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We Have a Thing for Cement Tiles

October 2nd, 2015



Encaustic Tiles (or Cement Tiles if you’d like to keep it casual) add a rich texture, color and visual excitement to any space – all for a relatively affordable price point.  They first appeared in the northern region of Catalonia, Spain in the 1850’s and were later introduced at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1867.

Hand Mold France 1920


Hand mold from France, circa 1920

The name “Encaustic” comes from an art term used for metal enameling that uses a type of lost wax procedure, and the intricate patterns and designs mimic the encaustic enameling process. They are special in a few ways.  The pattern isn’t a product of the glaze (there is no glaze) but different colors of clay (typically 2-6 colors).  They are not fired.  The pattern looks as though it’s inlaid into the entire depth of the tile, so as time goes on and the tile is worn down, the design remains.  Plus they’re extremely durable!

Making Cement Tile

A more modern mold from Granada Tile

Here are some of our favorite examples of Ceramic Tile Installations:


Colorful floor tiles with simple wood furniture and bare walls.


An example from Granada Tile on the many ways you can customize your tile design


Keep it classic with black and white with pops of bronze


Continue the floor tile up the wall

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You can never have too many choices!


Brighten the room with touches of gold


Modern touches


One of our smaller projects in a Modern Moroccan style


Continue the backsplash up the wall and show it off with floating shelves rather than closed cabinets.


A bold entrance


Continue that vibe in your shower


Love this funky style, again with pops of gold

We could go on and on and on.  Our point is – cement tile adds fun and excitement to a room and we can’t get enough!

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View on Vegas

September 18th, 2015



We had a blast at this summer’s Las Vegas Market and are excited to share a recap video on our favorite finds and trends posted on Instagram.

For more inspirational shots, check out all the Design Tastemaker’s and Showroom Instagram pages below:

Lori Dennis - Peninsula Home

Lori Dennis
Top Pic at Peninsula Home

Kelli Ellis - Selamat

Kelli Ellis
Top Pic at Selamat

Carson Kressley - Christopher Guy

Carson Kressley
Top Pic at Christopher Guy

Julia Buckingham - Global Views

Julia Buckingham
Top Pic at Global Views

Michel Boyd - Palecek

Michel Boyd
Top Pic at Palecek

Jamie Durie - Phillips

Jamie Durie
Top Pic at Phillips Collection

Trellis Home - Somers

Allison Mattinson and Eliza Sharp of Trellis Home
Top Pic at Somers Furniture

Toma Clark Haine - Barn at Hoey Ranch

Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva
Top Pic at The Barn at Hoey Ranch

Heather Vieira - Blue Ocean Traders

Heather Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA
Top Pic at Blue Ocean Traders

I’ll be at High Point this October and will make sure to keep everyone posted on what my favorite finds are.  Stay tuned!

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My Summer Internship Experience at Lori Dennis Inc.

August 20th, 2015

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I’m Lauren Daly and I had an amazing internship with Lori Dennis this summer!

 My interest in interior design sparked in middle school when I was able to design my room exactly how I wanted – from paint to carpet to furniture and accessories.  I have since interned with various interior designers to gain experience for when I am an interior designer myself. This summer I had the ultimate internship with Lori Dennis, one of the top celebrity designers in Los Angeles.

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SoCal Logo

Lion Windows Logo


What sets Lori Dennis apart from other designers is that she works closely with a construction company (SoCal Contractor) and a materials company (Lion Windows Doors and More). I saw first-hand the benefits of being a “one stop shop.”

Because all of these trades work as one team they are able to tackle large projects in less time. They also work great together. I saw this cohesive collaboration first hand for one of the projects I worked on. A family needed to move from the east coast into their new Los Angeles home in just a few weeks, and at the same time also needed to freshen up their 25-year old Georgian Colonial home that felt really dated.


I loved this project because it was exactly my style – Traditional and Classic with lots of blues and whites! I was excited to be in charge of accessories and art – which I learned is more than just “the cherry on top” – it’s essential to give a home a finished look.

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To find these special pieces I traveled with the Lori Dennis team to the Las Vegas Market. Not only was it my first time in Vegas, it was also my first time going to market! I didn’t know what to expect but when I walked up to the World Market Center I saw three huge buildings filled with a seemingly endless amount of showrooms. One of the best parts of these showrooms is that designers can buy these items at wholesale prices, which is more than half the price of the retail price!


I loved everything at Leftbank Art

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 Can I buy all the lamps at Visual Comfort?

The next day we attended Design Campus, a project Lori started with a fellow designer, to help designers get their CEUs in a fun and convenient way. Although this was a “mini” camp, a half day instead of the normal two full days, I learned a lot from the speakers – including feng shui specialist Ariel Joseph Towne, YouTube expert David Brownstein, and a renowned architect, designer and landscaper William Hefner!




The engaging and informative Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne




David Brownstein


David Brownstein, encouraged us to post short but sweet youtube videos


The awe-inspiring architect, William Hefner


A stunning project by William Hefner

Another highlight was going to San Diego to work on a photo shoot of a completed project. We worked hard for two days straight to make this beautiful project absolutely picture perfect. I learned that to get published in a magazine, or to have an impressive portfolio, it’s all about the details.

Twyman Morning Room


How fun is this table setting?



Twyman Photo Shoot

 Now I feel like a pro at staging a bookshelf!

But before a designer can have their work photographed, they must always go through “install day” which I learned can be even more exhausting but equally exciting to see the rugs, furniture, paint, accessories, etc. all come together! There’s nothing like seeing a client see their home move in ready for the first time.

Georgian Revival Project 1

Placing hand painted art above the mantel.

Georgian Revival Project 2

With my favorite accessory, a blue and white ginger jar

I helped with two installs during my internship along with attending an event with Kathryn Ireland, the “Million Dollar Decorator,” and I created social media content out of sample boards. Oh and did I mention this was all within a month? I told you Lori and her team works fast!

Design Center Sample Boards 3

Design Center Sample Boards 1

Design Center Sample Boards 2

 Sample Boards I worked on at Lion Windows Doors and More Material Showroom

 This summer was the best of my life and I look forward to working with Lori and her fabulous team in the future!

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