ARTO Featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and in Magnolia Market

Chip & Joanna Gaines have risen above the HGTV chaff to become a national sensation with their show “Fixer Upper”.  I walked into my local Target recently and they had just added a giant Magnolia Home section.  I understand they are going to end the show to focus on their local and national retailing efforts but Read More

ARTO Tiles in The Most Romantic Restaurants In The World (Cecconi’s South Beach)

Architectural Digest just released a list of The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World.  We were pleased to see that Cecconi’s South Beach was recognized as it features ARTO 12×12 Oleson tiles in Walnut Spice and Copper high fired glazes  The Oleson tiles are individually handcrafted yet they are freeze thaw resistant and meet the most Read More

How a Hexagon Can Also Be a Chameleon

One of the fun things about ARTO tiles is that same tile can look wholly different in another color or texture.  The two kitchens below both use blends of  8″ Artillo Hexagons but with much different results.  Normandy Cream, as shown in the Bastide de Bonheur Residence, features a blend four ARTO colors (Artillo Cafe, Read More

(Entry) Monumental Achievement

In a nod to its agricultural heritage, the City of Camarillo (in Ventura County, CA) uses a bougainvillea motif in its logo and public art.  Painted or printed bougainville images were used on earlier entry monuments but the city wanted a more polished look for its newest examples. The landscape architects contacted ARTO to explore a custom Read More

The Versatility of Concrete – Normandy Cream Kitchen, Wine Room & Mud Room

ARTO has been using concrete as a medium since the early 1970’s.  While we love cool grey concrete in all its rough and tumble splendor we are also love how concrete can take on a wide range of other looks.  This beautiful house in Rancho Santa Fe is a case in point.  Artillo Hexagons in Read More

ARTO Cladding – Facades

In Architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective of a building, the facade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency. ARTO team attended the Facades Los Read More

The Acid Test – Why We Love This Topical Sealer

Every box of ARTO tile notes that the installation is not finished until sealed.  While it is no doubt important to seal your (porous) concrete tile installation, sealers have always come with trade offs.  Penetrating sealers give a natural look but could be better at protecting against stains and scratching.  Topical sealers provide more protection Read More

Sleeping with ARTO – The Hotel Californian

The Hotel Californian is the new center of the Santa Barbara waterfront incorporating the original 1925 Spanish Revival facade and featuring interiors by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  Indochine cement tiles are featured throughout the rooms and public spaces along with concrete tile accents from our Artillo series. Read More

Indochine Kitchen Tile Installation – Pat’s (not so) Grim Progress*

We here at ARTO are very excited about our new Indochine line of handcrafted cement tile and our graphic designer/webmaster Pat is already installing them in his kitchen.  They look fantastic so far and will look forward to sharing professional photos once the job is complete.  For all you fashionistas, Pat’s kitchen floor is wearing the Read More

The Life of ARTO – Eating Out with ARTO (Concrete)

One of the things we love about working at ARTO is seeing our concrete tiles, brick veneer, and pavers installed all around Southern California and beyond.  We hope that our products handmade with love and passion bring joy to you as you enjoy your meals.     Read More