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Stone & Tile Design Blog 2017-07-11T09:28:15+00:00

Colorful Bathroom Plans

We often consider our design ideas and subsequent plans by taking a room to room approach. There is certainly a logic to this when many spaces are involved, for example, in a new construction scenario. It is also fundamentally necessary for renovation situations. So here, on the first day of winter, let’s brighten things up [...]

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pantone Color of the Year for 2018

Last week came the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018. That color is “Ultra-Violet 18-3838” and it certainly represents a radical departure from last years “Greenery”. As indicated by the image at the top of this post, via Pantone, the quasi-cosmic feel is hard to miss. In making the announcement, the renowned international [...]

December 9th, 2017|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |

Country Patterns in Tile

The old joke is...."what is Thanksgiving called in England”?  The clever answer being: “Thursday”. That is, in general, globally true. Be that is it may, tomorrow is my personal favorite in terms of holidays. There are a wide variety of reasons for this, but given the big four of Fall, Football, Food, and Family who [...]

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: ceramic tile|Tags: |

Winter White Stone

Like it or not, winter awaits us. Well, not so fast. My pals in Florida, Arizona and Southern California are trying hard not to openly smirk as they read. Be that as it may, the seasons march on inexorably. If, like me, you don't reside in the aforementioned warmer climes, then snow is probably in [...]

November 8th, 2017|Categories: Marble|Tags: |

Authentic Terracotta Tile

We were first introduced to authentic terracotta tile by our old friends at the San Antonio based stone and tile producer, Materials Marketing. In the early ‘80’s, they offered a wonderful array of Mexican produced terracotta tiles that still linger in the imagination. Since then, that company has carved out a great niche in architectural [...]

November 4th, 2017|Categories: Design Trends, terracotta|Tags: , |

Classic Blue Tiles

The Classic Blue Tiles of our design imaginations are actually many different materials from many diverse cultures and countries. Let's take a look at a few cultural and national iterations that can be woven into your design plan options. In many design circles, the term "azulejos" is tossed around quite a bit. Naturally, Wikipedia is [...]

October 27th, 2017|Categories: Blue Tiles|

Tile Tunisia

Tile Tunisia The North Africa of Hollywood lingers in our minds. Bogart and Ingrid and what might have been, in "Casablanca." George C. Scott recalling a previous life in "Patton", Gary Cooper and the French Foreign Legion of "Beau Geste" and back to Bogart in the sand of "Sahara." The Los Angeles Times said that " ever since Rudolph [...]

October 24th, 2017|Categories: Design Trends, terracotta|Tags: |

Arabesque Tile 2017

There are certain styles that are always relevant inside the design plans of particular designers, architects and their clients. In my opinion, a Moorish theme and the accompanying use of Arabesque Tile 2017 is one of those styles. No one does this better than Country Floors, and all the imagery in this post are via this iconic [...]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Arabesque Tile|

Disaster Resistant Container Homes

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes seem to be on the rise year in and year out.   Adequate preparation can reduce the impact on structures greatly. When we think of how to prepare for these occurrences, what may come to mind, are hurricane and earthquake structures that yield disaster resistant container homes.  Containers are [...]

October 21st, 2017|Categories: architecture|

100 Great 20th Century Buildings

My subscription to Architectural Digest yields many nuggets but a recent gem is a heads up that next month Rizzoli is publishing a book. "100 Buildings: 1900–2000". A Pritzker award winning architect, Tom Mayne, compiled this list by sending questionnaires "asking prominent architects to list the 20th-century buildings students ought to know". The book includes photos, [...]

October 14th, 2017|Categories: architecture|Tags: |

Minimalism in Tile & Stone

Minimalism has long appealed to me for reasons that, even through the lengthening tunnel of time, are still unclear. Is it the lack of clutter? The easy, unbroken visuals in subtle color themes? The lack of ornamentation that seems to focus your thoughts more keenly? Whatever, the personal reasons here are  a few thoughts on Minimalism in [...]

October 9th, 2017|Categories: architecture, Minimalism|Tags: |