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New Lush 1/2″x 2″ Blends: Carmelita & Chelsea!!!

Happy to announce that we have some new mouth watering Lush 1/2″x2″ Blends, Carmelita and Chelsea!!  Both are available for purchase at modwalls.com for $19.95 per sheet.

The new Lush® Carmelita is a mod color combination of Creamy Cameo, Poppy orange, Tomato red, Chocolate brown, Merlot, and Reef.  We love it in this size and we think you will too!

Lush 1/2"x 2" Blend Carmelita

Lush 1/2″x 2″ Blend Carmelita

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Lush 1/2″x 2″ Blend Carmelita

The new Lush® Chelsea Blend is a metropolitan color combination of Cloud white, plum, Fog Bank gray, Tomato red, merlot, and darker Storm gray.  Super chic!!

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Lush 1/2″x2″ Chelsea

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Lush 1/2″x2″ Chelsea

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

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March 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

On a Budget? Meet Brio Custom Blends!!!

Brio® Custom Blends Fit Every Budget!

Customizing your kitchen or bathroom gets extremely pricey!  Especially if you’re working within a specific color scheme.

Meet our Brio® Custom Blend Program!  With literally millions of possible glass mosaic color combinations right at your fingertips, you can easily create the right tile blend for your project…Plus, it’s totally budget-friendly and fun to do!!!

How-to Create Your Custom Blend Recipe:

Step 1) Access the blender at: http://www.modwallsblender.com/

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Step 2)  Select the colors that you’d like to blend by clicking on the Brio® ¾” glass tile images.

The colors will automatically move into the blender after 2 colors have been selected.  Remove any color by dragging it away from the blending area.

If you wish to start over, just click RESET.

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Step 3) Feel free to adjust the color percentage by moving the arrows up and down on each color. (Note: your design must add up to 100%)

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Step 4) Think you reached your desired colored combination?  Click on REMIX to randomly remix the colors. (Note that all of our custom blends are random, not patterned)

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Step 5) Optional, but highly recommended:  Select grout colors to see how this changes the effect of your blend.  The grout colors shown are part of modwalls® StarGlass/ Dimension Urethane Grout collection. Grout is sold separately, but we believe this is the best choice available for any glass tile installation.

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Step 6)  Order Your Custom Blend Sample here.  Be sure to enter your blend recipe on the Customer Comments area – including color names and percentages.  Note:  you will be prompted to enter your recipe on page 2 of checkout.

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Why should I order a sample?

We strongly encourage creative customers like yourself to order samples of your custom blend – which eliminates any online purchasing woes.  Each computer monitor may slightly distort the true colors and it’s always good to have a sample in-hand.  Btw, samples are about 5″ x 5″ and are not refundable.

Once you have received your sample and are ready to order your Brio® custom blend, simply call us toll-free @ 877-439-9734.  We have real people ready to take your order Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm Pacific Time.  Please note that there is a 20 sq.ft. minimum order per custom blend.


How is my custom blend assembled?

Since 2005, we proudly and locally outsource our modwalls® custom blend production to the wonderful people at HOPE Services.  HOPE Services is a non-profit organization which employs developmentally and physically disabled adults to do a variety of production work. Their mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to live and participate in their communities – and we LOVE this.

HOPE’s clients are responsible for making each sheet of your custom blend – a true work of art – made with pride and love!  There are currently over 30 HOPE clients dedicated to the modwalls® custom blend production.

Here are some photos of HOPE’s client’s in action:

Hope Services putting together modwalls Brio custom mosaic tile blends

At Hope Services working on a modwalls Brio Custom Mosaic tile blend
HOPE Services receives our customer’s custom blend recipes on a weekly basis. Each individual Brio® Mosaic Color comes with a paper facing that HOPE soaks off prior to mounting and assembling each blend.  Tiles are then set individually onto plastic grids in a random pattern according to your recipe.  Each completed grid (or 1.15 sq.ft. sheet) is then reviewed for quality control.  Once approved, a plastic film is placed over the top or “face” of the tiles to hold it in place for installation.

This entire process generally takes about 1 week to complete.  Once your blend is complete, we’ll ship it via UPS and email you the tracking number.

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Real Customer Satisfaction!

Here’s a recent client review we received about their custom blend experience:

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Installation Location: OUTDOOR SHOWER (see below)

“We created an outdoor shower using a custom blend. It turned out really great. It was so easy to work with ModWalls.”

-Keith (of Palm Springs, CA)

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Be Inspired:  Some of our favorite Brio® Custom Blends to date…

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Brio custom blend inspired by Reggie the Cockatiel

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Want to see more?  Check out more custom glass tile blends created and installed by our customers here.

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

January 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Cleaning Grout: Helpful Tips w/ a Personal Recommendation

We were recently asked {again} by a customer for some helpful tips on keeping grout bright and sparkling clean.  Who wants dirty grout?  No one.

As as self-described OCD cleaner myself, I have personally experimented with all sorts of products in the cleaning product and technique realm.  I’ve read tons of suggestions via Pinterest, blogs, and online searches, and what I have found may surprise you.

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May I introduce you to the power of the Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser?!!  If the reviews don’t convince enough to purchase this for your home – specifically for grout – maybe I will. :)

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Thinking way back to the first time I ever bought this now very addictive little cleaning gem… I vaguely remember wandering around Target in the cleaning products aisle and saw this box (but maybe a smaller version).  I figured it was worth the very cheap cost to try out something new for my typical cleaning rituals.

After reading all the do’s and don’ts on the box, I started out small, testing it on areas that seemed up for the challenge.  First was walls, switches & outlets, then baseboards, then eventually tile & grout.  I give all the credit to these little erasers for helping me get my deposits back on not only one, but two different rental properties.

I sometimes find myself wandering around my house looking for hidden scuffs and dirt to clean up – eraser in hand.  No joke, I almost asked for these as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.  Maybe I’ll get lucky?! ;)

Easy How-to Instructions:

  1. Vacuum, sweep, or wipe away larger debris from the area you would like to clean.
  2. Remove the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser from the packaging.
  3. Put on rubber gloves.
  4. Hold eraser under running water to get it wet and give it a couple of squeezes to remove the excess water.  (Sometimes only a bit of water is more than sufficient).
  5. Rub eraser over the affected areas: could be soap scum, scuffs, dirt, mildew, mold, and stains in your shower or on your floor. It takes very little effort to rub away the grime  (although sometimes I have to use my fingernail to get into tight grout joints).  Might be best to test on a smaller area to get comfortable with the process.
  6. Change the position of the Magic Eraser once the portion you are using becomes dirty. Stubborn stains may require you to go over the surface area a couple of times.
  7. Wipe area clean with a damp cloth.
  8. Allow your Magic Eraser to air dry and then store it away.

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Anyway, I now purchase this wonderful product in bulk since it’s become such a regular favorite.  Of course, not every product works on every surface, but you’ll be pleased to know it definitely works on grout.  Here’s a link to get a coupon for it through the manufacturer – or – you can find it on amazon.com here.

Be additionally forewarned that this product does break down as you use it (like a real life eraser), so you may need more than one sponge per dirty job.  I’ve found that lightly scrubbing an area seems to work better than putting a lot of muscle into it.

Details, details, details….

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is made of a compound called melamine foam. Although it can appear soft, the inner fibers are very thin and strong. With small openings across the surface, the melamine works much like fine sandpaper, reaching into the small grooves where stains have settled.

When lightly moistened, the holes in a Magic Eraser bind to dirt particles, resulting in a clean surface. The spongy eraser may then leave behind a residue, which can easily be wiped away with water or a damp cloth.

Melamine is also used in other applications as a resin, such as for soundproofing and as insulation for pipes. According to the Mr. Clean website, the Magic Eraser contains no harsh chemicals. However, some consumer Internet sites claim the Magic Eraser can cause chemical burns on the skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, the Magic Eraser can abrade the skin when rubbed directly on the skin. When used in the intended manner, however, the melamine should not cause burning.  *Always keep out of reach of children*

NOTE: The hard surface and fibers of the Magic Eraser can scratch certain surfaces, making them appear dull, so it should not be used on varnished surfaces or other materials prone to scratching.

Read more: How Do Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Work? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5268583_do-clean-magic-erasers-work.html#ixzz2EnPG7JUb

Best of luck keeping your grout bright and sparkling with my latest favorite thing!

Cleaning Grout:  Helpful Tips w/ a Personal Recommendation by Katelyn Bowman

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

December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Modwalls Press: Dwell Magazine – Bath & Spa Special Issue

“Our first ever Bath & Spa special issue is filled with the latest in bathroom design, from outdoor showers to luxurious personal saunas. Dwell’s editors bring the latest and hottest products for any lavatory and any budget.” -Dwell Magazine

“Capturing San Diego’s beachy, laid-back vibe with just a handful of sun-shining-on-the-Pacific tile colors was Public Architecture and Planning‘s real trick in this charming bathroom.  By relying on a multihued array of small tiles, Public’s principal James Brown credits his clients, Kim and Torrey Lee, with selecting a ‘seamless palette that brought the color and feel of the ocean’ into the home.” 

“The clients requested an open shower with a large tub.  But they asked to be surprised with the design of the entire house.  I hope they jumped!” -Architect James Brown

Feeling inspired?  Create your own Brio® Custom Blend using our modwalls® Tile Blender 24/7!!  With over 80 Brio® colors to chose from, the possibilities are basically endless!  

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Brio ClearBrio ShimmerBrio Custom Tile Blends

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

November 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Plus Design + Plus Design + Plus Design…

Clayhaus for Modwalls® Plus Design Mosaics are now available in both 2″ and 4″ sizes!!!

PLUS, we couldn’t be more thrilled to add our Wheatgrass color to this super fun mix.

100% handcrafted in the USA, each individual tile is a unique piece of functional art.  What size do you prefer?

Modwalls 2″ Plus Design Mosaic shown in Milk, Splash, and Brine.

Modwalls 4″ Plus Design Mosaic shown in Milk, Splash, Brine, amd Wheatgrass.

Maybe you prefer solid colors?

But the colorful regulated mix is so fun!

Loving all the different color combinations and pattern possibilities!  Depending on the colors you wish to chose, we can assemble a blend or pattern just for you!  By the way, custom colors are also available.

2″ Plus Design Mosaics are $52.95* per 1.06 square foot sheet

4″ Plus Design Mosaics are $45.95* per 1.06 square foot sheet

*Trade pricing available by phone @ 877-439-9734*

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

November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

modwalls® Lush® Weave Patterns, “Ready for my close-up!!!!!”

(**Okay, so we cannot exactly interview our lastest and greatest Lush® patterns per se, but if we did, they would be more than thrilled to be in the center of the spotlight**)

Modwalls WEAVE patterns were created by modwalls one and only in-house Interior Designer, Katelyn Bowman.  When developing this simple, but intriguing pattern for modwalls, Katelyn wanted to create a fresh twist on a tried and true version of an herringbone and chevron pattern using our modern 8mm thick Lush® 1×4 glass tile in our top selling Cloud, Vapor, and Fog Bank colors.

“Geometric patterns are an ever-constant design element – past and present – and there’s beauty in the repetition.  I think this new pattern I designed for modwalls will be a seemless addition to an already fantastic line of products.  Although the pattern is relatively simple, you can install this in many different ways which I’m sure will please many different design aesthetics.” :)

Installing your backsplash tile in this pattern would typically be more labor-intensive and therefore more expensive since your installer would have placed each tile individually (not fun!).

Modwalls addresses this issue by sheeting the pattern in a way that makes installation MUCH easier.  The pattern is pre-set and mesh-mounted with 1/16″ grout joints with interlocking sides.  This tile is ideal for any wall applications including kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, fireplace tile and pool tile. The tile is sold in sheets that measure 0.93 square feet each (just less than one square foot) for $19.95. It can be laid either vertically, horizontally, 45 degree angle, etc.

Here are some more eye-catching images of the Lush® 1×4 Weave!  Enjoy!!!

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

September 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

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

FB Quarterly Photo Contest Winners Announced!!!

Modwalls Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest WINNERS!!! These 3 lucky owners get $50 cash or $100 store credit – and all they had to do was show off their gorgeous tile!!!

Next quarterly contest has officially started!!  Enter your pics now for a chance to be a future winner!  Send your pics to service@modwalls.com and LIKE us on facebook to stay in the loop and place your votes (the most ‘likes’ per pic will win!).

HELPFUL TIPS FOR TAKING THE BEST PICS:  

  • Switch all your lights ON
  • Clear your counters or area of distracting accessories and clutter
  • Clean tile photographs the best – wink wink ;-)
  • Take your pics when it’s daytime – you’ll get better lighting and won’t get any weird glare from dark windows
  • Think like a photographer and ask yourself…what’s the best angle here? 
  • Avoid capturing yourself in the bathroom mirror
  • Don’t rush it!  Wait until your space is completely done so we can all enjoy the results
  • Send us actual size /high resolution images – 300dpi is ideal
  • Have fun with it!!!
Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com.

July 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm 1 comment

Did you know that all grouts are NOT created equal?

Seriously…All grouts are not created equal.

More often than not, grout becomes an overlooked element within the tile installation process (why is that btw?).  We believe it’s just as important as finding the tile that’s right for you!  Grout is what seals everything together – literally.  Don’t go through all this time to find the right tile only to not think about what grout you will grout it with.

Since we have the fortunate privilege of chatting daily with wonderful people like yourself about their tile installations, we are in the know as to what people are planning and what they are…well…not.

Grout can either be something that you have to do OR it can be something that makes your tile look even more amazing when it’s complete!  Like we have mentioned in the past, we are extremely passionate about StarGlass Grout paired with most of our modwalls tile.  It’s kinda like the perfect marriage of tile and grout.  And we want to encourage you to specifically ask yourself, “What type & color of grout would look best with this tile [I've selected]?”…and “When is sanded grout most appropriate?”…

Since most of us are visual learners, I had this super cool idea to photograph our ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles in both StarGlass Grout and regular sanded grout.  The visual speaks for itself…one is “clearly” better AND it’s better for the environment. :)

Helpful hint = whenever you are installing glass or any translucent tile, the surrounding grout has a major impact on how your tile will appear once installation is complete. 

On the left- Diamond Starglass Grout and on the right is a standard white sanded grout.

Note:  Both of the above images are taken with the same digital camera in the same lighting conditions.

In the application on the left, the StarGlass grout allows light to enter in and through the grout and also the clear glass pebbles – making the whole area appear more illuminated.  The sanded grout application, shown on the above right, does not allow light to flow through the grout and therefore makes the pebbles appear much darker overall.  Same exact pebble tile, but with different grouts.

Here are some other examples of StarGlass Grout paired with our Lush® modwalls tile:

Modwalls Lush Blend installed with Opal StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Rex Ray TYPE White Tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Lush Glass Subway tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Now lets get a little more in-depth on the StarGlass specifics…The actual product description is Translucent Grout for Glass Tile.  

For all you eco-friendly peeps out there, you’ll be happy to know that this product is made from post-consumer recycled glass – a truly revolutionary one-of-a-kind product!

The recycled glass is reduced down to teeny tiny beads (texture totally resembles the consistency of sugar) and is mixed with a translucent urethane binder that allows light to pass through the grout itself. So cool!  This waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break down over time, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste since it’s pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container.  StarGlass long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability (aka it won’t yellow over time).  Plus, it comes in these fantastic 15 colors: diamond, onyx, opal, aquamarine, topaz, hematite, jade, amber, moonstone, aventurine, palm wood, citrine, copper, silver, and bronze.

One final benefit we want to be sure to point is how the StarGlass Grout has the ability to minimizes the look of grout lines – if this is your goal. Check out these two kitchen backsplash installations below where both purchased Lush® 3×6 Sky tile, but one kitchen grouted with Aquamarine StarGlass grout and the other with regular sanded grout.  The images truly speak for themselves.

Left – Lush 3×6 Sky with StarGlass Grout and to the right is Lush 3×6 Sky with white sanded grout.

StarGlass also offers benefits of a traditional Urethane grout:

• Pre‐mixed, ready to use
• Excellent chemical, stain and mildew resistance
• Semi‐flexible, low shrinkage and high crack resistance
• No color fading, streaking or shading – Even when wet!
• Fast, easy clean‐up when compared to epoxy and cementgrouts
• Innovative, proprietary coloring system
• Excess product can be saved and used later
• UV stable colors (non‐yellowing)
• Self‐sealing – no sealing required
• Non‐sag formula for vertical surfaces
• Free of BPA (bisphenol‐A) found in epoxy grouts
• Dust‐free mixing
• Fast, easy installation ‐ installs up to 50% faster than othergrouts
• Superior to cement grout
• Contributes to USGBC LEED Credits: MR 4.1 & 4.2(Recycled Content), MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials), and EQ, 4.1 (Low‐Emitting Materials).
• Contains over 80% post‐consumer recycled content.

Overall, all these features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come!

Where can you use StarGlass grout you ask?  StarGlass Grout can be used on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a variety of interior and exterior installations of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles in a range of grout joint widths.

When is sanded grout appropriate?

Sanded grout is appropriate in many installations.  I think sanded grout looks great with natural stone, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, etc. – basically any solid tile aka non-translucent.  Below are images of a some modwalls products installed with neutral sanded grout.  As you can see, sanded grout can be used as a design element to add heavy contrast and definition to the tile and/or the pattern.

Example where sanded grout is totally acceptable = with ceramic, porcelain, or other opaque tile products.

Modwalls ModDotz Confetti grouted with a sanded grout

Brio Blend Palisades grouted with a neutral sanded grout

ModDotz shower installed with white sanded grout for high-contrast.

Now what??? :)

It is our hope that you would soak up all this information and spend some time to select the best grout for your tile – whether that be StarGlass Grout or sanded grout!

Have more questions?  Feel free to call or email us with any related or unrelated tile installation questions.

We’d love to help!

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 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Inspired By…

Modwalls ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles

“Dew” it aww-natural per modwalls. :)

Our ModRocks™ Recycled Glass Pebbles are an extremely unique, 100% post-consumer recycled glass tile.

These cloudy clear dew-drop-sized pebbles reflect light and  surrounding colors beautifully.  To create this tile, recycled glass is tumbled with low heat until smooth glass pebbles are the result.  The pebbles are then mesh-mounted for easy installation and sold by the square foot for $25.95.  Here’s an amazingly gorgeous installation on our houzz page.

 

May 9, 2012 at 3:34 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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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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