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Porcelain is one of the most popular tile options due to its durability, cost, and consistency in color and texture. Porcelain is typically more durable than natural stone due to its resistance to staining, etching, and scratching. Porcelain tile can be used anywhere, and most are suitable for outdoor use and wet applications. Many types of natural stone contain calcium that can wear with time, but that will not happen with most porcelain. Since porcelain is man-made, its color and texture are controlled, unlike natural stone where variation is inherent and often quite prominent.

Utah porcelain by Artistic Tile has a modern concrete-like texture.

Heritage porcelain by AKDO is an oversized hexagon tile with decorative vintage patterning.

Porcelain tile can look almost any way, shape, or shade imaginable. A porcelain tile can be as small as a fraction of an inch or as large as several square feet per piece. Porcelain tile can be made to look almost exactly like natural stone, hardwood flooring, concrete, or anything else you can think of. And trust me, the technology to do so is getting better and better.

Here are my favorite porcelain "look-alike" collections:

Etic by AKDO is my favorite wood-like porcelain collection.

Marvel collection by AKDO is a flawless porcelain replica of natural marble tile.

Newport by Artistic Tile is a contemporary porcelain with stone-like texture and veining.

Published: January 12, 2015
By: Stephanie
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We could all use a little inspiration.

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Artistic Tile's Toledo Lucido waterjet marble mosaic.

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Walker Zanger's Anteak reclaimed wood mosaic.

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Artistic Tile's Opera Serenade glass blend

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AKDO's Lace Vine handmade stone mosaic.

Published: December 04, 2014
By: Stephanie
Tags: Tile Design
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Rustic French country-inspired or “farmhouse” style of interior design and décor is distinct and charming as it is timeless. Rustic white cabinets, country inspired faucet, big apron sink, and old fashioned French motifs on hand crafted tiles are only some elements of a farmhouse style kitchen design.

The farmhouse style is so very distinct, that it’s safe to say that you either love it or you don’t, right? Before you eliminate the idea completely, take a look at some updated farmhouse looks that are evolving towards cleaner lines, sleeker shapes, and a fresher overall feel, while still adding that little touch of French country character to the space.

Kitchen Remodel

The focal point of this rustic Douglah Designs kitchen remodel is a gorgeous wood “chopping block” countertop on the island.

Kitchen Remodel

This Douglah Designs kitchen remodel project features a farmhouse sink, oil rubbed bronze fixtures, limestone countertops, and ceramic subway tile backsplash for an updated country look.

Kitchen Remodel

A clean apron sink and a sleek version of a farmhouse faucet make this Kohler kitchen an updated approach to country style.

Published: November 19, 2014
By: Stephanie
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Open up any architecture and design magazine and you’ll probably see articles or photos that feature sustainable or “green” design. More than just a trend or concept with few product choices, sustainable design does not yield a limitation on the possibilities of your interior design or remodel.

Regardless of your style preferences, there’s a growing range of innovative and attractive sustainable and recycled product choices to incorporate into your home.

Wood cabinets from certified sustainable sources such as bamboo, hardwood floors created with reclaimed wood, durable countertops containing recycled glass, renewable fiber or recycled paper are just a few popular green options that Douglah Designs uses for our kitchen and bath remodel projects.

This kitchen remodel by Douglah Designs features Vetrazzo recycled glass countertops and FSC-certified wood cabinets that are free of formaldehydes and harmful VOCs.

"Floors made from the heart of the tree last virtually forever, so we can recover wood flooring from old structures and use it to create new floors with a history and a rich, warm character unlike any other. It’s another way of using all of our resources to their fullest in order to preserve our forests." --Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Eco-friendly trough style bathroom sink by Native Trails made with cement and natural jute fiber.

Published: October 22, 2014
By: Stephanie
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