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Fans of Fireclay Tile Installation Stories ~ Valentine’s Crush on a Farmhouse Bathroom

In the spirit of St. Valentine's Day, we'd like to share another love letter from a Fireclay Tile fan, to help share the love that folks out there have for Fireclay's gorgeous handmade tiles.

Angela in Portland, Oregon has a massive Crush on her recently remodeled 1906 farmhouse bathroom. Angie worked with one of our talented Ceramicists, Sabrina from our San Jose Showroom, where together they created a bathroom using our Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile, that Angie's 80 year old self (way in the future) would always adore.

We're delighted to see how beautiful the finished bathroom came out. There is nothing we love more than to share photos of completed projects with our team of ceramicists who see the project along from raw materials, to fired and glazed, to lovingly packing completed tiles up and sending them out into the world.

"When I started renovating my 1906 farmhouse I had one priority - the bathroom had to be beautiful with a soaking size tub. I wanted the rest of the house had to retain the farmhouse feel, but the bathroom had to be my spa.  My daughter and I love to soak away our frustrations--but when we bought our house the one and only bathroom had a small shower tub that even my then seven year-old, couldn't fully submerse in."

"Fast forward six years--to a renovation that made our thirty square foot bathroom, into a one hundred-twenty square foot bathroom, complete with a two sink vanity and 6 foot soaking tub. Finding the right tile was the biggest challenge. I bet I visited every tile store in Portland, Oregon and agonized over colors, materials, finishes and sizes. Eventually my mom shared an invaluable piece of advice with me: "If you are agonizing, it isn't right. Keep looking. When you see it, you will know it."  Then she sent me seventy-two links to tile.  No kidding... SEVENTY-TWO!  I wanted to weep.

Buried in the middle of all that tile, was a link to the Fireclay Tile website. Soon, I understood what my mom had said because as soon as I saw it, I knew.  I loved the Deco tiles, but I couldn't stop thinking about Crush. I played around with both tiles (even tried to mix them at one point), but eventually decided on Crush.  I worked with Sabrina over the phone at the Fireclay San Jose, showroom who sent me some samples and patiently answered my questions.  She even grabbed some samples and sat at her desk helping me identify the correct shade of white to go with the field of blue I had selected, because I had neglected to ask for samples for the accent and was running out of time (thanks Sabrina - it's perfect!)" {Editors Note: Sabrina says, you're welcome, Angie!} 

"I love vivid colors (I'd paint the world orange if I could) so deciding between all the lovely Crush colors Fireclay has to offer was difficult. In the end, lambs ear, wallflower and morning glory, won out over habañero and marigold-out of fear that my 80 year-old self would one day resent me."

"Now I sometimes take side trips into my bathroom just to look at it; it's like having a little spa in my own home.  Sometimes I even lean over and pet the tile because I love everything about it; the color, the texture, the feel.  Thank you Fireclay!"


~Angie Hurley
Portland, Oregon

To achieve this spa retreat look, Angie used:
Fireclay Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile, gloss finish
Crush 3x6" Field Tile in Wallflower and Lambs Ear
Crush 2" Triangles in Lambs Ear
Crush 1x12" rail in Morning Glory

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Do you have an installation story you'd like to share with us? Email amanda @ fireclay tile.com with photographs of your Fireclay Tile installation, and your story--we may write a blog about you too!

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