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Need Some Eichler Inspiration?

Eichler Homes are distinctively known for their amazing Mid-Century modern style (which is probably why we and so many others still love them so much)!!!

Little Eichler history (per Wikipedia):  Between 1950 and 1974, Joseph Eichler’s company, Eichler Homes, built over 11,000 homes in nine communities in Northern and Southern California. They all came to be known as Eichlers or an Eichler.  During this period, Eichler became one of the nation’s most influential builders of modern homes. The largest contiguous Eichler Homes development is ‘The Highlands’ in San Mateo, built between 1956 and 1964.    Basically, Eichler defined what “California Modern” really is or what it’s perceived to be.  Read more Eichler history here.

On a recent browsing sesh on Pinterest, we found a link to a great site featuring our Brio tile in one of our customers’ gorgeous Eichler residence.  All photos are courtesy of Hunter Lewis Wimmer of  We hope you are inspired as much as we are by this stunning post-mod home!

This is what the homeowner Mary-Peyton said:

“We spent HOURS on the custom mix configurator (Modwalls Tile Blender). The floors in the  kitchen are black and in the dining area they are grey. There is a ton of wood in the house so we wanted to include all those colors to tie it together. Throw in some mid-century orange, turquoise and apple green and we were good to go. I wish we had more wall space to show off the tile!”

Because we love this Brio blend so much, we wanted to share Mary’s perfect custom blend recipe:

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August 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Kitchen Cousins + Modwalls = Backsplash Sensation!!!

We seriously couldn’t be more ECSTATIC with the final result of HGtv’s Kitchen Cousins (& Brunellesci Construction‘s) recent kitchen remodel project!!!

The episode Fireplace Fiasco aired on HGtv nationwide last Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 and will re-air this Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 4:30 ET.  Set your dvr’s to record if you missed it because it features our very own Lush® glass subway tile, designed by Rex Ray Studio, as the finished kitchen backsplash!!!  We always knew this tile would end up in some cool locales and this kitchen definitely exceeds our expectations. :)

Here’s what HGtv has to say about this surprising episode(!):

“Sometimes it’s what’s behind the walls that makes all the difference. When John and Anthony take a look at Joel and Maria’s kitchen, the first thing that stands out is an unusually thick wall. After a little exploratory demolition they discover an incredible hidden fireplace which completely changes their original design. But as construction progresses, the fireplace they fell in love with becomes their biggest nightmare. Will this hearth be the centerpiece of the home, or will the whole job go down in flames?”

Here’s the BEFORE…

As you can see, this dark and divided kitchen left much to be desired by it’s homeowners Joel and Maria...Photo by (c)Christopher Amaral

And here is the AFTER!!!

We can only imagine how thrilled the homeowners must be to now come home to such a gorgeous, light, and modern kitchen with some flair of the unexpected!

AFTER! Photo by (c)Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

Notice how stunning our Lush Rex Ray TYPE White tile looks as the backsplash.. Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral

You too could have this American made tile in your home or commercial space!!  Find it here on our website and let us know what you think.

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

June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm 2 comments

Modwalls Tile in Katie Brown’s Gorgeous Amagansett Home – Final Edition!

Today we’re rolling out the last set of photos we have from Katie Brown’s lovely little Amagansett gem of a home. This place is SO CUTE!

When it came time to renovate & revamp her Hamptons residence, Katie choose to use modwalls® tile for every bathroom and her kitchen… sweet!

We first shared her seriously beautiful master bathroom, which features our Lush® 3×6 Driftwood glass subway tile (check out all of the photos on our previous post here).

modwalls Driftwood subway tile in Katie Brown's master bathroom

Next we shared her daughter Meredith’s crisp, cool and clean white bathroom that is decked out in modwalls® classic Lush®  3×6 Cloud white glass subway tile (view our post by clicking here).

modwalls Lush 3x6 Cloud glass subway tile

Our third post about Katie’s home showed you her daughter Prentiss’s super cool bathroom with a stunning shower covered in modwalls® Lush® 1×2 Surf mini subway glass tile.

modwalls Lush 1x2 Surf tile in Prentiss's bathroom

How awesome is that shower?  Check out all of the photos here.

And now for the grand finale!  Drum roll, please.

We’ve got two spaces to share today; Katie’s modern-meets-country kitchen and the kid’s guest bathroom. First up is everyone’s favorite space to remodel: the kitchen!

Katie completely transformed this kitchen and she choose our Lush® 3×6 Reef tile as the main statement piece. Change your tile, change your life, right?

modwalls Lush Reef subway tile in Katie Brown's kitchen

Below is an “in-process”/ before shot. As you can see, Katie ripped out EVERYTHING and started from scratch on this cozy kitchen. (The kitchen is that little nook waaay back there).

What a difference!

modwalls Lush 3x6 Reef glass subway tile

modwalls Lush 3x6 Reef glass subway tile close up

The guest bathroom features one of our custom penny round colors, a poppy red that is too cute for words. Our ModDotz™ porcelain penny round tiles are frequently used in bathrooms for floors, walls, shower surrounds and backsplashes.  Aren’t they the cutest?

Modwalls ModDotz penny round tiles in Katie Brown's guest bath

ModDotz penny rounds close up


Pretty soon we’ll share a clip from when we visited this sweet house. Modwalls®’s Sarah got to hang out with Katie and was recently featured in her PBS show. Look for it soon!

Katie & Sarah in her updated kitchen.


March 2, 2012 at 11:03 am 1 comment

Watch modwalls tile in action TONIGHT on the DIY Network!

We mentioned this project on our blog earlier this month when Food Network Magazine published an article all about DIY Network’s Worst Kitchen In America, featuring our Lush® 1×4 Vapor glass subway tile.

Well the time has finally come!

Please tune into the DIY Network channel tonight at 9 PM to see the amazing transformation of the kitchen dubbed “Worst in America!”

Click here to see a slideshow including before & after photos. It’s such a complete transformation!

modwalls Lush 1x4 Vapor tile on DIY Network's "Worst Kitchen In America"

DIY Network's Matt Blashaw in the completed kitchen with our Lush® 1x4 Vapor glass subway tile.


January 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm 3 comments

We’re In This Month’s Food Network Magazine… Check it!

What do you get when you put the fabulous folks at Food Network Magazine together with the super-talented designers at DIY Network, add in 1 kitchen in need of some SERIOUS tlc, and top it all off with modwalls® Lush® 1×4 Vapor glossy & gorgeous tile?

Give up?

Well we’ll tell ya: You get all of the ingredients for a truly exceptional kitchen makeover, and you can see the whole process on DIY Network’s special Worst Kitchen in America at 9 p.m. on January 31!

But you don’t have to wait till then… we’re offering a sneak peek RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.


Before: we can only say one thing about this kitchen… what in the world is going on in there?!

Food Network Mag's Worst Kitchen "Before"

After: Holy guac! Doesn’t even look like the same place, right?

modwalls 1x4 Vapor glass subway tile in Food Network + DIY Network's Worst Kitchen in America

Here’s a closer look:

modwalls 1x4 Vapor glass tile on DIY Worst Kitchen in America


modwalls Lush 1x4 Vapor tile in DIY's Worst Kitchen in America

Ooh la la!  What a transformation!

Don’t forget to set watch the show (or set your DVR to record).  It airs Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m. on the DIY Network.

January 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm 1 comment


Happy New Year to our tile loving friends!

We’re starting this one out right… by giving away some cash or store credit to three of our awesome customers.  They deserve it!

Our 4th Quarterly Photo Contest on Facebook ended on December 31 and it was definitely our BEST CONTEST YET.  We ask our customers to send photos of their completed tile installations and everyone seriously delivered!  Just look at this rockin’ photo album to see all of the entries:  Click Here.

We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we’ve received… We’re definitely having a “They like us… they really like us!” type of moment here!

So thanks to you, our customers, our friends and fans, for every bit of your support in 2011.  It means A LOT.

And now for the good stuff– it’s time to announce our 3 Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest Winners!

Coming in hot with 215 “votes” (likes), 15 shares, and 34 comments is THIS PHOTO of a sweet shower including three of our tiles: a Brio® 3/4″ mosaic glass tile “Shimmer” blend on the shower walls, our ModRocks™ Recycled Glass Pebbles on the shower floor, and our CorkDotz™ Cork Penny Round tile on the bathroom floor.  It’s an exquisite installation done by the professionals at Tarkus Tile in Lehi, Utah.  Thanks again for the photos and congrats for your win, Tarkus Tile!

modwalls Swank mosaic glass tile, modrocks Recycled Glass Pebble tile and CorkDotz Cork Penny Tile

With a stellar score of 152 “votes” (likes), 11 shares and 21 comments, 2nd place goes to this absolutely adorable photo of our ModDotz™ Orbit white, blue and orange porcelain penny round tile blend.

modwalls ModDotz Orbit white, blue and orange porcelain penny round tile blend.

Adorable, right?

And then there’s our 3rd place winner, which happens to be one of our all-time favorite photos (we’re allowed to have favorites!).  THIS PHOTO of our Clayhaus for modwalls® 2×8 ceramic subway tiles in the colors Brine, Milk and Licorice Matte is our 3rd and final winner with 69 “votes,” 10 comments and 1 share.

Hello, Dream Bathroom.

modwalls 2x8 ceramic subway tile in colors Brine gray, Milk white, Licorice Matte black.

Like all of our Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest winners, these peeps will get their choice of $50 cash or $100 store credit, and all they had to do was show off their gorgeous tile!

Again, thanks to everyone who has showed us some love in 2011!  Here’s hoping for an even bigger and brighter 2012 for everyone!


January 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

They’re Baaaack!

Our Popular Lush® Glass Tiles Are Back In Stock!  Woooo hoooo! 

modwalls lush glass subway tiles are back in stock

We are very pleased to announce that our gorgeous Lush® glass tiles are now back in stock and ready to ship!

Below is a list of all of the tiles we received; click on any link to go straight to the product’s webpage where you can place orders online immediately, or call our toll free number to place your order by phone.

Lush® 4×12 Cloud

Lush® 4×12 Surf

Lush® 4×12 Pool

Lush® 4×12 Almond

Lush® 4×12 Driftwood (new tile!)

Lush® 3×6 Vapor

Lush® 3×6 Pool

Lush® 3×6 Breaker

Lush® 3×6 Thistle

Lush® 3×6 Quince

Lush® 3×6 Fog Bank

Lush® 3×6 Lemongrass

Lush® 3×6 Taupe

Lush® 3×6 Sky

Lush® 1×4 Pool

Lush® 1×4 Fog Bank

Lush® 1×4 Surf (new tile!)

Lush® 1×2 Cloud

Questions?  Feel free to email or call us anytime and we’ll be happy to help.


Or call toll free: 1-877-439-9734

December 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Subway Tile Face-Off!

In this corner we have modwalls® subway tiles in sizes 4×12, 3×6, 2×8, 1×41×2 and 1/2×2 all installed OFFSET with a BRICK joint installation:

Lush 4x12 cloud white glass subway tile installed brick joint

Lush 4x12 Cloud glass subway tile.

Lush 3x6 Haze glass subway tile installed brick joint

Lush 3x6 Haze.

modwalls ceramic 2x8 subway tile Milk installed brick joint

2x8 Milk ceramic subway tile installed vertically with a brick joint.

modwalls 2x8 ceramic subway tile installed brick joint

Our 2x8 subway tiles installed horizontally and brick joint.

Lush 1x4 Sunset glass subway tile installed brick joint

Lush 1x4 Sunset mini glass subway tile.

Lush 1x2 fog bank gray glass subway tile with brick joint installation

Classic Lush 1x2 Fog Bank.

And in this corner, the same subway tiles from modwalls® all installed STACKED or STRAIGHT joint:

Lush 4x12 Vapor glass subway tile with straight joint installation

Lush 4x12 Vapor glass subway tile installed stacked or straight joint.

lush 3x6 reef glass subway tile installed vertically with straight joint

Lush 3x6 Reef glass subway tile installed vertically and stacked.

2x8 ceramic subway tile from modwalls installed straight joint

Our 2x8 ceramic subway tiles.

lush 1x4 lemongrass glass subway tile straight joint installation

Lush 1x4 Lemongrass. It's sold on sheets with stacked tiles that are ready to install straight joint.

Lush 1/2x2 mini glass subway tile color moss green installed straight joint

And our Lush 1/2x2 mini subway tile in the color Moss.

So, who wins in this battle royale?

Does your dream kitchen or bathroom include tiles that are offset, brick joint, or is stacked, straight joint tile more your style?



December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Today we want to THANK YOU

We want to pause and take a second to thank you, our customers, our fans, our friends, like-minded folks in general,  for all of your support these last six years that we’ve been in business.  It’s because of our amazing customers that we’re still in this game today, and we feel truly blessed for that.

"Alaskan Landscape" Brio custom glass tile blend

Cool customers with their Brio custom glass tile blend.

modwalls Lush 1x2 Fog Bank Kitchen with Alisa

Alisa with modwalls Lush 1x2 Fog Bank tile.

modwalls corkDotz floor tile bathroom

Cute customer standing on modwalls CorkDotz tile floor.

Lush 1x4 Pool tile installation at Sunset Magazine event

Our Lush 1x4 Pool tile used at a hand washing station at a Sunset Magazine event.

We are so very thankful, thrilled and honored every time our customers spend their hard earned money to buy the products we’ve lovingly created.  Having this opportunity to touch our customers lives with our tile, even just a little bit, is so gratifying.

modwalls Brio 3/4" City Sunshine tile blend

Littlest customer with modwalls Brio 3/4" City Sunshine tile blend.

zem-joaquin- modwalls glass-tiles-dwell-on-design

Zem Joaquin of ecofabulous with our recycled glass pebbles & tile.

playing with modwalls Brio 3/4" glass mosaic tile

Expressing themselves with our bulk loose Brio 3/4" glass tile.

happy customer with modwalls Brio custom glass tile blend

She created this backsplash with our Brio Custom Tile Blending Tool.

baby with modwalls Lush 1x4 Fog Bank kitchen

Lush 1x4 Fog Bank glass tile.

friends from By Design at modwalls tile trade show booth

Our friends from By Design at our Dwell trade show booth.

kids tile mosaic project with modwalls Brio glass mosaic tile at school

Kids working with our Brio 3/4" glass mosaic tile.

For every order you’ve placed, for every photo you’ve sent, for all of the wonderful feedback THANK YOU SO MUCH.

David and Rebecca of

Thank you from owners David and Rebecca and the modwalls crew: Sarah, Jessica, Luis, Katelyn and Mindi.


November 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm 2 comments

Can You Guess Our Most Popular Color of Glass Subway Tile?

We make our Lush glass  tile in over 30 colors, but which one is the top seller?

You might think it is the bright apple green of Lemongrass which is so hot right now.

Or the new neutral grey of Fog Bank

Perhaps the whisper blue of Vapor?

Or maybe the soft watery green of Surf?

All of these are top sellers for sure, but the number one all time best selling Lush glass subway tile is…Cloud White!

Surprised? Not really right?  White goes with everything so it’s no big surprise that it is our best seller.  Not all whites are created equal, however.  We’re picky here at modwalls and we think that’s the reason that our Cloud bright white Lush glass tile is so sought after. 

You see it’s very difficult to get a true bright white when firing color onto the back of glass to make subway tile.  Most glass has either a green or blue tint to it, which affects the finished look of the tile when a pale color such as white is baked onto the back of the glass.  Here at modwalls we only use ultra clear glass for our white and pale colors. It’s more expensive but we know that it is worth it to get that bright crisp white that we demand.   You can’t argue with these results now can you?

Modwalls is Making Tile Modern with cool new designs and a hassle free online buying experience. Try us for the broadest range of colors and whitest white glass subway tile in a range of sizes to make any kitchen backsplash, bathroom or swimming pool sing!

November 12, 2011 at 4:01 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:
"Making Tile Modern"

Rebecca Lonergan

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

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