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Design Trends and Ideas

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.

Wool is the best!

What a transformation!  The City Beer Hall, a local gastropub located in what was once the site of the famous Ogdens restaurant in downtown Albany, enlisted us to find appropriate period carpeting for the stairs leading to its second floor.  Because the pub is housed in an older building with lots of historical detail, it was important to find carpeting that reflected its classic, traditional vibe.  But the carpet also needed to be very durable and easy to clean and maintain.  The choice was a patterned, wool carpet.  The wool carpet looks great and will perform for many, many years to come!

 

 

 

 

ASID Needs Your Advice!

Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug’s Sarah (Sally) Carpenter recently returned from a weekend meeting for the new board members of the regional chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (“ASID.”)   This fall, she officially began a two-year term on the board as its professional development officer. Like many other professions, interior designers are required to engage in continuing education to stay current with technology, codes, and emerging trends to maintain their standing in the society and their profession.  The continuing education requirement is in addition to a formal education in design and professional testing for those who wish to call themselves a professional interior designer.  Sally is busy becoming familiar with her new board position and will keep us posted with upcoming student and professional ASID events.  Designer, or just a design enthusiast, do you have any ideas you can share with Sally for design related events?  Please feel free to contact her at sarah.carpenter@albanytile.com with your ideas or if you have any questions about becoming a part of the design community and ASID.

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.

 

The Real Thing, Only Better?

At first glance it’s another marble bathroom using various sizes of the luxurious calacatta marble to create interesting patterns.  But not so!  If you look more closely, just maybe, you will be able to tell that this is actually a semi-polished, porcelain tile that mimics calacatta marble.  As a porcelain tile: no sealing, no scratching, no staining and easy maintenance compared to its marble inspiration.  That’s the beauty of many of the new porcelain tile offerings – it’s hard to tell whether or not they are real stone.  This bathroom uses 24″x 24″ tile (large scale in a small space . . . yes, it does work) and 3″x 12″ tile set in a herringbone pattern on the floor, 12″x 24″ tile on the shower walls, and 3″x 12″ tile for the tub surround and vanity back splash.  We’ve also sprinkled in some natural stone as an accent and finishing trim. Elegant, classic, timeless … and easy to maintain.


Albany Tile - Calacatta Porcelain Tile Powder Room
Albany Tile - Calacatta Porcelain Tile Shower
Albany Tile - Calacatta Porcelain Tile in Herringbone Pattern

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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