Monday, September 28, 2009

Splash of the Week: It’s Spring Again!

Want a fun and fresh way to complete your kitchen re-do?  You got it!



These beauties are but one example of the amazing craftsmanship of the artisans at Stardust Glass!  These guys are on a mission, and it’s not just to make fabulous tile.   Get the dirty details in this week’s Artisan Spotlight, or check out their website right now!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Tilevera Handpainted Tile & Stone

Based in Sausalito, California and owned by one Ms. Deborah Osborne, you’ve probably seen some of Tilevera’s amazing products featured in the likes of Dwell magazine or House Beautiful. 

Featuring designs inspired by great works of art and ancient motifs…


and contemporary, sometimes whimsical themes.  There is something for everyone!


Not only are these delicacies handpainted, but each piece of tile first has its design hand drawn by one of the more than 500 artists in the guild that is Tilevera.  Following in the footsteps of the Spanish artisans of the Talavera region, no two tiles are alike!

I am infatuated with the MEDLEY/COLLAGE series, especially the Modern (still can’t decide if I’m Bold or Light).  This is why I love tile!



There is sooooooooo much more to see at, including an installation gallery and a palette of what seems like hundreds of colors in the San Simeon Collection.  While you’re there, try the  WORK(SHOP) design tool and create your own collage or a custom design from scratch!

Please continue to support the tile arts and ask for Tilevera product by name at your local tile showroom and/or interior design professional.

All pics courtesy Tilevera.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Splash of the Week: Red Hot!


This recreation room kitchenette was designed and installed by Sullivan Conard Architects in Seattle.  As the secondary kitchen space in the basement, their clients wanted to have a bit more fun!  The fingerprint resistant  stainless cabinets are magnificent, but that backsplash steals the show!


The poinsettia red glass tiles from Ann Sacks completely surround the upper cabinets and add a touch of glam!  Love it!

Pictures courtesy of houzz

Friday, September 18, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Donna Marie Collection

Not very long after Donna and her husband David Bartley started selling tile out their Washington, DC showroom, Bartley Tile Concepts, Inc., they realized that offering a wide range of tile options from around the world to their upscale clientele was simply not enough.  These people wanted hand-painted, handcrafted, custom works of tile art for their homes (crazy, huh?) - and it was up to the Bartleys to deliver.  And deliver they did!


Bartley Tile’s Donna Marie Collection features an amazing series of handcrafted delicacies almost good enough to eat!   My favorite is the Architectural Series for its clean lines and many, many glaze color options.  180 glaze color options to be exact! 


The Handmold Series is exactly that, offering the same 180 glaze color options on handmade tiles available in an assortment of field sizes and a plethora of trims.


Love on the detail in the Fleur and the beautiful brushstrokes on the fields!  Yummy!


If that’s not enough, the Watercolor Series should quench your thirst!  With both Traditional and Whimsical hand-painted themes on either the Architectural or Handmold Series’ of tile to choose from, you’re sure to fall in love!  I did……and I don’t even like fish……


……but these fields look like little square pools of water begging for me to dive in!

Support the tile arts and visit Bartley’s Tile Concepts’ website and the showroom/studio while in the DC area!  All pictures courtesy

Monday, September 14, 2009

Splash of the Week: Stunning Stainless Stones!

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Stainless is found in most modern kitchens today, usually in the form of appliances, ventilation hoods, and cabinetry hardware.  With Solistone’s Freeform series, select from seven different metal finishes to add some organic sex appeal to your kitchen space.

Featured in Astro with a black grout, this splash is like the icing on a cool contemporary cake (baked in a stainless steel oven, of course).

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Brushed for textural interest and to prevent fingerprinting.  Mesh-mounted for ease of installation.  So much more fabulousness (I know that’s not a word) to see at Solistone’s website and tile dealers across the country!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: The Nadeau Collection

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Okay, so Crystal Nadeau doesn’t make the stone (we can all thank the Good Lord for that – beauty that random cannot be claimed by any man) tile used in her mosaic masterpieces, but her show-stopping collection simply cannot be mentioned without squeezing the word art in there somewhere.

Headquartered in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, The Nadeau Collection is one that must be considered before any tile design decisions are made for your project.  A perfect combination of modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, Nadeau is available at luxury tile boutiques and studios across the nation.  Offering a gorgeous selection of geometric and exotic shapes……

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with what seems to be an unlimited amount of colors……

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and patterns!  I can’t decide which I love most.  Oh yeah, in case you don’t see exactly what you want, The Nadeau Collection does custom! 

Not just custom, I mean CUSTOM, honey!  The folks at Nadeau are stepping out on innovation with their newly unveiled Design Lab.  Sign up, sign in, and play!

Support the tile arts and visit The Nadeau Collection website.  All pictures courtesy

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Splash of the Week: Marvelous Modern!

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Often times, the backsplash is an afterthought.  It is usually the last consideration in the kitchen space, and rightly so.  Because there are so many options available, finding a splash that coordinates with the larger investments in the kitchen (cabinetry, countertops, appliances, etc.) only makes good sense. 

This fabulously bold splash choice is obviously the driving force behind the design of this modern kitchen space, and I’m going along for the ride!  More that just a splash, this classic custom repeating pattern from Hakatai serves as wallpaper for the entire room! 


Friday, September 4, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Red Rock Tileworks

Lindsay McLean is a tile Wonder Woman!  As Production Manager at Newsome Ceramic Tile Design, and Partner at both M.E. Tile and Red Rock Tileworks, she’s busy at the very least!  Together with her parents (both architects) and her husband, they produce “functional art” for your bathroom walls - and anywhere else you wanna put it. 

Though I appreciate the creative gems featured by all three companies, there’s a special place in my heart for Red Rock!  Here’s why………


Handcrafted in Central Illinois by a team of dedicated artisans, most pieces are designed by Lindsay herself. 


With so many lovely options, rich with color and distinctive textures, who could pick just one?


Available at boutique tile showrooms nationwide and in Canada!


Please support the tile arts and visit Red Rock Tileworks website now!  All pictures courtesy and Red Rock Tileworks Facebook page.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Splash of the Week: Got the Monday blues?

I do!  This sleek kitchen space is the definition of modernity, with the splash serving as the icing on the cake!


I just love how this baby blue blend of gloss and matte finishes plays with the light.  Add some under-cabinet lighting to highlight and watch the show as you move around the room!

This is only the tip of a Canadian iceberg called Interstyle Ceramic & Glass. With field tiles and mosaics in dozens of sizes and practically every color known to man, it’s impossible not to find the contemporary look you want for your space. 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Heath Ceramics

You look up the word artisan in the dictionary (who does that anymore) and I bet you’ll find a picture of Edith Heath.  A true pioneer in both stoneware and business, this lady was nothing if not an artist!  Get to know her better here.  The company she founded, Heath Ceramics, has had new owners since 2003, but Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey are working hard to keep Edith’s Sausalito dream alive! 

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Renowned for their tableware, it is, of course, the tile series that I dream about!  Each tile seems to have it’s own personality.  With pieces from the very warm and textured………

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……to the very bright and modern, the folks at Heath know how to make some tile! 


They’ve only been doing it since the mid-forties.  Not porcelain or ceramic, these stoneware beauties are vitreous making them tough enough to be used outdoors! 

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And dinnerware to match my backsplash?  Pure genius!


Buy at the Sausalito Factory & Store, the new Los Angeles Studio & Store, or online. 

Please support the tile arts and visit Heath Ceramics website!  All photos courtesy Heath Ceramics.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Splash of the Week: Beyond Beautiful!

Absorb the beautiful results of an encounter with New Ravenna Mosaics! What a fabulously ornate, but simply gorgeous way to personalize your kitchen space - and start your week! 



The folks at New Ravenna (founded and lead by Sara Baldwin) are mosaic magicians, developing works of art with a talented team of designers and artisans.  From Virginia’s Eastern Shore to the world………

………but alas, another luxurious line of tile jewels not readily available in the Saint Louis area!  (Don’t worry! I’m working on it.)  In the meantime, check out New Ravenna’s website as well as Sara’s blog!  There is so much more to see, including the new Precision Jewel Glass and Marble Water Jet Collections.  It’s enough to bring a tile lover to tears………anybody have a Kleenex?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Mercury Mosaics

Sorry about last week!  I know that my readers look forward to learning more about America’s innovative tile makers and the mouth-watering lovelies that they create!  Well, savor this……


Mercedes Austin will go down in tile history as the Mistress of Magnificent Mosaics!  Okay, maybe not……but the field tiles and mosaics that she and her musician husband Michael design and manufacture are simply out of this world!  Funky and fun, I can’t decide which I like best!


Mercury Mosaics’ humble beginnings in Mercedes’ Minneapolis apartment has given way to a thriving custom tile business creating kitchen, bath, and commercial projects across the nation with 10 studio employees.  Not just tile makers, use MM’s cool ceramic switch plates to finish your next tile job!


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I can hardly wait to start specifying!

Please support the tile arts and visit Mercury Mosaics’ website right now!  All pictures courtesy Mercury Mosaics.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Splash of the Week: A Touch of Mod Class!

Don’t break the budget covering the entire backsplash with glass mosaics!  Get the look by highlighting the focal point, as was done here using Modwalls’ Lush 1x2 blend in Stockholm. 

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When combined with Modwalls’ Lush 4x4 field tile in Dune, pull the eye around the entire space by adding touches of mosaics throughout!  Fabulous!

Modwalls does tile mid-century style.  But that’s not all they do!  If you are on the lookout for clean mosaics in glass, ceramic, stainless, or even cork………look no further!  Because the folks at Modwalls offer some of the coolest tile available, stay tuned for more pics of their products in action!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Take a sunny shower……

or bathe under the stars in this fun bathroom filled with sky blues, grassy greens, and cloudy whites!

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With a fabulously simple layout (found in almost every home in America) this is how a tub/shower combination gets done with style! 

Pics courtesy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Splash of the Week: Traditional and Timeless!

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Me?  I’m a colorful contemporary girl.  My design dictionary defines neutral as “safe” and/or “the last resort”.  But neutral most certainly does not mean boring, as this beautiful backsplash in a traditionally styled kitchen exemplifies!

Using a blend of Sonoma Tilemakers products, including Sonoma Reserve plant-ons and MoSuprema 1x1’s to create a focal point is a good start, but why stop there?  I simply love the detail of the pattern in the side splash area! 

Nothing “safe” here!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Artisan Spotlight: Encore Ceramics

When Debbie and Barry Russell began to produce tiles out of a 2-car garage, it wasn’t about making money, it was about creating art.  I must say that they have done just that!  From their very humble beginnings (which includes a Cuisinart and a pizza cutter), these folks, who were joined early on by Rita Bourbon and Michael Campbell, have grown Encore Ceramics right out of that garage in Oregon and into homes across the country.


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Offering six artistically crafted  series’ from which to choose, Encore products are both aesthetically innovative and environmentally responsible.  My favorite is San Marco, but Vecchio comes in at a very close second.



Let’s all join them in their tile revolution!

Please support the (tile) arts and visit Encore Ceramics website.  All photos courtesy Encore Ceramics.