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Tile Inspires West Michigan Tiny House by The Georgia Pear Interiors

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Inspired by tile for a tiny house? Most definitely yes, when that tile captures a clean, calm feel that The Georgia Pear Interiors' Lauren Figueroa decided was perfect for the West Michigan tiny home she designed for the Installation Design Showcase during Coverings 2017. She teamed up with Welch Tile & Marble for the live installation of tile in a tiny house on the Coverings show floor... 

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Dan Welch Talks About the West Michigan Tiled Tiny House

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Imagine creating a tiled tiny house where every interior surface is covered with tile...

That's what Dan Welch from Welch Tile & Marble and Lauren Figueroa from The Georgia Pear Interiors did during the Coverings 2017 Installation Design Showcase. They were one of three groups participating in the live installation of tile in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. In this case, the team completed the West Michigan Tiny House

We caught up with Dan to ask him about his tiny home  experience while participating in the Installation Design Showcase. 

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Tile Accentuates Mid-Century Tiny Home Design: Kim Lewis at Coverings17

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Have you experienced a tiny home where tile is the star? Coverings 2017 featured the live installation of tile in three such tiny houses on the Coverings show floor, including the Palm Springs Mid Century Retro Tiny Home featured in this article.  Kim Lewis Designs collaborated Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. to bring this project to life. 

We caught up with Kim Lewis to learn more about her, the project and how she used tile in the design of her tiny home.

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Visalia Ceramic Tile's Sam Bruce Discusses Tiling a Tiny Home

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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During Coverings 2017, Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. joined forces with Kim Lewis Designs during the yearly Installation Design Showcase. What made this Installation Design Showcase different was that it featured the live installation of tile in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. In this case, the team completed the Retro Bungalow Tiny House.

We caught up with Visalia Ceramic Tile's Sam Bruce to ask him about his company and what tiling a tiny home at Coverings was like.

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Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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You've probably noticed that this blog focuses heavily on proper tile installation methods and techniques. At the same time, all of us involved in the CTEF Mission intensely admire timeless tile installations that truly delight the senses.

We abhor tile installation failures and encourage every opportunity to celebrate greatness in design and execution.  That's what you regularly experience during the yearly Coverings show, the premier United States exhibition of ceramic tile and stone.

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As beautiful as tile is when it is first created, the end result must also delight the senses, perform functionally while doing so beautifully, and generally withstand the test of time and usage.

To that end, this article celebrates a few of those inspiring timeless tile executions.

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What's an Ideal Sustainable Building Material? Tile Of Course!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Did you know that tile is an ideal sustainable building material for the home? Not only is it beautiful, practical, intensely visual and long-lasting, but it's eco-friendly, too! Talk about the perfect design solution for floors and walls especially when combined with expert installation and Certified Tile Installers.

To explain what makes tile such a natural choice, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has developed three powerful resources. Let's explore them.

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When to Avoid Hiring a Tile Contractor: 10 Warning Signs!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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When you're hiring a tile contractor, you expect to have the work done right the first time. Unfortunately, you don't always have the benefit of seeing the contractor's work beforehand and realizing what you need to avoid (see How Not to Install Tile on Floors, Walls and in Showers).

That's why we've put together these warning signs to help you avoid hiring a tile contractor who is poorly qualified and more of a tile "placer." (Definition: tile placer - a person who does not have the skills, knowledge and experience to install the job correctly.)

That way, you can rest assured that the beautiful tile installation in your mind's eye has every opportunity to become reality and bring you delight for years to come.

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Why a Tile Installation Mockup is Really Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps, Installation + Design

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Do you create a tile installation mockup for your customers? If you don't, we strongly encourage you to consider doing so.

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Sustainable Tile, Expert Installation Make for Spa Lobby by Healing Environments

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile is infinitely versatile. It is also sustainable. And, in the case of the Spa Lobby created during Coverings16 Installation Design Showcase, it is also the stuff of healing environments that engage all five senses. That's thanks to inspired design from Healing Environments and expert tile installers.

In this article, we connect with Susan El-Naggar, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate. co-founder with her husband Tarik El-Naggar, AIA, of architecture and interior design firm, Healing Environments to learn more about the experience of bringing together inspired design with expert tile installation.

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Wood Plank Tile Creates Fun Vibe for Architecture is Fun’s Hotel Lobby

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Close collaboration between design and tile installation teams matter intensely as we are discovering from connecting with the Coverings 2016 Design Installation Showcase participants. In the case of Architecture is Fun's Boutique Hotel X Lobby, it also makes for a fun and playful environment given the bold use of wood plank tile in a herringbone pattern.

>> Synergy Between Ceramic Tile Installation and Design? Critical Says Alena Capra

>> When Expert Tile Installers and Designer Create a Retail Space at Coverings16

>> Thin Tile Installation Expertise Creates Clubhouse Bar & Lounge

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