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Staging Your Elements of Style

Lucia DeSimoneLucia DeSimone of Before and After, the popular New York staging and redesign company, is not afraid to move. During a ten-year period, she moved eight times.

“I loved moving, and not everyone has that experience. The minute I would walk into a new apartment, I would think, ‘what can I do with this space?’ I knew that I needed to do something with that.”


DeSimone works with home sellers so that they can get a greater return on their investment. “The longer your home is on the market, the lower the price.”

She contends that when sellers work with a staging company, their homes sell faster and the National Association of Realtors seems to agree. According to one study published by NAR, 32% of buyers’ agents believe staged homes increase the dollar value by one to five percent.

DeSimone adds, “only 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a home.” Her goal is to make a seller’s home an inviting place for a buyer’s imagination (and investment). The cost? “You don’t always have to spend additional funds on purchasing new items.”


She brings a designer’s eye to what sellers already possess, and focuses on furniture placement, clutter-removal, and adding simple but effective accents, like fresh flowers.

These techniques are useful for new homeowners, or anyone who wants to make their home or office more reflective of their personal style. “Every piece of furniture in my space is a reflection of who I am,” says DeSimone. “There is not a single plant, not a single item of soap, or a succulent, that doesn’t belong there. When I’m working with a client, I want to know who they are.”


Strategically-placed soap! (Modwalls’ Brio Blend City Sunshine Tile)


But, um, what if you don’t really know who you are, or, at least, what your style is? DeSimone’s technique is to ask, look and listen. When doing a walk-thru, she pays attention. “There are things that clients really love, and things they don’t pay attention to.”

She translates these observations into design elements that reflect each client’s personal aesthetic and aspiration.  “I had one client who didn’t necessarily have an interest in design, but we’ve been in touch regularly, and now she’s found her own personal style and has fun with it.”

Tanner's BrownAnd how does DeSimone, as Modwalls’ likes to say, ‘live her colors?’ “I’m totally neutrals and earths – all the way. My favorite colors are based on my favorite type of paint, Farrow & Ball. I love Tanner’s Brown, Pale Oak, and Vert de Terre.” And accents? “I would pop that with a mulberry, or a magenta – like a purple – definitely.”

Lucia DeSimone works with clients in New York City, Miami, and nationwide. For more information, or to schedule a phone consultation, email

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

August 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Before and After Bathroom Remodel with Modwalls Tile

Grace Chon recently shared her bathroom redo on Instagram. We love “Before & After” photos; especially when our tile is part of the After!
Shown: Lush blue  glass subway tile in 1×4 Vapor.
Repost from @thegracechon via @igrepost_app, it’s free! Use the @igrepost_app to save, repost Instagram pics and videos, Here’s another before and after, this time of the bathroom. These were shot in the same spot, same time of day! We had a skylight added in because the bathroom used to be such a cave. I do NOT recommend doing a bathroom renovation when you’re 9months pregnant. 😝 #renovation #bathroom #midcenturymodern #rejuvenation #casadechon

November 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

The Coolest Outdoor Shower You May Ever See

Thanks to our friends at famed San Francisco landscape architecture firm, The Guzzardo Partnership, Our Lush glass subway tile became part of this project.
And the residents of this Silicon Valley condo complex get to wash the pool chlorine off in style.
Modwalls’ Lush 3×6 Orange Glass Subway Tile Color Poppy.
#outdoortile #shower #theguzzardopartnership #lushglasstile #poppy #orange #design #livewithcolor

October 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

A Kitchen Like Grandma’s

Like Grandma's Only Better...

Like Grandma’s Only Better…

It’s a cloudy day here. Makes me wanna bake cookies in a kitchen like this one.  The backsplash  is our Lush 4×12 Surf glass subway tile.
Kitchen Design and Construction by McCaffrey Homes
 “Live With Color”

September 28, 2014 at 2:49 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
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

White Glass Tile Kitchen Backsplash in Weave Pattern by Modwalls

Our Lush Weave glass tile in Cloud #white makes a stunning backsplash in a Del Mar, CA home. #tiletuesday #lushtile #modwallstile #design

July 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Create a Customized Glass Mosaic Tile Blend at Modwalls

A lively custom Brio glass mosaic tile blend created with our online blender. Ordered blends are produced locally via Hope Services in 1 week. #mcm #modwallstile #mosaic #tile #glassmosaic #glasstile #blendyourowntile #modwallsblender

May 5, 2014 at 11:12 am 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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