Mud Room Design

Muddie… Designing the Mud Room

by Concept II, August 16, 2016

Ahh…. the suburban American mud room, often it’s a casual (usually secondary) entryway to the house. It is typically intended as an area to remove and keep footwear and other outerwear.  As well as providing storage space through the use of well-designed cabinets, a mud room serves to increase the cleanliness of a house. This is an area of interior …

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Tile Waterfall

Chasing (Tile) Waterfalls

by Concept II, June 22, 2016

The waterfall, as a tiled shower design, termed tile waterfall, is a reaction to the widely used horizontal decorative tile band that has been around since Roman Bath houses.  Sometimes called a listel (French) or listello (Italian) this has been a go-to way to add color/design/sparkle/motif to the wall. Usually this band is narrow, only 3” or 4” wide, installed …

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Spa-Like Bathrooms with Pebble Tile

Spa Day: Pebble Tile for a Spa-Like Bathroom

by Concept II, May 31, 2016

Maybe it’s because I’m going to the beach tomorrow, or maybe it’s because we just picked up a great new stone tile dealer, but I’ve got pebbles on my mind. Is the pebble stone tile look for everyone? No, it definitely is not. But if you’re looking for a casual, comfortable, natural bathroom design, pebble tile might work for you. …

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Trends in Kitchen Design

Trends in Kitchen Design

by Concept II, May 13, 2016

Like fashion, the world of interior design maintains its classics, but is always progressing, often in the form of trends. Concept II kitchen and bath designer, Derek Pino is frequently confronted with the question “what’s the latest in kitchen design”? Grey Is The New White White paint has always been, and will always be recognized as an elegant and timeless …

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Tile Flooring Design Examples

Walking Around, Looking Down

by Concept II, May 4, 2016

This drives my family and friends crazy. Everywhere we go, I’m looking at the floors.  I could tell you about the tile flooring in every restaurant and store I go to.  My brain is noting and cataloging every surface, for better or worse.  Of course this goes for hardwoods, carpeting, and vinyl, but I’m really, really looking at the tile.  …

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Shower Niche

The Evolution of the Niche

by Concept II, April 20, 2016

Niche, nitch, notch, it doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, just make sure you mention it as a “want” when prioritizing your next remodeling project.  I can’t think of a space that wouldn’t be improved by having one. The best examples of the usefulness of a niche is in the shower walls.  Here, you can simply build into the wall, …

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Selecting Tile Size for Bathroom

Size Matters

by Concept II, March 30, 2016

Every year the tile manufacturers come to the tile convention trying to outdo each other with bigger, and bigger tile. They are doing it for you, because you made that face, and complained about the grout.  (There are other reasons, more on that later.) Let’s take a trip, back through time, and look at our tile floor choices for an …

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Cleaning Tile Floor

Mighty Marbles

by Concept II, March 23, 2016

I don’t love to clean. I know that some people really enjoy it. I appreciate clean, and the ability to maintain clean, but that has not been a priority so far in my busy life. I accept that daily cleaning is not one of my strong suits, but I can also say that I will be the first to volunteer …

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