LIVE…a bridge over troubled waters…annie lennox

simon and garfunkel get oozie-bluesie, thanks to annie…

(happy saturday)

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bowie, lennox and queen…a dream, under pressure

a shout-out because i should-

(and happy saturday)

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vogue, delft and 17th century

thanks to Vogue for this magical photo straight from their archives featuring a home and its creative use of delft. we’ve added some tiles from clé 17th century collection and the latest delft inspired runway phenomenon from Valentino 2013 just to round things out…




thank you, annie lennox….

just happening to be feeling it today for this amazing video archive of one of my heroes…the great annie lennox-

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ripped from the pages of vogue…vogue homes + tile

continuing our “get this look” week with the vogue home archives top tile photos…

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a window seat goes exotique with detailed mosaics of white and celadon zellige. zellige is a moroccan treasure of juicy glazed terracotta. in it’s most resplendent forms it is hand chiseled into intricate patterns and shapes-

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at it’s most functional, it is shimmering squares of clay and glaze that i’ve often dubbed the “sequin” of the tile world. here, a singular color radiates from tile to tile in a broad range of shades. one color can yield several dozen shades! amongst your tile romances- you should always have had at least one zellige affair. it would be one to remember…


(click photo to shop clé zellige)

vogue + tile = incomparable style…

there are amazing spaces, and then there are artful homes.

the addition of the “good stuff” makes for a much more soulful nest. magic happens when floors, walls, hearths, fireplaces, and surrounds get surfaced with formed clay, honed stone, and polished cement. a simple space can become a masterpiece.

this week, vogue home editor, mieke ten have, leafed through their vogue home archives to uncover 7 such masterpieces. all week we’re going to drool over one of each, then show you how you can “get the look”…

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today, al fresco dining is always a favorite. and when punctuated with bold black and white patterns underfoot, it’s not just great… it’s exceptional.

clé is known for our cement tiles, available in bold modern patterns as well as the traditional motifs that are equally as popular for indoors as they are for out. to reproduce the above floors- you can start inside your home, then work your way right out to your exterior spaces, as well.

clé calls this pattern- x-tra credit. all our clients call it a clé cement classic. (and it’s available, in stock!)

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Tile Envy, the book.

we are pleased to announce the pending arrival of our book Tile Envy, now available for pre-order from amazon…


in fact, this past weekend, our eponymous book was introduced to the world by in an article beautifully paired with some of the best tile photos straight from the archives of vogue magazine. many thanks to mieke ten have, vogue home editor.

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this is no small detail for a number of reasons. but for me- i’m most overwhelmed by the recollection that my very first tile envy blog post was a review of The September Issue. at the time, i was attempting to use this story to convey to all my readers (which numbered 3, including my parents) that my life as a tile designer has always taken its inspirations from fashion.


thanks vogue for being such a big part of our small journey.  it’s been an honor sharing tile favorites along with my tile designing inspirations via tile envy, the blog. and now Tile Envy, the book, feels like a great evolution of what started as my diabolical plan to coerce all of you to the wonders of tile.

thanks to every single one of you, the journey continues!



unexpected bedmates (part two)

spring daylight savings is my least favorite day of the year. i never quite recover from the loss of that single hour. it seems so insignificant but it gets me every time.

today, i suggest you ignore the clock and join me for another round of brilliant bedrooms as captured in our popular pinboard – bedrealms.

 and in this case, if you snooze you win…


(deep dead vegetable tones are irresistible)



(this big blue sea would even beckon me)



(an elegant take on chinoiserie)



(i always love teal and brown- but that teal wainscot…sigh)



(black bon-bons, so chic, crisp and clean)



(eclectic looks soooo good)



(i’m a slave to shibori)



(solemn, elegant sleep)



(cool and chic and pendelton? looks good to me!)



(sweet dreams with simple trompe l’0eil)



(sky high views AND a guitar)



(that wonderfully ardent blue)



(a spray of blossoms against weathered wood, true romance)

unexpected bed mates (part one)

from clé pinterest pinboard – bedrealms – a collection of bedroom inspirations from outside the box-

be sure to check out part two tomorrow…


(above, cathedral arches make for heavenly rest)



(i want that wallpaper!!)



(the roman villa of artist cy twombly was as much art as his canvas’s)



(moroccan style in a bedroom is never a snooze)



(lacquered bedroom walls? it really works, here)



(cabin + romance = yes, please)



(or how about mid-century cabin meets edwardian style?)



(black and white and photos all-over)



(am i right about going moroccan for the bedroom?)



(more wall paper envy)


be sure to join us tomorrow for the rest of our unusual bed-fellows.

things i love…january 31

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