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Tidy – chapter eight: home is where the tile is

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.

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(Continued) “What should I do with this?” asks Margaret.  “Hmm?” Margaret looks up and watches her neighbor Reese apply a layer of thinset to her kitchen wall. He does it with such care and attention, you’d think it was his home. But that’s just the way Reese is. He is the most present and generous person that Margaret has met. Ever since he came over to deliver her package of sample tiles, she has grown accustomed to him stopping by to share a cup of tea (he doesn’t drink coffee and Margaret has recently given it up), or help her with her redecorating quandaries.

Lush Glass Peacock Subway Tile

Lush Glass Subway Tile in Peacock

Margaret holds up a picture. “It’s my ex-boyfriend.” “Looks like a nice fellow.” “Yeah, but should I keep it or throw it away?” asks Margaret.  “What’s the book say?” Margaret reads.

“It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure.”

“Sounds like good advice. What’s that book again?” Margaret shows him The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. “Looks interesting. You know, my wife was Japanese. She taught me patience.” Reese’s wife passed away five years ago. “Or rather, I taught her patience,” he laughs. “What do you mean?” Margaret asks.


Fiestaware Inspired Brio Custom Blend

“I had a lot of anger.” Reese carefully presses a sheet of colorful glass tile into the thinset. Margaret can’t imagine Reese that way, and has struggled with similar feelings. “What did you do?” she asks. “I had to develop compassion for myself. And humility.  Basically,” he wipes his forehead, “I had to be ok with being vulnerable. It took some time.” Margaret studies the picture of her ex-boyfriend, Sam. It’s hard for her to believe that their relationship is over even though it’s been a year, almost to the day.

“What did Sam teach you?” asks Reese, as he cuts a sheet of tile to fit the small space around the outlet. “I think I’m still figuring that out.” Margaret takes a sip of her tea, suddenly missing her crack coffee. “Come on, you know.” says Reese. “I do?” asks Margaret. “Sure, just ask your heart. That’s what my wife used to say.”


My heart? “Well, the thought of a chocolate-glazed donut sounds good right about now,” answers Margaret. Reese keeps working. He’s either in deep, contemplative tile installation, or he’s creating space for her to answer; she’s not sure.  Back to her heart.

Hello heart? It’s me, Margaret. I’m glad you’re feeling better these days, and we don’t think about Sam so much anymore, but I’m wondering if you would be willing to open for a moment and reveal what Sam taught me.

She listens… Oh. It’s more a feeling than an answer. A knowing. “He taught me to stop running.” says Margaret. 

Brio Blends Highlands

Brio Blends Highlands

“Well, there you go,” says Reese. “So, what do you think?” He steps away from the wall revealing the beginning of a home that Margaret has only started to believe in.  She smiles.Micheline

This is the eighth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

March 10, 2016 at 8:42 am 2 comments

Expand Your Palate with Color! Discount Offer Included

Glory Simon

Glory Simon

Color wakes us up. Gets the juices flowing.”  

Color encompasses so much of our lives, that the more color we use, the more vibrant our lives become. We spoke to chef, actor, writer and all-around creative person, Glory Simon, about how she uses color in her life.

“Color is everything with cooking, whether it’s in the actual food ingredients, the presentation, or the dishes the food is being served on. We all know to eat our green vegetables, but all vegetables with vibrant colors are packed with nutrients.”

Purple Carrots

Purple Carrots “Who says neon food can’t be nutritious!”

“For the past year, I’ve been rather obsessed with purple food. Purple is such a brightening color and it’s amazing to see how many foods exist in nature that are purple: purple carrots, cabbage, kale, chard, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower etc etc etc. It’s also helpful when someone is on a restrictive diet to see lots of color on their plate.”

But if the food is good, does it really matter?

“The eye connects to the brain and to the salivary glands and prepares us for the meal. Color wakes us up. Gets the juices flowing. Creates excitement and drama.”

Wild Sea Scallops with Shaved Okra

Wild Sea Scallops with Shaved Okra

“I am always more excited by a meal that is painted with a rainbow of colors and it doesn’t have to be complicated or some sort of New American Molecular Gastronomy. It could just be chopping fresh basil on to your chicken or a slice of watermelon radish.”

Blueberries and Peaches

Blueberries and peaches from the farmers’ market.


For Glory, who spends a lot time in the kitchen, her preference is for a kitchen that tends towards high-functionality.

“So many kitchens are not very functional. I like lots of white and steel where all the appliances are on one wall with maybe a large Island with lots of storage and perhaps even a small sink.”

Lush Glass Subway Tile with green apples

Lush Glass Subway Tile with green apples

In addition to the colorful foods she uses, she might bring color into the kitchen with accents like flowers, or pretty cookware.


Whether you prefer simple food and a colorful kitchen, or a simple kitchen with colorful food (or both!), color has the ability to transcend the material to bring added dimension, diversity and beauty to our lives. Just how colorful we want our lives to be, is up to us. For Glory, her aspirations are full of “color”.

“I am currently writing a one-woman show that has a culinary bent to it, and I plan on performing that globally Glory Simonand using it to promote the Restaurant Concept I wish to open in the South of France.”

With clients, her aspirations are clear.

“My first thought is always that I want to make them happy. I want them to feel good and things to taste incredible. Satisfied, happy, healthy customers with a touch of decadence here and there. My clients are often shocked that healthy creations can taste so good!

Modwalls readers get a 10% discount off of Glory Simon’s private chef services such as menu planning, recipes, consultations and more. You can follow Glory @storyglory, see pix on at Riseshineglory or read her blog. Contact her at

How do you live with color? Tell us!

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Rebecca Lonergan

Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls Tile Company. Since 2005 Rebecca has been designing Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave. Shop Online at

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