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Incorporating tile into the design of your kitchen or bath is a design trend that has been around for thousands of years. Because tile comes in all colors, sizes and materials it is possible to truly personalize your home with tile.

Like the right accessories to match an outfit, the perfect tile can influence the look of the entire space. Whether you’re wrapping the whole bath or kitchen in glass or using colored ceramic to spice things up, tile can bring texture, style, and pizzazz to any space. Tile is being  used throughout the home as a design element on walls, as a backsplash, on fireplaces, as decorative accents, in showers and even in outdoor living areas.

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1. The Bangle is a spherical fixture made of smaller hand-crafted iron circles. Featuring either a modern bronze finish with cream ice diffuser or silver leaf finish
with antique mist diffuser, this fixture is available as a four-, three- and one-light pendant. Also shown is the companion Kyoto fixture, featuring handmade Japanese
paper. www.corbettlighting.com.
2. If you are looking for a beautiful alternative to wood flooring, walls or countertops, consider Wood Expressions. An ideal solution for everything from
outdoor decks to kitchen floors. Available in a variety of sizes for design versatility. It’s virtually maintenance-free with a lifetime of beauty.  www.crossvilletileandstone.com. Crossville Tile and Stone. 704-927-8453.

3. The Modern Square cabinet knob mixes the classic concave face common to Mid-Century Modern hardware with a modified square outline. What you get
out of the equation is a unique retro design for your cabinet doors and drawers. Available in bronze, brushed chrome and polished chrome. www.rejuvenation.com.  Rejuvenation. 888-401-1900.
4. Free-standing bathtubs are all the rage, they present a dilemma–how do you get water into the tub? GRAFF has introduced seven floor-mounted tub filters that
solve this problem. Shown here is the Immersion. The floor-mounted exposed tub filter with hand shower, has a spout height between 31 1/2”- 34 5/8”.
http://www.graff-faucets.com. HD Kitchen and Bath. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.
5. Wolf dual-fuel ranges offer a wide variety of top configurations and standard dual-stacked sealed surface burners. The optional infrared char broiler, infrared
griddle and French top allow you to customize your range. The large oven features the Wolf exclusive dual convection system. http://www.queencityonline.com.
Queen City TV and Appliances. 704-391-6000.

6. The Eileen fixture series is part of the casual transitions. Kichlers Casual Transtions styles unite traditional and contemporary, equating to a classic,
timeless design. http://www.kichler.com. Unique Lighting Showplace. 704-553-1341.

7. Inspired by nature and winner of Interior Design Magazine’s Best of the Year award, Ziva is a sculptural,
three-dimensional stone tile designed with an undulating pattern. Each tile is hand carved and uses
a combination of a polished and a honed finish. Ziva is available for indoor use. http://www.artistictile.com.
InStyle Charlotte. 704-665-8880.
8. This 12×18 Solid bronze mural is created using the highest quality materials, each piece is made by skilled
artisans. Available in bronze, bluminum, and pewter. There are hundreds of designs to choose from, giving
you a chance to add your personal touch and sense ‘of style to your home. http://www.tilecollection.com.
Tile Collection, Inc. 704-541-8453.

When Bill and Nancy Flango decided to build a house locally – while
still living out of state – they interviewed several custom builders. One
stood out immediately, and a successful partnership and lasting friendship
came to be.
“The project was very challenging because being in New Jersey we
could not personally oversee the progress,” Bill says. Nancy agrees, adding
“We needed a builder we could trust and Zar Custom Homes repeatedly
justified the trust we placed in them.”
Led by Russell Zavatsky, owner/president, and his wife Lisa, vice president/
design consultant, the process for the owners from afar began; the
results of the Lake James house delighted the Flangos, becoming a reality
with only two visits during the process from the homeowners. How so?

Through Zar’s attention to every detail and commitment to constant communication while building a lasting relationship with clients.
“While other builders talked about which type bricks they would use, I focused on facilitating an enjoyable relationship along the way and made
this clear to the homeowners,” Russell says. At Zar, the commitment starts at the design phase and continues throughout the onsite supervision
of construction. “They treated us as if we were building an extreme value home even though we had a modest budget,” Bill says, touting Russell’s advice on materials and accents accompanied by Lisa’s expertise in choosing countertops, colors, finishes, and tile as services they could not have done without. “They truly wanted us to love the house, and it happened on budget and ahead of schedule,” Nancy says. “We couldn’t be more pleased; the house literally took our breath away; the craftsmanship is superb, and the details superior – the masonry that went into the fireplaces, the stone columns, the front porch, the wood floors, the tile throughout – the house is full of unexpected details.”

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For more information on Zar Custom Homes, call 704-843-8447 or email lisa.zavatsky@zarcustomhomes.com. You may also visit
www.zarcustomhomes.com.

InStyle Charlotte has recently added an innovative collection of German ceramics to their unique showroom product roster.  Not only are there more colors of mosaic than we ever thought could exist but every tile boasts the ability to reduce homeowner cleaning efforts, decompose bacteria & germs, and act as an odor-eliminator due to a revolutionary surface treatment called Hydrotec. This tremendously functional coating is formed by baking titanium dioxide onto the glaze during manufacturing which acts as a catalyst for a reaction between light, oxygen, and air humidity.  All tiles are suitable for interior as well as exterior applications such as pool coping, patio flooring, or out-door showers. Those of you who adore the monochromatic, European-chic look will be thrilled to see that each mosaic comes in a glossy finish for wall applications and a matte finish for floor applications. Down-size your list of chores but not your personal style.

For more information call InStyle Charlotte @ 704-665-8880

SECAUCUS, N.J. (December 3, 2010) –Artistic Tile’s Ziva Collection has won Interior     Design magazine’s 2010 Best of Year Award.  The winners of the Fifth Annual BOY Awards  were announced on December 2nd at the renowned IAC Building in New York.  Thousands of members of the design community voted on interiordesign.net and the final winners were selected by a panel of esteemed members of the design community including  Interior Design magazine’s Editor in Chief Cindy Allen.

Hand carved by master craftsmen in India, the Ziva Collection is inspired by nature and brought to life in stone. Each piece is individually crafted by stone carvers who can spend up to one full day on a single piece.

“Ziva is a dramatic statement, but in a very classic way,” says Nancy Epstein, CEO and Founder of Artistic Tile who designed the distinct look of Ziva and traveled to India to work with artisans on its creation. “Ziva’s unique finishing technique and excellent craftsmanship puts it just a few steps ahead.”

The collection has two patterns—Lotus and Leaves—and each are available in two colorways. Leaves is available in white Thassos marble as well as Lake Blue. Lotus is available in Gris and Bianco Carrara. The new collection is offered in any of Artistic Tile’s eight showrooms or through their authorized dealers around the county. For more information or to find a showroom near you, please visit http://www.artistictile.com.

Artistic Tile is one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury tile and stone in the country, and offers unique products to architects, designers and homeowners available for immediate delivery.  The company is a family-run business headquartered in Secaucus, NJ.  Artistic Tile brand products are distributed through Artistic Tile showrooms, as well as through a network of more than 150 dealers across the United States. For more information about Artistic Tile, visit http://artistictile.com. The Artistic Tile line is available locally at InStyle Tile at http://www.instylecharlotte.com/. Call them at 704-665-8880 with any inferences.

    Interior designer Cindy Meighan of Designed Interiors in Charlotte recently found the kitchen design project she’d been waiting for. As soon as she walked into the kitchen of Charlotte homeownersSuzann and Steve Yarborough to discuss a major kitchen remodel, she knew the space was perfect for a dramatic granite backsplash.
    Granite countertops are one thing, but creating a granite backsplash is more of a challenge. “You need the veining to flow from the countertop straight up the wall,” says Cindy. “First you determine where the strong points of the granite are; that’s what you want to showcase on the backsplash.”
    With the fabrication and installation so critical on this project, Cindy turned to professionals who would not only meet, but also exceed her expectations.
She went to Tile Collection and collaborated with Joslyn Byrne, one of the in-house
interior designers.

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Visit the Tile Collection showroom at 11200 Carolina Place Parkway. Call us at 704-541-8453 or visit us online at www.tilecollection.com.

What man throws away, we recycle into a beautiful natural composite that is superior to natural stone.  If there are two rooms in your home conditions, it has to be the kitchen and bath.

When it comes to the bath, many consumers want to create a spa-like oasis, but the problem can be finding materials for surface areas that can withstand daily abuse, cleaning chemicals and soaps, yet still look luxurious.

Previously, the look and elegance found with marble was either cost prohibitive or not practical for the bath area, but now, a new product from Cosentino aims to bring style and durability to the bath…

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For more information, visit stone-systems.com or call Stone Systems of North Carolina at 704-238-1659.

Why would a well-established local business choose to change their name? In the case of Queen City Countertops, a name change was needed to better represent their expanded service offerings. They recently broadened their scope of services from countertops to include complete renovation services, becoming Queen City Kitchen and Bath.

They now offer turn-key kitchen and bath renovations and project management to act as a liaison between the various subcontractors that are involved in a kitchen or bath remodel.

“Because we run the entire project in-house, this ensures on-time delivery and high quality workmanship, alleviating unnecessary homeowner stress,” says Dee Grannan, their in-house kitchen and bath designer.

In business since 2003 and family-run, the attention to detail and personalized service has been a critical component to this businesses success and repeat business…

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For more information on Queen City Kitchen and Bath, call 704-296-0040 or visit their new showroom at 3015 Chamber Drive, or visit www.queencitykitchenandbath.com


Imagine a home filled with rich colors and comforting textures – the warm honey tones of well-polished wood .. . the soothing brushstrokes of chocolate. Now, imagine that you can have all it without doing any damage to the world in which we live.

This spring take the natural approach to interior and exterior design with the stunning Urban Timber and the Horn Tile series found at Tile Collection. Whether you’re updating a kitchen or bathroom, adding an element of interest to living spaces or find yourself redefining your outdoor oasis, these sumptuous selections add easy elegance without acute care.

Rich and sensual, the veining of the Horn Tile series adds interest to any application. These generous tiles carry a slightly satin finish for a luxurious, enveloping atmosphere. Urban Timber has the look and feel of real wood — thanks, in part, to their unique dimensions. With distinctive color gradation and precise texture, these stylish tiles add warmth without work.

Available in four finish stains and two sizes (6” x 24”and 6” x 35”), these exciting new tiles are certified for outdoor use, making them ideal for breathing new life into patios and pool surrounds. Jennifer Creasser explains, “In order to withstand our area’s extreme temperature differences our installers take the extra steps needed to install weatherproof membranes for outdoor applications.”

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For more information on the Horn series or Urban Timber, visit www.tilecollection.com, call 704-541-8453 or stop by the showroom at 11200 Carolina Place Parkway.

Finding a balance between price, style and being environmentally conscious, can be difficult when selecting high-end building materials.

But recently the ECO™ line by Cosentino, a revolutionary new line of sustainable countertop and surfacing materials, was the beneficiary of multiple industry awards in innovation and sustainability.

Selected by a distinguished panel of judges, editors, industry leaders, and consumers, ECO™ by Cosentino has won the 2009 Building Products Green Product Awards, Multi-Housing News Green Initiative Awards, Interiors & Sources R eaders Choice Awards. Additionally, it was awarded the Innovative Product of the Year at the 2009 Stone Expo and was recognized as the Best Product at CONSTRUMAT, the leading international construction fair in Barcelona, Spain. The product is carried locally by Stone Systems of North Carolina.

We are thrilled by the industry’s overwhelmingly positive response and are proud to deliver a categorically innovative and beautiful product, said Lorenzo Marquez, vice president of marketing of Cosentino North America. These industry awards and recognition are an important indication that this countertop line is helping to fill a void in the market by providing a sustainable surfacing material that does not sacrifice design or performance…

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For more information, visit www.ecobycosentino.com. With 11 manufacturing lines, Cosentino is the largest manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces in the world. It is available locally through Stone Systems of North Carolina. Call them at 704-238-1659.

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