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Tidy – chapter 5- Everyday beauty

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.

Home Etsy

(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.

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Modwalls is here to help!

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.

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Rex Ray Studio for Modwalls American Made: Ceramic in Eclipse Black

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.

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Modwalls Brio Custom Blend

“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.

phone-call

“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.Micheline

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.

February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

Tidy – chapter 4: design a life with love

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.

love tiles

(Continued from Chapter 3) “Where have you been?” asks Toni.  In the basement. That’s where Margaret found herself after throwing out the box of donuts, brewing a fresh pot of coffee and doing the week-old dishes. Her laundry is done and, truth be told, she tossed out half of it after reading in the Tidy book that you should only keep the things you love. When she read those words, her heart simultaneously leapt and sank.

Kitchen Nook with Subway Tile

Francis’ Nook with Subway Tile

The idea of surrounding herself with things she loved excited her, but she didn’t think she had anything that she love loved. And if she went through her stuff one thing at a time and felt for the love – what if she felt nothing?  Because, as you may know by now, she has felt something close to nothing for a long time. Fortunately, that is changing and now she is on the lookout for blessings! And, well… she’s kinda still waiting. 

Francis gazes at Margaret from the kitchen table. He observes that Margaret, like most people (when they’ve become ready), want to receive a big
HELLO! from the universe, and they want to have that big hello on a consistent basis.  Like all the time. And the universe is more than willing to give you a cosmic high-five all the time, because frankly life IS one big cosmic high-five, but if, for 30 – 40 years, you’ve been getting your cosmic high-five from donuts, coffee, TV, people, work, etc., the More Subtle and Sublime Consistent High-Fives might go unnoticed.  You could even call it a cosmic hug, thinks Francis, as he stretches out on the table otherwise known (only to him) as “His Place” or “His Rightly Place.”

He likes to think deep thoughts there.  Deep thoughts about the cosmos, catnip, and how to communicate better with the humans. He likes the kitchen table because it resides in what humans call The Breakfast Nook. In this breakfast nook, there are windows that look upon the world, namely Margaret’s Side Yard.

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Francis, before he lost his ear

When he decided to take Margaret’s domain and make it and its human-dweller his, it wasn’t only because she lived in a Craftsman-style house (which he has a slight preference for), but it was because she never seemed to leave the house. Since he is getting on in feline years, he appreciates this, as he finds sleeping next to a body-warmer the size of Margaret (as difficult as this may be to admit) comforting. She seems to like it too.

He is very interested, or rather, slightly interested in the recent flurry of activity that Margaret has been engaged in. This is new in his experience of Margaret. Just the other day, she revealed to him that the bathroom actually had a floor.  Previously, he had thought it was made of a cloud of colored towels but instead, there was tile. Very nice tile. Francis likes to pride himself on his taste, and although the towel-cloud was more comfortable for sleeping, he finds the tile floor soothing. It fits his sense of decorum.

Francis is a house-worldly cat, and knows a thing or two about dwellings, and particularly dwellings that have life in them, and dwellings that don’t. His thoughts are interrupted by a flash of movement as Margaret throws something into the trash but missed. He pounces.

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Francis loves Modwalls’ Moddotz – Navy Blue (The basket is also nice to hide in.)

“Get rid of everything,” continues Toni.  “But what if I’m left with nothing?” asks Margaret. She can hear Toni making tea in the background. “You just let go of the stuff you don’t need anymore; and yeah, there might be some growing pains, but you just watch. All kinds of good stuff will start to shine. Good stuff you never even imagined.”

Toni has always been like this, even when her life wasn’t going so great, she always could see the bright side. “It’s like your house,” Toni continues. “You’ve got this amazing house that your mom left you.”  “It’s not really me, though” says Margaret.

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One of Francis’ favorite sayings

“You can make it you,” answers Toni.  “That house has good bones.” Margaret sighs. She used to describe Sam that way. “He’s got good bones.” And yes, Sam did have good bones, physically-speaking, he was your strong, silent type with the jawline and build to prove it; but when Margaret said that Sam had good bones she meant his structure; his foundation, his core – not all that stuff on the outside (although that didn’t hurt).  She was in love with his bones until his bones walked out the front door a month after her mother died.

“Hello?” says Toni. “Sorry, I was distracted by Francis. He’s attacking my old sock like he’s some kind of ferocious animal. (Francis ignores this comment by the favored yet ignorant human.) “Did you hear what I said, though?” asks Toni. “Yeah. I did. I guess I never looked at this place that way. I need a new pair of glasses.” “Well,” says Toni, “It sounds like you’re getting them.”Micheline

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

February 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm 3 comments

Renovating? We’ve Got Your Tile

Modwalls Lush Glass Tile New Low Price

Modwalls Lush glass subway tile at the lowest price ever.

Are you ready to remodel? We’ve got some good news for you:

Our best selling  Lush glass subway tile collection in great colors and sizes is now at the lowest price ever. In stock and ready to ship anywhere in North America.

Yes- it’s the high quality gorgeous glass tile that we’ve been known for since 2005. If you’re heading for a remodel we’re ready to help. You can Order Samples of Lush Subway Tile  to assist you in choosing the best color for you.

Here are some cool rooms made a bit glossier with our designer tile:

 

Shower featuring modwalls Lush 4x12 Fog Bank

Shower featuring Modwalls Lush 4×12 Fog Bank

Image 4Lush 4×12 Surf Green Glass Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Lush 3x6 Driftwood

Lush 3×6 Driftwood Greige Glass Subway Tile Shower

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Lush 3×6 Vapor Pale Blue Glass Subway Tile  Modern Shower

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Lush 1×4 Cloud White Glass Subway Tile Modern Glass Subway Tile

 

Also-

Take a peek at what’s in the works for Modwalls next via this blog post from OnDeck:

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Modwalls has been designing and selling Colorful Modern Tile since 2005.

We offer the highest quality tile designs at our online tile store. Give us a try.

 

 

February 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Tidy: chapter 3 – interiors and exteriors

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Monochromatic White Ceramic Tile

(Continued…) They say if you don’t feel your grief, you won’t be able to feel all the other feelings that want to arise.  Good feelings like joy, empathy, or passion. It’s like having a house decorated with only one color – but the color is grey. Margaret had been living in a grey house emotionally, and the grey was her grief. The grief was like a hand pressing down on her; she could barely breathe. And when Sam left, another hand descended.

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But now it’s spring and Margaret, still residing in her bed-cave, is becoming aware of the light streaming in through the window.  She notices the birds singing outside. The thought of a bird feeder floats through her mind. She feels the slight, oh-so-slight flutter of something stirring deep down inside.

Margaret props herself up on pillows and surfs the internet for pictures to add to her “vision” Pinterest board (set to “private”) and comes upon a DIY blog featuring before-and-after pictures of home remodels and design. Homes with drafty windows replaced by energy-efficient skylights ; Old mildewy bathrooms revitalized by moisture and stain-resistant grout (who knew grout could be so sexy!); drab kitchens remade with lime-green spacious counters and tile.

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Modwalls Lush 1×4 Cloud tile and lime green counter tops

And then her eyes fell upon a blog post talking about grief.

Why is a design blog talking about grief?

It was on a site for sustainable living which featured pictures of homes with recycled rain-water systems, solar-paneled tree-houses, and affordable micro-dwellings. The post was by a trendy psychotherapist who did interior design. As in interior interior. The psychological interior. He believed that the interior was reflected by the exterior. Or “our outer world is but a mirror to our inner. Knock a wall down and let the sun in. Pull out the 70’s shag carpeting (old beliefs) and install new birch wood floors.” Margaret wasn’t sure what exactly birch floors represented (new beliefs? yoga studios?) but she liked it.

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She liked it enough to get out of bed. To finally crack open the book about tidying that her mother gave her. But then the tidy book had to ruin it by admonishing her to “KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER.” The hostility of it! A gong reverberates throughout the room. It’s her phone alarm telling her it’s time to stop meditating. Oh right, I’m meditating. She breathes. I am not my thoughts. I am not my stuff. I am….  What am I again? 

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Tile design is only limited by your imagination

 

Margaret’s friend Toni once told her that you have to ask the universe good questions. The universe loves answering questions but if you ask, ‘what’s wrong with me?’ it will delight in showing you. “And that,” says Toni, “is a rough road. But if you ask ‘what’s right with me?’ you’re gonna take a much better trip.’hearts of color

Margaret sits quietly. She listens for her question. Her arm itches. A dog barks. “Will the universe answer her? Is the universe friendly? Who or what is the universe anyway? Should she give up gluten and dairy?” She giggles. Toni would not approve. Then a voice interrupts her. “What are the blessings all around me?” Say wha? “Blessings?” That. is. not. a. word. Margaret. uses.

Her breath stops for a moment. Her mother’s blue eyes flash open, then shut eternally. The smell of honeysuckle. Silence. Margaret realizes she has been sitting quietly for a good part of the afternoon. Maybe a good part of her life. She feels unsettled. Or is it calm?  The sun is beginning to set outside the kitchen window. It used to be her mother’s window and now it’s hers.

kitchen window sunset

Her eyes land on the opened box of Entenmann’s donuts next to the sink full of dishes. In remaking her home, what will she discard and what will she keep? And who will she become? A Rolling Stones song drifts through her mind, “I used to love her, but it’s all over now…” She grabs the donut box and throws it in the trash.  Time to put her house in order.Micheline

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

February 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm 2 comments

Did you know that all grouts are NOT created equal?

Seriously…All grouts are not created equal.

More often than not, grout becomes an overlooked element within the tile installation process (why is that btw?).  We believe it’s just as important as finding the tile that’s right for you!  Grout is what seals everything together – literally.  Don’t go through all this time to find the right tile only to not think about what grout you will grout it with.

Since we have the fortunate privilege of chatting daily with wonderful people like yourself about their tile installations, we are in the know as to what people are planning and what they are…well…not.

Grout can either be something that you have to do OR it can be something that makes your tile look even more amazing when it’s complete!  Like we have mentioned in the past, we are extremely passionate about Bostik Dimension Urethane Grout paired with most of our modwalls tile.  It’s kinda like the perfect marriage of tile and grout.  And we want to encourage you to specifically ask yourself, “What type & color of grout would look best with this tile [I’ve selected]?”…and “When is sanded grout most appropriate?”…

Since most of us are visual learners, I had this super cool idea to photograph our ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles in both Dimension Grout and regular sanded grout.  The visual speaks for itself…one is “clearly” better AND it’s better for the environment.🙂

Helpful hint = whenever you are installing glass or any translucent tile, the surrounding grout has a major impact on how your tile will appear once installation is complete. 

On the left- Diamond Starglass Grout and on the right is a standard white sanded grout.

Note:  Both of the above images are taken with the same digital camera in the same lighting conditions.

In the application on the left, the Dimension grout allows light to enter in and through the grout and also the clear glass pebbles – making the whole area appear more illuminated.  The sanded grout application, shown on the above right, does not allow light to flow through the grout and therefore makes the pebbles appear much darker overall.  Same exact pebble tile, but with different grouts.

Here are some other examples of Dimension Grout paired with our Lush® modwalls tile:

Modwalls Lush Blend installed with Opal Dimension Grout

Modwalls Rex Ray TYPE White Tile grouted with Diamond Dimension Grout

Modwalls Lush Glass Subway tile grouted with Diamond Dimension Grout

Now lets get a little more in-depth on the Dimension grout by Bostik specifics…The actual product description is Translucent Grout for Glass Tile.  

For all you eco-friendly peeps out there, you’ll be happy to know that this product is made from post-consumer recycled glass – a truly revolutionary one-of-a-kind product!

The recycled glass is reduced down to teeny tiny beads (texture totally resembles the consistency of sugar) and is mixed with a translucent urethane binder that allows light to pass through the grout itself. So cool!  This waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break down over time, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste since it’s pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container.  Dimension long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability (aka it won’t yellow over time).  Plus, it comes in these fantastic 15 colors: diamond, onyx, opal, aquamarine, topaz, hematite, jade, amber, moonstone, aventurine, palm wood, citrine, copper, silver, and bronze.

One final benefit we want to be sure to point is how the Dimension Grout has the ability to minimizes the look of grout lines – if this is your goal. Check out these two kitchen backsplash installations below where both purchased Lush® 3×6 Sky tile, but one kitchen grouted with Aquamarine Dimension grout and the other with regular sanded grout.  The images truly speak for themselves.

Left – Lush 3×6 Sky with Dimension Grout and to the right is Lush 3×6 Sky with white sanded grout.

Dimension Grout also offers benefits of a traditional Urethane grout:

• Pre‐mixed, ready to use
• Excellent chemical, stain and mildew resistance
• Semi‐flexible, low shrinkage and high crack resistance
• No color fading, streaking or shading – Even when wet!
• Fast, easy clean‐up when compared to epoxy and cementgrouts
• Innovative, proprietary coloring system
• Excess product can be saved and used later
• UV stable colors (non‐yellowing)
• Self‐sealing – no sealing required
• Non‐sag formula for vertical surfaces
• Free of BPA (bisphenol‐A) found in epoxy grouts
• Dust‐free mixing
• Fast, easy installation ‐ installs up to 50% faster than othergrouts
• Superior to cement grout
• Contributes to USGBC LEED Credits: MR 4.1 & 4.2(Recycled Content), MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials), and EQ, 4.1 (Low‐Emitting Materials).
• Contains over 80% post‐consumer recycled content.

Overall, all these features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come!

Where can you use Dimension grout you ask?  It  can be used on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a variety of interior and exterior installations of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles in a range of grout joint widths.

When is sanded grout appropriate?

Sanded grout is appropriate in many installations.  I think sanded grout looks great with natural stone, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, etc. – basically any solid tile aka non-translucent.  Below are images of a some modwalls products installed with neutral sanded grout.  As you can see, sanded grout can be used as a design element to add heavy contrast and definition to the tile and/or the pattern.

Example where sanded grout is totally acceptable = with ceramic, porcelain, or other opaque tile products.

Modwalls ModDotz Confetti grouted with a sanded grout

Brio Blend Palisades grouted with a neutral sanded grout

ModDotz shower installed with white sanded grout for high-contrast.

Now what?

It is our hope that you would soak up all this information and spend some time to select the best grout for your tile – whether that be Dimension Urethane Grout or sanded grout!

We resell the Dimension grout by Bostik because we believe that it is an asset to the look of our tile collections. Contact us at service@modwalls.com for more information. You may even order a Dimension grout color sample box from us before you buy your selected color.

Have more questions?  Feel free to call  1-877-439-9734 or 1-831-689-9834 with any related or unrelated tile installation questions.

We’d love to help!

Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com.  Modwalls: Colorful modern tile since 2005 for Residential, Commerical and Hospitality projects. Discounts to the Trade.

January 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Tidy: chapter 1 – the universe is speaking…

life-changing-magicThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Really? The book has been sitting on her kitchen table for a month. Underneath a pair of socks, a pile of home decor magazines, and Francis, the one-eared cat who adopted her last winter after Sam left. Her mother gave her the book for her 45th birthday. “It’ll change your life.” Mom likes to buy people books for their birthdays. Books like The Rules, Getting To I Do and Upgrading your Wardrobe for Dummies. “But this book is different,” says mom. “The writer is Japanese. Did you know that Japanese women don’t experience menopause? It’s because their culture respects older women. And their diets are cleaner. And the women feel supported and nourished and valued. The women are so graceful. You should read it.” She knows she should read it. Everyone’s reading it. It’s on the best sellers list. It changes people’s lives!

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She imagines that after reading this magical book, people are born anew to their life’s purpose. They are greeted by previously hidden gifts and talents like long lost lovers. Motivation, inspiration and courage rain down from the skies above. Soul mates come knocking at doors. Infertility begets fertility. Empty bank accounts overflow with plenitude. Drones drop flowers and wine, and the world sparkles just a wee bit brighter as houses, hogans and even the homeless got their tidy on. Tidy for president. Tidy for world peace. Tidy for you, and you, and you. But not for me. Margaret has never been a tidy person. She may love to look at pictures of sparkling clean kitchens full of color and light, living rooms with inviting fireplaces or spa-like bathrooms promising relaxation and rejuvenation, but if she can’t get herself to do the dishes, how is she going to declutter her house?

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Modwalls Ceramic Tile: The Magnificent 7

She stares at the book and takes a sip of the coffee her friend Toni calls crack because it’s so strong. It’s her second cup of crack this morning and she’s liking it. She’s thinking she’ll drink crack all day and maybe the dishes will get done. Or the laundry. Or repot the plant, or maybe throw it away and get a new one – one that’s actually alive.  Or regrout the bathtub, or go jogging, or paint the front door red – that’s supposed to be good feng shui, right? Or do that pilatesyogacrossfit video that she’s been meaning to do. Or. Or. Or.

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Francis looks at her and meows but nothing comes out of his mouth. It’s one of those silent meows. This is how Margaret experiences the universe, or God, or intuition, or whatever people call it.  Silent. A silent meow. Yet expectant. It reminds her of the lyric from the Pink Floyd song, “Comfortably Numb”: “Your lips move, but I can’t hear what you’re saying.” She looks at Francis. Does Francis know?  Does Francis understand? Does Francis see that Margaret is paralyzed in a house she inherited from her mother? Her mother who died last winter. Her mother who knew how to get things done; who said before she closed her radiant eyes for the last time, ‘Make this house your home. Start your life. Stop waiting.’  Frances meows silently again. Maybe Francis is just hungry. Margaret reaches over and picks him up. He purrs. She looks down at the book as her mother’s words echo in her mind. She opens the first page and reads: “Start by discarding.”Micheline

Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves color, cats and all things Modwalls. This is the first installment in a weekly series.

January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am 2 comments

Kitchen Cousins + Modwalls = Backsplash Sensation!!!

We seriously couldn’t be more ECSTATIC with the final result of HGtv’s Kitchen Cousins (& Brunellesci Construction‘s) recent kitchen remodel project!!!

The episode Fireplace Fiasco aired on HGtv nationwide last Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 and will re-air this Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 4:30 ET.  Set your dvr’s to record if you missed it because it features our very own Lush® glass subway tile, designed by Rex Ray Studio, as the finished kitchen backsplash!!!  We always knew this tile would end up in some cool locales and this kitchen definitely exceeds our expectations.🙂

Here’s what HGtv has to say about this surprising episode(!):

“Sometimes it’s what’s behind the walls that makes all the difference. When John and Anthony take a look at Joel and Maria’s kitchen, the first thing that stands out is an unusually thick wall. After a little exploratory demolition they discover an incredible hidden fireplace which completely changes their original design. But as construction progresses, the fireplace they fell in love with becomes their biggest nightmare. Will this hearth be the centerpiece of the home, or will the whole job go down in flames?”

Here’s the BEFORE…

As you can see, this dark and divided kitchen left much to be desired by it’s homeowners Joel and Maria...Photo by (c)Christopher Amaral
http://www.christopheramaral.com/

And here is the AFTER!!!

We can only imagine how thrilled the homeowners must be to now come home to such a gorgeous, light, and modern kitchen with some flair of the unexpected!

AFTER! Photo by (c)Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

Notice how stunning our Lush Rex Ray TYPE White tile looks as the backsplash.. Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

AFTER! Photo by (c) Christopher Amaral http://www.christopheramaral.com/

You too could have this American made tile in your home or commercial space!!  Find it here on our website and let us know what you think.

Modwalls has been making colorful modern tile since 2005. We have and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  Colorful Modern Tile by modwalls.com.

January 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm 2 comments

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