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No matter how spacious your bathroom is, it is quite simple to create a a refreshing bathing experience using design. The inspiration for this bathroom in Laguna Niguel, CA are the various colors found in the beach. For this design our client picked a sandy, wavy colored honed and filled travertine called English Walnut. As an accent she choose a beautiful staggered glass mosaic featuring the hues of the sea. As a result she created an inviting downstairs guest bathroom that is casual and chic. English Walnut Travertine Honed and Filled Tiles with Ocean Inspired Staggered Glass Mosaic Find these materials at
Apr 6, 2016 3:23:44 PM By Michelle Mafra beach, ocean, inspired, bathroom, travertine, glass, mosaic, Comments Bathroom,

        The Bianco Ibiza Marble is one of our signature stones and it has become one of our popular choices of 2015. With a icy white background, a little sparkle and tons of movement in tones of cream, grey and golds this turkish marble is an affordable choice of stone and a great replacement for those looking for a less expensive version of the high end Italian marble tiles. We finally received an email from one of our clients featuring this unique marble in her master bath and we are so proud to showcase it her in our blog. 

 Turkish Bianco Ibiza Marble Price range: $3.99 to $5.99 per Sft

 Italian Carrara Marble Price range: $7.99 to $16.99 per Sft

 Italian Calacatta Marble Price Range: $19.99 to $112.99 per Sft

    Given the high color variation of the Bianco Ibiza stone we often recommend our clients to purchase an excess of 10% to 20% so they can be more selective with their tiles. Our Designers simply love working with this stone and have learned to accent its nuances and projects created with this marble have brought consumers an incredible return on investment! What a great value.

    Check out this great shots sent to us by one of our great clients. We simply love the amazing job done by the contractor bookmarking the 16x36 Bianco Ibiza Marble tiles in the shower walls. The movement and texture looks amazing don't you think?





Oct 12, 2015 8:43:04 PM By Michelle Mafra Bianco, Ibiza, Marble, bathroom, remodel, Comments Bathroom,

        Recently one of our clients just stopped by our showroom full of compliments and great shots of her final kitchen remodel and we simply love it. We loved walking her every step of the way, helping her pick materials that would coordinate with the cabinets and appliances she already had and allowing her kitchen to look fresh, clean and contemporary. The results are truly extraordinary and the fact that she is happy is so rewarding to us.


         Now she is back she is ready to design her Master Bath. One advice that I give to all clients that are remodeling is to make sure that the look of their home unified. In this profession I often see some chopped off designs, where the kitchen for example is completely modern while the bathrooms are so mediterranean that you could be singing “MAMA MIA” while showering in Italy. Homeowners please try to avoid that! Pick a style and stick with it. A great way to do that is to repeat some elements or use similar materials in each designed space. By repeating a color scheme, a texture or a pattern in a different way it will enable each space to look and feel individual while giving the house a cohesive look and style. For our client we are suggesting very practical surfaces for her bathroom keeping in mind the contemporary feel of her home and the colors we used in her kitchen. Below are some of the tile combinations that we are gathering for this project. Let us know what you think!


Carrara Marble Basketweave Mosaic White Wave Porcelain 3d Tiles Glacier White Marble & Cemento Porcelain Series White, Black & Gray Lantern Ceramic tiles XOXO, Michelle Mafra Travertine Market

Sep 1, 2015 4:00:00 PM By Michelle Mafra Contemporary, kitchen, remodel, stainless, backsplash, 0 Comments Kitchen,

 We love getting pictures from our clients. It is truly a pleasure to be able to see the final results after walking our clients throughout their project step by step. And yes we do feel so proud!  We truly enjoy seeing our curated stone, tile and material selection in your home or commercial space so please keep those pictures coming! They make our day and we love displaying them.

     This gorgeous Orange County residence just got a new resort backyard just in time for summer. Landscaped to perfection this stunning backyard was created using our Crema Ivory French Pattern and Walnut Pool copings. For the walls we used a 6x6 tumbled travertine, boulders for the retaining walls and garden walls and other fun stone mosaic accents that added a very sophisticated feel to this previously bare yard. The contrast between the water, the flowers and the color of the stone creates a soothing space that can be enjoyed all year round in our Sunny Californian weather. 

     Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in achieving a similar look. 



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Aug 5, 2014 7:23:00 PM By Michelle client, pictures, tiles, landscape, Comments Landscape,


french pattern scabos    One of the most sought after floor layouts in the market today in the Versailles Pattern also know as the French Pattern in Travertine or Marble. The pattern consists of 4 tiles sizes 16x24, 16x16, 8x16 and 8x8. 


      The most common question we encounter when selling the pattern is:  Is there a pattern that I can follow so we use all the shapes evenly? The answer is YES we do have two pattern layouts that will help you or your contractor with installation. 


    The pattern itself is simple and it repeats itself so once one set of 8 square foot is laid it is considerably easy to follow the pattern and continue with the layout. In addition if you choose the authentic versailles pattern finish which is brushed and chiseled the chiseled edges will make the leveling the tiles very forgiving and most often the installation of the versailles pattern in a brushed and chiseled finish runs a little bit faster and sometimes even less expensive than a regular straight edge tile. 


    So our  recommendation is to embrace the different shapes and appreciate the movement that the pattern will give to your floors. Follow the pattern schematics for a even and practical installation and Enjoy this gorgeous European look in your home or commercial space.

1: Traditional Versailles Pattern Schematics 

French Pattern 1.

2. contemporary Versailles Pattern Schematics

French Pattern 2

To check out our great variety of Travertine Versailles Patterns click here. Enjoy:)

Jul 16, 2014 7:21:00 PM By Ali french, pattern, tiles, travertine, 2 Comments Patterns,

We get a lot of questions regarding combining different types of stone and the answer is yes! Combine away, some of the most interesting designs use a combination of different stone, color and texture.

For this project we combined the Crema Pearl Marble with our dark Noce Travertine in a vertical design that pools down into a bench top also featuring the Noce travertine. 

Crema Pearl shower 1

Crema Pearl shower 2

As for now We are in love with our NEW CREMA Pearl marble because of it's great calming beige tone with splashes of silver to give it great character. In addition the great affordable price that we are offering it really makes this marble an irressitable choice for your design. 


Jun 24, 2014 6:53:00 PM By MIchelle shower, tile, travertine, Comments Bathroom,
1. This brick style is a classic and looks great in large or small applications.
 Brick Pattern
2. The fishtail or herringbone pattern is something a little different, don't forget to consider the angles of your room and where your entrances are, you can create a different look just by angling a pattern one way or another.
 Fishtail Pattern
3. This is a fun design, you can create the look of a more traditional square design with a twist by using rectangles.
4. This brick style is a lengthier version by turning the tiles longer side up, you can also use offset square tiles in a brick style pattern that looks amazing.
Brick pattern
5. Stack 'em up. Clean and simple, this design will guide the eye along the length of the tiles.
brick pattern
6. This design frames out a row of simple stacked tiles to create a look that would do well in a corridor or walkway as well as repeated across a floor.
7. Turn that brick pattern on it's side!
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 Voila! Rectangle glory.
Jan 15, 2014 9:45:00 AM By Michelle travertine, patterns, tile, rectangular, 2 Comments Patterns,

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