b'EDITORS LETTER Fashion is what youre off eredTRENDSA product and trends report from thefour ti mes a year by designers.National Tile Contractors AssociationAnd style is what you choose.Lauren Hutt on Production:Bart A. Bettiga, Publisherbart@tile-assn.comLesley A. Goddin, Editorlesley@tile-assn.comMichelle Chapman, Assistant Editor, Lesley Goddin Production Manager/Designer, Advertising Salesmichelle@tile-assn.comIn a few days I will fl y out to Las Vegas for TISE, but Ive just fi nished com- Mary Shaw-Olson, Advertising Salespiling content for the TRENDS issue that encapsulates what youll see at themary@tile-assn.comCoverings show. And wow, you are in for a treat. Be prepared for a burst ofMailing Address:color to inspire and upliftyou. Yes, color is becoming more of a thing inP.O. Box 13629 le againalong with the beauti ful, classic creaminess of natural CararraJackson, MS 39236 U.S.A.tiand Calacatt a marble and the multi tude of porcelain marble mimicry youShipping Address:will fi nd as you go into 2020. And color is also celebrated in our A&D story626 Lakeland East Driveabout Allison Eden, owner of Allison Eden studios, a high-end glass mosaicJackson, MS 39232Tel: 601-939-2071designer in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her storyand her whole beingexudes energyFax: 601-932-6117and enthusiasm and her ti le designs refl ect that as well. Website: Joe Lundgren brings a broad overview of whats shaking in ti le style,www.tile-assn.comas well as an explorati on of the arc in the life of a trend and how that aff ects whats available. In our Sales Pulse story, select distributors give you insight into whats happening in their regions across the country. AndNTCA would not be possible without the dedicated service Donato Pompo of CTaSC talks about the ti melessness that natural stoneof our board and committee members, and regional and state directors. Meet these dedicated volunteers by visiting brings to the table. www.tile-assn.com and clicking on About Us. You can alsond information and a continually-updated list of NTCA Five-AmidstthefashionsfromItalyandSpaininthisissue,IndustryStar Contractors at www.tile-assn.comclick on Find a Tile Ambassador Alena Capras mini trend report in her welcome lett er, andContractor or Consultant.two product secti ons packed with the newest ti le and stone trends on theTRENDS EDITORIAL POLICY: TRENDS is the of cial publication of the National Tile Contractors Association, Inc. (NTCA). TRENDS market, we took some ti me to visit with NTCA contractors to determineprovides a medium for expressing views and opinions without what essenti al tools help them create fl awless installati ons that stand theapproving,disapproving,orguaranteeingthevalidityor accuracy of any data, claim or opinion appearing under a test of ti me.byline, or obtained or quoted from an acknowledged source. Statements of fact and opinion are made on the responsibility And what home trends are impacti ng the use of ceramic and porce- of the authors alone, and do not imply an opinion or re ect lain ti le? Check out details from the Houzz 2020 Kitchen Study for somethe of cial position of NTCA.insight into ti le applicati ons in the coming year.TheNational TileContractorsAssociation,Inc.isanequal opportunity association and seeks to include quali ed individu-All in all, we have some exciti ng things percolati ng in the world of ti leals and businesses in all phases of its activities. The National Tile and stone in 2020. We hope this TRENDS issue whets your appeti te forContractors Association, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national sampling tasty new ti le treats and savory stone off erings amidst the culi- origin, veteran status, or disability. The National Tile Contractors nary wonder that is New Orleans, home of Coverings 2020. See you atAssociation, Inc. seeks opportunities to include these groups in its programs and activities.the show!God bless,Lesleylesley@ti le-assn.com22020|TRENDS'