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Design Trends and Ideas

A Well-Received Renovation Proposal

Below is a presentation board I prepared for a to-be-renovated men’s locker room.  The proposal was well received by the members.  I was especially happy with the way the warm gray carpeting complimented the veining of the marbleized wall tile, the hexagon floor tile, the quartz counter tops and the richly colored furnishings.     
Presentation Board for Men's Club Locker Room Renovation

Learning Every Day

You can learn something new every day.  I was recently in Denver and visited the oldest Denver hotel still in operation: The Oxford on 17th Street, downtown.  I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness, detail, and craftsmanship that went into the 127-year-old hotel.  Below is a photograph of The Oxford’s lobby floor.  The pattern on the tiled floor is a double pinwheel – the first that I have seen.  Back in the day, the craftsmen even used locally-sourced stone .  You will need a fairly large space to pull it off, but in the right space, such a double-pinwheel pattern would make a grand statement.

Aging in Place

Yesterday, Sally Carpenter was a guest lecturer at a two-day seminar offered by the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.©  The seminar’s creator – Lisbeth Calandrino of Fabulous Floors magazine – asked Sally to speak at the seminar.  Sally spoke on how to best adapt one’s home to best facilitate “aging in place” and allowing an aging homeowner to stay his or her home for as long as possible.  Among other matters, Sally addressed flooring, kitchen, and bathroom accessibility changes that can greatly improve a home’s livability for seniors.  Sally will be attending the upcoming lecture by Lynda G. Shrager, author of Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home.  That lecture will be held at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at 6 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.     See you there?

TU Home Design Award Contest Winner

Yesterday, in its Sunday edition, the Times Union announced its 2018 Home Design Awards contest winners. Meghan Baltich of Blairhouse Interiors Group was this year’s grand prize winner. We are happy to note that the winning bathroom design, as developed by Meghan Baltich and Patricia Richards of Blairhouse Interiors Group was created with stone tiles and borders provided by Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug. We are very grateful to Meghan and Patricia for letting us be a part of the gorgeous — award winning — bathroom they created.

Begnal Motors’ New Kingston Showroom

This spring and summer, we were proud to be asked to participate in the development of, and provide porcelain tile for, The L.T. Begnal Motor Company’s new Route 28 showroom in Kingston, NY.  We worked with Larry Begnal and his sons to create a showroom that, as Larry said, has significantly increased the dealership’s traffic and sales.

Larry Begnal as MC at Grand Opening Party.

Photo of Ladies Room with plank-tile floor & elongated subway wall tile.

Begnal Motor’s Ladies Room with plank-tile, floor tile & elongated-subway, wall tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Sally Carpenter owner of Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug and Larry Begnal, owner of Begnal Motors

ATCR’s Sally Carpenter with Begnal Motor’s Larry Begnal.

Begnal Motors post sign naming the 35 contractors and suppliers who made significant contributions to its new car dealership; Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug listed second.

Begnal Motors generously thanks contributing contractors and suppliers.

Adirondack Bath

Wood-look, porcelain tile on shower ceiling and walls in Adirondack bathroom. Slate-look, porcelain tile on floor in rustic bathroom.Wood on shower walls?  Not realistically possible, until the advent of wood-look, porcelain tile. Recently, we have worked with several clients who wanted to bring the warm look of wood into their showers.  Check out these two photographs of a just-completed, Adirondack bathroom.  Note the gorgeous, rustic, white-washed, wood-look, porcelain tile on both the shower walls and ceiling. Also note that our client selected a slate-look, porcelain tile for the bathroom floor.  Rustic, coherent, beautiful and low maintenance.

 

Future Interior Designers Come to Visit

Earlier this week, our own in-house designer, Sarah Carpenter, ASID gave Sage College Interior Design students hands-on experience with some of the tile, stone and wool carpet that they one day will specify.  If you know of a group that would be interested in a similar presentation, give us a call.

Sage Interior Design students reach out to touch stone tile.

A ‘Green’ Success Story

We could sense it coming . . . Clients asking for ‘green’ . . . With very few ‘green’ selections available in the tile, carpet, or rug world right now, it has been a challenging color request to fulfill.  But here’s a ‘green’ success story!  It’s not Pantone ‘Greenery’ (2017 Color of the Year), but ‘green’ nonetheless . . . This is a semi-polished porcelain with a metallic-look glaze and lots of color variation and drama . . .

 

 

And the color of the year is?

The answer is, it depends on who you ask . . . The paint manufacturers have stepped-up first . . . Sherwin Williams announced ‘Poised Taupe’ (SW6039) as its 2017 color of the year a few weeks ago.  PPG recently announced ‘Violet Verbena’ (1169-5) as its color of the year, and Benjamin Moore followed up with ‘Shadow’ (2117-30) as its color of the year for 2017 – all are much more colorful deviations from last year’s ‘Alabaster’ (SW7008) and ‘Simply White’ (2143-70).

 

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Pantone is the ultimate color authority – its color of the year announcement is not due for another few weeks so we’ll wait . . . I’m betting on a shade of blue . . .

The End of the Neutral Bathroom? Not so fast . . .

Last week, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal espousing the ‘end of the neutral bathroom.’  I’ve been in the tile business for over twenty years and I’ve seen trends come and go, but I think the neutral bathroom is here to stay.  So many homeowners are afraid of color, especially those that grew up in the color-rich 1970s, 80s, and 90s.   For me, my interior color memories began with harvest gold, avocado green with blue, green, yellow, and pink bathrooms – toilets, tubs, and sinks included.  Ouch!  Then came the teals and mauves followed by hunter green, burgundy, and navy blue . . . The height of trendy design in their day, but no more . . . These days, clients are realizing that a bathroom should stand the test of color-time.  By using plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, and tubs) in neutral white or biscuit and classic neutral finishes, whether traditional, transitional, or modern, a bathroom should look good for at least ten years.  I recommend to clients that they use wall covering and accessories to add color and personality to their space, not with the more permanent finishes, like tile.  This may sound like a design cop-out, but not everyone has the resources and energy to re-model a bathroom every five years when that turquiose you love today is no longer making you sing . . . Whether for a new home, re-model, or with resale in mind, the neutral bathroom is here to stay.

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