Hello everyone, this week we wanted to present to you one of our favorite local tile stores. Saxum Tile Design Studio! They are our go to tile store for kitchens, baths, commercial gyms and everything in between. Unlike other tile stores, their showroom is clean and organized which allows you to not feel completely overwhelmed. The various product lines they carry are carefully and artfully displayed. Large surfaces make it easy to pull a palette together. They welcome any opportunity to help create a tile palette based on a favorite fabric, paint sample, or inspiration image.
Saxum also created Tile Tuesday, on the first Tuesday of every month they have coffee, pastries and the newest tile lines from 8:30am - 11am. It is a great time to see what is new in the store and have some treats to get you excited for the day. Next Tuesday morning everyone will be there!
We were lucky enough to interview Kim Gould at Saxum and found out a little more behind the thought of their store.
Reason for opening a tile store?
Truthfully, tile is fun! It is one of permanent details of a design so people put more thought into it. As the need for a brick and mortar store decreases across so many industries, tile is one of the few that people still want to touch and feel. Color is one of the most important aspects of tile as well, something that you can never depict accurately in a photo.
Why that location?
Pasadena has a very special community of homeowners, designers and contractors.
What style is your store (style of merchandise)?
We have a good mix of different styles. What makes our store different from other tile stores is that it was designed as a studio where materials can be pulled from several lines and be put together. We try to stock as many loose pieces as possible for this reason.
How did you come up with the name?
Rich [one of the owners] saw the name and held onto it. When it came time to name the store, he looked up its meaning and in Latin it translates to stone. It was perfect.
Favorite tile/tile line right now?
Mosaique Surface is my current favorite. There are so many layers to what they offer and there are many different price points to serve so many clients. The new quick ship line that just arrived that is so beautiful and priced very well.
Best selling tile?
Natural stone in general is still the most popular material. It comes in so many formats and can serve as a field tile or a decorative feature. it has various textures and can add so much character to a space. It also elevates the design and represents luxury.
Have you used any of the tiles you sell in your homes?
Not yet, but we have several close friends and family members that have undergone remodels last year that have included our tile, including the leaf mosaic that we showcase in our showroom kitchen area.
Our bathroom in our showroom is still one of my favorite collection of materials. Love the mix of budget friendly materials (porcelain floor and white bevel field tile) mixed with natural stone mouldings and a full wall of water jet mosaic.
What is trending right now?
We are seeing warm grey tones coming out in the new collections as opposed to cool. We are also seeing a lot of mixed media - specifically the incorporation of porcelain wood and brass accents. This all points back to bringing a more natural palette into the home.
What trend are you tired of?
I'm not tired of anything yet! It amazes me the creativity that keeps coming out of tile designers and how classic patterns can be reinvented over and over.
Where do you think the future of design is going?
I think the future of tile design will lean towards easy maintenance. Wood-look and stone-look porcelain has come so far in the past 10 years.
Thanks, Kim! We love your input and we love hearing your thoughts. So many reasons to love Saxum!
So, who besides us is ready for Tile Tuesday?! Paul will be there but unfortunately Becky will be out of town. Booo. Next month! I mean, another good reason to go might be because you want to check out a future employer... why do we say that? Because they're HIRING!
They are looking for an individual who has an overall understanding about interior design, but you do not have to be a tile expert. Send your resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org and good luck! Maybe one day you'll be schooling us on tile trends and installation!