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New Modwalls Brio Glass Mosaic Blend: Cabo

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November 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

We love it when our tile gets noticed!

The entire crew here at modwalls tile company loves it when we get a kind word from our customers or a bit of notice in a fabulous magazine.

Right now there are two great publications giving us a little shout out.

We love Dwell magazine and have been loyal advertisers ever since they gave us a mention in their new products section during our early days,  several years ago.  Our Lush Poppy glass subway tile is shown in the TILE section of Dwell’s Spring 2013 special issue “Renovate Today!”.   We are honored to be included among some great tile manufacturers.

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Though we didn’t make it to Neocon this year, fortunately our  CorkDotz cork mosaic tile was chosen to be featured in the Materials Pavilion there.  In addition it got a mention in the “Neocon issue” of  Interiors & Sources Magazine interiorssourcesmag

For more information on modwalls tile and all of our unique and colorful collections go to: www.modwalls.com.

Buy online 24/7.  Samples with free shipping and discounts to the trade.

June 18, 2013 at 4:22 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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Manhattan Ave Residence - modern - bathroom - los angeles - Michael Lee Architects
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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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#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

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 redneckmodern.com.  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:

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
http://www.christopheramaral.com/

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 http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

Notice how stunning our Lush Rex Ray TYPE White tile looks as the backsplash.. Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

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  modwalls.com.

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

Taa-daaa!

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.

Look!

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

And:

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

#Winning!

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.

Email: Service@modwalls.com

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

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

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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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