If All Else Fails, at Least You Have This to Fall Back On

Hello. Bonjour. Ciao. Aloha. Hola. Yes, I’m still alive. Why did I go temporarily AWOL from my beloved blog? Well the reason is two-part. First of all, I had some personal issues arise that really distracted me from my writing. It just got overwhelming with everything I had going on. It won’t happen again. Second … Continue reading

Herringbone & chevron…siblings, not twins

It’s true that in the past I’ve used the terms “herringbone” and “chevron” interchangably quite a bit throughout my posts. I would like to clear up a misconception: herringbone and chevron patterns, while strikingly similar, are not the same. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this, because I didn’t really notice the difference until … Continue reading

Herringbone Strikes Back!

OK, so I have already discussed the beauty of Chevron tile. I already told you all about the glamour it brings to a room and its timelessness. However, I noticed two things within the last week: 1) The single most popular search term people are using to find my blog (thank you!) is “herringbone tile”. … Continue reading

Penny for your thoughts? No? How about your floor?

We all hate pennies. You know it’s true I will go relatively far out of my way to avoid receiving pennies back with my change. I will happily dig around in my wallet for several minutes to make exact change so that I don’t have to take on more pennies. I have been known on … Continue reading

Introduce Some French Design With Tile

Throughout my travels in France, I noticed a number of things. For instance, the French don’t like when you try to open a conversation in English. Apparently that’s insulting. Also, you can buy a good bottle of wine in a grocery store for 3 euro. Wish I would have figured that out much earlier in … Continue reading

Add a Little Glamour With Chevron Floor Tile

In the famous words of Carrie Bradshaw…“Hellooo lover.” *Sigh* Chevron floor tile was one of my first flooring loves. Still is. I would happily give up my hardwood and plain porcelain in a half of a heartbeat for this gorgeous pattern. It just exudes glamour. And if you haven’t noticed, I am drawn to all … Continue reading

Andy Warhol Inspires…Tile?

In short: yes. Really, I suppose it was only a matter of time. He’s inspired generations to create all sorts of products ranging from clothing to top-shelf champagne. Seriously, champagne. He’s the master of using color to create loud statement pieces that command attention (whether you like it or not). When I view his work, … Continue reading

Arabesque Tile: Here to Stay?

As with many of my posts, this question was inspired by a client of mine. She wanted to use a white ceramic tile, but a white ceramic of the unconventional variety. Even after I showed her all the ways she could use a plain white subway creatively, she still wanted something different. When I suggested … Continue reading

Porcelain Wood-Grain Tiles: Kicking Hardwood’s Butt One Room at a Time

When I first stepped into my current condo during my housing search, I was immediately swept off my feet. Crown molding, a brand new kitchen, spacious bathroom, and ample closet space: all features very difficult to find where I live. And in addition to all of that, it was a condo not on ground level … Continue reading

Top 5 2011 Tile Trends (Thus Far)

Trends in tile are a very interesting thing, because when you think about it, tile is really quite a permanent fixture in your home. Many people, especially commercial interior designers, love to embrace the trends and make them their own, while others prefer to avoid them and stick to the classics (which I’ll discuss in … Continue reading