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Megan Thome

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America's Favorite Pieces Of Architecture

Posted by Megan Thome on Jul 17, 2017 1:47:19 PM

Is it ever a bad time to be feeling patriotic? We think not. We decided we'd check out what some of America's favorite pieces of architecture and design were and share them with you. A little tour of the great U.S. of A., shall we?

It turns out, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) researched this in 2006 and 2007. They interviewed over 2,000 members and asked them to identify their favorite structures across the USA before doing a survey of the general public to narrow down the list. In 2007 they announced the results for their 150th anniversary, listing the top 150 highest ranked structures. You can check out that full list of 150 right here.

Let's take a deeper look into the top 5 structures on the list.

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Topics: Design

4 Ways Specialty Paint Can Save You Money

Posted by Megan Thome on Jun 9, 2017 11:41:49 AM

1. Don't Replace, Repaint

Replacing Can Be Costly (And Wasteful)

Replacing old outdated and dingy looking tile can be costly, and not to mention, terrible for the environment. Sometimes being environmentally friendly is also wallet friendly! Avoid adding to the landfills by ripping out all that old tile and simply paint over it instead. It's amazing how environmentally friendly paint can be. Specialty paint can update old tile and make it look great again! This will save you time and money on your overall budget.

2. Enhance Block Walls

Create An Inviting Space

Look, we all know block walls are ugly. As much as we'd love to just end their existence, sometimes there's no way around it. Block walls will always be a designer's nightmare, but specialty paint sure can improve that nightmare! If you have to learn to live with this problem area, instead of going through the added expense (and time) to cover them up and install drywall, make them a beautiful and inviting space by painting over them with a specialty paint. A multi color specialty paint in particular can give more dimension and texture to block walls to make them feel more warm, natural and inviting. 

3. Protect High Traffic Areas

Specialty Paint To The Rescue

The most expensive part of paint is the application. Material expense? Not an issue. Did you know that 75% of the project cost is labor?! If you figure out the ROI for using a paint of lesser quality for your project, you end up spending more due to the expense of labor (repainting year after year). You can download our ROI guide right here to see the breakdown. This is especially important to note in high traffic areas where regular paints won't hold up to the daily wear and tear (and won't hide those scuffs and stains on your walls) and will need to be repainted frequently. Specialty paint is more durable and will hold up to the daily wear and tear while hiding all those scuffs and stains, saving you money on repaints and repairs.

4. Don't Close Down For Repaints

Save Time And Money

Many businesses (especially healthcare!) can't afford to shutdown for repaints, touch ups and updates to their walls. How do they keep their design and walls looking fresh without losing money by shutting down for application? Specialty paints can save you money in this situation in a variety of ways. If you've specified a specialty paint that's durable, chances are it's going to survive in these high traffic areas and save you from having to repaint or touch up at all - this is obviously the desired situation to be in! Some durable specialty paints are also roll able, which is another ideal situation for businesses that don't want to or can't close down, since you don't need to close off areas when your method of application is roll applied.

Figure Out Your ROI

When starting to look at your project it's important to note that not all paints have the same ROI. Specifying a cheap paint might sound like a good idea, but as we pointed out above, there are many ways in which a "more expensive" specialty paint will save you money. Download our ROI right here to see the data on how specialty paint can save you a good chunk of change.

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Topics: Design, Technical

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th Birthday

Posted by Megan Thome on Jun 8, 2017 11:25:00 AM

The Great Frank Lloyd Wright

Today we are celebrating the great Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday! If you're an architect or designer the chances are pretty high that you've heard of the great Frank Lloyd Wright. If not, what school did you go to? All kidding aside, as we work closely with interior designers and architects with our specialty paint we've followed architecture and design very closely. 

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Topics: Design

Frank Lloyd Wright In Our Backyard

Posted by Megan Thome on May 17, 2017 1:32:00 PM

The Great Frank Lloyd Wright

If you're an architect or designer the chances are pretty high that you've heard of the great Frank Lloyd Wright. If not, what school did you go to? All kidding aside, as we work closely with interior designers and architects with our specialty paint we've followed architecture and design very closely. 

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Topics: Design

Millennial Pink: The Trending Color That Won't Stop

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 26, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Millennial Pink

Paul Simonon once said "Pink is the only true rock and roll color". Whether you realize it or not, you've seen Millennial Pink everywhere and it doesn't clash (get it?). Millennial Pink actually emcompasses many different shades of pink, and has many different names. These pinks are a range of shades of beige with a touch of blush, to peach and rose quartz, to a poppy barbie-toned pink.

If there's one thing that's true about Millennials, it's that we don't like to be categorized and labeled. And we hate the word Millennial. Nevertheless, this Millennial Pink is a color many of us can't seem to get enough of (I'm guilty).


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Topics: Design

Spring Interior Trends Report: Colors and Patterns For Your Projects

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 11, 2017 1:36:37 PM

2017 Spring Interior Trends

Spring has us in the most optimistic mood of the whole year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and new color palettes and patterns are released! Maybe we're the only ones excited about new palettes and patterns... but who doesn't love new colors to play with in their interior projects?

Download our Spring 2017 Trends LookBook to see more.

It's no secret that interior design trends mimic that of the runway, which gives us an excuse to study fashion all day long (don't tell my boss), but we're particularly excited about this fresh batch of spring interior trends. Click through to see what's hot for Spring 2017.

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Topics: Design

New Product Announcement: Flex Pure Color

Posted by Megan Thome on Mar 22, 2017 9:56:34 AM

Brand new to the Zolatone line and sure to save you time and money (and headaches), check out Flex Pure Color with Stain Relief Technology.

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Topics: Design, Technical

4 Ways To Use Hygge In Your Design

Posted by Megan Thome on Mar 9, 2017 2:12:34 PM


By now you've probably heard of the ever popular design trend sweeping the globe: Hygge. We've all seen what's become the Instagram photos of the cozy unmade bed with breakfast and a cute coffee mug, and we can thank hygge for that. The Dutch know Hygge (hue-guh) as simply acknowledging the beauty of the moment you are in, whether it's a simple night in with friends or the morning routine of making coffee. We've simplified it to mean "cozy interiors" but it is so much more than that! For the sake of design, let's look at the top 4 ways you can incorporate hygge into your work.

Get your hygge stylebook (for free) below. Featuring perfectly hygge-d (?) interiors, color and texture palette.

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Topics: Design

Top 10 Educational Facility Designs of 2016

Posted by Megan Thome on Feb 15, 2017 3:49:59 PM

Educational Facility Designs of 2016


Designing educational facilities can really allow designers and architects alike to get creative with problem solving. How can we produce solutions whilst inspiring young and old alike in a learning environment? How do we stimulate the mind? Educational projects are so inspiring to study, scroll through to see our favorites from 2016 (courtesy of ArchDaily, which we're obsessed with in case you hadn't noticed!).

Download our interior design process guide here for great educational facility interiors.

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Topics: Design

How Multi Color Paint Can Solve Common Color Issues

Posted by Megan Thome on Jan 26, 2017 2:20:00 PM
Common Color Issues Solved With Multi Color Paint

Paint color should be the easiest thing in the world, and many often assume that picking the perfect color for the job is going to be a breeze. You'd be surprised to find out that this isn't always the case! There are 4 main problems associated purely with the color of paint you've chosen for your job. We'll go through these 4 problems and show you how multi-color paint could be your night in shining armor.

Download this post as a checklist here.

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Topics: Technical