When first venturing in to the world of tile and kitchen renovations, Nori Heikkinen received an enthusiastic Fireclay recommendation from friends who had recently completed a studs-up remodel on their own home, and decided it was time to check out our tile for herself. After a successful showroom visit and design consultation with our talented San Francisco designer, Valeria, Nori knew she had found the perfect tile to include in her kitchen remodel.
Before the renovation Nori's kitchen was usable but not suitable for someone who loves to cook. "There were no upper cabinets at all, the island doubled as a bar, but it wasn't really usable as such, and the kitchen itself was only 28" wide, making it basically impossible for more than one person to work in it at once," she says. After purchasing the home Nori quickly got to work opening up the space, installing all new cabinetry, counter tops, a beautiful ROHL Shaws Original farm-style sink, and a colorful new Fireclay backsplash.
Nori's kitchen when she was originally looking at buy the home
"My condo is part of an 1885 Victorian, so I wanted a kitchen that was both classic (white cabinets and Italian marble), but also didn't look out-of-place with the original aesthetic" Nori says, "So I chose cabinet faces whose shape mirrored the crown molding and trim of the house, and tried to keep the overall design from being overly modern." The one place Nori took some artistic license was the tile for her backsplash. "I love color, and wanted a pop of something eye catching," she says.
The final kitchen renovation
Nori worked with friend and designer Ming Thompson of Atelier Cho Thompson to come up with all the final details including her backsplash design. "Mings got a great eye that I've admired for years in everything from her outfits to the cupcakes she bakes" says Nori, "I felt like I needed a designer's eye to help me narrow down the sea of choices at the end of the remodel, and Ming was great to bounce every idea off of, no matter how small. She immediately heard my preference for both being bold but classic, and suggested the Ogee Drop shape as a way to do something funky without going too mid-century."
The final Ogee Drop installation
General contractor, Craig Cummings worked with Nori on the Installation of her Ogee Drop backsplash. "He has done many tile installations before, he and his assistant did a great job, even with the tricky shape," says Nori.
Nori Extended the Ogee Drop backsplash to her custom home bar.