Affordable, high end tile? You betcha says Filmore Clark!

It’s Wednesday. 

I think, dear reader, you already know what that means.  You’re probably right.  In fact if you guessed “he’s still sleeping and probably hung over from one too many gimlets and the fumes from painting his office black and in fact he probably will have one leg hanging over the side of the bed and drool marks on the pillow” then you’re dead on.  I practice a special religion where Wednesday is my sabbath!

So with all that being said I’ve decided to hand the reins of my blog over to the venerable Lee Nicholson of super acclaimed West Hollywood tile showroom Filmore Clark.  She’s a dear friend and I kid you not her showroom makes me want to max a credit card (or three) on tile goodness. Yeah.  Seriously.

If you’re in West Hollywood (or Santa Monica, Pasadena, Long Beach or anywhere within a ten mile radius of West Hollywood) stop in her showroom and say hi.  Make sure you bring a treat for Gladys.

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A Tile for Every Budget

– Lee Nicholson

Designing a new home or a smaller remodel can be frustrating. It is a lesson in patience and making difficult choices. Tile should be fun.  It should be like the jewelry in your room.

I enjoy a challenge. Hearing “Well, I don’t really have a budget for tile” does not dissuade me from helping a client design a bath or kitchen they will love.  If money were not the object it would be easy, right?

It may seem unlikely to most but one really can find well priced and beautiful tile to fit almost any budget. Don’t shy away from the perceived “high end” showrooms. Engage the design associate in a real conversation and you just might find something spectacular for your project.

Enjoy the search!

Surprise!  Following are a few tile choices that are surprisingly affordable and add quite a punch per dollar spent.

BlueSlide engraved tiles at 6×6, custom glazed from a pallet of over 25 colors.  Use as a border mixed with solid color tile and voila!  A great focal point in a shower or backsplash

Retail $36.00 per square foot

ClayHaus has a unique and extensive pallet of colors.  Sizes range from 1×4, 2×4 and 4×4.

Retail $25.00 to $34.00 per square foot

Kaleidoscope glass mosaics can be used as an overall field or cut into borders for just a touch of pattern and color.  Mesh mounted sizes include 1×4, 1×6, 2×8 and several other size.

Retail $28.00 per square foot

By the way – all of the products shown above are made in the United States to your specifications to make the possibilities endless!

Filmore Clark

607 West Knoll Drive, West Hollywood California 90069

Web: www.filmoreclark.com    Twitter: @filmoreclark

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9 thoughts on “Affordable, high end tile? You betcha says Filmore Clark!

  1. What a treat! Oh, I know what you mean about “max out the CC” at a good tile store. Tile is like jewelry or candy, it’s just so hard to pick just one. 🙂

  2. Dionne says:

    Great post, you know I’m a fan!
    I would rather choose an affordable tile from a ‘high end’ designer store than source something online that may be lesser quality and been seen everywhere.. I say scope out all stores without fear!

    • dcoopsd says:

      Most definitely! One of the big ideas that I try to push with my clients is getting a bang for your buck. So you can’t tile you’re entire backsplash or shower enclosure or floor with the super awesome but WAAAY expensive hand made tile (I get this ALL the time with glass mosaics…) but there is no reason we can’t use a little for a serious pop.

      Living in a neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows, we see it happen more and more – someone will choose a focal piece, some sort of Rookwood handmade 8×12 relief tile and then finish with subway or…. Looks great, keeps the costs under budget and gives the owner something to be proud of.

      Anyway, you’re very right…. just because it may scream high end on the outside doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a heart on the inside 😀

  3. Lee says:

    Did I hear RookWood? I carry them in the studio too!!!! Fantastic glazes and such a rich history.

  4. Love the post! Love Filmore Clark! And of course, tile!

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