Dream Kitchen For Baking Tile-Inspired Cookies

Have you heard us calling Mercury Mosaics employees Tile Elves? This name came from a joke about how it looks like we're baking racks of cookies rather than handmade tile. Our tile is hand-cut, glazed and "baked" just like a sugar cookie, plus we think our employee's are magic. For this holiday season, we took the analogy to the next level and made Moroccan Fish Scale sugar cookies in a dream baking kitchen. We're not sure what's yummier, the glossy kitchen backsplash or the cookies!  About the Kitchen Backsplash:   Beautiful design doesn't have to be complex. This kitchen utilizes one high variation...

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10 Unique Diamond Tile Design Ideas

The gorgeous geometry of our Diamond tile offers endless unique design options. They're inspirational, bold, and simply splendid. We think this shape is written all over your next remodel. Whether you need to redo your kitchen backsplash, add a statement wall to your shower, or install ceramic floor tile - we have what you need! Here are 10 unique tile design ideas:   1. Shine Bright Star Pattern Bring a beautiful and bold design to your tile project with this simple star pattern. This dreamy look will add the perfect twinkle of fun to any room. The star diamond pattern is considered standard tile,...

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Visit Our Winter Makers Market

Visit Our Winter Makers Market

Visit our Mercury Mosaics Makers Market for a cozy winter afternoon of art, craft, food, and fun! Our company began with our founder's vision of supporting herself with her handmade ceramic craft. 16 years later and 30 Tile Elves strong, Mercedes can say that her vision has become a reality. Now she focuses on inspiring other artists to follow their dreams and to get rid of the concept that an artist should be starving. In honor of our entrepreneurial company values, we cannot wait to host this event featuring an incredibly talented community of makers and shakers! When:  Saturday December 8th from...

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How Much Will My Tile Cost?

How Much Will My Tile Cost

We're dedicated to making your tile dreams a reality! When it comes to handmade ceramic mosaic tile backsplashes, you may think cost is a bigger barrier than it is. We created this blog to show you the range of pricing options with our tile. We have four general tiers of backsplash cost based on the complexity of the installation. Whether you want to go "all out" or just add a splash of artisan tile to your home, we're happy to be a part of your tile journey!  Before exploring projects and their pricing, there are two factors to keep in mind...

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11 Kitchen Backsplashes to Wow Your Guests

Holiday season is in full swing! We adore taking the time to make our homes extra cozy and special before guests arrive. As much as we love spending time with friends and family, it can also make us aware of some kitchen improvements we'd like to make for our next get-together. Here are 11 beautiful kitchen backsplashes that will wow your guests every time.  1. Minimal Moroccan Backsplash  Some shapes are so beautiful they don't need any extra fringe or design. Our Moroccan Fish Scales absolutely look perfect in one simple shade. We adore using a contrasting grout color for a minimalist but bold look. ...

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How to Choose the Right Tile Type for Your Project

We know the feeling. Swooning over a tile installation, feeling ready to take on your own project, to being completely overwhelmed by all of the options. But have no fear! We promise in the end, you'll be happy that you had so many choices because that means that your dream tile installation is possible for your home. Plus, we're here to help you navigate the beautiful world of tile! There are four main elements to consider when choosing the right tile type for your project: Material, Size, Shape, and Color.  1. Material First things first, there are different types of tile materials out there: glass,...

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Stunning Sapphire Blue Tile Design for a Small Bathroom

Posh and polished (just like the homeowner) this stunning sapphire blue bathroom will have you in awe. The owner of this amazing lake house is our friend Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio. Her refined design-eye coupled with our bright and bold tile transformed this small bathroom into the perfect master bath. And could you believe it? This is a super simple project! Read on to learn more about this design and how to achieve the look yourself.   3"x8" Subway Tile - 23 Sapphire Blue. Regular Hexagons -  45R My Blue Heaven, 130 White, 23 Sapphire Blue.  Bright & Bold for Small...

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7 Steps to Designing a Custom Backsplash

Custom tiling is just about as gorgeous as it can be scary. Nothing quite beats the end result of an iridescent tile wave flowing through your kitchen or an organic transition from one tile shape to another. However, from choosing glaze color to getting the right measurements in your space, it can be a confusing process. We’ve created this 7 step guide based on our custom DIY mosaic backsplash collaboration with Construction2Style to help make your custom tiling process simple and efficient with a guarantee of achieving the exact custom tile you’ve been dreaming of. 1. Get Inspired Gathering inspiration...

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10 Ways to Use Ceramic Tile for Your Fireplace Surround

The fireplace is a beautiful gathering spot to connect with loved ones during chilly days. This focal point of the room brings coziness and warmth to everyone inside. Whether you're adding a fireplace or updating an old one, give special attention to this project. The fireplace tends to become the centerpiece of the room, shaping the look and feel of the rest of the space. Here are 10 tile ideas for your fireplace: 1. Moroccan Fish Scales Fireplace Surround Mix fire and water by adding our Moroccan Fish Scale tile to your fireplace. This modern update is inspired by the popular trend of patterned fireplaces. While it's...

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Fall in Love with the Variation of Handmade Tile

There's a lot of beautiful tile out there, but one of the most unique elements to ours is the variation in our glaze. Each tile is hand-painted by our talented Tile Elves creating stunning detail to each piece. While each glaze has a different degree of variation, this technique creates a stunning organic look to your final piece, sometimes even showing off individual brush strokes. Be ready to fall in love with the details behind handcrafted tile products and learn how special our tile variation can be. Learn about all the factors to consider when choosing a glaze color with this blog "Choosing...

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Tile Home Tour: Newley Remodeled Mid-Century House

We're extremely excited to share a home that is filled to the brim with our tile. For the past year we have been working with our friend, Lesley Farmer, to cover 6 areas of her house with our handmade tile! With the incredible craftsmanship and installations of Kinetic Design Build, the result was stunning. It called for a full day of our team playing in her house and taking pictures of her beautifully remodeled Mid-Century Modern home. Everything in her house is absolutely gorgeous and we are so happy to have our tile be such a big part of it.  1. Subway Tile...

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10 Tips We Learned From BizCom Summit

Last Thursday, we opened our studio doors to the amazing Construction2Style & Alta Events for the first ever BizCom Summit event, and we left with bundles of inspiration and excitement for future collaborations. We learned so much from the influencers, bloggers, and other creatives at the event about marketing strategies and creating a consistent online presence. Being a small business comes with many hurdles, but with the sense of community we received from everyone at the event that night, those hurdles are a little more bearable! Here are 10 things we learned at BizCom Summit: 1. Collaboration over Competition Collaboration over competition...

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Open Shelving and Tile

We adore all of the open shelving designs our clients have been creating with our tile. Not only does it offer beautiful styling options for your home, it's also a stunning way to get the most out of your tile backsplash. By using open shelving (also known as floating shelves) with tile behind it, you ensure that whatever is displayed on the shelves will look amazing with the backdrop of our handmade ceramic tile.  While this look is often modern, we've seen it designed to match a variety of client styles. From classic to bohemian, this shelving idea is versatile and perfect...

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6 Tile Ideas for Your Laundry Room

Did you know that the average American spends 67 hours a year doing laundry? Beautify your laundry room with tile to turn this inconvenient chore into a peaceful activity. Tile not only improves the aesthetics of your space, but it's durability and ease of cleaning makes it practical as well. In this blog we'll give you the inspiration you need to turn your laundry room into a haven of linen. Make those hours of sorting and folding as enjoyable as possible with these 6 laundry room tile ideas:  1. Laundry Room Niche Niches are often considered for the bathroom, but they are useful in any...

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Coffee Shops with Swoon-Worthy Tile

In honor of National Coffee Day this week, we're showing off some swoon-worthy tile projects we've worked on with a few amazing coffee shops. From beautifully tiled bars, to custom backsplashes, to shops covered floor to ceiling in tile - we hope you love these projects as much as we do. So pour a cup of joe, sit back, and enjoy the beauty of handmade ceramic coffee shop tile. Moroccan Fish Scales Tiled Coffee Bar Our friends at Gilbert's Coffee are embracing their seaside location by covering their bar in deep blue Moroccan Fish Scales. The tile really pops in a light...

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5 Tile Projects to Prepare for the Holidays

We know, it's just starting to cool into the fall season...but for home projects that means it's time to prepare for the holidays! Adding our handmade holiday tile is a fantastic way to wow your guests for all of your get-togethers. From kitchen backsplashes where you prepare food to floor tile welcoming friends into your home - you won't regret starting these holiday tile projects now! Here are 5 tile projects to prepare for the holidays:  1. Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Cooler weather means more time cooking! Enjoy every moment by adding a beautiful backsplash to your kitchen. There are endless creative ideas...

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Bohemian Chic Tile Ideas for Your Home

Toss conventional interior design rules out the window. Embrace your wanderlust and add bohemian chic decor ideas to your home. This style embraces self-expression, bright colors, layered textures, and bold pattern. To get this look with our tile, we recommend deep green glazes with patterned shapes like Herringbone Subway Tile, Moroccan Fish Scales, and Hexagons. Here are 6 ideas based on tile projects that have perfected this look: 1. Use brass accents. True to the artistic nature of boho chic, using brass accents adds a unique decorative flare. Brass hardware creates a beautiful contrast to deep green tile, adding interest and boldness to your...

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How to Calculate Tile Needed for Your Bathroom

Are you trying to figure out your budget for bathroom tile? Or are you ready to order from our online shop but don’t know how to calculate tile needed for your bathroom? This blog is here to help simplify the process of measuring and calculating your tile area!  What do I need to measure my tile area? Paper Writing utensil Calculator Tape measure Photo of the space (optional) Samples of your tile (optional) Order samples here! How do I calculate the tile needed for my bathroom? This task can be easy to overcomplicate, but it's really quite simple! We've even made a...

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Before & After Bluegrass Bohemian Kitchen

Bari J. is the visual mastermind behind ever-growing product lines with remarkable expressive style that explodes with pattern and color you can’t miss including, fabric, stationery, wall paper, and home decor. Everything she makes is uniquely graced by her "Curated Maximalist" aesthetic. We couldn't be happier to have her eye for design surround our tile in her stunning bohemian style kitchen. Read about her style, process, and lessons learned from her major kitchen remodel.  Step 1: Collecting Inspiration Like any good designer, Bari started her design journey by collecting inspiration. It's easy to get stuck with decision inertia by all of the options out there, but Bari...

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8 Gorgeous Bathroom Ideas That Use Moroccan Fish Scales

Embrace your inner mermaid and use Moroccan Fish Scales for your next bathroom remodel. This is one of our most popular tiles - and for good reason! Always eye-catching, the scalloped shape can be used in many ways. Get some new tile ideas with these 8 beautiful bathroom designs. 1. Minimal and Matte Bring a minimal and sophisticated look to this shape by using a matte glaze color. This beautiful detail creates an elegant texture that won't go unnoticed. We love our 366 Satin Black color, the dark hue absorbs the light, showing off an extraordinary texture.  Love the minimal look? Read our blog for more Minimalist...

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