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Metal Mosaics

Anyone who follows interior design trends is well aware of the current market passion for metal mosaics and tiles. It is naturally quite valuable to find professionals who can add their own perspective on trending concepts such as this one. A fine case in point is the architect, Ronique Gibson, who we find to always be [...]

February 1st, 2014|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Metal Mosaics

Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference

Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference According to a recent survey of home remodeling professionals conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, kitchen remodeling is the second most popular home improvement project in the U.S. However, with the average minor kitchen remodel costing $18,527, as noted in [...]

February 12th, 2013|Categories: Design Trends, Kitchen Design|Comments Off on Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference

Zen….and the Art of Oceanside GlassTile!

Oceanside Glasstile is not for the faint of heart! In fact, it is for the exact opposite type of person. The passionate, the enlivened, or as Oceanside Glasstile puts it, for the “En Fuego” type, that is who we cultivate. “En Fuego”, which translates as “on fire” in Spanish is a core value concept that [...]

January 29th, 2013|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Tiles|Comments Off on Zen….and the Art of Oceanside GlassTile!

Bridging the Strait: From Morocco to Modern

Bridging the Strait: From Morocco to Modern Although the architectural style of Morocco has evolved over the last millennium, it took some time to pique the interest of the European and American elite. Beginning in the 1830’s, Americans saw their first glimpses, as Washington Irving published his travel sketch, Tales from the Alhambra. The emerging [...]

January 8th, 2013|Categories: Design Trends, Tiles|Comments Off on Bridging the Strait: From Morocco to Modern

Grounded in Tradition, Terracotta Tile

Grounded in Tradition, Terracotta Tile Terracotta has always been civilized. Since the dawn of the Egyptian civilization, humans have fashioned tiles from red earthenware clay. Nearly every culture throughout history has utilized terracotta in art and architecture, largely because of its local abundance and ease of forming. However, with the luxuries we are afforded in [...]

December 4th, 2012|Categories: Tiles|Comments Off on Grounded in Tradition, Terracotta Tile

Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior

A swimming pool at home creates an additional gathering place for family and friends, adds an inviting and beautiful feature to the landscape (or interior), and offers a private area to relax, unwind or get some exercise. Regardless of the climate, it is about lifestyle. The color values and shapes now available in architectural stone [...]

November 21st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior

Antiqued White Marble…..then and now!

As discussed previously on this site in a blog post entitled “Reclaimed Stone Finishes”, “in our showrooms across America, professional designers and their clients challenge Materials Marketing to help them replicate a reclaimed stone “visual” that is both practical and budget friendly”. This ongoing design requirement jogged my memory. It was 20 years ago, that [...]

October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Antiqued White Marble…..then and now!

Fountain Designs: Creative Ideas & Materials

The trickle of water, a bit of focused lighting and an array of colors all contribute when designing and creating a stone and tile water fountain. This architectural element in a home’s interior or exterior creates a focal point while providing a basic serenity intrinsic to the human condition. The styles and materials traverse a [...]

October 16th, 2012|Categories: Landscaping Stone|Comments Off on Fountain Designs: Creative Ideas & Materials

Door Surrounds in Architectural Stone

Door surrounds are one of the most creative opportunities for designers, architects and homeowners to think outside-of-the-box. From front doors to entryways and thresholds, door surrounds made with architectural stone can make a powerful statement, enhance the overall décor and create an impressionable way to say “welcome” to all who enter. I have had the [...]

October 11th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Door Surrounds in Architectural Stone

Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Bathroom remodels can be a dream come true — or your worst nightmare. A well designed and executed remodel, whether consisting of small-scale upgrades or a complete gutting of the space, will leave you with a room you can love and live in for decades. When things go wrong, however, they can get ugly fast [...]

September 24th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design|Comments Off on Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid