One of the joys of having been importing pebble tiles for so many years is the nostalgic look backs at of some of my favorite projects. Whether it is commercial projects like the fountain we did for the Revenue Canada, the fountain for Georgia Tech, the planters for Pasadena and the Rose Bowl or local projects like the L'Auberge in Del Mar, Ca. we are always thrilled to see the ingenuity in applying pebble tiles. And of course there is great pride in our residential projects where the designers and homeowners creativity over the years has blown us away. Anyways, I grabbed 25 pics of some of the outdoor projects using pebble tiles that I have pictures of. Hope you enjoy them and feel that inspiration for creativity bubbling up in you.
The patio is really all about the River Rock Pebble Tile.
This is a really old installation done in Key West using the green pebble tile for the pool edging and coping and the columns.
Pretty stunning design concept wrapping the columns in the green pebble tile. And yes that is the gulf of Mexico these poor folks have to take in from their patio.
This is the only picture I have of this cool outdoor shower done in our Sable Sun Sliced Pebble Tile but I love it.
This is so old I can even remember when we did it but I do recall loving the inventive use of the auburn pebble tile.
My dentist's wife is an amazing designer. This is here clever use of Smokey Black Standing Pebble Tile for her pool water feature.
My GC buddy decided to create an Asian inspired coastal home. He used our black pebble tile for many features including this uber cool stairway to the pool.
Same house but now we are poolside and looking at the Smokey Black Standing Pebble Tile for the facing of the hot tub spillway.
They capped the spillway with the black pebble tile and did all of the pool liners in the same stone
This is the back entrance way to a $5 mill coastal delight. Super cool house with lots of our tan pebble tile.
Same house with a spacious outdoor shower with our tan pebble tile as the flooring.
Main entrance to the same house showing clever continuity of the tan pebble tile theme through the house.
One of our first residential projects for an architect who also became a personal client. Great use of our skipping stone gray pebble tile.
This is a Phoenix home designed by a local designer with a stunning water feature using our skipping stone gray pebble tile.
Coastal happiness abounds with this ocean front home sporting our golden pebble tile.
I wish I could find the rest of the photos of this house in Martinique. The view from the other side of the bar featuring our tan standing pebble tile is to die for and really so is the whole house. It is something!
Close up of the same bar in Martinique using the tan standing pebble tile. Maybe I could use the excuse of needing more photos to head down so I could sip cafe au lait, eat croissants and surf Basse Point.
Ahh a local commercial project, Cardiff town center. This is in my hood and home to my favorite local grocery store and pizza joint. They did a great job jazzing up this north wall using our green standing pebble tile.
A Del Mar California heritage spot, L'Auberge has seen many of Hollywood finest over the years. When we first started this business, we rented a condo below this joint which had pool access to the one you see in the pulled back picture below this one. Its where for 30 days we worked out the details of our business plan. We were pretty fired up when they called us in on their renovation. The redid the entire patio with our modular ipe wood deck tiles and used 400 sq ft of our standing river rock pebble tile for the water feature that greets visitors.
A close up of the 25 foot tall standing pebble tile water feature. Its pretty cool and the water play on the stones is impressive.
So there it is. A little peek into some of our hand in bringing Bali's finest pebble tiles to the America's. Hope you enjoyed and would love to hear your comments.
This is an excerpt from a blog from Tony Robbins. He is passionate about making sure people know the truth about things that hurt us and our environment. It is a quick read and will shock you!
How often do you drink bottled water? Once in a blue moon? Once a week? Several times a day?
Bottled water has become so prevalent in our society, a lot of us don’t give it a second thought. But it was not that long ago that bottled water seemed, well, irrational. I mean… it’s water. Why would we pay 10,000 times more per gallon for it to come in a plastic container?
The idea that bottled water is cleaner, safer and better-tasting than tap water has fueled explosive sales in the United States. In 1976, the average person only drank about a gallon of bottled water per year, but by 2017, the Pacific Institute estimates that each person will consume more than 300 gallons of it annually.
For the bottled industry, that massive growth is clearly welcome news. But for everyone else, and especially for the environment — not so much. Because along with the upward trend in sales comes a number of serious issues that are becoming harder and harder to ignore. Not only is bottled water taking a toll on our pocketbooks, it’s become one of the biggest threats to our planet — adding significantly to carbon emissions, overflowing our landfills, and destroying our marine environment — leaving it up to us to answer, is it really worth the cost?
Every single second, Americans go through about 1500 plastic water bottles. That’s a staggering 50 billion water bottles a year. And out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, the vast majority still end up in a landfill — where they take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade, and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes.
Bottled water requires a number of resources throughout its life cycle. Energy is required to make the plastic and turn it into bottles, to obtain and treat the water, to fill and cap the bottles, and to transport it to market. For example, it’s estimated that producing plastic bottles consumes the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil a year in the U.S. alone. That’s enough to fuel more than one million cars for an entire year.
As you know, burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The 17 million barrels of oil used to produce the PET for plastic water bottles emitted 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the environment — or approximately the same as 400,000 cars produce in a year. And that’s just from the production of the water bottles.
As for the total energy output of bringing this water to market? The Pacific Institute calculates that the energy output involved in the entire lifecycle of bottled water in the U.S. is between 32 and 52 million barrels of oil.
Though the average recycling rate of PET bottles has been growing steadily, roughly 70% of all plastic bottles still get thrown into the trash — often making its way into our waterways. As for the bottles that do get recycled, almost half are actually exported to other countries for recycling. This means even greater amounts of transportation-related carbon emissions.
Bottles that aren’t recycled and are improperly disposed of often end up in the ocean, taking a massive toll on the marine environment: killing animals, poisoning the food chain and smothering the ecosystem. Today, there is an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. And by 2050, the World Economic Forum predicts there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
Most of the garbage in the ocean accumulates in five relatively unexplored gyres found in the doldrums of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s twice the size of Texas and is floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.
The Garbage Patch is 80% plastic and weighs about 3.5 million tons — and it’s not just floating there, doing nothing. Rather, the patch is constantly leeching chemicals and toxins into the water, and it is also decomposing into smaller bits of plastic that are then consumed by animals.
The floating landfill also happens to be located along the migration route for populations of humpback whales, who are literally forced to swim through a sea of plastic.
Though PET does not biodegrade, it does start to break down after prolonged exposure to sunlight and water. And these tiny pieces of plastic are ending up in the stomachs of countless marine animals and shorebirds, who can’t distinguish plastic from food. Once in their system, the plastic can block or even lacerate the digestive tract, weakening and eventually starving the animal. Plastic consumed by marine life has also been shown to leech genetic-altering chemicals that impede the ability of the animal to reproduce.
Just how serious is this problem? Studies have shown that plastic pollution affects at least 700 different marine species, and at least 100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution.
Plastic bottle tops are particularly problematic. Currently, they are not recyclable, and more and more often, they are ending up at the bottom of the ocean and in the stomachs of a variety of animal species that mistake them for food. You may have heard about the albatross found on a Hawaiian island with a stomach full of 119 plastic bottle caps. Or the sperm whale that was found on a beach with a plastic gallon bottle that had destroyed his small intestine, and a stomach full of plastic bottles and bottle caps.
Plastic has been shown to leach toxins into the bottled water. And research has shown that this is linked to health problems as severe as reproductive issues and cancer.
There are also other health concerns that result from consuming fish that have eaten plastic. Ongoing research explores how these toxic particles pass on to us when we eat seafood, as trace amounts then build up in our bodies over time.
Despite these alarming facts, plastic continues to be one of the world’s most popular materials. In fact, plastic use is expected to double in the next 20 years, with the World Economic Forum estimating that by 2050, the amount of plastics produced globally will reach a staggering 1,124 million tons.
And when you do the math on the amount that will end up in landfills, the total amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere, and the plastic packaging that escapes collection systems and makes its way to our oceans — the future becomes deathly frightening.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Consumer demand is what drives plastic sales, and plastic production for that matter. By making small shifts in your lifestyle, you can take a powerful stand against plastic pollution.
With a reusable drink container, the average person can eliminate the need for 100 disposable bottles per year. This is the exact reason that San Francisco recently made the move to become the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. And why San Francisco and Chicago airports, among others, introduced water filtration stations, where you can see the ticker account for how many plastic water bottles you “saved.”
Apart from reducing your use of plastic bottles:
• Say no to plastic straws, and make every effort you can to swap out plastic bags for reusable shopping and produce bags
• Purchase items like laundry detergent in cardboard boxes rather than plastic jugs
• Opt for cloth diapers over disposable ones
• Choose matches over lighters
• Don’t use plasticware when you can use silverware
• Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags
• And, as if this needs to be said, recycle every item you possibly can
The rate at which we go through plastic is simply not sustainable — especially for the environment. But if we start making the changes now, transcending the boundaries that we have imposed upon ourselves, we can shift the trend and preserve the world we live in for future generations to come.
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I love travel. It is a way to see and experience different people and different cultures. Sometimes the trips are close to home. Surprisingly only an hour away and away from city centers you encounter a simpler more unique lifestyle that is so vastly different than yours that it reminds you of how diverse this world is.
Then you see images like my friends recent trip to Cuba and you get a glimpse into a culture that has been locked way from Americans for most of our lifetimes.
Here are their comments:
Caught in a time warp of communism and the old world, our trip to Cuba was both challenging and exhilarating.
We experienced a land with limited internet access, no advertisements, credit cards, and hardly any English spoken. But the simple pleasures of sunshine, friendly smiles, cigars, rum and live music made our visit to Cuba unforgettable.Though we didn’t hang with El Presidente Obama, it was a truly historic time to be there.
Here are some pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/w4NuPaJBAdWMTHhY7
The Travellin’ Ts
So please take a peak and we look forward to your comments.
We have a great new wood mosaic tiles that is our latest import from Europe. We work with a local San Diego importer originally from the Ukraine to bring us these These award winning sustainable products. They are meticulously crafted with beautiful all natural European woods. Each wooden mosaic is finished with a light beveled edged and assembled on a 13x13 inch mesh backing.
The tiles are carefully coated with Osmo. Osmo is pretty spectacular stuff and in European circles it says a lot about the quality of the product to be using it. It is an amazing Eco friendly German oil-wax solution that is an incredibly durable, water resistant and won't flake, chip or blister. Think about what would happen if all of the guys that engineer all those amazing German cars started thinking about a safe not toxic wood preservative that can handle the Autobahn of tile stress.The result is a stunning mosaic that can be used throughout the home in kitchens, bathrooms, walls and backsplashes. The denser woods like Ash, Cherry and Oak are strong enough to be used as flooring. You can use them in entire areas or as decorative inlays. The wooden mosaic tiles are installed like regular ceramic tiles but with a NON- water based glue instead of thinset and finished with non sanded grout.
So if you crave wood in your interior but shy away from it because of concerns about moisture, our new series of wood mosaic tiles give you a lively design inspiration that will bring the style and beauty of European hardwoods into your home. Don't forget to check out our teak mosaic tiles and a recent teak tile installation blog.
Many who have been to Bali come back feeling inspired. Some bring back that inspiration and still others with the means bring back the elements of Bali that inspired them. This video by a local LA architectural firm showcase the sensibilities of capturing that spirit and recreating it Santa Monica California.
Take a peak into what could be........
Kids are classic! I love seeing kids involved and inspired. My son, Trent and his neighbor friend Zoey took to the corner of a local access bridge to set up a lemonade stand to raise money and awareness for SurfAid. SurfAid is an award winning humanitarian organization that helps the mothers, children and villages of the more remote 18,000 Indonesia villages with life sustaining practices for preventing malaria, accessing clean water, managing child birth, infant and child care and so much more. It is a super lean charity that puts over 70% of donations into immediate use for the islanders. This charity is super relevant to us because our business imports pebble tiles from Bali, Indonesia and our kids have been there and know the factory and workers.
Take a peek at these 7 year old cuties and their lemonade stand for SurfAid!