About John Valentine

I have spent over three interesting decades in the stone, tile, glass, construction and technology spaces. Sales, marketing, operations and business development, both internationally and domestically, have all been part of this ride. In the hindsight of time......"what a ride it has been"!
24 10, 2017

Tile Tunisia

2019-06-10T17:25:14+00:00By |Design Trends, terracotta|

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 [...]

23 10, 2017

Arabesque Tile 2017

2019-06-10T17:28:22+00:00By |Arabesque Tile|

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 [...]

14 10, 2017

100 Great 20th Century Buildings

2019-06-10T17:35:37+00:00By |architecture|

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 [...]

7 10, 2017

Terracotta 2017

2019-06-10T17:38:25+00:00By |Design Trends, terracotta|

Terracotta, can be very easily defined as “baked earth”, and has a history dating back centuries. The typical uses over time have included tiles, mosaics, potteries of all types, roof tiles, drainage pipes and more. The body is usually relatively [...]

4 10, 2017

Geometric Tile Shapes

2019-06-10T17:39:20+00:00By |Design Trends, Mosaics|

Design plans featuring Geometric Tile Shapes are making a strong statement. I personally believe they always have been on the scene but we, nevertheless, found something from the UK that was quite intriguing. House Beautiful - UK offered this to us: [...]

27 09, 2017

Modern Farmhouse Design 2017

2020-05-11T15:05:14+00:00By |Design Trends|

As I think of Modern Farmhouse Design 2017 there is an interesting aspect to the term “modern farmhouse”. If you take both “modern”and “farmhouse”as nouns rather than “modern” modifying “farmhouse”as an adjective, your design plan expands exponentially. One of my go-to [...]