We recently became dealers of an exclusive handmade tile collection called Tabarka Studio, and it is already one of my favorite products we offer. Tabarka specializes in beautiful handmade ceramic and terra cotta tiles that are hand glazed or painted with intricate patterns. The tiles are perfect for any indoor floor or wall application and look especially beautiful as a kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround, or a powder bath floor.
The shapes, patterns, and colors of Tabarka tile are influenced by art, architecture, and design from all over the world and from many different eras. Tile inspiration stems anywhere from the Art Nouveau style Paris Metro signs, to the Moorish patterns of Alhambra, and beyond.
Here are some beautiful pieces from the Tabarka Studio collection:
Bamboo is one of my favorite "green" materials to use in interior design projects. It is a rapidly renewable resource and most bamboo products are FSC-certified. Not only do many types of bamboo regenerate without needing replanting, but it also grows easily on its own without pesticides or other chemicals. Its ease and speed of growth make bamboo one of the most eco-friendly materials on the planet.
Not only is it environmentally friendly, it also performs. The species of bamboo used for building materials is very hard and durable, making it a great option for hardwood flooring, cabinetry, butcher-block countertops, and more, and it looks beautiful in all of these applications!
Here are some of my favorite bamboo products:
Bamboo is an obvious option for achieving that "zen" feel in a space, but it actually works great in all styles of homes. Bamboo hardwood flooring is perfect for traditional and contemporary applications. Bamboo butcher block wood tops look good in every kitchen. Bamboo cabinets can be stained any color to work in all contemporary and many transitional applications.
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.
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:
We could all use a little inspiration.
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.
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.