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Pattern Play: A Herringbone Love Affair

Pattern Play: A Herringbone Love Affair

These days, the world has gone wild for Herringbone. From 6x12 floor versions to the smallest wall mosaic, in glass, ceramic, and brick, installing a herringbone pattern is an instant upgrade.

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Warm up to Neutrals

Warm up to Neutrals

Now that summer is winding down, it's time to cozy up and break out your favorite Fall essentials, for us that means welcoming our newest selection of warm Express neutrals.

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Monochromatic Elegance

Monochromatic Elegance

Sometimes using varying shades of one color can make a big impact.  Whether you prefer a single vibrant hue or something a more toned down, layering monochromatic hues is a great way to effortlessly tie your look together.

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Nordic Kitchen Style

Nordic Kitchen Style

The influence of Nordic kitchens seems to be everywhere these days. The classic elements of a well designed Scandinavian kitchen are good design, beauty edited to its purest form, coupled with a dedication to the use of local materials.

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Color Spotlight: Black, White and Classic

Color Spotlight: Black, White and Classic

How can one color scheme be, timeless, classic, modern, and on trend, all in the same heartbeat?  Black and white is a combination that defies all classification. Far from limiting, black and white is the quintessential minimalist palette that unlocks a rich world, inspiring tasteful spaces of any genre.

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Subtle Sophistication

Subtle Sophistication

We showed you our favorite ways to use our newest selection of Cool Neutrals, but now its time to talk about the softer side of the Express collection.

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5 Bathroom Trends We Love

5 Bathroom Trends We Love

Whether you prefer a classic subway tile or a lively pattern, the bathroom provides you with a small space, contained space perfect for letting your creativity go a little wild.

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Color Spotlight: Beautiful Blues

Color Spotlight: Beautiful Blues

We can all feel it, summer is waning and soon that perfect blue summer sky will be changing color. Not ready to give up that light, bright, balmy, summer softness just yet? How about adding the perfect gentle blue tone to your kitchen or bath?

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Our Coolest Neutrals

Our Coolest Neutrals

We LOVE neutrals, but lets face it, sometimes they can make a space feel a little drab.  To keep your design from falling into yawn territory, try mixing in a cool neutral with subtle hints of blue to balance your other neutral surfaces.

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Installation Stories: Simplicity Rules in This Modern Bathroom Remodel

Installation Stories: Simplicity Rules in This Modern Bathroom Remodel

Simplicity rules in this customer's freshly modern bathroom remodel.  With an outdated 1940's design in desperate need of repair, Elisa welcomed the challenge of transforming her bath into a bright and clean space with modern appeal.  Featuring a neutral color scheme and timeless design elements, this new and improved bathroom is meant to last for decades to come.

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Modern Moroccan Simplicity

Modern Moroccan Simplicity

Moroccan-style tile typically lends itself to highly saturated vibrant hues, but here at Fireclay we like to break the rules so we're exploring the alternative–Moroccan's softer side.

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Handpainted How it’s Made: Photography

Handpainted How it’s Made: Photography

A huge part of the creative process at Fireclay Tile is the brilliant photography of our product–absolutely a cornerstone of our story. In-house photographer and graphic designer, Gina Benedetti is all about nuance and perfection when it comes to the photos we share with you.

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Color Spotlight : Go Bright With Yellow

Color Spotlight : Go Bright With Yellow

World Cup fever has hit the world over and all eyes are on  Brazil.  Soccer fan or not, Brazil conjurs up fun, sun, modernism, and saturated, glorious, color, especially YELLOW, bright, vibrant, and unapologetic. Can a simple color influence the disposition of an entire country and its style? One thing is for certain, yellow infuses sunlit exuberance and sheer joy to any area. 

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The Tile Staircase: Making Each Step Count

The Tile Staircase: Making Each Step Count

Whether you choose a single bold hue, or a patchwork combination, the staircase is the perfect platform to showcase color and pattern.  To help your stairs rise to the challenge, we put together some helpful tips and tricks.

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How Very Pinteresting!: 8 Spaces That Play With Pattern

How Very Pinteresting!: 8 Spaces That Play With Pattern

Inspired by our new Handpainted collections we've decided to proclaim our love of pattern and it's versatility by digging through our Pinterest boards to put together a collection of our favorite spaces using patterned tile in unique and inspiring ways.  So go ahead, get Pinspired!

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Installation Stories: A 96-Foot High Mosaic By Artist, Delaine Hackney

Installation Stories: A 96-Foot High Mosaic By Artist, Delaine Hackney

Mosaic artist, Delaine Hackney finishes her most recent project titled "Flutterybys", a ceramic mosaic gracing the 96 foot high exterior wall of the new Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Leandro, California.  The six month long project features mosaic butterflies that span up to 16 feet wide and are handcrafted with at least 90% Fireclay Tile.

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How Very Pinteresting!: 10 Kitchens to Inspire and How to Recreate Them

How Very Pinteresting!: 10 Kitchens to Inspire and How to Recreate Them

Oh Pinterest, there is so much inspiration to be found, and so many hours to be lost drooling over the gorgeous interiors we wish were ours.  This week we put together a collection of our absolute favorite pin-worthy kitchens–you know, the kind of kitchens that have you ready to undergo a full on remodel, and ways to re-create them with our tile, so get ready to be Pinspired!

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Explore the Softer Side: 3 Ways to Use Industrial-Style Brick in Your Home

Explore the Softer Side: 3 Ways to Use Industrial-Style Brick in Your Home

Known for it's durability, industrial strength, and low maintenance characteristics, we often see Architects and Designers gravitate toward Brick for commercial projects, but don't let Brick's industrial aesthetic keep you from overlooking it as an option for your home–because like those of us who can't help but pet a cute dog walking by, Brick has a softer side.

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5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends You’ll Love

5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends You’ll Love

With endless colors, shapes, sizes and styles to choose from, we know it can be challenging to decide which backsplash trend is best for you, so we are highlighting five of our absolute favorite backsplash trends to try.

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Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

After hours, days, maybe even months of contemplation, you have finally narrowed down your tile, your color, and your pattern, but now you find yourself asking, “well, what about the grout?  For those of you pattern lovers, we suggest thinking outside of the box, literally, and try a contrasting grout joint.

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A Taste of Morocco in Your Backyard

A Taste of Morocco in Your Backyard

There is a newly completed Moroccan-inspired haven here in San Jose. Brought to you by the creative minds of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Architecture, this private oasis beckons you to simply recline.

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Fireside: The Campfire as Inspiration

Fireside: The Campfire as Inspiration

As the cool night air settles in, all of a sudden we remember that we've been waiting all year for that special moment with friends, family, someone halfway strumming a guitar, that crazy guy who insists on wearing shorts in October, and a nice cold microbrew in our wool wrapped hands (okay maybe it’s not mitten season yet - but we’re thinking about it). 

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Make it Yours

Make it Yours

100% Recycled and 100% Custom. Crush-It! is your opportunity to turn 80 colors and 11 patterns into your perfect glass tile mosaic. What are you waiting for? Crush-It!

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We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

Cultivate, the curators of all things kitchen, recently launched a competition, which utalized the Fireclay Tile Color-It tool, to encourage members to tap into their creative genius. On Monday the winners were officially announced.

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Color-It & Win $500!

Color-It & Win $500!

Our friends at Cultivate - an online resource for kitchen inspiration, have launched an exciting competition that's sure to get the creative juices flowing.

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Fireclay Tile at the Special Games

Fireclay Tile at the Special Games

Our friends at the Kiwanis Special Games in Cupertino, needed a hand this year trying to solve an age old problem - how to weight down course markers for the events at the XXXV Special Games. We were able to supply 4x4 tile from our Boneyard to help solve the dilemma.

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Training Day

Training Day

Remember that science project in 6th grade where your teacher made you work with classmates to build a safe egg transportation vehicle? You know, the one that was designed to keep a raw egg from cracking when 6th graders launched their eggs, tucked safely in a protective casing, into the great blue yonder. We love our science teachers for making that experience memorable, so much so, that we decided to give it a try ourselves... Fireclay Tile style.

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Worth 1,000 Words - Fireclay Photo Shoot - Summer 2012

Worth 1,000 Words - Fireclay Photo Shoot - Summer 2012

This summer we decided to have photos taken of beautiful, local installations of Fireclay Tile.  We hired a local photographer, Malcolm Fearon, who has a background in sports, portraiture, product and architectural photography.  Basically, he has done it all.

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$$$ for our First Charity Partner - CORA!

$$$ for our First Charity Partner - CORA!

We are thrilled to announce our first charity partner donation from sales of our Glazed Thin Brick! As of June 30, 2012, we are able to donate over $400 to CORA, a local women’s organization we are so thrilled to support.

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Concept Studio - A Standout Tile Showroom

Concept Studio - A Standout Tile Showroom

Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting one of our oldest customers, Concept Studio, in Corona Del Mar, California. Situated right on the Pacific Coast Highway just before hitting Laguna Beach, Concept Studio is a true treasure in the world of tile showrooms.

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Jason’s “Crush”

Jason’s “Crush”

If you read the previous post, you may believe that you have a good understanding about Jason and his role at Fireclay.  Before transferring to Aromas, Jason worked in the glass factory in San Jose.

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Nooo!  Don’t smash the Fireclay tile!!

Nooo!  Don’t smash the Fireclay tile!!

Who would smash Fireclay tile on purpose?!  The interns of Watsonville Wetland Stewards would!  The high school interns are part of an after-school science program for junior high students in the Watsonville area, which is near the Fireclay Aromas factory.

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Fireclay Tile is Fired Up for Coverings!

Fireclay Tile is Fired Up for Coverings!

Fireclay Tile is excited to be attending Coverings 2012 in Orlando, Florida from April 17-20th. Fireclay Tile’s mission is to produce the most beautiful, durable ceramic products using sustainable manufacturing processes and recycled materials.

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Decorative Materials - Three Seriously Dreamy Tile Showrooms

Decorative Materials - Three Seriously Dreamy Tile Showrooms

This past week I had the fortunate pleasure of visiting Colorado to meet with one of our newest customers, Decorative Materials. With showrooms in Denver, Edwards (outside of Vail), and Basalt (outside of Aspen), this family owned company covers almost the entire state.

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Hardy Jones - A Customer and An Artist

Hardy Jones - A Customer and An Artist

The Fireclay Tile Boneyard gets to see its fair share of local Bay Area artists. Many of these are mosaic artists interested in finding beautiful tile to use in their designs, but sometimes we get an artist of another medium scavenging the yard for the perfect material to complement one of their other works.

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Amazed at Mosaic Tile Creations from Fireclay’s Boneyard

The Fireclay Tile team is always amazed at the creations that come out of our Boneyard. Many times we find creative scavengers searching for inexpensive beautiful tile, and other times high end designers who know their clients are willing to push the limits. But for many, the experience can be overwhelming, especially with how vast the tile selection is.

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