The book is divided into four sections - Part 1, EARTH, describes tiles made of natural materials and their uses - ceramic and porcelain; stone, terracotta, and brick; and cork, wood, and leather. Part 2, MAN, describes tiles of man-made materials and their uses - glass, metal, and concrete; and rubber, laminate, and vinyl. Part 3, ART, offers a selection of unique uses of decorative tiles and mosaics, and offers step-by-step instruction on creating special artisitic projects with tile, such as creating a patterned "rug" of tile. Part 4, INSTALLATION, is a complete guide to installing tile, whether you are hiring someone to do the job or doing it yourself. For the latter, three complete step-by-step chapters are included, detailing the installation of tile in the kitchen, in the bath, and on the floor.
Heather and Earl G. Adams, Jr. are the founders of Natural Stone Design, a specialty tile showroom on Florida's Gulf Coast. Boasting years of experience with the material, they are veterans at offering in-depth advice on designing spaces with natural stone.