February, 2021

Modern Applications for Ceramic Tile

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramic tiles offer an exciting and infinite number of design possibilities for decorating interiors and exteriors. Thanks to their versatility in size, shape, format and pattern, architects, designers and homeowners have an extensive selection of options to choose from to craft unique designs.

Week of February 1st, 2021—Kitchen Islands & Residential Hosting Spaces

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Welcome to February! In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday we cherish each and every year, we’re tackling some interesting design points this week.


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Porcelain Tile: Your Complete Guide

Why Tile

Designing and remodeling your home can be an exciting and rewarding creative pursuit. With all the decisions required about specific products, we are grateful for the family of ceramic tile options with benefits that far exceed nonceramic materials.

Bathroom trends for 2021 that will take your selfcare routine to the next level!

Trendir Magazine

This past year home and self-care have taken a new meaning. Not only are we spending more time at home, but we have all discovered that for us to feel our best, self-care is important. With that being said, most self-care is done in the bathroom.

Color Forecast for 2021

Decorative Materials

Color forecasts have rarely been so reflective of current events as they are in 2021. It’s increasingly evident that the challenges of the past year are shaking up many of the trends we previously took for granted. Tile Trends

Core Collection by Original Style Offers a Classic American Look for the Kitchen and Bath

Rubble Tile

Why reinvent the wheel? The subway tile is such a well-loved American classic that the distinguished tile designers of Original Style were inspired to base their whole Core Collection around it. Core is a new offering by Original Style’s renowned English tilemakers that was designed.

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Small Space, Big Design: The Atlantis Gastrobar

Tile of Spain USA

Receiving first place in the Interior Design category at the 2020 Tile of Spain Awards is the Atlantis Gastrobar, one of Barcelona’s best kept culinary secrets.

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Bringing Tile To The Forefront With Saiman Design

Garden State Tile Blog

One of the most multifaceted materials out there – tile – can be used in almost any part of the home. With its unsurpassed functional and sustainable properties, ceramic and porcelain tile make a great addition to any project whether it be to walls, floors, showers, or even outdoor spaces. A key feature that was once overlooked due to its focus on functionality is using tile as the aesthetic cornerstone of interior designs.

Third Edition of SmartFair Ready to Go

Stone Update

Online stone event set for March 3-5. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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5 Trends in the Luxury Residential Market

Decorative Materials

It would be an understatement to say that life has changed in the past year, but there’s no denying that the era of social distancing and remote work has influenced interior design. With this takeover comes the need for flexible spaces that can easily be used for a variety of purposes.

New Process to Use Sewage Sludge to Optimize Building Materials

The A to Z of Building

At South Ural State University, a team of researchers has optimized building materials with advantages for the environment. Samples of the ceramics obtained by adding sewage sludge. Image Credit

The Benefits of Renovating your Home with Ceramic Tile From Spain

Tile of Spain USA

When planning a residential renovation, there are a surprising number of decisions to consider. From floor plan arrangements to the color scheme selection, each design detail has a strong influence on the overall environment of a home.

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Grout Color Guide: How to Choose the Right Grout Color for Your Tile

Why Tile

Picking out a tile color, pattern, shape, and layout is a fun part of designing your tile application, but all too often we forget about an equally important design element: grout color.

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Massimo Barbari new CEO of Ceramica Fondovalle

Ceramics of Italy

Ceramica Fondovalle’s recent change of leadership reflects its ongoing commitment to investments in products, processes and people. After 30 years at the helm of the company, Maurizio Baraldi has handed over the reins as CEO to Massimo Barbari while staying on as chairman.

Virtual Stone Summits Continue

Stone Update

Three more sessions scheduled this spring. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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2021 Home Decor Trends You Will Want To Use Right Now

Trendir Magazine

2020 has been one of the most unpredictable years we’ve all seen in a very long time. We’ve all spent a lot of time at home and done pretty much all the rearranging we can do. However, every year it is our duty to bring in new items that will create a new feel in your home.

GIO’s New Product Review


What a year it has been! As we near the one-year mark of when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, we can look back on how we have experienced so many changes in the design and construction industry.

When choosing between natural stone and quartz composites, Vadara makes that choice a breeze

Kitchen and Residential Design

I have natural stone floors and counters in my kitchen and yes, they’re beautiful. But man oh man are they a chore to keep looking clean. My travertine floors somehow manage to hide dirt and be dirty at the same time and so we sweep them every day and mop them two or three times a week.

Top 2021 Tile Trends You’ll Love

Why Tile

Happy National Tile Day! This year, we’re celebrating February 23rd (our favorite holiday) by sharing the tile trends we expect to take off in 2021. Yes, it’s still early, but we have a good feeling about these designs — and we think you will, too. Keep reading to see which trends made our list.

Invite Sophistication to Surfaces with the Habitat Collection by ADEX USA

Garden State Tile Blog

The all-new Habitat Collection from ADEX USA features a unique multi-tone glazing and undulated finish for a textured look and feel that invites sophistication to interior vertical surfaces. Offered in both matte and glossy finishes, Habitat is available in 6 soft colors and 3 unique sizes with coordinating trim options to suit traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs. Browse Habitat Collection.

Pinnacle Award Winners Announced

Stone Update

Natural Stone Institute cites 2020 winners; ceremony slated for Las Vegas in June. Featured Association Beat News

Influencers Share Five Key Design Trends From The 2021 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

JG Kitchens

Covid turned KBIS into a virtual event this year and I thought it would be fun to bring you the perspective of six top industry-watching pals on the KBIS trends they spotted. You'll find that here.

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Ep 069: Better Faster Cheaper

Life of an Architect

You've heard the phrase “Better, Faster, Cheaper, you can have 2” but is that true? This is really a conversation about quantity, quality, and ultimately value. The post Ep 069: Better Faster Cheaper first appeared on Life of an Architect.

Tips on DIY Bathroom Renovation

Kitchen and Residential Design

Bathroom renovation is one of the exciting DIY projects that you can embark on. If you're not sure when you should think of remodeling, check this page.

Ultimate Colors of the Year Palette

Why Tile

Every year, color authorities such as Pantone, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Behr share their new “colors of the year.”

Ceramica Sant’Agostino’s Form collection amongst the winners at ADA 2020

Ceramics of Italy

The Form collection from Ceramica Sant’Agostino has been selected as one of the winners in the “Finishes” category of the Archiproducts Design Awards 2020.

Radio Stone Update -- Feb. 10, 2021

Stone Update

Coverings gains a partner for July show; U.S. hard-surface imports show only slight 2020 loss; more. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Wellness Design Strategies For Coping With Winter Power Outages At Home

JG Kitchens

When I saw the images this week of so many people dealing with #snowmageddon blackouts in South Texas of all places, my heart went out to them! These are families, many with seniors and children already impacted by a year-long pandemic, now struggling without light, power and heat!

How Much Do Architects Actually Work?

Life of an Architect

How much do architects actually work? If you are thinking about being an architect, is this something you should be concerned with? The post How Much Do Architects Actually Work? first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading How Much Do Architects Actually Work? at Life of an Architect.

New Multi-million Pound Greater Manchester Building Marks Two Decades and 85 Schools for Leading Architects

The A to Z of Building

Leading North East practice Space Architects is celebrating 20 years of designing schools, with the submission of plans for their 85th building, a multi-million pound school in Hyde, Greater

Home office Ideas to Improve Productivity

Trendir Magazine

Anyone who works from home, or has considered it, can greatly benefit from having a home office. Whether the office is used to work, study, or even as a space to enjoy some quiet time, creating a home office you can be productive is key.

Ideal Standard launches Together

Ceramics of Italy

Aimed at a wide readership of architects, designers, planners and business partners as well as inquisitive consumers, Ideal Standard ’s new magazine entitled Together investigates industry trends and features in-depth articles and exclusive interviews with key international figures in the worlds of architecture, design and lifestyle.

Natural Stone Institute Scholarships

Stone Update

Jim Buth, Nichole Renko recipients of 2020 program. Featured Association Beat News

How To Create A Wellness Design Space For Giving Birth At Home

JG Kitchens

If you or someone you know is expecting this season, as Covid still rages through out communities, my latest on home births could be valuable. It gives the pros and cons of this trend, with insights from healthcare experts on what you need to know.

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Unpaid Internship Positions

Life of an Architect

Since it is getting time for college career fairs and planning for the summer, at least in the academic and graduation sense, I wanted to touch on the subject of Unpaid Internship Positions.

New IET Webinar Explores the Role of the Building Safety Manager in Raising Construction Standards

The A to Z of Building

A free online webinar, Raising Standards, Saving Lives, hosted on Thursday 4 March 2021 by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), will take an in depth look at the new role of the

Home Staging Tips and Tricks That Really Work

Kitchen and Residential Design

With the decision to put your house on the real estate market comes a lot of anxiety. While there are many reasons for emotional turmoil during the home sale process, many owners have a concern that the potential buyers won't find their property attractive enough.

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