Crossville at the IIDA San Diego Fashion Show: Haute Couture, Album Art and Building Materials

Delawie Architects and Crossville Redefine “Tile Style” 

IIAD San Diego Haute Couture Fashion Show

We recently helped a talented team rock the runway in San Diego! As sponsor of the Delawie Architects team at the recent IIDA San Diego’s Haute Couture Fashion Show, we contributed stunning tile to craft album-art inspired style for a most unique fashion show.

The annual Haute Couture Show is a runway fashion event featuring one-of-a-kind garments created by design professionals using building materials. Esteemed design professionals from San Diego’s top A&D firms come together for a little friendly competition that culminates as models dressed in the amazingly designed and constructed garb strut their stuff on the runway! This year, the show’s theme married design, fashion, and the artistic side of music, as participants were challenged to create outfits inspired by iconic music album covers.

As sponsor of the Delawie Architects creation, we contributed a range of materials to carry out an interpretation of the art for the album Destroyer, by the band KISS. Using a combination of our Laminam Filo, Sideview Glass, and mosaic mesh backing, the Delawie team fashioned an outfit that mimicked the famous album’s strong black and white graphics, angular shapes, and vibrant backdrop. The rocking result was a stunning and sexy “gown” modeled by Delawie’s own Isidora Dragic who wore the dress, boots, and accessories with a palpable, rock-and-roll attitude.

Here’s the video of the event, courtesy of Delawie. (Be sure you are logged into Facebook to view it.)

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Kudos to the Delawie design professionals and all from our Crossville team who helped to make this fabulous project come together!

Crossville Looks at a 2016 Color Trend – Shades of White

As we near the end of each calendar year, we watch the color prognosticators and hue gurus decree their color trends for the upcoming twelve months. So far for 2016, two giants in the paint industry have announced “Color of the Year” selections that are of the white variety.

Benjamin Moore states that “Simply White” is tops for their 2016 color forecast, while Sherwin-Williams has placed “Alabaster” in the lead role for the coming year.

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Suffice to say, these colors have the interior design world in deep conversation. Some note these colors as controversial choices (e.g. “is white really a color?”) or perhaps just a little too bland–only a step above “builder beige.” However, others are excited about the possibilities that clean, fresh white tones bring to the next wave of design.

Regardless of opinions, white has, is, and always will be an essential color in the world of design. Whether it has a starring role or is simply an accent, white is undeniably a player in the invention of the look and feel of our interior spaces, residentially and commercially. Crossville has a wide range of viable options that answer the trend and speak to the timeless appeal of white as well. If you find yourself finding white to be the right color for upcoming projects, keep these options from Crossville in mind.

Virtue – a fusion of the world’s finest marbles translated in porcelain tile 

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Laminam I Naturali Semi-Precious – Calacatta d’ Oro

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Savoy – classic tile style in white and a range of subtle, neutral hues

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Reclamation – nuanced, neutral hues with the look of reclaimed materials

Crossville Reclamation Tile

These are just a few of our many selections that meet the trend toward white. To find more, click here to go to the color search on our website.

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More 2016 color trends are soon to be announced, and we’ll be reporting accordingly. Stay tuned to all our social channels and this blog to be apprised of the latest and greatest in the realm of color trends!

Straight from the Napa Valley Film Festival Culinary Stage: Chef Blake’s Gluten-Free Fried Chicken


Chef Blake's Gluten Free Fried Chicken Shared By Crossville

Many have asked, so we’re providing the fabulous Gluten-Free Fried Chicken recipe prepared by Chef Blake Elsinghorst at the Traditional Home Culinary Stage during the recent Napa Valley Film Festival!

Crossville at Napa Valley Film Festival Culinary StageWe had the honor of being part of the edible productions that festival goers enjoyed, as we served as one of the co-sponsors of the culinary stage (our tile added a nice touch to the scene, alongside the Circa Lighting products, Thermador appliances from Ferguson, and DXV fixtures). Among the many tasty creations featured, this gluten-free fried chicken recipe wowed the crowd, not only with its deliciousness but also with its ease of preparation. Here are the simple and simply delicious details. Enjoy!

Chef Blake’s Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

  • Whole chicken
  • Thyme
  • Buttermilk
  • Gluten-free flour (Chef Blake recommends pre-blended brands such as gluten-free Bisquick or King Arthur.)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • French’s Classic Yellow Mustard (Chef Blake prefers French’s for its high turmeric content.)
  • Honey
— Cut whole chicken into parts, and soak overnight in thyme and buttermilk.
— Prepare bamboo steamer basket by placing it over boiling water.
— Dredge chicken in gluten-free flour.
— Spray steamer basket with non-stick cooking spray.
— Place chicken in steamer basket: 30 minutes for chicken on the bone, 15 minutes for boneless chicken.
— While chicken steams, whisk together equal parts mustard and honey for sauce.
— After steaming, fry chicken at 375º for 3 to 5 minutes.
— Serve with bread and butter pickles and honey mustard sauce.
Chef Blake at the NVFF culinary stage co-sponsored by crossville

Yes…steam the chicken! Chef Blake says this is the secret for fried chicken that stays moist yet offers all the taste that “proper southern” fried chicken should. (And those affordable steamers clean up in a snap!)

Thanks to all who joined us on the culinary stage at the Napa Valley Film Festival. We hope this recipe serves as a great souvenir for a beautiful and memorable event!
Crossville tile graces the stage where Chef Blake fries up gluten-free chicken.

Crossville tile graces the stage where Chef Blake fries up gluten-free chicken.

Spec These Looks: Crossville Collections in the Traditional Home Napa Showhouse

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Traditional Home Magazine’s fourth annual Napa Valley Designer Showhouse benefiting the Napa Valley Film Festival was dubbed the “Randolph Street Revival,” because it encompassed three historic properties on this quaint street in downtown Napa. More than 20 interior designers contributed their talents to the revitalization of these treasured residences. Discover the bathroom designs from the showhouse event featuring Crossville collections, including the product details to help you specify these great looks.

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Tile Over Tile Installations: Laminam by Crossville Makes It Possible on Hotel Impossible and Beyond

One of the most notable advantages of our Laminam by Crossville products is the ability to install these porcelain tile panels over existing tiles. Laminam porcelain tile panels are durable, versatile, and ideal for installing over existing tile. Available in overall dimensions of 1M x 1M or 1M x 3M, yet just a few millimeters in thickness, these panels can be easily trimmed and installed over a range of substrates.This installation efficiency means contractors can quickly starting installing new product during renovations with little to no demolition of the surfaces required. This saves time, money, and effort, and it reduces mess and construction waste. 

Crossville Laminam Tile Panels on Hotel ImpossibleThis advantage recently earned our Laminam tile panels in Kauri Grigo a featured role in an episode of the popular Travel Channel series Hotel Impossible, first airing November 10, 2015 at 10 p.m. EST.

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Contemporary, natural appeal… Laminam by Crossville® Kauri collection is a great choice for Hotel Impossible.

As with most episodes of this high energy reality show, the team leading the redesign of a dated hotel was charged with creating a dramatic transformation within a very tight timeline. With not a minute to spare, interior designer Anne Rue and the installation team of Specialized Contracting, Inc. turned to Crossville and our Laminam lines for the aesthetic appeal and efficiency they required for the striking renovation of the lobby of the Lancer Motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With Laminam’s great look and technical qualities and setting materials provided by CUSTOM®, the Hotel Impossible team showcases the great possibilities (including saving of time and money) that can be achieved with Laminam by Crossville collections.

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Work in progress: The Specialized Contracting, Inc. installation team applied Laminam 5.6 tile panels directly over the previous tile floor. See the completed installation on Hotel Impossible!

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Transformation Possible with Laminam by Crossville on the lobby floor

From Hotel to Hospital…

The recent Hotel Impossible renovation is just one example of the versatility this innovative product category offers. 

The design team for Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, a state-of-the-art medical campus, chose Laminam by Crossville for the facility’s “Blessed Beginnings” remodeling project. The designers wanted a large, modern porcelain tile that would exude elegance and tranquility in the maternity unit, while offering optimal performance. The installers requested a surfacing solution that would be easy to handle, maneuver, and install over existing materials. Laminam porcelain panels were an excellent choice for this project, creating not only a sophisticated design with seamless lines and contemporary appeal, but also resulting in labor and financial savings because of the speed of installation, lack of demolition, and reduced construction residue. From start to finish, the renovation took only 14 days!

The design team selected the Laminam 3+ I Naturali in Ossidiana Vena Chiara to create a clean, fresh palette for the renovated showers. Here’s a look at the results.



For more information of the Holy Cross project, you can read the case study here, and you can discover all the details about our porcelain tile panel surfacing solutions on our website, as well.

Crossville’s Ready to Wear Named to This Old House Magazine’s Top 100 of 2015

Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone

We’re excited to announce that our Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone collection is featured in the 5th annual This Old House Magazine’s Top 100 Products of 2015! The Top 100 selections always represent a wide-ranging mix of the best new products deemed most innovative, useful, and reader-relevant items for the home, and it’s an honor to have made the list.

Each year, editors with This Old House editors spend months scouting, testing, and culling countless new products for the home to identify the most distinctive, useful, and innovative in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Home Tech, Building Products, Outdoor Living, and Finishing Touches.

Ready to Wear scored in the Kitchen Products category. Here’s what TOH editors had to say on the magazine’s website:

You’d almost be convinced that this tile is the softest linen, until you touch it and discover it’s actually impervious porcelain with a fine raised pattern. And for a surface so haute, we love that the price is well within reach.

Ready to Wear captures the warp and weft pattern of classic textiles in eight smart-casual shades for effortless mix-and-match or chic monochromatic color schemes. Available in 12×24 calibrated field tiles complimented by 2×6 tiles, as well as bullnose trim, Ready to Wear offers a relaxed-yet-refined sensibility that’s effortlessly fashionable and refreshingly approachable. We agree with TOH that this “smart casual” surface material is a fashionable fit for residential kitchen walls, floors and countertops!

Ready to Wear

You can find the full list of the honorees featured in the November/December issue at

Crossville Participates in Interior Design’s Hospitality Giants Event

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Crossville's Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C, with Patrick Thompson of Patrick Thompson Design (Detroit, MI) at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Crossville’s Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C, with Patrick Thompson of Patrick Thompson Design (Detroit, MI) at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Interior Design Magazine‘s Hospitality Giants of Design is a two-day conference for design directors of the Top 75 Hospitality Giants as named by the magazine, plus top purchasing firms, leading owners/developers, hotel design executives, and suppliers such as Crossville. This year’s event, held in Nashville, Tennessee, delivered inspiration, learning, and a deep-dive into innovative local hospitality. Our own Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C, who is hands on with strategic accounts in the hospitality industry, attended on Crossville’s behalf–connecting with the elite mix of attendees and taking in ideas and information to help us take our hospitality business further.

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Meaningful Experiences for Hospitality Pros in Music City

For attendees of the fourth annual event, it’s highly likely that two days in the capital of country music were just not enough. Heidi reports that some of the Music City highlights she and her colleagues enjoyed included dinner at a fancy bowling alley, (the trendy Pinewood Social Club), a planned excursion to beautiful Belle Meade Plantation, and a special, private on-stage dinner at the famed Ryman auditorium, complete with entertainment by a three-piece piece band and a private backstage tour!

Here’s a look at the memorable evening at Nashville’s beloved Ryman Auditorium.

Ryman Auditorium

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As Nashville, Tennessee is in a season of growth and development, Interior Design invited Nick Dryden, principal architect at Nashville firm DA|AD, to speak about the changing downtown area and booming hospitality market that’s thriving throughout Nashville.

Restaurateurs  and brothers Ben and Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality also spoke at the conference (they recently opened Le Sel in Nashville, their eleventh restaurant). Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen spoke with them about their rise to the top of the Nashville hospitality food chain, as well as their secret to success: “You have to love what you do.”

About Interior Design’s Hospitality Giants

The first installment of the 2015 business survey of Interior Design Giants comprises the 100 largest firms ranked by interior design fees for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2014. The second installment of the annual business survey of Rising Interior Design Giants comprises the second 100 largest firms ranked by interior design fees for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2014.

Our goal is to gain deep understanding of the hospitality design industry–trends, priorities, areas of opportunity and growth–so that we offer products that meet the aesthetic and performance demands of today’s leading hoteliers. Being among “giants” at this recent industry event helps us in the quest to achieve this goal.

Thanks to Heidi Vassalotti for sharing photos and details on her experience!