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20 07, 2015

Outdoor Design Elements 2015

July 20th, 2015|Categories: Hardscapes, Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on Outdoor Design Elements 2015

A few months ago the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the results of what they termed a “redesigned” survey meant to capture the essence of current residential design trends. Since Materials Marketing owns a simply sublime limestone quarry in central Texas, these results are of paramount importance. Within the data, we find critical information on the popularity [...]

13 07, 2015

Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered

July 13th, 2015|Categories: Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered

The title of this post, "Stone Fireplaces Reconsidered," allows for wide latitude in terms of both intent and content. After all, the home and hearth aspect of any fireplace setting, be it residential or commercial, tugs at certain primal instincts that we all possess. In the end, the point of the post is simple. We [...]

14 02, 2014

Brushed Limestone

February 14th, 2014|Categories: Natural Stone Flooring|Tags: |Comments Off on Brushed Limestone

Natural stone finishes continue to evolve as technology improves and market demands increase. A case in point is the reaction of the stone industry to "texture" as an increasingly important design element. We previously developed texture as topic in a post called "Designing with Texture: Six Great Ideas".  To the point of that post, we now [...]

1 02, 2014

Metal Mosaics

February 1st, 2014|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on 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 [...]

12 02, 2013

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

February 12th, 2013|Categories: Design Trends, Kitchen Design|Comments Off on 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 [...]

29 01, 2013

Zen….and the Art of Oceanside GlassTile!

January 29th, 2013|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Tiles|Comments Off on 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 [...]

8 01, 2013

Bridging the Strait: From Morocco to Modern

January 8th, 2013|Categories: Design Trends, Tiles|Comments Off on 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 [...]

4 12, 2012

Grounded in Tradition, Terracotta Tile

December 4th, 2012|Categories: Tiles|Comments Off on 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 [...]

21 11, 2012

Swimming Pool Tiles: Exterior and Interior

November 21st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on 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 [...]