August, 2018

The Color Game

Tile of Spain USA

Choosing the right colors is key to building the personality of a home. Playing with tones helps to create an identity for each room, allowing us to explore our creativity and create unique spaces.

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A Clean Slate: How Rough Slate Can Have a Clean Aesthetic

Architectural Ceramics

Notebooks, pencils, backpacks — August is a time when school supplies hit the shelves; and parents and kids alike stock up to prepare for the new year. Parents get their clean house back, and kids get to start off the new school year with a clean slate.

Timeless and On Trend: Marble’s Well-Deserved Takeover

As The Tile Turns

The ultimate classic design, marble has evoked elegance for millennia. Ancient Greeks adored marble, to the point that the design prompted several of the society's most revered looks. Tile Trends

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How To Care For Marble Or Natural Stone From?

How to Floor Tile

Marble Institute Of America! link] I personally do not advocate using Marble, Travertine and other natural stone in showers or wet areas because it is too soft and hard to maintain.

August Featured Tiles: Allure & Exhibit

The London Tile Co.

August has arrived and while we’d normally be mourning the fact that summer is coming to an end, this year we have found ourselves craving cooler climates. That’s not to say that we have not loved having so much sunshine, but we’re English and we do like a bit of rain. This month we have two lovely tile ranges to tell you about, so read on for more information about the August Featured Tiles. Allure.

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Don’t Make Me Blush: The Pink Tiles Are Having a Moment

As The Tile Turns

Several trends made us sit up and take notice at the recent Salone de Mobile Milano. We were especially inspired by Artemest's Stranger Pinks event. It's just one example of the many contexts in which blush is having its moment in the sun.

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Outdated Home Trends That Could Be Making A Comeback

Trendir Magazine

Some home décor trends are timeless, such as fireplaces and marble counters. But others can be quite baffling like using outdoor furniture indoors and/or popcorn ceilings.

China Hard-Surface Tariffs: Now 25%?

Stone Update

Trump administration ratchets up proposed import tax on natural stone, quartz surfaces, ceramic tile and related goods. Featured Latest News

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Get Ready to Go Nuts Over These 4 Drool-Worthy 2018 Countertop Trends

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should.

Six Home Improvement Jobs to do Before You Sell

Kitchen and Residential Design

When the time finally comes to sell your home, you want it to be worth as much as possible. For this to happen, you’re likely going to need to make some improvements. But where to begin? Which areas of your home will return the most value?

Ceramic Cover for Côte d’Azur

Diary of a Tile Addict

New villa on the Côte d’Azur featuring tiles by Ceramiche Caesar. With its sunny beaches, breathtaking turquoise sea, and picturesque villages huddled on the mountains overlooking the Riviera, the Côte d’Azur is a magnet for lovers of the sea, the sun, beach life, and having fun.

*CUSTOM System Selected for Tile and Stone Orange County’s Two Tallest Towers*

CUSTOM Insights Blog

Irvine, Calif. is a high-tech economic powerhouse sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley South.” This fast-growing city’s skyline was transformed by a pair of distinctive glass office towers located at Irvine’s Spectrum Center, an open-air retail and dining district.


Stylish Mudroom Decor Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Filled with racks of shoes, coat hangers, and additional storage, the mudroom is essential in keeping a home free of clutter and organized.

Braxton-Bragg Goes Mobile with Viper Van

Stone Update

Stone-supplies distributor restarts shop-to-shop service after six-year hiatus. Featured Company Insider News

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Not Your Father’s Laminate: Check out These Woodgrain, Stone and Matte Finishes

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Laminate used to look cheap and cheesy. It was durable, but certainly not fashionable. However, times have changed, and now the material is much more realistic-looking. In fact, it can mimic many of your favorite materials, which makes it an excellent, inexpensive design choice.

Rubble Tile and Original Style Present: King’s Highway

Rubble Tile

In South Minneapolis, there is a 1930 Tudor house, with a hint of Mediterranean flavor, owned by the designer Carolyn Mitchell of Carolyn Mitchell Interiors. The house was in need of some design work and modernization before its 100th birthday came up. That’s where Original.

Feature Floor Fashion

Diary of a Tile Addict

Laura Ashley Mr. Jones by British Ceramic Tile. Bold and bright, or discreet and understated; whatever the style, sales of feature floor tiles are on the up and outselling plain floor tiles, claims British Ceramic Tile.

Vintage Bath

The Perfect Bath

Recently, I posted a picture of a bubble gum pink bath. It was a pretty intense space, but it used the highest quality designs and products that were available in the late 30’s or 40’s. I found another vintage bath image that I thought worth sharing. Now, onward from pink world and into green…tile and fixtures all the same color. The conformity of the 41/4″ tile and the contrasting grout was certainly a trend in the 30’s and 40’s.

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15 Bathrooms That Have Been Transformed With “Wood” Tile

Trendir Magazine

When you think of bathrooms, you don’t necessarily get a clear picture of wood accents in mind. Obviously, water and wood don’t play too nicely together.

New Test from Natural Stone Institute

Stone Update

Accelerated weather simulations now offered from industry group’s testing lab. Featured Association Beat News

Build a Better Bathroom: 6 Bathroom Upgrades Worth the Money

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Kitchens are usually seen as the heart of the home, but bathrooms are the muscle. A poorly planned bathroom could affect the way you feel about your home for years to come. What’s more, it’s one of the most expensive rooms to renovate.

Salone 2018 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends from KBDN

JG Kitchens

My July Trend Spotting section from Kitchen & Bath Design News (KBDN) shares the hot kitchen and bath trends I spotted at Salone 2018, the mega design show in Milan. This massive show features kitchens and baths every even year, with six full exhibit halls just on those two rooms!

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006: Inside an Architect’s Office

Life of an Architect

Work environments are important – they tell visitors a lot about what to expect from the place they are visiting. I almost always enjoy visiting other architects office because it seems like there is always something wacky going on somewhere.

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Modern Home Office Design: 5 Ideas for Your Inspiration

Kitchen and Residential Design

via You don't have the daily routine of commuting to a corporate office, which is great. But is your office up to standards and does it make you feel welcome? In this article, I will give some trendy tips and latest interior design fashion for your work space.

10 Spaces That Prove Plaid Is Definitely Back

Trendir Magazine

Plaid may seem like the perfect winter décor due to its cozy aesthetics, but it’s actually quite the opposite the bold print works all year round and it’s officially making a comeback. Here are fresh new ways to incorporate the charming print throughout your home.

New President, VP at Stone Panels International

Stone Update

Coldspring® subsidiary will also have former president in organizational-development role. Featured Company Insider News

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5 Modern Ways to Use Wood Paneling

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Wood paneling was all the rage in the mid-20 th century, before falling out of favor for decades. If you wanted an updated home, the first thing to go was the wood paneling on the walls. Bright, sleek colors were used to replace what was seen as dated wood textures. But now wood paneling is back.

Taking Construction into the Digital Age

The A to Z of Building

A NEW collaboration aims to develop blockchain solutions to the data recording problems which can jeopardise complex construction projects. Edinburgh Napier University is teaming up with


Watch Your Mouth

Life of an Architect

From time to time, there are moments when I hear someone say something that leaves me flabbergasted.


7 Things to Take a Picture of Before Summer’s Over


Photo credit: SeaLife Cameras. (A A big “thank you” to our friends at SeaLife Cameras for sponsoring this post!). It’s already August, which means the summer season is flying by. Your Instagram is living proof of what you’ve ticked off of your summer bucket list.

12 Effortless Ways To Make Your Home Picture Perfect

Trendir Magazine

After spending a lot of time, money and effort to create the perfect space that speaks to your personality and creativity you ultimately want to take lots of pictures and share it with your loved ones. Therefore, here are 12 effortless ways to make your home picture perfect.

Caesarstone 2Q ’18 Flat, but Wall Street Cheers

Stone Update

Quartz-surface manufacturer not quite to 2017 performance, but beats earnings-per-share estimates. Featured Company Insider News


5 Concrete Floors That Will Cement Your Love for This Material

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Cement your interior design with one of the hottest flooring trends: concrete floors. Image: Effect Home Builders The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of 2018’s biggest design trends , it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness.

First Construction Project to be Awarded Highest Certification by USGBC

The A to Z of Building

First GREEN Bank, an Orlando-based bank with deep commitment to the environment and a global mission, has launched its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ID+C Retail v4 Platinum