Here is a recent kitchen we've been working on. It showcases the epitome of the look we are seeing more and more of. I love the idea of taking a simple tile and changing the look with a custom install. It gives a human touch, an artesan quality. For a while with backsplash, it was considered the jewelry for your kitchen: the more bling the better. That's just not the case now. We are seeing more and more large format, minimalistic looks, simple non-distracting colors, textures and finishes. Simple tiles with skilled installations. That said every space is different and there is a space for every tile we sell. This is just a look we are seeing emerge.
As anticipated, we have been seeing a lot of marble this year. Surprisingly there has been a big demand for the real thing. Technology in imaging has improved exponentially and porcelain alternatives are popping up everywhere on the supplier side of the market. The patterns have become more realistic, more varied and unpredictable; the tiles themselves have become stronger, more stable, straighter, bigger; the suppliers have become quicker to respond to trends and better at making product available. EVEN with all that, people have a fetish for the feel and look of the real thing.
Nothing can compete with the providence and history of marble. It makes your home feel like it shares a piece of history. With marble you can share decor tastes with ancient Athenians, palaces, homes of conquerors. Marble is the choice of the greatest empires in history. Its pretty cool to have your home be a part of that tradition. Today, your home is the space for commerce, for socializing; your home is the space for ruling your kingdom from. Whether its a bachelor suite or a river front mansion, your house is your castle. Marble sends that message.
Bit by bit, tile by tile, this house is transforming to a home. When we first started on this project, it was stripped to its bare sticks, Its amazing to see the skill involved crafting timber into a modern masterpiece. Even in the most modern of homes, at its base the work comes down to human hands: shaping, scraping,sanding, setting piece by piece. We are privileged to work along side masters. The progress is purposeful and intentional (read: slow).
The state of business in Saskatoon is constantly being prognosticated; the future of small family businesses on edge depending on the fatalist murmurings and seasonal shifts. This time of year is historically the slowest for industries like ours. We have been fortunate this winter to see the clients and suppliers we've invested in come to fruition in surprising capacities. We are grateful to the people we partner with for consistently making us look good. *brushes dirt off shoulder* This week has been one of the busiest we have seen in the past 3 months and traditionally one of the least likely times to provide concrete leads. Saskatoon's business community is evolving to become more collaborative, more efficient, more custom, more ethical and we are happy to be a part of the movement. Thanks for reading through that shameless brag, here are some install pictures from this week: