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DVF Knows How to Live With Color!

Diane von Furstenberg knows how to Live With Color.

Diane von Furstenberg knows how to Live With Color

Diane von Furstenberg
knows how to Live With Color

 

I mean really LIVE with, in, around and about color!

I’ve been watching her new reality show, House of DVF, about interns vying for a job as a Brand Ambassador for her fashion empire.

While I’m underwhelmed by the immaturity, and in-fighting of the interns, I’m in Love with the DVF brand and the brilliant woman who created it.

Diane von Furstenberg has been making women look effortlessly chic for years.

Her signature wrap dress is at home in every setting and on every woman. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember.

Watching this show is a master class on her joyous sense of color and print not to mention business and marketing acumen.  The latest collections are bright and beautiful with unexpected mixes of colors and bold designs.

And her office is also bursting with color. Not in a cluttered way but in a way that makes me feel as if I could do my best work there.

Take for instance those woven cloth side chairs in her office at DVF HQ – Where can they be found? I’m on a quest.

The office chairs of my dreams at DVF HQ

The office chairs of my dreams at DVF HQ

The finale to the show is coming up. I’m rooting for Brittany if she can get her ego in check. We’ll see if it works out for anyone and if the company decides to do this show a second time.  It seems like a big headache for the DVF team but certainly showcases the brand well.

What I’ve come away with is that Diane von Furstenberg is a fair and generous leader who is taking a bite out of the world in her own classy way. This woman knows how to Live With Color! And don’t we all want to do just that?

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December 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls Design with AlliJay Interiors

Allijay Kitchen with Tile

AlliJay Kitchen

Have you been drooling over design and architecture magazines thinking there’s got to be a way you can make your kitchen or bath the rooms you’ve always wanted without depleting your savings?  You have a vision and you want to make your vision a reality. But how? What are some of the tricks of the trade?

“One of the big things you can do is choosing some really amazing tile and then using it wisely.”

Allijay Bathroom Floor Tile

AlliJay Bathroom

Allison Schwartz and Jessica Lyn Ryder of the Seattle-based AlliJay Interiors are known for their modern yet classic interiors.

“If you’re on a budget, you can tile your bathroom floor and shower walls in the same tile and also use bigger tiles. If you get the Brio Glass Mosaic Color, it will give the room a luxury feel. You can use tiles behind the mirror and backsplash to add an accent of color. Then, if you want to get really crazy, use a vertical strip in the shower to tie it all together. There are always things you can do that will have a great effect while not breaking the bank.”

Allison and Jessica were introduced to Modwalls after working with developers and builders and designing for
them.

Allijay Bathrom

AlliJay Bathroom

“The color selection and variety that we get from Modwalls is unparalleled from what we see anywhere else,” says Allison.

“And it’s not only the color,” adds Jessica. “We just can’t find any other manufacturers that can make them like that. But even more than that, is the variety that Modwalls offers. Their Lush Glass Tile in those shapes, for instance, are really hard to come by. People love them. And as a company, they are the best to work with. They know who we are, it’s easy and it’s fun.”

When working on a remodel, it’s easy for a homeowner to get overwhelmed and Allijay is known for putting their customers at ease.

“We definitely recommend working with a designer. You forget about the little things, like hardware for cabinet drawers, and all the little stuff you don’t think about and then it comes up later.”

The trends that AlliJay is seeing are modern and a less-is-more esthetic.“There’s a Midcentury Modern revival happening, especially in Seattle, with bright colors, or colors placed intermittently throughout. The Brio Color Tile works really well with that. We love their Wintergreen or Pear and the Midcentury Blend #9 is our favorite. We’re also seeing a lot of mixed media – like corrugated metal with wood, and lots of different materials being used inside and out.”

Allijay

Allison Schwartz and Jenny Lyn Ryder

AlliJay recommends taking your remodel piece by piece while keeping your vision in mind. Regardless of budget or time, working with proven designers that know their materials is the best way to make your home your dream home.

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December 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

A Kitchen Like Grandma’s

Like Grandma's Only Better...

Like Grandma’s Only Better…

It’s a cloudy day here. Makes me wanna bake cookies in a kitchen like this one.  The backsplash  is our Lush 4×12 Surf glass subway tile.
Kitchen Design and Construction by McCaffrey Homes
 “Live With Color” www.modwalls.com

September 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

AlliJay Interiors Uses Modwalls Tile in Stunning Modern Homes

4 #modwallstile rooms created by the talented duo @allijayinteriors.
#lushglasstile #briotile #kitchen #backsplash #bathroomtile #buytileonline #glassmosaics #glasssubwaytile #colortile

May 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

Serene Bathroom Featuring Modwalls Tile

Another lovely bathroom by our friends at Hatano Studios.This one features our Lush 4×12 Cloud on the backsplash and ModRocks 100% Recycled glass pebbles on the shower walls. Shop the pebbles: http://ift.tt/1pv28MT

February 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls Tile First Featured in Sunset Magazine 2005

#tbt our first feature story in @sunsetmag almost 10 years ago!
Thank you #sunsetmag!
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January 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls Tile at Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend 2013

The Annual Sunset Celebration Weekend at the magazine’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California took place on June 1st and 2nd.

It was my first time at the event and, while we’ve been fortunate to have our tile in the actual magazine several times in annual showcase houses and even in an article about our business many years ago, this was our first experience at being included in the Celebration Weekend.

Having never attended before, I really didn’t know what to expect but I couldn’t wait to experience the event and see our tile installed in the exhibition. My husband and I piled the sunscreen on our 9 year old twin boys and drove  up North about 45 minutes from our home.

Our first stop was the Re-Imagining the Sunset Home exhibit.  Five hot up and coming designers were given inspirations from spaces featured in Sunsets from decades past and  asked to re-imagine those spaces for today, while keeping the feel of the original design aesthetics.  It was like an IKEA showroom “on steroids” with room upon room of  “aha” design choices, including a stellar outdoor area.

Modwalls Lush 1×4 glass weave patterned tile (created by our own in-house interior designer Katelyn Bowman) was used in the shower of the Master Bath.  It was selected by designer Vanessa DeVargas of the popular blog Turquoise-LA.

Here’s a collage of the tile and some other standouts from our tour of the Re-Imagining the Sunset Home exhibit:

 

picstitchweave

We were honored and thrilled to see the fantastic installation of one of our newest product lines!

After touring the home we spent the rest of the afternoon in wonder at all of the sights and sounds that living in the West has to offer. Tops on our list were the many Foods, Wines and Garden ideas we saw and sampled. The kiddos had a blast too.  There was even a rock climbing wall and more for the kid in all of us!  Here are some shots of just a few of our favorite things:

picstitch 2

 

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I’d highly recommend attending this annual event whenever you can from wherever you are.  We’ll be back that’s for sure!

 

Modwalls is “Making Tile Modern” with fresh and colorful collections inspired by mid century architecture and design.

  If interested, please check out our online tile showroom at www.modwalls.com. We stock in Northern California and ship throughout North America. Samples available.  Discounts to the trade. 

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

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About Modwalls

Modwalls' mission is to provide both our retail and trade customers a modern and colorful alternative to what is available in most tile and hardware stores, as well as a very personal online buying experience.

We've been designing modern tile collections and selling them online since 2005. The latest modwalls® designs range from gorgeous glass tiles in a wide variety of colors, sizes and finishes to glazed porcelain penny rounds, modern glazed ceramics, and sustainable cork, recycled pebble tile and bamboo mosaics. Our collaboration with fine artist Rex Ray has resulted in the signature Rex Ray Studio for modwalls American Made glass and soon to be ceramic tile collections.

You can reach us Monday-Friday from 9-5 Pacific Time by phone (1-877-439-9734) or by email: sales@modwalls.com.

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"Making Tile Modern"

Rebecca Lonergan


Co-Founder and Creative Director of modwalls.com, a designer of modern tile with an online showroom at www.modwalls.com. Modwalls are colorful tile designs with a uniquely modern sensibility in a wide range of materials.

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