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Craftsman Detail = Simplicity, Quality and Passion

semihandmade tileJohn McDonald is the owner of Semihandmade which is an innovative company that makes one-of-a-kind doors for IKEA kitchens, bathroom, closets and media cabinets. Modwalls spoke with John about how he started the company and the best way to incorporate craftsman touches in your remodel.

“I had been in LA for about 13 years working freelance in the film biz doing writing and production (mainly waiting tables).  At 34, I started buying old furniture, refinishing it and selling at swap meets. Then I moved on to making custom furniture and cabinetry.”

John transitioned to making doors from IKEA cabinets about five years ago and because of the demand, his company expanded to include 30 employees. The concept is simple and brilliant. You want that IKEA kitchen but not so crazy about the doors that come with the cabinets? What do you do? Simple:

“You don’t have to buy them,” says John. “All you do is just buy the boxes and hardware and we’ll make the amazing fronts, panels and tops so you get a really custom look for less.”

Rex Rox Lunar SemiHandmadeJohn’s philosophy when it comes to design is to keep it as simple and clean as possible. “I can’t stand precious and overly thought-out.” He’s passionate and opinionated about what he does, which has made his company a success within the industry and a favorite among clients.

“I always make it a point to seek out other companies I like. Modwalls makes a clean  tile product that is really well-made with great colors and excellent customer service. We’ve used their tiles at different design shows to compliment our booths. We also recommend their stuff to clients we think it will appeal to. Some of their new stuff is really amazing!”

So what do you do if you want to incorporate craftsman touches but you’re on a budget?

“The key is trying to have a few nice things you’ll hopefully have for a long time, then building around that.  The fact that IKEA is our platform says all you need to know about us. They’ve got a great system, really solid bones, and they are genius to let people compliment things as they like.”

Teal Agate semihandmadeSo whether it’s colorful ceramic tile or semi-handmade zebrawood cabinets, pick a product you love, a company you believe in, and have fun. Anything else?

“Remodeling is a marathon. Be prepared for that!”

Have a Modwalls’ design question? Ask and we will answer!  www.modwalls.com

 

December 19, 2014 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

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?

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

Shiny Happy Yellow Tile

“How wonderful Yellow is. It stands for the Sun.” – Van Gogh
#tile #livewithcolor #buytileonline           Modwalls.com

November 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

New Shape In American Made Ceramic Tile: The Wedge By Modwalls

THE WEDGE IS HERE!
Our exclusive new American made addition to our Kiln Ceramic Tile collection. The Wedge is available to order in 24 glossy and matte colors. In stock now in the 4 colors shown:
Milk, Splash, Limoncello and Brine.
Buy online or order samples at Modwalls.
“Live With Color”

October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Tile for the People!

Tile for the People!  We say that a lot here at Modwalls.  We started the company for people just like ourselves. People doing home building or remodeling, who want special touches and a sense of their own uniqueness in their surroundings.
That’s also why we created our online tile blender. You can mix and blend over 80 glass mosaic tile colors into your own personalized tile blend.
Take the one below here for example:
Our customers in Texas wanted to replace tired outdoor brick with a bit of color that references the colors you’ll find inside the home.
They used the Modwalls Blender to create a blend just right for them. They even chose a few Brio Pearl colors so these outside walls would sparkle when hit by the headlights of visitors for a little added “twinkle”.

Once created by you, our Brio custom blends are produced locally through our partnership with the clients at HOPE Services . Hope’s developmentally disabled adult clients love working on Modwalls tile and making our customers happy. Try out our online glass mosaic tile blender or our
Check out Modwalls.com and let us help you to “Live With Color”.
Outdoor wall tile is custom Brio glass mosaic blend created online by the homeowners in Dallas. #orangedoor #outdoortile #briotile #createyourtile #modwallstileblender #buytileonline #livewithcolor

September 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Pop of Color with ModDotz Tile in a Kids Bathroom

Check out our ModDotz Porcelain penny tile blend Juno in this fun kids’ bathroom! This project designed by talented designer Galeana Younger.
Buy ModDotz tile and other modern and colorful tile online at Modwalls.com
ModDotz porcelain penny tile on walls and floor. #buytileonline #moddotz #pennytile #colortile #cooltile #cute #fundesign #tile #floortile #walltile #modtile #livewithcolor

September 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

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

February 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

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Rebecca Lonergan


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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