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What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.
(Continued from chapter 4) Ceramic, glass, porcelain, cement, cork… Margaret remembers retiling the kitchen floor of her apartment when she was in college. She just went to the local hardware store and got marble tile that was adhesive. “Was it vinyl?” she ponders as she looks through the website of modern tile that is definitely not anywhere close to vinyl. It’s bright and colorful and doesn’t look like it’s applied by peeling off the backside.
The only way Margaret managed to “retile” her floor back then, was with her friend Christine’s help. And by help, she means bringing cigarettes, a bottle of wine, and lending her moral support. “I think you need to trim it with an Xacto-knife.” ‘I forgot to buy one,” says Margaret. “Here,” Christine unclips a small pocket knife that her boyfriend (now husband) bought her. “Try this.” When that didn’t work, Christine would stomp on it with her Doc Martins’ boot until did – sorta. “Perfect,” she’d smile.
Christine is now in Hawaii raising her kids, surfing and running a health collective with the aforementioned husband. She is a common sense kind of person who says things like, “Just call the store and tell them what you want.” Margaret is embarrassed to tell Christine that she doesn’t know what she wants and worse, she maybe kinda doesn’t trust herself to pick the right thing. I mean, what if she makes a mistake and ruins her mom’s house? “It’s your house now, and anyway, you won’t ruin it,” says Christine. Margaret looks at the walls in her kitchen.
“But I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m an interior designer.” “You don’t have to be,”says Christine. “Just do the next right thing. Keep it simple. Don’t get overwhelmed.” “Ok.” Margaret pauses. “And what’s the next right thing?” Christine laughs, “You tell me.” Margaret thinks for a minute. “Dig the donuts out of the trash?” “No.” “Get back in bed?” “No.” “Call the store.” “Bingo! And do that thing that your friend Toni does.” “What thing?” “That thing with calling the universe.” Toni likes to imagine that when she’s making a phone call (or answering one), the universe is on the other line with a beautiful message.
“Do it and then call me back.” Margaret looks at the phone number of the tile company. Ok universe. Be nice. Give me someone nice on the other line. Someone helpful. Who doesn’t make me feel stupid. Or like I’m wasting their time. And universe, I know this might be a lot to ask, but give me someone who knows that this is more than just a remodel, more than just another project, more than just another customer. Give me someone who knows how to make a house a home. And maybe, if you’re up for it, show me the beauty. The beauty in everyday. She takes a breath and picks up the phone.
This is the fifth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living. Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.
The newest member of modwalls® team is the fabulous Katelyn Bowman, and she is one talented woman.
Katelyn is a licensed interior designer and an avid photographer; she’s our trade account specialist and she’s playing the role of graphic designer here too because we absolutely LOVE her creations (and we think you will too!).
Katelyn recently created these gorgeous tile collages and we thought they were so lovely they just had to go public (on the blog, that is).
Feast your eyes on the beauties below…
And then we have our Lush® 3×6 Peacock tile across the top of the page, a herringbone layout of our Lush® 3×6 Quince and Lush® 3×6 Butter tiles, and two shots of our Lush® 1×4 Pool mini glass subway tile.
This tile is just delicious, end of story.
Happy New Year to our tile loving friends!
We’re starting this one out right… by giving away some cash or store credit to three of our awesome customers. They deserve it!
Our 4th Quarterly Photo Contest on Facebook ended on December 31 and it was definitely our BEST CONTEST YET. We ask our customers to send photos of their completed tile installations and everyone seriously delivered! Just look at this rockin’ photo album to see all of the entries: Click Here.
We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we’ve received… We’re definitely having a “They like us… they really like us!” type of moment here!
So thanks to you, our customers, our friends and fans, for every bit of your support in 2011. It means A LOT.
And now for the good stuff– it’s time to announce our 3 Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest Winners!
Coming in hot with 215 “votes” (likes), 15 shares, and 34 comments is THIS PHOTO of a sweet shower including three of our tiles: a Brio® 3/4″ mosaic glass tile “Shimmer” blend on the shower walls, our ModRocks™ Recycled Glass Pebbles on the shower floor, and our CorkDotz™ Cork Penny Round tile on the bathroom floor. It’s an exquisite installation done by the professionals at Tarkus Tile in Lehi, Utah. Thanks again for the photos and congrats for your win, Tarkus Tile!
And then there’s our 3rd place winner, which happens to be one of our all-time favorite photos (we’re allowed to have favorites!). THIS PHOTO of our Clayhaus for modwalls® 2×8 ceramic subway tiles in the colors Brine, Milk and Licorice Matte is our 3rd and final winner with 69 “votes,” 10 comments and 1 share.
Hello, Dream Bathroom.
Like all of our Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest winners, these peeps will get their choice of $50 cash or $100 store credit, and all they had to do was show off their gorgeous tile!
Again, thanks to everyone who has showed us some love in 2011! Here’s hoping for an even bigger and brighter 2012 for everyone!
We’re super pleased to see modwalls® CorkDotz™ in the winter edition of Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine.
And what’s so great about CorkDotz™?
Only these things & more:
- Eco-friendly, sustainable tile that is made from the cork stopper industry’s by-product
- Great for indoor applications or in covered outdoor settings
- Appropriate for commercial and residential spaces, wet or dry applications
- Cork is a renewable resource
- Perfect for walls and floors and even ceilings
- Water resistant once sealed
- Has insulating properties
- Comes in double sheets measuring for faster installation
- Looks cool!
Sweet shots of some of modwalls® youngest customers…
And last, we couldn’t ask for a better model to pose in front of modwalls® Lush® Henry Road “Field” Bamboo and Cloud glass tile.