last year. As in years past, we’ve shared ideas on using tile in every room of the house. But one room stands out this year for being of particular interest to… The post A New Bathroom for the New Year Using a Full Year of Tips appeared first on Why Tile.

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American Olean celebrates 100th anniversary

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Established in 1923, American Olean is celebrating it’s 100th year anniversary this year. “2023 is a very special year for American Olean as it marks our 100th anniversary,” said Hector Narvaez, vice president of distributor sales for Dal-Tile. “American Olean traces its roots to the Franklin Tile Company, founded in 1923 in Lansdale, Pa., by two brothers, Malcolm and Roy Schweiker with only six employees.

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Ep 116: Workaholic

Life of an Architect

Does the architectural profession expect more time out of its employees compared to any other highly educated service provider? Architects do seem to romanticize the amount of time and effort that goes into our craft, but are we actually a workaholic? The post Ep 116: Workaholic first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 116: Workaholic at Life of an Architect.

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Wood: Innovations in hybrids, cores raise the stakes

Floor Covering News

Prior to the advent of waterproof floors, consumers often had to make a tough decision—purchase a “wood-look” resilient floor that could withstand the rigors of daily wear and tear, including the dangers that everyday spills and pet accidents brings, or go with a genuine hardwood floor and pray that nothing would spill on the floor and cause irreparable damage.

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Exclusive: Howard Brodsky looks back with no regrets

Floor Covering News

After 38 years, CCA Global Partners founder and co-CEO, Howard Brodsky, is calling it a career —sort of. He will remain the chairman of the CCA board and very involved in the company. “I have absolute trust and faith that Rick, as the CEO, will lead the company to even greater levels of success,” Brodsky said. “CCA’s next generation of leadership is solid, and I know our next 38 years will exceed the past.

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Shaw Floors announces 2023 Phase I intros

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Dalton—Shaw Floors, flagship residential brand of Shaw Industries Group, has announced its new 2023 Phase I soft surface and hard surface introductions. Shaw’s soft surface intros feature colorful, durable and affordable carpet. New offerings can be found in the colorful Anso Colorwall collection , the performance-driven Pet Perfect collection and the stylishly affordable Simply the Best Values collection.

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Stone of the Year 2023: Namib bianco marble

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—Best Cheer Stone, Inc., sponsored the 2023 Natural Stone Institute (NSI) Stone of the Year. Namib bianco marble will be featured on 2023 member certificates, membership code of ethics and association marketing materials throughout the year. Namib bianco is an African white marble from the Best Cheer Stone quarry in Karibib, Namibia. According to the company, the crystalline white background emits subtle white and ivory toned veins and it is a translucent material, making it an idea

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Flor releases Winter collection

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Flor, a high-end area rug brand for homes, offices and every space in between, launched its Winter collection of new carpet tile styles and colorway expansions. The collection emphasizes rich hues, earthy accents and textured layers to create a serene home space that merges tradition with contemporary flair. “Our Winter collection highlights this season’s most essential trends, from neutral shades and traditional, rustic details to layering textures, styles and color palettes for a moder

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‘Tom’s Tips:’ Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tom’s Tips” regarding staging and displays. In the Tom’s Tips series, Tom Jennings, retail training expert, presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition.

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CCA Global kicks off winter convention

Floor Covering News

Rick Bennet helped kick off the CCA Global winter convention 2023. Phoenix—CCA Global Parnters’ winter convention, ConneXtion, kicked off here Tuesday morning with Rick Bennet, CEO of CCA, encouraging members of Carpet One and Flooring America to get behind Retail 2.0 , the new selling system that the co-op has been rolling out. “I’m not one for platitudes but we are embarking on the greatest transformation in our history,” he said, referring to Retail 2.0.

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Unite welcomes first slate of board members

Floor Covering News

Rockwall, Texas—Robert Varden, the founder and CEO of the newly formed, non-profit Unite Floor Training Alliance, welcomed its first slate of board members as well as others in attendance via teleconference, originating from Unite offices here on Jan. 3, 2023. “As a 501c3 association, Unite itself will do no training,” Varden acknowledged. “Unite is all about collaborating the training entities and promoting those training entities for what they do best.

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2023 SFN Convention to host notable sessions, speakers, sales

Floor Covering News

Orlando, Fla.—Shaw has announced several more breakout sessions, keynote speakers and special promotions available to both in-person and virtual attendees of its 2023 SFN Convention , here in just four days. In addition to touring the expo, networking with peers and taking advantage of special promotions, virtual attendees will get access to the following (and more) during the event: Sunday Training Session – with Rusty Chadwick from Winshape.

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Mohawk to host slate of special events at TISE

Floor Covering News

E xcitement is building for TISE 2023 as the show’s director, Informa Exhibitions, expects it to be on par with past Surfaces prior to the pandemic. Mohawk, one of the largest exhibitors on the show floor, plans to capitalize on that excitement by organizing and hosting a series of special events designed to both draw attendees inside as well as entertain them while they’re there.

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NALFA welcomes two new members

Floor Covering News

NALFA welcomed two of its newest members recently, both in attendance at the annual Fall Meeting in Clearwater, Florida. The new members include Framerica Corporation and Schattdecor. “We are proud our newest additions to the NALFA family of leading companies, dedicated to fulfilling our mission of industry growth and well-being in the North American laminate flooring market,” said Barbara June, president, NALFA.

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How to successfully sell ‘anything’

Floor Covering News

Hubspot shares nine fool-proof ways to sell anything by making it all about your target buyer. (This article was originally published on Hubspot.com and has been edited for content and style.). Whether you work in retail, auto sales or a B2B business you’ll have far more success if you’re familiar with the characteristics of your target buyer and thoroughly qualify each prospect against that matrix.

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NWFA adds to Engineered Refinishable Program

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St. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has added 13 wood flooring manufacturers to its Engineered Refinishable program since launching the program early last fall. According to the association, the program was established to identify engineered wood flooring products with wear layers thick enough to be sanded and refinished. The Engineered Refinishable program is voluntary and aligns with European standards.

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Retailers React: What was your most pleasant surprise in 2022?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week we asked: What was your most pleasant surprise in 2022? Here are their responses: The rapid fall in shipping and solid wood costs was a pleasant surprise. We expected the prices to come back down eventually but not as quickly as they have over the last few months.

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How to successfully sell ‘anything’ online

Floor Covering News

Hubspot lists 10 ways to sell anything online by building a successful sales strategy. (This article was originally published on HubSpot.com and has been edited for content and style. This is part two of a two part series.). The ability to sell anything comes down to knowing your buyer and the critical sales methodologies to reach them. The ability to sell anything online can be boiled down to that as well—while using different channels and technologies to do so.

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Mohawk launches Signature Technology across brands

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk has expanded its proprietary Signature Technology across all three master brands: Mohawk, Pergo and Karastan. “Introduced with overwhelming success at our 2022 Mohawk Momentum Roadshow, Signature Technology was a show-stopper for retailers who sell RevWood Premier,” said Seth Arnold, Mohawk’s vice president of marketing, hard surface.

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Tarkett partners with Midwest Floor Coverings

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett partnered with Midwest Floor Coverings, Inc. Effective immediately, it will represent the company’s commercial resilient product portfolio in the Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming markets. The agreement expands Tarkett’s distribution network, enhancing its ability to effectively respond to the needs of commercial customers in these key geographies, according to the company.

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Mercier launches Source Collection

Floor Covering News

Montmagny, Quebec―Canadian-based Mercier Wood Flooring launched its brand-new Source Collection that it said meet the expectations of designers and homeowners looking for modern yet authentic and durable pre-finished wood flooring. Mercier Wood Flooring’s Source Collection is grouped into three shades of brown with caramel tones. The seven new products from the Source Collection show floors with a muted grain through a delicate application of color on the wood’s surface, according to the company

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Shaw Floors introduces new sales approach

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Shaw Floors, flagship residential brand of Shaw Industries Group, introduced its new sales approach to the consumer’s journey, “Shop Your Lifestyle. Shop Your Way.” The company said this modern take on how consumers shop boasts simple product selection, a convenient shopping experience and solutions for the whole home. No matter the budget and lifestyle, Shaw Floors has flooring solutions for everyone , according to the company.

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New Year’s resolutions every business owner should make in 2023

Floor Covering News

Entrepreneur lists three New Year’s resolutions that will get your business off to the right start in 2023. (This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com and has been edited for style and clarity.). New year’s resolutions are a bit of a joke these days. Let’s be honest. To the point that breaking them seems par for the course.

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Events that could impact your 2022 tax obligations

Floor Covering News

A s small business owners begin preparing their tax documents for the 2022 filing period, it’s important to understand the tax implications of events that could determine one’s tax obligations—especially if you are selling the business. Case in point is the small business stock capital gains exclusion—Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code. Within the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act in 2015, one tax benefit, made permanent by the Obama administration, was the Small Business Sto

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Mannington Commercial launches Dwellings Collection

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mannington Commercial launched its new Dwellings Collection, a curated suite of broadloom carpet offerings that provide harmony and comfort to all types of living areas, including multi-family and senior living rooms. “This new collection features soft and neutral tones that effortlessly blend minimalistic looks with restrained patterning, perfect for evoking warmth,” said Rob Isaac, vice president of commercial design, Mannington Commercial.

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Jhane Barnes combines math, art in new Tarkett collection

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Continuing a decades-long partnership, Tarkett has launched a new collection with designer Jhane Barnes. The Connectivity collection features three designs—Celestial, Celtic Knots and PM Square—all ideal for education environments, including K–12 and higher education settings. “It’s always exciting working with Jhane because of her unexpected approach to design,” said Omoleye Simmons, vice president of design, commercial, Tarkett North America. “Her work on the Conn

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CCA Global kicks off winter convention

Floor Covering News

Rick Bennet helped kick off the CCA Global winter convention 2023. Phoenix—CCA Global Parnters’ winter convention, ConneXtion, kicked off here Tuesday morning with Rick Bennet, CEO of CCA, encouraging members of Carpet One and Flooring America to get behind Retail 2.0 , the new selling system that the co-op has been rolling out. “I’m not one for platitudes but we are embarking on the greatest transformation in our history,” he said, referring to Retail 2.0.

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Deion Sanders to speak at SFN Convention

Floor Covering News

Orlando, Fla.—Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders will be a keynote speaker of great interest at the 2023 SFN Convention , to be held here Jan. 15-18. The football coach and legendary football and baseball star is set to kick off the first evening of the event, sharing his unique perspective and leadership experiences with the group. His talk will be available to both in-person and virtual attendees. “I couldn’t be more eager for Deion Sanders to take the stage,” said Danny

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Peab Builds Apartments in Gothenburg

The A to Z of Building

Peab has been commissioned to build 397 apartments in the project Ekebäckshöjd in Högsbohöjd. The customer is Stena Fastigheter Göteborg AB and the contract is worth SEK.

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Chilewich appoints Kevin McVey to hybrid CFO/COO role

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Kevin McVey. New York, N.Y.—Chilewich appointed Kevin McVey as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. McVey succeeds departing CFO, Bob Bruno, and inaugurates the position of COO for Chilewich , reporting to chief executive officer, John McPhee. In the hybrid role of CFO-COO, McVey will work closely with McPhee and the leadership team to realize the company’s ambitious growth targets.

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Watson-Marlow to Showcase Bredel Hose Pumps at World of Concrete 2023

The A to Z of Building

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions (WMFTS) is showcasing its Bredel hose pumps for handling of concrete at World of Concrete 2023, which will be held January 17-19, 2023, at the Las Vegas.

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10 things to know about the economy right now

Floor Covering News

H appy 2023. This promises to be a year of challenges, but nothing floor covering retailers can’t handle. Last year was a jumble of flip-flopping growth, decades-high inflation and fears that a steep slowdown could plunge the country into recession. (Newsflash: It didn’t.) But big questions remain, and economists say we’re in for an even more fraught guessing game in 2023.

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Builder: State of the Industry 2023

Floor Covering News

T he builder business, a major driver of the U.S. economy, is entering uncharted waters in 2023. For the first time in 11 years, single-family home construction is coming off a year of slower activity. Surging lending rates and building materials costs, plus deteriorating affordability conditions continue to put a damper on housing production. “The single-family market performed well in 2022 vs. projections, albeit the first half of the year was much better than where we stand today,” observed D