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!

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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! 

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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!

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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! 

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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……

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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!

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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 Hakatai.com!

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.

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Let’s all join them in their tile revolution!

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

Monday, August 3, 2009

Splash of the Week: Retro Chic!

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The classically cool mix of white and black makes for the perfect back drop for this fun and funky splash.  If the cheerful color combo doesn’t get you, the random geometry of the pattern will!  Complete with stainless appliances and a gorgeous farm sink, this kitchen represents retro modern done very well!

Photos courtesy Chotda’s photostream!