Tile Style: stone and wood inspiration

Tile of Spain USA

Nowadays, creating spaces with environmentally friendly materials allows us to adopt an active role in our commitment to the health of our environment. Sustainable ceramic products allow us to do just that without losing its attractive design. Ceramic is a material with 100% natural components. The tiles are made from water and clay and the manufacturing residues can be reused to make new elements.

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KBIS2017 Part III-Exploring Surfaces

Kitchens for Living

This is Part III of my KBIS2017 recap. You can find Part I here and Part II here. Ok where were we? Ah yes, I believe I promised you something to do with rhino poop and a surprise inside the shower. In Part III, the final installment of my Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS2017) recap, I’m going to deliver just that as I share with you two really cool surface manufacturers that are game changers in the world of design.


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Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

JG Kitchens

There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. You may have one of these surfaces in your home. Marble and granite have long been popular for countertops, shower surrounds and floor tiles. You may have some in your kitchen, bathrooms or entry foyer. Granite countertop. Image courtesy of JG Kitchens. I call them the “long hair” of home design.

Going Above & Beyond: Backsplash Tile That Wows

Architectural Ceramics

Thanksgiving. We all know a lot of effort goes into making a meal that typically features turkey. We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking in front of our backsplash. While subway tile is a popular option and has it’s place, we’re here to challenge the norm. For those of you nonconformists roasting a large chicken instead of a turkey this year, this blog is for you.

Nuheat Uncoupling Membrane

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Nuheat Membrane is a tile underlayment and uncoupling system that is specifically designed to embed and hold the industry-leading Nuheat Cable floor heating system. The low profile Nuheat Membrane reduces the stress caused by differential movement between the tile layer and the substrate which can lead to tile cracking. When integrated with Nuheat Cable, the system provides soothing heat to tile and stone floors that is energy efficient and easy to install. KEY FEATURES: UNCOUPLING.

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Keep it Classic with Vintage Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Often interior design is about finding the balance between classic and contemporary. Whether it’s fitting a much loved piece of furniture into your minimalist space, or trying to modernise an older property, combining the two is a fine art, which is why we are so in love with the Vintage range. As the name says, these tiles have a vintage look but manage to work in almost any setting.

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Avente Tile Launches New Website and Blog

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Welcome! I'm pleased to announce that our blog and website have moved to a new hosting platform that is responsive and mobile ready. It's been a big effort with all "hands on deck" here at Avente Tile. While we haven't been blogging during the update, we look forward to sharing again at the new location and name, Avente Tile Blog. I started the blogging at AventeTileTalk.com in 2008.

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Italian Ceramic Tile and Mosaics. Part One: Mosaics


Italy is a treasure rove of mosaics. Although the Greeks were the first in the Mediterranean world to use them, the Romans took them to their heart. The three great eras of this art form were the Classical Roman period, the Byzantine period and the Renaissance. Each era brought something special to mosaics and each era brought that special quality to a world larger that the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Miles Distributors, Inc. Announces Management Changes

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

CTDA Wants You To Know. CTDA Home | Contact Us. Miles Press Release. January 16, 2017. For immediate release. Miles Distributors, Inc. Announces Management Changes. Miles Distributors, Inc., a 47 year old distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, with locations in Traverse City and Wyoming, Michigan and South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis, Indiana announces several management changes. Douglas R.

There’s a Small Bathroom Design Revolution and You’ll Love These Rule-breaking Trends

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Tired of your small, dark and uninspiring bathroom? Are you ready to finally give it an overhaul? Well, there’s no better time to give your small bathroom a fresh look. Small bathroom design is finally stepping out of the cookie-cutter bathtub, sink cabinet, mirror and toilet combination.

Coverings 2017 Preview – Tile of Spain is ready for next week’s Orlando show

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain companies are heading to Orlando! Next week, 97 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers will showcase their latest trends and innovations at Coverings 2017: The Global Tile & Stone Experience. The largest tile and stone show in North America is scheduled to take place April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show features over nine miles of the latest tile and stone trends from exhibitors from over 40 countries.

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The Big Move Part III: Demo,Design & The Reason Why

Kitchens for Living

It’s Friday and time for another installment of The Big Move. Thank you so much for all the great feedback on parts I & II You can catch up right here in case you missed them. If you subscribe to the blog that will never happen again. My husband, Joe, and I are transitioning from suburban family living to a cozy condo by the water. As new empty nesters, we’re downsizing, minimalizing and taking a property with potential from sad to fab.

Architectural Digest Show 2017

JG Kitchens

I’ve been wanting to attend the AD Show for awhile now, and finally made it there this year. It’s similar to the Dwell on Design shows I’ve been attending for the past seven years in that it attracts some major brands and smaller artisinal companies. It also includes both industry pros and the general design-loving public. I’ve included some finds I enjoyed seeing there in a new Pinterest Board. There will be more in my upcoming articles. Stay tuned.

Back to Basics: AC’s Ceramic Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

It’s that time of year, when kids to go back to school. We can’t scroll through our Facebook news feeds without seeing a tiny person holding a chalkboard sign with their name and grade on it. While children everywhere are going back to school, let’s go back to basics and learn about ceramic tile through a few of Architectural Ceramic’s collections: Basics, London, and City Hall.

Introducing Schluter Thinset

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone is excited to introduce two new thinsets from Schluter®. We are currently stocking these at all of our Minnesota locations and our Iowa location. Creating the ultimate installation system, Schluter SET™ and Schluter ALL-SET™, guarantee consistently positive results and offer an extended lifetime limited warranty.

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Tips for Laying External Porcelain Paving Tiles

The London Tile Co.

We’ve seen the popularity of external porcelain tiles explode over the last year, and it’s no surprise since the list of benefits is a long one. Not only are they extremely hard-wearing and long-lasting, they are also frost, fade and stain resistant which makes them really easy to look after. When choosing your tiles it is important to make sure they are suitable for use outdoors.

These 20 Tile Shower Ideas Will Have You Planning Your Bathroom Redo

Trendir Magazine

Jazz up shower time with some extra style and vision. These 20 tile shower ideas will have you planning your bathroom redo and renovation in no time. From marble to ones with a bout of color, there’s something for everyone below. And there’s something for every kind space as well! We start the inspiration off with this gorgeous bronze subway tiled shower. Paired with a marble tub, this grey tones spark a warm and relaxing tone for the entire space. (

Ceramic Tile Repairs | Floor Tile Replacement | Shower ReGrouts

Tile Excellence

Ceramic Tile Repairs Floor Tile Replacement and Shower ReGrouts MA Reality persuaded us to rewrite several of Tile Excellence ' s blog posts for their publication, including contractor " Guide s" and " Expert Contributors ". Nice gig! This "Guide" is on Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Regrout s. The article is about the controversial issue of Copper Pans vs. Rubber Membrane in shower installation. Catch them all on ask tile excellence , or read a couple here!

A Good Use For Slate

How to Floor Tile

This in my opinion is a good use for slate. Slate has some very endearing and really great looking qualities if applied to the proper use. I think as an architectural design element it works very well. This offers a warm earthy 3-D texture that simply hasn't been replicated in porcelain or ceramic that I have seen so far. But, put this in a wet, exterior or high traffic area and the maintenance goes way up.

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CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

CTDA Wants You To Know. CTDA Home | Contact Us. Press Contacts. Sharp Communications. Phoebe Lasky. PL@sharpthink.com. Madeleine Tabing. MT@sharpthink.com. 212-829-0002. COVERINGS 2017 CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER NATIONAL TILE DAY. ARLINGTON, VA – February 23, 2017) Today Coverings , the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, celebrates National Tile Day , which recognizes the value of tile in today’s architecture and design.

Picking Flooring for Your Home: Make the Right Choice Every Time with our Step-by-Step Guide

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Flooring is one of the most important design decisions you can make. Image: ADM Flooring Design There’s no getting around it: Picking flooring for your home is a big decision. Between the cost of the materials, the time spent on installation and a continued need for maintenance, it’s easy to see why many homeowners are desperate to be certain they’re making the right choice before taking the plunge.

Tile of Spain Announces Winners for the 5th Annual “Passport To Creativity” Contest

Tile of Spain USA

Four lucky winners are heading to Spain thanks to the 5 th annual Tile of Spain “Passport to Creativity” contest. Each year, Tile of Spain , the international brand the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), asks architects and designers to submit a photo of themselves with Spanish tile in their own imaginative and creative way.

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Kitchen Case Study: Tips and Products that Can Bring Your Design to the Next Level

Kitchens for Living

Designing a kitchen is a bit like solving a puzzle, eventually all the pieces come together and it all makes sense from both a visual as well as a functional perspective. This new kitchen design in Wellington Florida is a great example of that. Today I’d like to share with you an inside peek at the process and how we got from drab to amazing in ten million easy steps. I jest, it was really only eight million. Here’s where we began. Check out these before images.

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9 Great Bathroom Trend Ideas

JG Kitchens

This week’s Ninth Anniversary Pinterest board celebrates 9 Great Bathroom Trend Ideas. As regular Gold Notes readers know, I don’t spend too much time fussing about the latest finish or color trend. Those change every year or so, whereas your bathroom will be around for a decade or more. Here are some trends with smarts and staying power. Which one will best fit your home? Porcelain slab wall panels add low-maintenance style to your bathroom.

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Trick or Treat: Trade Tips for a Sweet Install

Architectural Ceramics

We all know the phrase: trick or treat! On Halloween, candy is the sweet reward after going house to house in our best robot or superhero costume. When it comes to tile in our homes, we all want a sweet looking space. If the renovation is done poorly, however, the result can be scary. Because very few of us have powers like Superman or Wonder Woman, we may call on the pros.

Timeless to trendy, your tile style defined

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

Need to freshen up your home? Nothing says renewal like a kitchen, bath or mudroom with up-to-date tile. Here are some of the enduring trends that can make your living spaces reflect your personal style. Subway Tiles | The allure of this classic tile is unwavering. Tried and true, this traditional wall tile shape has become timeless. Stone Looks | Speaking of timeless, stone is always classic, these true-look stone replicas are consistently a wise choice.

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10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Want to know why everyone’s buzzing about external porcelain tiles at the moment? We’ve put together our top ten benefits to help you decide whether they are right for your project. Read on to find out why people are choosing porcelain over traditional materials like cement, stone and wood. 10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles. Strong – At double the thickness of a standard indoor tile our external porcelain is very strong and hard-wearing.

Cave House is More Than a Name for This One

Trendir Magazine

Cave House in Cordoba, Spain isn’t just a home with a quirky name. Designed by UMMO Estudio , it really is part cave part modern house with an open layout, bright kitchen, and beautiful bathroom. Masterfully built into the foothills of Sierra Morena, the white plaster home has plenty to show and boast. Its naturally uneven front lawn deserves a special note, providing residents with spacious outdoor lounge area.

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

Tile Excellence

Ceramic Tile Floor Repairs and Shower Regrouts are big topics in the world of tile installation and tile repair. Here's some good information about both. By popular demand, one of the Guide Articles written by Tile Excellence and published by Mass Reality. Chris is not just a " Massachusetts Home Contractor Guides , but also an expert and published author, [ Copper Pans vs. Rubber Membrane ] so you should go check out his articles and posts.

Benefits of Cement Tile Floors

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles have been popular since the 1860s and this is for a good reason—they are one of the most practical and beautiful types of tiles available. Cement tiles offer a huge range of benefits that make them a good choice for any room in your home. We’ve created a list of the top ten benefits of cement tiles to show you just how flexible and durable cement tile floors really are! They are a hardwearing option for any room.

National Tile Day, February 23rd!

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

National Tile Day, February 23rd! We are proud to announce the inaugural National Tile Day, February 23 rd ! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing why tile is the best choice for both residential and commercial products. Know why you choose tile? Coverings is offering an all-expenses paid trip to #Coverings2017! Just share a post about why you choose tile using #WhyTile and #Coverings2017 for a chance to win. For more info: [link

40 Sublime Swimming Pool Designs for the Ultimate Staycation

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging by a stunning pool and going for a swim. Many of us have to travel for that luxury but a lucky few have a backyard getaway featuring the latest swimming pool designs to “staycation” in. We’ve rounded up 40 of the most sublime swimming pool designs for you to enjoy. No sunscreen required.

A Journey Through Ceramic Tile Categories

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramic tile is the perfect material to cover the walls and floors of various projects. The raw materials that make up ceramic pieces come from clay found within the Earth which are then fused with water and fire from kilns to create high quality tile. The process in which ceramic tiles are created makes them sustainable, resilient, functional and adaptable to any space.

The New Farmhouse Kitchen

Kitchens for Living

If you’re a die-hard traditionalist the trend towards contemporary and transitional design may leave you feeling lost for fresh new inspiration in the familiar classic look you love, but no more! Island legs are simple but still read farmhouse. Note flat panel style doors and flat slab drawer fronts. The stone floor suggests French Country here. Lovely, yes? Kitchen by Tom Howley. There’s more where this came from!

Molten Gold – Shower Power

JG Kitchens

I’ve never been much of a bath girl. Showers are much more my thing. I like them big and I like them stylish. Sometimes you don’t have room in a compact bathroom for big, but there’s no excuse for a lack of style. So when I spotted these freestanding “cage” showers from Drummonds, my style-loving heart skipped a beat. When I saw the prices, it skipped a few more, but there are always clients for premium splurges!). New age conveniences with old world charm. About the Freestanding Shower series.

A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back

Architectural Ceramics

In the month of November, we’re thankful for Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday sales, and the ‘Movember’ trend where men grow a mustache to bring awareness to men’s health. In case shopping at midnight or facial hair aren’t your thing, there’s another trend that’s growing attention: matte black tile. At Architectural Ceramics, we’re excited for this sophisticated tile trend. Black is back and now it’s moody and matte.

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HYDRO BAN® Board makes your shower installs a snap

Kate-Lo Tile & Stone

HYDRO BAN ® Board is a robust, lightweight construction panel designed to be used in bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a high-density, waterproof foam core and a reinforced, waterproof membrane on both sides. Kate-Lo Tile & Stone is currently stocking both the 1/2″ x 3′ x 5 board as well as the 2″ x 3′ x 5′ board. HYDRO BAN® Board can be used as a substrate for tile and stone on walls or floors and easy to install.

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