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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.