About John Valentine

I have spent almost four 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 the ride.
22 11, 2017

Country Patterns in Tile

2019-06-10T17:18:23+00:00By |ceramic 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 [...]

8 11, 2017

Winter White Stone

2019-06-10T17:19:39+00:00By |Marble|

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, [...]

27 10, 2017

Classic Blue Tiles

2020-07-29T22:48:53+00:00By |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 [...]

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 [...]