Posts Tagged ‘Stainless Steel Tile’

Coconut Tile

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Coconut tile is modern interiors gone tropical, made from reclaimed coconut shells, low-VOC resins and sustainably harvested wood backer, coconut shell is a naturally anti- decomposition material containing natural resin. Coconut mosaic tile are handmade to high standard by skillful craftsmanship. It has excellent performance, durability and versatility. our newest family of eco-friendly design materials can be used as decorative tiles or panels both horizontally and vertically. Featuring multiple patterns and color combinations and available in light, dark and mixed textures.

Coco mosaic tiles are hand made using coconut shell which is an unutilized industry by product and requires no trees to be cut down, ensuring you are not contributing to the destruction of forests around the world.

This is a new generation of Architectural surface material. The innovation of this beautiful material combines the best of modern technology and nature, giving an opportunity to make a quality sustainable choice that has an E ZERO formaldehyde emissions rating.

Coco mosaic panels are beautiful, extremely durable and strong. So the applications are numerous, even in the most demanding of environments.

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Dark Grout in the bathroom….Pros & Cons!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

When choosing tiles for the bathroom, shape, color and texture decisions factor in immediately, but one aspect that can strongly impact the final look is often a mere afterthought. Choosing the right grout color can make all the difference, so it’s worth thinking about when planning the overall look of your bathroom.

Using a light colored grout, particularly in conjunction with white tiles, can produce a bright, clean look, but it is a very high maintenance choice. Even with consistent cleaning it is nearly impossible to protect it from staining and discoloration over time. Because of this, dark grout has gained in popularity.

Choosing a grout that is darker in color helps conceal dirt and is less likely to change in color as quickly as a light colored grout. It can also enhance the look of the bathroom, helping light tiles to look even lighter. Dark grout against a light tile can help the look from being too washed out and can help anchor the white and provide some substance to the look.

Dark grout is not without its own set of issues though. While it is not necessary to clean it with the same attention to detail as you would with white grout, it is necessary to wipe it off very regularly. Dark grout can lose its color when cleaned with products that are too harsh or with tools that are too abrasive. Once the color is impacted, it is difficult to bring it back to its original luster.

Using gentle cleaning products and adding a color seal to dark grout can help maintain the color longer.

Source: Apartment Therapy

(Images: 1. Kim & George’s Brooklyn Heights Home Apartment Therapy House Tour 2. Carly & Chip’s Resourceful & Refined Home Apartment Therapy House Tour)

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Bond Street Social!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a well know restauranteur from Baltimore, MD. He was working on a new restaurant / bar called Bond Street Social and was interested in some of our materials. The overall feeling they wanted to achieve in the space was a warm, contemporary industrial vibe. By combining natural elements such as wood, rich leathers, natural stones, stainless, ceramic and glass mosaics, they achieved a perfect balance of earthy & sleek. Bond Street Social specializes in “high end comfort food” and specialty 80 ounce infusion jars. Served in a glass jar on a wooden stand, the cocktails are a unique blend of infused fruits and liquors. Bond Street Social combines an original, upscale dining experience with a hip, lively social scene. With cozy fireplaces throughout the lounge and such a cool atmosphere, who wouldn’t want to “socialize” here? Thank you Bond Street Social for letting us be part of this cool project! Here are some images of the space:

PS: How cool are the Natural Stone walls with the wire retainers? LOVE!

Bond Street Social

Bond Street Social

Bond Street Social

Bond Street Social

Bond Street Social

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Malkus Residence, Encinitas CA

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This contemporary and harmonious home is located in Encinitas CA. This house incorporates the best of contemporary design to create a informal, casual, comfortable and welcoming space. It’s the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying life. The house is designed in modern style and is both a quaint coastal property and a chic contemporary dwelling. I had the opportunity to work with the owner of this beautiful property one on one, together we meticulously hand selected every single surface in the home, from the porcelain used on the floors and walls, glass mosaic backsplahes, Compac Quartz Countertops, stainless steel & glass mosiacs, and the various light fixtures. We wanted to create a simple, streamline design in every space. The interior design is white and clean with subtle blue hues, which is pleasing to the eyes. There is a lot of natural light inside that in combination with a selective amount of furniture makes rooms very airy. We used modern materials, furniture and personal art to make this home a real urban oasis. I have to say it is great working with clients like these, who know exactly what they want but give you creative freedom as a designer. With a contemporary atmosphere that is refined yet down to earth, this property is one of the best projects I have been involved in. The result? A beautiful, modern, calm, contemporary space that is truly breathtaking! Enjoy!

*A second home of similar design is currently under construction on the same property in Encinitas on Neptune Avenue. The house is for sale with an estimated completion date of Spring 2012. For more details, please visit

Mlakus Residence, Dining Room

Malkus Residence, Guest Bathroom (Sage Green 1x2 Glass / Broadway White Porcelain)

Malkus Residence, Jack & Jill Bathroom (Stainless Steel 1x2)

Malkus Residence, Jack & Jill Bathroom (Stainless Steel 1x2)

Malkus Residence, Master Bathroom (Otago Black Marble)

Malkus Residence, Kitchen (Ocean Grey 3x6 Subway)

Malkus Residence, Living Room

Malkus Residence, Fireplace (Linear Broadway White Porcelain)

Malkus Residence, Hall Bathroom (Otago Black Marble)

Malkus Residence, Hallway ( Linear Broadway White Porcelain)

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Alexander Estates II

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

If you have a sweet spot for mid century architecture like we do, the you will love Alexander Estates II in Palm Springs, CA. Alexander Estates II stays true to it’s mid century roots in design while delivering a new generation of dwelling better suited for a 21st century lifestyle. This magnificent development is inspired by the original template introduced by The Alexander Building Company in the early 1950’s. This intimate enclave of homes boasting distinctive exteriors & contemporary floorplans, will truly transport you to the 50’s era in a heartbeat. Reinterpreted by renowned architect James Cioffi and the team at Dos Palmas Development, the homes gracefully blend vintage details with contemporary touches. Dos Palmas Development gave us the opportunity to be part of this amazing project. Together we have created amazing kitchen and bathroom installations that boast floor to ceiling glass tile work. Exterior elevations showcase the classic roof lines of Butterfly, Center view, Long Gable and Single Slope. All are complemented with front, side and rear landscape including private saltwater pool and spa. All of this is reason enough to be on the next flight to Palm Springs right? Well, you haven’t even read the best part….Prices start at $400k!!! There are still some properties available, don’t miss a chance to be part of this historical development.
Check out some images of Alexander Estates II below.

Alexander Estates II

Alexander Estates II

Kitchen: Contempo Spa Blend

Kitchen: Stainless 1x1 Mosaic

Master Bath: Manchester Blend

Walk In Shower: Fahrenheit Glass Blend

Master Bath: Smoke Glass & Stainless Blend

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Selecting The Perfect Kitchen Countertop by Ana Morales

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

There appears to be great debate about which type of countertop is right for today’s kitchens. This comes from the fact that the function of the kitchen has definitely changed. Before kitchens used to be solely for preparing the meal, the presentation of the menu was actually made to guests in the dining room. Nowadays, kitchens are designed with the idea that guests will interact with the host as he or she prepares the menu. This is why the open kitchen concept has become so popular. The countertops in the kitchen have gone from bland to beautiful in most homes. There are a few very important factors that should be considered when choosing a countertop for your kitchen. The 3 most important factors to consider are the maintenance, cost and durability of the specific material. It is very important to find a material that compliments your lifestyle, if there are kids involved then definitely don’t choose a light soapstone that requires delicate use and greater care. There are thousands of choices available that will surely be the perfect fit for your kitchen and lifestyle.

Here are a few of my favorite choices:


Granite is the most popular choice in countertops, this material is not only beautiful but it is also timeless. Granite is available in two finishes, polished and honed. The most popular of the two is the polished finish which results in a darker shiny look,  while the honed finish results in a lighter matte look. Granite is available in a large variety of colors such as white, beige, brown, gray, black, green, etc. The choices are infinite, so you are bound to find the perfect granite slab for your project. Costs for this material depend on a couple of factors, including origin of the stone, color and finish. Remember to pick a granite that is relatively easy to get if you are on a budget. Remember to seal granite periodically.

Granite Countertop


Marble is another natural stone that simply looks stunning in a kitchen, it has been a coveted decorating material since the time of the Greek Empire. A warm and soft stone, marble is beautiful and luxurious. Marble is durable and long-lasting, and offers subtle color choices and veining patterns to create unique designs. It is very important to keep in mind that marble requires delicate use and greater care. While marble is strong, it is also sensitive to many substances, including cleaning chemicals, juices that contain citric acid and oils. These substances can erode marble over time or make its appearance cloudy. You’ll need to select a cleaning solution that is made specifically for cleaning marble. Similar to other natural stones, marble can be a more expensive choice.

Marble Countertop


Quartz countertops have quickly become the favorite choice amongst interior designers and homeowners. Not only is this material contemporary and beautiful, it is so easy to maintain and durable. Quartz countertops come in countless colors, everything from a pure white to a lime green or hot pink (so cool!). The finish is polished and the best thing about this material is that it is seamless when it is installed. The best thing about quartz is that it resist stains and any scratches can be buffed out. Cost depends on the thickness and color slab you select, it is very comparable to a nice granite slab in cost.

Quartz Countertop


Concrete countertops have been gaining popularity in the past couple of years. Concrete countertops will give you a very industrial / contemporary look. The best thing about a concrete countertop is that it is so easy to customize to your taste, you can customize the color with pigments and even add metal or glass accents to the surface. Concrete is available in several different finishes: Trowel (smooth), Pressed (marble like veining), and Ground (sand aggregate is exposed). There are a few things to consider in regards to maintenance: Extreme changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp, and if you leave a damp material on the surface it can cause discoloration. It is advisable to seal this countertop four times per year, and wax every three months to keep it looking its best.

Concrete Countertop

-Stainless Steel

The benefit of using stainless steel countertops is that they will last indefinitely and look very sleek. Stainless steel not only offers a unique look and feel with reflective qualities, but it is also nonporous, resistant to water and heat, flexible, doesn’t chip and requires minimal maintenance. Special finishes can also be used to hide fingerprints, scratches and other unpleasant marks. When it comes to cleaning stainless steel, a quick wipe down with warm water and soap should do the trick. However, avoid using abrasive pads because they will scratch the surface. Also, do not use any cleaner that contains chlorine. Stainless steel is competitively priced compared to solid surface materials and is less expensive than marble and granite.

Stainless Countertop

Mix and match
Can’t decide on just one material? Then mix and match surfaces.  A popular choice when mixing and matching is using a different material on the island than for the rest of the countertops to differentiate the space.

Mix: Granite Counter & Marble on Island

The most important factor to remember when selecting the perfect kitchen countertop is to understand what look you want to achieve. The good news is if you have your heart set on a certain look, but the material just doesn’t match with your lifestyle, odds are there’s another material that does. Before making a decision on countertop material, see the surface in person, whether that means visiting a showroom or viewing samples at your home.

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Fireplace Facelift by Ana Morales

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Does your fireplace need a new look?

Today’s options for remodeling ugly, outdated fireplace mantels and surrounds should light your creative fire. One goal of decorating and making a house a home is to create an atmosphere of warmth. Color and texture do their part, but a fireplace is the ultimate addition. Update or change the look of yours and learn options that can give warmth and ambiance without breaking the bank.

A fireplace is the focal point of any room, it always gives the room a sense of style. To make yours stand out, try dressing it up by using a great mantel material. When choosing a material for your fireplace, it is necessary to keep the existing room decor in mind. You want to compliment the style, furniture, cabinetry and even the fabrics in the room. Fortunately there is a wide range of materials including Porcelain, Natural Stone, Mosaics and Stainless Steel that will fit any decor. Mix materials or feature just one, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few Fireplace Installations from our clients that can serve as inspiration for your project:

Glass Mosaic
When paired with iridescent glass tile, the fireplace appears custom-made.
Glass Mosaic Fireplace

Using porcelain for the fireplace provides a cool / clean look for this contemporary home.

Natural Pebble Tile
The natural pebble tile combined with the warm wood paneling gives this fireplace a very natural and classic look.

Smokey Black Fireplace

Stainless Steel
Make a cool, contemporary and powerful focal point in your room with a stainless finish

Stainless Fireplace

Updating a fireplace in your home can also increase its value. Unique fireplaces are a great selling point, they really set your home apart from the others.  It’s really a Win – Win situation, you get to look at something beautiful everyday and it increases your property value. So go ahead, get creative and give your fireplace the new look its been begging you for.

**Special shout out to Design 4 Less client Blake Gomez of Bellevue, WA. His home remodel project inspired my blog today.

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“Restaurant quality kitchen, without breaking the bank!” by Ana Morales

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

If you want a restaurant-quality kitchen without breaking the bank, here are a few designer tips. Professional-grade appliances,  a low-maintenance floor and back splash make creating your dream kitchen a cinch. A big factor in your design are the materials you use, tile is an easy way to make any space unique. I have attached a few images of a color palette that I feel is perfect for achieving this look. The palette is refined, contemporary and clean. This palette is a combination of glass, stainless steel and porcelain.  Combining these different textures will help you create an amazing installation. The crisp white glass in combination with the cool stainless steel and patterned porcelain really help set a hip restaurant vibe in your kitchen. I love the idea of  the subtle checkered pattern on the porcelain for the kitchen floor. The pattern is a great way of combining the different gray and white tones you will be using in the other materials, it adds visual interest without being overwhelming.  The glass & stainless tiles are a perfect choice for your back splash area, get creative with the combination of these materials.  I have attached a few images of a kitchen project that served as the inspiration for this color palette.  I love what was done with the stainless steel tile above the stove area. So go ahead, get creative and give your kitchen new life!

Color Palette: Blanco Glass Subway Tile, Stainless Steel Tile, Contempo Graphite Porcelain.

Amazing back splash achieved by combining Blanco Subway Tile & Stainless Steel Tile.

The large 12" x 24" Porcelain Tiles are a great way of bringing all the colors together and they are low maintenance!

Restaurant quality kitchen in the comfort of your own home!

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Amazing Kitchen Transformation!

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

While browsing on Garden Web’s website I came across a conversation about finding the whitest glass tiles possible.  And it happened that they were talking about The Glass Mosaic Outlet’s Blanco 3×6 Subway tile!  Further down were these amazing pictures of Dwight’s kitchen backsplash installation where the Blanco 3×6 subway tile had been used.

Blanco 3x6 Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

All images can be clicked for larger versions.

I was so impressed with the look of the kitchen design that I had to contact Dwight about the photos.  He was just as excited and sent me a bunch of his before and after images.  My favorite part is seeing the before pictures.  Here is what their kitchen design looked like before the transformation.

Blanco 3x6 Subway Tile Kitchen Design - Before

Keeping with the subway tile shape they combined the Blanco 3×6 with the Stainless Steel 1×2 tiles to create the final striking kitchen design.

Blanco 3x6 Subway Tile Kitchen Design Backsplash

Both the Subway tiles and the Stainless Steel tiles have recycled content, in fact the Stainless Steel is 100% recycled tile.  So if you are looking for green materials they are a great choice.

*We actually had a manufacturing mistake with the Stainless Steel 1×2 and ended up with Stainless 1×2 but in a vertical pattern rather than staggered.  We are having a blow out sale on these if you would like to replicate this look at a discounted price.  Just give us a call 1.888.848.4537

Blanco 3x6 Subway Tile Kitchen Design Flooring

I am not sure what they used on the floors for this installation but we have a similar porcelain floor tile that would look just as great.  Ferroker Alumino is a 17×26 porcelain tile that has been used in countless installations both commercial and residential.

Porcelain Tile

While Alumino is the most popular of the colors there are also 3 other colors in the collection which you can see here Porcelain Tiles.

Thank you Dwight for sharing your pictures with us!

This is what Dwight had to say about his Design For Less Experience “…we are very happy with the quality of the tiles, as well as the pricing we received from The Glass Mosaic Outlet.  We have had several guests comment on our backsplash and I have even loaned out a couple of our extra pieces for our friends to look at in their own house.  Too bad you don’t have a referral program; I might be able to quit my day job (JK).”

We are working on a referral program because we know you guys are out there spreading the word about Design For Less and we really appreciate it!  For now just remember that any tile installation pictures we receive from you automatically gets you a 5% discount on your next order.  You can email them here

You can see many more inspirational kitchen designs on our Gallery page.

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March Newsletter

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Green Design and Great Deals

Stainless Steel Tile Installs

We send out an email every month with information on new products and great deals.  Here is a link to our March Newsletter.  If you would like to join our mailing list just click here.

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