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Glass Tile Blends in Personalized Designs at Modwalls.com

Another Brio Custom Tile Blend just created with our online blending tool. #customtile #tile #brio #modwallstile #mcm #glasstile #glassmosaictile #mosaictile #personalized #briotile #brio
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February 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Glass Mosaic Tile Blends Customized via an Online Blending Tool

Get inspired by anything or anyone to customize your Modwalls Brio glass mosaic blend using our online tool. Reggie here makes a terrific blend for the bathroom tile!  http://www.modwallsblender.com

February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

American Made Mosaics of Real Pennies

Made to order by Modwalls Tile Company in just a few weeks. Great  for floors and walls.
http://www.modwalls.com/real-penny-tile.aspx

January 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Introducing American Made Textured Glass Subway Tile CRAVE

Meet CRAVE

Introducing American Made Textured Glass Subway Tile CRAVE

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CRAVE – color Oasis

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Modwalls© all NEW American Made Texture Glass Subway Tile is CRAVE.

Available in 7 stunning colors, this CRAVE Collection features 3″x8″ glass subway tile with a glamorously textured surface.  Ideal for any wall application including kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, fireplace tile, feature wall tile, and pool tile.  CRAVE tiles can be in stalled in a stacked or offset pattern.  Would be dynamic as a solid tile installation or feel free to mix and match with other CRAVE colors.

Contact us at service@modwalls.com for samples.

Modwalls® invites you to discover our own brands of colorful modern tile and experience delightful customer service. Buy online or call us toll free at 877-439-9734. 

We look forward to doing business with you!

December 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Mod American Made Ceramic Tile by Rex Ray Studio for Modwalls

Rex Ray Studio Rox American made matte ceramic tile in Lunar white and Eclipse black.
#ceramictile #tile #blacktile #whitetile #designertile #moderntile #modtile #mosaictile #rexraystudio #americanmade

December 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Making a real SPLASH!!! Kitchen Before & After via TheKitchn.com

Great article by thekitchn.com featuring our very own Clayhaus for modwalls® 2″x 8″ Splash Subway Tile.  See the amazing transformation below or view the original article here.

Kitchen Before & After:  A 1970s Kitchen Gets aJaw Dropping Overhaul

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When we saw photos of Kitchn reader Sarah Galender Meyer’s Bay Area kitchen renovation, we were stunned! This small, dark 1970s kitchen (“horrid,” as Sarah said) underwent a complete gut remodel, which included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding French doors to bring in more light. See what the kitchen looks like now:

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We love it! So pretty. Here’s what Sarah says about the renovation:

We did a gut remodel of a horrid 70’s small and dark kitchen in our 1906 house. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. All new everything including enlarging the windows and adding french doors to the dining room to bring more light in. We also gutted the attached pantry that served many purposes – back door entry, bathroom, laundry room, and pantry storage.

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We did a significant amount of structural work to remove the wall between the dining room and kitchen, which involved an engineer, and we gutted the attached pantry that included a small bathroom.
Materials:
Cabinets – Executive Cabinetry (semi-custom)
Countertop – Cambria (white), and Walnut for the peninsula
Appliances – Kitchenaid
Pendants – Schoolhouse Electric
Sink – Kohler
Faucet – Hansgrohe
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I really love everything about the new kitchen. The tile, the wood countertop, the sink, the faucet, and the built-ins might be my favorites, though. Also, I love the French doors that went in on the dining room side. It really opened up the space and let in so much more light.

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Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah!

(Image credits: Sarah Galender Meyer)
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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. 

December 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

“A (Back) Splash of Bright Color” – Modwalls in Cooking Light Magazine

We absolutely LOVE it when our tiles get published!!  It’s truly an honor that we cherish very much here at modwalls and being featured in Cooking Light‘s October 2013 issue is no exception.

We are so proud that our American made, Clayhaus for modwalls ceramic tile collection has inspired people across the Country to create their own backsplash blends using any of our 24 colors.  The collection first started with the seven colors shown beautifully in this Cooking Light article.  When the line was first developed, our Co-Founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Lonergan’s goal was to expand on modwalls’ product line with a modern, fun, always colorful, handmade, and domestically made ceramic tile product.  Collaborating with Clayhaus Ceramics was the perfect partnership to make it all happen!

“I wanted to add an American made ceramic collection to our product line-up.  When the folks at Clayhaus contacted us about a collaboration it was a great fit!  Our Mid-Century aesthetics matched perfectly and they allowed us to create exclusive glaze colors to meet the needs of our existing customer base. We are their only stocking distributor and we have a growing number of colors in 2×8 and now stretched hex tiles in stock for immediate delivery.  The sales and press that this collection has received is testament to how well our collaboration is working.”

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Tile featured in this article:

Clayhaus for modwalls 2″x 8″ Ceramic Subway Tile in Milk, Cookie, Brine, Zest, Wheatgrass, Splash, and Licorice Matte.

Shop other American Made tile here.

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. 

October 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Blue Steel: Sneak Peek to Modwalls’ Newest ModDotz!

It’s always fun to name the new products and colors – especially the colors – here at modwalls!  We always get a good laugh (or groan) from the options being put out there for consideration.  It’s truly a collective effort from the modwalls team!

Last week we received a highly anticipated shipment of existing products and some new goodies.  So new in fact, we’re still loading them on to our site.  Here’s sneak preview of some of our newest products as well as some reminders of other fun items back in stock.

Without further ado…

I’d like to introduce you to our ModDotz Porcelain Penny Rounds in “Blue Steel”!  Other color name ideas were Narwhal, Calypso, Ultra-marine, New-er Navy, and Somewhat Less Navy.  We decided on Blue Steel since it made us laugh, but the nod-to-Zoolander name is still descriptive of the beautiful jewel-toned blue it is.  :)

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ModDotz – Blue Steel

Here’s a totally NEW ModDotz Blend “Pacifica”.  The blend consists of existing ModDotz colors Marshmallow, Spa Blue, and Key Lime.

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Other ModDotz favorites that are back in stock:  Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime.

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ModDotz: Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime

Welcome home!

We also welcomed home lots of Lush® glass subway tile in a variety of sizes and colors.  Check them out here!

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. 

September 9, 2013 at 4:54 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:

 

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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:

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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

Tile Design vs. Electrical Outlets & Switches

We get asked this great question quite regularly:  

“I LOVE my new tile, but I need some advice…What should I do with the electrical outlets that fall within the kitchen backsplash area?”  

Good news!  We’ve got several creative solutions for you – yay!!!

These little necessary items can possibly ruin your beautiful, and often pricey backsplash!  We are confident that if you consider the locations ahead of time, you will improve the finished look of your kitchen or bathroom. :)

Details on outlets…

It’s required by law that you have electrical outlets within your kitchen – which is a good thing!

Your kitchen has many electrical needs:  major appliances, small appliances, built-in appliances, lighting, exhaust fans, and basically anything you might want to plug in or switch on while you’re in there.

In regards to your kitchen or bathroom, the National Electric Code requires:

  • Small appliance circuits feeding countertop receptacle outlets are required to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected
  • Any countertop wider than one foot requires a receptacle outlet
  • Receptacle outlets must be installed every four linear feet at minimum – more is totally fine too
  • Countertops separated by range cook top, refrigerators, or sinks are considered separate countertop spaces
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Examples of kitchen appliances in need of electrical outlets.

Are you in the planning phase of your new kitchen or bath remodel?  

If you are planning your kitchen or bath remodel, congrats(!), you are thinking ahead!  Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself and discuss with your electrician regarding your kitchen or bath’s electrical needs:

  • What fixed/portable appliances do you plan to install/have in your kitchen? What are the locations and their power requirements?
  • What kind of lighting do you want/need: Ceiling? Under cabinet? Toe kick? Pendant or chandelier? Recessed? Surface Mount? Ceiling fan?
  • What kind of lighting controls do you need?
  • Where do you want your light switches and appliance outlets?
  • What materials/installation practices do you need to comply with National Electric Code requirements? Hint: ask your electrician
  • Do you have special requirements due to disabilities and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act?
  • What are the brand specification of all fixtures you want?  Have your electrician check these out too.

After you discuss your electrical needs with your electrician and have a final layout in mind, the electrical outlets and switches can be located and installed.  Don’t worry if you already have your outlets in place, it’s really easy to move them around and make adjustments before the installation of your backsplash.

There are several different ways to approach this without ruining your backsplash with a bunch of ugly, poorly  placed outlets and switches.  Here are some creative solutions as to how you can address the outlets & switches within your backsplash.

Implementing Creative Solutions…

#1 – Flip your outlets horizontally to coordinate with the pattern of your backsplash (but if your backsplash has a vertical pattern to it, keep you outlets vertical too)

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#2 – Install a power strip under your upper cabinets

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#3 – Install the outlets or switches on or within your cabinets…(some additional planning involved).

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#4 – Install your outlets where you know you’ll need them!

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#5 – Install custom pop-up grommet outlets where you know you’ll need them!

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Find these at www.mockett.com

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Find these at www.mockett.com

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#6 – Specify outlet and switch plate covers to coordinate with your material selections: making them a design element instead of an eyesore!

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#7 – [Bathroom specific] – Install the outlets or switches within your bathroom mirror and trim with a mirrored cover…some additional planning involved.  Look closely for them!

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Q:  Have some other creative outlet and switch solutions?  Share them with us and we’ll add it to this blog! 

Modwalls® is making tile modern™ with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at modwalls.com

May 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm 2 comments

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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.

http://www.modwalls.com/
"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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