Terracotta Tiles: Part One

Terracotta tiles inspire creative thoughts and engender romantic design notions. However, there is often a bit of confusion for the homeowner and even for the professional. Let’s start with the name. Is it terracotta as one word or terra cotta as two words? Is this really another word for Mexican tile that seems be adobe? […]

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Color, Mood…. and Designing for Both, Part Two.

We covered six colors in our last post. Let’s recap where we were and then cover three more! There are very distinct human responses to color. I have always been drawn to saturated, emotional colors. But that is me. As we discussed previously, the respected Ms. Angela Wright, on her website Colour Affects, tells us that there are […]

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The Diamond Shape

Naturally, “Diamonds Are Forever”, at least according to Ian Fleming and his alter ego, James Bond. So too does this shape keep its place in contemporary design. Recently, interior designer Gabrielle Di Stefano, contributing for Houzz, posted some very interesting comments on this timeless shape. “The diamond pattern is a standout and classic geometric design. […]

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Delft Inspiration

Situated between Rotterdam and The Hague, the Dutch city of Delft has a long political history through its association with the House of Orange and a significant cultural past .That wonderful past is amply evidenced by the great painter, Johannes Vermeer, noted for “Girl with a Pearl Earring” below and “View of Delft”, shown at […]

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Color & Mood…. and Designing for Both, Part One.

We all recognize our personal sensitivity to color & mood. Does the blue of the ocean inspire you? What about fall foliage colors? Do you feel serene with green? Let’s learn a little bit more. The very well respected, Ms. Angela Wright, on her website Colour Affects tells us that there are eleven emotional colors and describes them […]

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Summer Style with The Odyssey Collection

In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus is chronicled as he returns home to Ithaca following the Trojan War. His ten year journey back to his wife Penelope is justifiably enshrined in the pantheon of literature in Western Civilization. So begins our post on Summer Style Certainly no mere collection of stone […]

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Fleur-de-Lis. Regal Tiles and French Style

The style that Fleur-de-Lis tiles represent in 2013 design is permanently anchored in the European and notably French portion of the American design character. Long a symbol of monarchal society, according to Wikipedia “the fleur-de-lis has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, it is particularly associated with the French monarchy in a historical […]

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