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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!


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

Modwalls Makes it Easy to get Tile Samples Online

We’ve updated our website to offer a sample on every product page.  Samples are in stock and ready to ship via USPS Priority Mail at nominal cost with free shipping.
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We’re here to help you to “Live With Color”!

September 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Serene Bathroom Featuring Modwalls Tile

Another lovely bathroom by our friends at Hatano Studios.This one features our Lush 4×12 Cloud on the backsplash and ModRocks 100% Recycled glass pebbles on the shower walls. Shop the pebbles:

February 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls Tile First Featured in Sunset Magazine 2005

#tbt our first feature story in @sunsetmag almost 10 years ago!
Thank you #sunsetmag!
Online Tile Showroom
In Stock for immediate deliver
Modern and colorful tile designs
Samples Available
Discounts To The Trade

January 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Recycled Glass Pebble Tile ModRocks Back in Stock at

January 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Cork Mosaic Tiled Bathroom: CorkDotz by Modwalls

Modwalls’ CorkDotz Cork Mosaic Tile in a Modern Bathroom.
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January 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls CorkDotz Sustainable Cork Tile in Bathroom

Our CorkDotz cork mosaic tile is a sustainable option for a stylish bathroom. Buy product here:

November 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

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Rebecca Lonergan

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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