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Patina: the Umami of Surfaces

We often find ourselves waxing lyrical about patina, that elusive element you feel long before you are conscious of what you are experiencing. It’s something you might not be able to articulate but that you feel on a visceral level, much like ‘umami’, the sixth taste. hotel emma, image courtesy of zio...

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Make The Most of Free Shipping This Cyber Monday

For clé followers, it's finally time for our most anticipated day of the year: the clé Cyber Monday event. And this year, in addition to free shipping, we are offering additional savings on our coveted second shelf tiles.  It's no secret that tiles are heavy, and shipping can be expensive. Free shipping...

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Shower Floor Tiles: Elevate Your Design from Functional to Luxe

  How to create a resort-style spa in your own home? It’s all about creating a pared-down, serene space and letting the elements take center stage–with much of the focus on tile. With high-moisture environments like saunas, baths, and showers, there is the need to balance aesthetics with practicality; no easy task. Even in...

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Inside Design with Jeremiah Brent: Checkerboard’s Timeless Trend

Interior designer Jeremiah Brent’s approach to design is very much California modern. Although he and his husband, Nate Berkus, recently decamped from California back to New York, his relaxed California approach is still very much in play. The couple recently purchased a weekend retreat in Montauk. Newly renovated, Jeremiah shares with us...

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clé conversations: Natalie Myers

In our “clé conversations” series, we recently sat down with Natalie Myers, the owner and design principal of Veneer Designs in Los Angeles. Natalie gave us a peek into what moves her as a designer, her mental inventory of the newest ideas, and why if “every blogger and their babysitter” is into a...

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Why Tile Grout Matters

Grout is typically seen as a functional element of tile installation, which is true. It does serve a functional purpose. But, there’s so much more to it than that. Tile grout doesn’t get the credit it deserves in terms of its contribution to the entire design process.  We’re hoping to change that...

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