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grey ombrés and good election vibes

Thu, Nov 03, 2016
the above header photos showed up in this week's instagram feed from zio & sons lovely new project featuring one of clé's top selling terracotta tile - weathered white zellige. these hand chiseled moroccan tile draw on a myriad of white shades that verge on grey. 
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in opposition to trump - good ombrés

Thu, Oct 20, 2016

donald trump's comment in last night's debate started a flurry of bad "ombré" photos on social media. "we have some bad hombres and we're going to get them out." - trump 

to put a positive spin on a very negative (and perplexing) comment we have collected our favorite ombré photos for your inspiration. 

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best of 2016... get out the vote

Mon, Oct 10, 2016

it’s that time, again, for the BoY 2016 at Interior Design magazine!

if you’ve never cast your vote – it’s quick. it’s easy. and it’s really just fun to see the cross-section of so many new and lovely interior design surfaces, objects, furnishings etc.

this year clé submitted tiles in three categories – chinoiserie and cement tile from three of our artist cement lines: gachot studios, erica tanov, and shakespeare.

see our entries below and vote for clé! 


images | from the top to bottom right: gachot studios & erica tanov, chinoiserie, and shakespeare 

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it’s here, have fear…halloween pin-fest

Tue, Oct 04, 2016

header image | linnea sandbakk and deborah osburn

a halloween perspective from clé's president/creative director deborah osburn

this month it’s hard to ignore all the halloween festivities.

i’m not big on costumes but i love candy corn! and speaking of orange- i love orange but not necessarily with black. but i dooooo love to wear black.

and forget about haunted houses- i go through my own nightmare once the sour patch kids hit my belly full of twix sticks and snickers. but it’s all worth it- yes??

oh halloween- so hallowed for some, maybe not so much for others- but until the beloved day- here’s a ride through halloween via our clé pinterest! where else can you gather crows, andy warhol’s rorschach, carlo scarpa and marina abramovic in one fell swoop?

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a california tour of a classic - white subway tile

Fri, Sep 02, 2016

white subway tile continue to be an essential for the kitchen . it's been over-the-top sparkly shiny beautiful weather in california. summer is coming to an end and before we say goodbye we thought it would fun to take one last long drive on the coast. classic right? 

we invite you to sit back and enjoy the ride as we cruise along the coast of this remarkable month in california from san francisco down to LA, enjoying some of the most milky white and subtley delicious uses of our favorite white tiles for your perfect kitchen backsplash. our tiles get their coll from taking tradition and turning it up a notch or two, or three...

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get the look with clé essentials - industrial inspired bathroom

Wed, Aug 24, 2016

bathroom photo | rejuvenation 

summer is coming to an end, the school year has started, and people are thinking about all of those essentials they need for fall. we couldn't have timed the launch of our new tile line clé essentials more perfectly. our new subway tile and penny round tiles are the perfect accessory to our ever so popular cement tile and today we are looking at this perfect pair in an industrial inspired bathroom. 

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transforming rio brazil with graffiti - coletivo muda tile

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

header photo | coletivo muda 

illicit scribbling on public spaces is still a punishable crime. however, since the the 90′s it has slowly been captivating the world and the world of art where it has eventuated into the pilfering of chunks of urban landscape in order to be sold to the highest bidder. graffiti has come a loooong way…

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athos bulcão - gold medalist of brazilian architecture!

Mon, Aug 08, 2016

we don’t know about you guys, but is it us or is there a strong tide of universal insurgency billowing all about us? we don’t think it’s just our wishful thinking. but i'd best leave it at that!

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get the look... met gala 2016

Tue, May 03, 2016

celebrity photos | getty images via vogue

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outdoor tile...from selection to sealants.

Tue, Apr 12, 2016
one of the most intriguing trends in residential and commercial design is the integration of the indoors with the out. this inside/outside trend creates a fluidity and openness of both spaces. 

in the previous decade we saw the formal living room being repurposed into the more useful and infinitely more comfortable "great room". if this is the only thing we abolished in the past design decade (that and the avocado and rust infused tuscan style) that would be a

mighty big evolutionary step in human nesting.

in this decade, as the success of the great room continues to transform the family dynamic from a separated affair into more of a group dynamic, this atmosphere of inclusion is one that begs to spill out into the great outdoors. 

and by utilizing the newly developed folding glass partitions along with other large articulating doors, architects and designers are finding it easier and more beautiful to make this transition a beautiful one.

at clé we love indoor/outdoor transitions and have a host of great outdoor tile choices that make this trend not only tasteful but absolutely useful too. what does that mean? well, due to the elements- not all types of tile are cut out for exterior exposure. here's a few that make the transition from outdoor patio tile to indoor flooring, perfectly-

cement tiles (see image below) are not only lovely, they are also useful indoors and out. the coefficient of friction (for you professional types) is rated for outdoor areas including wet areas, in warm areas.
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