Winner of Mexican Talavera Giveaway Sink from Mexican Tile Designs

Happy New Year from Mexican Tile Designs!

Alice from Green Valley, Arizona is the HAPPY WINNER of a free Mexican Talavera sink for connecting with Mexican Tile Designs on Facebook!  Alice wrote us that she loves the hand-painted sink that she chose, sink pattern #10328.  (link: http://store.mexicantiledesigns.com/index.php?product=10328&c=10)

Happy winner of a new Mexican sink

Thanks to everyone who entered for the tremendous response!  It’s wonderful to see how many people love Mexican Tile Designs and our unique sinks!  Please check out our Facebook page if you haven’t already:  http://www.facebook.com/MexicanTileDesigns

Our next Facebook giveaway will be for a gorgeous 24” x 16 hand-painted Mexican mural (link: http://store.mexicantiledesigns.com/index.php?c=9) so watch for the notice!

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How to remodel your bathroom beginning with a Mexican sink.

On the last blog, we talked about how to remodel your bathroom choosing the Mexican Tile first, and then finding a sink to match.  This time, we reverse that process, using the sink as the centerpiece and the defining element for the whole room.

Mexican Tile Designs offers over 95 unique hand-painted Mexican style ceramic sink designs, in both solid colors, and simple to complex Mexican Talavera designs.

For example, let’s say you’re going for a traditional Mexican folk-art look.  You might start with a bird motif Mexican ceramic sink like this:

Talavera sink with birds and flowers

This sink is a fun place to start because it offers several colors and themes you can use to coordinate with tile. For example you might want to go REALLY bold with a solid red Mexican Prima Tile or yellow Especial Mexican tile countertop:

Rojo Cardinal Prima Mexican Tile

Oro Antigua Yellow solid color Mexican Tile

Or a very traditional cobalt blue Tradiitonal rustic Mexican tile or turquoise blue Especial Mexican tile.

Azul Cobalto blue solid color Mexican Tile

Mexican bathroom tile in solid color turquoise blue

Or a more subdued antique creamy white…or a pure white in any of the lines:

Blanco Mexicano creamy white solid color Spanish tile

Pure white color Mexican hand-crafted tile

Next you can add a complimentary backsplash or border using decorative Especial Mexican tile, either a close match or something different but with a compatible look or color:

Traditional decorative Mexican Talavera tile in blue flower design

Green on white flower and vine Spanish tile

"Jungla" red flower Mexican Talavera decorative tile

Girasol Sunflower traditional hand-painted Mexican tile

Talavera Spanish-style hand-painted Mexican sink with birds and flowers

Or you could use a solid color strip backsplash in either 4″ x 4″ or a 2″x 4″ size.  Most of our decorative and solid color Mexican tiles come in all sizes.

Turquoise color Mexican hand-crafted trim tile

Or mix it up!

Red solid color Spanish tile

Single red flower design hand-crafted Spanish tile

This is just ONE sink, and ONE person’s ideas.

The possibilities are truly almost infinite.

Think up your own unique design and create a bathroom like no other!

Let your imagination run wild!

But, if you feel overwhelmed or have questions, we are always here to help!

Call us toll free at:  1.866.320.1628

www.mexicantiledesigns.com

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Ideas for Using Mexican Tile in your Kitchen or Bath Countertop

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One of the most common questions people ask us at Mexican Tile Designs is for ideas on using decorative tile in their kitchen, bath or laundry room decorating project.  It IS daunting sometimes.  When I’m standing in our tile warehouse … Continue reading

Using Earth Tone Mexican Tiles in Kitchen and Bath Design

Perhaps you are someone who just isn’t crazy about a whole lot of bright color in your kitchen or bath, or maybe you’re trying to match an existing earth tone color.  I have several friends who are constantly looking for new ways to decorate around these colors. Well, don’t despair!  Mexican Tile Designs has (maybe surprisingly!)  lots of subdued earth toned tiles and sinks to choose from.

Each of our three lines: Traditional, Especial, and Prima, all some solids and patterns in warm browns and yellows.

Like our Prima line of raised relief tile , it has several tiles that would go beautifully with tan, off-white or pale yellow walls:

   

Mision                   San Miguel             Otono

 Or mix them with our lovely terra cotta or matte solid color tiles:

Café Matte            Terra Cotta

Our Especial line of premium Mexican tile has other slightly different shades:

Esmalta Compuesto    Café Claro

Amazing MTD graphic guru, Jen, played around with these and came up with a cool idea for combining them all!  I like designs like this  used as a mural in a shower or above a countertop.

These are just a few samples of earthtones from our Traditional rustic Talavera tile line:

Caramelo                Vino                           Aztreado Terra Cotta

Bouquet Natural  Lagartia Terra Cotta   Anito con Marco

Rosa del Desierto    Seville  Lagartia Terra Cotta/Azul

Again, Jen came up with this combination design!

Check out other solid color tiles in many shades of white, off white, yellow and green for each line.  I’m always amazed at all the different shades of white!

You can find hand painted brilliant and durable Mexican ceramic sinks that  go well with any colors.  Here’s just a sampling:

Truly, the only limit is your own imagination and creativity!  

Watch this blog for more design ideas and always feel free to contact us at Mexican Tile Designs.  We are happy to help!

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Mexico Adventure Sourcing Tile and Sinks: Guanajuato!

We spent four amazing days in Guanajuato, walking the steep, narrow cobblestone “roads” barely wide enough for a car. Many don’t even allow cars and the warren of alleys that climb up the hillsides are so narrow in places that it’s possible for one person to reach out and touch both walls at once! The houses appear to built one on top of the other in a multicolored array as seen in this picture taken from the baseball stadium.

One day we made the obligatory tourist climb up to El Pipila hilltop monument. The view of this colorful city from the top was worth every step!  Here’s Teresa, Andy and Rich atop El Pipila hill. 

We loved just wandering the alleys, exploring the amazing cathedrals, plazas and markets in Guanajuato, and spent most of our time searching street stalls for tiles and sinks like those we carry at Mexicantiledesigns.com!

In the evening, we would often eat dinner and desert with cappuccino at two or even three different establishments, just to experience as much ambience and amazing cuisine as possible. We hated to leave this intriguing and beautiful city, but we only had a few days left to explore San Miguel Allende!

Stay tuned~!

Mexico Adventure Sourcing Tile and Murals: part II

We spent two days perusing a Mexican handicrafts trade show where we searched for hand-painted tiles and gorgeous murals for our store.

Of course we also had to equally explore the incredible food and drink, including sampling the regional specialty of Tamarind Margaritas.We all liked them but preferred the traditional lime (and green vs. brown color!) and also had to sample shots of all the varieties of great Mexican tequila. In fact, the state of Jalisco is known for being the birthplace of “tequila,” which is made from the blue agave plant, native to the area.

On the way out of town, we stopped for a brunch of gorditas muy ricas! and other street food in the giant street market in the little town of Tonalá.

Despite the four hour drive we still had to make to get to Guanajuato before dark, we dawdled way too long perusing the hundreds of vendors stalls selling all manner of ceramics and tiles.

Although we had detailed directions for driving into Guanajuato in the state of the same name, our trusty guide and amiga, Teresa shook her head when we arrived at the Glorieta statue at the entrance to the city, repeating the oft heard saying, “if you don’t get lost in Guanajuato, you haven’t really been to Guanajuato!” This is because most of the cities navigable streets are underground in a series of ancient man-made tunnels lined with hand made bricks. Soon after uttering those fateful words, we entered the subterranean warren of streets which are crisscrossed by narrow alleys too small for a car, and stairways by which pedestrians climb into and out of the streets. Although we thought we were faithfully following the directions, we were, in fact, hopelessly lost, until Andy called out—“there’s a little blue building” (among thousands of little blue buildings) but which actually, and nothing short of miraculously, turned out to be our destination: a fantastic little bed and breakfast called Villa Sueno Azul. The first thing Teresa and I did was get a luscious corn on the cob from a street stall!
More of our adventures soon!

How to Choose Tile: It all Starts with the Sink!

With all the beautiful Talavera tile and sinks to choose from, we understand that decision-making can be both fun and challenging. Choosing the perfect hand-painted pattern is like curating your own miniature museum.  We had so much fun choosing Mexican Talavera sinks and tiles for our new home, but even for us it sometimes seemed intimidating!  Mexican Tile Designs has over 94 different gorgeous sinks to choose from (and over 700 tile patterns!).

How to choose? 

Since the sink is really the centerpiece of the project, we chose to focus on that decision first. We found that the decisions we made on the sink, drove all other decisions about color and pattern of tile for the vanity and the rest of the room.  The first decision was solid color or pattern. We personally can’t resist patterned sinks so we started there and then chose tile accordingly.  Another deciding factor was what shape and size of sink would be best for each room: big, little, round, oval, rectangular, above counter (vessel) or nestled into the tile vanity.  This MTD graphic showing shape, size and profile was really helpful:

Once you choose the sink, then color and pattern choices of tile become much easier.  Everyone who visits our home always loves our sinks!  We hope you have as much fun choosing your beautiful sinks as we did!

Talavera Tile Sinks

Master Bath Vanity in Our Home

How Mexican Tile Designs was born

Utah Canyon Country

The Idea

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since my wife and I came up with the idea of creating a website that would be a resource for those who share our love for Mexican Talavera designs. We were heading back from a long weekend in the sandstone canyon country of Southeastern Utah. We were so into the discussion that we missed our turnoff and wound up taking a scenic tour of the Navajo Indian reservation which was great except our fuel gauge was square on empty. Well we made it to a gas station and on towards home excited with the idea of creating Mexican Tile Designs!

The Partners and buddy Raider

The Partnership

After months and months of scheming we needed to involve someone who had experience with importing  product from Mexico. We knew just the folks to approach with the idea. Rich and Jen Brown own a wonderful store, Artesanos Design Collection, here in Durango Colorado that is full of beautiful furniture, accessories and art from all over Mexico. Everytime I wander through the store, I discover new things tucked away here and there. Artesanos had the importing infrastructure in place but not the time and energy to expand into Talavera products. They too, were excited with the idea and a great partnership was formed.

The warehouse is stocked and ready

Making it Real

We have spent almost 7 months designing and developing the website, and loading the product description and inventory into the database. Looking at it now, I am struck with the same feeling I get when reaching the top of our many peaks here in Southern Colorado. It takes the same steady pace to make either goal a reality. The website will never be completely “finished”. We are committed to continuous quality improvement in all that we do and are on the constant prowl to find new and unique items that celebrate the spirit and beauty of the Mexican people. We are excited about the inventory we have put together for you and are planning another buying trip for the near future. We hope you will spend some time on our website www.mexicantiledesigns.com and return often as we continue to bring in new items for you to choose from.  As always, please do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email with your comments and suggestions!