Stone & Tile Design Blog2019-06-10T18:31:06+00:00

Modern Mosaics

The history of mosaics is that of an artisanal art form that has walked in lockstep with the history of civilized man. Always helpful, our partners in knowledge at Wikipedia give us a basic definition that  will allow us to understand modern mosaics: "A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the [...]

Vein Cut Travertine 2017

Interior designers and architects are consistently challenged with finding the right solutions to bring their client’s vision to life. It’s not just color, patterns, finish and materials; it’s also about textural elements that anchor the overall design. In natural stone flooring, the right “cut” is a part of this matrix. So here is a bit [...]

Trends in Green

I recently discovered the proper appreciation for a translucent green color value. Working through my thoughts on trends in green, took me to an old and trusted source of inspiration, www.etsy.com. There, I found  a robust seller from Irvine, California offering green agate coasters, as shown below and at the top of this post. via Etsy [...]

Navy is Now in 2017

Navy is Now in 2017 as a functioning colorway solving a variety of design issues. The always astute Freshome.com goes so far as to say, "thanks to 2017’s design trends, another color is ready to mix up your neutral color palate. Navy is here and there’s no stopping it."  Given that sentiment let's cover this color [...]

Tudor Style

Any meaningful conversation about Tudor Style begins with a certain amount of era definition. This period in history is associated with the House of Tudor, which is generally accepted as the 16th Century in England. The more than iconic Henry VIII is the unchallenged towering figure of the period as seen below. In current culture, [...]

Fish Scale Tile

Using fish scale tile in a design plan brings an organic presence and natural resonance into any space. Firstly, a little science to support the organic aspect. The Australian Museum informs us that there are four basic scale shapes. -1 Placoid (sharks and rays) -2 Cosmoid (lungfishes and some fossil fishes) -3 Ganoid (bichirs , [...]

Contemporary Craftsman Style

Not long ago, the Wall Street Journal real estate section said that “Home Buyers Embrace the ‘Contemporary Craftsman’ Look”. This opens the conversation on the Contemporary Craftsman style as seen by the American homeowner. Historically, American Craftsman, such as the Gamble House in Pasadena shown above, is generally considered to be the logical extension of [...]

The Art Deco Fireplace

One school of thought would suggest that the resurrection and restoration of South Beach in Florida, as a cultural and tourist destination, has contributed mightily to the public appreciation of Art Deco as both an expression of style and a design movement. On the other hand, some friends of mine would cry “foul” and simply [...]