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2019 Tile Trends Round-Up

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain , the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, is forecasting macro trends for 2019 which include: neutral colors, innovative formats, chiseled edges, vintage looks, geometric accents, gauged porcelain panels, and porcelain pavers.

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The Cement Tile Backsplash: How the Look Has Changed Over the Years

Granada Tile

A long, long time ago, kitchens didn’t have any backsplashes. It might seem impossible to imagine a kitchen without one of the most decorative parts of it, but prior to about the 1940s, they weren’t needed.

Shower Transformation In 3 Photos

How to Floor Tile

Shot 1. You can see some dark lines down low where most water contact is. There is much evidence grout leaking and lack of maintenance on this shower. It has a heavy fiberglass floor and when the drain begins to leak it needs to be fixed quickly. The decision was made to rebuild it.

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Cheap Tricks: 10 Inexpensive Design Elements to Upgrade Your Home

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Whether you’re building a new home or you’re looking to upgrade your space, you’ll find that little luxuries can add up. What might seem like a few bucks here and an upgrade there can totally blow your budget, especially if you have Versailles taste on a suburban budget.

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11 Modern Bathrooms That Will Inspire Your Creativity

Trendir Magazine

If your bathroom has been feeling a bit dreary or even lackluster it might be time to upgrade your design. We kept that in mind and have found 11 modern bathrooms that will inspire not only your creativity but your desire to upgrade your space.

2019 Color Trends: Here are What the Experts are Saying

Granada Tile

A world without color is no world at all. Seasoned interior designers, burgeoning home decor enthusiasts, and consumers are all captivated by color choices. In both the home and business, your color choice makes the first impression with visitors.

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Garden State Tile Blog

Garden State Tile’s Fancy Stone collection consists of hand selected, premium quality marble, glass, and mother-of-pearl mosaics and water-jet tiles arranged in elegant, timeless patterns for walls, floors, and more. The post Fancy! appeared first on Garden State Tile. Blog What's New

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Vote for Valverdi in the Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone Awards

Valverdi Indoor-Out

We’re very excited to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist in the 2019 Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone Awards. Back for a second year, the Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone Awards highlights the best products, installations and innovations in the tile world.

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ModCraft dimesnional wall tile nominated Honoree at Best of Year Awards


ModCraft modern dimensional wall tile was selected as an Honoree at this year’s BOY awards at the Javitz Center in NYC. Our new 3-D tile SlopeStyle was selected by Interior Design Magazine in the the wall coverings tile and stone category.

GranQuartz Acquires Regent Stone Products

Stone Update

Distributor addition is in line with parent holding company’s strategy. Featured Company Insider News

2018 The Year In Review

Kitchens for Living

2018 was a year of fun and exciting projects which challenged and sparked my creativity! White kitchens continued to be the hot ticket sometimes with an artful mix of natural wood or with deep rich blues. There were difficult situations but always solutions.

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Kitchen Worktop Materials Guide

Kitchen and Residential Design

Planning a new kitchen, or refurbishing an old one, always leads to the question, “Which material should I use for my new kitchen worktop?” Nowadays, there are a lot of materials to choose from but which one will fit your; style, budget and your actual kitchen needs?

Happy Holidays from Valverdi Indoor-Out

Valverdi Indoor-Out

2018 has been a wonderful year for us at Valverdi and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers for being part of it. We’re having a break between 21st December and 2nd January, but after that we will be back in the office and ready to help with any enquiries you might have.

Natural Stone Institute Completes 18th R.I.S.E. Home

Stone Update

Florida residence the latest work with Gary Sinise Foundation. Featured Association Beat News

The 7 Most Important Household Tasks After a Move

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

For many people, the first few hours after a move are a stressful time. There’s so much to do that it can be hard to even figure out where to start. That’s where we come in. We’ve narrowed down the seven most important household tasks to take care of after the move.

11 Decorating Tricks To Make Your Bedroom Cozier

Trendir Magazine

When it comes to making your bedroom cozier you do not have to spend a fortune or add an abundant amount of décor, instead, all you need to know is a few decorating tricks to cozy up your bedroom in a seamless manner. Here are 11 decorating tricks that will seamlessly help you have a cozier bedroom.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Humming Over Christmas

Kitchen and Residential Design

While we all tend to think that the lounge area is where it’s at over Christmas, that’s not usually right. The festive season is a time when family and guests alike tend to hover around the kitchen because that’s where all the food preparation is going on.

Park Sets Next Digital Stoneworking Expo

Stone Update

2019 series will begin in February in Sacramento, Calif. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

How to Get Comfortable in a New Home and Make It Feel Like Your Own

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Getting comfortable in a new home is one of the hardest parts of moving. After the movers pick up and leave, it’s up to you to find a way to make your new property feel like home. This can be a daunting task.

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12 Ways To Make A Statement In Your Dining Room

Trendir Magazine

Whether you use your dining room strictly for guests or for everyday meals, the dining room seems to be one of those areas that most of us would like to conserve in tip-top shape.

Service Industry Failure – Happy Holidays

Life of an Architect

Normally this time of year I am thinking about what sort of Holiday themed architectural posts I can share with people. Normally these are pretty silly and represent a Sunday afternoon spent making myself giggle.

ISFA Elects New Officers, Directors

Stone Update

Augie Chavez take presidency for 2019. Featured Association Beat News


Do You Really Need Renters Insurance?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

As a renter, you put a lot of work into creating a space where you feel comfortable. Whether you rent a home or apartment , where you live should make you feel at ease. If you haven’t purchased renters insurance, however, your home and property may not be protected.

10 Gorgeous Yet Functional Laundry Rooms

Trendir Magazine

Laundry- a chore everyone wants to avoid yet has to be done. If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room it might be time to upgrade, it and make it your next favorite place in your home.

The Aalto – Life of an Architect Holiday Cocktail

Life of an Architect

It would seem that I am getting a reputation where cocktails are involved … ironic since I don’t really drink all that much. While I enjoy drinking adult beverages, it would appear that I enjoy making them just as much as drinking them.

Novel Method for Using Neutron Beam to Inspect Concrete Structures for Salt Content

The A to Z of Building

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics (RAP) have employed a technique, with the help of the RANS compact neutron source, to non-destructively quantify the salt content of structures


How to Document the Home Building Process

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Building your home is a unique experience filled with stories you will never forget. There is also important information you need to remember if you build, even after you settle in.

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Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Flooring Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Kitchen and Residential Design

When it comes time to figure out how to sell a house, many sellers choose upgrades based on what they’d like to see in their home. But if everything goes well with the selling process, you won’t be staying. So why fix up a home you won’t be living in long term? That’s a big mistake.

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Why does your tap water suddenly look dirty?


(A big “thank you” to Clean and Clear Water for sponsoring this post!). Take a look at your glass before you drink the water you’ve just got from your tap. Does it look clean? It should be safe to drink, but sometimes a failure in the system will leave you holding a questionable glass of water.

Study Investigates Impacts of Naturally Occuring Environmental Gas Constituents on Concrete

The A to Z of Building

Concrete can be degraded due to various environmental factors such as rain, extremes of temperature, and exposure to corrosive substances. In particular, hydrogen sulfide—a gas that exists in

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Cheers! 21 Home Bars to Inspire You

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Creating the ideal home bar might be the most fun DIY project, regardless of whether you own or rent. Not only do you get to add a space purely dedicated to having an enjoyable time with your friends and family, you also get to add some glamour and interest to your home’s aesthetic.

Get The Look: 5 Themed New Year’s Eve Decor Ideas For Your Holiday Party

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Throwing a New Year’s Eve party can be stressful. In fact, it can even be difficult to know where to start. However, we believe that the easiest way to get a party started is to build the decor around a theme.

Keep Your Home Healthy During Flu Season

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Small changes – like a bowl of fruit on the counter to make it easy to eat nutritiously – can help you keep your home healthy this flu season. Image: TLA Studio. ‘Tis the season. No, not just for the holidays. The fall marks the start of flu season.

These Are The Outdated Interior Design Trends You’ll Be Waving Goodbye To In 2019

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Interior design trends are cyclical and, unfortunately, no trend will last forever. With that in mind, we decided to ask the experts what outdated interior design trends they think we’ll be saying goodbye to in 2019.

Breaking Ground: 6 Things To Do Before You Dig Your Foundation

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Your plans are complete and you’ve purchased your lot. You’re probably chomping at the bit to get construction underway on your new home. After all, breaking ground is the first step to the process and your excitement is understandable.

What Classifies A House Style: What Makes An International Style Home?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen an international style home before. These buildings look impressively modern, yet their concept has stood the test of time. We’ve been marveling over feats of international style architecture for the past four decades.