The Warm Kitchen : Trends in Tile and Stone

At this time of year, many of us turn to remembrances of Thanksgiving past while in the next breath hoping for the chance to give thanks again later this month. Not incidental to those memories and hopes are images in our heads of warm kitchens that contain the most wonderful smells and [...]
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Kitchen Trends Fall 2013: Via Houzz

It is safe to say that calling social media a "phenomenon" is really no longer accurate.It is now a simple fact of life and not just for the young. Rather, if you look carefully you will discover that various social media sites have segmented themselves by targeting particular user interests. [...]
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Timeless Tunisia

The North Africa of American Hollywood lingers in our minds. Bogart and Bergman and what might have been, in "Casablanca." George C. Scott reminiscing on a previous life in "Patton", Gary Cooper in the French Foreign Legion of "Beau Geste" and back to Bogart in the grit of "Sahara." The Los [...]
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Gray is Good: Trending Colors for Fall 2013

Gray is good for 2013. At least according to our friends at Pantone and Sherwin Williams. Pantone announced its Fall 2013 colors which included the color "Turbulence" shown below left. Sherwin Williams gave us "Outerspace" and "Rare Gray" which are shown below center and right. As we look at [...]
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Porcelain Tile as We See It Now!

In the early 1980’s the design profession was offered a new product to specify as a commercial floor. Porcelain tile arrived with very little fanfare but held some distinct market changing advantages over the incumbent products.In those days this market was dominated by American produced [...]
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Color, Mood…. and Designing for Both, Part Three.

Since this is the final post in our color, mood and design trilogy. We have covered nine colors so far and by way of review we have noted that there are very distinct human responses to color. For example, I have always been drawn to saturated, vibrant colors. Of course, individual human [...]
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Glass Mosaics: A Brief History and Three Current Trends

It is generally accepted by scholars that glass mosaics date back to at least 2500 B.C. Of interest, is that clay tiles are first thought to have been produced as early as 8000 B.C. The timeline differential is mainly owing to the far greater temperatures needed to melt glass.In the spirit [...]
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The Arts and Crafts Movement: Tiles

The International Design Movement, later to be known as Arts and Crafts, began in Europe, and especially in Britain, in approximately 1860. The exact genesis of such things is never crystal clear.  Textile designer and writer William Morris was extremely influential in fanning the Arts and [...]
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