Tile Noir – It is a beautiful “black tile” affair…

Bring dramatic contrast and masculine boldness into any design using black tile. To begin, while black may not be the first “go to” for color selection in tile, seemingly too dark and gloomy, it can provide a perfect palette for modern sophistication and offers a unique gateway to introduce key accent colors. In addition, black […]

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Design Trends for the Today’s Bathroom Tile

Giovanni Barbieri's white Flamboyant with gold leaf

From traditional to modern, and the incredible variety of styles in between, there is an abundance of beautiful tiles to design your bathroom with! The selection for bathroom tile might seem a bit overwhelming with so many gorgeous products to choose from, the key is to find what will work nicely with your home’s design […]

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Kitchen Tile Backsplash Trends and Tips

Backsplashes, while once almost an afterthought, are now designed into kitchens as a focal point and a driving design element. Some new trends we are seeing range from application to color to the design/material of tiles. One new backsplash trend is taking backsplash tile all the way above cabinets to the ceiling. This “oversize backsplash” […]

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Ellen Blakeley creating decorative glass mosaics

  Receiving her MFA from Mills College under the tutelage of renowned artist Ron Nagle, Ellen has taken the innovative teacher’s mantra, “break the rules” to heart, literally and figuratively.  Her curiosity and devotion to ignoring boundaries has led to the development of an industrial yet feminine aesthetic romancing urban glass. Ellen has become a […]

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The Artisan Tile Design of Giovanni Barbieri

Giovanni Barbieri began his career at the age of 14 by operating in the marble sector as a labourer. By 2013, he was the  winner of Best Of the Year Interior Design USA Award on Hard Surface Category with Memento Collection produced by Ceramica Vallelunga, The first Porcelain Tiles & Mosaics that are a genuine and […]

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Malibu and Catalina Style Hand Painted Tile Beginnings

Early in the 20th century, a style of hand painted tiles were created in California that is referred to as Arabesque or Hispano-Moreque. The original tiles showcased bright contrasting glaze colors often in geometric patterns that were reminiscent of tiles produced many centuries ago in the Near and Middle East, North Africa and southern Spain. […]

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