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Musings by Mindy: Spring 2020

By |2020-04-02T19:32:16+00:00April 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Musings by Mindy

Spring 2020

Mindy Sevinor

Hi Friends and Colleagues,

I have been thinking of you all during these challenging times. COVID-19 has impacted everyone and the health and safety of our family, friends, clients, and industry partners is of our utmost priority.

As we do our part to help flatten the curve, we have to adjust to a new virtual lifestyle. Though our doors are currently closed to the public, our goal is to continue to build person to person connections and provide top of the line customer service. We are now offering remote showroom tours and are available via phone, social media messenger, and live chat.

I hope this spring edition of Musings by Mindy helps bring a sense of normalcy and positivity to your day. 

I’m wishing you all the best. Stay safe — we are in this together!

All my best,

Mindy Sevinor
Showroom Brand Manager

New In The Showroom

VENDOR: CALIFORNIA FAUCETS

We’re bringing Cali to the East Coast with our brand-new line, California Faucets — a company that is changing the game when it comes to personalization and customization.

For me, meeting this manufacturer was a match made in heaven. I first connected with them when I learned that Designer Bath and California Faucets hold the same core values: we are both family-owned, strive for impeccable customer service, and offer our clients a full suite of products that align with any style preference. 

Proudly handcrafted in Huntington Beach, CA, California Faucets offers 28 (yes, 28!) beautiful handcrafted finishes and provides a variety of collections that range from classic to cutting edge.

Available through both of our showrooms.

VINTAGE CLOCKS

A touch of the antique can be the perfect accent to the décor of any kitchen or bathroom. We’re thrilled to be installing a new line of vintage clocks from a boutique-style line of wall art that we’ve seen trending amongst many designers. We believe these incredible pieces will add a touch of personality to kitchens and baths that are modern, traditional, or somewhere in between. We have installed them throughout both showrooms to give people the opportunity to observe the whimsy and glamour they add to a space.

Available through both of our showrooms.

PRODUCT: FRANZ VIEGENER CLASSIC COLLECTION

As industry peers know, Franz Viegener is a true leader in contemporary modern design. They recently turned heads when they released a new traditional series: The Classic Collection. It’s a different design and aesthetic from what we normally see from them, but I can honestly say — it works. 

To add an updated nuance to its traditional detailing, it incorporates a flowing curvature shape that would work seamlessly in a transitional setting. Franz Viegener is branching out of their modern comfort zone by diving into the past. This collection blends the old with the new to subtly make a statement in any home.

Available through both of our showrooms.

Trendspotting

trend: Kitchen Workstation

If you know me, you know that I will always be a Galley gal. As someone who enjoys hosting, I appreciate how The Galley has been able to design a solution to streamline tasks inherent in entertaining, while eliminating clutter in the kitchen — especially when guests are over!

Their workstations are super-functional, smart and stylish and allow you to prep, cook, serve, socialize, and clean-up, all in one convenient place. Engineered and hand-crafted in the U.S., I am proud to see that The Galley has become a prominent leader in the kitchen/home design industry.

Available through both of our showrooms.

Kevin Cradock’s Showroom Favorites — March 2020

By |2020-03-10T14:50:14+00:00March 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Note From Jason

Happy March!

Jason had a great time representing Designer Bath at the New England Home Show last month.

Jason had a great time representing Designer Bath at the New England Home Show last month.

Spring is in the air and I am loving these warm temps. I am especially looking forward to ‘spring forward’ this weekend for Daylight Saving Time and enjoying a few more hours of sunlight each day. As much as I appreciate the start of a new season, I also never forget to feel grateful for our Designer Bath customers — both old and new.

As you may know, we’re involved in many different styles of marketing. You can see us in print publications, on your social media feed, and our newest venture is video. Our goal is to connect with as many potential customers as possible, and this is why we’re asking: where do you go for inspiration? Is it online, in magazines, or at home shows? We want to make sure we’re reaching you. I encourage you to please send me an email at jsevinor@salemplumbing.com to tell me where you find your kitchen and bath inspiration. In the meantime, be inspired by some of our clients choices in photos featured on our website.

Now without further ado, we are thrilled to announce this month’s blogger, Kevin Cradock of Kevin Cradock Builders. Kevin grew up in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Massachusetts surrounded by classic architecture that instilled in him a love of the art of carpentry and an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship. Kevin works closely with architects, designers and homeowners, building and renovating homes and crafting cabinetry, furniture, and millwork to meet each customer’s taste and lifestyle. We cannot wait to share his picks with you all.

Wishing you a fantastic March!

Best,
Jason Sevinor

President

Kevin Cradock Showroom Favorites March 2020

GROHE BLUE PURE CHILLED & SPARKLING DUAL FUNCTION FAUCET CHROME

Where functionality meets sleek design — this Grohe Blue Pure Chilled and Sparkling Dual Function Faucet combines the contemporary look of a designer faucet with a high-performance filter, cooler and carbonator. Aside from its beautiful chrome finish, I was impressed with its ability to dispense chilled drinking water as either still or sparkling, based on your personal preference.  

There’s also a large sustainability factor at play with this model. By having an endless supply of drinking water in the kitchen, homeowners will ultimately be able to eliminate single use bottled water, which will have a positive impact on our environment. 

GALLEY IDEAL WORKSTATION CULINARY KIT NATURAL BAMBOO

I am a huge fan of the The Galley Ideal Workstation. This product re-invented how we prepare, cook, clean, and entertain in our kitchens. 

Another exceptional feature, in my opinion, is that you can cover the workstation with the accompanying bamboo panel when it’s not in use. This keeps the area both clean and visually-appealing.

WETSTYLE WALL MOUNT VANITY ELEMENT RAFFINÉ COLLECTION

The WetStyle vanity from the Element Raffine collection is a simple solution to any storage or limited space issue that commonly arises in bathrooms. The pull-out drawer offers ample room for a number of bathroom products to be conveniently stored.

Apart from the functionality aspect, it was also easy to fall in love with its modern lines and its soft, natural wood finish. It also offers great versatility with the option to switch out the vanity top, making it customizable to complement your personal style and design aesthetic. 

CROSSWATER FORMOSO PETITE TUB WHITE

Many homeowners don’t believe they have the room to add highly coveted freestanding bathtubs to their bathrooms. In general, most designs for these tubs are known to use up a lot of the available square footage. However, this Formoso petite tub from Crosswater is truly unique and has the ability to shine in small spaces.

I also love this 5 foot soaking tub’s clean lines — it blends well with both traditional and more contemporary formats.

CALIFORNIA FAUCETS DESCANSO VESSEL KNURLED FAUCET BURNISHED BRASS

The Descanso knurled faucet from California Faucets calls into play multiple senses. Visually crisp, the faucet design combines modern and industrial influences with its significant brass finish — while the cross-hatched, knurling detail both looks and feels like a natural piece of metal.

Lisa Buyuk’s Showroom Favorites — February 2020

By |2020-02-11T03:24:10+00:00February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Note From Jason

Hello all,

Jason speaking to the crowd at a recent event for builders, architects, and designers.

Jason speaking to the crowd at a recent event for builders, architects, and designers.

It’s finally February! Our days are getting longer and we are slowly, but surely, inching our way towards spring. Though it hasn’t felt like much of a classic New England winter, I’m definitely not complaining.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (you’re welcome for the reminder, gentlemen) and there’s really no better way to express your love than the gift of an updated bathroom. Whether it’s a gorgeous showerhead or luxurious towel warmer, your significant other will fall in love with a number of our products. Yes, luxury bathroom pieces are the new roses and chocolates.

Just following V-Day, we are kicking off our Presidents’ Day Sale at our Watertown and Beverly showrooms. From February 15th through the 22nd, you can enjoy HUGE savings on some of our hottest kitchen and bathroom products. Also happening in February is the Boston Home Show at the Seaport World Trade Center starting February 21st through the 23rd. You won’t want to miss this amazing group of exhibitors — register for your tickets here.

Now without further ado, we are thrilled to introduce our February Showroom Favorites blogger: Lisa Buyuk. Since 1995, Lisa Buyuk has been helping clients create their dream spaces. Lisa launched Buyuk Interiors in 2002 after working with two nationally recognized Boston interior design firms. She holds a Masters of Interior Design degree from the New England School of Art and Design, as well as a BA in Art History and French Language and Literature from Boston University.

Have a wonderful month and I hope to see you at one of our showrooms during our President’s Day Sale!

Best,

Jason Sevinor

President

Lisa Buyuk's Showroom Favorites February 2020

LISA JARVIS HARDWARE

I recently specified this hardware for a master bath vanity. The client is young and has a lot of spunk — we needed the right kind of “jewelry” to compliment both her personality and the flat panel vanity cabinetry. These knobs bring the bling!

JULIEN FIRA COLLECTION SINGLE UNDERMOUNT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK W/ LEDGE

For me, this sink is about materiality and versatility. I absolutely love the fusion of fireclay and wood. I felt an immediate sense of connection to the natural materials.

The functionality of the sink is also noteworthy. When you have a compact kitchen, finding usable counter space can be problematic. The sliding cutting board is simply a great resolution for that.

DXV CANVAS WHITE SINK & DXV WALL MOUNT BATHROOM FAUCET POLISHED CHROME

When I saw this sink on the showroom floor, I had an immediate sense of nostalgia. Isn’t that what designing homes is all about — a connection to a memory or feeling?

The lines of DXV faucet evoked that memory of something from the past but its form is clean and unencumbered; perfect for the way we live our lives today.

This sink has such great scale and proportion. Using it in a bathroom is an obvious choice, but I also think it would make a fabulous laundry sink!

STONE FOREST VENTUS BATH SINK WITH ANTIQUE GRAY LIMESTONE

This vanity is so strong and handsome. It is the perfect balance of industrialism and earthiness. I love the mix of materials: stone, metal, and wood. Its masculinity makes me immediately think to put it in a man’s bathroom. The wide shallow sink doubles as counter surface and the wall mount faucet is a great solution for spaces where depth is an issue.

ROHL ENGLISH GOLD KITCHEN CONTEMPORARY PULL DOWN FAUCET

I’ve recently been designing many compact kitchens where scale is of the utmost importance. This Rohl faucet not only has a luxurious and warm tone, but its scale works perfectly in a smaller kitchen. Understanding scale is vital in design. It’s excellent that Designer Bath understands this and the significance of experiencing a piece in person before purchasing.

Jonathan Sawyer’s Showroom Favorites — January 2020

By |2020-01-06T21:18:01+00:00January 6th, 2020|Showroom Favorites|

A Note From Jason

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and feel refreshed as we dive into 2020.

People have been responding positively to our recent ads. The development of a new campaign was one of our achievements in 2019.

People have been responding positively to our recent ads. The development of a new campaign was one of our achievements in 2019.

Looking back at the past year, some of the highlights are the awards we received for both Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston Home” and Northshore Home’s “Best of the North Shore.” We feel incredibly grateful for these accolades — which wouldn’t have been possible without your support! We also had fun launching a new ad campaign. The images and witty commentary have been a hit with residents of the Northshore and Metro Boston regions. We invested in a few billboards to make a big impact with compelling visuals and we received a lot of enthusiastic endorsements for the fresh look. When you see one of our ads, please let us know what you think. We always enjoy finding out how people respond to our marketing efforts. 

In 2020, we will be focusing our attention on our company’s 75th anniversary. It’s a big number! We are the longest standing decorative kitchen and bath showroom in Massachusetts. We plan to celebrate this significant anniversary with a variety of activities throughout the year. I am honored to be leading our family’s business as we spend time looking back and recognizing the contributions of my dad and grandfather.

Now for our first “Showroom Favorites” blogger of 2020 — Jonathan Sawyer from Windover Construction. Windover not only builds multi-family and commercial buildings, but also has a thriving division focused on high-end single family homes. Before joining Windover, Jon owned Cornerstone Builders and developed expertise in both commercial and residential construction. Jon lives in Hamilton with his wife and two children. In the summer, he enjoys boating and spending time on the beach with his family. In the winter, you’ll find him skiing with his son. We are excited to share his picks with you all.

Cheers to the New Year!

Best,
Jason Sevinor

President

Jonathan Sawyer's Showroom Favorites January 2020

STONE FOREST C52CA CARRARA MARBLE MILANO VESSEL

While choosing my favorites at the showroom, I kept in mind what we’ve selected for homeowners in some of our recent projects. The Stone Forest Carrara sink is something I have seen a lot, as of late. The clean, simple look makes it a true classic.

STONE FOREST C75CA BORDEAUX VANITY TOP

We installed this Stone Forest vanity in a home recently. It reminded me of restorations we used to do on older homes where we would find vanities with this classic look and tear them out. Now, we’re putting them back in. It’s great to see this style has made a comeback.

ROHL WHITE FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK

Within the last five years, the farmhouse kitchen sink has been a huge trend. They look charming and complement virtually any style of kitchen. They give a kitchen a look that is both timeless and updated.

WETSTYLE BCL 01 CLOUD COLLECTION FREESTANDING TUB

We installed one of these freestanding tubs from WetStyle in a recent project — it looks absolutely stunning and the homeowner loves it.  A freestanding tub can make a bathroom feel a lot more open and airy. It makes sense that they are becoming incredibly popular. This particular tub seems to go well with either a contemporary or traditional design theme.

INFINITY DRAIN S-AG 38

The Infinity Drain is both functional and visually appealing. We’ve been tucking them against back walls and using them in curbless showers. They are incredibly versatile in that they can be customized to work with almost any configuration you can imagine. If you’re building a shower that’s an odd length, this drain provides a solution that is perfectly sized and looks great. In fact, it looks good because of its ability to “disappear.” This product is a win-win.

Jean Verbridge’s Showroom Favorites – November 2019

By |2019-11-07T17:38:50+00:00November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A Note From Jason

Jason with his kids

Jason and his two little ones enjoying some fall fun.

Greetings all and happy November!

The clocks are turned back and we are getting ready for the holiday season. This time of year has us reflecting on all of the many things we are thankful for.

We appreciate the time people took to vote for us in the 2019 “Best of Northshore Home” Awards. We’re honored to be named 2019’s Best of Bath Fixtures & Fittings by both Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice, as well as named 2019’s Best of Kitchen Fixtures & Fittings by Readers’ Choice. We are proud that we received this prestigious designation and are immensely grateful for all of our valued customers.

Our showroom was full of fun events and visits last month. We enjoyed teaming up with the Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce for our Coffee Connect event. We were glad to have the opportunity to meet and chat with local business professionals while getting our morning dose of caffeine. We also loved having local designer and Instagram influencer Meredith Rodday visit our showroom for a tour and some champagne.

Our busy showrooms step up the pace in November. Our upcoming holiday sale is one that you do not want to miss. Starting on Black Friday and running through Monday, December 2, you can experience HUGE savings for your kitchen and bath needs. Keep an eye out on our social media for sale details.

Lastly, I’m excited to introduce our November guest blogger Jean Verbridge, Principal of SV Design. Jean’s experience in interior design and decor ranges from residential to commercial and corporate projects. Her ability to create refined and imaginative conceptual designs for a wide variety of interiors is rooted in her approach to interiors as the extension of the architectural shell. She has also served as President of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition. We are happy to share her favorite showroom picks with you all.

Wishing you a happy and warm November!

Best,
Jason Sevinor

President

November Showroom Favorites Jean
Jeans Picks Designer Bath

WALDORF 59″ DOUBLE BASIN CONSOLE SINK

This Waldorf console sink by Crosswater immediately caught my eye for being visually light and airy. It has plentiful counter surface space and a slight backsplash that takes the curse off of water damage to the walls. This is simply a classic choice.

LACAVA AQUAQUATTRO LAVATORY VANITY TOP

The finish of this Lacava vanity top has a lovely, soft sheen to it; the sleek lines make for effortless upkeep. The integrated porcelain sink and top is a refreshing alternative to stone or solid surface materials which lack in a timeless appeal.

SIDLER TALL MEDICINE CABINET

I love well-designed double purpose products. This serves as a full length mirror and as storage space for the many products found in a bathroom.

ROBERN UPLIFT CABINET WITH ELECTRIC NIGHT LIGHT AND DEFOGGER

This mirror/cabinet is brilliant in its use of space. The mirror easily slides up to reveal the contents — no need to step back from the sink to open a traditional cabinet swing-door. An added benefit: the interior provides light and an electrical outlet for a toothbrush or shaver.

MAAX DUEL SLIDING BARN SHOWER DOOR

Sliding shower doors are so efficient in small spaces; it eliminates the need to squeeze around the door to access the shower and its controls. It’s a true godsend in today’s “smaller space” movement.

J.B. Clancy’s Showroom Favorites – October 2019

By |2019-10-10T17:50:32+00:00October 10th, 2019|Showroom Favorites|

A Note From Jason

Hello all,

We had a great time at our September Lunch and Learn with GRAFF.

We had a great time at our September Lunch and Learn with GRAFF.

The season of crisp colors and cooler weather is here. This past weekend, my son and I witnessed the fall foliage in all its greatness in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We hiked up to the Mizpah Spring Hut and spent the night with friends — what a way to take in the beauty of the season!

We wrapped up September with a Lunch and Learn event with GRAFF where we launched a new event hashtag #DBLunchNLearnGraff. Explore the hashtag on Instagram to view some photos from the event. 

Not only is fall officially here, but October is also National Kitchen and Bath month! To celebrate, we will be highlighting some of our staff’s favorites in the showroom with our “Best of Bath” series. Stay tuned for some of the latest and greatest products on our social media feeds.

For October’s Showroom Favorites, we had J.B. Clancy visit our showroom to pick his favorites. J.B. is an architect and partner with Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston. ART Architects practices the art and science of architecture throughout the northeast, designing houses in New England traditions, with a focus on place and sustainability.

Wishing you all a fantastic October!

Best,
Jason Sevinor

President

JB Clancy Showroom Favorites
JB Clancy Showroom Favorites

My selections form a collection of fixtures that could act as a complete set for a three fixture bath. My choices followed a “classic with a twist” mode — each piece had something that was unique or unexpected but remained in the expected. I like plumbing fixtures that have a certain sculptural quality. I sometimes think, would the piece be interesting to draw or might it hold my attention if I was to look at it for more than a few minutes? I also think bath fixtures need to be functional and simple to use. At the same time, these pieces are like jewels for your bathroom, so they want to be more than purely utilitarian objects.

THG FAUBOURG WS LAV SET BLACK PORCELAIN

I was drawn to my first selection because of its unique cylindrical porcelain handles with a touch of French writing. The faucet’s controls and spout are distinctive in their own right, yet are able to harmonize while aligning with my theme of “classic with a twist.”

CROSSWATER LONDON BELGRAVIA EXPOSED THERMOSTATIC SHOWER BAR

I was attracted to this piece for its sculptural qualities — expressive but not too ornate. The elegant controls have a nice combination of porcelain and nickel.

STONE FOREST BORDEAUX VANITY TOP CARRERA MARBLE + PALMER 2 LEG SYSTEM

The sturdy and expressive Palmer legs caught my eye. In addition, the oversized marble sink creates an unexpected feature in a bathroom. The monolithic piece of carved marble is a testament to craft.

CROSSWATER ARCADE TOWEL BAR, DOUBLE ROBE HOOK, TOILET PAPER HOLDER, AND TOWEL RING

This collection is both delicate and expressive. The connections highlight the intersections and joints of all the components. The soft nickel color is aligned with the other finishes in the bathroom.

TOTO MH WALL HUNG TOILET

Form follows function with this TOTO MH toilet. It is wall-mounted for easy cleaning, coupled with Toto’s unparalleled performance.

David Sharff’s Showroom Favorites – September 2019

By |2019-08-29T19:02:27+00:00August 29th, 2019|Showroom Favorites|

A Note From Jason

Photo of Jason with his family at Story Land.

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!

Best,
Jason Sevinor

President

David Sharff's Showroom Favorites September 2019
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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.