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A Brief History of Hand-Painted Majolica Tile

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A Brief History of Hand-Painted Majolica Tile

We're thrilled to have a guest post today written by Susan Mussi, author of Ceramic Dictionary from Barcelona, Spain. If you're lucky, you may even find her hand-decorating tiles using the Majolica Method in her tile studio/shop, BenSu Ceramics. Pottery has always been popular in Spain, as evident with existence of earthenware pottery for thousands of years. During the years the Arabs were in Spain, they brought with them the Majolica method of decorating pottery, as well as to create beautiful tile and ceramics. Today's post provides a brief history of Majolica, a method of hand-painting or glazing ceramic tile. ...

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Designing with Decorative Tiles

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Designing with Decorative Tiles

Our go-to girl for design, Lisa M. Smith, shows How to get the most from decorative tile. Decorative tile or patterned tile are sometimes called deco tiles. Because deco tiles have a distinct design motif on each tile they are different them from plain, solid color, or field tile. Lisa is a real live designer and acrylic artist. Her motto is do it once, do it right. Interior design is a vocation not a hobby, finish a room and move on. Her fun and informative interior design blog is Decor Girl and she tweets design wisdom at @TheDecorGirl. Note: This...

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Spanish Tile Designs add Pizzazz to Contemporary Bath

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Spanish Tile Designs add Pizzazz to Contemporary Bath

When you think of Spanish tile, it's easy to imagine tiled stair risers with terracotta bisque pavers, a wall fountain with colorful quarter design patterns, or some Hispano-Moresque architectural feature embellished with Spanish tile. However, I was given the great pleasure of working with a customer that loves Spanish tile and contemporary design.    As Liz from Houston started this project nearly two and half years ago she explained, "I'm building a new house and it will provide a place for some of my contemporary art collection; but, it has to include Spanish tile which I love." This is the...

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

The design options for cement tile are extensive. Not only can pattern square tiles be customized, there are a lots of different shapes including hexagon, rectangles and Arabesque formats. Avente's Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile explains the different cement tile shapes, formats, and sizes you'll find. Exercise your creativity with handmade cement tile!  Last month, we reviewed the time-tested quality manufacturing processes and techniques utilized in producing handmade cement tile. In this third installation, we'll take a look at the various sizes, shapes and formats available with cement tiles. As you can see in the chart below, handmade cement...

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Favorite Encaustic Cement Tile Wainscot Designs

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Favorite Encaustic Cement Tile Wainscot Designs

Encaustic cement tile can be used on walls to create a unique wainscot with pattern and vibrant color. Encaustic cement tile wainscoting is a great way to carry a floor pattern to the wall from adjoining rooms. Or, consider using a border pattern with plain tiles to complement a floor design. Here's some favorite encaustic cement tile wainscot ideas and inspiration.    If you've ever seen a decorative treatment on the lower half of a wall, then you've seen wainscoting. Traditionally, wainscoting is used to protect walls from becoming damaged when chairs or other furniture is moved around, such as...

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