Look for Fabulous Floors Magazine a Dwell on Design, 2017!

For the first time, Fabulous Floors Magazine will be exhibited at Dwell on Design. The show, curated in partnership with the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 23-25, 2017. The show is open to consumers and the trades.

“Dwell on Design 2017 features exhibits for modern interiors, classes for design professionals, and seminars for design-seeking consumers, says Margo Locust, Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine.  Since our magazine is  dedicated to both consumers and design professionals, this is a perfect place for us to be. Our information gives consumers information they need to make educated purchasing decisions appropriate to their lifestyles.”

The publication provides information on color and design trends, fashion tips, and the latest and greatest in:

  • Carpet
  • Area rugs
  • Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Resilient
  • Flooring accessories
  • Luxury vinyl tile and planks
  • Waterproof flooring
  • “Green” and eco-friendly flooring
  • Under-layments and installation
  • Alternative soft/hard surfaces


Dwell on Design, Los Angeles Convention Center June 23-25, 2017, features exhibits for modern interiors and exteriors, continuing education classes for design as well as classes for consumers. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled learning opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 30 onstage programs, over 60 speakers, and 2,000+ innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design keeps design dialogue moving forward. Attendee registration for the convention can be made at https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=450.

The Dwell on Design educational programs, onstage and in the classrooms overlooking the show floor, provide CEU credits and will be hosted by AIA, ASID, IIDA, AWA+D, NKBA, APLD, USGBC, and other industry partners.

 “The topic of ‘aging in place’ has been very hot in the flooring industry, says Lisbeth Calandrino, Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine. According to NAHB, 75% of builders report an increase in inquiries about aging in place and the market to be a 20-25 billion dollar business. Technology is providing many solutions for this issue. I’m glad to see that Dwell on Design is offering a seminar on the topic called, “Innovations-In-Aging in Place.” To sign up: https://la.dwellondesign.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/40037/

For more about the show, flip through Dwell on Design digital event magazine to discover some of the brands exhibiting at the show. #DODLA17 Digital Event Magazine.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Fabulous Floors Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lisbeth Calandrino is Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine and has been a speaker and trainer in the flooring industry for over twenty years. She writes a column for Floor Covering News, The LizBiz Strategies. For more information on Lisbeth, visit her web site, Lisbethcalandrino.com

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Provides Installation Certification

Certifying tile installers can only help the flooring industry. The bar has been raised by consumers as well as the industry and it’s  time to recognize those who are not only talented but committed to their profession. I thought it would be a good time to get an update on the industry.

I was lucky enough to get an  Interview with Scott Carothers, Executive Director of the CTEF.

Scott, what is the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation?

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. We are a non-profit organization supported by stakeholders from all industry segments, including contractors, manufacturers, and the major domestic and international trade associations.

How did you get to the CTEF? 

I was hired to institute a tile certification for the CTEF. Certification is necessary to differentiate installers and to help customer make better hiring decisions.

Why has certification become so important to  consumers?

Consumers  have never  had a way to distinguish one installer from another. They never knew who had the knowledge and the right experience. Now they can go on our website and verify the installers. It’s voluntary but we have to find a way to   raise the bar. There are 155 questions that involve knowledge and standards as well as best practices for our industry.

How does the certification work?

This is not a training program, it’s a way to verify the skills that the installer already has. The installer registers on-line and has a study guide with the ANSI standards and the TCNA handbook. They can take the online classes as many times as they like before they  take the written test. Someone from the CTEF like myself can go to their hometown and evaluate their hands on skills.

Tell us a little about the C.T.E.F.

The board of directors consists of 2 members of the Tile Council, 2 members from the National Tile Contractors Association (TCNA)

1 member from the Tiles of Spain, One from the Italian manufacturers, 2 manufacturer reps and one from the C.T.D.A.

The mission from the mid 90’s was to provide non-proprietary training and education to the ceramic tile industry. this eventually  grew into a certification or validation of skills and knowledge of successful tile installers from the USA. The program is brand new but we are getting great results.

The A&D community is using some of our specifications in their plans and many of the Universities are requiring that the tile installers be certified.

We hope to have 700 installers certified by the end of the year. We are hoping that it will become a standard and that all installers will have to be certified. This will mean less problems for consumers and for the industry.

For further information on the certification program, contact Scott Carothers below.

Scott M. Carothers, Executive Director,Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

email: scott@tilecareer.com

Phone: 864-222-2131, Fax: 864-222-1299, Cell: 814-931-8453