Three Design Boards using Reclaimed Veneer Belgian Red Bricks

Three Design Boards using Reclaimed Veneer Belgian Red Bricks

by Emmi Micallef March 17, 2017

A study of reclaimed veneer Belgian Brick reveals how many different ambiances one can create thanks to the soft reds, oak and stone colors of this amazing architectural element. Using veneer bricks as a focal wall, a back splash or fireplace surround, the eye never misses the beauty of this historic material.

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Get the Look!  Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's French and Belgian Farmhouse Aesthetic in LA

Get the Look! Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's French and Belgian Farmhouse Aesthetic in LA

by Emmi Micallef February 15, 2017

Designing a home today with so much choice on the market is daunting.  In this blog, I focus on select materials that create a theme throughout the home that will help in the design process.  In love with the French and Belgian farmhouse aesthetic, hats off to Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen...their home is beautiful and was ahead of design trends back in 2013.

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A Vintage Wall Tile Collection LOOK BOOK

A Vintage Wall Tile Collection LOOK BOOK

by Emmi Micallef February 09, 2017

A Look Book is a wonderful tool to get an overview of a work.  Please enjoy Historic Decorative Materials Look Book of our vintage decorative wall tile collections and become inspired by the pairings of these tiles with our antique and aged French and Belgian building materials.

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The Magnificence of Antique and Aged French Limestone Tiles

The Magnificence of Antique and Aged French Limestone Tiles

by Emmi Micallef February 01, 2017

In this blog, I detail the why behind the beauty of French limestone. As an indigenous limestone under the bedrock that is France, artisans, masons, kings and queens throughout the centuries have sculpted this extraordinary limestone into châteaux and stone flooring for all the world to enjoy.

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Falling in Love with Antique Belgian Bluestone Pavers

Falling in Love with Antique Belgian Bluestone Pavers

by Emmi Micallef January 30, 2017

Antique Belgian Bluestone is a formidable stone of choice for architects and designers building out their finest projects.  As a durable and historic floor, the satin patina of either the dark black blues or soft matte grey surfaces create the most magnificent ambiance to a room.

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Design Board: The Belgian Farmhouse Modern Aesthetic

Design Board: The Belgian Farmhouse Modern Aesthetic

by Emmi Micallef January 24, 2017

Is it trending or just beautiful?

Mixing materials and styles is the key to achieving the Belgian Farmhouse Modern Aesthetic.  The contrast between old world and new makes both elements pop and the eye never tires of these juxtaposed surface textures.

Read this design blog and see how I deconstruct these Belgian building materials to find their way into a beautiful space.

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Vintage Decorative Tiles Holding Court to Mass Production Contemporary Tiles

Vintage Decorative Tiles Holding Court to Mass Production Contemporary Tiles

by Emmi Micallef January 24, 2017

Are we born liking a certain aesthetic or are we influenced to like a certain aesthetic? Read this blog about my experience with the ceramic glazed decorative tile industry and how my passion for vintage decorative tiles drove me to create my own tile collections to complement our company's French and Belgian building materials.

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A Gallery of the Kings of France Aged 18th Century French Oak Floors

A Gallery of the Kings of France Aged 18th Century French Oak Floors

by Emmi Micallef January 23, 2017

The Kings of France Aged French Oak Flooring is like no other pre-finished wood floor on the market today.  Historically aged with exemplary techniques, one could easily compare these wide-plank oak floors to reclaimed 18th century French oak planks.  Available in over 14 colors, these solid or engineered wood floors, in wide-plank, chevron, herringbone or parquet de Versailles, are the essential backdrop to custom homes and historic renovations.

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Noir de Mazy Antique Belgian Bluestone circa 1870, Recuperated January 2017

Noir de Mazy Antique Belgian Bluestone circa 1870, Recuperated January 2017

by Emmi Micallef January 17, 2017

A true coup de coeur for those who love antique Belgian Bluestone.

We have just recuperated from a lovely church in Klundert, Amsterdam 5000 sq ft of 150 year old Noir de Mazy.  Noir de Mazy is quarried from the town of Mazy, Belgium and is the only quarry from which one can procure this black blue color.  Installed around 1870, these floors exude a rich patina that only comes from authentic foot worn paths. 

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A Crimson Brushstroke - The Iconic Black and White Marble Floor

A Crimson Brushstroke - The Iconic Black and White Marble Floor

by Emmi Micallef January 04, 2017

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Welcome to Historic Decorative Materials

Welcome to Historic Decorative Materials

by Emmi Micallef October 12, 2016

Nearly 17 years in business, read how Emmi and François Micallef began their business in 2000 with French reclaimed terra cotta tiles and their own artisan floor tiles.  Evolving with business trends, but staying true to their passions, learn how Historic Decorative Materials is a welcome division to Pavé Tile, Wood & Stone, Inc.

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The Provincial Charm of French Reclaimed Terra Cotta Tiles

The Provincial Charm of French Reclaimed Terra Cotta Tiles

by Emmi Micallef October 06, 2016

French reclaimed terra cotta tiles create a French provincial ambiance that is as authentic as it's beautiful. Over 150 years old, we can thank the craftsmen who hand-molded and high fired their terra cotta tiles in wood burning kilns with exactitude for them to exist in all their splendor today.

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Design Trends and Claude Monet's Blue and White Kitchen Tiles

Design Trends and Claude Monet's Blue and White Kitchen Tiles

by Emmi Micallef September 17, 2016

Monet was not one to follow trends and designed his historic and magnificent house with colors going against the dark woods of the Victorian age.  His home became a phenomenon across time and the question asked is how can we view this in today's design world? Perhaps the colors are too saturated...but can there be a compromise between white subway tile and overzealous, over colored decorative tile for today's kitchens?

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Why I Still Love Blue Dutch Delft Tile

Why I Still Love Blue Dutch Delft Tile

by Emmi Micallef September 15, 2016

Questioning my love for Delft tiles brought me back to childhood, a visit to Amsterdam this past summer and a psychological perspective for the color blue.  Historically undeniable, antique Delft tiles have graced rooms in the grandest châteaux to the most humble countryside farmhouses - not without it's 17th century charm of idyllic Amsterdam living during it's Golden Age. Rethink that ubiquitous white subway tile - and give art and history a chance in your home.

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Inspirations from Our Summer in Provence

Inspirations from Our Summer in Provence

by Emmi Micallef September 04, 2016

Returning home to his parent's country home in Provence this past summer, François and I spent time enjoying the lavender fields and miniature oak trees in the woods surrounding his parents home in Viens. Walking for hours in small villages around Provence was our "loisir de préférence", of course the market in Apt...and for me...trying to understand how to cut an irregular shaped cake.

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