Wellness Design Hits the Presidential Campaign!

JG Kitchens

Aging in Place aging process best home improvements Biden Build Back Better healthcare policy healthy aging quality home improvement seniorsI was pretty surprised when I heard that Joe Biden touted a successful aging-in-place program in one of his recent campaign speeches.

Open Door Policy

KB Culture

And here's a little something for the absent-minded among us. This clever door-within-a door feature [aka, 'AddWash'] is quite the convenience. Previously, closing the door on a front-loading washer had a sense of terrible finality to it, knowing it would be impossible to toss in an errant sock or towel. No more! samsung.com. appliance

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Consider the Endless Marble Flooring Design Possibilities

Conestoga Tile Blog

However, it can be easily scratched so if you do install honed marble, you’ll want to adopt a “no shoes” policy in the home. Marble has long held a place of honor in the home, and there are some truly magnificent marble flooring design ideas that will bring your rooms to life. Source: Houzz The following are some of the best ways you can use marble to bring out true beauty within any home: Honed marble provides a faded, more subtle appearance that is ideal for flooring.

Do You Really Need Renters Insurance?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Let’s take a closer look at how a renters policy can help you when you need it. A renters insurance policy can protect every item you keep in your rental. With a policy in place, you can get the money you need to replace your damaged or stolen property. Your rental policy can also cover your liability, helping you avoid the cost of an unexpected lawsuit. A renters insurance policy is generally very affordable.

Aqua Mix® Grout Release

CUSTOM Insights Blog

It’s like an insurance policy, making the cleanup of typical grout residue faster and easier. Have you ever experienced grout sticking to your tile making cleaup time consuming? There is a better and more efficient way to work. Many common tile types, including porcelain and stone, can pose a challenge during the grouting process. Natural stone, textured tile, matte unpolished porcelain tiles, or tiles with a coating commonly pose a challenge when cleaning grout haze or residue.

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How to Find Affordable Contractors General Liability Insurance

Kitchen and Residential Design

While an insurance policy does not particularly prevent an incident from happening, when and if it does happen, it mitigates the effects on you and your business so that it is not adversely affected. All of these are covered under different policies.

London Launch Party Alert

Diary of a Tile Addict

At CDW, many flooring and surface showrooms have an open door policy, so Clerkenwell is well worth a visit during the day. The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring from Kick-Start Publishing. My colleagues at Kick-Start Publishing, for whom I edit Tile & Stone Journal , are hosting a launch party for Kick-Start’s latest publication The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring. This will be held at the Shaw Carpets Showroom in Clerkenwell, London, on Wednesday 23 rd May from 4pm to 7pm.

Crossville, Inc. Wins CTDA Supplier of the Year Award

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

Members rate up to three suppliers each on the following criteria: leadership, marketing, training, technology, communication, policies, and product shipment and support. Congratulations to Crossville, Inc. on winning the second annual CTDA Supplier of the Year award! The winner of this award is selected based on the results of a survey completed by CTDA’s Distributor members.

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Aqua Mix® Grout Release

CUSTOM Insights Blog

It’s like an insurance policy, making the cleanup of typical grout residue faster and easier. Have you ever experienced grout sticking to your tile making cleaup time consuming? There is a better and more efficient way to work. Many common tile types, including porcelain and stone, can pose a challenge during the grouting process. Natural stone, textured tile, matte unpolished porcelain tiles, or tiles with a coating commonly pose a challenge when cleaning grout haze or residue.

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Benefits of Pre-Sealing Cement Tile

Tile Talk

This optional step is a great insurance policy to protect your tiles from the hazards of installers while making sure the grout is easily removed. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Pre-sealing cement tiles is not a required step in all manufacturers'' installation procedures; however, it is something I recommend. Before deciding whether or not to pre-seal your cement tiles, let''s make sure you understand the purpose of pre-sealing along with its benefits and risks.

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New Study Findings Reveal Several Widespread Performance Issues Faced by Building Owners

The A to Z of Building

A new study entitled "Optimizing the Owner Organization: The Impact of Policies and Practices on Performance" has recently been published by Dodge Data & Analytics as part of its

The Best Mattress: Rest Easy with Freshome’s Top Pick

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

More often than not, you’re better off going with an affordable mattress with a lenient warranty and return policy. On top of being a luxury mattress with an excellent shipping and return policy, it’s also relatively affordable, preventing any financial-based late-night tossing and turning. Where this mattress and company truly shine is in the warranty and return policy. Since Saatva is an online company, it’s crucial to offer customers a fair return policy and warranty.

Avente Tile Talk: Innovation, possibilities and technology in ceramic.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Innovation, possibilities and technology in ceramic tile. This past week I attended an event in Boston that was hosted by Tile of Spain which showed the advances that have been made in ceramic tile. At this event, there was also an opportunity to gain a CEU credit but I was interested in learning more about the possibilities and innovations that were coming along and how they related to architecture.

Avente Tile Talk: Artist Series Cement Tile Collection Grows with.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Artist Series Cement Tile Collection Grows with Guillermo & Tania. By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. In our continuing effort to bring you the highest quality in cement tile products and designs, were happy to announce that our Artist Series now includes the Guillermo and Tania collection. Guillermo Gomez Lama. Tania Marmolejo.

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Avente Tile Talk: Avente Tile Owner Selected to Participate in.

Tile Talk

From strict sale policies, to reduced prices and no sales tax, the internet has created a new frontier for the industry to navigate. Comment Policy. Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Avente Tile Owner Selected to Participate in Coverings Discussion. As the founder and owner of Avente Tile, I take great pride in offering each of my clients a diverse and unique professional experience.

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Avente Tile Talk: Creative floor tiling

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Creative floor tiling. Its a bit of a story to this tile project as this section of the floor has been concrete for a few years. Ive been a builder and blogger for some time now and we have a home on Cupids Cay, Eleuthera, Bahamas that we work on every year. There are many more posts to read all dealing with your home on my blog, The Building Blox. Now you know the story about builders finishing their own homes right?

Avente Tile Talk: New & Old Cement Tile Patterns Heat up the Strip

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, April 29, 2014. New & Old Cement Tile Patterns Heat up the Strip. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Greetings from Las Vegas! This week Im in Las Vegas making my yearly pilgrimage to Coverings 2014 , an annual tile trade show. Avente Tile Owner, Bill Buyok, in front of the Cuban Heritage Tile Mural at the Tropicana.

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Avente Tile Talk: Islamic Star Patterns in Tile Design

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Islamic Star Patterns in Tile Design. By Selena Madden. As a recent Art History graduate from Loyola Marymount University, the Arts of Islam became a favorite subject among the various cultures and styles I studied. Iran or Central Asia, 15th Century. LACMA. Dating back to as early as the 7th century the Islamic Arts have influenced an array of cultures and societies, such as the notable geometric designs in their tile work.

Avente Tile Talk: 2012's Top 12 Cement & Ceramic Tiles

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, January 15, 2013. 2012s Top 12 Cement & Ceramic Tiles. Before we get too far into the new year, I want to share our most popular selling tiles of 2012. For the first time in three years, a white tile was not our top seller! In fact, you wont see a white tile until position #8. In 2012, our top selling tile was a Heritage Olive Green cement tile in a 14" x 14" format - the largest format available in cement tile.

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Avente Tile Talk: The Buyer's Guide to Ceramic Tiles

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The Buyers Guide to Ceramic Tiles. Ceramic tiles are materials that can add glamor and value to any part of your home. Although initial cost can be expensive, these tiles are easy to maintain and can stand the test of time. If you are considering this flooring option, this article provides valuable tips and important considerations on ceramic tiles. The Buyers Guide to Ceramic Tiles 1.

Avente Tile Talk: Tile Mosaics at the Cologne Cathedral

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Tile Mosaics at the Cologne Cathedral. Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Cologne, Germany as part of BlogTour Cologne and while I was there I visited The Cologne Cathedral.

Avente Tile Talk: Portuguese Ceramic Tile: Architectural History and.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Portuguese Ceramic Tile: Architectural History and Preservation Through the Ages. Ceramic tile façade in Portugal. Portugal is a land of Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden-sand beaches, history, great food and wine, and beautiful scenery. Aside from all these wonderful things are the ceramic tiles of the country. Map of Portugal.

Avente Tile Talk: Carter's Hand-Painted Ceramic Tiles, Murals and.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Carters Hand-Painted Ceramic Tiles, Murals and Façades - Disappearing History. When I set out to write this blog article, I intended to put a few words to a photograph of the Poole Arms (in Poole, Dorset, UK,) with its striking green tile fa ç ade. Being interested in history, I decided to research some information on the building and its tiles. Poole Arms. Photography by Joanne Bradley. The Poole Arms is perhaps the oldest pub on the quay.

Avente Tile Talk: Patterned Tiles are Power Play at Coverings 2014

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Patterned Tiles are Power Play at Coverings 2014. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. While Coverings was celebrating its 25th anniversary in Las Vegas, I was celebrating something I hadnt seen much of at this annual tile and stone trade show since Ive been attending: patterned tiles. Lots of patterned tiles! Apavisas Hydraulic Blue pays homage to Classic Cement Tile Designs.

Avente Tile Talk: Fragments - Our New Cement Tile Accent Strips

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Fragments - Our New Cement Tile Accent Strips. Meet our newest line of cement tile: Fragments ! Its pretty easy to see that these tiny, tesserae have cement tile pedigree. Fragments Cement Tile Accent Strip. Fragments are colorful mosaic accent strips made from patterned cement tile that have been cut. Fragments begin as cement tile factory extras that are cut into square or rectangular pieces.

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Avente Tile Talk: California Dreaming: A Profile on ARTO Brick and.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, March 5, 2013. California Dreaming: A Profile on ARTO Brick and California Pavers. Los Angeles is a place where California history is still held sacred.

Avente Tile Talk: Portuguese Ceramic Tile Artistry

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Portuguese Ceramic Tile Artistry. Panel of Portuguese ceramic tiles by Jorge Colaço (1922), representing Henry the Navigator at the Sagres Promonory. Lisbon, Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. Photo by Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Lisboa, Portugal.

Avente Tile Talk: A tile shower installation- Time lapsed video.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, September 25, 2012. A tile shower installation- Time lapsed video/explanation. How to tile a shower in 48 seconds! Ah wouldnt that be nice but in reality it took a bit longer. This will give you a great overview of the process though from sealing the cement board to wiping the tile clean. Now for a bit of the explanations behind the process. Here you can see the cement board and the coating is a waterproof membrane that is rolled on.

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Avente Tile Talk: Cement Tile Tips for the Pattern Shy

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Cement Tile Tips for the Pattern Shy. — By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Weve been Playing with Pattern in Tile Design this month and shown you how Simple Patterns are Powerful ! Theres no doubt that patterned cement tiles are a great way to add style to any room. Today, I want to share a few design secrets on how to effectively use patterns. First, ask yourself if are you a pattern addict or a wall flower? Its OK to swing both ways, too!

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Avente Tile Talk: Coverings 2013 Floors Attendees with New Tile.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Coverings 2013 Floors Attendees with New Tile, Stone Designs. Coverings 2013 lived up to, and exceeded, all expectations as THE Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience. The four-day event, which concluded last week, was set in Atlanta for the first time in the show’s history. With that, more than 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries packed the aisles of the Georgia World Congress Center with the latest, most innovative stone and tile products.

Avente Tile Talk: Step Up to Spanish Tile | September 2012

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Step Up to Spanish Tile | September 2012. Project Pick: Hand-Painted Spanish Ceramic Tile Risers Aventes Spanish Tiles are beautifully hand-painted in a variety of colors and patterns on ceramic bisque using time-honored techniques.

Avente Tile Talk: Go Green with Tile

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Sunday, March 17, 2013. Go Green with Tile. Project Pick: Create a Mosaic with Gourmet Garden Tiles. The green of Saint Paddys day, springing the clocks forward, and the warmer temperatures have us thinking about Spring and the outdoor garden. Our Gourmet Garden Matte tiles create a classic kitchen theme of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. The matte finish works well with tumbled stone, like travertine or marble.

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Avente Tile Talk: Turkish Tile: Artistry Through the Ages

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Turkish Tile: Artistry Through the Ages. The significance of Turkish ceramic tiles occupies a prominent place in the history of Islamic art. Its deeply enriched heritage, which can be traced as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries, owes its subsequent development to Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and Iranian Seljuk art. Throne scene on a star-shaped tile using the Iranian-Seljuk minai technique. Aladdin Palace, Konya, Turkey.

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Avente Tile Talk: Discover Design with Historic Spanish Tile.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Discover Design with Historic Spanish Tile Installations in Los Angeles. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. As summer starts to kicks into full swing with the solstice less than 10 days away, I find myself enjoying the perfectly splendid outdoors of Southern California with longer walks each day. This summer, our blog is dedicated to handcrafted tiles and their use outdoors. Last week we introduced our new Artisan Porcelain Tiles for the Pool !

Avente Tile Talk: Pavers, Tiles and Fountains: Mediterranean.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Pavers, Tiles and Fountains: Mediterranean Gardens and Courtyards. It is a warm summer evening in the south of Italy and the garden beckons for company. The extended sunshine hours have cultivated the blooming of wisteria, star jasmine, and roses climbing along the trellises and arbors.

Avente Tile Talk: The Bellagio Resort: A Mosaic Tile Showcase

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Bellagio Resort: A Mosaic Tile Showcase. Image via Photographersnature. Located in the southern part of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio Resort Hotel has dominated its surroundings from the time it opened in 1998 with lush landscaping, classic architecture and elements, and a man-made, eight-acre lake reminiscent of Italy’s Lake Como. With an original cost of $1.6

Avente Tile Talk: Porcelain Tiles from Spain and the World Cup

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Porcelain Tiles from Spain and the World Cup. If you, like millions of others, watched the Brazil vs. Croatia soccer match that marked the start of the World Cup on June 12, then you saw the Arena Corinthians stadium in Brazil where the game was played. Our friends at Tile of Spain were kind enough to share some amazing tile facts about the Spanish tiles that were used for this project.

The Best Homeowners Insurance to Safeguard Your Home

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Shopping for the right home insurance policy on your own isn’t a simple or fun process. For that reason, we wanted to show you how to pick the best home insurance and the most important things to consider when searching for a provider and policy. Travelers is a great hub for diversified discount options, including multi-policy, new homebuyer and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) discounts. HO5 – Premier This is the most extensive policy available.

Avente Tile Talk: Tile Patterns: Playing with Pinwheel Designs

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Tile Patterns: Playing with Pinwheel Designs. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. The pinwheel pattern is a popular and versatile tile layout that adds great visual interest by integrating solid color with decorative tiles into a timeless design. Heres a great example of a pinwheel tile pattern that pairs glazed ceramic dots with large ceramic tiles in a matte finish. A pinwheel pattern with Yucatan Glazes in striking gloss and matte finishes.

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Avente Tile Talk: The Tile and Stone Industry, Social Media and the.

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The Tile and Stone Industry, Social Media and the Value of Pinterest. Pinterest has grown into a social media phenomenon that inspires people, projects and most importantly for business, verified revenue through purchases, as well as increased website and blog traffic.

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Avente Tile Talk: Cheers! Looking forward to Tile in 2014

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Cheers! Looking forward to Tile in 2014. 2013 has been a year of tremendous growth, exciting change, stronger partnerships, and a lot of learning coupled with fun about a product I really love. Cuban Heritage Tile in Lobby. Nevertheless, 2014 holds exciting possibilities for the Avente Tile team. In the coming year, well be unveiling exciting new products - including our exclusive Signature Line.

Avente Tile Talk: Playing with Pattern in Tile Design

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Playing with Pattern in Tile Design. — Written by Bill Buyok , Avente Tile & Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. The natural world and everyday common objects can be the inspiration for decorative patterns. Patterns increases visual excitement by enriching the surface they adorn. Patterns are decorative designs on the surface of materials that usually have a repeating design motif.

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Avente Tile Talk: Cement Tile Stair Treads Provide a Great Look

Tile Talk

Comment Policy. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Cement Tile Stair Treads Provide a Great Look. When considering handmade cement tile for an installation, customers often ask, "How do I finish a stair riser or stair tread with cement tile?" The question most often occurs when we are discussing cement tile trim, molding and finished edges. So when considering an installation for a landing or stairway, I recommend cement tile treads and risers. Cement Tile Treads and Stair Risers.

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