December, 2018

Design Trends: Going for Gold

Architectural Ceramics

Happy Holidays! Architectural Ceramics hopes you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Now, it’s time to transition from trimming a turkey to trimming the tree. Christmas is almost here! Children everywhere want to spot Santa sliding down the chimney.

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Full-On Color

Tile of Spain USA

Color is one of the main elements in interior design because of its powerful effect on the atmosphere and style of a space. For years, the number one trend in decor has been neutral shades and minimalism, however we are now seeing a welcome return of bold color.

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December Featured Tiles: Save 20% on Burnt Oak Wood Effect & Sheffield Metallic Tiles

The London Tile Co.

We can’t believe December is here and we’re nearly at the end of 2018! It’s been a great year for us and we want to thank our amazing staff and customers for being so supportive.

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2018 White Box Challenge: Color Us Impressed!

As The Tile Turns

The annual ASID White Box Challenge encourages top designers to think outside of the [white] box and create artistic masterpieces featuring unusual elements. Year after year, we're amazed by the sheer range of designs that can emerge from seemingly random materials.

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Decorate With Red to Give Your Space a High-Design Vibe

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Red never goes out of style, although different tones of the color will be more popular for a while. A deep, rich red is the “it” color of the moment and we’ve got some great ideas on how you can decorate with this rich, sumptuous hue.

Big And Beautiful – Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Conestoga Tile Blog

The Italian tile manufacturers have done it again. Always the pioneers in ceramic technology, they have once again developed a porcelain tile that is sure to change the interior and exterior ambiance of the world’s architectural structures.

Big And Beautiful – Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Conestoga Tile

The Italian tile manufacturers have done it again. Always the pioneers in ceramic technology, they have once again developed a porcelain tile that is sure to change the interior and exterior ambiance of the world’s architectural structures.

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Pratt & Larson’s Quick-Ship Brownstone Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

If you’re designing a project, you aren’t looking for a fleeting dream. You’re looking for beautiful craftsmanship. But also you need something meant to last, with a tile pedigree that is second to none. When it comes to the test of time, few companies are.

Turn Up the Music in Studio – Dec’18 Mix

Life of an Architect

Defining a House Style: What Is a Mediterranean Home?

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you’re a fan of luxurious living, there’s no better architectural style for you than Mediterranean. These homes remind viewers of seaside villas and time spent on vacation. That said, have you ever wondered what exactly it is that makes the Mediterranean home so unique?

Timber Transmutation

Diary of a Tile Addict

Bio Select by Lea Ceramiche. Today’s Tile Addict is inspired by two things. The first is to remind fellow tile enthusiasts that, although wood-effect tiles may have lost their star billing at recent tile exhibitions, ravishing new ranges are still being developed.

Xiamen 2019: Even Bigger

Stone Update

World’s largest stone event continues to grow. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Garden State Tile’s Charleston showroom makes its TV debut

Garden State Tile Blog

Operations Manager, Steele Trotter, guided viewers through the benefits of working with our team of design consultants and why choosing hard surface materials for your project makes for a sound, long lasting investment. Watch the segment that was broadcast on ABC News 4 Lowcountry Live here >>>> . The post Garden State Tile’s Charleston showroom makes its TV debut appeared first on Garden State Tile. Blog Media


Ceramics of Italy

At Palazzo Mezzanotte, center of the Italian Stock Exchange, the assignment of the award to the CEO Mr. Graziano Verdi. Milan, November, 23 2018 – Le Fonti Awards®, one of the most important events dedicated to the Italian excellence in entrepreneurial, financial, legal and insurance field, assigned to Italcer Group , in the person of the CEO and Co-Founder Mr. Graziano Verdi , the prestigious “Innovation & Leadership” award.

Materials at Play- ICFF South Florida 2018

Kitchens for Living

Every now and then it’s fun and inspiring to venture away from the drawing board to get out and about. I didn’t have to travel far for my latest adventure which took me to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Florida.

5 Creative Ways to Get Bold Colors into Your Space

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Bold colors make a delightful addition to just about any space. They add an eye-grabbing element that just pulls you in. They also work well in a variety of styles, from the children’s room to artistic or boho spaces for adults.

Five Signs It’s Time to Get a New Roof


(A big “thank you” to our friends at Long Roofing for sponsoring this post!). When all is going well, you don’t pay much attention to your roof. As long as it keeps protecting you from storms, and it looks great on top of your home, you don’t give it too much thought.

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StatWatch October 2018: Back to (Sort of) Normal

Stone Update

Quartz surfaces up, despite Chinese pullback; other sectors stale. Featured StatWatch (Monthly Report) Stone Imports

014: Being an Architect is Hell

Life of an Architect

As an architect, every space I walk in to, I look at … intensely. I scrutinize, evaluate, process, and redesign. Every. Single. Space. There are times when I wish this didn’t happen … most of the time actually.

Easy Christmas Centerpieces For All Decorating Styles

Trendir Magazine

Let’s face it entertaining for the holidays is all about the décor, the food you make, and the people that you love all coming together for a beautiful blend of personalities, textures, and festivities.

The Importance of Maintaining Electrical Safety at Home

Kitchen and Residential Design

via Electricity is vital in every aspect of life, especially in your home. It's hard to imagine living in a home without electricity; it keeps our food from spoiling, keeps us warm in the winter, provides light, and makes us cool in the summer.

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4 Ideas for a Traditional Christmas Room Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Christmas is a unique time. You can deck out your home in the most traditional of ways and never have it go out of style. That’s because our cultural ideal of Christmas is one from a traditional era.

Researchers Create New Concrete Paving Machine that Could Increase the Quality of Road Surfaces

The A to Z of Building

The paved road network in the Russian Federation is increasing seven times less per million people when compared to the developed countries of the USA and Europe. On Russian roads, the average

Portobello Plans U.S. Plant in Tennessee

Stone Update

Brazilian tile manufacturer will locate national HQ and 220 jobs between Nashville and Knoxville. Featured Company Insider News

Is it Time to Sell Your House?


(A big thank you to for sponsoring this post!). Is it a good time to put your house on the market ? It’s not an easy question to answer. There are bits of conventional wisdom that you can apply, like putting up the first “for sale” sign in the spring.

Classic Country Ideas You’ll Love To Incorporate This Holiday Season

Trendir Magazine

Whether you live in the country or you tend to visit often then you know there is nothing quite as magical as Christmas in the country. The country tends to bring something cozy and special during the holiday season.

Get Biz and get cleaner laundry than you ever thought possible

Kitchen and Residential Design

A couple of months ago, I received what amounted to a care package from CR Brands due no doubt to my involvement with Mean Green and Roto-Rooter. In that package, among other goodies, were a box of Biz Powder and a bag of Biz Liquid Boosters.

Holiday Decorating for Busy People

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

You love the holidays, but let’s face it: you have neither the time, nor the desire to actually decorate your home for the holiday season. At the same time, you don’t want to be mistaken for Ebenezer Scrooge. Is there a middle ground? Here are some holiday decorating tips for busy people. Use everyday items A homemade Christmas tree in Sydney, AU.

20 Ways to Plan Room Designs with Seasonal Decorating

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you’re planning to redecorate a room, you might want to stop and think about how that year-round design will fit in with your seasonal decorating. It sounds counterintuitive. After all, it’s common to just throw any seasonal decor into the room style you already have. Why should holiday decorating dominate the home all year?

How to Make Your Vacation Rental Appealing to Winter Guests

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

With over 4 million short-term vacation rentals competing for bookings on sites like HomeAway and Airbnb, catching the eye of a great guest can be tough. Keep your vacation rental top of mind this winter by making it look like a cozy space for vacationers to rent. Make a few wintertime tweaks, update your listing and off you go! Warm up your decor You don’t have to completely redecorate, but making a few adjustments can quickly add a wintry getaway feel to your Airbnb or HomeAway rental.

The Freshome Dream Dining Room

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We polled our Freshome team to come up with a list of must-haves for a dream dining room. Image: Urbanology Designs The dining room is such an interesting part of the home. It’s gone through a number of transformations over the years.

How to Transform Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Global event designer Edward Perotti has managed over 2,000 events, including social galas, ornate weddings, corporate affairs and notable events in such places as the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, the Great Wall of China and the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.

4 Ways to Ensure a Large Room Doesn’t End up Feeling Too Stark

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Normally at Freshome, we spend a lot of time talking about how to design around small spaces. However, the reality is that those with the opposite problem also deserve our time and attention. Today, we’re revealing our best tricks for how to design a large room.

7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Find out how to keep your home warm without spending any extra money this winter. Image: Anna Duval Winter is coming, and you know what that means! Holiday cheer, festive gatherings and, unfortunately, higher utility bills. The colder season makes us all crank up the heat in our homes and apartments.

16 Ways to Style a Farmhouse Christmas With Burlap

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Welcome your guests with a beautiful farmhouse Christmas wreath. Image: Wayfair 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. Burlap is at the top of our list for farmhouse Christmas decorating.

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The Best Netflix Shows About Home Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Who hasn’t gone on a major Netflix binge? Thanks to today’s streaming services, powering through a new favorite show is commonplace. But sometimes you might feel like you wasted a whole day doing nothing but watching TV. So why not binge something a little more edifying?

The Freshome Dream Bedroom

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Find out what the Freshome staff thinks you need for a dream bedroom. Image: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Imagine dreaming in your dream bedroom. At Freshome, we spend a lot of time thinking about exactly that.