September, 2017

ARDEX Releases K 521™: A New Self-Leveling Concrete Topping with Aggregate Surface

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Aliquippa, Pa., September 11, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX K 521™ Self-Leveling Concrete Topping with Aggregate Surface ​​​​is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Top 2017 Pinterest Home 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. Check out the hottest 2017 Pinterest home trends.

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The One Thing Almost Everyone Gets Wrong When Moving Into a New Home

Apartment Therapy

After getting the key and walking into your new, calm, and empty apartment, what's the first thing you do to make it your own? Move in the sofa? Pack the fridge with groceries? There are a thousand right answers and, according to one designer, one very wrong one. READ MORE ». Tips & Techniques. Greatest Hits. New Home. Painting

Territorial Trace

Life of an Architect

First, let’s get one thing clear: while it is labeled as “trace paper” don’t call it that. It is simply called “trace.” ” No apologies to “onion skin”, “bumwad” or any other monikers. Trace.

5 Delicious Fall Desserts We Love


Fall desserts are ones that warm our souls and our taste buds! The cool autumn weather is quite pleasant and it also creates hearty appetites. We’ve searched through the Stagetecture archive and selected 5 delicious fall dessert recipes for you that are mainly made of fall’s produce.


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Before & After: A Small Suburban Kitchen Says Goodbye to the Granite and Dark Wood Cabinets — Professional Project

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Leslie Murchie Cascino). Project by: Leslie Murchie Cascino of Bonnie Wu Design, LLC. Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan. Leslie's client downsized into a home that was mostly perfect, save for the cramped and outdated kitchen.

Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2017

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) has announced a new edition of the Tile of Spain Architecture, Interior Design, and Final Degree Project Awards.

How to Afford to Own a Home By Age 30


The American dream is to own a home , right? Rising property prices and an unstable economy doesn’t make getting into the real estate market very easy or appealing. In fact, many young people are wondering if they’ll ever be able to free themselves of the rental game and own their own home.

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Large Format Tile Becoming the Norm

As The Tile Turns

Forget the diminutive porcelain tiles that long dominated suburban bathrooms; today, it's all about large format tile, which offers a cleaner, more sophisticated look with minimal grout lines

Lettered to Perfection – Little Tile Guy

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

This 1200 sq. install, using local slate and wood-look porcelain tiles, is in the Factory Point Place in Manchester, Vermont. The building, a historic bank, is being remodeled to accommodate new businesses. Oliver Ledbetter, owner of Little Tile Guy, LLC, designed and installed all of the tile.

We Asked Real Estate Agents: What Are Buyer’s Biggest Design Turn-Offs?

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. Agents get real about about buyers’ biggest turn-offs and what to do about them.

Forever 21 Is Opening a New Beauty (& Home!) Store

Apartment Therapy

Big news from a mall staple: Forever 21 is is getting a sister store, and it'll be all about beauty, accessories, and yes, home. READ MORE ». Shopping Guides.


New Tile Brochure Out Now

The London Tile Co.

Our latest Tile Collection brochure has arrived and we very excited to share it with the world. This issue is bursting with new and best selling tiles, as as well information about external porcelain, wet rooms and electric underfloor heating. You can view the new Tile Brochure online or pop into any of our showrooms to pick up a hard copy. Read on for more information about some of our favourite ranges. New Tile Ranges.

Easy Fall Decorating Tips for your Home


Fall decorating tips are perfect to get your autumn home ready for the season. Fall is on its way, which means it’s a perfect excuse for you to decorate your interiors. The best part is that you can apply it to the entire house and not only limit it to a specific room.

10 Creative Ways to Upgrade Your Staircase

Trendir Magazine

Even though it is one of the most used areas of the home it is many times not taken into consideration when it comes to home décor. Although it is sleek and narrow your staircase can still get the same decorative treatment as the rest of your home.

Trash Talk: ARDEX Making Big Strides in Recycling

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

This summer ARDEX Americas’ Dallas, Georgia, plant rolled out an innovative recycling initiative that will effectively eliminate a large portion of waste produced the facility. Michael Deppa, Plant Engineer, spearheaded the effort with the help of Tim Blanchett, Plant Manager.

The Importance of Sight Lines in Interior Design (They’re More Important Than You Think)

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. Sight lines are a key principle of interior design.

9 Real Bathrooms That Expertly Tackle a Lack of Storage

Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque ). Not all bathrooms are created equal, and that's fine by us. Some may see a small bathroom as a storage nightmare, but we see it as a challenge. Here are nine genius DIY bathrooms that prove no storage situation, or lack there of, can't be tackled. READ MORE ».


Precious, a Calacatta marble look from Florida Tile

ISC Surfaces

Precious from Florida Tile is inspired by Calacatta marble and features white backgrounds accentuated by deep grey and brown veins. The many sizes available in this line enable beautiful custom designs to fit any project.

12 Best Granite Kitchen Countertops Ideas with Affordable Cost


Granite kitchen countertops provides many advantages for your kitchen, it’s not only protect your kitchen from acids and scratches but make your kitchen more beautiful and enjoyable for cooking.


The Tile Doctor

Installing Tile in your Sports Inspired Man-Cave and can’t find the right finishing touch in your decor to fit your team’s colors? With the addition of The Tile Doctor’s Starlike® Glamour Tile Grout, the color possibilities are just about endless! You are covered whether you are a Clemson. How-To

40 Romantic and Welcoming Grey Kitchens For Your Home

Trendir Magazine

Grey is a relaxing tone that’s fit for any and all rooms of the house. From the bedroom to the hallways, it’s an easy neutral to work with and a shade that’s easy to decorate around. And we’ve found 40 romantic and welcoming grey kitchens that will suit your home with ease.

Idyllic Tree House Conforms to Meditative Landscape in India

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

This lovely tree house in Tala, India, perches on the top of a hilltop property, surrounded by a forest and meandering river. The team at Architecture BRIO developed a wooden bridge that wraps around the house, allowing nature inside and around this new structure.

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The New Look For the Kitchen is More Classic Than Ever

Apartment Therapy

Lately, new designs for the kitchen look more and more like old designs for the kitchen. There's a certain style of British kitchen — vintage-style appliances, Shaker-style cabinets, a bit austere but with very traditional accents — that's becoming very popular. Looking at these kitchens, I am struck by the fact that they look remarkably similar to some of the 1920s kitchens I came across while researching this series about the history of kitchen design.

Stone Shower

KB Culture

The rock-filled wire cages called gabion—typically used as retaining walls—have been the darlings of landscape architects and interior designers for several seasons, owing to their eco-friendly image and compelling materiality.

Marazzi's Elegant Classentino Marble

ISC Surfaces

Classentino Marble Corinth Beige Classentino Marble by Marazzi is an elegant, ultra-realistic marble look porcelain with unique color veining and greater dimensional depth and clarity. The line features weave and linear hexagon mosaics.

9 Best Kitchen Granite Countertops with Tile Backsplash Ideas


Previously we’ve posted about kitchen granite countertops and the reason why you have to choose this one. No doubt that granite countertops is the most popular choice among homeowner which affordable yet durable and beautiful.

Free up Your Counter Space with These Kitchen Organizing Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Is cooking and entertaining in your kitchen a harder task than it should be? A small kitchen space does not mean you should not entertain in your home. It just means you have to be smarter on the décor items you do use.

Here’s Your Definitive Guide to 2017 Dining Room 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. Use these 2017 dining room trends to give your interiors a fresh look.

The Things No One Tells You About Selling Your House

Apartment Therapy

Buying a home is a momentous time in one's life and, accordingly, congratulatory pats on the back abound — as does unsolicited advice. Everyone has insight about everything from how to pick the perfect house for you to saving money on home repairs. READ MORE ». Buying. Real Estate. First Time Home Buyers

Kitchen as Art

KB Culture

A more enigmatic kitchen I have yet to see! Task lighting is eschewed in favor of mysterious glows. On the far wall, panels of raw travertine slide to reveal [or conceal] a cooking alcove that's lined in luminous bronze.

Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout - the Versatile Go To Grout

CUSTOM Insights Blog

Today there's a uniquely formulated, high performance cement grout with a full spectrum of color-consistent, stain-resistant benefits. A grout that’s ideal for virtually any tiling project. Prism Ultimate Performance Cement Grout - your “Go-To Grout” for reliability, versatility and proven results. With Prism, setting the high-performance standard in cement-based grout technology begins with uniform, consistent color.

9 Best Tin Ceiling Tiles for Your Homes


Tin ceiling tiles provide many benefits for those who aim for the best tiles for their ceilings.

Mosa Tile Spotlight & Home Design Events in the Twin Cities

Rubble Tile

This month we’ve been highlighting wonderful projects around the Twin Cities area that make use of tiles by Mosa. We are excited to announce another space that includes Mosa tiles in its design–the Borton Volvo dealership in Golden Valley. Rubble Tile products are also featured in the upcoming Homes by Architects Tour, and the Parade of Homes […].