Monday, March 30, 2009

Is there an Echo in here?

Echo in Peerless 1"x3" Clear (50% pre-consumer recycled content)

Echo in Cerise 1"x1" Clear (10% pre-consumer recycled content)

Echo in Aqua 2"x4" Frosted and 1"x1" Clear (100% pre-consumer recycled content)

Echo in For Keeps 1"x1" Clear, 2"x2" Clear and Frosted and
in Onyx Surf Listello Frosted (both colors 50% pre-consumer recycled content)

New (new, new, new) from Crossville (Crossville, Crossville, Crossville)........okay, I'll stop.

The lastest from Crossville is Echo, a chic line of glass tile gems made with up to 100% recycled materials. So, whether it is in your plans to save the earth one backsplash at a time or to simply have the prettiest bath on the block, look no further! Echo delivers sustainability with style. With three finishes (clear, iridescent, and frosted matte), five sizes (1x1, 1x3, 2x2, 2x4, and listellos) and fifteen colors (designed by respected color forecaster, Barbara Schirmeister) Echo is unlike any other recyled glass tile available.

Just another Coverings must-see for me, but no need for you to wait. Download the Eco Recyled Glass fact sheet or go to more on Echo and all of the other amazing products from Crossville (Crossville, Crossville, Crossville)!

Sorry..........I couldn't help it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Burn, baby, burn!

American Olean - Legacy Glass

American Olean - St. Germain

American Olean - Solare

These fireplaces are HOT and American Olean proves that you don't have to spend a fortune to make that hole in your wall look like a million bucks. Choose from the many fun brights in the Legacy Glass series for a casually chic feel, or select St. Germain for the subtle look of fabric in a through-body porcelain tile (great for outdoor use as well - just imagine a fabulous contemporary patio and outdoor fire pit). I'm loving the sophisticated shades and blends offered in the Solare line of glass mosaic tile, with size options that include 1x1, 2x1, and a 2x1 pinwheel pattern! Inspired yet?

Heath Ceramics - Ovals in Canvas

Modwalls - Steel Running Brick

Crossvile Tile - Glass Blocks

Ann Sacks - Bellarita

You must be by now! Remember that the hearth is the focal point no matter what else is happening in the space, so make it remarkable. Tile is art, so whether you select ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, stone, or a combination of sorts, just go for it! Make it HOT!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The stuff that dreams are made of...

Artistic Tile Showroom - Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Don't you just love new stuff. I do. New equals innovation and excitement and its no different at Artistic Tile! First of all, allow yourself to be drawn in by the pics of the new Chicago Showroom at LuxeHome in the Merchandise Mart. The mecca of tile is finally within driving distance (dreams do come true) and I gotta see that white mosaic wedding dress up close!

Sinouos Mosaic in Ming Green

Celestial Sunny Beige

Ambra Collection

Effervescence and Venatino White Marble with Metaphor Bronze border

Horta Mosaic

As if that was not enough, feast your eyes on some of Artistic's newest product offerings, which are simply amazing. The detail in the mosaics give me goosebumps, but this is only a taste of what the showroom has to offer! Artistic Tile is an importer and distributor of artisan tile, handcrafted stone, distinctive fittings and accessories for bath, kitchen and home and they offer complete design services. I will be visiting while in Chicago for Coverings next month, so expect much more soon!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anything But Basic!

Trikeenan Tileworks manufactures some absolutely beautiful pieces that inspire my creativity in all kinds of ways. Proudly made in the USA in rural New Hampshire, Trikeenan has what seems like an unlimited number of option in colors, shapes, sizes, and finishes of tile. Savor these shots from their online tile gallery featuring the Basics Elementals series for some inspiration of your own!

Available at showrooms across the country, see for more!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My favorite BathPAK (so far)!

commercial bathroom design

My goal was to create a waterfall effect behind each water source (two faucets, one urinal, and one toilet) in this commercial mens room. The cinder block feel of the Urbanite tiles in concrete by Florida Tile combined with the iridescent Oceanside glass 1x1's in shades of blue pool on the floor underneath the feet of the users! Almost makes you wanna go, huh?

Visit to see more design examples now!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring is in the air...already!

-The Gladden's fireplace, Saint Louis

With spring comes new things and so much has happened in the last month. To start, I have completely revised my service offering at Eliminating the "paper-based" design package was a no-brainer with all of the packaging issues, shipping costs, and multiple headaches that came along with it! My new e-design "pak"ages are simply a traditional presentation board in PDF format and I believe that my clients will appreciate this change almost as much as I do! The look is fun, clean, and easy to use for client and installer alike!

Now that cts has gone electronic, I can now offer clients fireplace and bathroom tile design "pak"ages in addition to backsplashes! The design process has been streamlined so that clients can receive their custom "pak"age in approximately 2 weeks (reduced from approximately 4 weeks) and the pricing is unbelieveable! Check it out at!

More excitemet is on the way, including an ugly backsplash contest (doesn't that sound fun?) in which the winner will recieve a free re-design from cts! In the meantime, look for me on Facebook....the more friends the merrier.