Announcing the 2011 “IT” Colors!

Thanks to all of you who voted in the poll to choose our three limited edition glaze colors for 2011. We had a great response and after some changes in rank through the first day, the winners were soon evident and stayed on top through the remainder of the voting.

Announcing the winning colors (Drumroll is so passé. How about a rockin’ foot stomp?)….

#1: With 33% of the vote and already a pre-order: Laguna!

#2: Anything but boring, gray is hot, especially with these brights: Smoke!

#3: Rounding out the top three: “She uses Tangerine(s)!!”*

These colors will be available for samples and orders on Monday, May 2nd.  We’re also planning fabulous Rift Series color combos with these new glazes used in conjunction with our existing Solid Colors.  Thanks again everyone and we look forward to another exciting product launch coming in the very near future!

How will handmade tile accent your life?

 

* Pop culture reference from The Flaming Lips circa 1993. Does that make us old??? 

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Choose Our Limited Edition Colors!

We need your help to vote for our new, Limited Edition “IT” Colors for 2011!

Out of 5 options, please select 3 that will accent our existing solid color glazes for one calendar year. Voting will be open for one week and you’ll be able to vote just once. We’ll release the winners at 5 PM CST on Monday, April 18th and the winning colors will be officially added to our 2011 color offering on May 2nd, 2011.

All winning colors will be available as solid or Rift tiles and can be used by themselves or as a part of our Lineal or Slice Collection mesh-mounted borders or SPAN field tile patterns.

What are you waiting for? Vote for 3!

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The Non-Toxic Dilemma…

A choice we made upon starting laNeva Tile: All of our glazes must be lead-free and rated as AP-non-toxic. All of them. No exceptions.

Okay, here’s the dilemma: While the industry is reformulating many glazes to be lead-free, there are still a lot of glazes out there with lead and cadmium in them or they are still considered a “toxic” glaze (or rather, not “non-toxic) because they contain other elements with a known health risk.

There is yet another problem when the glazes meet the non-toxic requirements when used as a brushed-on glaze, but not when sprayed.  Inhalation risks are great with sprayed glazes and any dry glazes. Lead-free or not. (Spraying is not an issue for us because we brush all of our glazes. Glaze overspray isn’t good for people or the environment, period.)

An even further problem is that some of the coolest, richest, most dramatic glaze colors are made from heavy metals, including lead and cadmium, the exact elements that make these tiles not fit with our business model.

We have an awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly) launch coming up and we’re working on glaze formulations and selections like madwomen* here. The challenge is to find glaze formulas that create gorgeous laNeva-worthy colors that all fit in with our lead free and non-toxic glaze model. So, stick around for a truly fabulous, richest, bestest new glaze color launch you ever did see – all lead free and non-toxic – early next week.

*Yes, for those of you wondering, we are all women at laNeva Tile ;)

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[Color Feature] Tiger-Eye

laNeva #75 Curry

Amber, Tiger-eye, Butterscotch: whatever you call it, it’s a  popular, timeless color that conveys a sense of richness and exoticism. laNeva’s #75 Curry is a gorgeous example of this hue.

Our favorite inspiration site, Houzz has done it again with a collection of photos featuring this luscious, butterscotch palette. Follow the arrows on the bottom of the photos to scroll through the gorgeous photo ideabook.


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How Much Tile? Design Tips & Averages

You’re looking at tile and want a quick reference for how many square feet you might need.  What to do?

Consider these common measurements and tile design tips:

Kitchen Backsplash: Usually around 18″ high but lengths vary greatly. An average kitchen splash length is 10-20 lineal feet = 15-30 square feet of space to be tiled.

Tub Surround: For a standard tub, the wall lengths are usually 36″, 60″, 36″ = 11 lineal feet x 6′ or 7′ wall height (approx) = 66-77 square feet of tile needed.

Wainscot: Tile wainscoting is a great look, but what height should it be?  For the best possible result, never cut the wall in half.  This is one of the most important wainscot tips. If the wall is 8′ high, you want the total wainscot height below or above 48″. Consider 36″, 42″or 54″ from the floor to the top of the wainscoting.

Border: If you’re looking for a horizontal border or decorative stripe, take the lineal measurements given above. What about the height to place it at? That’s personal preference. At the top of wainscoting is good (not to exceed the total height listed above) or in a shower, 5′ is a great height. It doesn’t interfere with the plumbing locations yet is near eye level.  For a unique  and more contemporary look, place the border vertically and run the border from floor (or tub) to ceiling.

Fireplace: Designs vary, but you should consider whether you are tiling just the face of the fireplace, between a wood mantle and the firebox, or all the way around a fireplace, including the hearth and sides. Check out this fireplace for example: a total of 14 square feet (in 1×1, 1×2 and 2×4) of laNeva tile #90 Oregano.

Still can’t decide what would look best?  Call or email [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to provide a phone consultation and custom layout options for you, including lots of tips on how to make your tile project a complete showstopper! We’ve been designing dynamic tile environments for… well, forever! (Okay, it’s  been about 13 years.)

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SPAN Field Tile Patterns- Squares

Last week we announced our newest collection of field tile patterns called SPAN (to go along with our Lineal & Slice Collections of Borders) and showed you SPAN patterns using laNeva’s rectangular tiles.  Some fun layouts were included with our favorite being the 3 pattern options using our 1×6 liner. Fab-u-lous!

As promised, we are following up with the squares. It’s hip to be square (had to throw that in there!) and we see a huge resurgence in the market for square tiles. So without further delay, we bring to you:

SPAN Collection – Squares

All pattern drawings show one square foot of each layout. For those of you super-savy readers (of which you ALL are!) note that the patterns on the left and right of each tile size are the same with the left shown as a horizontal running bond and the right, vertical.

And a laNeva insider- update for people who read to the end of each post:

Within the coming week, you’ll see a few changes to the laNeva site, with our new collections (including this one) added to the “Our Tiles” tab.  Have questions? Check out the FAQ’s or contact us for more details.  We love to hear from laNeva Tile fans!

XOXOXO,

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The Alternative Tile Layout- Vertical

We’ve linked to Houzz Ideabooks in the past but today we want to share a collection of photos that illustrate our favorite point: You CAN and SHOULD use rectangular tiles vertically!  Here is a beautiful visual collection of vertical tile installations. Choose any of laNeva’s mesh-mounted SPAN field tile patterns, released last week, to achieve the same fresh, dramatic look.

Click the dots or arrows below to scroll through the Houzz Ideabook.  Enjoy!


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Filmore Clark

laNeva is proud to announce our newest dealership in Southern California, Filmore Clark.

Located in West Hollywood, just off of Melrose Avenue and blocks away from the Pacific Design Center, Filmore Clark features only handmade tile made in the USA. We admire the work that Filmore Clark’s founder, Lee Nicholson is doing to promote the value of products that are made by hand in America.

You can see more of Filmore Clark’s selection of gorgeous handmade products on their site or if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. We are thrilled to be in such good company!

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SPAN Field Tile Patterns – Rectangles

While announcing our Lineal and Slice Collections last month, there was a request for a similar grouping of mesh mounted field tile layouts.  While there are a ton of different options, we have chosen some standard and not-so-standard layout patterns to feature.

Announcing laNeva Tile’s field tile pattern collection: SPAN

The SPAN pattern collection includes groupings of rectangular and square tiles.  Today’s release includes all of laNeva’s rectangular mesh mounted field tile layouts. You choose 1×2, 2×4,  3×6 tile and even our 1×6 liners!

SPAN patterns using our square tiles will be announced next week.

Each Span Collection layout is mesh mounted for ease of installation and sold per square foot. With the addition of SPAN  to the Lineal and Slice border collections, we offer a mix-and-match (or create your own, if you wish) system for complete material selections!

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Interiors by Anouk B

Have you heard of Anouk B out of the Netherlands? Anouk is an interior stylist and seems to be published everywhere lately. Her gorgeously simplistic environments are an inspiration in black and white.  See Anouk B in Remodelista, Vosges Paris and Emmas Designblog featuring photographer Marjon Hoogervorst.

Even with the simple color palette and clean, modern lines of these spaces, the rooms are not austere.  Warmth and texture is added with just slight details of color and natural materials. We adore this look (plus the fact that she’s from our mother’s homeland, the Netherlands) and see this style as a more refined sibling of the sometimes a-little-too-country-rustic but equally modern, Scandinavian design.

Of course as a tile designer (and interior designer) I see one missing detail: Art tile. I can’t help it, it is like a blaring hole when I look at these photos.  One minute- just let me paint you a picture:

Imagine a backsplash or shower detail of laNeva’s 1″x1″ straight stack tiles in color #31 Snow.  The rhythm and texture is punctuated with a Slice Collection stripe of Christopher’s Signature colorway Rift in #24 Steel / #77 Dune (or if that’s too much black, how about Snow/Dune – equally stunning).  Aaaahhhh, the perfect compliment!

To see even more of Anuk B’s fabulous work, visit the Italian site/photo album at Living Inside.

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