Happy February, aka the month when the Patriots will hopefully bring another championship title back to New England! As our favorite football team is gearing up for Super Bowl weekend, our own team over here at Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply has been enjoying a non-stop start to 2018.
Last month, we hosted our annual fun and educational ‘What’s On Tap’ event at our Beverly showroom for our partners in the design and construction industry. The night featured product demonstrations from top industry brands, included raffle prizes, and welcomed special guests, Peter and Desi Souhleris, the stars of A&E’s ‘Flipping Boston’ and BuildDesignLive.com’s ‘Bragging Rights.’ Photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page.
I’m excited to share two recent press clips with everyone. The first, a ‘New In The Showrooms’ piece in New England Home, highlights the Crosswater Arcade Bicycle Basin. This whimsical, innovative sink is on display at our Watertown location – come on by and check it out! The second, a feature in Design New England, focuses on bath and kitchen accessories repurposed as jewelry. We were thrilled to provide the stunning products for these publications.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Our team was honored to be recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year’ by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. We can’t wait to celebrate with Chamber members, fellow winners and nominees at the 7th Annual Family Business Awards next week.
Ready for some ‘Showroom Favorites?’ I’m happy to introduce our talented colleague, Samuel Kachmar of Sam Kachmar Architects, as our February guest blogger. Take a peek at his five bath and kitchen picks below.
Wishing you a great month, and Let’s Go Pats!
I’ve been in the architecture and construction industries since I was a child; my father used to take me to job sites when I was five years old and I would empty trash barrels, get tools for the guys from their trucks, etc. My love for residential design and construction grew from there and I am proud to be designing homes myself, 30 years later. I have learned a lot about how to design a bath and kitchen over the years, mostly through making mistakes. Always an exciting challenge, these rooms are the most expensive and challenging spaces to design as an architect, and having quality fixtures specified for these areas makes a world of difference. Baths and kitchens deserve rigorous thought and attention to detail to make each one “work.” Having the new and amazing Designer Bath showroom in Watertown has made it so easy to work with the team, who are always glad to assist in the process of creating their dream spaces.
DORNBRACHT TARA PROFI SINGLE-LEVER FAUCET
This is the only imported brand that I selected. This faucet almost looks like it belongs in a commercial kitchen rather than a residential one. It’s such a simple, well-proportioned piece that has a timeless quality – it’s never going to be the flashiest faucet, but it’s functional and the lines and structure are phenomenal. Dornbracht has that industrial simplicity as a brand – the pieces are well-engineered, will work forever and you can see the German craftsmanship in the solid brass composition. It’s the BMW of faucet manufacturers.
MTI BATHS ANDREA 12 SERIES SCULPTED TUB
It’s always a challenge to find a good tub and this one really impressed me. The jets are set in the bottom of the tub instead of on the sides which is great when you are relaxing the day away, especially after a long workout. Another great feature is that the side jets create a river-like effect by breaking the surface tension of the water. This creates a nice sound and ambiance, allowing you to close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in a natural hot spring.
ELECTRIC MIRROR MOMENTUM LIGHTED MIRROR
Electric Mirror has been working with light-emitting diodes in their mirrors for years and they are noticeably ahead of the competition in that regard. This piece is sleek and the LED integration is superior to anything that I have seen in the past few years. Having great lighting in the bathroom is such an important part of designing a good space and it can sometimes be overlooked. I have one of these mirrors in my home and I highly recommend it.
SONNEMAN LIGHTING STIX COLLECTION CHANDELIER
This light is really a combination of appearing industrial while also channeling a warm and inviting vibe. I love the sleek and sexy geometry of this chandelier; it’s modular in nature, so you can get other pieces and add onto it to create a lot of different designs. This piece is a nice evolution of some other lighting options that we’ve seen in the past.
STEAMIST SHOWERSENSE COLLECTION BILATERAL STEAM HEAD
Relaxation is the ultimate luxury, and a steam shower after a long day at work is one of the best things to look forward to during a gray New England winter. Steam showers can now be controlled via WiFi, and I love that you can turn one on with your phone – while you’re picking up the kids or running errands – and have it be ready when you get home. This piece really fits into that ‘smart home’ trend and is very practical and user-friendly. The slim bilateral head caught my eye because it’s a simple evolution of the steam head that effortlessly blends into a tile background.