Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 Fast and Simple Renovation Ideas

     Summer has just begun which means it's time to kick those summer renovations into high gear!  If you're like us (and most of the population), you might be itching to start a new project on your home but have no idea where to start or what to redo.  While we love Instagram and all the pretty squares we see on it, it can be a little overwhelming when using it as inspiration and research for a design project--there is just too much!  So we've rounded up 5 summer renovation ideas that will make big statements without the pains of an exhausting home remodel. 

  1. Power Room Pick-me-up
If diving into a full-on master bath renovation is too overwhelming, try starting with a powder room or guest bathroom.  Redoing the tile in one of these rooms will be much quicker and will require less product.  We love when designers use a bold statement tile like the one below to create an eye-catching backsplash behind the sink.  

Karia Pattern from AST collection; Design by Tile Elements in Orange County, CA
Tile was used in a Berk Properties Home

2.  Kitchen Quickie 

Adding a backsplash behind your kitchen stove is another small project idea that will go a long way in your home.  You can keep the costs and renovation time down while making a creative statement in the best part of the house.  As you can see in the project below, an 18x36 decorative backslpash with liners can make a kitchen customized and unique. 

Pattern is Charmed from the StoneImpressions' collection
Design by Normandy Remodeling

3.  Surprisingly Simple Shower Niche

It doesn't matter how small that niche in your shower is--pop a few tiles in there and you have transformed your shower! This technique is especially effective if you have a plain looking bathroom and will grab your attention every time you walk in your shower.  

Pattern is Porto from the AST collection

4.  Border Up! 

When in doubt, put a border around it!  Not only does this save you costs on material, it also reduces install time.  Don't be afraid to go bold with colors and patterns on this one.  We love seeing this style in bathrooms and also in entry-ways.  

Pattern is Baku
Design by International Materials of Design in Overland Park, KS

5.  Bring the Heat 

While we love the long summer days in the sun, we also can't deny a cozy couch hang in front of the burning fireplace.  Adding decorative tiles around the fireplace is growing trend that is surprisingly simple and doesn't require much material.  

Pattern is Lena from the AST Collection

"Renovation" is a long word but it doesn't need to be a long process.  When starting out on a home reno, we think the simpler the better.  Happy renovating! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

What we saw at Coverings 2017

If you didn't make it to Coverings this year, we asked 3 of our designers to round up the most popular designs and styles they saw at the trade show and what they heard from other designers about upcoming tile trends.  It's no surprise that the timeless, all-white marble look is here to stay, but our designers also noticed new colors and finishes that look like they are going to be a big hit in 2017. Here is what they saw this year:

1. Large Format Tiles with a Faux Finish 

While walking through the Coverings booths, our designers said that there was a noticeable presence of large format tiles with faux finishes such as wood and porcelain.  We have been really enjoying the use of bright colors in furniture and decor, so we can see why this neutral tile trend is on the rise in homes.  
Image courtesy of MSI Stone

2. Clean Lines with Solid Colors 

The use of tiles with symmetrical and dark, solid lines is a style that our designers saw a lot of this year.  This style is perfect for a room that needs an eye-catching focal point.

Our new "Waterways" Pattern which is a part of the  Artisan Stone Tile collection

3. Gold/Metallics 

This color trend was surprising to us, but we heard from many designers that the use of gold and other metallic colors are going to be very popular this year.  
Two of our newest patterns, on top is "Morocco" and on the bottom is "Parasol"
Photo courtesy of Houzz

4.  Carved Stone, Etched Tile

Texture, texture, texture!  What we heard from designer after designer is how much they love seeing the texture in a piece of tile.  When walking around Coverings, it was also very clear to our designers that more companies are starting to create lines which feature texturized patterns and designs.  
Photo courtesy of Ann Sacks
5. Grey and White Tones

We think it's safe to say that the "all-white" look is a style that is staying put in the interior design world, and we aren't complaining.  What we heard from designers at the show is that they like seeing decorative tiles with soft grey and white tones to keep a room clean while also adding a pattern.  

Our new pattern, Sadie, from the Artisan Stone Tile collection

Photo courtesy of Spinnaker Development

We want to know what tile trends you think are going to hold up in 2017!  Our 3 designers came back from Coverings inspired and ready to create.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Installation Contest Giveaway!

It is finally time to announce our first ever "Giveaway!"  To show our appreciation for all of the work and creativity you put into your designs, we will be starting a 4 month long Installation Shot contest beginning January 1st!  
  • The 4 month contest begins January 1st, 2017 and will close April 30th, 2017.  
  • In order to be considered for the giveaway, please submit original images of StoneImpressions or Artisan Stone Tile installs to hilary@stoneimpressions.com.
  • Photo entry in the contest grants StoneImpressions the rights to use and reproduce the submitted images. 
  • We will also be giving away a $100 gift card to West Elm to a winner from each month, so do not wait until the end to enter! 
  • The winning installation shot will be judged on quality of the image and overall design.  At the end of the 4 months, winner receives a new

For any questions, don't hesitate to email hilary@stoneimpressions.com.  We look forward to seeing your designs!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

     Tis' the season to be...stressed out about checking off that long holiday gift list?  Don't worry, we feel the pressure too.  Even though we always go into holiday season with the best of intentions to get all our shopping and wrapping done early, we can say that every year we are left in a panic a week before gifts are to be opened in front of friends and family.  In order to make life a little easier for you, we picked out 10 unique gift ideas from one of our favorite design stores, West Elm.  

     Did we mention that starting January 1st, we will be launching our first ever Giveaway? To show our appreciation for all of the work and creativity you put into your designs, we will be starting a 4-month long contest where you can submit your favorite installation shots of any original StoneImpressions or Artisan Stone Tile projects you worked on.  At the end of the 4 months, we will be awarding the winner with a brand new iPad Mini 4.  We will also be awarding a $100 gift card to West Elm at the end of each month!

Gifts for Her

1. Decorative Tray

Seriously, who doesn't love a good tray?  Not only are they fun to arrange, they are also very versatile.  They work well on ottomans, tables, counter tops, you name it.  Gift this classic accent piece to someone who loves to decorate!

Fishs Eddy Gilded Cafe Mirror Tray $69-$99

 2. Faux-Fur Throw 

Anyone who says that they don't enjoy curling up next to the fire with a big comfy blanket obviously hasn't found the perfect throw.  Give the gift of comfort with one of West Elm's faux-fur throws.  The best part?  It isn't real fur! 

Faux Fur Ombre Throw $62 on Sale

3. Succulents 

Shopping for a plant lover?  Luckily, West Elm has dozens of decorative succulents and planters to choose from, ranging in prices.  This gift is both thoughtful and affordable!

Mid-Century Turned Leg Tabletop Planters $24-$49
Roar+Rabbit Freeform Terrariums $34-48 on Sale

4. Candles

Okay, we know that giving candles to someone isn't the most thought-out of presents, but sometimes you need to find something fast for that distant relative or third cousin with interesting design taste.  That's why we found you this nature-inspired candle set that also includes a diffuser and room spray.  This set has a chic look and also smells amazing!

Naturalist Homescent Collection $32 Set

Gifts for Him

5. Stainless Steel Ice Cubes 

If you're shopping for a guy who is serious about his liquor, then you can't go wrong with West Elm's stainless steel ice cube set.  We're sure whoever receives this gift will want to test them out right away!

Essential Barware Stainless Steel Ice Cubes $29

6. Bamboo Desk Speakers

What man doesn't love the gift of technology during the holidays?  These bamboo speakers are stylish, portable and affordable.  

Bamboo USB Desk Speakers $41 on Sale

Gifts For Anyone

7. Coffee Kit

Now that the open shelved look in kitchens is becoming very popular, it is important to have kitchen accessories that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Luckily, West Elm has got that covered.  Impress your interior design and coffee-obsessed friend with this timeless collection.

Bodum Copper Coffee Collection $30

8. Knife Set

 Want to impress the couple that loves to throw dinner parties?  Surprise them with this set of modern, stainless steel knives!  This gift is perfect for anyone who likes to get serious in the kitchen.  

Hampton Forge Knife Set $69

We hope we helped relieve your stress a little-or at least helped give you some good holiday gift ideas for those tricky relatives and friends!  If you don't see anything on this list, make sure to check out the West Elm Website to look at their gift guides, there are countless ideas.

**Also, make sure to start looking for those great install shots to enter for our first ever Giveaway (we will be judging the quality of the image and overall design).  We cannot wait to see what you have for us.  If you have any questions about the guidelines for this contest, please email hilary@stoneimpressions.com.  

Feel free to start sending in those shots!  

{All images courtesy of West Elm}

Friday, November 18, 2016

5 Ways to Renovate your Bathroom with Tile

     Renovating a space in your home doesn't have to mean spending months ripping out your walls and floorboards.  We know that remodeling anything in your home can seem like a daunting process, so we are showing you 5 creative ways you can change up your bathroom without all the added stress and time.

1. Wallpaper
Instead of covering your bathroom with wallpaper, try using tile as a replacement.  As you can see below, it can be bigger project, but the outcome will be truly stunning.  

Click to see complete Hayden Collection
Complete Design by Emily Gillrie and Cathy Mann Design came up with this amazing plan for their client's washroom using decorative 12x12 tiles on carrara. 

Click for complete Evolve Collection
2. Floor Tile
We were lucky enough to be a part of an awesome bathroom renovation for Canadian blogger and interior designer, Jacquelyn Clark, where she transformed her outdated brown space into a classic beauty.  Depending on the size of the bathroom, adding tiles to the floor of your bathroom can either be a small, weekend project or a larger scale one.

Click for complete Chapman Pattern
Here is a larger master bath project done by the talented Jennifer Welch.
Click for complete Alto Collection
3. Shower Niche or Wall Decorative 
Adding decorative tile to a niche in your shower is an easy yet effective way to add design to your bathroom.  It will act as the focal point in your space without taking months to finish. 
Click for complete Watermark Collection

Below is a niche designed by Abby Manchesky
4. Shower Backsplash
If you like the idea of putting tile in your shower, but want to go bigger than a shower niche, covering your shower wall with bold tiles is great way to add change to your space.  Below is a perfect example of adding a backsplash in your shower, designed by KMH Creative.
We recently came across this bathroom sink that stopped us in our tracks!  We love seeing how creative designers get when using tiles in renovations.  All Natural Stone sent us this install shot and we think it could be a perfect project for someone who wants to change up their space without completely tearing out their bathroom.  

Click for complete Devonshire Collection
Don't be afraid of a little renovation!  We just showed you 5 different ways that you can add your personal touch to a room in your home without going through a year long remodel.  For more bathroom design ideas, CLICK HERE!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tiles to Pair with Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year

Once we learned that Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year was the rich and mysterious "Shadow", we asked owner and lead designer, Melinda Earl, which patterned tiles she thought would pair beautifully with this year's color.

  She explains, "this color is exciting because it is so bold and unexpected; you can really play around with how you use it in your home.  It is a lot more versatile then you would think, and will compliment a variety of tile styles.  You can go modern or classic, and you can pair it with natural stone or carrara and it will look stunning."  

2017 Color of the Year: SHADOW
Photo courtesy of Washington Post
Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest
 Melinda's final picks for you:

From the StoneImpressions' line...


3.  4.

1. Altalena Pattern in Eggplant     2. Saybrook Deco Dot 13       3. Nicolo Pattern in Lilac               4. Elemental Pattern in Charcoal

                  Melinda explains the finalists from the SI line: "I was surprised with my choices because when you put each tile next to each other, they are all so different in regards to style and color.  "Shadow" will look great with a bold, geometric pattern on white marble but also pair up perfectly with a classic design on a natural stone like light travertine."  

She also adds that many of the designs from our hexagon line mixed with this rich color would be a breathtaking contrast and create a very modern feel.

1. 2. 

1. Alston Tribeca Pattern      2. Alston Edge Pattern                          

Melinda's picks from the Artisan Stone Tile Collection...

1.  2.

1. Alto Pattern in Galaxy Grey             2. Chapman Pattern in Shade             3. Porto Pattern in Pebble              4. Karia Pattern in Platinum

She continues, "I noticed that when I narrowed down my picks from the AST line, I tended to choose patterns with a similar grey tone in them, but the style of patterns varied a lot.  The Porto and Chapman pattern are very classic, traditional designs whereas the Karia and Alto patterns are bold and modern.  It just proves how creative and versatile you can get with this color!" 

Check out more of Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color Trends here!