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Galleria Stone & Tile Blog

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The Lost Art of Handmade Tile

Posted by Trisha Mattern on Jun 7, 2018 4:38:58 PM

Published by Coastal Connecticut

It’s a ceramic tile collection inspired by art and crafted by hand. The charm of old world carving and design is brought back to life by Quemere Designs. In a new world defined by computers and automation, this tile company has set itself apart by incorporating human touch into each phase of the production process. Hand carved. Hand crafted. Hand painted. Luxury ceramic tile.

Quemere Designs just might be one of the best kept secrets in New England. Based out of Middletown, CT, their 10,000 square foot production facility is tucked inside the Galleria Design Center located at 234 Middle Street. A space where imagination, skill, and wild creativity combine to form tiles that are quite literally miniature pieces of art.

As one of the few ceramic tile companies in the world that can accommodate complete customization of any order, Quemere Designs takes a personalized approach to the design process. Their motto: “If you can envision it, our carver can bring it to life.”

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Topics: Quemere Handmade Tiles, Coastal Connecticut

How to keep warm and SAVE on energy bills!

Posted by Matthew Lamanivong on Sep 14, 2017 12:41:27 PM

Do you always wake up on brisk winter mornings having to step onto a cold floor with your bare feet? Have you been trying to find ways to save on your energy bill?

Surprisingly, heated floor systems can fix both problems. Heated floors were typically seen as a luxury, but now the times are changing. Heated floor systems actually provide more heat coverage by the square foot than your typical baseboard heater. These heating systems, which work especially well for tiled floors, transform your entire floor into your home’s heat source, providing you with efficient and consistent heat. 

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Topics: Showers, kitchen, Floor tile, Cabinets, heated, heated floors, heated tile

How to Improve Your Home’s Value Through Targeted Renovations

Posted by Matthew Lamanivong on Aug 4, 2017 1:20:05 PM

For many people the value of their house seems like something beyond their control. But, there are many different things you can do to increase the visual appeal and market value of your house. However, not all home renovation projects are equal. Studies have repeatedly shown that remodeling your kitchen and bathrooms are the best investments you can make when it comes to home renovation projects.

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Topics: Countertops, Showers, Bathrooms, kitchen, Floor tile, sink, Cabinets

5 Interior Design Trends That Are On The Rise

Posted by Matthew Lamanivong on Jun 19, 2017 11:50:07 AM

From new textures to high contrast colors, here are some home design trends that will shape your house in 2017. 

 

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Topics: Interior Design

Are Grey and White Kitchens going out of style?

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Dec 26, 2016 9:06:00 AM

From paint colors, kitchen remodels, tiles and backsplashes, to furnishings, we have relished in the use of crisp clean white and infinite shades of grey in today's state-of-the-art home design. But as the new year rolls in, will the grey and white craze roll out?

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Topics: kitchen design trends, white and grey kitchen

The Top 5 Kitchen Sink Options

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Nov 25, 2016 3:15:00 PM

As in any renovation or building project, there are many choices to be made in design and materials. Choosing the right kitchen sink is no exception. Cost, appearance and functionality are some of the main considerations. Let’s look at the top 5 most popular kitchen sink options, their benefits and drawbacks.

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Topics: Countertop, stone countertop, sink

Top 10 Creative Kitchen Backsplash Trends

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Oct 31, 2016 4:20:00 PM

 

The perfect kitchen needs to be both functional, and aesthetically appealing. As a focal point, the kitchen backsplash lends itself to genuine creativity that is a reflection of your personal design style and also captures those tidbits of uniqueness that is you. Let's start by discovering the top 10 creative kitchen backsplash trends.

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Topics: backsplash, kitchen backsplash, mural, Decos, mosaic, subway tile

Tools and Materials for Easy Wood-Look Tile Installation

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Sep 30, 2016 3:00:00 PM

There are many reasons why wood-look tile flooring has gained popularity in recent years. Among them durability, low maintenance and cleanliness rank the highest. Tile floors don’t dent and ding with high traffic or show wear marks like wood floors would. Tile floors do not need to be sanded and refinished, and since tile is sealed/water resistant, mild soap and water is all you need to keep it clean. Aesthetically, there are many design options and colors to choose from to create a look that fits your unique style.

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Topics: DIY, Floor tile, Wood-Look Tile, Large Format Tile

A Thoroughly Modern Farmhouse in Cream and White

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Sep 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In the heart of Connecticut’s river valley, stands a newly renovated farmhouse. Authentic rustic meets thoroughly modern in this spacious and luxurious home. Designed as a weekend get-away, this house has all the amenities for comfort and relaxation.

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Topics: Stone, Showers, kitchen, Granite Countertop, Countertop, bathroom

How to Protect Crackle Tile from Staining

Posted by Irene Ferreira on Jul 22, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Interesting and full of of character, crackle tile has become a popular choice in today’s design projects. From kitchen backsplashes to a variety of bathroom applications, more design-conscious homeowners love the subtle web patterns and unique designs inherent to crackle tile. Although beautiful, crackle tile warrants a cautionary disclaimer when installing.

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Topics: Installation, Sealing Crackle Tile, Sealing, Crackle Tile, Stain Protection