Tile Talk: Unique Patterns & What’s Hot Now

Tile is one of my favorite materials to work with. Today’s tile has become even more decorative and sophisticated. It is expected to make a big splash in small spaces. There are so many trends to cover plus a few unique patterns that I stumbled on along the way.  A great local resource in NJ is Garden Statel Tile. They carry Casa Mood, Casa Italia, Dune (an Australian line) and many other cutting edge brands that are not at the well known stores like Meditterean, County Floors and Artisitc Tile. Take a look:

3-D Tile from Nemo

Nemo 3D Tile

Fabulous Pattern as Seen in Renovation Style Winter, 2010 Edition

Renovation Style Tile Pattern

Horn Tile – How exquisitehorn tiles - matouche by Matouche

Wood Floor Tile (by Ligne but almost all tile companies now have a version of this)

wood floor tile ligne

Labryinth tile by Michael S. Smith for Ann Sacks

michael s. smith labyrinth tiles

PorcelainTile w/Metallic Overbody by Ono

ono metal glazed tile

Leather Crackled Tile by Ono

leather crackled tile

Angela Adams Curved Mosaics for Ann Sacks – it’s been around, but still beautiful

angela adams curved tiles

Nemo Glass Mosaic – like Ercole’s designs. Long and linear instead of square.

Nemo Glass Tile

Very sweet Detail- Tortoise shell mosaic border, looks like grout (Walker Zanger)

walker zanger mosaic detail


The 3 R’s of Decorating in 2010: Recycled, Reclaimed, Re-Used

It’s amazing how things change. 10 years ago, the  three R’s of decorating were: Relax, Reconstruct and Reinvent. Today it’s undeniable, Recycle, Reclaim and ReUse. The green movement has been inching it’s way into the decorating market in all capacities. From green materials to building codes. However, most of us can’t rebuild our homes to green standards but we still want to make an evironmental difference. The use of barnwood furniture, recycled relics and redesigning with existing furniture and accessories is an easy way for all customers to lesson their carbon footprint. I happen to love the reclaimed, barnwood furniture look. It is so hot right now that a rep from High Point emailed his customers to let them know about the success of one of lines, Noir. I happen to think Vagabond has a sweet look. And of course there are always your local furniture workrooms who will custom create what you want. Even Restoration Hardware is in on the game. This past week, I was on the prowl for a reclaimed bench. Here are some of favorite finds along the way:

Guatemalan Antique Lighting using Tree Root and Recyled Material:
guatemalan antique lighting

Hard to believe that this is from Home Goods in Rockville, Md. for only $149!homegoods maryland barn table

Thomas Bina’s Collection for Four Hands. Full line of product. Love this piece.fourhands bina TV standfourhands zhong chinese cabinet

Fourhands Zhong collection. You’ve seen some of their pieces at Neimanmarcus.com. I have always wanted to know who the manufacturer was. I think I have to buy this antique Chinese armoire.

restoration hardware printmaker side table

Restoration Hardware’s printmaker side table. Have you seen their new look? According to inside sources, their new look, higher price point and stake in the green market is recession proof.


It’s a “Trunk Show” at Home Goods

Short on space? No worries. Trunks have emerged as this seasons chic accessory. Pier One is loaded, and Home Goods has decided to make a “trunk show” literally. All are under $200 and most $99. I found this collection at the Home Goods in Rockville, Md behind the Flint Mall. But, I have seen trunks arriving in drives to all the Home Goods I have been at.

hg md. trunks

Tween Boy Room – Ski Bum

Lately, the tween/teen home market seems neglected. Pottery Barn Teen has looked the same for the past year with little new product introductions and JC Penney, another great resource for this market is also short on the goods. Despite the recession, teens still want their style. While looking for a client of mine, I happily stumbled on this great site with all hand made ski related home items. Not only is the company green (using recycled skis) but their designs are actually stylish. This bench in particular caught my eye and the coat racks.  Just waiting for PB Teen to knock these off. In the interim, go to www.recycledskis.com for pricing and more info.

Ski Bench

recycledskis racks