Mossy Fan Vine & Tea–Perfect Match

Alfred, the well known brand of LA coffee shops has opened a new tea shop in Melrose Place with the most relaxing decor. Read about it in Hollywood Reporter. 
Owner/ designer Joshua Zad came back to us once more for the perfect tile for his vision for Alfred Tea Room.

Designer Melissa Adams at Villa Lagoon Tile came up with this soothing, fun fantasy vine exclusively for Villa Lagoon Tile and it is a lovely compliment to the pink decor in the new Alfred Tea Room.

Stop in for a refreshing sip and let them know that you noticed the tile :o)

 

Cement Tile at The Hotel Van Zandt

Interior Design, March 2016
Interior Design, March 2016

The buzz about Austin’s new Hotel Van Zandt is really hitting the airways. Mark Zeff’s music driven design is a true chart-topper and keeping in harmony with Zeff’s vision you will absolutely find Villa Lagoon Tile. As explored in the most recent issue of Interior Design, cement tile is among The Van Zandt’s hits.


Our Exclusive Ikat Patterns Take Stage

VLT Exclusive Ikat Cement Tile
VLT Exclusive Ikat Cement Tile
Ikat Cement Tile, March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX
Ikat Cement Tile, March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX
Ikat Cement Tile, March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX
Ikat Cement Tile, March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX

Also available at Villa Lagoon Tile are the traditional patterns we call Marrakesh B and Charlotte as seen below.

 

 March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX
March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX
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March 2016 Interior Design, Van Zandt Hotel, Austin, TX

Cement Tile for Foodies

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Bon Appetit Cover March 2016

Where Great Taste Begins…

We spotted a few of our cement tiles while flipping through the March 2016 issue of Bon Appetit.

In fact, you’re likely to find our cement tile wherever you find amazing food or is it the other way around….you decide.

 

Spot it below: Lisbon (Third down on the left), Tangier (Third down center), Kismet (bottom center)

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As the song says, “everything old is new again”, and cement tile is no exception. As the cement tile craze ramps up in the West you can find this old world tile used in new school ways at many of your favorite eateries. Check out a few examples of the bite Villa Lagoon Tile has taken out of the food world.

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Talia Twilight Cement Tile — Belcampo Meat Co., Santa Monica, CA
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Props, Neyland Design Cement Tile — Nando’s Peri-Peri Harbor East, Baltimore, MD
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Lancelot Blue Cement Tile — Coyo Taco, Miami, FL

 

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Ikat Cement Tile — Coyo Taco, Miami, FL
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Lisbon and Solid Cement Tile — Escalante’s (Town and Country), Houston, TX
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Havana Cantina Cement Tile — Iconic Cafe, New Your, NY
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Nuevo Castillo Carrara Cement Tile — Intelligentsia Coffee (Logan Square), Chicago, IL
Tugboat and Man Overboard Cement Tile — L’Amico, New York, NY
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Charge Cement Tile — Nando’s Peri-Peri (West Loop) Chicago, IL
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Surf Cement Tile — Masseria, Washinton, DC

AD Features Creme Design’s L’Amico NYC

Villa Lagoon Tile’s angular patterns “Tugboat” & “Man Overboard” (Named after the Nautical flags they represent)  create a lively floor in the new L’Amico NYC, a new restaurant from well known chef Laurent Tourondel in the Eventi Hotel. He is serving an Italian-influenced menu in a chic semi-rustic setting. We spotted a photo and a tantalizing description of the good eats in Architectural Digest. 

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CRÈME Design of Brooklyn used a random setting of four Villa Lagoon Tiles.
Tugboat encaustic cement tile Man Overboard cement tile from Villa Lagoon Man Overboard diagonal cement tileTug Boat encaustic cement tile

 

 

The AD description, above, makes the food sound divine and we love how the many windows flood the room with light.
Lameco Restaurant in NYC in the Eventi HotelLAmico-restaurant-open-kitchenLet Villa Lagoon Tile make custom encaustic cement tile for your next project.

Update, April 11, 2016:

Along with and following the segment of the November 2015 print edition, Architectural Digest published several online articles revolving around l’Amico and CREME. Here are some additional links:

Architectural Digest: Chef Laurent Tourondel Opens A Rustic Italian Restaurant in New York City

Architectural Digest: The 14 Best New Restaurants in NYC 2015 (December 10, 2016)

Architectural Digest: 4 Brooklyn Restaurant Designers to Know (March 3, 2016)

Can Cement Tile Give You Wings?

A logo of a stylized iguana with wings, representing the Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar of Neptune Beach, FLThere’s a new restaurant in the Jacksonville, Florida area receiving a lot of attention. Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar of Neptune Beach has opened to rave reviews. Chef Joshua Agan and his staff serve a fun and inspired menu that is Latin American fusion with hints of the local Southeast.  Along with traditional Latin American flavors, you can also find items like the “Dirty South” taco, with fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese, or the “Southern Comfort” taco with fried chicken, slaw, and pickled okra.

 

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The designers of the Flying Iguana developed a stunning, eye-catching facade using our exclusive Tradewinds pattern, from the Caribbean Collection.  Together with the interesting wood trellis holding the signage, this is a restaurant that cannot be missed. Decorative cement tile for external walls have long been popular south of the border, but we’ve seen more and more installations in the United States recently. This may be in large part due to the advances in sealant technology, which can preserve the vibrant patterns from the elements.

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In the dining room, the designers chose to use a large area of patchwork cement tile on the floor, and as a backdrop for the bandstand. They used a combination of our pre-selected patchwork tile at the time, and supplemented with other in-stock patterns to custom-tailor the blend of colors they were seeking. Not only is decorative cement tile a strong enough visual draw to use as an accent wall, it is durable enough for busy restaurant floors. Modern sealants help preserve the the appearance over time, and provide better anti-slip characteristics than original wax techniques.

Miss Jacksonville USA 2015, Sarah Rogers, in a photo-shoot against a wall of patchwork tile from Villa Lagoon Tile.
Miss Jacksonville USA 2015, Sarah Rogers

Our tile is featured in the April 2014 issue of The Void, a monthly magazine exploring the lifestyle of coastal North Florida. The Flying Iguana was the location for a photo-shoot with Miss Jacksonville USA 2015, Sarah Rogers, a hopeful for Miss Florida USA. We noticed they couldn’t help but choose some of the vertical Villa Lagoon Tile installations as backdrops.

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Our decorative cement tiles can also be seen in large installations in the restrooms. The designers chose our in-stock Torino cement tile for the ladies’ room, and in-stock Bocassio Gold cement tile for the men’s room. Note that the Bocassio Gold image is a construction photo, taken before the application of grout and final sealant.

If you find yourself near Jacksonville, Florida, everyone is saying that the Flying Iguana is a worthwhile stop, both for the amazing food, and the inviting atmosphere.

Cement Tile is a Recipe for the Ultimate Kitchen

 

Cover of "Country Living" Magazine, May 2014.
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Villa Lagoon Tile made the cover of the Hearst publication, “Country Living Magazine”. The feature article, “A Recipe for the Ultimate Kitchen” covered a beautiful kitchen remodel with cement tile in Rockland County, New York.

Homeowner Aliyyah Baylor knows her kitchens.  She and her family own a successful Harlem bakery business. Make My Cake has been featured in the New York Times as one of the best places to get Red Velvet Cake, and they won on the Food Network show “Throwdown With Bobby Flay” with their German Chocolate Cake.

 

"This floor is the highlight of my day," she says. (From a photo of Country Living Magazine, May 2014).

Baylor was a joy to work with. She selected the cement tile floors first, and let them dictate the rest of the decor. She also used one of our favorite designers, Rebekah Zaveloff. You may recall Zaveloff of Chicago-based KitchenLabs from a previous post. Her design used our cement tile in an episode of Kitchen Crashers on the DIY Network.

This floor features a historic Cuban cement tile pattern we once marketed as “CH-120-2B” of the Cuban Heritage Collection. A tile so pretty deserves a name, so we call it “Carmen”, available from our South Beach Collection.  Customize with your choice of colors in our Tile Design Tool.

Composite of the Country Living cover and article.

The full article can be found in the May 2014 edition of Country Living, or read their web version here: Aliyyah Baylor Kitchen Decorating.

Villa Lagoon Tile Awarded “Best of 2014”

Best of Houzz 2014, Customer SatisfactionVilla Lagoon Tile has been awarded “Best of 2014” by Houzz for Customer Satisfaction. Houzz is a large social website focused on residential architecture and interior design, with more than 16 million monthly visitors. “Best of Houzz” is awarded based on the quality and quantity of positive client reviews.

I love this tile!” says designer Taylor Borsari, owner of Taylor Borsari, Inc.,  “They have been a “go-to” for me for years!

In another 5-star review, Los Angeles designer Megan Taylor writes, “Hub of the House LOVES Villa Lagoon Tile! Not only are we obsessed with their huge array of fully custom cement tiles, their perfect customer service gives us every confidence in the world.

To read more of our 5-star reviews on Houzz, or to write about your own experiences, visit our profile here. You can also download the PDF press release here.

Update January 1, 2017:

We continue to gain accolades from the users of Houzz year after year.

Best of Houzz service award badges for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

“Best of 2013” Design Award, a Cement Tile Win.

Interior Design magazine has chosen the “Best of the Year” for 2013, and we’d like to congratulate our client, Meyer Davis Studio for winning “Best of the Year 2013: Fine Dining“. Their project “Harlow” remodeled a historic space once the private entertainment venue of William Randolph Hurst. Perhaps as much a restoration as a renovation, the Harlow project brought the best of the 1930’s grandeur forward to the modern day.

The award-winning design features some of Villa Lagoon Tile’s most popular designs in several places.  “Salamanca” and “Cubes” can be found in the elegant restrooms, as well as a larger version of Cubes in a conservatory dining annex, that gained a mention in Interior Design’s original project article, “Blond Ambition“.  This installation in particular shows cement tile’s versatility, using solid and two-color tile to provide a larger scale of Cubes design.

Salamanca cement tile in Ladies room of Harlow, NYC.
Salamanca Cement Tile Installation
Cubes cement tile in Men's room of Harlow, NYC.
Cubes Cement Tile Installation
Large-Scale Cubes in Dining Area
Large-Scale Cubes in Dining Area

Large-Scale Cubes cement tile in Harlow, NYC.

 

While our ever-popular “Cubes” cement tile was used in the stately-men’s room, a different feel was desired for this dining area.  A larger patterned is achieved by the creative arrangement of the simplest tiles in our toolkit: solids, and the two-color diagonal. This layout also shows how easily a designer could use cement tile to create grand, custom chevron patterns.

 

A 9x6 layout of cement tile, resembling an enlarged Cubes pattern tile.
Large-Scale cubes using Monterey Collection “Diagonal” and single-color tiles.

 

The writers of Interior Design are not the only ones taking a notice to the renewed luster of this Midtown Manhattan jewel…  Harlow is quickly being recognized as a great experience, and has already been the venue for parties hosted by Madonna, Woody Allen, and others in the New York social scene.


Update April 27, 2016: Unfortunately Harlow has closed. Their original site can still be found in the Internet Archive.

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. –Laozi

Cement Tile Circling the Globe: India

Cover of June 2013 issue of Surfaces Reporter Magazine.We already know that cement tile has recently seen huge surges in popularity in the US and Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. Now India has caught the fever! India’s Surfaces Reporter Magazine devoted a portion of their June 2013 issue to the growing popularity of decorative cement tile in India over the last decade.

The article, “Are Decorative Cement Floor Tiles Making a Comeback?” is a great basic primer, tracing the history of cement tile and its revival, as well as discussing practical issues such as installation and purchasing tips. The author spoke with several experts in researching this article, and even featured an interview with our very own Lundy Wilder!


You can find the original article at Surfaces Reporter, however some have had trouble with loading the Flash application, so you can also find the article alone here, as a PDF.

Oh, and to answer the question posed by the article’s title: EMPHATICALLY YES!

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An installer laying 10-inch “Venetian” in the “Sunset” colorway, a Lundy P. Wilder original design. Now also available in a more economical 8-inch, with an in-stock option: “Italian Trellis”.

Villa Lagoon Tile featured on HomeCentrl

Villa Lagoon Tile has been featured on HomeCentrl, “Your place for everything home” which features the latest trends in construction, design, and decor. Lundy Wilder was interviewed by the author Todd Vendituoli, veteran builder, designer and blogger for his July 9th post.

Todd and Lundy covered the basics of encaustic cement tile manufacturing, and some of design and project considerations that go into purchasing custom tile flooring. Todd also mentions the durability and lasting beauty of the local “Nassau Tile”, the Bahamian term for cement tile. Cement tile has long been popular throughout the Caribbean, and the islands provide some of the better tour-grounds in the world for seekers of antique and modern cement tile installations. We show some of these installations on our Caribbean installations page.

Todd’s post can be found here, on HomeCentrl: “Villa Lagoon Tile – Encaustic Cement Tile”.

If you’ve been inspired, browse our In-Stock tile for what’s currently popular and available, or try out our tile design tool for custom colors.