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Are Tile Countertops Back in Style?

Many homeowners are embracing tile countertops with no risk of a dated look. For a number of years, tile countertops were one of those design elements that just made you think “1950s.” There was a marked shift away from tile countertops in the kitchen and in the bath, and for many years everyone wanted stone countertops—or at least materials that mimicked the look of stone. However, more recently tile countertops have begun enjoying a bit of a revival, especially in the kitchen. Turns out, tile countertops could be a great choice if you’re looking for an easy DIY countertop update...

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From Gutted to Glam: Tile Makes 1930s Bathroom Remodel a Success

Bathroom tile from Mission Tile West was integral in creating the 1930s look. When designer Madeline Stuart was tasked with restoring the formerly glamorous 1930s Spanish Revival home of Broadway and Hollywood dancer Ann Miller, she didn’t have a lot to work with in the bathroom department. In fact, she had just one original item to guide her in restoring two large bathrooms back to period-appropriate style: a nickel-plated shower door frame decorated with a diamond pattern. Using this one element as inspiration, Stuart and Mission Tile West worked together to create a stunning and unique...

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The Evolution of the Kitchen Backsplash

Great and not-so-great moments from the history of kitchen backsplash design. The first kitchen backsplashes were functional, not decorative. They were designed to protect the walls from splatters of water, grease, tomato sauce, and other cooking and cleaning mishaps. Therefore, they tended to be quite small—often just 4 inches tall. In some homes, they were only found behind the sink and stove areas, as this was where the most protection is needed. Backsplashes Get Bigger The first big change in the world of kitchen backsplash design was to begin viewing the backsplash as a decorative as well...

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Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Kitchen with Tile

Learn where you might want to consider using tile in your outdoor kitchen. When it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor kitchen, it takes more than just lining up the grill and minifridge against the wall. To create a truly functional space that you can use to entertain effortlessly outdoors, you need to create all the same amenities you have indoors in a way that fits nicely and naturally into the space. As you’ll discover in this blog, tile provides an excellent way to tie your outdoor kitchen into your outdoor living space to create a beautiful and valuable addition to your property. Where...

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Tile Fireplace Design Ideas

Want to give your old fireplace a new look? Consider a new tile fireplace surround. Red brick fireplaces just scream 1980s, don’t they? Well, if you have an older red or brown brick fireplace in your home, painting it white or another neutral color is not your only option. With a bit more effort and investment, you give your old fireplace a whole new look by re-facing it with tile. Here are some intriguing design ideas to consider when choosing fireplace tile for your project. Pretty Pop of Color One interesting fireplace tile design idea that will totally transform the look of your room in a rather...

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