My family and I enjoyed our last trip of the summer at Story Land!
Happy September, everyone!
The summer days are winding down and I can’t believe it’s almost over. With Labor Day fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to squeeze in some final vacation days. My family and I went to Story Land in New Hampshire last week and had a blast. It was a great time – soaking up the fun and sun with the whole family before the kids have to go back to school (yes, it’s that time of year again).
If you have kids of your own, you know how busy this season can be. Whether it’s searching for deals on new clothes or school supplies, it probably feels like you’re racing around trying to get more things done than can fit into the day. Be sure to reserve some shopping time for yourself! Head to our showroom to find that perfect kitchen or bath item you’ve been meaning to buy all summer long.
It’s my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger for this month, David Sharff. David had an early interest in art, history and construction, leading him into the field of architecture. He launched his practice in 1995 with a focus on creating timeless, detail-oriented residential designs and home renovations. Today, his award-winning firm’s designs can be seen enhancing neighborhoods throughout New England. David holds both a BA and an MA in Architecture (1988) from Tulane University, and has instructed design classes at the Boston Architectural Center. He is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). David’s civic involvement includes the Medfield Historic District Commission and past membership of Medfield’s Planning Board. He also designed two houses for Habitat for Humanity. David is a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB). We are so happy to share with you his favorite pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you all a happy Labor Day Weekend and a fantastic month!
VICTORIA & ALBERT BARCELONA 2 TUB
I am designing my own new master bathroom and this was the first piece that we chose! It will be the focal point with its clean lines and simple curves. This model is available in two sizes; even the smaller one fits two people.
DORNBRACHT MEM CONTROL AND TRIM
This is my favorite shower control to recommend to clients who want a minimalist aesthetic; the balance of curves and square edges are a simple statement. Of course, this will appear in our new bathroom next to the tub!
LACAVA AQUAGRANDE CONSOLE SINK W/LEGS
If you want a timeless and functional design with a nod to an industrial aesthetic, this is your perfect sink. The simple combination of the white basin with the black legs will look fresh for years to come. Plus, the horizontal rail is the handiest place for your favorite towel!
FRANZ VIEGENER LAVATORY FAUCET
I have paired this faucet in black chrome as an ideal complement to the console sink; it shares the same minimalist and industrial aesthetic. The contemporary form of the cross-handles in black matte are an unexpected detail.
BLANCO UNDERMOUNT KITCHEN SINK WITH DORNBRACHT TARA PULL DOWN FAUCET
This combination is my go-to recommendation for a kitchen sink and faucet. The sink is made of a granite composite material that is durable and stain-resistant, which is a practical change from stainless or fire clay, and is offered in several colors to suit your countertop selection. The faucet’s goose-neck design is elegant and its pull down spray is conveniently hidden and will look timeless in your kitchen.
We were thrilled to have New England Home Magazine’s new Editor-in-chief, Clinton Smith, join us at our Argentinian-themed networking night this past month.
The temps are high and the days are flying by — it’s definitely summertime. There’s no better way to cool down during hot and hazy days than by coming into our air-conditioned, dog-friendly showrooms! We love seeing your four-legged family members.
A few weeks ago, we had the best time at our New England Home networking event, sponsored by Franz Viegener. Our Watertown showroom was jam-packed with talented industry professionals and great Argentinian food. Thank you to everyone who joined us. It was truly an amazing night. You can see some photos from the event on our Facebook page or on our website. We also had a fantastic visit with local interior designer and Instagram influencer, Jessica Klein of Oh, I Design. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and see her Designer Bath highlight for an exclusive offer.
This month, we are thrilled to be celebrating the anniversary of the opening of our Watertown showroom. We can’t believe it’s already been two years. It also marks our 74th year in business. To celebrate, come enjoy Tax-Free Day at our showrooms on Saturday, August 17th. We will be doubling the discount so you will save a total of 12.5%. You’ll find the best bath and kitchen products with double the tax savings!
We had the pleasure of having Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design in our showroom to choose his favorites for the month of August. Dane has created many highly individualized, sophisticated interiors in Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, and beyond. He happily partners with luxury residential realtors, architects, and homeowners to help navigate through the hundreds of decisions involved with remodeling a home or designing a new one. His clients are drawn to his eye for color and a curated sense of style. We applaud his recent designation as a New England Home 5 Under 40 award winner — a prestigious and highly coveted accolade. We are so happy to share his favorites with you all. Be sure to follow his Instagram @acolorfulllife for more inspiration!
Have a fantastic August and I hope to see you in the showroom soon!
WET STYLE BBE 01 SHELF SOAKING TUB
High contrast in design creates visual impact and interesting tension. The dichotomy in the forms of this piece is simply smashing — from the soft, asymmetric curves of the tub to the clean linear lines of the boxed wood. The natural grain adds an organic element to an otherwise utilitarian space. Paired with the white material, it makes a sharp statement.
BRIZO LITZE 4 FUNCTION RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD
H20kinetic Technology with Jointed Shower Arm and Luxe Gold Flange
The architecture of this Brizo piece immediately caught my eye with its exposed hardware and cool gears. The warm metal finish emits a beautiful glow. It also struck me as a user-friendly piece with the adjustable controls and overall mobility of the raincan. I would love to pair this with a lighter natural stone allowing the color of the showerhead to pull the warmth from the stone’s veining.
FURNITURE GUILD WINSTON CONSOLE VANITY BASE
Burnished Brass with French Walnut
The material combination of this Furniture Guild vanity creates such interesting and lovely layers with a timeless design having both a masculine and feminine appeal. The variety of finishes: wood, metal, and stone, feels luxe and sophisticated. The materials play nicely with the other selections and pull everything together in a well-coordinated design plan. This vanity is like a fine piece of furniture and would be hard to part with. I’d want to take it with me to my next home!
LACAVA M06307 MEDICINE CABINET
I’m all about the lighted cubby space at the base of this Lacava medicine cabinet. It provides an extra shelf above the sink and offers a nightlight in the bathroom. Who wouldn’t appreciate that? The interior of this wall-mounted mirror offers a high-end surprise outfitted in the same lovely wood finish. It has a decidedly more masculine aesthetic but works in many settings.
NORWELL 9730 AG MO RICHMOND 1 SCONCE
Like much of my work, the Norwell sconce is intriguingly rooted in tradition with a contemporary twist. It coordinates with the other metal finishes but infuses an old-world appeal. I would stack two fixtures on either side of the mirror for a more modern application. The vertically aligned pairing makes these quite alluring.