a great report on portuguese tiles…azulejos.

zellige - it’s not only the name of one of clé’s most popular tiles, but the word for “tile” in portuguese is azulejo, which is derived from the arabic word for tile- zellige.  and azulejos, or tiles, are if not the most predominant feature of portugal, then certainly the most artistic.

today, a big shout out to cbs news for taking the time to create an in-depth report on the historic impact of tiles in portugal. and the report is a real treasure!

we love it when tiles make an entrance on the world stage, as they have more predominantly throughout history. it’s my tile fantasy… that architecture around the world will become dressed in tiles like all the ancient buildings of portugal, and spain, and morocco, and holland and, and, and…


patchwork, or singular pattern…cement tiles now in stock!

recently, in one of her groundbreaking posts, (i’ve always wanted to say that!) sarah of remodelista reminded us that it was high-time the age-old european trend of mixing and matching patterned tiles echoed worldwide!


(click to read full post)

sarah definitely stirred some deep tile yearnings, mostly because patchwork tiles exude such high style. however, here is the catch (why is there always a catch). for most patchwork projects, they couldn’t even get off the ground, so to speak, without the good fortune of a local boneyard full of tile odds and ends. the chances of running across an abundance of mismatched -and beautiful!- tiles could leave even the best treasure-hunter empty handed.




when clients started calling to purchase patchwork tiles- clé needed to act fast! today, we are ever-so-pleased to announce that we now stock a collection of our most popular singularly patterned black, white and grey cement tiles.  and along with this- we encourage the use of the tiles as patchwork!

you want patchwork cement tiles? clé’s got them!

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(clé patchwork cement tiles – now available IN STOCK!)

cle patchwork tiles in stock

(clé patchwork cement tile installation idea)

also, with a little more time under your belt- you can get any of our cement tiles, (or other tiles, for that matter) in a patchwork formation. however, unlike our stocked tiles, you may need to wait a bit for their production. but be ever so clear… the wait would be more than worth it!

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(a patchwork of forrest lesch-middelton’s elegant origins series)


(inspired patchwork by john whitmarsh: container tiles for clé)

mix and match magic with ruan hoffmann postcard series

(postcards from myself by ruan hoffmann, mix and match magic!)

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tile twins – cement in stereo!

charles de lisle in mexico w/cement tile. read more (here) and a twin: 2014 resortwear by thom browne.


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happy saturday!

i’ve decided that every saturday i should post a collage from one of my favorite pinboards- color!

i mean, why not? it’s a slow news day and they are two of my favorites- saturdays and color!! i hope you enjoy these as much as i enjoy making them :)

color(be sure to click on collage for sources!)


monday mentions…architects & artisans

as of late, i’ve been very delinquent sharing all of our recent press mentions. it’s not due to a lack of appreciation -more a lack of organization trying to share them all.

for now, let me just say -a very big thank you, in general, to all of the esteemed media for supporting our collections!

getting back into the saddle on our monday mentions, today’s  ”mentioner” is michael welton of popular blog, architects & artisans. michael’s story about new clé tile- watermark shares a bit about the how & why of this newest collection.


(please click photo to read story)

michael interviewed me at great length to get to the heart of his story. and the one thing that was most special to me, didn’t actually make the story…the fact that the blue of our indigo series of watermark (an “ardently desired blue”), matched exactly the blue of michael’s wife’s eyes. OK- group sigh!!

however, to further sweeten today’s pot, a story about michael was just mentioned on another of our favorite blogs- handful of salt.  it’s not often that we get to hear the story behind the story writers. but thanks to regina o’connell of handful of salt, we now know a little more about the guy who melds architecture and the art of crafts into his daily blog architects & artisans. (click here to read!)

for more from architects & artisans-



for more from handful of salt-






much love ruan…& anthropologie

clé artist extraordinaire, ruan hoffmann, is having a banner year, already!

a new move to amsterdam from south africa hasn’t deterred his prolific nature for a moment.

ruan’s now-classic tile series for clé have changed the way we all consider decorative tiles-

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today, he is prepping for his long awaited art exhibit in paris in march-


(click announcement for details)


but for a lot of last year, ruan’s focus was on his development of a bounty of goods for anthropologie.

anthropologie collection from ruan hoffmann

(please click photo to catch up with ruan and his new collections for anthropologie)

 you gotta agree… ruan’s on a roll!

add to all of that, a couple of new collections of tiles for clé this year and it’s a wonder when ruan sleeps. does he get more hours a day than the rest of us? i could use some extra hours just to take it all in.

we can’t wait to share the new clé tiles ruan has up his sleeve for us. but today. today is all about his lively, personal and exemplary collection for anthropologie. we want EVERYTHING!


best bathrooms for 2014…color and stripes

continuing the bathroom romp, today it’s all about color and stripes. you think it’s been a grand tour so far? this is my favorite yet! and…as usual all resources and lots more bathroom ideas can be seen at the clé pinterest pinboard-



(not just stripes- DIAGONAL stripes – yes!!)



(remodelista hit it out of the park with this delicious neon post!)



(arch, stone, stripes, reclaimed wood- what could possibly go wrong?)



(colored chevron shower? love this!)



(right stripes)



(i must have this il monile shower- please?)



(grey and beige)



(thanks julie carlson!)



(i want to wear these colored stripes!)



(pink- it’s happening!!)


best baths for 2014…black & white

ok- bathroom makeover lovers! by now you know the drill.

pick a theme.  see drool-worthy bathrooms. today from my magical pinboard- bath inspirations- a black and white theme (and lots of it!)


(great slate- and super affordable!)



(penny rounds- simple, classic texture)



(bathroom with black “piping”)



(patchwork is tile magic! and did i mention clé now stocks this combination??)


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(clé b/w cement tiles in stock now!)


(black and white pefection)



(simply the best)






(b/w pintriping- it works for me)



(barn door love)



(modern wainscoting)


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(urban for clé- black and white photography on thassos marble. for a knock-out b/w bath)



(holllywood black and white)



(greek classic black and white)



(keeping it simple b/w)



best bathrooms for 2014…picture this!

one of the things that tile does better than any other surface- is tell a story.

all month. i’m snagging the brightest and best from clé’s pinterest collection – bath inspirations. today, a few bathrooms that ask us to…picture this-


(delft love)



(well, just cuz- burberry 2014 hand painted leather bag!)



(fragmented wallpaper)






(true luxury- bathing in chinoiserie)



(painted murals AND vaulted ceilings? dream bath!)


best bathrooms for 2014…game changers.

in 2008, domino unleashed a whole new design vibe when they let us tour the home of  j.crew fashion visionary, jenna lyons. it made us love jenna all the more. her entire 1800′s brooklyn victorian was published several times, after, and the black bathroom became a true game-changer for us plumbing fanatics. my favorite part of the design- her brass fixtures.

today, we review a few more bath game changers for those of you who like to push the boundaries. all brought to you by clé’s pinterest collection – bath inspirations.


(jenna lyons’ brooklyn victorian bath)



(axel vervoordt never fails to transport)



(cement tile made a big debut (after 100 years of silence!) with this game-changing bath)



(all-over tile mosaics with a big curved cove- it’s inviting. modern, and elegant)



(outrageous marble makes a comeback!)



(old and new will forever be my favorite design element)