Before and After

March 12, 2015

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Our new kitchen!

Even WE go through remodels and have before and after photos.  Come to our Renton showroom to see our latest pride and joy!  Our showroom staff worked tirelessly on selecting just the right materials for our revamped kitchen, in order to best showcase what many of today’s homeowners are responding to.  We said goodbye to the heavier design of dark granite countertops and copper tile backsplash, and hello to a clean, sleek and refreshing design.

Many of our customers come in without having yet selected their countertop material.  We now offer a wonderful alternative to a standard slab, with Crossville’s Laminam.  For our new kitchen, we selected the Statuario from the iNaturali collection (with a satin finish).  Laminam is a thin, large format porcelain available in 1 meter x 3 meters, with a multitude of colors and finishes.  Benefits to using Laminam vs. standard natural stone slab are less cost, less maintenance, and ease of installation.

Our backsplash material comes from Lunada Bay’s Tozen collection – in the Vanadium Natural 1×4 brick.  (bonus: we stock this as well as many other colors and sizes!)

Have you seen our new PLANK flooring yet?  We selected the Blanchie color from the French Oak collection for this area and are in love with it!

Additionally, we matched our tile selections with cabinets from Cascade Cabinetry in Kent (painted in Sherwin Williams SW7046 Anonymous), painted the wall in Sherwin Williams SW7036 Accessible Beige, and had floating reclaimed shelves custom made to add a bit of texture and warmth.

We can help you create this look – or customize it to suit your taste and lifestyle.  We’ve also created several new concept boards with other backsplash options that would look great in this kitchen.  Come in and check it out!

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Our Renton showroom recently installed a floorpad of 41zero42’s Mate, and the votes are in – everyone loves it!  We are stocking two colors, Terra Grigio (a light grey) and Terra Oliva (a beautiful olive green).  To see it in its full splendor, it’s important to see more than one piece – it has a beautiful, subtle range that makes the line so special.  We are stocking four sizes: 12×24, 24×24, 2×2 mosaics, and a fantastic 10×6 Arabesque shape (pictured above).  Also worth noting – this series is rectified and has through body color.

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Sonoma Euphoria

December 4, 2014

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We’re very excited to be an exclusive dealer of the beautiful new Euphoria line from Sonoma Tile!

Not only does this collection offer some show-stopping colors, but the shapes are pretty fabulous as well.  (We can’t even pick a favorite, we love them all so much!)  Consider using Euphoria on a backsplash, fireplace surround, or as a dramatic feature in a master shower.  The possibilities are limitless!

The stoneware body is created in Sonoma, California, then shipped to Boulder, Colorado for firing and glazing.  The unique glaze is created by a Raku-inspired glass firing process.  This glaze creates an extreme and stunning variation to the tile.  Two finishes are available; crackle and luster.

Euphoria is suitable for interior walls, showers and even pools (except in freeze-thaw areas) and outdoor environments!

The photos, while stunning, simply can’t do this series full justice.  But they give you a taste of the wonderful color palette.  We invite you to stop by any of our showrooms to see these beauties in person.

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Autumn Leaves

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Margaritaville

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Mellow Yellow

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Reggae Dancing

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Summer Breeze

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Tres Chic

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Thunder Road

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Rainforest

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Spanish Eyes

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Yellow Submarine

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Tapestry

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Ruby Sky

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After Midnight

 

 

October Inspiration

October 13, 2014

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Autumn is here!  Don’t you just want to grab a fuzzy throw and sit in front of a fire with a good book?

Those beautiful fall colors are popping up outside, and are begging to be brought into your home!  To show how you can bring outdoor inspiration inside, we’ve pulled some of our favorites here in the Renton showroom:

Plank from United Tile – Hickory & Maple Heritage Collection – Nutmeg
Sonoma Tilemakers – Mosuprema Solo Slivers – Rock Ridge Blend
Edimax – Slaty – Multicolor
Eleganza – Fabrique – Linen
Crossville – Sideview Glass – Gold Matte
Sonoma Tilemakers – Vintners Reserve – Pear and Chocolate
Walker Zanger – Duquesa – Fatima Ambra

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Spokane Summer BBQ

August 19, 2014

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Our 3rd annual Spokane Summer BBQ was a lot of fun as our guests enjoyed an evening with live music by the Dog House Boyz, southern BBQ from Toby’s, and local ice cream from The Scoop truck.  We also held a raffle for the Wishing Star foundation and sponsored a little boy with cerebral palsy.  He and his family were able to attend the event while we raised over $400 to go toward granting his wish.  Guests enjoyed food and entertainment in the parking lot, and also got to peruse our showroom where we featured our latest products, including a preview of our new hardwood line, plank.  And a Crossville representative was on hand to recognize Nicole Johnson for winning Crossville’s The Common Thread For The Cure Scarf Design Competition.  Thanks to everyone who came – we look forward to doing it again next year!

We would like to thank those who donated to our raffle:  Laser Quest, Grinders & Bumper Crop, Spokane Civic Theater, River Front Park Imax Theater, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Ferrante’s Café, Row Adventures, and the Spokane Indians.

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Loving Penny Rounds

August 1, 2014

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We always LOVE to see our tile once it’s installed.  So we were thrilled when Renee Antezana from Pineapple Interior Design stopped in last week to share some photos of a project she recently completed using our American Universal penny rounds.  Adorable!!

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Inspiration: Summer

July 18, 2014

Blog entry by Kelley Stratton, Renton Showroom

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Inspiration: Summer

With the beautiful summer we’ve been experiencing, it’s hard NOT to be inspired.  Nature offers inspiration that can apply to many aspects of life.  Whether it’s just allowing yourself to relax and rejuvenate, or letting it inspire your clothing selections, your vacation destinations, food and wine pairings…personally, I’m a believer of letting nature inspire your interiors.  Perhaps it comes from having grown up along the Southern California Coast, but anything coastal speaks to me in a loud volume.  I came across this photo of an East Coast beach earlier this week and pulled together some samples from our showroom that I felt would bring the best elements of this look into an interior space.

There were two jumping off points for me.  The first being the beautiful, weathered wood.  We carry Sant’Agostino’s Aspen collection, and the Natural color offers a beautiful color that mimics wood that has been exposed to the salty sea air.  If you want to bring in a natural wood, Walker Zanger’s AnTeak Collection is a perfect selection – their natural and silver color options are both gorgeous with this look.

Secondly, the beautiful colors of the sea, sky, sand and grass.  Lunada Bay’s Tozen Collection (available in a myriad of patterns and colors) offered the perfect color in Strontium natural and silk.  Not only does this pull in all of the colors we see in this photo, but it’s also strongly reminiscent of beach glass.

I’d suggest a white subway tile as a field tile, perhaps in a bathroom, mixed with the Tozen collection glass, to create a clean and fresh look.  Walker Zanger’s Café Collection (color: milk), Sonoma’s Pure Series, or Bellavita’s Metro (color: white matte) are all beautiful options with various sizes and trims available.

Top this look off with a fresh coat of paint.  I’m a fan of Sherwin Williams Quietude, a warm blue that can act as a neutral, allowing you to bring in accents of virtually any other color your heart desires, without driving the design into strictly “blue” territory.

Come visit one of our showrooms to see our inspiration samples!

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Sant’Agostino – Natural – 6×36

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Walker Zanger – AnTeak – Penny Rounds

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Lunada Bay – Tozen – Strontium Natural – 1×4

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Walker Zanger – Café – Milk – 3×12

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Bellavita – Metro – Matte White – 4×16

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