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Better to Use Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles?

At some point, anyone who has embarked on a tile installation has had to answer the question of whether it would be better to use ceramic or porcelain tile. Quite frankly, it all depends on the environment in which you plan to install tiles. Whether it's your bathroom, basement, or kitchen, each space has its own conditions to consider. To help you get started on how to select the correct tile material for your home, read about these useful tips. Image via  and

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Interior Designer Spotlight: Nicole Dela Cruz of IQ Design

The focus of our next installment in our ‘Interior Designer Spotlight’ blog series is an interior designer whose career path began in fashion design. Since fashion design is considered to be a form of art and requires so many of the same skills and talents required of interior design, it’s only natural to expect that a fashion design background would be beneficial when applied to designing spaces. Indeed, browsing through her portfolio, Nicole Dela Cruz of  IQ Design Group has been able to translate her...

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Tips on How to Grout and Seal Tiles Like a Pro

Whether you are installing or repairing tiles, it is important to understand how to properly grout and seal your tiles. So when is the best time to seal tiles? We recommend applying 3-4 days after grouting and reapplying every year. To learn more about how to keep your tiles and grout looking new and beautiful, read below for our top tips and tricks. Image via Image via 1 | Thinset vs Grout Before you start sealing your tiles, make sure you understand what...

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Yes, Tiles Can Be Painted! Here's How

Image via  and 1 | Location The first step is to understand where the tile is currently located. Depending on where the tile is installed, there may be special considerations. Is the tile in your kitchen used as a backsplash? Fireplace detailing? Or the bathroom floor? Location is very important as it determines how the tile’s surface may need to be treated and prepared prior to painting. Bathrooms tiles, for example, may require an additional top coat to help seal areas...

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Are Subway Tiles Out Of Style In 2019? Designer Toni Sabatino Doesn’t Think So!

Image via With the seemingly unceasing popularity of subway tiles, it's only reasonable to wonder how long subway tiles will continue to be on trend. In fact, customers frequently ask us if subway tiles are still going to be in style in the years to come. This is understandable since no homeowner wants to install tiles that will soon be outdated. To get a definitive answer to this question, we approached New York-based interior designer  Toni Sabatino of Toni Sabatino Style. These are her...

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5 Top Lighting Trends for 2019: Newest Tips and Ideas

From modern pendant lights and industrial lighting to Japanese inspired designs and European chandeliers, lighting is an important element that defines intimate and functional spaces around the home. Whether you are thinking about brightening up a hallway or making a statement in the kitchen or dining room, these interior light fixture trends for 2019 are the perfect decor piece for your home. Image via 1 | Globe Pendants If you’re looking to make a statement with a...

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