My boys as they head out the door for their first day of school.
The kids are back at school. Hip hip hooray! All parents can join me in breathing a sigh of relief as their young progeny march off to spend time in classrooms instead of camp. While I’ll miss the carefree summer months, the structure of school is a breath of fresh air. When asked if they were excited for school, my boys said, “We’re excited to see our friends, but not for the schoolwork!”
Am I the only one or do everyone’s kids look older each year right at the beginning of fall? I am always taken aback at how much they have grown and the ways they are maturing.
Speaking of getting older, our company celebrated 78 years in business in August. On the one hand, business longevity gives us credibility and a sense of stability. On the other hand, we feel young and vibrant as we integrate new technologies to help our operations become more efficient and as we update our displays and working environment to reflect current trends and homeowner preferences.
Typically, around the same time as our anniversary, we invite our entire team to an all-employee outing that usually includes a barbecue and wiffle ball. We had our employee get-together a few weeks ago on a rare day of perfect weather. While the wiffle ball game had moments of intensity as some of the older kids got competitive, there were also funny incidents such as when the two-year-old child decided to grab the second base marker and walk off the field with it. She took “stealing a base” to a new level!
Our company has reached the 78-year milestone due in no small part to the relationships we have made and nurtured in the design/build community. This month’s blogger, Emily Pinney, is a valued partner. She made a name for herself as a rising star when she won a prestigious industry award and was named one of the “5 Under 40.” We are grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her on a number of beautiful projects. Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to our guest blogger for September, Emily Pinney.
Best, JasonSevinor President
Emily Pinney is an accomplished and award winning (5 Under 40 among them) interior designer based in Belmont, MA. Originally from NH, she has always had an eye and appreciation for the New England aesthetic, which she modernizes at times with clean lines and simple textures. As principal at Pinney Designs, Emily works with all of her clients to create design that truly fits their lifestyles.
FRANZ VIEGENER NEREA PLUS SINGLE HANDLE LUXURY LAVATORY SET IN SATIN BLACK PVD
I love this faucet by Franz Viegener. Previously, I have paired it with a Stone Forest natural vessel sink set atop a walnut countertop and it all worked beautifully together (Pinney Designs project pictured here). You can’t see it in photos, but the handle is actually oval shaped — very comfortable to grab and use. I did it in the Satin Black PVD. I’m fond of their PVD finishes because they don’t age, which is awesome.
THE GALLEY IDEAL TAP HIGH-FLOW IN POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL
It’s amazing how quiet this faucet is by The Galley. It was designed to go with The Galley Sink, which comes with multiple faucet options. Most faucets are noisy with the water hitting the sink. This faucet is not only beautiful, but also it is quiet and operates as one single high flow tool. It would work really well in an open concept house like ours, because it is not too loud. My husband is always doing the dishes when I’m trying to watch a movie with the kids and I’m wishing I had this faucet. (BTW – I am NOT complaining that he is helping to clean up the house!!!)
GROHE BLUE SINGLE HANDLE PULL DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET WITH CHILLED AND SPARKLING WATER IN CHROME
The Grohe Blue is my dream faucet because it produces sparkling water from the tap and we drink a TON of sparkling water between my office and house. I’d use it in a bar sink. If you had a bar in your house and you’re making drinks there anyway — like an Aperol Spritz, for example — you could get the sparkling water right from your faucet. It makes life easier by bumping up the convenience factor in an unlimited number of ways.
STONE FOREST SALUS POTTING SINK IN HONED BLACK GRANITE + WOOD STAND
I love the Stone Forest Salus Potting Sink for a potting room. It could be in an indoor/outdoor space if you’re big into gardening. I could also see it in a party space. It’s a very pretty sink and really durable too, because it’s black honed granite. It’s a workhorse of stone, while also being attractive and adding to the industrial style vibe.
MADELI PETITE 19″ WALL HUNG CABINET NON-HANDED DOOR + CERAMIC BASIN
I love the color options offered for this Madeli cabinet. I picture this in a small little powder room. It has awesome storage below for toilet paper and bathroom essentials. We’re often designing tiny bathrooms and we need compact cabinets — this one has beautiful proportions, style, and function.