NEW! The Renaissance Archives - A Jeweled Majolica + Earthenware Wall & Floor Tile Collection

NEW! The Renaissance Archives - A Jeweled Majolica + Earthenware Wall & Floor Tile Collection

by Emmi Micallef November 02, 2018

14th Century Venice is the Voice to this Collection.  Leaving the Middle Ages behind, Venetians have entered a profound rebirth of art and culture.  Where contrasts collide between what life once was to the dawn of where life is arching.  Contrasts that awaken the senses are palpable - beauty takes center stage -  between Earth and Sea...along the Venetian Canals. 

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Why is One of the Best Showrooms in the Nation for French and Belgian Stone and Wood Flooring in Western Massachusetts?

Why is One of the Best Showrooms in the Nation for French and Belgian Stone and Wood Flooring in Western Massachusetts?

by Emmi Micallef October 01, 2018

The definition of the word DESTINATION according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is, "a place worthy of travel".  In these e-commerce times with click-and-buy nearly everything from the comforts of your living room, there are still those items that one has to see and touch for oneself.  The world has become smaller - but adventures cannot be forgotten and traveling to a destination that showcases materials only truly found in France and Belgium, no longer seems that far away....

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The Timeless Beauty and Durability of French Limestone Flooring at a Glance from our Pavé Tile, Wood & Stone, Inc. Showroom Installations

The Timeless Beauty and Durability of French Limestone Flooring at a Glance from our Pavé Tile, Wood & Stone, Inc. Showroom Installations

by Emmi Micallef May 01, 2018

There are many stone companies available that offer limestone flooring from all over the world with various textures and finishes.  As one can imagine, each limestone color and surface has it's place. However, within our repertoire of limestone flooring - we look to limestone from French quarries, where the limestone blocks are held to the highest goals of recreating for our company, 18th century stone flooring.  And just because it's French limestone - this does not mean it makes it in...

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Antique Belgium Blue Stone Pavers

Falling in Love with Antique Belgian Bluestone Pavers

by Emmi Micallef January 31, 2018

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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Belgian Bluestone and Brushstrokes from Japan

Brushstrokes from Japan, a Hand Painted Minimalist Tile Collection

by Emmi Micallef January 28, 2018

Brushstrokes from Japan is an ethereal and reflective tile collection.  The color palette was borrowed from Japan's Mother Nature - where it's hues bring reverie.  This tile collection is meant to perform in contrast to noble materials of the Earth - stone, wood, terra cotta.  The opaque nature, aged textures and neutral color palettes of reclaimed materials are the only choice to elevate this tile collection into a transcendence of soul restorative beauty.

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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 26, 2018

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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VIDEOS! Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Flooring Collection

VIDEOS! Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Flooring Collection

by Emmi Micallef January 07, 2018

When deciding on a wood floor - nothing could be more important.  At Historic Decorative Materials, we are proud of our Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Flooring Collection for so many reasons.  These wide plank aged French oak floors, in solid or engineered planks, have the craftsmanship and aging techniques that surpass the competition.  For historic authenticity or for sheer beauty due to their patina, translucency, grain and variety of color options - these wood floors will be cher...

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reclaimed cement tile and Italian terra cotta tiles

Terra Cotta Tiles Show a Resurgence - Keep it Authentic with our Cucina della Nonna Italian Farmhouse Terra Cotta Tiles

by Emmi Micallef November 30, 2017

There is a resurgence of using terra cotta tiles in interiors of late - and now those who want terra cotta tiles but brown waxed terra cotta tiles and reclaimed terra cotta tiles weigh on your design decisions...you now have a third choice.  Read in my latest blog how François' quest to find the perfect reclaimed reproduction hand made terra cotta tile took him nearly 18 years - but was it worth the wait!

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Designer Nicolette Mayer and Our Shared Love for Delft

Designer Nicolette Mayer and Our Shared Love for Delft

by Emmi Micallef November 27, 2017

It turns out Delft is not just for tile.  Read my latest blog on how designer Nicolette Mayer brought to market through Scalamandré's metallic grass cloth, pearlescent wallpaper and fine Belgian linen, 365-year-old patterns from the Royal Delft Company.

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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 September 24, 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 French limestone and carved wood door, Provence, France

The Magnificence of Antique and Aged French Limestone Tiles

by Emmi Micallef September 23, 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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Vintage Decorative Wall Tile for Kitchen Backsplash Tiles with French Oak Wood Floors

A Vintage Wall Tile Collection LOOK BOOK

by Emmi Micallef September 21, 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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