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)

best bathrooms for 2014…posh porcelain.

today, soaking in the poetry of an elegant bath or powder as told by the best from clé’s pinterest collection – bath inspirations.








(want to see or shop dark stone tiles, click here)



(want to see or shop marble tiles, click here)


(just kidding- but doesn’t this look good here!)



a bathroom makeover in marfa…

thanks to all you fine folks who came out in december to win one of our many clé iphone cases in our december giveaway extravaganza! for those winners who have received your iphone cases – big congrats! for those of you still waiting- they’re around the corner- pinky swear!! (you’ll be glad you waited)

and now that january is crawling through the front door sobering us up for 2014, let’s get started! personally, i’m chompin’ at the bit. bring it on!

today. an anomaly. an incongruous bit of magic (the kind i get out of bed for). yes, i love, LOVE marfa, texas. and yes i love, LOVE bathroom makeovers. but how in january, of all months, did both of these subjects get rolled into one??

bingo! tile envy fantasy post!!


well..recent clé client- gabrielle – just sent a fun note about her  new blog- home sweet adobe. you’ve got to check it out!

seems gabrielle and her darlin’ man just high-tailed it from san fran to marfa, TX. as artists with a particular talent for uber-cowboy-cool renovations, that’s just the beginning of their home makeover fairy tale.

i needed more info! so i did a quick google and discovered that this ain’t their first rodeo. maybe slightly more wild – but not their first. the first took place in my neck of the woods -san francisco, and was featured in a yum-photo post on refinery 29 (here).


(thanks refinery 29 for this great pic’ of gabrielle and beau in sweet-couple-mini-greenhouse)

their success turned a mission terrace renovation into the perfect rustic-chic bungalow with just the right dose of comfort mixed with cool. it’s a must-see! every room, finished to perfection.

so now my imagination swirls considering how their unique skill sets will convert their new marfa digs. it’s a community that requires the right moves. a wrong turn and anything not befitting a boot-spur town filled with revered modern art legends and tumbleweeds could get tricky.(click for previous tile envy marfa mention)

from where i sit, they’re hitting it out of the ballpark already. first, they’ve changed the bath from cubby to spacious. then, and most importantly, they’ve ordered clé white zellige for the walls. the floors come alive with clé moroccan-inspired cement tiles in los feliz pattern. add a bit of reclaimed wood in all the right places and shine up the old claw tub- and you’re starting to get the picture. it’s all good, good, good in the neighborhood! just to prove it – check out gabrielle’s sketch:

now, my kids will tell you i’m never right about much. however, mark my words, this ongoing conversion in marfa is going to be a delicious pursuit of space conversion. a delight to follow along at as these careful and thoughtful space reformers spin magic out of their frank, stoic, yet, pure gold slice of the US of A. welcome home gabrielle and beau!

happy 2014!!

not sure about all of you- but personally- i can’t wait to watch 2014 unroll! 2013 was nothing short of remarkable. so for those of you who still subscribe to the tile envy new year’s tradition of a 6-word memoir commemorating the previous year, here’s mine-

darkness to light. lessons in gratitude.

looking forward to hearing more from all of you. and thanks to those of you who have already sent yours in! to those of you vying for the very last iphone case, congratulations tracy bowman! sending us your mother’s painting (artist barbara lee hugo) from last year cinched this one for you-

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and thanks to aparna for making sure our iphone case giveaway was posted perfectly, every single day!

happy new year!

and finally the prestigious watermark gold verdigris iphone case!

this exquisite beauty is part of the tilevera watermark collection. a hint of gold with emerald green hues on slow fired porcelain tiles.

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congratulations Arpi Nalbandian! winner of  yesterday’s indigo watermark tile iphone case. please contact us ( with your address and phone case (4 or 5).

last chance to win, rules are:

1) one iphone case given away every day straight through to NEW YEAR’S EVE (dec. 31st).

2) winners will be selected from folks who comment. just leave a comment stating why you would be the perfect recipient for the phone featured on that day.  also, please let us know which phone (4 or 5)

3) extra credit to folks who comment and tweet, fb and pin!

4) be sure to check back the following day to see if you are the lucky winner. if not, you’ll have another chance to win, just be sure to comment, again!

5) if you are selected to win, the phone case will be ordered for you and will arrive in 10 biz days (because we need to know which kind of phone the winner has).

a free iphone case giveaway each day all through december is the perfect recipe for a gift, a new look or even several new looks for your iphone for the season!

and if you are ready to RING IN THE NEW YEAR in style- please join us all month for our phun, phone case, phenomenon :)  during these next 10 hours before 2014!