Treetop Oasis in Minneapolis

Older homes are the best, arent’t they?

Maybe we should clarify: in terms of unique details and amazing woodwork, they can’t be rivaled. In terms of pre-existing conditions, surprises and cost to remodel…. well, unfortunately they can’t be rivaled there either.

Lisa La Nasa, laNeva Tile’s fearless leader had the opportunity to work on a beauty of a 1907 4-Square home in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood not once but twice. In 2006-07 she designed the remodel for the lower level laundry room and 3/4 bath. In 2011 she was called back to design a master suite in the semi-finished-then-gutted attic space. The owners wanted spa-like spaces tucked under the eaves while keeping the original windows and adding a rooftop deck to gaze among the treetops. Oh, wouldn’t those leafy treetops be grand this time of year!

The bedroom and closet are incredible, the refurbished windows are enchanting but the bathroom is divine. laNeva’s 4″x8″ Modico Tile in a straight stack was used for the majority of the shower and the bathroom baseboard. The sink splash is Modico 2″x8′ straight stack. The crisp white glaze of laNeva’s ceramic pops against natural gray grout and an array of turquoise-gray mesh-mounted pebbles, which were inexpensively sourced from a local big-box store.

The contractors, Metamorphosis Design-Build, did an excellent job with the preexisting conditions- a mess of hand-built trusses, major electrical challenges and a previously installed geo-thermal system to name a few- and also designed and constructed the exterior deck.  You can see more of the ‘after’ pics when you visit the Metamorphosis site. Scroll down on their site to see all of the photos.

Our resources included an array of Minnesota-based small businesses. Here are a few:

  • Wood From The Hood provided Minneapolis Elm for the hardwood floors and bathroom countertop.
  • Andy’s Woodworking custom built the bathroom and bedroom cabinetry.
  • Storganize designed and built the closet storage, including their attic hanging systems which are suspended from the sloped ceilings.
  • MN Window Restoration removed and repaired/rebuilt 7 original windows.
Of course, any remodel is a team effort. We are thankful for the fabulous homeowners, dedicated Design-Build team at Metamorphosis and all the hard working subcontractors and suppliers. We are proud to not only be a part, but to have had the opportunity to see our second project for this family from the very beginning to the end result – and for laNeva’s Modico 4″x8″ field tile to find a beautiful ‘new’ home.

 

 

 

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Budget Border Install


It’s always fun to see laNeva Tile living in its new home, with its new family. We recently worked with a homeowner to design a small, rectalinear border (mesh-mounted and interlocking, with a random pattern layout) for a budget bathroom remodel. Measuring a mere 5″ high, this border contains 1×1′s in Lichen, 1×2 in Dune and 1/2 x 6 liners in Café.

 

Don’t let the small size fool you, this border really stands out. Paired with inexpensive white 3×6 subway tile, the border is all the accent needed to create interest and texture in an otherwise neutral bathroom.

Like this project, handmade tile can fit into nearly any budget. The homeowners kept the existing cabinetry and plumbing layout but replaced much of the sheetrock, insulation, tile throughout, countertop (with integral sink) faucets, mirror lighting and paint.

 

Studio Snapshot of Mesh Mounting & Overglazed Edge

And the budget breakdown, you ask? Lets take a look:

(All figures are approximate)

1. Countertop w/ integral sink       $500.00
2.  Subway  tile                                      $ 350.00
3.  laNeva Tile Border                         $800.00
3.  Plumbing fixtures                          $550.00
(toilet, sink faucet, shower faucets)
4.  Floor tile                                            $100.00
5.  Sheet rock/cement board/joint   $400.00
compound/paint/ tape/sealer
6.  Plumbing supplies                          $200.00
7.  Rugs,towels,pictures, etc            $150.00
8.  Miscellaneous                                   $100.00
9.  Labor                                             $ 500.00

The homeowners did much of the labor themselves, but called in the pros for a few technical items. What a great job, and with spending only $4000 total.

laNeva Artisan Tile is a fabulous pairing with natural stone and machine made tile.  We’ll even help you with the design layout, and provide installation drawings. What’s not to love? We make it easy to add some color to your life!

*Install Photography by Reed Osell

 

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“Hue & Improved” from California Home+Design

Look at this stunning 3-color palette featured in the July/Aug 2011 issue of California Home+Design!  Remind you of anything??

As it turns out, those of you who voted for our “IT” color options were right on with your selection of the newest laNeva colors: Smoke, Laguna and Tangerine! Thank you, Thank you!!


By the way, we are absolutely in love with the IKAT design by New Ravena Mosaics, shown towards the bottom right of the magazine page. Here’s the link to a luscious full photo of Ikat on the New Ravenna website.

Can you imagine this gorgeous mosaic with a border of our ceramic in #11 Laguna glaze? So hot!

 

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BlogOff: My Favorite Colors

If you’re not familiar with a BlogOff… I’m going to offer a quote describing it from one of my favorite bloggers and one that I follow regularly, Mr. Paul Anater at kitchenandresidentialdesign.com :

“Every two weeks, the blogosphere comes alive with something called a Blog Off. A Blog Off is an event where bloggers of every stripe weigh in on the same topic on the same day. The topic for this round of the Blog Off is “What’s your favorite color?”

Thanks Paul.  Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Reading several of this week’s Blog Off entries, I got thinkin’. What IS my favorite color? For years, it was obviously and beyond a doubt, green. Any shade, any hue, anything in the green category. Green surrounded me in my house, my clothing and nearly every facet of my life FOR YEARS.  Green is enveloping, cozy, comfortable. Especially the muted brown-greens that I gravitate towards remind me of my favorite time in Minnesota: early Autumn when the grass is drying out, the air is getting crisp and the leaves are just starting to change colors. That’s probably why you will find so many of these greens in the laNeva color line (Lichen, Mist Crackle and Oregano).

#92 Mist Crackle

#90 Oregano

#71 Lichen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I’ve felt a shift. Slowly and subtly, I am moving towards yellow. I even spent this past weekend painting my daughter’s bedroom a beautiful shade of lemony yellow that is sunny and happy and perfect.  Not that green is forgotten, not at all. Green will surely have a stronghold on my wardrobe for a long time. The grass and  leaves and moss that inhabit in my happy place are now complimented with early evening sunshine,  the last warmth of summer and the leaves turning golden before they are caught up in a warm autumn breeze.

(color palettes via http://design-seeds.com)

So that is my first, intended-to-be-unofficial-but-now-made-official Blog Off entry. Paul, don’t worry, I’ll work on my own version of your perfectly succinct BlogOff description for next time. I’d better get started now :)

If you want to see more color posts or follow future topics, check out these Blog Off stars:

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[News Flash] laNeva Product Updates

We’ve been working up a storm lately! Testing new products, developing new Rift color combinations, collaborating with several artists and working to set up new dealers.  Whew!

So, without further ado, we announce:

laNeva is now offering 6″x6″ tile in Solid and Rift Colors!

Showcasing our newest display board with this new 6×6 size tile is Filmore Clark in West Hollywood, CA.  These new, larger handmade tiles are a  perfect compliment to our 3×6 subway tile (or for anyone sick of small-scale tile) these beauties are a fabulous way to make a statement – BIG!!

laNeva’s newest “IT”colors!

You’ve probably seen the post already, but wanted to remind you.

laNeva asked for your help to select  3 out of a possible 6 glaze color options for our limited edition “IT” colors.  We had a fun poll with a ton of “voter turnout” and announced our three limited edition colors colors  a few weeks ago.

#11 Laguna, #19 Smoke and #10 Tangerine are already getting rave reviews and we are having so much fun pairing them with our existing solid colors for some fab new handmade Rift color combos!  Stay tuned for more!

 

laNeva’s Super Secret Collaboration:

Yes, we’ve got something up our sleeve that will have it’s big reveal in the coming months.

Can’t say much now, except it is really different and we’re very excited to be paired with such a talented artist. This is not just a one-time deal, but an new laNeva collection to be available through laNeva Tile dealers, Spacial Adaptation Product Agency and our website.

(I feel super sneaky with a tease like that as I am one of those people who cannot wait for surprises, but there is much more information to follow in the coming weeks.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait!)

Until then: Support local shops and artisans. Add color to your life. Celebrate Spring.  Happy Wednesday!!

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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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