Tile Crafts for Valentines – #whytile

Feb 10, 2021

Tile Crafts for Valentines – #whytile

Looking for a more meaningful gift this Valentine’s Day? Here are three heartfelt tile crafts that are sure to spread some love.

#tile #whytile #DIY #tilecrafts #ValentinesDay

Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Tile Crafts We Love | Why Tile


An Italian oasis

The Built collection from Caesar Ceramiche provides a chic aesthetic and durable surface for an outdoor living space.

Certification accreditation program for experienced tile and stone professionals

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) offers a certification accreditation program for experienced tile and stone professionals who have a minimum of two years full-time on-the-job experience within their respective tile or stone industry.

Oltre, the new wood look collection: minimal, high-tech and antibacterial

Marazzi presents Oltre, a new wood-effect porcelain stoneware with a minimalist warmth. It looks as if it were created by nature, but is actually a sophisticated industrial product, a concentrate of the latest premium technologies, including the Puro Marazzi Antibacterial treatment. 

Reaching new heights in limestone

GammaStone Natural AIR panels made of Portuguese limestone provided the technical and aesthetic requirements for the new Hyatt Place in Manhattan.

Living in the lap of ‘Luxe’-ury

Neolith provides luxury and durability for high-end kitchen design.

The perfect marriage of materials

Luxury wedding couture is a small, but highly competitive and lucrative market, where the retail experience is almost as important as the clothing itself. Brands within this space are continually evaluating the design of their boutiques to best communicate their fashion ethos to customers.

MAPEI Flexcolor Design Grout Brings Aesthetic Vision to Life

MAPEI recently introduced MAPEI Flexcolor Design, a revolutionary new way to color-match grout that allows users to design a color -- any color.

Cambria to host January 14 webinar entitled Return to Wellness: How Research Will Transform Our Workplace with panel of leading built environment experts

Cambria, the nation’s leading producer of American-made natural quartz surfaces, will host a complimentary, IDCEC- and AIA-accredited webinar on January 14 at 1 p.m. CT. Entitled “Return to Wellness: How Research Will Transform Our Workplace,” the panel will explore how the new work space can help people feel more secure, nurtured, creative, and productive.   

Hues from Crossville’s Swatches Wall Tile Collection Are on Point with Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Pantone Color Institute announced two colors will share the title of Color of the Year for 2021: Pantone® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating.

Maison Announces North American Sales Team

Maison, the studio for the design, manufacturing and distribution of luxury artisanal tile and mosaics, recently announced the appointment of Guy Hargreaves and Barbie Kennedy the company’s North American sales team. Guy will serve as the North America sales agent, leading accounts in all 50 states and supporting the company’s innovation strategy. Barbie will cover and scale operations as both the East Coast sales agent and Resident Designer.

Lapitec Presents New Website

Lapitec recently presented its new website,, featuring revamped content and high-impact graphics. Available in four languages (English, Italian, Spanish and German), this intuitive website helps users to discover the product in a simple way, encouraging them to explore the numerous possible applications thanks also to the photographs of projects completed to date.

Stone World News

Stone Column: The benefits of change

Happy spring! For those of us who lived through a long cold winter, the birds chirping, flowers blooming and the smell of fresh cut grass are definitely welcoming signs of the change in season. Spring always helps me to feel rejuvenated, and especially after a year of being in a pandemic, it is a refreshing change.

Stone of the Month: Azzurra Bay quartzite

This Stone of the Month is supplied by Zucchi Luxury Stones. Technical details provide a frame of reference only.

Luxury living

Neolith, a pioneering brand of sintered stone, is fast becoming a material choice for high-end, high-concept residential renovations. Recently, it played a pivotal role in a penthouse project for luxury property developer and architect Herrero & Vázquez.

Honoring essential workers

With several locations, The Granite & Marble Depot serves the Greater Chicago area, Northwest Indiana and the Wisconsin border. The Aurora, IL-based company specializes in fabrication and installation of residential and commercial countertops, tabletops, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and more.

Restoring a white marble facade

Located in downtown Houston, TX, a building clad in white marble was spray painted over a weekend. Jacqueline Tabbah and her team at International Stoneworks were called on a Monday morning to evaluate the damage.

Technology Update: CounterGo and Systemize from Moraware

Moraware is the creator of CounterGo and Systemize software for countertop fabricators. CounterGo is a straightforward drawing and estimating solution that allows fabricators to become more efficient, accurate and professional.

Safety protocol for slab handling

Safety should always be at the forefront when moving slabs around a warehouse, fabrication shop or on the jobsite. Whether transporting the large, heavy pieces of stone or quartz manually or with a forklift or crane, following safety procedures is a must.

Machine installation  during lockdown restrictions

To learn about Joey Marcella, co-owner and president of Mario & Son, you have to learn a bit about his father. “He was a tile setter ever since he was about 16 years old,” said Marcella.

Five reasons to invest in a multifunctional CNC

The multifunction CNC is an ultimate multitasking and multi-capacity device that makes the fabrication process more efficient and reduces wastage, which will eventually increase the bottom line.

Cosentino launches the new generation

Three years of research and development leads Cosentino to launch HybriQ+, a new formula for its Silestone products with significantly less crystalline silica.

One-on-one with Frank Sciarrino

Stone World magazine had the opportunity to speak to Frank Sciarrino, a third generation stone fabricator that worked in the family business before starting Quote Countertops.

Adapting a business to a global pandemic

Rick Self started his path in the stone industry in 1999 with an impulsive purchase of a Flow Waterjet – no knowledge, no customers, no contacts, no real thought going in.

Is your business ready? Are you ready?

Planning ahead and having a source for reliable potential employees is a critical component to good management

Industry Perspective: The Stonecutter's daughter

In a small town in New Jersey, one of the area’s first marble shops opened its doors. It was 1978 and the shop was called Romano and Son, named after its Italian owner, Olivero Romano, and his son, Paolo.

Technology Update: Quartz Extraclean Pro from Tenax

TenaxQuartz Extraclean Pro is a solvent-based cleaner for hard surfaces. Removethose vacuum rings from your quartz slabs with Extraclean Pro. Thissolvent-based cleaner is designed for removing greasy suction cup rings fromquartz slabs.

Machine of the Month: Matec Water Filtration System

In the processing of marble, granite and stone in general, water has multiple applications. From cutting to polishing, water is needed to avoid overheating work tools and to reduce the dust produced during these various procedures.

Stone Column: Reasons for optimism

Well, we made it through January, which especially here in the Northeast is usually a long and dreary month. Throw living in a pandemic on top of it, and it seemed even more daunting. But now spring is in sight, and on the work front, there has been a great deal of things going on that have kept me positive and engaged.

Pursuing multi-family housing

With more than 30 years of experience, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations Inc. demonstrates steady growth with expansion into the multi-family housing market.

2021 Fabrication Technology

The Baca Pure Filtration System is designed to remove stone particulate from water. A heavy-duty centrifugal pump is mounted directly over the floor pit, which incorporates a custom sweeper package to keep dirt from settling.

One-on-One with Summer Kath

With 18 years of experience at Cambria, Summer Kath, the quartz manufacturer’s executive vice president and head of design, shares her thoughts on upcoming trends in kitchen and bath design

Architect Designer Interviews

Quartz surfacing contributes to “modern farmhouse” style

Cassandra LaValle, the founder and creative director of Coco Kelley and The Emerald Studio, favored Silestone Lagoon for the surfacing and bright white paint from Benjamin Moore. In this interview, La Valle explains her thoughts and inspiration behind the design.

One-on-one with Leslie Markman-Stern

Leslie Markman-Stern, president of Leslie M. Stern Design shares her experiences and trends she is seeing in the market

2020 Hospitality design trends

With the hospitality design sector in a seemingly constant state of change, tile and other alternative material manufacturers need to stay up-to-date on current trends in colors, shapes, finishes and sizes to meet the demands of the architectural and design community.

One-on-one with mosaic tile artist Mercedes Austin

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design magazine had the opportunity to talk with Mercury Mosaics owner Mercedes Austin about her 20 years of experience, how she got started and some of the experiences she has had working with customers.

Designer uses large-format tile to transform a small space

Working within an extremely small footprint in an original 1951 home, Sheryl Steinberg, Allied ASID, LEED Green Associate, of Sheryl Steinberg Interior Design, LLC in Bethesda, MD, was tasked with creating an open, modern, bright, efficient, usable, roomier bathroom that reflected the owner’s modern style.

One-on-one with mosaic tile creator Danilo Bonazza

Danilo Bonazza is a mosaic artist and owner of Art & Mosaics. He discusses how he got involved with mosaic art and how he designs his works of art.

HanStone Quartz used to create a dream kitchen and bathroom

Using the stunning views of Downtown Atlanta, architect and designer Vykintas Genys used HanStone Quartz to bring his client’s vision to life.

One-on-one with architect Ryan Thewes

Ryan Thewes, the owner of Ryan Thewes Architect, has been a licensed architect for 10 years and discussed his business and some of the trends he is seeing in the stone and tile industries.

Traditional building, stone design used for Church in Philadelphia

FFKR Architects in Salt Lake City, UT, has worked with the Church of Latter Day Saints for at least 25 years. FFKR Architects has built these temples in major cities all over the world, roughly 150 of them and every year the Church of Latter Day Saints announces four or five new temples.

CSTD Column: From the Editor

For this issue of Contemporary Stone and Tile Design magazine, we take a look at stone used in architectural landscape and building stone applications, as well as some creative uses of quartz surfacing.

One-on-one with designer Karen Kettler

Karen Kettler, the president of Karen Kettler Design, based in Charlotte, NC, talked with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her 20 years of experience with using stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry.

Kitchen & Bathroom Trends

The kitchen is one of the most essential spaces in any household. A place where meals are made, family time is spent and memories are created. Appropriately deemed the “heart of the home,” the design of this space is crucial, especially to those who like to entertain.

One-on-one with architect Stephen B. Jacobs

"As I look back at my career, almost every decade pulled us in a different direction. In the 1970’s we focused on Adaptive Reuse, designing projects in New York City but also Patterson NJ, Norwich CT, and Upstate NY."

One-on-one with Stephanie Vierra

Stephanie Vierra has developed, managed and taught programs that support an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to a variety of topics. She is the president and owner of Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC, specializing in research, project management, and educational programs on sustainability and whole building design.

One-on-One with Interior Designer Dawn D. Totty

Dawn D. Totty is a native New Yorker, and lived there for all of her life before moving south 10 years ago. She started designing in the fashion world, and then transition into interior design 15 years ago. She designs residentially and commercially. Her signature claim to fame is very custom designs.

Outdoor Living Designer Joshua Gillow Designs with Natural Stone

MasterPLAN Outdoor Living is a design/build firm located in Eastern Pennsylvania that specializes in backyard transformations to enhance their clients’ lives. We sat down with Josh Gillow, founder of MasterPLAN Outdoor Living to learn more.

Q&A with Anjie Cho, Interior Architect + Feng Shui Consultant

Anjie Cho talked with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her use of stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry.

One-on-one with owner of Artful Conceptions, Sara Chiarilli

Chiarilli sat down with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her use of stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry

One-on-One with Warren Sheets

Warren sheets, CEO of Warren Sheets Design (WSD), located in San Francisco, CA, established his company in 1992. He works on projects as large as the Fairmont Grand del Mar in San Diego and as small as private residences.

One-on-One with Sophie Lubin

CSTD magazine had the chance to sit down with the interior designer for REDCOM Design & Construction to talk about trends she is seeing and projects she has worked on