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Matsuhisa Denver - Stunning Reclaimed Teak Flooring From Beyond Tile

Matsuhisa Denver and stunning reclaimed teak tongue & groove cladding from Beyond Tile
Our latest project, Matsuhisa Denver, a Nobu Matsuhisa fine dinning experience in Denver Colorado, showcases a beautiful use of reclaimed Indonesia teak flooring. Naturally being importers from Bali, we are often asked to bring in some pretty incredible finishes for restaurant projects and hotels. So when we got the call from award winning architectural and design firm Rowland and Broughton of Denver, Colorado, we were happy to help them gain access to a beautiful engineered reclaimed teak flooring.
Beyond Tile's purchasing team on location in Bali
Luckily the timing was perfect and coincided with our July visit and purchasing trip to Bali. Although communicating with the states on Bali time is not the easiest, it is a heck of a lot easier to manage the nuances of a large project with material sourced from Indonesia when you are there.So we took full advantage of our being in Bali to handle all the details. Fortunately, our client  back in the states was very patient with the time difference and we were able to make sure all of the specifics were sorted for a quality product and on time fulfillment for Matsuhisa's opening.
                                  Main Dining Area Matsuhisa Denver CO
Reclaimed teak flooring from Beyond Tile was used for the ceiling at Matsuhisa, Denver Colorado
The level of detail and the amount of reclaimed teak flooring for the project was extensive. We used tongue and groove teak flooring for the ceilings, floors and as paneling. we also crafted a custom door and a 29" continuous bar top and a huge table for the private dining area.
                                    Private Dining Area Matsuhisa Denver CO 
teak flooring on walls and reclaimed teak table from Beyond Tile for Matsuhisa, Denver
One of the challenges and something all prospective users of teak should be aware of is that teak in colder climates is prone to shrinkage. According to some statistics teak can be very unstable when used in dry climates and it is prone to shrinkage. Most wood is naturally seasoned and kiln dried to prevent shrinkage. To manage our install we had the wood on the job site well in advance of install so it was well accustomed to Denver's winter chill.
                                     Interior Entrance Matsuhisa Denver CO 
Beyond Tile's Teak flooring as panels for the entrance from for Matsuhisa Denver, Co
The way  for consumers to manage this is the same, make sure the wood is properly acclimated. Putting in teak floors in the summer with high heat and humidity will invariably lead to shrinkage in the winter and gaps. If you install in the winter and the wood is acclimated and given a perimeter under the baseboards for expansion then issue are  not likely. That said always defer to a hardwood flooring expert who is FAMILIAR with the species of wood you are installing.
                                     Entrance Walkway Matsuhisa Denver CO
Walkway entrance using reclaimed teak flooring from Beyond Tile for panels for the new Matsuhisa in Denver, Co
Thematically the job was set to be indulgent in the opulence of teak so it was set for walls, beams and ceilings. We had initially thought of doing some panels but because of the challenges of the angled walkway, we calculated the waste would be enormous so teak flooring turned out to be more economical.
                                  Teak flooring as ceiling Matsuhisa Denver CO
Reclaimed teak flooring for the ceiling and reclaimed teak table tops Matsuhisa, Denver Co
Matsuhisa is one in a long line of restaurant, hotel and commercial projects Beyond Tile has a hand in and the second venture with this owner who also has the beautiful Pacific Coast Grill in Cardiff California among his credits. For that project we supplied the stone mosaic for the main floor and our beautiful standing pebble tile for the bar cladding and a stunning curved feature wall.
                                  Teak flooring as ceiling Matsuhisa Denver CO 
Reclaimed teak for private booth at Matsuhisa Denver
                        Bar Top and Teak flooring as ceiling Matsuhisa Denver CO 
Sushi Bar feature 29 foot reclaimed teak bar top, Matsuhisa Denver
For us, it is always thrilling to be a part of an incredible project and we always come away beaming with pride in the stunning outcome of a great design collaboration. The good news is that even though the teak flooring is not on the site, we can get it very easily for you. It is 100 % reclaimed so its great for LEED projects. It's not the cheapest stuff at around $14.00 a square foot but it is beyond beautiful and will take any project to the next level.
                Teak flooring as paneling and custom door for Matsuhisa Denver CO 
Matsuhisa Denver Entrance feature reclaimed indonesion flooring as paneling and a stunning teak door from Beyond Tile
Tell us what you think of our Matsuhisa Denver Project. We'd  love  to hear your comments!
 

5 Tips for choosing bathroom tile at www.beyondtile.com


1. Pick your must have tile first.

Typically when we start a bathroom renovation we have one tile that we dream of including in our design.  Sometimes it is a really special or unique accent tile and sometimes it is as simple as knowing that you want white subway tile.  Either way, take that dream tile and use it as the starting point for the other tile you will choose for your bathroom design.

2. Try to keep it to no more than 3 different tiles.

Taking your first (must have) choice as a starting point, use it to make the decisions for the other tiles you will include in your design.  If your must have is a really unique color or pattern and is going to be the focal point of your design, pull more subtle colors from it to use in your accent tiles.  If however your first choice is really plain (like a white subway tile) you may want to add an element of interest with a colorful accent tile or even a smaller scale white penny tile to change it up and add interest.

Typically you will choose a floor tile, a wall tile for the shower/ tub surround or even all of the walls in your bathroom, and an accent tile that will be used as a focal point.  This is just a guideline. Don’t be afraid to break the rules a little bit.

3 simple tiles

3. Stick to one show stopper.

There are so many beautiful tiles out there and a bathroom is a perfect place to show off some of your personality and take a risk with a fun color or pattern on your tiles.  However, if you are going to go for it, keep it to one show stopper.  This will make your look timeless and really create the wow factor that you are going for since it won’t be competing with the other elements in the room.  (Many of these super special tiles can be pricey, but if you are working in a small area like a bathroom, they might just be the splurge you need since you won’t need very many square feet.)

Your show stopper area can be big or small, it’s up to you.

The good majority of this bathroom is done in pretty basic white tile, but they added a wow factor with this beautiful tile at the top.

4. Take maintenance into consideration.

I don’t like to clean.  I especially don’t like to clean the tub and shower so when choosing tile for these very wet areas you will probably want to go with porcelain or ceramic tile since they are virtually maintenance free.  (You will want to double check to see if they need to be sealed.)  Tiles make from natural stone require more maintenance and do have to be sealed.  They are definitely more pours so they tend to hold on to dirt and grim more.  If you are wanting to add texture with stone, it may be a good idea to use it on the floor or in a less wet area.  Lastly, glass tile is so pretty and makes a great wall or accent tile.  It is super slippery, so it doesn’t work well on the floor.

5. Consider scale.

Large scale tiles are definitely on trend when it comes to bathroom floors right now.  If you choose to go that direction, you can use the same tile cut in smaller sizes in a different area of the bathroom.  For example if you use 12 x 24 tiles on the floor, you can use the same tile on the bathroom floor in 2 x 2s to continue the color across the entire floor, but creating a more slip free shower floor.

 

We are here to MAKE a difference that is why arming you with NEW and CREATIVE tile is woven into our business model. NEWS ALERT we have a NEW Luxury yoga inspired jewelry line.

 

We know the BEYOND tile philosophy inside and out and have used it just like YOU TOO can experience to create WOW results and make a bigger impact in the world.

 

More details about our JEWELRY are right here for you! read more 

 

          

 

Tweetable " Move your creativity to the center of confidence, release doubt & there's no limit 2 what u can do for yourself & others"   #beyondtile #yogainspiredjewelry

 

Now I would love to hear from you.

  1. Do you feel inspired by this jewelry?
  2. Can you use these 5 tips for choosing tile?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. And do share as much detail as you can. People LOVE to hear your ideas!

They visit our site to learn, explore and get inspired. Your perspective may be exactly what someone else needs to hear to open up to a greater sense of themselves, and the world.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments.

If you found this blog post helpful, please pass it along to your closest colleagues, clients and friends — anyone you think could use a little extra support as they work to bring their dreams to life!

Thanks so much for making this one of the most inspiring, fun and supportive places online.

With so much creativity and inspiration...

From the sea and sand in CA,

Christa

 

How to create with blue grey subway tile at www.beyondtile.com

Almost all deeply meaningful creative endeavors goes through a similar journey.

You start out on fire. You’re high on passion and possibilities. You could not be more jazzed about your new IDEA!

But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track. Suddenly, everything that was going so great has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.
Your energy tanks. Doubt creeps in. You can’t help but think…

“Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.”

Sound familiar?

 

We are here to MAKE a difference that is why arming you with NEW and CREATIVE tile is woven into our business model.

 

We know the BEYOND tile philosophy inside and out and have used it just like YOU TOO can experience to create WOW results and make a bigger impact in the world.

 

More details about our tiles are right here for you! read more 

 

 

  Tweetable " Move your creativity to the center of confidence, release doubt & there's no limit 2 what u can do for yourself & others"   #beyondtile

 

I've been recommending these glass tile combinations to everyone I know because they are **that colorful** and **that affordable**.   Mixing the matte glass tile and glossy. I usually use 2/3 glossy and 1/3 matte


Some of the materials we highlighted are time tested favorites of all of the creatives we've met over the 11 years we have been working with all of you. Blue Grey and Green glass have really taken the Subway Tile world by storm.

 

I am a big fan of glass subways is because there are countless combinations of sizes, materials, textures and colors that meet the needs of any homeowner, architect or designer.

 

The most traditional of format for laying the subways is the brick pattern (also called a Z pattern or 50% offset) in a horizontal pattern. This is a great look and ideal for transitional homes that are trying to be more current or relevant but still have too many elements that are a dated. Adding a glass subway helps create some freshness with out creating a striking contrast to the rest of the home's style. If the rest of the home is a bit more current you can get playful and run a standard brick pattern vertically.

 

Now I would love to hear from you. It’s a two part challenge today:

  1. What’s something that triggers your creativity?
  2. Do you see Subway Glass Tile more in the kitchen or in the bathroom?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. And do share as much detail as you can. People LOVE to hear your ideas!

They visit our site to learn, explore and get inspired. Your perspective may be exactly what someone else needs to hear to open up to a greater sense of themselves, and the world.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments.

If you found this blog post helpful, please pass it along to your closest colleagues, clients and friends — anyone you think could use a little extra support as they work to bring their dreams to life!

Thanks so much for making this one of the most inspiring, fun and supportive places online.

With so much creativity and inspiration,

Christa

 

Gorgeous Remodel featuring Beyond Tile

Hello
 

Without hesitation, this episode of our weekly BLOG is a must watch.
 
Doesn't matter what you might be dreaming of.
 
If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world -- write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush for goodness sake...
 
Today's show is a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life. 

This some of the BEST work we've been doing with our TILES 

Tweetable: “You have hidden treasures within you… and so do I, and so does everyone around us.” @beyondtilelife

We’re all creative beings. We all have gifts to share. My hope is that today’s show fuels you to take (or continue on) the brave path ahead.

Now,  I would love to hear from you. What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking away from this rich design, and why? Yes, more than one insight is allowed – but I’m truly curious as to what hit home for you the most.

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember, do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration.

What you have to say may just be what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

This is one of those epic conversations that I hope you'll share with every creator you know.

with so much inspiration and creativity...

warmly,

Christa

5 strategies for becoming more consistent in design and life...

 

 

  

Ahh, the power of being consistent.

It’s heralded as the strategy for achieving long-term greatness in almost any category: your body, business (are you a designer, builder or architect), art, relationships, emotional health or spirituality and YES even your remodeling plans.

The problem? It’s the one thing we mortals can struggle with the most — especially when we’re trying to improve, well, anything.

Like it or not, being consistent is essential if you want to make any significant change in your life. It’s also a must have skill if you’re looking to kick some serious ass and become world-class.

That’s why I was happy to tackle this subject today to help you my fellow creatives, who just might be  struggling with her ability to stay on track or get back on track. While I’m not perfect, I have been able to master consistency in a few key areas and, I gotta say, it’s made all the difference in the world.

If you’re looking to improve anything in your life (and I bet you are!) here are five keys that’ll help you be more consistently, consistent. Listen up!!

 

 

Tweetable: Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. @beyondtilelife

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the most important strategy or idea that’s helped you be consistent in any endeavor? Tell me specifically, what’s worked and what hasn’t?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember, do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of incredible creatives come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may just be what someone else needs to have a breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments.

Thank you so very much for watching, commenting and sharing. You make Tuesdays one of my favorite days of the week.

Enjoy!

from the sea and the sand in Cali...

warmest regards,

Christa

P.S. If you haven’t seen our other blogs on what we been up to, I recommend checking out:


Read more: http://beyondtile.com/blogs/news/45507525-how-my-children-learned-to-make-pebble-tile

How My Children Learned To Make Pebble Tile

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In 2003, my wife and I flipped our world upside down and made a leap to the bottom of the globe in hopes of finding a more authentic us and a more inspired life. After 5 months on the road and two amazing months in Bali, we found a really exciting opportunity to import pebble tile. This time around, we visited Bali again with our two boys Trent and Tanner in tow. Our hope was to open the boys to a new culture and find some great new materials. That our boys found the joy and artistry of making pebble tiles was a great reminder of how special the product is.

The story of how we 1st became acquainted with pebble flooring was kismet thanks to a chance meeting in the surf with an Australian who had been coming to Bali with his kids for 20 summers. He shared with me that inspirational events are always happening in Bali and that if you act on the inspiration, it can transform your life. I took his advice to heart and shared with him, our desire to maybe import something exciting from Bali. That chance meeting and brief dialogue began a series of meetings with a friend of his who was a importer and eventually to an English student of the importer that was manufacturing a really cool new product, pebble tiles.

That was 12 years ago and what has always struck me about that chance meeting was how uneventful it seemed at the time and how impactful it was in my life. The other thing about that meeting was how great it was to see my new Aussie friend and his lovely daughter so immersed in the Balinese culture. Both spoke fluent Indonesia and Balinese (a local dialect) and were very much comfortable interacting with the locals. I would meet with them in the early mornings in a tiny warung ( not set up for guest to visit) along the beaches of Sanur and drink a potent thick local coffee . I would try to follow along with the conversation with the locals and was always impressed with how my Aussie friend's teenage daughter happily stayed and chatted with her dad and the locals.

So when I came back to Bali this year with my wife and two young sons, Trent and Tanner, I was committed  to immersing myself and the kids in the culture and staying open to the inspiration of the island as had been suggested to me years ago.  Many of our days were spent playing in the waters of the Indian Ocean and enjoying afternoons in local warungs talking with the locals and indulging in Balinese curries and satays. The boys naturally fell in step with the local culture and casual pace and took well to my encouragement of speaking Balinese. Every interaction with the locals included my boys saying selamat pagi ( good morning), abak abar ( how are you),  suksama ( thank you) and moale ( your welcome). They learned to order their own food and how to embrace everything that is Bali.

One of my favorite days during our return to Bali was when we toured our pebble floor factory with our children and they learned how to make pebble tiles. The Balinese have a wonderful capacity for being relaxed and happy. Nothing brings that expression forward better than the presence of children. If you want to diverert a Balo's attention than the easiest way is with the presence of  a child. When we stopped in to our factory, all the staff were immediately drawn to our kids. They took great delight in showing them around.  We toured all aspects of the operation. When they came to the area where the artist puzzle the river rock pebbles into the mosaic patterns, my children instinctively knew that the art project at hand was a fun adventure. One of the workers gave up her spot and sat the boys down and gave them a quick guide to assembling the pebble mosaics. Soon the boys were happily sorting through the pebbles and picking and choosing stones to fit into the metal pattern that dictates the shape of the interlocking tiles. They made several tiles which some lucky customer will get to install as their pebble floor.  I love how the artist esteemed our kids by giving them a chance to create a finished product and how they subtly performed quality control while the kids grabbed for more stones.

 

The process of building the tiles is relatively simple and the final steps of the artistic puzzling is the most enchanting but there are several steps before the magic begins. The kids loved the clever pebble washer which is large drum that is rotated by an engine hooked up to an old truck transmission (classic Balinese repurposing of waste material). They were fascinated with how they used a series of simple graded grates and bars to systematically ferret out the larger to smaller stones like a continuous game of limbo. They appreciated all the selection and cleaning steps that brought them stones of the same consistency to build their own pebble tiles. Of course, gluing was a favorite step and it was great to see the smiles of accomplishment from the kids for having created the tiles that mom and dad have been providing to clients for years.

The trip back to Bali had a myriad of facets to it and we again found the inspiration on the island of 20,000 temples to be irresistible. We found amazing new artisans and some incredible new items to share. We found beauty and harmony in abundance and fell in love again with the wonderful people of Bali. And most importantly, we had the opportunity to share our love of Bali and travel with our children and the special gift of opening their eyes to the beauty of different places and people.

 

 

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How to use glass tile in your DIY remodeling projects ....

 

  

It's Christa and I want to take a minute to touch base.., I trust this blog post finds you doing awesomely well.

 

I have put together a FABULOUS video break designed to INSPIRE you and get your creative juices flowing!! Right now we are excited about how we have been working with glass tile to add color, brightness, and updates to their DIY projects.

 

This some of the work we've been doing this year with our GLASS SUBWAY TILES.

 

  Tweetable " Move your creativity to the center of confidence, release doubt & there's no limit 2 what u can do for yourself & others"   #beyondtile

 

I've been recommending these glass tile combinations to everyone I know because they are **that colorful** and **that affordable**.   Mixing the matte glass tile and glossy. I usually use 2/3 glossy and 1/3 matte


Some of the materials we highlighted are time tested favorites of all of the creatives we've met over the 11 years we have been working with all of you. Blue Grey and Green glass have really taken the Subway Tile world by storm.

 

I am a big fan of glass subways is because there are countless combinations of sizes, materials, textures and colors that meet the needs of any homeowner, architect or designer.

 

The most traditional of format for laying the subways is the brick pattern (also called a Z pattern or 50% offset) in a horizontal pattern. This is a great look and ideal for transitional homes that are trying to be more current or relevant but still have too many elements that are a dated. Adding a glass subway helps create some freshness with out creating a striking contrast to the rest of the home's style. If the rest of the home is a bit more current you can get playful and run a standard brick pattern vertically.

 

Now I would love to hear from you. It’s a two part challenge today:

  1. What’s something that triggers your creativity?
  2. Do you see Subway Glass Tile more in the kitchen or in the bathroom?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. And do share as much detail as you can. People LOVE to hear your ideas!

They visit our site to learn, explore and get inspired. Your perspective may be exactly what someone else needs to hear to open up to a greater sense of themselves, and the world.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments.

If you found this blog post helpful, please pass it along to your closest colleagues, clients and friends — anyone you think could use a little extra support as they work to bring their dreams to life!

Thanks so much for making this one of the most inspiring, fun and supportive places online.

With so much creativity and inspiration,

Christa