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Tile Ideas for walls, flooring and for accents

April 22, 2016
April 22, 2016

There are a lot of unique tile options out there on the market today.  While it can become a little overwhelming, the right designer can help to make the selections for your project less daunting.


Metallic Glass Tile - Tile Ideas

This metallic looking glass tile is by Ann Sacks and comes in different metals.  The back of the glass has a silver leaf and makes a bold statement.



Tile Ideas - symphony showhouse bath

This custom floor pattern was created using Artistic Tile’s Zebriano Bluette and Thassos Marble.  Custom patterns can be created on site using square or rectangular tiles.



Tile Ideas - Mirror Tile - Cunningham basement bar

This backsplash was created using antiqued mirror and wood matching the cabinetry.  One alternative where you would typically see tile used.



Tile Ideas - wood tile

This is a Teak wood tile created by Walker Zanger.  The color shown here is Silver.  There are several different patterns and colors available. See  for more details.



Tile Ideas Sonoma Euphoria Tile

Sonoma Tilemakers has created a unique glazed tile utilizing a Traditional Raku firing method.  Available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, the variation of color within each batch of tile is drastic and makes an incredible statement in any room!  Learn more at



Tile Ideas -  marble floor tile


This Marble tile by AKDO is a beautiful display of artistry.  See more amazing designs at  This is available from International Materials of Design

Unique Countertop Materials

April 4, 2016
April 4, 2016

We have a lot of questions regarding countertop materials and options.  You do not have to stop at a man made quartz or a natural stone for your counters.  There are amazing and unique counter materials available that can really dress up a kitchen or bathroom and make a statement all on their own.

Unique Countertop Materials

Pyrolave Lava Stone countertop.

Unique Countertop Materials

Pyrolave color samples


This durable counter with a built in drain board is a Lava Stone by Pyrolave.  Available in 32 colors in both matte and glossy finishes, this product is created by extracting Volvic lava stone by hand and firing the stone at 1000°C.  The finished product has a slight crackle look and is very unique.  It can withstand very hot pots placed directly on it and will not stain.  As you can see, they can completely customize the product for whatever your needs are (you can even make sinks!).  Check out more at



Unique Countertop Materials - think glass counter

ThinkGlass backlit glass countertop.

Glass can be used for countertops and you can achieve various different looks with it.  You can add in color, metal and patterns and textures.  This glass counter with waterfall edge is by ThinkGlass and looks like ice.  Glass is actually a very strong counter material and is not easily scratched and will not stain.  To see more interesting designs, you can go to


Unique Countertop Materials - metal countertop

RawUrth Steel countertop available for view at Kitchen Studio.

Cold rolled steel can make an interesting statement in your kitchen.  This counter has a custom edge detail to bring a traditional element to a typically industrial material.  There are a variety of different metals and patinas to fit any décor.  This counter was created by RawUrth, see more of their amazing designs at


Unique Countertop Materials - wood grothouse top

Grothouse Lumber Ash countertop available for view at Kitchen Studio.

This reclaimed Ash wood countertop has a shallow “bowl” carved into the surface to hold fruits and vegetables as you prepare food to prevent things from rolling off of the counter.  The company that created this wood top for us is Grothouse Lumber, and they have a special food safe finish that is so durable they will give you a lifetime warranty.  If you wish to chop directly on the counter, you can opt for the mineral oil finish instead of the permanent finish.  To view more options of wood species and for great ideas, go to


Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2016

March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016

While walking through the venue at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Show, we saw a great many products worth taking note of.  Among them was this fabulous new Range by Viking called the Tuscany.  This is one of the few Viking products not made in America, but the look of this Range is unique and with a company like Viking backing it, you know that it will be a quality product.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show - Range by Viking called the Tuscany

There were so many options of tile on display that it was difficult to choose just one for this post, but I went ahead with this beauty from Ann Sacks.  From the ASC Modern Field tile line in the New Bronze Luster Matte finish.  These triangular tiles come together to create this most visually appealing tile pattern.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show - Ann Sacks Tiles

This island was created using a man made quartz product called Cambria in the color Brittanicca.  Cambria is made in the USA and boasts a Lifetime Limited Warranty for all of their products.  There are many benefits to using a man made quartz product, including the unique style you can achieve, the durability and resistance to staining and scratching.  The slabs used for this island have been beveled to create a one of a kind look with tremendous visual appeal.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show - Cambria in the color Brittanicca