Bras for a Cause: Mosaic Chandelier Bra Supports Breast Cancer Resource Center

Have you ever seen a high fashion undergarment covered in antique crystals and hand cut, hand crafted glass tile?! Well now is your chance. Not only can you see this beautiful creation, but you also have the opportunity to bid on this Chandelier Bra after it is shown on the runway at this year’s Art Bra Austin to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Here is a look at some of the highlights from last year’s Art Bra Austin:

Susan Ribnick is a volunteer, turned cancer survivor, turned mosaic artist in Austin Texas. A long time supporter of Art Bra Austin, this year her life experiences led her to partner with fellow breast cancer survivors, and artists, Dianne and Monica to create a shining fashion statement covered in glass tile mosaics from Oceanside Glasstile and antique crystals from Crystal Renaissance Fine Lighting! When we heard the idea, we were thrilled that our tile could be used for such a unique and positive purpose.

Susan’s story of volunteerism, cancer, triumph and creating her own Art Bra

Until last year, Art Bra Austin was something that I saw behind the scenes. My good friends, Dianne Sonnenberg, who is a professional mosaic artist, and Monica Meadows (both breast cancer survivors) have been making top notch art bras since 2010. Their collection of annual Art Bras is called the “Treasured Chest Series” and this year ours is “Treasured Chest VII – Lighting the Way” (nickname “Bijou”). It’s a big honor to work with them. 

I attended Art Bra Austin for a number of years as a guest and volunteer. However, in a bizarre twist of fate I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and then the roles got flipped on me. 

A very good childhood friend, Jan Apple of Minneapolis,offered to make a bra for ME to wear in the 2016 event! That is how this story really begins as I could not say no. I was a reluctant model but the piece she created, the Peter Max halter bra shown below made it in the top 5 bras submitted for the event and so I became a Live Auction Model! Peter’s halter bra I modeled sold for $4000 on the runway and was a remarkable piece of fashion (photos below). 

I am an 18 month survivor and no one can participate as a model unless they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is why I am so new to this and now on the inside of the event. This year my health is much better and I decided that it was my turn as a mosaic artist to produce some cool bra. I teamed up with Monica and Dianne, and collectively we created the Chandelier Bra using Oceanside Glasstile and antique crystals from Crystal Renaissance Fine Lighting in Queens. I actually went out there and did a 3 day Chandelier workshop to learn all about crystal, pinning glass prisms and all that. 

Of the bras submitted for the event, 60 are chosen by a jury, and only 5-6 become Live Auction items, so it is a big honor to have been selected, especially since I designed and worked on it from beginning to end. Lots of fun!

     – Susan Ribnick, glass mosaic artist, cancer survivor, Art Bra creator, super human

The 2016 Art Bra “Peter Max” inspired by Susan’s childhood room, designed by Jan Apple, modeled by Susan, Sold at Auction for $4,000

The 2017 “Treasure Chest VII – Lighting the Way” Art Bra designed by Susan, Monica and Dianne

Support the Breast Cancer Resource Center by donating to Susan’s Team

At the time of this blog post, Susan had raised $1,573 of her $2,800 goal! Every dollar counts.  Donate here on Susan’s fundraising page.

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Tile Installation Photo Journey – Oceanside Glasstile Selected for Modernism Week Christopher Kennedy Compound #VillaGolightly Pool and Spa

Transport yourself to a decadent mid century modern home with photos of this year’s Christopher Kennedy Compound at Villa Golightly. Deemed the “#1 Must See Event of Modernism Week” by the Hollywood Reporter, Villa Golightly featured over 20 of the world’s best designers and luxury home brands, including Oceanside Glasstile. This Modernism Week show house featured tours and special events February 16th through February 27th, 2017.

When Christopher Kennedy and Kelly Golightly approached Oceanside Glasstile to supply tile for their mid century modern show house pool and spa we were thrilled! Both designers are known for creating classy, timeless spaces and events that incorporate the glamorous lifestyles and old school charm of Palm Springs desert living.

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Christopher Kennedy Compound Pool Before and After

For the pool waterline and the hot tub tile, the team selected a Muse Collection, 7/8″ x 7/8″ Straight Set Pattern in an Aqua color tri-finish blend. A tri-finish blend combines mosaic glass tiles in each of our three finishes: iridescent, non-iridescent and matte. In honor of the event, Oceanside Glasstile named this pool tile blend “Aqua Golightly.” (If you have never seen Oceanside Glasstile finish options in person, order a sample to see the difference of how each finish shines!)

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This Tile Board gif shows off the iridescent shine of the Aqua Golightly glass tile blend chosen for the Christopher Kennedy Compound Pool and Spa

The final, beautiful waterline glass tile pool and fully tiled spa could not have been completed without the hard work and dedication of our event partners: Tile installation completed by Desert Glass Pools, tile sealer and maintenance products provided by natural Oceancare Products and the tile is available for purchase at our event partner showroom Stone Revolution. For more information about glass tile for water applications and mid century modern design tile inspiration, send an email to modernismweek@glasstile.com. Scroll down to see a photos of the pool and spa tile installation journey.

Pre-Construction Photo with Kelly and Christopher

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Pool and Hot Tub Aqua Golightly Glass Tile Trim Pieces

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Glass Tile Installation in Progress

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Pool Water Line and Spa Glass Tile Installed

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Pool and Spa Sealed and Cleaned with Oceancare Products

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The Christopher Kennedy Compound is an annual show house in Palm Springs that is open for tours and special events during Modernism Week. Follow Christopher Kennedy on Instagram and on Facebook for more photos and to stay up-to-date with news on next year’s house.

For more information about glass tile for water applications and mid century modern design inspiration, send an email to modernismweek@glasstile.com.

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Valentine’s Day Red Tile Celebration

Join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day with some red tile inspiration! Hot, dynamic and intriguing, red tile reflects passion and adds dimension to any space. Spice up a powder room, inspire your backsplash, or fire up your restaurant with luxury, responsibly made, red glass mosaics. Below are some featured photos of our luxury, sustainable, glass tile on indoor and outdoor spaces in both residential and commercial applications. Looking for more inspiration? View more glass tile patterns and colors here. Sometimes red tile pops up in our Overstock supply, view an Overstock product video featuring red glass mosaics here.

 

Custom Tile Blends Made Easy – Custom Blend Tool Instructions

Let your creativity run wild and free with Oceanside Glasstile’s Custom Blend Tool. Select your favorite pattern and colors, then watch your creation come to life! When you’re finished with the Custom Blend Tool, send yourself an email with a picture of your creation and product details. Forward the details to a friend or Request a Sample.

Is the tool really that easy? Yes. 

To test exactly how easy it was to use the Custom Blend Tool on a mobile device, we tested it ourselves! Take a look at the screen shots below. We started creating our custom blend at 11:34 and by 11:37 we had a custom blend with product name percentages waiting in our inbox!

Why use the blend tool?

Interior design projects are a reflection of a homeowner’s personality. Make sure you get exactly the right look with the perfect pattern and mix of colors for a glass tile kitchen backsplash, bathroom shower tile, dynamic tile feature wall or even a pool water line.  With your imagination, the possibilities are endless.

How do I order a sample?

After creating your custom blend, you will receive an email with a rendered picture of your creation with the product details. To order a sample, simply visit the Request a Sample form and paste in the product information from your custom blend email.

Scroll down to see how easy it is to make your custom tile blend!

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Oceanside Glasstile 2016 Year in Review: New Products, Acquisitions and Philanthropy

2016 was a game changer for the art glass and glass tile industries. In addition to five amazing product releases, Oceanside Glasstile completed asset acquisitions of two art glass companies that had closed their doors. By acquiring the equipment, product formulas and knowledge of how to produce art glass we all get to see the art glass industry live on and flourish. In addition to product and company growth, the Oceanside Glasstile team was excited to serve our community as the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers cycling and volunteer team at Padres Pedal the Cause. Scroll down to read more about the exciting 2016 Oceanside Glasstile milestones.

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5 Product Releases

Every year we look forward to dazzling designers, architects, builders and installers with new products. We spend months, sometimes years, perfecting the right design and product quality for each release. Here are the products we introduced to the market in 2016.

1. The Kinship Collection in partnership with Island Stone

Anchored in beach culture and driven by a passion to create unique, beautiful designs, Island Stone and Oceanside Glasstile paired the best of their offerings to create a stunning combination of premium stone and jewel-like glass. The collection uses four of Island Stone’s natural products: grey sandstone, mint sandstone, silver quartzite and white marble in combination with complimenting glass tiles. Read more about the collection here. Order a sample by choosing your favorite pattern and colors on our Blend Tool and then filling out our Sample Request Form.

2. Three Antique Mirror Colors for the Devotion Collection: Helios, Astral and Nocturne

The Devotion Collection is no stranger to bold color, glittering movement and intricate details. On crafting the collection, Oceanside Glasstile Designer Cathy Aroz comments “I really love working with the antique mirrors. Each color shines its own personality into the design. Some patterns need just a touch of mirror to bring a little fire to the project while others can go bolder and bigger, creating an element of drama that will literally take your breath away.” To complement the existing pallets, Cathy added Nocturne, Helios and Astral for truly creative and courageous designers. Read more about the collection here. Order a sample by choosing your favorite pattern and colors on our Blend Tool and then filling out our Sample Request Form.

3. Scallop Pattern for the Devotion Collection

Creatively adapted from the shape of sea scapes and seashells, Oceanside Glasstile released the Scallop Pattern for the Devotion Collection to expand design options for art glass lovers. This fun pattern allows one to highlight traditional Devotion Collection colors with a border of intriguing color or reflection. Use our Blend Tool to blend your own colors into this fabulous pattern. Request a sample of your favorite Pattern and Color combination here.

4. Three glass tile colors plus three blends for the Muse, Tessera, Facets, Casa California and Elevations Collections: Nalu, Kai and Koa plus Puna, Kalani and Mauna

Created with the intention of expanding our glass color palette to facilitate the creation of seamless gradients, these three new colors were also used to create three new blends. Inspired by the calm Hawaiian shores, each color and blend name reflects the beauty of Hawaii’s natural elements that can be transported into any design project for a calming, nature driven effect. Read about the origin behind the names here. Craft your own tile pattern and color combination on our Blend Tool, then request a sample of it here.

5. Repose Pattern created for Muse and Tessera Collections

Oceanside Glasstile thoughtfully crafted the Repose Pattern as a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Architecture movement. Simply stunning, this pattern has everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. The Repose Pattern can be adapted into a liner or combined with iridescent colors to create brilliant hues that radiate a humble beauty. Read more about this versatile pattern and see inspiration photos here. Create your own Repose Pattern color combination on our Blend Tool and then request a sample of your creation with our Sample Request Form.

2 Art Glass Acquisitions

In 2016 two art glass manufacturing companies decided to close their doors: Spectrum Art Glass and Uroboros. As an art glass customer, Oceanside Glasstile wondered how we would be able to continue our Devotion Collection without the beautiful glass produced by these companies. In a serendipitous turn of events, Oceanside Glasstile was able to purchase the assets of these companies to carry on their legacy as the new manufacturer and supplier of the same high quality glass that artists need to craft stunning art pieces. Read our art glass manufacturing updates here.

 

$41,153.11 Raised for Cancer Research

Each year the Oceanside Glasstile staff participates in the Padres Pedal the Cause cycling fundraiser as the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers to raise funds for cancer research in San Diego. 100% of the Oceanside Glasstile staff participated as volunteers or cyclists and 100% of the money we raised went directly to cancer research programs. In 2016 we rode for Myer and the Super Boy Crew. Thank you to David Fatula, our Technical Services Manager for leading our team and organizing this amazing effort. Want to help us raise more money for cancer research in 2017? Send an email to techservices@glasstile.com and we will add you to our notification email that will be sent in the fall prior to the event.

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to look through our 2016 milestones. All of this would not have been possible without you. We look forward to a bright 2017!

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7 Stunning Steamy Spas in Snowy Wonderlands

Watching a small, delicate, personal cloud form in front of your lips from a cold weather exhale is enchanting, but long winter nights can tempt one to dream of warmer days. Merge your favorite ski bunny tendencies with hot memories by enveloping yourself in one of these seven steamy spas at luxury resorts, onsens and chalets around the world.

Transport yourself mentally, or physically, to one of these top global geothermal getaways while daydreaming of how to transform your own sanctuary into a relaxing water sanctuary.

 1. Septième Ciel, Verbier, Switzerland

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Translated from French to “Seventh Heaven”, Septieme Ciel presents guests with an ethereal escape from the ordinary for an intimate group. This exclusive chalet only sleeps 12 and offers guests a hot tub with one of the world’s most breathtaking views. Imagine hitting the slopes all day then arriving home to this view from this hot tub. Reservations available here through Luxury Ski Chalets.

Pool tile inspiration: This is a wood-heavy retreat with a classic round hot tub adorned with a white and blue water line. Recreate this look by using a unique pattern with a classic blue like Sapphire or use a blend like Crystals or Indigo to evoke the beauty of a snowy skyline. Also, ask your landscape architect or pool builder to slope the edges of the hot tub and wrap the edge with tile instead of truncating it with coping; this will create a relaxing recline and smooth edge around the spa. Explore more tile colors and blends for water applications here.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Crystals blend, Indigo blend and Sapphire non-iridescent.

Photo source On The Snow.

 

 2. Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, Laugarvatn, Iceland

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Branded as the “Icelandic fountain of wellness,” this retreat is one of several geothermal hot springs in the area. Enjoy one bath or take an organized tour to experience multiple oases. Bonus, this luxurious icy retreat also offers freshly baked goods from their own bakery and local kitchen. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Recreate the clean lines and authentic rustic feel of this rejuvenating retreat with larger format patterns like those from our Elevations and Casa California collections combined with a smaller mosaic water line in 7/8” by 7/8” to create a sense of refined detail. Go with a subdued, water complimenting color choice for the entire pool while using a fun color like Incense on waterfalls and water features to maximize nighttime light reflections to create a magical hue in your own warm water retreat.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Nalu (new color!) matte, Pacific non-iridescent or go bold with Incense iridescent.

Photo source Laugarvatn Fontana image gallery.

 

 3. The Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Valdidentro, Sondrio, Italy

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Situated close to the Alps, visitors relax in the heat of these Italian baths after enjoying the ski slopes or hiking through the nearby Stelvio National park. Reservations available here; use google translate if you need help with your Italian.

Pool tile inspiration: This Italian escape features a vanishing edge pool and multiple spas. Adorn your hot tub or pool with blue or teal hue mosaics to highlight the refreshing effect of clear water. Adorn water features, water walls next to concrete coping or waterscape walls with Pewter to create the beautiful light and dark juxtaposition look of a luxurious water retreat.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Tide iridescent, Oasis from our Blue line and Pewter.

Photo source QC Terme Bagni di Bormio website.

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 4. Glenwood Hot Springs, Vail, Colorado

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Located between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Hot Springs has served visitors since 1988. Boasting the world’s largest hot springs pool, this mountain retreat’s healing waters beckon travels from across the globe. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: The classic American beauty of this resort and prominent brick walls pair well with simple hues or soft blends. The resort creatively has directional arrows on the floor of the pool to indicate the direction of lap swims within each lane; create this look with Clear, Satin or White arrows among Aqua tiles along the pool floor.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Clear iridescent, Aqua non-iridescent and Escape blend.

Photo source Glenwood Hot Springs Resort website.

 

5. Tekapo Springs Hot Pools, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Not only relaxing but fun, Tekapo Springs offers a skating rink, tube park, waterslide and star gazing in addition to their relaxing day spa services. Pair your next New Zealand escape with this water refuge for a luxurious getaway. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Recreate the relaxed, fun feeling of this southern hemisphere retreat by pairing a light or classic color with an adventurous glittering hue. Working with a shallow pool or spa? Tiling an entire pool or spa with a rich color like Sapphire creates the perception of depth.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Fleet Blue iridescent, Sapphire non-iridescent and Peacock iridescent.

Photo source Tekapo Springs Hot Pools.

 

6. Tsurunoyu Hot Springs, Tsurunoyu, Japan

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This Japanese onsen (or hot spring as they are known in the U.S.) is a hidden gem down a dirt road in Nyutou. Visits to the four pools located here date back to 1638. Rooms are available at this location along with local sansei (mountain vegetable) cuisine. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Smokey whites, greys and blues capitalize on the calming, magical effect of such a revered historical space. Make water glitter with the addition of a dynamic blend that uses iridescent and non-iridescent mosaics.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Satin, Pacific non-iridescent, Cypress Bay blend.

Photo source Tsurunoyu website.

 

7. Aquadome Spa, Langenfeld, Austria

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Complete with underwater music and lights, relaxing in one of these luxurious modern pools is an activity to add to your bucket list. Classified as a wellness spa, the Aquadome sits nestled in a valley of the Alps. You can attend the spa for a single day, or use it during your stay at the hotel. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Leverage white hues with a hint of calming earth tones of beige or light brown on the waterline to highlight the effects of naturally occurring snowy slope colors. Use aqua or a dynamic blend throughout the pool to highlight the calming color of the healing water. Book an appointment at one of our authorized distributors to choose tile suitable for your own thermal escape.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Aqua non-iridescent, Breathe blend, and Puna blend (a new blend using colors released in Winter 2016, read about the meaning behind the name here).

Aquadome photo source here. Check out the serene, snowy slopes and relaxing luxury spa venue via Aquadome’s live webcams here.

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If our new Hawaiian inspired colors had a soundtrack…

Let the fresh feeling of the new year sink in a little deeper as you listen to this soothing Hawaiian Music Instrumental Playlist. Allow this relaxing melody to transport you to a place of serenity while checking out this design inspiration gif featuring Hawaiian scenes, new glass tile colors, design vignettes and creative glass tile color blends.

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Curious about the meaning behind the names for our new colors and blends? Check out our product release blog “New Colors Bring Home Island Vibes.”

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