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On a scale of 1 to 10 how obsessed are you with beautiful mosaics and tiles? If you’re anything like us then your Pinterest mood boards, instagram and general phone photo album will be filled with scattered photos of luxury bathroom mosaics and kitchen splash backs you just can’t bring yourself to delete (or organise either). So short answer you’re a 10.

You may have already seen these tiles on Elle Decor or all over Pinterest, and chances are your photo albums are filled with some of these luxury mosaic collections but let’s take it from the top. 

Luxury mosaics and tile manufacturer’s Mosaique Surface are the makers of these beautiful handmade mosaics. Based in Montreal, Canada, Mosaique Surface use high precision water jet technology combined with skilled artisans to hand make each one of these luxury mosaic walls.

Heres a few collections perfect for those looking for kitchen splash back tiles, living room tiles or of course those bathroom tiles that’ll make a big statement and become a feature mosaic wall in that shower room. Or if you just want to feast your eyes over some luxury mosaics that’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy.

The French Quarter Collection

The famous French Quarter Collection is the collection Mosaique Surface launched in 2018 “inspired by the rich culture and grand architecture that gives a nod to the historical French influences”  The collection features beautiful luxury mosaic curves the company are famous for, harmoniously bringing different marbles, metals and glass variations together to create truly luxury mosaic tiles suitable for kitchen floors to bathroom shower rooms and feature wall living rooms. 

SOLO Collection

SOLO is the collection Mosaique Surface flexed its muscles, introducing Terrazzo stone and calling on its truly handmade artisanal skills. Choose your favourite stones, from natural stone marbles, Arebescato, Calacatta Oro, Nero Marquina to Honed Terrazzo stone, create your own patterns and sit back and dream about how beautiful those bathroom floor tiles will look. Giving home renovators and interior designers endless opportunities to design something truly unique.

Wonderland Collection

Marble stones with Brushed Brass inlays, Mosaique Surface pushed its boundaries in craftsmanship and artistry. Really pushing the company into being the most luxury mosaic manufacturer and innovator in the industry. 

The Dominion Collection 

Affordable luxury at its best (and quicker lead times). The grand patterns and contrasting mix of materials of this collection gave way to Brushed Brass or Gold Glass which beautifully highlight the stately stones.

La Liberta Collection

Now this, my interior designer tile searchers and home renovating tile enthusiasts is our favourite collection. It introduces a multimedia that brings a fresh new vision for luxury mosaics and tiles. “Geometric patterns infused with authentic Italian Terrazzo offer a spectacular focal point and the pixelated look brings movement and energy to the space” any feature wall is lost without them – you heard it here first.

We’re super excited to bring these luxury mosaic tiles to the UK, for all you #ihaveathingwithfloors #ihaveathingforwalls hashtaggers to feast over! I’ve already told the hubby we’re definitely having these for the next kitchen splash back or bathroom tile renovation! Let us know your thoughts and your favourites. 

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Tracy Daoud is Designer and Founder of award winning design firm Interior Designs by Tracy. Based in Montreal, Canada, Interior Designs by Tracy work across both residential and commercial sectors. From a childhood of watching home improvement shows on HGTV to becoming a prestigious Interior Designer, Tracy talks us through her challenges of establishing the studio, her creative process and her favourite part of Interior Design.

So Tracy, how did you overcome the initial challenges of establishing the studio?

There are so many challenges to overcome once you start the business. I would say that over the years having gained experience in the industry helped me a lot, building a solid network foundation helped me kick start my business. 

What is the first thing you do after receiving the brief for a new design project?

Most crucial thing is knowing and understanding your client. I would never start the job if I feel like I haven’t understood exactly what my client truly desires. It requires a lot of ongoing communication and receiving a lot of inspirational pictures in order to determine my clients taste and create their dream space. 

What are you most favourite projects to work on? 

I have so many! But to narrow it down, I would say #gascogneproject. I really enjoyed working on that space because sky was the limit and I was able to put my creative cap on and design such an original house. (Photos Below)

What would you say the morning bathroom routine in Montreal? And how does this affect your design?

Keeping a routine is very essential for my well being and it is known to improve a person’s overall health and establish great time management. My morning routine consists of brushing my teeth before anything that means even before making a conversation! I then wash my face with Kiel’s face wash & gently massage it with a jade roller and apply moisturiser right after. As much as I would love to have more time in the bathroom, let’s face it working/mommy duties calls! Having counter space is a must in all my bathroom designs.

How do you find products to use in your work? Do you have a favourite magazine / social platform you use? How about your favourite website?

Favourite website would be Wayfair I am truly obsessed because there are millions of suppliers I get to work with. I believe that e-commerce is always the way to go, I love working with suppliers all over the world, just reminds me of how technology has evolved tremendously and things are as easy as a click of a button! Social platform would definitely be instagram, I have built a great set of audience who refer me plenty of clients 

If you had a time machine, what era of design would you go back to?

That’s a tough one! I would say during the Pop Art Era, if you scroll down my designs you see how I love incorporating pops of colour!

What are you most proud of so far?

I am proud of my constant determination, I am always seeking to learn more and be the best version of myself. 

What is your most favourite part of Interior Design? And most disliked?

My favourite part is being able to see my client’s reaction when the space has been completed! The thing I most dislike would be taking on site measurements; it takes up a lot of time! Wish they came up with a faster solution for precise dimensions. 

What advice do you have for young Designers and Architects reading this interview?

Don’t be afraid to pick other designers brains, get yourself a mentor! Try to go to as many networking events as you can!

So, what’s next?

Working on a lot of new office spaces this year, we are leaning more and more towards commercial spaces, which is very challenging and rewarding. 

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Emma Kelly and Francesca Albertazzi are Co-Founders of award nominated design firm Rudy Winston Design, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Rudy Winston Design has been turning heads with its designs – meeting the needs of individuals by creating personalised spaces for their residential clients in Vancouver. Today, we had the honour to speak with Emma and Francesca hearing about their story, getting an insight into their creative process at Rudy Winston Design. 

P.S Francesca’s lovely dog is also named Rudy!

So Emma, Francesca, how did you overcome the initial challenges of establishing the studio? 

We were very fortunate to have a fairly easy transition into founding and running our own business. We had worked together for four years on a reality television show about design and renovations and had worked intensely on almost 100 projects together. Francesca has worked in the design world for most of her adult life and Emma has been in management and client-relations, transitioning to our own design firm in the real world was a natural next step. 

What is the first thing you do after receiving the brief for a new design project? 

Our first step in every project is a consultation with a prospective client. We walk through their home with them and ask questions about what they would like to see in a renovation, focusing on how they use their space, and what doesn’t function for them and their family. Often clients can identify a problem or an issue in their space that doesn’t work for their lifestyle, and as the designer, Francesca provides a solution to those problems as well as making it look good! 

Have you always wanted to design a certain building, but not yet had the chance? 

We would love to work on a commercial project, a boutique hotel or restaurant where the potential to push the whimsical and eclectic design is more often possible. 

What would you say the morning bathroom routine in Vancouver is? 

And how does this affect your design? As with anywhere in the world, it is personal and completely depends on the client. For some clients, it is a family of four sharing one bathroom to get ready every morning so making the space functional for multiple people is key – which can mean having two sinks, or given the space can be putting the WC behind a closed door within the bathroom. Some women use the bathroom for putting on makeup, so the lighting decisions are influenced by this, other women do makeup at a vanity table in their bedroom. The most important step is understanding how your client uses their space, or how they would want to use their space. 

How do you find products to use in your work? Do you have a favourite magazine / social platform you use? How about your favourite website? 

We have great relationships with regular suppliers that we work with here in Vancouver and they often keep us updated on new lines and new products. As for magazines and website, Francesca often looks to European magazines to see where the direction of design is heading as it often starts in Europe before it comes to North America. Most of her inspiration comes from her travels to Italy and the UK, which she does almost yearly. 

What on-going projects do you have at the moment? What sort of challenges do they have? 

We currently have 3 projects with bathrooms at the moment – an ensuite, a family bathroom and a powder room. Each project has its own constraints – whether it be budget or timeline (or both!) but currently all three of these projects are going well and we are enjoying them. A powder room is always a fun project as you can push the design elements a bit further than an everyday bathroom – we love to use wallpaper in powder rooms! 

What are you most proud of so far? 

Our own personal renovation projects were big milestones for each of us individually. That they were both featured in magazines in the same month (June 2019) was a really proud moment for Rudy Winston Design. Francesca’s especially as it was selected for the cover of House & Home magazine. 

What is your most favourite part of Architecture and Interior Design? And most disliked? 

We are firm believers in architecture and interior design existing as a unified element. We enjoy working with architects from the start of a project, as their thinking will influence the final design of a space and vice versa. Creating a home or space that is in harmony with its setting and with its inhabitants is probably Francesca’s favourite aspect of Interior Design. Our least favourite part of Interior and Architectural Design is the waste that is created. We try to limit the waste that is generated, recycling as much as possible and working with suppliers that recycle as well but renovating is an unfortunately waste-generating industry, which is all the more reason to strive for a design that will last (rather than being trendy), using materials that will last (rather than cheap and fall-apart-after-one-month products) and shape spaces that resonate with people so that they will love them for years to come. 

What advice do you have for young Designers reading this interview? 

There are so many designers out there and there is room for everyone! Be true to the design elements and styles that interest you and show that in your work. Not every potential client is going to be a fit for you, and that is okay. Get to know your clients and make the design of their home personal to them. 

So, what’s next? 

We keep calm and carry on! We have multiple projects on the go right now, and more personal milestones coming up as well. Francesca looks forward to spending more time in Italy in 2020 which continues to inspire her design with each trip, and Emma looks forward to getting married in 2020! 

Janis Nicolay Photography Credit

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Jodie Cooper is the founder of Jodie Cooper Design and luxury vacation home 353 Degree North based in Indonesia. We have loved following Jodie on her journey for a while and without a doubt this Australian Interior Designer has a wealth of life experience. Currently in a small remote village on the Island of Sumba, Jodie is learning about the Ikat weaving process and unique history and culture of this Indonesian island. We had the honour to speak with Jodie and get an insight into her story – we were not disappointed! 

So Jodie, Sumba? How did you end up on a small remote Indonesian Island?

My love of design and my partners love of surfing led to a motorbike adventure across three islands. Remote and unspoilt the island of Sumba is as exotic and unique as the beautiful ikats it weaves.  The people live a very simple existence and yet they produce beautifully woven ikats. The Intricate and labour intensive Sumba warp ikat cloth is created in many steps, often by different artists in the village. Quality cloth is made from cotton, tied with palm leaves to make the pattern of motifs and symbols unique to the Kingdom of East Sumba, dyed with natural dyes and hand woven these beautiful pieces tell their stories and one piece can take up to a year to produce  Spending time in remote villages amongst true artisans is the most rewarding and humbling experience.

What is the first thing you do after receiving the brief for a new design project?

I let my imagination run wild, then work at how to translate it!

How do your travels and experience influence your design? 

For me Design is a fusion of all of the senses- Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch. To create a space that delivers and delights all of these senses is the true essence of design.Travel opens opportunity to experience all of these, you have a heightened sense of awareness,  the true beauty and the richness of architecture, history, culture and colour. Sensual Inspiration and images that fill the pages of your internal library.

What would you say the morning bathroom routine is in Australia? And how does this affect your design?

Australian bathrooms are becoming one of the most innovative and well planned zones of the house. The majority of houses are new builds which opens the possibilities even more.The Master bedroom Ensuite bathroom often incorporate a Free standing bath,  a vanity unit with two basins, a large shower and a separate toilet. A great deal of thought is going into the cabinetry, design, spatial planning, finishes and access to natural light The are often partially open to the bedroom so viewed as an extension of the room.I think that the bathroom has become a sanctuary to escape from the day, rather than the hectic morning rush that leaves no time to enjoy it.

How do you find products to use in your work? Do you have a favourite magazine / social platform you use? How about your favourite website?

I am a instagram and pinterest addict… I love that we are once again embracing the more natural organic finishes, to me they have more integrity and enhance the aesthetic as well as the tactile experience.You can find amazing products online, and actually find a supplier in your country….. the world has certainly changed with the ability to access items that you could previously only dream of incorporating into your design.

What have your most experience filled travels been? How have these changed you?

I have learnt so much from interacting with the artists and the people of the villages, if you are interested, they are very happy to share their stories. Morocco, Everything about morocco is amazing, exotic riads, crazy  Bazaars and beautiful people. The Silk Road – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan so much to inspire, beautiful embroidered Suzanis the history and incredible architecture  Italy –  the sheer beauty of tuscany, the history and architecture of Rome, the fishing villages and of course the food. Sumba has definitely captured my heart and i will be going back.

What are you most proud of so far?

That I have made it this Far? I am proud of every project I undertake, a lot of hard work and organisation behind the scenes makes the process look effortless to the client, and that is exactly how it should be.I approach every project with the same enthusiasm and desire to create an amazing result for my clients so I am most proud when my work is appreciated by my clients.

Tell us about your luxury vacation home 353 Degree North based in Indonesia? Where did the name come from?

I wanted to create a home that honoured the unique environment, I did not want to clutter the space with furniture, to not be regimented, so anyone who visited would feel they had left the traditional constraints of the world behind,… an experience, and not just a destination.

 Where did the name come from?

It was not easy, I wanted a name that was as unique as the location. I was able to stand on the concrete pad in the centre of the property 12 months after the initial design had been finalised,The views face North and I wanted orientate myself, so I consulted the compass on my phone “353 Degrees North”  unique, strong , recognisable and references the villas position. So it is really kind of obvious when explained.

If you had a time machine, what period of design would you go back to?

To the time you could bathe in clean rivers and not catch diseases.

What advice do you have for young Designers and Architects reading this interview?

Don’t be Ordinary when you can be Extraordinary.The client needs to feel comfortable with you and trust you, after all this is the biggest single acquisition in their life, but they are also open to exploring what is possible, take them out of their comfort zone but always make it comfortable.You will be amazed how often they will come back to that wonderful crazy design idea, they just need a little time to realise the value you are bringing to their project. Passion and imagination can move mountains, and minds.

So, what’s next?

Not sure, but definitely more adventures before dentures.

353 Degrees North Images – Agus Darmika Photography

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Mona Ross Berman Interiors is a full-service interior design firm engaged in projects all along the Eastern seaboard. We’ve followed her work for a while and have loved everything about it. Mona has progressed in the industry from her first role as an assistant in one of Washington, D.C.’s well-established firms to establishing Mona Ross Berman Interiors in 2004. Today we have the luxury of interviewing Mona, getting an insight into her creative process and tips for young interior designers trying to be successful in the industry. 

So Mona, tell us how did you go from an assistant to opening your own firm? Was coffee a good friend? 

In all honesty, I always knew I wanted to open my own firm, but other than that there was no grand plan. The designer I was working for was winding down his business and I had a bunch of friends, and friends of friends, who wanted to hire me. So it all ended up happening somewhat by default. And it also started slowly. I had business from day one but by no means was I an overnight sensation. It definitely took a lot of years of hard work and persistence. 

How do you begin the design process with a new client? What kind of questions do you like to ask? 

Each of my projects is extremely tailored to each client, so I spend a lot of time at the front end of a project drilling down on how they live, what their goals are, and trying to get a sense of what they want and like. I try to emphasize to them that the one thing I cannot provide on my own is insight into how they live. So, I ask them things like “do they like to entertain?” If so, how many people? Do they have big dinner parties or are they more likely to just have a few friends over. And I also try to gage how concerned they are about durability and imperfections. Some clients want their homes to look pristine 100% of the time and hence we need select materials that allow for that while others like more patina and natural beauty which gives us more leeway when it comes to what we can use. 

If you had a time machine, what period of design would you like to live in?

Great question! Late 1960’s I think. I love so much of the design from that general era. I love the glamour of the Kennedy Administration but also the futuristic vibe that became so popular. Lately I’m obsessed with all things Pierre Paulin who seems to epitomize so much that was right about that period.

Do you source the products to use in your interior projects yourself? How do you find them?

Yes. I’d say I am responsible for selecting 90% of what gets used in our projects. I cast a super wide net when sourcing. I like pieces to come from as many places as possible to help the end result look layered and unique. I find pieces all over — trade shows like ICFF in NYC, showrooms, traveling and visiting small shops, and of course the internet. I must google search ideas 10 times a day. 

Do you have a favourite magazine / social platform you use? How about your favourite interior design website / blog?

I really love the New York Times T Magazine. They find such innovative and provocative projects to highlight. Surface Magazine is also very fun to look through. I try to keep evolving and growing as a designer so I seek out places that are not showing what everyone else is showing.  I also love Instagram and have come to rely upon it for inspiration and ideas. I don’t look at blogs much – there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

What is your favourite place to design? and why?

Summer homes! Clients generally feel more free to go outside the box. They don’t take themselves as seriously as they might in their main house. And the materials, colours, patterns, and details are all fun with which to work.  And they are happy places to go and be generally, so there is just a good feeling about working on them.

What are you most proud of so far?

Professionally, I’m proud of what I’ve built pretty much on my own and from the ground up. It’s just very gratifying to know that I created a successful business and that my work has been so well received by both my clients as well as the shelter press. This past January, a project of mine was featured in AD Online which was thrilling and definitely felt like a milestone accomplishment for me and my firm.

What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?

Working in residential design is very much a client-services-forward business. By that I mean, interactions with your clients will be extremely important to the overall success of what you do. The creative driven part of design and architecture of course are also vital, but having good, honest, trust-based relationships with clients is paramount. Also, look for opportunities to network and share information. I find that a lot of others in these professions don’t want to share resources and ideas. I think that really stunts your own growth and potential. The exchange of knowledge and expertise can be a very valuable tool as well as give more meaning to your work. 

So, what’s next?

I have a lot of large projects just getting off the ground, including a renovation of a house on Nantucket Island and a gut renovation of a  property clients purchased behind their existing house and plan to turn into a carriage house. My goal, as always, is to keep growing, evolving, and taking on interesting and challenging work for appreciative and fun clients. 

All images used credited to Richard Powers Photography.

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