Posts tagged ‘modern design’

Creating the Personal with Art

Do you ever see a painting that would look great in your living room…if only it were a different color? Do you love art but think collecting it is for other people? Meet Jennifer Broussard Artworks.

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Jennifer Broussard is a contemporary photographer and artist who starts with a photograph and then uses color and design to create a work of art. Her clients range from retail to interior designers to gallery owners, resort hotels and health care centers.

“Clients look at what I have and sometimes they’ll have specific things that they want, so I’ll create it for them; or designers will send me the design of a room – the color palette, what the chairs and walls will look like, and I’ll work with that.”


She takes her inspiration from the natural world creating vibrant collages from images of oceans, flowers, mountains, animals and butterflies.

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“I start with a color and then take it as far as I want. The Animal Kingdom Series started with the Longhorns and received such a huge response. I use color to layer, design and erase.”

In addition to her collection of animals and landscape collage, she has created the Auntie Jennie Series which is made up of pieces that are as colorful as they are whimsical – perfect for a nursery or play center.

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“I have been selling these to the retail market – a lot of families, or for gifts; some hospitals have been purchasing them for their children’s areas. My work has been chosen by people who have studied evidence-based design because it’s seen as being healing.”

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Evidence-based design is a field of study on how design can reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being and healing. Research shows that patients who have access to views of nature (as opposed to a brick wall) require less pain medication and recover more quickly.

Art, lighting, furniture, texture and color are all tools that can be employed to influence how we feel, function and communicate – and businesses, institutions and decorators are taking note.

“I’ve sold a lot of my work to cancer units – like the butterfly collages, for instance. Hotels and hospitality tend towards more modern, abstract, and contemporary designs.”

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Jennifer began her career with commercial portraits and image development, often working with musicians, actors and other artists.

“I liked doing that, but I reached a point where I told my boyfriend, ‘I think I’m an artist without any art,’ so I sat down and, for three months, made twelve-inch squares of painting and photography. When I was done, I had 99 pieces.”

Pop Art Palm TreesOne of those pieces was a leaf collage that she showed to an sales rep who asked for five more. A few months later, he asked her for pieces with palm trees for a hotel client.

“I didn’t have any but I said I could shoot some, so I drove around Malibu, took photos, showed him, and then I had a career. Everyone went crazy over the palm trees.”

Jennifer took that model and expanded on it. She now has a collection of 250,000 photographs and 15,000 collages.

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Jennifer Broussard

“When I went digital, I got everything under my control. I didn’t have to rely on a printer or a retoucher. All these ideas that had been pushing to come out – all this creativity that had been stuffed inside of me – just poured out, and now I have to manage that because it’s really hard to know when to stop. It just keeps coming!”

Jennifer Broussard Artworks is offering Modwalls’ customers 10% off their first purchase! Visit and enter MODWALLS during check-out. For inquiries, please email 

Micheline Auger is a freelance writer who loves art, people who make art, and all things Modwalls.

August 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Introducing American Made Textured Glass Subway Tile CRAVE


Introducing American Made Textured Glass Subway Tile CRAVE

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CRAVE – color Oasis

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Modwalls© all NEW American Made Texture Glass Subway Tile is CRAVE.

Available in 7 stunning colors, this CRAVE Collection features 3″x8″ glass subway tile with a glamorously textured surface.  Ideal for any wall application including kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, fireplace tile, feature wall tile, and pool tile.  CRAVE tiles can be in stalled in a stacked or offset pattern.  Would be dynamic as a solid tile installation or feel free to mix and match with other CRAVE colors.

Contact us at for samples.

Modwalls® invites you to discover our own brands of colorful modern tile and experience delightful customer service. Buy online or call us toll free at 877-439-9734. 

We look forward to doing business with you!

December 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Making a real SPLASH!!! Kitchen Before & After via

Great article by featuring our very own Clayhaus for modwalls® 2″x 8″ Splash Subway Tile.  See the amazing transformation below or view the original article here.

Kitchen Before & After:  A 1970s Kitchen Gets aJaw Dropping Overhaul


When we saw photos of Kitchn reader Sarah Galender Meyer’s Bay Area kitchen renovation, we were stunned! This small, dark 1970s kitchen (“horrid,” as Sarah said) underwent a complete gut remodel, which included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding French doors to bring in more light. See what the kitchen looks like now:


We love it! So pretty. Here’s what Sarah says about the renovation:

We did a gut remodel of a horrid 70’s small and dark kitchen in our 1906 house. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. All new everything including enlarging the windows and adding french doors to the dining room to bring more light in. We also gutted the attached pantry that served many purposes – back door entry, bathroom, laundry room, and pantry storage.

We did a significant amount of structural work to remove the wall between the dining room and kitchen, which involved an engineer, and we gutted the attached pantry that included a small bathroom.
Cabinets – Executive Cabinetry (semi-custom)
Countertop – Cambria (white), and Walnut for the peninsula
Appliances – Kitchenaid
Pendants – Schoolhouse Electric
Sink – Kohler
Faucet – Hansgrohe

I really love everything about the new kitchen. The tile, the wood countertop, the sink, the faucet, and the built-ins might be my favorites, though. Also, I love the French doors that went in on the dining room side. It really opened up the space and let in so much more light.


Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah!

(Image credits: Sarah Galender Meyer)

Modwalls is “Making Tile Modern” with fresh and colorful collections inspired by mid century architecture and design.

If interested, please check out our online tile showroom at We stock in Northern California and ship throughout North America. Samples available.  Discounts to the trade. 

December 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

“A (Back) Splash of Bright Color” – Modwalls in Cooking Light Magazine

We absolutely LOVE it when our tiles get published!!  It’s truly an honor that we cherish very much here at modwalls and being featured in Cooking Light‘s October 2013 issue is no exception.

We are so proud that our American made, Clayhaus for modwalls ceramic tile collection has inspired people across the Country to create their own backsplash blends using any of our 24 colors.  The collection first started with the seven colors shown beautifully in this Cooking Light article.  When the line was first developed, our Co-Founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Lonergan’s goal was to expand on modwalls’ product line with a modern, fun, always colorful, handmade, and domestically made ceramic tile product.  Collaborating with Clayhaus Ceramics was the perfect partnership to make it all happen!

“I wanted to add an American made ceramic collection to our product line-up.  When the folks at Clayhaus contacted us about a collaboration it was a great fit!  Our Mid-Century aesthetics matched perfectly and they allowed us to create exclusive glaze colors to meet the needs of our existing customer base. We are their only stocking distributor and we have a growing number of colors in 2×8 and now stretched hex tiles in stock for immediate delivery.  The sales and press that this collection has received is testament to how well our collaboration is working.”

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Tile featured in this article:

Clayhaus for modwalls 2″x 8″ Ceramic Subway Tile in Milk, Cookie, Brine, Zest, Wheatgrass, Splash, and Licorice Matte.

Shop other American Made tile here.

Modwalls is “Making Tile Modern” with fresh and colorful collections inspired by mid century architecture and design.

If interested, please check out our online tile showroom at We stock in Northern California and ship throughout North America. Samples available.  Discounts to the trade. 

October 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Blue Steel: Sneak Peek to Modwalls’ Newest ModDotz!

It’s always fun to name the new products and colors – especially the colors – here at modwalls!  We always get a good laugh (or groan) from the options being put out there for consideration.  It’s truly a collective effort from the modwalls team!

Last week we received a highly anticipated shipment of existing products and some new goodies.  So new in fact, we’re still loading them on to our site.  Here’s sneak preview of some of our newest products as well as some reminders of other fun items back in stock.

Without further ado…

I’d like to introduce you to our ModDotz Porcelain Penny Rounds in “Blue Steel”!  Other color name ideas were Narwhal, Calypso, Ultra-marine, New-er Navy, and Somewhat Less Navy.  We decided on Blue Steel since it made us laugh, but the nod-to-Zoolander name is still descriptive of the beautiful jewel-toned blue it is.  :)

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ModDotz – Blue Steel

Here’s a totally NEW ModDotz Blend “Pacifica”.  The blend consists of existing ModDotz colors Marshmallow, Spa Blue, and Key Lime.

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ModDotz – Pacifica

Other ModDotz favorites that are back in stock:  Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime.

ModDotz: Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime

ModDotz: Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime

Welcome home!

We also welcomed home lots of Lush® glass subway tile in a variety of sizes and colors.  Check them out here!

Modwalls is “Making Tile Modern” with fresh and colorful collections inspired by mid century architecture and design.

If interested, please check out our online tile showroom at We stock in Northern California and ship throughout North America. Samples available.  Discounts to the trade. 

September 9, 2013 at 4:54 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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#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

May 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm 4 comments

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:



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.


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%)


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)


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.


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.


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:

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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.


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)


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

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

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