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Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

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We offer home furnishings and decor for every area of your home,both inside and out, always striving to bring you the most current design elements being used by today's top designers, at a fraction of their retail cost. Whether you are completely redecorating an area of your home, looking for the perfect accent piece to finish off an existing room, shopping for a unique gift, or simply "window shopping" to get design ideas, Avant-Garde is the place to go for everything modern & contemporary for your home.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Designing with Glass, spectacular, amazing, and elegant...

Glass is everywhere and looking better then ever

  Today I would like to focus on some design ideas.. I know a lot of you probably have already seen the use of glass mini tile throughout many kitchens and bathrooms but looking through the web I have found so many more usage for them I didn't really know about and I am wondering if a lot of people do because even when I have walked into lets say a Home Depot, Lowe's, design stores, most usage and placement on these items is in the bathroom and kitchen...



     Well looking through the web has completely changed my mind and I actually now believe, without over doing it, that there are many more beautiful ideas with glass then I ever thought possible.. I have seen walls, foyers, fire places, entire room walls done with these tiles and the look is not only spectacular, but amazing and rich in color. They come in many colors, shapes, and sizes and yes are not on the cheap end of the scale but when you consider that they really never have to be replaced, like paint and wallpaper, and are very long lasting, the value becomes much higher in these once shunned and ignored glass tiles.

    From entire home walls, to foyers, to bedroom walls, to just about anywhere people find a place where they need an accent color, wall, or just a simple splash to add some life to their rooms that are otherwise a single light earth tone or a single dark color that simply needs something to create a room... or feeling.. These tiles are showing just about anywhere you can possibly think of and the price due to stiff competition from markets overseas and increased capacity due to demand has actually gone way down from the once mighty "only for rich people" price and stigma they had when introduced.

Entire Kitchen Walls instead of just countertops

Accent Color walls to brighten just about any room

    I myself see a very bright future for what once was considered a rich man's dream tile or simply way to expensive for most people in the country or for that matter the world. There are many places that now sell these far below what Home Depot and Lowes and others like them sell them at but always remember their price guarantee.. Look these items up on the internet and find them and when you go to Home Depot or Lowes take them a copy and as they promise, they will match the price and there you to can now have a wall, a room, or a complete bathroom or kitchen done in these spectacular tiles.

Sample Tiles.. The one on the left is absolutely amazing!!!

The picture shows what I feel to be one of the best usages of these glass tiles I have seen so far. Elegant, minimal in style, and very modern and contemporary vibe producing wall. Looking at them you know the rest of the house is stunning.

a stunning fireplace glass wall..

   And lastly I have to mention metallic tiles, once so expensive I would not even look, the price has definitely come way down and many are taking the opportunity to install them.. But more on that in a future blog...

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