Cersaie Impressions – Scavolini Italian Cabinetry

JG Kitchens

I was very fortunate to be included in the Ceramics of Italy -sponsored press delegation to Cersaie last month. This was my second time touring the Bologna, Italy-based mega-show and it did not disappoint. I will be posting links to my San Diego Union-Tribune favorite tiles and Kitchen & Bath Design News Trend Spotting articles as they publish.

Natural Stone 101

Kitchens for Living

Natural stone is sexy. There, I’ve said it. If you want a countertop that makes a unique statement with lots of movement and natural variations I recommend natural stone. Granite is a natural stone that blends perfectly with so many styles. Photo by Mike Spallholz Photography. A big part of your new kitchen investment lies in the countertop material you decide to use. It’s definitely one of the key players both in terms of function and aesthetics.


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Digital Printing Allows for New Tile Finishes

Tile of Spain USA

While the art of ceramic textiles itself is an old craft, the use of textiles throughout modern society is constantly evolving. Now with digital printing available from Tile of Spain manufacturers, the creation of unique and beautiful textile finishes is even more readily available and affordable. Digital printing allows for the creation of more detailed textiles. A pattern as detailed as a stitch in knitting or the look of a carpet can be imitated with ceramic textiles.

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Tile in Your Home

Architectural Ceramics

January 2016 – Rockville, MD – Tile is everywhere. Unless you’re a cowboy, you probably see tile on a daily basis. The utility of tile in residential and commercial spaces provides a ubiquitous flora and fauna of shapes, texture, and color to the masses. What you may not know about tile is that it is very much like the fashion industry. Some products are trendy and edgy and others are classic staples whose popularity will outlive its owner.

Can I Use Porcelain Tiles Outside?

The London Tile Co.

The short answer to this question is yes. Porcelain is ideally suited to use outdoors as it is extremely strong and hard-wearing. Often natural stone or concrete slabs are used on patios, however these materials can require regular cleaning and sealing, and can look a little old fashioned. If you are looking for a long-lasting and modern looking alternative to traditional paving products, porcelain is the perfect choice.

The Magnificent Mosaics of Khirbat Al-Mafjar


During the first half of the eighth century CE, near the ancient city of Jericho, in what is now called the Palestinian Territories near Israel, magnificent mosaic floors were created for the audience hall and the baths (hammam) of a palace, now known as "Hisham's Palace." A total of 30 mosaic designs cover a space of about 30 meters square. These mosaic floors are unique in design and color, showing influences from Roman, Byzantine and Persian civilizations.

Inspiring Photos

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I want to share some inspiring photos with you today. These first two are from the 2016 New American Home just outside of Las Vegas, NV. Erik took these while we were at KBIS- the tile designs are so cool!!

More Trending

Offering MORE solutions to every day problems

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

MORE is a line of care products that makes cleaning tile and stone surfaces a snap! If you ever thought that caring for a ceramic or stone tile surface was going to be difficult, your worries are over. A comprehensive product line, it was created with simplicity in mind. Beginning with their packaging and product naming, they have developed a system of water-based cleaners, sealers and specialty stain removers to help you keep your tile surfaces as pristine as they day they were installed.

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Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts

Tile Excellence

Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts By Chris Lawson Tile repairs are a very specialized service and it can be hard to get tile contractors interested in small, sometimes difficult, detailed repairs. The trick to these repairs is to remove and replace the broken materials without it being obvious that it has been repaired. To complete these repairs and have it not look like an afterthought is a very tricky undertaking.

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CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

(ALEXANDRIA, VA— March 31, 2016) Coverings , the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, has scheduled an exceptionally comprehensive conference program of notable and respected speakers to present on a number of topics at the forefront of industry conversation.

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Cersaie Impressions – Flaminia Bathware

JG Kitchens

As I mentioned last week in my Cersaie Impressions – Scavolini post , I used some of my time in Bologna to explore booths we didn’t visit with the Ceramics of Italy press tour. This was one I really enjoyed. In addition to showing almost endless acres of tile, Cersaie also offers a large selection of ceramic sinks, tubs, toilets and other bathware. It was fun seeing what’s trending in Europe. WaterDrop. It also made me wish we used more ceramic shower floors here in the US!

Artisan Shares Creative Vision with Mosaics

Kitchens for Living

“Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.” ” -Wikipedia. At the intersection of “skilled artisan” and mosaic art” you will find Ariel Shoemaker. Actually this talented artist found me. She makes original art in a traditional or contemporary style utilizing the ancient technique of mosaic. This tile style art, which dates back 4,000 years, is accessible today through her beautiful work.

Tile of Spain Prepares for CERSAIE ’16 with Launch of Show App

Tile of Spain USA

Miami, FL September 2016 – Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), has released the Cersaie ’16 App. The App provides information about the Tile of Spain companies exhibiting at Cersaie 2016 on September 26 th through September 30 th in Bologna, Italy. 94 ceramic tile companies and ancillary industries will attend the 33rd edition of Cersaie.

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Not All Wood-Look Tiles Are Created Equal

Architectural Ceramics

Rockville, MD – July 2016 – Wood-look tile hit the market over a decade ago, and has only been increasing in popularity since. True wood floors are so warm and welcoming, but can’t handle humidity, water, pets, and kids like tile can. So, when wood-look tile was first manufactured, it was the best of both worlds! When you’re selecting a wood-look tile, there are a few things to look for if you want to make sure you select the best wood replica for your design. Estonia Noce.

Kitchen Splashback Tile Ideas

The London Tile Co.

Tiles are a great choice for kitchen splashbacks, as they are both hardwearing and waterproof. There are a range of different styles and designs available, so we’ve put together some of the most popular options to help you choose your kitchen splashback tiles. Metro Kitchen Splashback Tiles. Metro tiles are one of the most popular choices for splashbacks, thanks to their timeless style and simple design.

"Cool New Laminate Flooring Designs"

How to Floor Tile

Because of the nature of this business I have the opportunity of visiting numerous design stores on a regular basis. I happened to visit a new Floor And Decor that recently opened in The Colony Texas. On the left is an example of some attractive weathered wood that in reality has an almost bluish tint. This application was on the walls but it would look great on floors as it was intended too. Laminate has come a long way and I don't have a problem with Formica either.

Oakley Station

The Tile Shop

Good morning! I just returned from a trip to our new showroom in Oakley Station, OH (Cincinnati) and want to share some photos of the new vignettes. What a great new location!!

Traditional French Cottage A Stone’s Throw Away from Paris

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

This traditional cottage is located on a large green plot of land in the idyllic suburb of Haut-de-Seine, a stone’s throw away from Paris. This architectural project included the redevelopment and modernization of a traditional stone house. Taken on by Atelier Lame Architecture , t he number one priority was keeping the traditional facade and features intact while renovating this historic building. The home had lain unoccupied for several years before the renovation began.

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Start with a clean slate

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Woah! . Geology is a glazed porcelain that resembles highly variegated natural slate. Gorgeously paired with our Portoto silver glass mosaic and 4×16 matte grey glass tile, this stellar combination gives the right glamour and practicality to this residential bathroom. Geology is stocked in our Plymouth warehouse in three colors including Anthracite, Soil and Grey (pictured above). tile floor geology glass mosaic olympia porcelain portoto

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Whiter than White ! Architects overjoyed as Developers release the Whitest Ceiling Tile Ever Made

Tile Excellence

Whiter than White! Architects overjoyed as Developers release the Whitest Ceiling Tile Ever Made. To the average customer the ‘Tile’ is a mundane and not that particularly interesting aspect of Wall Coverings or Suspended Ceilings. The ceramic component, or occasionally Plywood or even insulated rubber, is simply a tool used to cover plaster in either the Bathroom or Kitchen. A way of.

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CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

COVERINGS WELCOMES CHICAGO-AREA PARTNERS TO EXPAND CREATIVE PROGRAM. ALEXANDRIA, VA— February 18, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Chicago Mosaic School to develop unique programs that investigate the use of tile as a medium for creative design.

Favorite Italian Tiles in San Diego Union-Tribune Article

JG Kitchens

My first #Cersaie article has published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and I promised to share a link with my Gold Notes readers. This covered some of my favorite tiles from the sponsored press tour through the many Ceramics of Italy booths we visited. These shimmering leaves from Atlas Concorde were stunning! Photo Credit: Atlas Concorde/A Ceramics of Italy member company ). For more of my favorite Cersaie products, you can also visit these posts from recent weeks: [link]. link].

Gold and Bold for Your Powder Room

Kitchens for Living

The powder room is one place where you never have to be shy and it should decked out to impress! Normally I shy away from the pedestal style sink for everyday usage but as an artful, sculptural element it can be the perfect focal point for your Powder Room. Anything metallic is particularly bold and timeless at the same time.

Ceramics à la carte: Tile of Spain in restaurants

Tile of Spain USA

One thing restaurant owners know is that every dining experience is about more than just the food, but about having an aesthetically pleasing space to spend time with friends and loved ones. For architects and designers, restaurant projects can be an invitation for experimentation with design. With so many different patterns, colors and formats to choose from, Tile of Spain ceramic tiles are the perfect creative choice.

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Cementing The Latest Trend In Design: Cement Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Wait…Cement Can Be Tile? Cement tiles are an ingenious combination of cement, marble powder, water, sand, pigments, time and patience. Manufactured in the mid-nineteenth century to cover floors with novel designs, bold colors, and to withstand footprints and the passage of time. A technique that uses a mold to make designs in many colors and a press to harden the tiles without requiring heat.

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Tiles in Disguise: Wood, Brick & Natural Stone Effect Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Tiles have been a traditional covering for walls and floors for hundreds of years, and while many interior trends have come and gone, tiles are still one of the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms. The latest innovations in the tile manufacturing industry mean that tiles are more popular than ever, thanks to the designs available and the benefits they provide over other materials.

Self-Leveling Underlayments Improve Floor Covering Performance

CUSTOM Insights Blog

One key to a quality floor covering installation is starting off with a flat substrate. Only a stable and flat surface will allow for a rapid and durable installation of a variety of floor coverings like rubber, vinyl, wood and tile. An exceptionally flat sub floor is absolutely required when installing large format tile (which are tiles longer than 15” on any side). Floor flatness will prevent problems like lippage or uneven tiles caused by irregularities in the subfloor.

Meredith Media Presentation!

The Tile Shop

Good morning! Kevin and I just returned from a trip to Meredith Media Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa. For those of you not familiar with the Meredith, it publishes a wide variety of magazines including Traditional Home, Better homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, and Every Day with Rachael Ray.to name a few! We were so honored and excited to present "Inspired Living: The Tile Shop Way" to several of their editors.

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Bachelor’s Loft in Russia with Vintage Industrial Charm

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The owner of this apartment in Russia commissioned Geometrium to design a cozy bachelor´s loft. The 472-square-foot crib was converted from industrial premises, without losing its vintage personality. Special materials and finishes like natural stone, brick and wood add to the originality of the living spaces. The apartment will be used as a place to rest and sleep during the week and as a gathering venue for 5-6 friends during week-ends.

The Fifth Day of Tile | 2016

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Designed for use in rugged exterior applications, these Exterior Porcelain Pavers are a frost-resistant porcelain stoneware slab that offers a blend of durability, versatility, performance, eco-sustainability and most importantly, ease of installation. Make your exterior as beautiful as your interior with a choice of eleven different looks to suit your style.

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Great money making opportunity Tileexcellence.com for sale total return on investment in less than 3 months!!

Tile Excellence

2000 FT OF TILE LAID THIS WEEK IN DAYTONA FLA. IN DOMINOS PIZZA AND CIRCLE K GAS STATION Hey guys There is a tremendous opportunity for someone to pick up the tileexcellence.com web site for a great deal!! Such a good investment that the total cost of the site will be a return in less than 3 months. I myself just did 2000 sq ft of tile in the last week in Daytona Bch Fla that came from

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CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

(ALEXANDRIA, VA— February 18, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Chicago Mosaic School to develop unique programs that investigate the use of tile as a medium for creative design.

Cersaie Impressions – Villeroy & Boch

JG Kitchens

One of the booths I enjoyed visiting in my last (free) day at Cersaie , Italy’s annual bathware and tile show, was Villeroy & Boch. As their products are widely available in the US, I was somewhat familiar with the brand. Founded in 1748 in Germany as a ceramics company, they might be best known here as a tableware manufacturer. They’re much more, and their booth showed that well.

Summer, the Season for Outside Cabinets

Kitchens for Living

Summer is in full swing! I must confess I’m one of the few who loves a hot steamy Florida summer. Recently I got a call from a potential client with some extra space to fill outside by the pool (lucky them right?) Adjacent to the dining room and tucked into an alcove a new idea sprang to mind! How about an outside wine bar? Perfect for entertaining and here in Florida we can enjoy this scenario most of the year.

Achieve Affordable and Practical Marble Beauty with Tile

Tile of Spain USA

The beauty of white marble has an undeniable allure. Its sleek design makes it a perfect choice for bathrooms, countertops, floors, walls, and even exterior applications. Now, the Spanish ceramic tile industry has combined high-tech digital printing and purity of pigment with durable, low-maintenance and easy-to-install ceramics – making this precious aesthetic more widely available, affordable and practical.

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The Layman’s Class on Glass: Design & Installation Tips for Glass Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Rockville, MD – The supposed fragility of glass tile does nothing to deter from its beauty, and how much designers and homeowners adore it. And it’s no wonder, because glass tile can transform a space into something truly unique. With such uniqueness, however, comes complex installations and tricks of the trade that often elude most homeowners.

The Benefits of Porcelain Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Choosing flooring for your home can seem like an overwhelming task; there are so many designs, colours, shapes and sizes to choose from, and that’s without even mentioning the material. From luxury vinyl to engineered wood, there are countless options when it comes to choosing a new floor. While many of these materials have their positives, we believe that porcelain is the superior choice when it comes to floor material for your home.