cement tile + kimono = today’s #floorcore

love, love, love this new clé cement tile pattern – kimono cuff

encaustic cement tile- kimono cuff wool, taro, white(colors- wool, taro, white – click photo to see more)

#floorcore cement hex tiles- pinks and greens

if you’re like us- surprised at how much we love pinks and greens, we’ve got a clé cement tile #floorcore for you…

red barn cement tile hex“red clay” and “barn” cement tile hex’s.

the new clé cement tile collection stars in its very own #floorcore

not that long ago, i shared a story about the lonny magazine instagram phenomenon – #floorcore.

#floorcore with clé and lonny magazine

lonny magazine #floorcore, click photo to read more.

these fashion-meets-floors “shoe-fies” have managed to remain a constant image inspiration across the internet.

over at clé, redesigning their new cement tile collection included engineering a new thinner size (3/8″ vs 5/8″), finishing up tons of great new designs (think western themes, bold graphics and mid-century styles) and also a big, big inventory of shapes and patterns that are ready to ship at a moment’s notice.

the fact that shipping is offered FREE for all stock orders over 100 SF just made choosing these visually delicious tiles – super easy!! and affordable!

big al #cementtile from clé

(see clé’s glazed and confused to read all about it)

when we started laying out some of our newest patterns along with some old favorites, the “shoe-fie” seemed hard to resist especially with the clé team’s amazing personal collection of shoes. so…for the next 31 days, tile envy will be showing off these fun #floorcore shots featuring amazing shoes sitting atop their best coordinated clé cement tiles.

we hope you’ll join us for the next 31 days of  fun here at tile envy and also as we share our shoe-fies on instagram via the hashtag #floorcore.

can’t wait and wanna see the whole new clé cement tile collection? (click here)

cement tile expert

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 vogue.com 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!