Crossville Brings Tile Style to New Orleans Festival Celebrating Southern Design

Crossville Participates in Southern Style NowWe’re off to New Orleans this week for the first Southern Style Now Festival and the Traditional Home New Orleans Showhouse.

Robert Leleux

Robert Leleux, founder of SouthernStyle Now ™ Festival

This inaugural event is the imagining of Robert Leleux, noted editor, writer, design guru, and native Houstonian   with an affinity for all things southern. Robert’s forthcoming book, Southern Style Now (available this fall), was the inspiration for the five-day festival and St. Charles Avenue showhouse featuring the amazing talents of more than 20 designers, all with southern roots.

The 2016 Southern Style Now™ Festival, the first of its kind in the South and taking place along the city’s famous Magazine Street, debuts as a major design event in celebration of Southern design that will include inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, cocktail parties and dinners, book signings, antiques tours, and exhibitions. Among the many outstanding keynotes and panel discussions, you’ll find Crossville’s own Doug Ingham delivering a fantastic talk on tile trends, including the large-format thin tile featured in the designer showhouse, as well as our VP of Marketing, Lindsey Waldrep, moderating a panel discussion on “The Fifth Wall.”


The anchor of the festival is the Traditional Home designer showhouse in New Orleans’ historical garden district at 7618 St. Charles Ave. Considered one of America’s most beautiful streets, St. Charles Avenue once housed the city’s most prestigious families and long been a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming from near and far to tour the mansions and to experience the history and unique architectural charm of each.

Twenty-three gifted artists and designers will lend their contemporary visions to the 1895 Victorian mansion, bringing a modern eye to traditional southern style. Crossville is honored to be the exclusive tile supplier for this showhouse (Traditional Home’s first-ever in New Orleans) which will debut at a gala event May 18 and will be open to the public from May 19 – June 22. The showhouse will also contribute funds to the Preservation Resource Center, an organization that preserves, restores, and revitalizes historic New Orleans properties and neighborhoods. Click here to purchase showhouse tickets.

A Work In Progress: Crossville’s Coverings Installation Design Showcase

Crossville at Coverings Installation Design Showcase 2016The annual Installation Design Showcase at Coverings Expo is always a true feat that exemplifies so many aspects of the tile industry and the business and craft of interior design. On site in the convention hall, crews of experienced installers converge to bring artfully designed vignettes into reality, all while show attendees stroll by to watch the work unfold. It’s like watching a reality show in progress in which the tile installers are working against the clock while the audience watches live.

The process is fascinating. In addition to the in-the-moment installation, there’s been designing, planning, delivery of materials, and management of project logistics. Interior designers, manufacturers’ teams, and installation crews have worked together with representatives of the trade show to ensure all goes well with the showcase. Even with inevitable curveballs and challenges (just like any building project!), the professionals roll with circumstance to create spaces truly worthy of being showcased at the global exposition.

This year, Trostrud Mosaic & Tile was the installation company that brought to life the beautiful vignette designed by Healing Environments featuring Crossville tile collections. The Trostrud team brought expertise and experience to the effort, resulting in a beautifully crafted space that wowed the crowd. This slide show of images gives just a glimpse into all the effort the Installation Design Showcase requires.

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Kudos to Trostrud, Healing Environments, as well our Crossville team, for creating a showcase that highlights just what it takes to provide a beautiful, high quality installation of tile–including all the latest products and a range of unique details!

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Crossville products uses in the 2016 Coverings Installation Design Showcase: Click to view details on our website.

Laminam by Crossville


Shades by Crossville

Glass Blox





Crossville Honors 30-Year Employees

Crossville Inc Celebrates 30 Years in the Tile IndustryJust last week, we celebrated our official 30th corporate anniversary. In honor of this company milestone, we hosted an employee picnic and recognized those who’ve been with us since 1986–our first year in business. We have many on our team who’ve been here since the beginning, a testament to the kind of workplace and quality, professional opportunities we strive to provide.Crossville 30 year Employees

Meet our 30 year employees!

Front Row: Curran Group Co-President Tim Curran, Dollie Looper (hired 6/30/86); Diane Mitchell (hired 11/1/86); Liz Austin (hired 12/8/86); Crossville President Greg Mather

Back Row: Keith Brown (5/5/86); Gary Simonton (5/5/86); Robin McClure (12/2/86); Debbie Dillard (12/8/86); Donnie Gibson (5/5/86); and Gus Patton (6/26/86)

Not Pictured: Kai Dyhr (5/1/86) and Terri Griffith (12/1/86)Crossville's Mark Shannon Celebrates 30 Years with the Company

Executive Vice President of Sales Mark Shannon, pictured at right, celebrated his 30 years with Crossville while in Las Vegas for the Hospitality Design Expo. With a hire date of 2/12/86, Mark holds the auspicious honor of being the first addition to the Crossville team.

We also acknowledge Sheila Wynn who retired after reaching 30 years on 3/24/86, as well as Temple Wilson who recently moved on in advance of reaching the 30-year mark on 8/29/16.

Tim Curran, co-president of the Curran Group that owns Crossville and a constant leader for our company over our 30-year history, attributes our success to our people.

“Simply put, our success is all attributable to the people who do the work at Crossville,” he said. “I think we have demonstrated to the industry that we are good at what we do—making and selling tile—and that we conduct ourselves with the highest morals and a good heart.”

Thanks–and congratulations–to all Crossville employees as we enter our 31st year as leaders in our industry!


On Crossville’s 30th Anniversary, We Celebrate YOU

Crossville Inc Celebrates 30 Years in the Tile IndustryMay 5, 2016 is Crossville’s official 30th corporate anniversary. As we herald our third decade in business, it’s you that we celebrate. Because of you–our partners, customers, colleagues, supporters, and friends, we’ve achieved many innovative “firsts” for our industry and made a difference in the world around us.

Here’s a quick list of just some of our notable “firsts” in the tile industry.

  • first to produce large format tile on site
  • first to manufacture tile with certified recycled content
  • first to develop the ability to recycle fired porcelain, resulting in creation of the Tile Take-Back® Program and recycling partnership with TOTO USA
  • first to achieve certification of its waste recycling programs
  • first to achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines
  • first to distribute a complete line of large format, thin porcelain panels (Laminam by Crossville)
  • first to become a net consumer of waste

Tim Curran Co President Curran GroupTim Curran, co-president of the Curran Group–the holding company that owns Crossville, recently shared his thoughts in reflection on Crossville’s 30 years of success.

I will use a quote from William Jewett Tucker, a former President of Dartmouth College, my alma mater. He said, “Do not expect that you will make any lasting or very strong impression on the world through intellectual power without the use of an equal amount of conscience and heart.” I think that statement is exactly why and how Crossville has been successful. I think we have demonstrated to the industry that we are both good at what we do–making and selling  tile–and that we conduct ourselves with the highest morals and a good heart.

Thank you all for your part in being the heart of Crossville. Happy Anniversary to All!

Crossville Tile’s Role in a Spa Lobby Design – Guest Post by Susan El-Naggar

Susan El-Naggar Healing Environments Principal Interior DesignerThis guest post is by Susan El-Naggar, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate. She’s principal interior designer for Healing Environments, the firm she and her husband Tarik El-Naggar founded. Susan led the design of the Crossville-sponsored Installation Design Showcase Spa Lobby Vignette at Coverings 2016.


Installation Design Showcase Coverings 2016

Susan and Tarik El-Naggar are interviewed alongside the team of Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co. at the Coverings 2016 Installation Design Showcase vignette they collectively created.

As owners of Healing Environments, my husband Tarik and I were one of four Architecture and Interior Design firms selected to participate in this year’s “Coverings ’16 Installation Design Showcase.” We chose to participate, for our first time, in the “Installation Design Showcase” because it is North America’s largest and most prestigious event for the tile and stone industry. Thousands of people from over 40 countries attend this enormous event. We felt it was a great opportunity to showcase a “healthy environment” by focusing on sustainable, and  versatile stone and tile.

The focus of our Architecture and Interior Design firm, Healing Environments, is to create healthy environments that promote healing and inner peace for the whole client—mind, body, and spirit—through green and sustainable design. We were very excited to work with Crossville, since it is the first manufacturer to earn Green Squared certification for all its U.S.-made collections—the recognized sustainability standard in the industry. As business owners, we were also delighted to hear about the Crossville Tile Take-Back Program that solved the biggest environmental problem facing today’s tile industry of “how to recycle fired porcelain tile.”

After much thought, we decided to design an urban chic “Spa Lobby” vignette utilizing Biophilic Design. Our Spa Lobby was all about “experiencing” the luxury space through the five senses. Muted tones of grey and cream with an accent color of aqua was used throughout as the color scheme.  To create a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere, the focal point of our vignette was a floor to ceiling water feature. There was a path leading up to it in a 24” x 24” Shades tile in a cream color (Vapor). We incorporated an Opti-Myst fireplace into the sitting area with a 6” x 6” Mixology deco tile on the façade and Glass Blox tile in Aqua around the perimeter of the opening. We really liked the textured metal-look on the fireplace. We also used the Glass Blox on the front desk to balance out the space. We applied Laminam Travertino Romano Polished to the niche wall which added a sophisticated look. Sixteen tear-drop custom glass vases were placed in each niche to compliment the Aqua Glass Blox mosaic tile. Laminam’s Filo collection in Ghisa was used behind the front desk to give a polished metal look with a dramatic effect. The Laminam allowed us to cover large areas of space with a contemporary look.

Through the dramatic ambiance of the Opti-Myst fireplace to the peaceful water feature to the smell of eucalyptus and soft music, the Spa Lobby was surely a place that brought “healing to the mind, body, and spirit.”


Special thanks goes to the installation team of Trostrud Mosaic & Tile for the outstanding job bringing the design ideas into reality with their skill and expertise!

Find details on all the products selected for this stunning vignette on our website,

Tim Curran Honored with NTCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tim Curran NTCA Joe A Tarver Award Winner 2016Congratulations to our own Tim Curran on being honored as the 2016 recipient of the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Tile Contractors Association!

Tim is a cornerstone of the Crossville culture, serving as co-president of the Curran Group—our holding company. He’s a consummate leader, providing our organization a strong foundation and the room to excel in our industry. His genuine commitment to the Curran Group’s core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity and improvement is integrated into all aspects of our company. Because he cares about our employees, partners in business, and our customers, he has nurtured a professional environment that has been successful for three decades and stands ready to welcome the next chapters for Crossville and for the tile industry.

Screenshot 2016-04-27 14.28.23The prestigious Joe A. Tarver award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated lifetime achievement in the support and growth of the overall tile and stone industry. Tim certainly fits the bill as a worthy honoree. The great work and leadership Tim has provided has brought Crossville to thirty years of success while likewise positively impacting the tile industry as a whole. Under his counsel, our company has developed innovations and set high standards that have taken not just our company, but the entire industry further.

All of us at Crossville are excited to see Tim receive this honor, because we know firsthand that he is immensely deserving of the recognition. Thank you, Tim, for all you’ve done to build our company and grow our industry!


Before and After: Master Bath Transformation With Crossville’s Sideview Glass

Screenshot 2016-04-21 20.32.01Nationally acclaimed interior designer John McClain was behind the amazing transformation of a now stunning master suite in a Windermere, Florida residence. The lucky homeowners asked for a soothing place to unwind, and the firm of John McClain Design certainly delivered. Here’s a look at the project, with a focus on the dramatic master bath that incorporates our glamorous Sideview Glass tile.

The homeowners turned to McClain for his ability to blend traditional elements fused with clean lines and touches of glamour. Their primary goal for the renovation was to create a luxury retreat ready for relaxation, and they specifically asked that the color blue be artfully incorporated. With McClain at the helm of the design transformation, the dated space found new life. The renewed suite is now a getaway with soothing blue hues found in walls, draperies, and accents, combined with structural updates, unique design features, and accents of glitz and glam. The beautiful bedroom, sitting area, and master bathroom are sophisticated and serene.

Here’s a look at the “befores.” (It’s hard to believe it’s the same space!)

Before images of master suite

Perhaps the most transformative aspect of the renovation is the alcove for the chromotherapy soaking tub. The heightened, arched ceiling over the tub creates an ultimate focal point, especially with the continuous installation of our sparkly Sideview Glass that carries from floor to the curved surface overhead and the glitz of the dramatic, generously proportioned chandelier. The area is glamorous yet inviting with a calm and relaxing vibe. Sideview-master_bathroom_freestanding_tub_custom_Door_chandlier_john_mcclain_designThe rest of the suite is just as beautiful, with custom designed furniture and cabinetry, gorgeous granite countertops, and perfectly appointed accent pieces.

The supplier for this stunning project was Crossville Tile & Stone in Orlando, and the contractor on this project was Hardwick General Contracting.

John McClain Design and his custom furniture showroom, Gilded Home, are both located in Winter Park, Florida and service clients nationwide.

We first learned of this project because John McClain Home tagged us on Instagram when sharing a photo of the project. Be sure to do the same when you’re sharing on social media, as well; tag @crossvilleinc so we’re sure to see and share!

Images courtesy of  John McClain Design