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Traditions in Tile Takes on the World!


One blog post at a time! Here you'll find more about Tile and Stone than you ever wanted to know! Check us out regularly for design ideas, client and designer plugs, tips of the trade and lots of random things that we think deem a blog post.

November Design Idea

Color selection by April Chambers, Showroom Manager of our Athens, GA location.

The mix of the wood look with the cool marble warms up the feel of the installation and the hand molded clay in an arabesque design gives a very classic touch. The linear glass mosaic keeps the overall tone a little more contemporary and the neutral color palate will fit with any design style.

This past September, April celebrated 16 years with Traditions in Tile! We couldn't be happier to have such an amazing designer and person as part of our little tile family.

You can find April at our Athens, GA showroom.

Exiciting new sizes from Oceanside Glass

Traditions in Tile partner, Oceanside Glasstile, is happy to introduce a new size to the Casa California Collection.  The new 2" x 8" field tile answers the markets demand for linear design application while providing Casa California a size that modulates with the rest of the 4" field tile. Two additional emerald-cut inspired dimensional tile are also being added.  Welcome Intro and Outro to the family! As the name insinuates, these shapes are the perfect first and last impressions for any design.

June Design Idea

Jenny Roush is one of our Designers out of the Greensboro, NC Showroom. She created a design concept which includes a coastal pallet rich with frosted glass texture. She kept to a modern design complete with linear lines and tied it all in with a driftwood inspired floor tile.

This type of look is perfect for clients with a preference for contemporary design, neutral colors and clean lines but isn’t afraid of a little drama through texture.

Choosing your Tile or Stone Installer

The first thing you need to ask yourself is just how big is this project and just how much do you really want your installer to do. Yes, there’s tile, but are there repairs that need to be made? Plumbing that needs to be coordinated? Electrical? These are all important things to consider when starting your search for a tile contractor. Maybe what you need isn’t a tile contractor, but a full service remodeling company or general contractor who will have access to people in several specialties. By really looking at the size of your project and what needs to be accomplished, you’ll be more likely to hire a person or company who is appropriate for the level of your need.

As with any contractor doing work in your home, you should ask for a business license, proof of insurance and the most important, references from recent completed jobs. Get at least two or three names and numbers and make the calls. It is important to get recent referrals because things change over time and a job done 5 or 10 years ago may not reflect on the installer’s current practices. It is also important that they be finished jobs, not in process ones so you can get a sense of how they left the house, how the finishes touches were dealt with (baseboards, appliances, toilets, etc).

When meeting with a potential installer always get a quote in writing with as much detail as can be provided regarding the work to be done. There are many steps to preparing a job and finishing it. Make sure you ask about:


   Tear Out


            Removing/Replacing Appliances

            Disconnecting/Reconnecting Electrical appliances



       Standard practice should they find any water/mold/insect/rot /general damage during tearing out

            Amount of time expected and standard practice should the job take longer than expected

            Warranty policy for the work performed


Many companies will give quotes with line items for everything involved including moving kitchen appliances, returning appliances to original location, tear out of current flooring, disposal of current flooring. If they give a general cost with no details, definitely ask about these items and ask what is not included in the quote. It’s important to know that an installer will remove your stove to tile your floor but that he can’t hook it back up and you have to call an electrician to do that. Or if they plan five days for your job, have another one scheduled behind you, and any extra time for your job may require an additional trip charge. Knowing these sorts of things ahead of time can save a lot frustration.

TCNA (Tile Council of North America) has certification classes that can also provide a sense of confidence in your choice of installer. There are websites that will allow you to search for a Certified Installer in your area. However please do not allow the fact that the installer is certified to take the place of getting client referrals.

Couture House - Making Macon Awesome

Let me tell you about Andrea…

Andrea Crawford is an interior designer based out of Macon, GA whose company, Couture House Interiors, is a fresh new face for Macon. She found our Traditions in Tile showroom in late 2013. And are we ever glad she did!!

Her goal with every client is to listen to what is needed and create beautiful and functional spaces.

With a degree in Interior Design from The University of Georgia, and design experience in London, England and Atlanta, Georgia; Andrea Crawford brings a unique perspective to every style.

Good design affects human behavior and function, creates mood and impacts efficiency. As a designer, Andrea’s goal is to listen very carefully to what her client needs in their interior environment. She evaluates the challenges and offers beautiful, yet functional solutions. Attention to detail, a creative use of color, texture, and pattern, and an effort to incorporate the clients favorite pieces and treasured objects are the elements that make each one of her designs a success.

Check out a recently finished project Andrea designed with Traditions in Tile!

Extreme Customer Service - It's what we do.

Just in case you were unaware of how awesome Traditions designer Heather Bosseler really is, check out this letter we received from a client of hers recently.


Dear Mr. Brown and Mr. Callahan,

I would like to give credit to a great customer service experience I had recently.

My husband and I are remodeling a short sale house we purchased to live in ourselves. We had tile needs for the kitchen, foyer and master bath. Our designer recommended Traditions in Tile so this is where we began our search. We had a good first visit and brought home some samples. We did our due diligence in going to other tile companies, but wanted the quality of product that Traditions offered so we came back to place our order. The original sales person had moved locations so we met with Heather Boesseler.

She was extremely helpful in finding a comparable tile from elsewhere at Traditions that would work in our bath, choosing grout colors and pattern for the kitchen and foyer. All was great until we found out there had been an error in the amount of a size of tile available for the kitchen/foyer.

Even though this was about to be a huge problem, Heather immediately informed us of the error, took responsibility, graciously apologized and came up with a very manageable solution. I so appreciate the manor in how she handled this. She was so professional, courteous, honest, and understanding that I want to make sure you are aware of this.

We had another issue with tile delivery and the snow had caused this issue. We had contractors lined up for particular days and on a tight schedule. Heather hand delivered this late tile to our job site so we could stay on track and not lose our scheduled time with the contractors.


It is not often you find customer service like this anymore. I have always worked in professions that were customer service driven, I feel I may be harder to please than most and I couldn't be more pleased. I will highly recommend Traditions in Tile and especially Heather to anyone I know that needs tile. I will definitely include this great experience with my designer and real estate agent since they come in contact with clients remodeling on a regular basis.

Thank you for your time,


Atlanta, GA

April Design Idea

Leigh Baldwin is a designer out of our Alpharetta, GA Showroom. She rounded up some of the freshest looks and trends we are seeing in the tile world. These trends include elongated shapes, cool grey tones and wood look tile. Mixing those with classic shapes and a touch of color can add so much character to any space. Shown here are some of the newest tiles offered at Traditions in Tile including the Café Series in 3x12 Earl Grey, Shadow Blue arabesque, a wood look plank porcelain tile, 3x8 glistening grey glass tile, 12x24 stonewood porcelain tile in robus and some longtime customer favorite accents, classic bar liners and tantrum 1x1 glass in waterfall.

This style is very cool and modern but the classic shapes will suit any traditional project. The wood look and hand molded style of the earl gray wall tile lend a more rustic feel, overall keeping the product mix very flexible for any client’s preferred tastes.

Leigh joined the Traditions in Tile family during 2013 and has recently made the decision to relocate with her family to Colorado! We’re going to miss her terribly but are happy for the time she spent with us and know that the customer’s she worked with got the very best in service and design.

Designing the Details: Tile in Unconventional Spaces

When most people consider tile, glass or stone in the remodel of their houses the main thing that comes to mind is bathroom flooring, shower or tub surrounds and kitchen backsplashes, but there are so many other options where the use of tile can add that little bit of extra ‘oomph’ to your home.

Glass Backsplashes are always stunning, whether it’s neutral or colorful, linear or square mosaics, the effect of a large area covered with glass is timeless and beautiful. But why stop there?

Use your backsplash tile on the kitchen island to coordinate the two focal points and add some extra drama to the space.

Or, make it just a little more unexpected and add a few rows of your mosaic below your counter tops.

But why stop there!

This house had an odd niche in their downstairs powder room. So they turned it into a piece of art with an amazing stone and glass design with a shimmery porcelain border! Space is 24”Wx48”H.

Accent walls are frequently done with a coordinating shade of paint, or maybe some dramatic wallpaper. Why not split face stone instead for a rustic but super chic effect?

Or make your foyer or entryway a feature.

If a whole wall seems overwhelming, decorative accents can be worked into your design in smaller ways, like a glass mosaic panel highlighting a decorative and unusual light fixture.

Or the vertical risers between steps on your front staircase.

Shoot, who are we kidding, just tile the whole house!

A Snappy new partnership

New to Traditions in Tile is Snappy Kitchens!

A Texas company that recently opened a new showroom in Atlanta, they have a new showroom full of beautiful tile and stone from Traditions in Tile. We are excited for this new partnership and hope anyone looking to remodel their kitchen will check out their showroom.  2612 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Alpharetta, GA.

Below are some photos from their grand opening celebration last week.

How to Budget for your Remodel or Construction Project

One of the most important things to consider when starting a project is what you’re able/willing to spend. Here’s a great article from about having budget conversations with your designer or builder up front and why it’s important to be honest and realistic about your expectations.

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