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Shannon Malone

Shannon Malone

Social Media Maven

Shannon joined the team in 2013 as Fireclay's Social Media Maven. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Shannon pursued her lifelong passion for interior design by working as a freelance writer for Houzz. Her interest in design related content eventually led her to Fireclay where she gets to spend her day spreading the Fireclay word and help get tile to the people!

Favorite thing about Fireclay: The beautiful handmade nature of our tile, especially our new Handpainted Collections.

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Susanne Redfield

Susanne Redfield

Creative Consultant

Tile designer and ceramist Susanne Kibak Redfield merges her Danish roots and love of traditional crafts with a modern sense of restraint that brings just enough to the design without going over the top. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1981, Susanne started her own business making ceramic tiles. She introduced Kibak Tile through Kneedler Fauchere, a revered interior showroom to the trade, then spent twenty five years in a successful relationship with Ann Sacks. "I began hearing about Fireclay Tile, their sustainable story and youthful energy really captured my imagination, I absolutely wanted to be part a company that really cares about tomorrow. Designing product for Fireclay Tile is energizing, truly inspirational.

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5 Things Winter Can Teach you about Designing with White

Lets face it, white can be intimidating.  It is inherently reflective, meaning it highlights design imperfections you didn’t even know you had, and it can be easy for white to teeter to the side of feeling sterile or cold. But don’t let that scare you off–white can also make a room feel fresh, contemporary and timeless all at the same time.  Need a little help?  Take these 5 cues from the whites of winter and learn how to successfully integrate white into your home.

1.) White and Contrasting Materials:  There is inspiration to be found in the snow-covered forests of winter.  Snow blankets bare trees offering a stunning contrast between texture and color.  The same can be true when using white in your interior.  Try pairing white subway tile in the kitchen with contrasting materials and textures such as wood, metal and concrete.  The warmth of the wood will counterbalance the stark quality of the white tile, making your space feel warm and welcoming.

Our Debris Series Paseo in White Gloss

2.) White Makes Other Colors Pop:  Think spring flowers popping out of the snow for the first time.  The snowy backdrop makes the color of the flower look incredibly vibrant.  The same will be true for white in your home.  Try pairing white with an unexpected pop of color.  The white will enhance the effect of the color while still remaining a showstopper on its own.

Our 2x8 Glazed Thin Brick in Snow paired with our 2x4 Crush Recycled Glass Tile in Forget Me Not

3.) White Come in a Variety of Shades:  Winter whites aren’t always bright white.  Think white winter skies with hints of gray, or ivory clouds when the sun is breaking through.  Even better, think about that cozy sheepskin blanket you curl up in while drinking eggnog by the fire.  Cream and ivory tones can be mixed with brighter whites to create a warm and inviting space.  Add some grays and other neutrals and you will be feeling cozy in no time.

Our Tile in our Picket shape in Milky Way, Tusk, and White Wash

Our Tile shown in White Gloss, Milky Way, And Ultra Cream

4.) White Signifies a Fresh Start: Winter is setting the stage for spring, it is a fresh start and a blank slate, and white in your home can offer the same effect.  A white interior backdrop can act as a blank slate that sets the stage for the other elements of your decor.  It serves as a backdrop that goes well with just about anything, allowing you to switch things up with ease.  Have white tile in your kitchen? Try changing your wall color, or throw in a new rug when you get the urge for something new.

Our 2x4 Debris Series in Mica

5.) White is Timeless: The whites of winter surround us year after year, and will never go out of style.  A white interior can make your home feel timeless and classic, while simultaneously feeling fresh and contemporary.  Not to mention it works in just about every setting!

Our Glazed Thin Brick in Cotton and Snow

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