2015

Announcing Coverings 2015 Tile of Spain Activities

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain is pleased to be part of Coverings 2015 in Orlando, Florida April 14th to 17th. Visitors will witness some of the most advanced ceramic tile technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer from over 75 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers. Guests will experience cutting-edge technology, sustainable design and diverse architectural solutions.

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Tile Inspiration For Your Next Kitchen Remodel

Tile Talk

Guest post by Jane Blanchard, Modernize. Vibrant blue Arabesque tile adds visual interest. Image via Modernize. Tile is a popular choice for kitchen floors and backsplashes, so popular that even the priciest and most custom options can seem bland. One tile company is changing that, one beautifully unique tile at a time.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Tile: An Interview with Ryan Fasan

Kitchens for Living

Before we get too crazy with the art here (I’m so sure we will!) I wanted to share some solid info about tile from the man who knows it best, Ryan Fasan. I had the pleasure of meeting “THE tile man” on my recent trip to the trade show Cevisama with Tile of Spain. Ryan is a professional consultant for all things tile related and also spoke this past week at the trade show Coverings in Orlando.

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Seven years of Gold Notes!

JG Kitchens

July 2015 is Gold Notes‘ seventh anniversary month. What a long, fun trip it’s been! Much has changed in my life since starting my blog in July 2008, and I’ve shared most of it with you in my weekly posts. Here are seven highlights to toast the occasion: Happy birthday, Gold Notes! Photo Courtesy: New Paradise/Amazon Seller). I relocated from Florida back to California and moved into Chez J, my San Diego area townhouse.

Cersaie 2015: Tile Trends From the World

Architectural Ceramics

October 2015 – BETTY SULLIVAN TALKS ABOUT CERSAIE: INTERNATIONAL TILE FAIR – Bologna, Italy – I love Italy, the food, the ability of the sharply dressed Italian (men primarily) to romance the their products and the ancient architecture. Cersaie held few surprises this year, but love was in the air for product. Love was in the air with spacious booths deliciously inspired in design. Innovation was made in technology and design.

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Consider Granada Tile Nara Cement Tiles For A Graphic Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Granada Tile

Although you may have found us through some of our more well-known cement tile designs, like our geometric Fez concrete tiles , when it comes to choosing the encaustic tiles that will work for your concrete tile installation project, we have many different cement tile patterns to choose from. For example, if you’re looking to bring a bit of retro styling to your midcentury kitchen with an updated kitchen backsplash, Nara encaustic tiles might be an option.

Trade Mission to Turkey

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

Thirty Three members and guests have traveled to Istanbul to enjoy four days of meeting with Turkish Ceramic suppliers, networking, enjoying the sites and eating fabulous food! Members are able to meet one on one with suppliers and get new information on products and trends. This is also a great networking opportunity for our members to get to know each other better in a fun environment. We will be sharing the adventures of our members on this blog. Check back daily for new stories.

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More Trending

How To Choose Your Tile Material

The London Tile Co.

If you’re considering updating your kitchen or bathroom, or any other room in your house, have you put any thought into which tile material you’re going to use? If you haven’t we’re here to give you some advice about the different types of tile. We know that the choice can be a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding, so why not narrow it down by knowing which material you want for your tiles.

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The real Wow factor

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Wow is a magnificent wood-look line that speaks for itself. Upon first glance of this stunning line, the first words you will utter are undeniable… Wow! In three spectacular colorways, from tame to bold, this series has been a favorite since we first introduced it. We were super excited when a local architecture firm decided to specify it for the walls of a commercial bathroom.

Gaudi in New York: A Broken Tile Mosaic Masterpiece in Riverside Park

Tile+Mosaic

Hi all, New York City abounds with mosaics of all kinds if you know where to look. On a walk through Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan I came upon Grant''s Tomb near West 122nd and Riverside Drive. Wrapping around the big grey sandstone Greek temple looking mausoleum is a extensive broken tile mosaic bench. It must be more than one hundred yards long and is in the style of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi.

Tile of Spain exhibits cutting-edge product innovations and timeless trends at Coverings 2015

Tile of Spain USA

Miami, FL April 2015 - Tile of Spain , the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), is pleased to take part in Coverings 2015: The Global Tile & Stone Experience. Coverings, North America’s largest tile and stone exhibition, returns to Orlando, Florida to showcase unique product innovations and emerging market trends. .

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Tiled Stair Riser Design Picks

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Nothing adds more curb appeal, sense of personal style, and a real design punch than using decorative tiles on stair risers. Decorative tiles used on stair risers showcase personal style and add curb appeal. Tiles allow you to showcase your sense of style. However, most customers approach the use of tiled stair risers with caution. After finding a tile or two they love, I am used to being asked, "Can I do that?" or "Will that look OK?".

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A Tile Tale Inspired by Life and Process: Meet Guy Mitchell

Kitchens for Living

Handmade products are one of the easiest ways to create an artful kitchen. In fact there was a whole turn of the century style devoted to that concept. The Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) was a reaction to the industrial age of machinery and mass production. Proponents felt that items crafted by human hands were imbued with a soulfulness that was lacking in factory produced goods.

2016 Tile Style – Italian Edition

JG Kitchens

As I noted last week, many of the most exciting and innovative styles in tile come from Spain and Italy. This is the second of two posts on the latest trends from those creative countries. This week, we’re looking at 2016 tiles and trends from Ceramics of Italy, as this major trade organization of Italian tile brands showed off at the big Cersaie expo in Bologna. Cersaie is their big show! (I I attended two years ago myself, and hope to go again in the future.)

Architectural Ceramic Looks Back at the Best of 2015

Architectural Ceramics

December 31, 2015 – Rockville, MD – 2015 has been a momentous year for the world, from Left Shark’s halftime performance to huuuuuuugely entertaining presidential campaigns to listening to Adele say Hello on repeat for hours. Thanks to our wonderful clients and staff, Architectural Ceramics had just as exciting a year as the rest of the world, and we’ve decided to share it with you in our first annual BEST OF blog post!

Granada Tile Cement Tile In Bestia, Los Angeles’s Hottest Restaurant

Granada Tile

We finally got a peek at Bestia, the hottest restaurant in Los Angeles. The amazing house-made charcuterie, home-made pastas and hearty meat-centric dishes which find their way out of the kitchen of chef Ori Menashe have found fans since the restaurant opened its doors just two years ago. The place is packed and even with a reservation, we found ourselves cooling our heels on the patio, drink in hand, waiting to be seated. Lucky for us!

What’s next for Spanish tile? Trends to watch for at CEVISAMA 2015.

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

During CEVISAMA 2015 we will get a close look at the new styles and innovations proposed by Tile of Spain ceramic tile manufacturers. The floor and wall ceramic collections exhibited at the show will mark the trends this year.

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Some photos from my trip

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I just returned from a holiday in Southern Spain! Wanted to share some relevant photos with you…. I was totally amazed by all the pebbled stone streets. They literally look like they could be from our stone pebble collection yet they are hundred of years old….very very cool! Please click on the images to view: My favorite part of the trip was viewing the amazing work of Antoni Gaudi - one of favorite architects.

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London Tile’s Essential Guide To Wet Rooms

The London Tile Co.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the increased popularity of the wet room in the UK; busy lives create the need for quick and easy showering, an ageing population and increase in multi-generation households require an accessible bathroom for the whole family, and our desire to have a stylish and luxurious bathing space in our own home. These reasons, amongst others, are why so many of us are banishing the bath and opting for an open plan wet room.

Mixed mediums: new showroom displays feature fabulous backsplashes!

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Luxury Designs, one of our industry partners, recently remodeled their Fargo showroom and used a number of our products in their vignettes. The results? Stunning. Combining ceramic with stone and using mosaics that combine glass, marble and mother-of-pearl. Visit their showroom today to see these wonderful vignettes. Kate-Lo Tile & Stone products used in these displays are as follows: Kitchen Backsplash: . Field: Horus Art 2.5X5 Cristalli Bianco – 650124.

Five Tile Worthy Trips

As The Tile Turns

Have you caught a little Spring Fever? Craving a Spring getaway? With a sincere passion for tile it''s our business to spot amazing installations wherever we go. Here are a few “tile worthy trips” for a quick spring getaway! One of our favorite mountain towns is tucked away deep in the San Juans. We love Telluride for its authentic mountain town charm.

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CERSAIE ’15 Tile of Spain App Now Available

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), has released the Cersaie ’15 App. The App provides information about the Tile of Spain companies exhibiting at Cersaie 2015 on September 28th through October 2nd in Bologna, Italy. The free app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, allows access to all Spanish ceramic tile distributors at the event.

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Malibu with Terracotta Ceramic Tiles: A Historical Perspective

Tile Talk

Stunning view of the Malibu coast from the historic Adamson House. Situated in one of the most sought after coastal locations on the West Coast in Southern California, and perhaps the nation, is the Adamson House. Now a museum, the Adamson House occupies land that was previously home to the Chumash Indians until the 18th century. Later, according to Malibu Adamson House Foundation (MAHF) records, “the Rindge family owned 17,000 acres and 20 miles of coastline.”

Big Trends from KBIS Part II

Kitchens for Living

Last post I shared some of my kitchen trend discoveries from KBIS2015, the 51st Kitchen & Bath Industry Show held last month in LasVegas. Today I’ve got the scoop on what’s trending in the bath. Gorgeous sculptural free-standing tub by Clark Architectural. I have to say it, personalization is also at the top of the list for bathroom style and function. I saw lots of new options for faucet finishes. Were you getting tired of brushed nickel? Nice to see something new in that arena.

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Kitchen

JG Kitchens

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday season. Chances are, your kitchen played a starring role. How did it do? Oscar or Onion? Regardless of how much entertaining you did at home last year, you probably used your kitchen every day, even if it was just to make coffee or nuke your take-out leftovers. Kitchens are central to most of our lives and well-being. Here are some resolutions to make yours better in 2015, even if you don’t plan to remodel it.

What tile should I pick if I don’t know my cabinets or counter yet?

Architectural Ceramics

Coordinating your tile when you haven’t selected your cabinets and counter yet can be confusing. Fortunately, it’s much easier than selecting tile that coordinates with existing cabinets and countertops. On the other hand, you have so many more options, it can be overwhelming. The most important thing is to get focused. There are so many options when it comes to tile, and if you have time, you have the option of selecting anything you want.

Commune Design and Granada Tile’s Sofia Cement Tile In Elle Decor

Granada Tile

The quartet of designers that comprise Commune Desig n have been making waves in the Los Angeles area (and beyond!) ever since they got their hands on the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, transforming the former Howard Johnson’s motel into the place for the hip young set to see and be seen.

Top 10 Uses for Cement Tiles in Restaurants

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

If you’re looking for something special for your restaurant’s walls and flooring that can stand up to high traffic while also being resistant to water, food and drink spills, and environmental damage, take a look at beautiful cement tile. Reminiscent of century-old Encaustic Tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades.

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New Photos, New Tile!

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I want to share some vignettes from our latest showrooms in the Dallas, TX area. These feature some of our new products. They look even better than I imagined! You can pin the images and save to your tile inspiration boards to show customers. Please click on the images to view: This first bathroom sits in the front of our Colony, TX store- it definitely has that SPA feeling!

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14 Creative Backsplash Ideas for your Kitchen

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

A kitchen can look finished without a backsplash, and sometimes a clean coat of (washable) paint is what best executes a design. But at the same time, there’s also an opportunity to use the space to anchor the overall design of the room. While countertops, flooring and cabinets are generally places to keep it simple, the backsplash is a good place to inject some personal style, whether that’s with a mosaic feature or a bold color.

Oxy from Olympia Tile

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Cutting-edge, futuristic features come to life with Oxy. Oxy is a porcelain tile that blurs the boundaries of fashion and function. Metalicized, painted, scratched sheet metal effects turn this oxidized original into a bold, industrial choice for contemporary lofts and luxurious architectural spaces. Available in 12″x24″ with coordinating bullnose and stair tread. From Olympia Tile & Stone, 1 – 2 weeks.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2/19 at Decorative Materials Edwards

As The Tile Turns

The Decorative Materials team in Edwards, Colorado is excited to invite you to join us for the unveiling of 15 NEW vignette installations and host a dynamic CEU! We would love to see you on Thursday, February 19 starting at 5 p.m. at Decorative Materials Edwards. We''ll be pouring and serving appetizers prior to beginning the CEU presentation at 5:30 p.m. Joshua Levinson, President of Artistic Tile, teach the CEU focusing on the quality and value of stone and tile.

Call for Entries: 14th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Design

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is proud to announce an open call for the 14th Tile of Spain Awards competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects with Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture.

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Adamson House Tile Tour

Tile Talk

With the Fourth of July Holiday just around the corner, I found my thoughts wandering toward the sunny California coast. So, I thought I'd share one of my favorite historical tile haunts, The Adamson House. It's located right on the Pacific Ocean and steps from the Malibu Pier in Malibu, California. Even if you aren't interested in tile and California history, it's hard to find a reason not to visit this lovely location.

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An Artful New Adventure!

Kitchens for Living

Let’s face it, things change. As we navigate those twists and turns of fate we can only hope to move forward, seeing new things with a fresh eye. Like it or not, change is a constant. You can dread it (understandable) or you can choose to embrace it. That said, it has been more than five years since I began my adventure as Kitchens for Living. Meeting fashion icon Jason Wu with the Brizo Blogger 19, September 2010. Photos by Jayme Thornton.

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Guest Post – Ryan Fasan on Cevisama and 2015 Tile Trends

JG Kitchens

I had the great pleasure of meeting Ryan Fasan, technical consultant to Tile of Spain and senior partner in Professional Attention to Tile Installations, on a press tour of Cevisama a few years ago. Cevisama, which takes place in Spain every year, is one of the top global markets for porcelain and ceramic tile, and it’s where so many of the trends that end up in showrooms here in the U.S. start. Ceracasa is one of the Tile of Spain-member brands at Cevisama (Photo Courtesy: Ceracasa).

How to Pick the Perfect Grout

Architectural Ceramics

Okay, so grout is NOT the most interesting thing to read about; however, it’s such an important part of design! I recently saw this awesome photo on Ella Scott Design’s Instagram page that had our 4” Calacatta Chablis Hexagon mosaic on the wall and penny round mosaic on the floor. The design was stunning, so obviously I inquired about it from our internal designer / salesperson.

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