From left to right: Jason Sevinor, Kate Maloney Albiani, Rob Cocuzzo, Jenny Johnson, Mindy Sevinor, Clinton Smith, and Kathy Bush-Dutton at our Watertown showroom for our recent “Marriage of Styles” event.
Have you had the opportunity to get out of the house to enjoy some of the crisp fall days in New England with your family and friends? I was reminded of the importance of connecting with people when we recently hosted our first in-person event at our showroom after taking a break from this type of activity for almost two years.
It was an absolutely wonderful feeling, something we had all been missing, but didn’t notice to what degree until we were there — chatting with panelists and friends, showing people our new showroom displays, laughing together in person. It almost felt like normal times again!
We want to extend a huge thanks to New England Home Magazine for co-hosting the “Marriage of Styles” event with us, and to our panelists, New England power couple (and awesome people) Jenny Johnson and Rob Cocuzzo, the inimitable Kate Maloney Albiani (who’s helping Jenny and Rob design their new home), and NE Home Editor-at-large Clinton Smith, who always delights us with his dashing persona and on-trend insights. If you want to see the video of the FB Live stream of the discussion, you can access it here.
Jenny and Rob just bought a 100+ year old home in Swampscott, MA — a town that’s dear to my heart as my sister Mindy and I grew up there. They had lived in Boston for 20+ years, and weren’t even planning on buying a home, but as they watched their beautiful 3 year-old daughter run through the backyard of this house — something felt right. Something felt like home. We are glad to welcome them to the Northshore!
After the panel presentation concluded, I was chatting with panelists and guests and it hit me again: I miss this. Our business at Designer Bath is built solidly on partnerships and people, and this is what I care about most. I look forward to bringing “in-person” back to some semblance of how it used to be — and hey, chic Designer Bath mask or not, you can tell we’re all smiling under there.
One of our favorite architects joined us for our Boston Design Week event and came by the showroom early to pick out his “five favs.” We think you will agree that he made fabulous choices! Without further ado, we would like to introduce our October guest blogger: Jake Lilley of Jacob Lilley Architects.
Originally from England, Jake founded Jacob Lilley Architects after six years as a Principal at Lilley-Dadagian Architects, and before then as a Project Director for the nationally recognized Architecture, Planning and Landscape firm of Wallace Roberts and Todd in Philadelphia.
Previously, Jake worked at GUND Partnership in Cambridge, Massachusetts for six years as a Senior Designer with the Independent School Studio, and as a designer for the office of Hoffman O’Brien Look Taube & Chiang in Ithaca, New York.
We love Jake’s picks from our showroom — let us know what you think.
All the Best,
There are three things I look for with plumbing fixtures: quality, utilitarian design, and how it feels in your hand. That’s the thing about these fixtures — you’re touching them frequently, so they have to feel good. And you know substance when you have it in your hands. My first litmus test is always where’s the quality? Is it metal or is it plastic? I like to feel the quality in it.
I also like streamlined fixtures — sleek, elegant, not overdressed. I like fixtures that are simple and elegant but also functional and beautiful.
We always tell our clients the kitchen faucet is the most used feature in the house — do not ignore it. Invest in your faucet. Make it a statement piece.
DORNBRACHT TARA ULTRA SINGLE-LEVER MIXER + SIDE SPRAY SET
There’s something classic about this model — beautiful lines, great controls, timeless design. We keep coming back to this fixture over and over again. The independent sprayer also feels substantive — it has a great weight to it. You know the second you pick it up that it feels interesting to the hand and almost as heavy as a two-pound weight, unlike most other sprayers. The black handle on the sprayer doesn’t show fingerprints, provides a wonderful contrast to the chrome of the top, and appears to be beveled at the bottom so it has a snug fit.
ROHL MOD-FINO EXPOSED THERMOSTATIC SHOWER SYSTEM
I’m from England; we have a history of exposed plumbing, which can be quite beautiful to look at and appreciate. I approach this almost as a piece of sculpture or art. This fixture has so much presence that it can take the lead in the bathroom design — it could be a showpiece fixture that you design the rest of the bathroom around. It transforms the shower experience.
GRAFF DESIDERI TEPHI SOAKER TUB
I love the warm white color and tactile nature of this piece. The profile of the tub is different from the inside to the outside, which gives it a carved effect — it has a hefty feel on the outside, like it’s cut out of a block of marble, but the inside is so soft it feels like velvet to the touch. The integral drain allows you to move the tub filler to any place on the tub. This is key, especially for double soaking — no one’s getting water poured on their back!
LISA JARVIS SOPHISTICATED SCOTTIE PULL
I love this piece because it’s not exclusively cabinet hardware, you can use it in the bathroom for towels or any sort of wall hangers. You can tell that Lisa Jarvis is a jewelry designer because each of her pieces is artistic — you could use them for themed rooms, like the anchors in a nautical themed bathroom. Besides just being an interesting design, it has substance to it; it feels good to the touch. The thread through all of my picks is the quality of the products.
ARTELINEA MONOLITE VANITY TOP IN BLUE CRYSTAL + MONOLITE 18 BASE
I love how the countertop and drawers are all one color. There’s a beautiful, smooth transition from the sink into the drain. The high sheen of the countertop and the matte, gun metal grey of the Graff faucet create a good balance. Anything that floats always makes the room feel bigger. I also like how well thought out this vanity is structurally — like the horseshoe cut-out inside the drawer that serves to hide all plumbing.
My two sons were excited for the start of the school year!
Now that Labor Day Weekend has passed and pumpkin spice season has arrived, we’re ready to dive into fall! My sons started first and third grades last week. It’s crazy how they always seem to grow older on the first day of school.
As the kids return to their academic endeavors and a new routine, you may have more peace and quiet at home to consider renovations or improvements. Have you ever struggled with the process of compromising with your partner on design styles? This common conundrum led us to coordinate an event with speakers who will dig into this spicy topic.
On September 29, we’re excited to partner with New England Home Magazine to host a Boston Design Week panel presentation about exactly this at our Watertown showroom (and via Facebook Live if you’d like to attend virtually) — A Marriage of Styles. The line-up features power couple Jenny Johnson and Robert Cocuzzo and esteemed interior designer Kate Maloney Albiani (this month’s guest blogger) for a fun and informative talk on all things home.
Johnson (TV host) and Cocuzzo (author and editor) recently renovated and decorated their new home, collaborating with Maloney Albiani on the design details. Hear their insights on how they combined “his and her” tastes to create an inviting and on-trend home for their growing family. The panel will be moderated by New England Home’s Editor at Large Clinton Smith, and the lively discussion is sure to entertain and inspire you.
If you feel like coming in person, the event is free and open to the public at our showroom in Watertown. We are asking everyone to register in advance here and directions for accessing the event virtually will be sent to all registered attendees
And now, on to our guest blogger of the month (and host of our panel on September 29!): Kate Maloney Albiani, Principal and Lead Designer at Kate Maloney Interior Design (KMID).
Kate believes that good design is an organic process between the designer and the clients who know what they love.
Kate has mastered the art of combining antique and modern pieces with wonderfully unexpected details. After practicing interior design in New England for over a decade, Kate is known for her textural interiors and her ability to handily balance form with function. Her goal is to design rooms that are just as beautiful to look at, as they are comfortable to live in.
Below are Kate’s picks from our showrooms — we can’t wait to hear more of her insights at our event on September 29.
Generally speaking, with our projects, we try to weigh the architecture of the house we’re working in with the personal style of the family who lives there. Our job is to bridge the gap between the two.
I think about bathrooms as a selection of timeless classics. For example, details like paint, light fixtures, and art can change with your taste — but I find plumbing fixtures and vanities, items that are going to have longer lifespans in your home, need to match the architecture of the house and fall on the more classic and timeliness end of the scale.
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB
This one is a show-stopper. When I walked into the showroom, it immediately took my breath away — I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. It is just SO beautiful. I love the sense of nature that it brings to the idea of bathing — so organic and grounding.
THE FURNITURE GUILD HAYDEN VANITY IN CERUSED OAK
To me, this is one of the strongest vanity pieces on the floor at the showroom. It strikes a nice balance between traditional/classic and the hardware injecting a little bit of glamour. It hits a lot of notes: organic quality with the finish, traditional leg, and glamourous hardware.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS DESCANSO PULL-DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET WITH SQUEEZE HANDLE SPRAYER IN POLISHED BRASS
This one was cool — it was really a beautiful thing. I love a plumbing fixture where you can really appreciate how it works. The handle has a great texture. I love the bolt-looking connection piece between the neck and the arm. I felt there was a sturdy sense to the sprayer. It’s a little more modern than I usually lean, but something about this felt elevated.
PERRIN & ROWE EDWARDIAN THERMOSTATIC SHOWER PACKAGE IN POLISHED NICKEL
I’m a sucker for an old school plumbing fixture. I think there’s such a beautiful sensibility to seeing how these pieces come together. I love an exposed shower system like this. There’s something so traditional and beautiful and also new and clean at the same time. I love that it hits all those notes so successfully.
STONE FOREST BORDEAUX VANITY TOP
This is such a grounded, classic, traditional piece. I think it would be a beautiful statement piece in a bathroom or powder room. It feels so high-end and so timeless that I was attracted to it immediately when I saw it.
Jason and his dad Ralph proudly display the special citation they received from the Governor’s Office in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary last year.
As crazy as it sounds, this first week of August marks 76 years of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply. I wonder how many bathroom transformations we’ve been a part of in 76 years — probably too many to count. I hope we’ve made our customers smile over the years whenever they look at their new fixtures.
This past weekend I was thinking about how we had a big 75-year anniversary party planned for August 2020. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But what happened instead was almost more special: we learned to adapt. We offered virtual options and expanded the ways we connect and communicate. As homes became more important than ever, we were still able to be there for our customers. We made it work, 76 years later, during a global pandemic.
As I carry on the legacy of my father and grandfather before him to bring our family-owned business into this new era, I’m so proud of our resilience. I’m beyond grateful for the Designer Bath staff and clients, our extended family, who got us to where we are today. The future is looking bright.
When we talk about adaptability, I think about how even as things return more to “normal” this fall, many companies have reevaluated their priorities. We see the hybrid work model taking shape, which lands most of us in our homes more often than we used to be. We are evaluating the spaces in our homes, especially our bathrooms and kitchens, and transforming them into little pockets of calm and serenity. These rooms are so valuable and are used so often we almost take them for granted. They should be our sanctuaries, our escapes. They should make us happy every day.
And now, on to our guest blogger of the month: Laura Burnes, Director of Project Planning at Adams + Beasley Associates.
After opening the interior design branch of Vanecko Ltd. in 2006, Laura Burnes ventured out on her own to start LB Custom Projects, four years later. She’s always loved the collaboration between clients, architects, builders and other designers to make someone’s dream a reality. After a solo stint of six years, she was ready to expand, and a partnership at Adams + Beasley came at just the right time. Laura is now Director of Project Planning, working directly with clients and industry partners at the intersection of design and craft — and she’s excited to see where this path takes her next.
We love Laura’s picks from our showrooms — let us know if you agree.
MTI JULIET 222 FREESTANDING TUB IN MATTE WHITE
Freestanding tubs are such a great opportunity for a piece of art in your bathroom. I’m a tub person, so I love the functionality of a tub. What I love about MTI is they’ve created impeccable product lines that perfectly blend functional technology with elegant shapes.
NATIVE TRAILS NIPOMO NATIVE STONE SINK IN SLATE
Powder rooms are places you visit for short periods of time throughout the day. What I love to do when I design them is create a moment of discovery every time you visit the room — something almost unexpectedly special and beautiful. That’s what this Native Trails Nipomo Stone Sink does; it’s a little bit unexpected and beautiful and fun.
DORNBRACHT TARA ULTRA PULL-DOWN FAUCET + HOT & COLD WATER DISPENSER IN POLISHED CHROME
The tall arch of the Dornbracht Tara Ultra faucet is such an elegant form. It also feels good in your hand when you use it. It functions effectively and efficiently and sits nicely on the sink. It sets itself apart with stylish details, but doesn’t call attention to itself. It’s the same thing with the side faucet; functional, complementary hot/cold faucets are hard to find. The way this one mirrors the handle of the main faucet — they nailed it!
FRANZ VIEGENER EDGE CROSS WIDESPREAD FAUCET IN ROSE GOLD
Talk about a piece of art on your sink countertop. It’s stunning. I used it in a project in Boston this past year and it’s amazing to see water come out of something so unexpected (because it’s very thin and linear). This piece by Franz Viegener is
JACLO STORM SHOWERHEAD IN POLISHED CHROME
For my finale — you just can’t beat the Jaclo Storm Showerhead! It has the perfect pressure, it is a really simple mechanism (not an overabundance of plastic), and it’s super functional. It gives you an excellent shower every time. Again, it’s that simple form — not trying to call attention to itself. This is my go-to. I start with this showerhead with every one of my clients.
Jason recently took time off to go camping with his family.
Life at home is starting to feel more normal and my heart is full of hope. This summer, I’ve been planning adventures and get-aways to help recover from our year of isolation and solitude. A few weeks ago, my family and I escaped from our “to-do list” to enjoy some starry nights, s’mores, and other outdoor activities at a local campground. We’re excited to continue spending time together this summer, especially celebrating the 2021 Summer Olympics.
Last but not least, we would like to express our appreciation for the patience and understanding that our customers have shown as we work hard to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. It’s a time like we’ve never seen before in the construction industry and we are working diligently to keep all the balls in the air. We’re proud of all we’ve been able to accomplish with our industry partners during this wild time. Thank you for your continued support!
In this month’s Showroom Favorites, we’re excited to share picks from our July guest blogger, Justine Sterling. Headquartered in Melrose, Justine Sterling has always had a passion for finding structure and order in chaos. She launched Justine Sterling Design in 2008, after working in innovative and prestigious hospitality and commercial interiors and architectural firms in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Boston. We connected a few years ago when I had the opportunity to take a trip to South Africa and she recommended some of her favorite hometown destinations.
Justine Sterling Design specializes in full-service residential interior design — taking their clients on a journey of “Discovering Home” during their step-by-step design process. Her firm effectively handles conceptual design through construction administration, furniture installation, and lastly the all-important styling elements placement. She’s been featured in many publications such as New England Home magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors Boston,The Boston Globe, Boston Home magazine, and the Interior Design Best of Residential book.
Take a peek below at some of this much-acclaimed designer’s selections from the Designer Bath showroom in Watertown.
BRIZO SOLNA SINGLE HANDLE KITCHEN FAUCET
The modern, utilitarian vibe of this articulating faucet instantly drew me in.
BRIZO KINTSU WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET WITH ANGLED SPOUT
I love this new addition to the Brizo collection. This handle option has no inlay, allowing it to be fully exposed to show the modern curved design detail. Lastly, the brilliance luxe gold finish is beautiful: it defines elegant luxury with its timeless, brushed, low luster gold tone.
WALL MOUNT/ABOVE COUNTER LAVATORY WITH OVERFLOW & AQUAGRANDE CONSOLE
Not too long ago, I used this Lacava counter sink and console on an indoor pool project for the changing room. We customized it in length, height and depth, and added a metal shelf to the console for baskets that provided extra towel storage. The functionality of the wide width sink in this vanity was perfect for our project.
JULIET 2 MTI WHIRLPOOLS
I climbed into a few freestanding tubs in the Watertown showroom to see how comfy they were and this MTI one felt like a cocoon. The curved organic-shaped design is dreamy from a design perspective as well.
I would suggest a tall side table near it (which most freestanding tubs need) to offer a place for soap, shampoo, etc. I’d love to try it filled with water for the full whirlpool effect!
SQUARE FLUSH MOUNT RAIN MACHINE
This Jaclo large rain head machine gets mounted flush into a shower ceiling creating a clean and contemporary design overhead. I loved the simplicity of the design, with the function of spreading a large shower of water. I would pair it with a wall shower head too (or two if you have room for a dual shower).
The renovation is almost complete at our Beverly showroom. Photo Credit: Born Imagery
Father’s Day is right around the corner, which always makes me pause and reflect on my feeling that being a dad of two boys has been the most important job of my life. To all the dads out there, I want to wish you an amazing day. Our company’s success and growth over more than three-quarters of a century is a tribute to the work of my dad before me and his dad before him. I am proud to carry on our family tradition and want to extend a special Happy Father’s Day to my dad. He’s been an incredible role model and I’m thankful for all the opportunities he has given me.
Many of our loyal long-term customers know that our Annual Sale is normally in June and typically begins the day before Father’s Day. Even though Covid 19 restrictions have been relaxed, we have made the choice not to host the big in-person sale this year. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about major product discounts, from bathtubs to kitchen sinks. Please call or email us with any questions you may have.
Throughout the last fifteen months, we are proud to say that our Designer Bath showrooms and Salem Plumbing Supply wholesale outlets have remained open and have avoided lay-offs. Our staff is what makes us great and we have tried to support them in a myriad of ways throughout this ordeal. We are grateful to all of our employees for going above and beyond to keep the business afloat. We’re also appreciative of the customers who have continued to use Designer Bath when building and updating their homes. Our business has survived and thrived over the last year, and we’re excited to move forward as life gets closer to returning to normal.
Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to this month’s Showroom Favorites Blogger, Meghan McNamara. She is the first blogger who has been able to select items at our newly renovated Beverly showroom. We are glad we have finally completed this extensive project!
With a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Meghan began her career working on large-scale complex university buildings. She has since found her way to a practice more closely connected to her roots. Coming from a long line of artists and builders, Meghan now operates at the intersection of design, craft, and construction. As the head of the design services at Pomeroy & Co, Meghan works with clients to reimagine their living spaces to suit their tastes and lifestyles. The full-service nature of the design-build company gives her the opportunity to work closely with the millwork and construction departments, executing projects that celebrate craftsmanship and attention to detail.
ROHL SHAKER SINGLE BOWL FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
I love that this sink bridges a traditional feel with a modern vibe. It is a versatile piece and will maintain its appearance for years to come. The handcrafted fireclay sink is resistant to scratches, thermal shock, alkaline and acids, promising durability, and lasting beauty. My favorite feature? I admire the clean lines and how they complement a variety of cabinet styles.
DXV AMERICAN STANDARD OAK HILL WALL MOUNT BATHROOM FAUCET
Plumbing fixtures like this Oak Hill Wall Mount Faucet offer the opportunity to express functionality in an elegant form. The industrial nature of the faucet paired with the attention to detail and craft give this piece a unique quality that can become a signature feature in any design.
STONE FOREST SALUS POTTING SINK
This Stone Forest sink is made from solid time-tested materials and can add great function and beauty to your home. Made with natural stone, this sink has an impactful presence in whatever room it is installed in — it’s the perfect contemporary accent piece.
CROSSWATER WALDORF THREE-HOLE DOUBLE BASIN
Blending style, quality and function with beautiful European design, this modern Crosswater sink will transform any bathroom. It’s an elegant piece that also plays well into a traditional style.
I like the clean lines and generous depth of this tub. The versatility of being able to install it with an exposed end lends itself to more open configurations for a bathroom. Personally, I think this tub could play well with bold wall and floor tile selections!
Happy Mother’s Day from our Designer Bath family to yours.
We’ve made it through April showers and we’re more than ready for the May flowers. Here at Designer Bath, we’re not only excited for warmer weather, but also to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Mother’s Day.
It’s important for me to acknowledge that our company may not have made it to our recent 75th anniversary without the involvement and support of the “mothers” in my life – specifically my grandmother Ida, my mother Deb, my aunt Dale, my sister Mindy, and my wife Shelly. I also want to recognize the moms who are on the Designer Bath team – it is challenging to balance work and parenting and these ladies do it with grace and an amazing level of dedication to their different roles. Without their unwavering commitment over the years, our family business would not be where it is today. We encourage you to ‘shower’ the important women in your life with love on May 9th.
And now (drum roll please!) I am thrilled to announce that we have FINISHED the renovation of our Beverly showroom. If you have visited us over the past few months, we want to thank you for your patience as we modernized our space. From the moment you walk through our door, you will notice the updated and inviting décor and new displays. We are very happy with the fresh look and all the enhancements. Please come by and check it out!
Now without further ado, I’m pleased to announce our May guest blogger: Aileen Graf of Graf Architects.
With a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, eight years in Philadelphia, then a short stint in Jackson Hole, WY; Aileen has spent the last 25 years immersed in New England Architecture. As the principal of a woman owned architecture firm with a concentration in residential design, Aileen thrives on the collaborative process of working with clients to find the best design solution for their lifestyle, while showing them that the process of custom design can be enjoyable and enlightening.
President, Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply
CROSSWATER LONDON FORMOSO PETITE TUB
Nothing says elegance quite like a freestanding tub. What I love most about this piece is the simplicity in its design and how thin the walls are, yet it holds an incredible volume of water.
I also adore that the tub has the perfect accessory — a tray! It’s perfect for adding a candle or book to your relaxing soak.
DXV COSSU RECTANGLE WALL-HUNG BATHROOM SINK
This wall-hung sink is perfect for the traditional New England home! It fits perfectly in tight, compact spaces which we commonly find in older homes.
The clean simple look makes this a classic.
STONE FOREST SMALL BEVELED VESSEL
When visiting the showroom, I was captivated by the stainless steel sink displayed on rich mahogany.
The contrast between cool steel and warm wood was visually pleasing to me.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS CORSANO CULINARY PULL-OUT KITCHEN FAUCET
When visiting the showroom, I immediately wanted to touch this faucet!
I adore the dark finish — the contrast between the black and aged brass makes this faucet feel like a piece of elegant jewelry.
GRAFF ME SHOWER CONTROLS (VOLUME)
Quality? Outstanding. Finish? Stunning.
I love this shower control from Graff because of its clean lines and asymmetry against the back plate. This would be the perfect addition to any shower.
As we celebrate the beginning of spring, we finally have the opportunity to embrace the warm New England weather and get some much needed fresh air. Let’s enjoy the outdoors and soak in some sun — especially after such a long winter cooped up inside. With the arrival of April comes spring showers — both outside and inside your home! Now is the perfect time to invest in a new showerhead or luxurious outdoor shower. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I believe there’s no better way to show your appreciation for Mom than by helping her transform her bathroom into a relaxing, functional haven.
If you decide to revitalize your bathroom – you might want to know more about the different types of showerheads available:
Fixed showerhead (wall mount) – Found in most family bathrooms. For those who are interested in solid water pressure, this is the showerhead for you.
Hand-held showerhead – Great for bathing pets, kids and those who may need to sit on a bench when rinsing.
Dual showerhead system – Combination of a hand-held showerhead and a fixed showerhead.
Rain showerheads – (larger in size – six inches or wider in diameter) – The wider the water spray, the warmer you feel while showering, thus enhancing the overall experience. The water in large flat rainheads is usually delivered via a gravity propulsion method, so it may not be the best option for those people with a lot of hair to wash and rinse.
Filtered showerhead – I have learned that these can help with dry or frizzy hair by greatly reducing the amount of chlorine, scale, and hard water.
With the warmer weather, I am always reminded of my goal of having an outdoor shower. In a subtle way, I plant the seed by mentioning to my wife that having this extra outdoor area will alleviate the challenge of limited indoor bathroom space. It’s good to have dreams!
Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce April’s guest blogger: Atsu Gunther of Atsu Gunther Design LLC. We had the pleasure of welcoming Atsu to our showroom to pick her favorites for this month’s blog. Originally from Japan, Atsu moved to the United States to pursue her college education in Interior Design. Upon graduation, she started her career in Boston with legendary interior designer William Hodgins. After 16 years working for several talented interior designs and architecture firms in both Boston and New York City, Atsu opened her own interior design studio in 2014. Recently, Atsu was featured in Boston Magazine for her renovation of this Cambridge Victorian. We are so happy to share her favorite pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a safe and healthy April.
President, Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB
The marble Calma bathtub from Stone Forest is truly a work of art. It immediately caught my eye upon entering the Designer Bath showroom. This is the statement piece that your bathroom craves.
HOUSE OF ROHL SHAWS CLASSIC SHAKER SINGLE BOWL FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
Farmhouse sinks are a classic — they’re often my go-to when designing kitchens. The Shaws apron front fireclay piece from House of Rohl elevates its surroundings, creating the perfect harmony between traditional and modern.
JULIEN SOCIALCORNER® UNDERMOUNT WITH APRON FRONT STAINLESS STEEL KITCHEN SINK
This stainless steel JULIEN sink is special in so many ways, but especially because it is the only sink available on the market that fits into a corner. It provides the perfect solution for small footprint kitchens. It’s unique, very practical, and well-made.
I personally dislike having a visible drain in the shower. That’s why I’m in love with the Infinity Drain. Along with its excellent craftsmanship, it also makes the shower look neat and tidy.
STONE FOREST ELEMENTAL TROUGH SINK WITH CALIFORNIA FAUCETS VESSEL LAVATORY FAUCET
Just by touching this faucet by California Faucets, you can tell that this is a high-quality design. I’m absolutely drawn to its beautiful brass finish.
The Stone Forest sink is the perfect pairing for the faucet as it boasts solid, natural stone. The marriage of materials creates a luxurious masterpiece for your bathroom.
Since last March, so much has changed. For many of us, one of the silver linings of the pandemic has been the opportunity to build stronger relationships during these times — with our family and friends, but especially with our homes. Over the past year, they’ve become a refuge. They represent a protected haven to live and work. I hope that your home has been filled with laughter and new memories.
Here at Designer Bath, we’ve embraced change and want to continue to help your efforts to create new positive moments within your home. With that goal in mind, we’re excited to expand our vendor offerings to include Franke, Artelinea, and more of the Graff product line in both showrooms.
If you’re interested in learning what we love about these vendors, I invite you to make an appointment to visit one of our showrooms. If you’d prefer to view the displays from the comfort of your own home, I suggest looking into our 360-degree virtual showroom tours. Some of the designers who have contributed to our monthly blog have enjoyed exploring our space virtually — I’m sure you will too!
I’m so happy to put together this spring edition of Musings by Mindy to bring some inspiration into your home. Every time you wake up and spend your mornings in your redesigned kitchen and/or bathroom(s), you’ll have a greater sense of appreciation for the special touches and how the details have the power to bring you joy. Stay safe and stay healthy!
All my best,
Mindy Sevinor Showroom Brand Manager
New in the Showroom
Franke offers more than kitchen sinks — they offer fantastic accessories that will help your kitchen become more than just the place you eat. Your kitchen will transform into a meeting room for your family to share what they’ve accomplished that day. With price brackets that fit any budget, your ordinary kitchen will shine as a multi-functional wheelhouse. Franke is a well-known name in the kitchen industry with a tremendous reputation for quality, and in my opinion, creativity.
Artelinea is an innovative bathroom furnishings brand that incorporates Italian style into their glass furniture and lighted mirrors. With centuries of glassworking under their belt, the company stays on the cutting edge of glass finishes, including colored, fluted, printed, and textured glass options. It’s the go-to brand for high-quality, customizable pieces that you and your clients will fall in love with and will influence the individual style of every home.
We’re thrilled to expand Graff’s footprint in both of our showrooms. Graff is a family-owned business and they are unlike many other faucet vendors. They are a true manufacturer, while many faucet vendors are assemblers. Starting with raw brass stock, Graff crafts its products from start to finish. In addition to innovative designs, they have an expansive selection of unique specialty finishes.
The MOD+ serieshas a great configurator that allows you to put your unique mark on each faucet. You have the ability to customize the spout shape, cover finish, clip finish, and body finish. You’ll definitely have the most unique faucet on the block!
Have you seen the new Designer Bath ad in New England Home Magazine, Boston Home Magazine, and/or Northshore Home Magazine?
Happy March! The official first day of spring is only a few weeks away and I’m excited to spend more time outside with family and friends. I am especially looking forward to ‘springing ahead’ on March 14th so we can enjoy some extra sunlight at the end of the day.
One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner: St. Patrick’s Day! As everyone knows, this special day celebrating Irish heritage uses green as its signature color. For us, being green means making an effort to be kind to the environment. We try to do this every day, however, March 17 gives us an extra reason to go green! We are glad to share some water-saving tips.According to the EPA, by replacing an old, inefficient toilet, the average household can reduce toilet water usage by 20 to 60 percent. Believe it or not, that will result in a savings of about $110 per year on water costs and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet.Contact us today to learn more about how replacing your toilet can be the perfect spring renovation project and an ideal way to embrace “being green.”
Here’s the backstory on the development of our new print ad (shown above). Designer Bath takes pride in its leadership role in the industry. Part of being an innovator is being creative, thinking outside the box, and pushing the boundaries. We’ve had fun with our new print campaign – check out theanimated version of our print ad.
Now without further ado, we are thrilled to announce this month’s blogger: Paige Lewin of Tess & Ted. After spending two decades in public relations, Paige leaped to a new form of creative expression when she opened Tess & Ted Interiors in 2014. Self-taught, Paige blends modern and classic design and is influenced heavily by her love of textiles, her New England upbringing, and her time living and working in Manhattan. Paige and her team work with clients wherever they are on the interior design spectrum — from DIY consultations to down-to-the-studs of home renovations. She believes everyone deserves a beautiful, comfortable home that accommodates all the chaos of real life, and works closely with her clients to create just that.
When it comes to kitchen and bath, I always look for fixtures that feel amazing to the touch, deliver high style, and provide strong value for the cost. My five showroom favorites fit the bill perfectly:
BLANCO DIAMOND UNDERMOUNT SINK IN ANTHRACITE
This sink is one of my go-to pieces. Made of a granite composite, it’s easy to clean and gentle on fragile dishes. I love using the Anthracite colorway. How often do you see a black kitchen sink?
BRIZO SOLNA IN MATTE BLACK
While a stunning faucet can steal the show in a kitchen, sometimes function is sacrificed for beauty. Not so with the Solna. The articulating arm and ergonomic spout deliver the function, and the design is visually on point. If you worry about chicken hands, it’s also available in a touchless model.
STONE FOREST VERGE BATH SINK
I’ll be honest…vessel sinks aren’t my favorite, but the Stone Forest Verge Sink had me at hello. The stone is stunning, feels like silk, and will never go out of style. Add the brass console legs and just, WOW.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS TO-PBL TRIM IN POLISHED CHROME
The cross handle of this California Faucets pressure balance trim feels so smooth in your hand and turns like a dream. The clean, modern design stands well on its own, and can be paired with quieter tilework in the shower.
MTI JULIET 2
Have you ever been in a tub that could double as a piece of furniture? The Juliet is so comfortable that if it were in my house, my kids might find me in it wrapped in a blanket taking a nap. One end provides a cozy “hug” around the shoulders, while the opposite end is a bit more upright and wider, making it the perfect tub regardless of your soaking style.
Jason’s son Gunnar celebrating his February 14th birthday.
Happy February! It may be brutally cold out there, but at least we are getting more sunlight as the days go on. Spring will be here before we know it. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, my home will soon be filled with presents and cake. We’ll be celebrating my son Gunnar’s 6th birthday. Where does the time go?
This month’s blog is a little different in an exciting way. Our guest blogger picked her favorite items by using thevirtual tourfeature on our website. By doing so, she was able to select from both our Watertown and Beverly showrooms. As we reflect on the ways that we have needed to pivot since the start of the pandemic, we are proud of the new initiatives we’ve implemented to enhance our customer experience and accommodate various shopping approaches, including the rollout of the virtual tour, Zoom appointments, and the online wishlist. Now our clients have the opportunity to view displays and choose items from the comfort of their own home!
Without further ado, we’re happy to introduce our February Showroom Favorites blogger: Jessica Chabot. Jessica has over 20 years in the construction and design industry. A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, Jess started her design career as a kitchen and bath designer and then spent eight years with a custom residential construction company. Currently, she is applying all of her experience and expertise as Senior Designer atKatie Rosenfeld and Company. She works with the team to create and execute high-end interiors. Jess lives in the burbs with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t using her magic design wand to make people’s dreams come true, she volunteers as the president of the New England IFDA chapter and sits on her town’s Planning Board. We are thrilled to share her favorites with you.
Wishing you all a warm and loving February.
STONE FOREST CALMA MARBLE SOAKING TUB
How can you not be obsessed with Stone Forest’s Calma marble soaking tub? With its stunning veining, the tub presents an “old-world” feel with a modern look. It would pair nicely with almost any style and would be a beautiful focal point in a bathroom.
ROHL ELONGATED HIGH GLOSS MAHOGANY TOILET SEAT
Often an overlooked part of a bathroom, I am thrilled to see wood toilet seats making a comeback. This particular mahogany piece from Rohl adds a level of formality to the space. Apart from a design standpoint, they are also much more comfortable to sit on.
DXV RANDALL WIDESPREAD BATHROOM FAUCET WITH CROSS HANDLES
Everyone knows brass is back. Oftentimes, however, clients can be fearful of living finishes — they shouldn’t be! There is something charming about your faucet having “lived.”
HOUSE OF ROHL SHAWS CLASSIC SHAKER FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
The tried and true “farm sink” is a classic. House of Rohl is the industry standard for this style of sink. The Shaws Classic Shaker Farmhouse Fireclay piece is a must-have.
HOUSE OF ROHL PERRIN & ROWE EDWARDIAN ERA OVAL THERMOSTATIC TRIM PLATE WITH VOLUME CONTROL
IN POLISHED CHROME
My love for House of Rohl pieces continues with this Perrin & Rowe Edwardian Era selection. Right now, I’m really into shower trims that have an all-in-one backplate for both the volume control and thermostatic valve. You can’t go wrong with this streamlined look — and may I mention – less to clean!