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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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Installation Stories: A Refreshing Cerulean Bathroom Remodel

Tile shown: 3x6 in Cerulean

With the right attitude a disaster of a situation can turn into a thing of beauty, which is exactly what happened to our customer, Dana.  After a pesky leak led to major flooding and water damage in her children's bathroom, Dana saw the misfortune as an opportunity for improvement–lucky for us her idea of improvement included Fireclay Tile!  We took a minute to chat with Dana about her bathroom remodel and her Fireclay story.

Hi Dana!  First of all how did you hear about Fireclay Tile?

Dana – I had already received some other less than perfect tile samples, when I came across Fireclay online.  I called and spoke with your design consultant Emily–she was lovely and really listened to what I was interested in.  After going through some blue tile colors with me, Emily sent over a whole bunch of wonderful samples so I could see if they would work in my space. We really enjoyed the experience overall and your customer service is great!

What did your bathroom look like before the remodel? What did you change?

Dana – The bathroom we remodeled is my kids bathroom as well as the guest bathroom.  It hadn't been changed in 12 years and it was all the builder's picks–meaning it was outdated and not very functional for my children at this stage.  On Christmas Eve my husband was home because he had to work on Christmas day while the rest of the family was in Florida.  After hearing some dripping noises he went to investigate and found that we had quite a flood from the attic to the guest bedroom, into the kids bath and onto the first floor of the house, leaving the beginnings of a large stain on the kitchen ceiling!

We had quite a bit of damage but it could have been a lot worse if my husband hadn't come home!   The vanity and wall in the kids bathroom needed to be replaced so I used the opportunity to update and make the bathroom beautiful and functional.  We ended up changing the vanity, the countertop, the sinks, the outdated lighting, the hardware and the show stopping tile wall where we installed medicine cabinets.  The only things we kept were the bathtub, toilet and the flooring.

What inspired the color scheme and design?

Dana – When I was shopping for a backsplash I already had a general idea of what I wanted for the space.  I wanted blue and I wanted the backsplash to be the focal point of the bathroom.  I ended up choosing Cerulean in your 3x6 size.  I love the way tile looks and I love the variation in the blue with the slight crackling of the tile.

Did you work with a tile installer, designer or contractor?  Did you face any installation challenges?

Dana – I worked with a kitchen and bath designer who also helped design our kitchen several years ago.  She helped design the space and also does some installation.  I installed some of the tile with her, which I had never done before– it was a fun experience!  We did encounter one problem, we were 2 tiles short.  I called Emily and unfortunately you did not have any more of our specific batch of tile left, but they were able to make another batch and sent it out quickly.  Because the two tiles were on different sides of the wall the color was perfect.

Love this look?  Shop Cerulean now.  Need some help?  Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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