It’s November – the month we devote to gratefulness. There is so much to feel good about in terms of our business and the dedication of our staff. Our showrooms have just received awards (Best of Boston Home – Fixtures – from Boston Magazine, Best of the Northshore from Northshore Magazine and Best Showroom from DPHA – Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association), which makes me proud. These accolades are a testament to the teams in our showrooms, their expertise and work ethic, as well as the design and innovation in our showrooms and product offering.
One of the aspects of our philosophy that I feel is different from other similar businesses is the involvement and commitment of each person at every level. From our purchasing manager to our warehouse manager to our delivery drivers, we are all dedicated to excellence and client satisfaction. Things can and do go awry in our industry. What allows us to thrive is knowing that no one is working alone — we are all in it together. When adversity hits, we do a team huddle and combine our industry experience and different perspectives to devise creative solutions to enable us to move forward and get the job done.
We also rely on manufacturers, vendors, designers, architects, builders, and plumbers. Together, we make magic happen for homeowners. We value and appreciate the industry professionals who choose to work with us. We spend a lot of time and effort curating the list of brands we offer our customers. The companies we decide to bring on as premier lines not only make beautiful products, but they also provide support for issues and training for our staff and customers. Our trade partners lean on us as an extension of their companies. They want a supplier who aligns with their values and maintains a consistent approach to the services they provide. We appreciate the trust that our customers place in us and their understanding we will take care of their clients.
We have had a long and productive relationship with Gallagher Remodeling. Roger Gallagher runs a well known design/build firm, which has gained a reputation for thoughtful planning and execution of clients’ visions. Amy McFadden runs the design process.
Amy McFadden is the Director of Design and Development at Gallagher Remodeling, Inc., a full-service residential design-build firm in Belmont, MA. She has over 20 years of experience in design and is certified by the Professional Remodelers Association (PRO) as a Kitchen & Bath Remodeler. The team brings a high level of professionalism, thoughtfulness, and creative insight on every project.
PERRIN & ROWE ARMSTRONG PULL DOWN TOUCHLESS KITCHEN FAUCET
I love the style of this faucet because it juxtaposes the Perrin & Rowe traditional style with the modern touchless update. You just wave your hand underneath to turn it on. The lever is also a nice detail — it’s strong and high quality. I’d use this for a main or secondary kitchen sink (perhaps in a kitchen with multiple islands).
FRANZ VIEGENER SKYLINE WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
Sometimes form really is the function! This Franz Viegener faucet is languid and inviting — just looking at it is relaxing to me; it’s like water itself. I’d use this in a main bathroom with double sinks. The low spout allows for clearance if there is a medicine cabinet above it. It would look great in a powder room with a gorgeous mirror above it. We’ve been recommending Franz Viegener a lot lately for high end projects; they have several new and innovative shapes and designs that we’re liking.
LACAVA AQUAGRANDE FLOOR STANDING METAL CONSOLE STAND WITH A TOWEL BAR IN MATTE BLACK + PORCELAIN BATHROOM SINK
The minute I saw this base/sink/faucet combo I was like, “This is a complete look.” It looks great in the black matte finish displayed in the showroom because it’s so fresh and current with the white sink. The sink is large enough for dual use, and the bottom is curved to allow for easy drainage — water doesn’t pool on the bottom. It’s great for small spaces: it doesn’t take up foot space, has only two legs in front, is less busy looking, and holds towels. Everything is in one place. It’s easy, simple, and clean.
KEUCO SHOWER BASKET
We do a lot of recessed shampoo niches and they require construction. This Keuco shower basket is less than a recessed niche and more than a shower caddy that you would buy at a store. It gets installed on the wall after the tile and it’s solid. The squeegee is stored below, another item tucked away and not seen. Accessories are a big part of a bathroom, and this one reduces how many things are cluttering up your shower.
JULIEN OUTDOOR KITCHEN
The Julien outdoor kitchen is so brilliant. As a design/build firm, we’ve been doing more outdoor landscaping projects lately. We’re seeing people do outdoor kitchens more in the New England area — extending their living space to their outdoor space, even during the colder months. They’re adding space heaters, heated pavers, and hot tubs. I could see this kitchen going in a lot of places. I also love how the corners of the countertop are rounded rather than sharp, cold and industrial.
Our team has enjoyed attending some New England Home awards celebrations this fall — from IFDA New England’s “Night Sky Over Versailles”-themed gala, to New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Awards.
Is everyone adjusting to their fall schedules? We get lulled into a sense of calm during August and then September blasts off and away we go with activities for kids, school requirements and commitments related to our professions filling the calendar.
Lately, I have been out and about at many work events. In the design/build industry, we have lots of educational and networking opportunities. These tend to be clustered in the fall and spring. Some of the events honor exceptional people and projects. These award galas are fancy and festive and bring people together to celebrate their areas of expertise and the personalities who go over and above in their achievements and dedication to their craft.
We are glad to raise our glasses to our colleagues in the industry. We collaborate with many of the people who have received recent accolades. The details of the architecture, design, and décor that are highlighted in the publicity for each winner are truly breathtaking. We admire the work of each award recipient and we applaud them for their contributions to the beauty and livability of residential properties in New England. In the past month or so, we have cheered for the recipients of many prestigious programs — including the IFDA New England Award winners and New England Home Magazine’s 5 Under 40 winners.
I would like to introduce this month’s blogger, Meg McSherry. We were introduced to Meg by one of our trade partners. This is always a wonderful way to meet a new contact, as we have the endorsement of someone who we already respect and value. It has been a pleasure to get to know her and become involved in her projects.
Best, JasonSevinor President
VICTORIA & ALBERT TOULOUSE FREESTANDING SOAKING BATHTUB
Victoria & Albert’s Toulouse freestanding soaking tub is so beautiful. We are actually using this for a project right now — we positioned it in front of windows with a freestanding tub filler in the middle. This tub is ideal for someone who doesn’t want to go super fussy/traditional or too modern; it’s a perfect in-between. It feels like a fresh take on a classic tub.
WATERSTONE TRADITIONAL PLP PULLDOWN FAUCET IN POLISHED NICKEL
I love the scale of the gooseneck on this Waterstone faucet — it makes such an elegant statement with its form and shape. I think it would work well in a kitchen where the main sink is on the island, because it commands attention and shines on its own. There are some classic details on it — the spray handle is so cool and the lever features a really pretty detailed ceramic plate. It’s gorgeous.
ROHL LANCASTER 30″ SINGLE BOWL FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
The Rohl Lancaster is the epitome of an apron front farmhouse sink. This is the farmhouse sink in its purest form — it’s tried and true. I’m always going to go with this. We typically use this sink for clients who want a classic and pretty kitchen. It’s a good choice because it takes metal out of the kitchen. It’s one less element in the room that’s made of stainless steel. It softens things.
SAMUEL HEATH 3 HOLE LAVATORY FILLER IN POLISHED NICKEL
The wood levers on this Samuel Heath faucet are what makes it special. The wood elevates the faucet because it’s a material we don’t typically see in plumbing. It has a really masculine vibe to it. It’d be a handsome feature in a man’s bathroom or in some kind of moody bath space.
PERRIN & ROWE EDWARDIAN EXPOSED WALL MOUNT THERMOSTATIC SHOWER SYSTEM IN POLISHED NICKEL
This is such an interesting shower system from Perrin & Rowe because it has very traditional decorative details like the porcelain levers, but it also has more exposed parts that give it a little more weight and scale. I’m loving the contrast between the classic details, like the porcelain, on one side, and how you see more of the inner workings on the other side. It could be used in a traditional or modern space. It’s not just this pretty thing; there’s a cool factor to it.
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.
I recently went on vacation to Ecuador with one of my sons. I hope you find the time for summer adventures!
As a retailer with brick & mortar stores, we need to be observant to identify what is new and exciting in our industry. It is fun to bring in different styles of fixtures and accessories to put on display. You can often find something fresh and on trend when you visit our showrooms. And, if you don’t have time to stop by, you can peruse our offerings via our virtual tour or our product listings on the Shop Now tab on our website. In general, we find that many people are enamored by the latest and greatest trends and sometimes, they are better not only for the fashion factor, but also for the environment!
At my core, however, I am rooted in old-fashioned values of respectfulness, consideration, and thoughtfulness. I learned these modes of behavior from my parents and am trying my best to pass them down to my sons. Hopefully, my belief in these basic tenets of treating people with kindness and empathy has resulted in the creation of a positive and supportive corporate culture within our business. I love to learn about the ways that employees have made a memorable impression on a client due to their diligence, politeness, and professionalism. When someone writes a good review of their experience with us, we applaud the team member(s) who was involved and celebrate the accolades.
Did you enjoy the time that you worked with Designer Bath to beautify your bathroom(s) and/or kitchen? Did we listen and respond with timely information to help you with decisions?
Right now, you can let us know that you appreciate our commitment to time honored standards of excellent service by voting for us in the BONS HOME 2023 competition. We appreciate every vote. The deadline is August 1. PLEASE VOTE!!!
This month, we did something different and asked our colleagues to submit items that they have bought from Designer Bath. If an employee buys something they sell, it is certainly a testament to the attributes of the item! It was interesting to see that a couple of products were big favorites in that they were owned by more than one of my associates – including the water filtration system, the Brizo kitchen faucet, and the Crosswater bathroom faucet. Please read the blog to learn what we have bought for ourselves. Enjoy!
Hope you are enjoying the summer! JasonSevinor
ENVIRONMENTAL WATER SYSTEMS (EWS) MAX FLOW WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM
Filtered water at the speed of your faucet — this water filtration system is such a pleasure and attaches right onto the kitchen sink. Trade in the plastic bottles for a built-in, hassle-free, world-class water filtration system right in your own kitchen.
BRIZO ARTESSO SMART TOUCH KITCHEN FAUCET
Tap on; tap off. Inspired by factories of the early 20th century, the Artesso faucet collection by Brizo is a warmer, more refined take on the industrial aesthetic. Select luxe gold or polished chrome for a more funky look, or go full modern with matte black. We love the SmartTouch tech and pull-down wand with both spray and steam functions.
CROSSWATER TAOS FAUCET
Inspired by the mid-century modern classic, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip table, Crosswater London’s Taos faucet embraces simple, clean lines and elegance. Its smooth arches reflect light, creating a subtle, soft aesthetic in the bathroom.
The Jaclo is the jack of all trades of showerheads. It’s functional and versatile, and comes in 10+ finishes, which makes it fit into every aesthetic. It contains eight adjustable jets with 64 individual sprays — one (and several more) settings for every preference in the house.
HANSGROHE JOLEENA KITCHEN FAUCET
Make your kitchen faucet the focal point of the room with the smooth and functional high arched Hansgrohe Joleena. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it is equipped with EcoSmart technology to save water and energy.
Recently, we partnered with GRAFF to host an afternoon tea at the Boston Public Library as a thank you to our guest bloggers throughout the years.
When I think about Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, I consider the most important aspects of our brand. I always want to make sure we are focused on these priorities in everything we do. By defining our brand, what it means to us and what it means to our customers, we are able to identify our “true north” and have an understanding of our core values.
One of the qualities that I try to emphasize both at work and in my personal life is the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. We cannot be successful as a business without customers and we want to take advantage of all available opportunities to express our thanks. Recently, we hosted a delightful tea at the Boston Public Library for people in the design/build industry who have served as our guest bloggers. It was a lovely afternoon event. There was no big presentation or educational seminar. It was all about community and relationships. Our goal was to pamper these people who spent time and effort to do something for us.
The tea at the Boston Public Library was an example of our efforts to nurture and support our trade partners. These are people who work with homeowners and recommend our products and services to them. For the homeowners themselves, we also wanted to say thank you. In this instance, we decided that bringing back our Annual Sale would be the best way to offer something of value to this group. Beginning on Saturday, June 17 and continuing through Friday, June 30, we will be marking down prices to their lowest levels of the year. In Beverly, we will also have a tent sale and everything outside will be deeply discounted. We hope that these amazing deals will make homeowners happy, because if our clients are happy, we are happy!
Speaking of relationships, we have had many years of collaborating with the team at FBN. It is one of the largest residential builders in the Metro Boston region. They take care of their clients and manage all the details of significant projects from start to finish and beyond. Larissa Cook serves as the company’s president and came into our Watertown showroom to pick her five favs.
Best, JasonSevinor President
For the past 15+ years, Larissa Cook has been upholding high standards of excellence in the design and building industry. Under her leadership and guidance, FBN Construction doubled in size and grew into the award-winning company it is today. In 2021, she was honored as one of Boston Magazine’s Faces of Women in Design. In her role as president of FBN, she encourages collaboration, communication, and attention to detail.
WATERSTONE ENDEAVOR WHEEL PULLDOWN FAUCET IN MATTE BLACK WITH BRONZE ACCENTS
The matte black finish with bronze accents provides a sleek contrast appearance in the Waterstone Pulldown Faucet. The wheel portion gives it a vintage industrial look. I could see it in a craft space, a fun art studio, or a loft-style apartment in Boston.
LACAVA NAVI WALL MOUNT MIRROR IN WOODEN OR METAL FRAME
The simplicity of the Lacava Navi Wall Mount Mirror’s frame makes it very versatile in wood or metal. When I saw it in the showroom, it had a metal finish, powder-coated in brass. I like that it looked modern and sleek, so it would work well in a contemporary condo bathroom.
ARTELINEA FLUTED BLUE VANITY WITH GRAFF 2/ GRAFF MOD LAV FAUCET IN MATTE BLACK
The rich deep blue color along with the textured appearance of this Artelinea vanity make it a focal piece. The functionality of two drawers is very appealing for storage. The Graff faucet is very pronounced. I love the fact that it was wall-mounted. This would work well in a powder room, paired with wallpaper and the Lacava Navi mirror. I was basically planning how I am going to redo my powder room as we walked through the Designer Bath showroom.
BAIN ULTRA EVANESCENCE OVAL FREESTANDING THERNONASSEUR IN WHITE
Bain Ultra’s elegant oval freestanding tub is in every sense a true soaking tub, perfect for relaxing. We used something similar in a project in Weston recently and it felt spacious. It’s also versatile — we used it in black in a Boston condo with a Japanese-themed bathroom. Because it’s minimalistic, it works in both modern or traditional spaces.
DORNBRACHT CYO THREE-HOLE LAVATORY MIXER WITH DRAIN IN BRUSHED DURABRASS
Dornbracht Cyo’s brushed finish along with the handles are modern, simplistic, and sleek. I loved that the knobs were circular. This could be used anywhere, from a powder room to a master bath.
It’s all about family! Jason and his dad Ralph and sister Mindy at a recent Boston Design Week event.
Have you been able to get out and enjoy the longer days and warmer temperatures? I always feel that New Englanders are so starved for good weather that they truly embrace the spring. We all join together to celebrate the moments when Mother Nature cooperates and offers us blue skies and refreshing breezes. It is glorious!
Speaking of Mother Nature, now is the time to applaud the hard work and dedication of moms everywhere. Especially when their children are young, moms are always running around and trying to get it all done. Of course I’m biased, but I believe any mom would appreciate an upgrade in the bath/kitchen realm to make her feel pampered. Who wouldn’t like a new kitchen faucet (the most used “appliance” in the house) or a super-duper shower head, or even a luxurious towel warmer? I extend a big Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I am sending these well wishes with extra heartfelt sentiments to my own mom and all the moms on our Designer Bath team. I appreciate you and I am grateful to have you in my life.
And Mother Nature is, of course, all about the great outdoors. We recently hosted an event for people in the design/build industry in partnership with Boston Home magazine and California Faucets. The theme was outdoor living. Since we added the Julien Outdoor Kitchen display to the front area of our Watertown showroom, we have been talking to many landscape designers about integrating it into their plans. Have you seen it? It’s made of marine grade steel with carefully finished edges and closed sections to withstand both the elements and pesky critters. I guarantee that this kitchen set-up will add next level functionality to your outside entertaining and socializing!
This month, our guest blogger is Anne Alberts from Carpenter & MacNeille. The team at Carp Mac has partnered with us on countless projects over the years. They provide design/build services and have many award-winning homes in their portfolio.
Best, JasonSevinor President
Anne Alberts, Head of Interiors at Carpenter & MacNeille, is an award-winning and published designer. Anne champions a multifaceted design approach that blends timeless beauty into clients’ homes across New England, finding inspiration from styles of past and present. An integral member of Carpenter & MacNeille’s leadership team, Anne develops clients’ visual narratives with a foundation rooted in tradition while uniquely capturing and highlighting each individual’s story, creating spaces that truly feel at home.
PERRIN & ROWE GEORGIAN ERA BRIDGE KITCHEN FAUCET WITH SIDE SPRAY IN POLISHED NICKEL
Polished nickel and unlacquered brass are my two go-to finishes, which is what attracted me to this Perrin & Rowe bridge faucet in polished nickel. I admire the stylish combination of the bridge and lever components. And the gooseneck is pretty — shapely and attractive, while the side spray makes it quite useful. Carpenter & MacNeille does a lot of traditional design work, and this faucet fits nicely with various time periods.
CROSSWATER HEIR WIDESPREAD BASIN FAUCET IN POLISHED NICKEL
I’m a big fan of lever handles over cross handles because if your hands are soapy or dirty, you can still easily turn on the faucet. I love the sleek lines on this one. The juxtaposition of a traditional space with a contemporary plumbing faucet is a special unique detail, and I think it’s very fun in a bathroom.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS FULL SHOWER SET UP IN UNLACQUERED BRASS
I was impressed with the attention to detail that I immediately noticed on this shower display. I love the unlacquered brass finish. It had a really interesting control valve with knurling and graphically interesting numbers telling the temperature. In combination with the unlacquered brass, it looked old without being old.
A brass shower system like this pairs well with almost anything — it would work with a natural stone tile, a simple off-white ceramic, or a bright bold forest green ceramic tile. That’s what I love about brass: it has longevity and an ageless quality, which is something we’re always looking for at Carpenter & MacNeille.
STONE FOREST MILANO VESSEL SINK IN CARRARA MARBLE
Stone is one of those traditional elements that will always be classic in a powder room or a main bathroom. It is beautiful and versatile. It can be paired with wood in the background, more tile, or bright/colorful ceramic tile. The natural veining of the stone is chef’s kiss!
STONE FOREST RENAISSANCE CONSOLE TOP IN CARRARA MARBLE + 4 LEG CONSOLE IN AGED UNLACQUERED BRASS
This Stone Forest vanity is one of my favorites; it’s on my list to use with a client someday. I was entranced with the elegant top and how the gorgeous natural stone was highlighted with the curve and special carving effects. I was struck by how the countertop is integrated with the sink basin — it’s shapely and traditional and beautiful. All of that paired with the brass legs is stunning. I’m a big fan.
I think you could pair this with a hardwood floor, put it in front of vibrant wallpaper or painted paneling with a layer of tile below it. You could place it before a simple plaster wall with decorative lights and a fun statement mirror as well. I love how you can see all the components behind it — even the drain becomes part of the design scheme. It’s all graphic and purposeful.
My son is working on developing a bond with one of two kitties who we have recently added to our family.
Spring has sprung! I join many of my fellow New Englanders in extending an enthusiastic welcome to the new season. It makes me happy to see the leaves popping out on the trees and signs of life in gardens everywhere. April heralds a more consistent pattern of warmer temperatures and longer days. Yay!
Spring is also traditionally a time that celebrates rejuvenation and a bit of “out with the old, in with the new!” In keeping with this theme, we take a closer look at displays at this time of year. We evaluate what we offer and update the product mix to reflect the requests from our customers and current trends. Have you been to one of our two showrooms lately (Beverly and Watertown)? If it has been a while since your last visit, I promise you will see new items. I really like the new line of Landmade tubs that we have brought into both showrooms. Please let me know what you think!
We also consider our business practices and assess ways that we can do better. This is the key ingredient in our recipe for success. I truly believe that we try harder than our competitors and we care more. This is shown in our efforts to help each person find exactly what they are looking for at a fair price. It is also shown after the sale. People don’t tend to think about warranties and service policies when they buy a decorative plumbing fixture. Certainly most people focus on these concerns when they are buying a car, but not so much with décor selections. Let me tell you – plumbing is complicated! Things happen and you should prioritize working with a company that stands behind the products they sell. We help you decide on what to purchase and then remain available to support you if there are issues in the future.
With the sounds and scents of spring in the air, it is our pleasure to introduce you to our April blogger, team members from Lombardi Design. They are part of an impressive landscape design firm with clients all over the country. As we move towards spending more time outside, it is a good idea to consider the best use of the space and partner with professionals to help you maximize your enjoyment.
Cheers! Jason Sevinor President
Gregory Lombardi Design is an award-winning landscape architecture practice with a simple mission: to craft magnificent outdoor spaces for highly discerning clients. Eschewing any single style, our design philosophy calls for the fresh interpretation of timeless principles of order and proportion to create meaningful spaces for our clients. Our aim is to create environments that enhance their surroundings, inspire their inhabitants and awaken the imagination.
JEE-O FATLINE FREESTANDING SHOWER MIXER WITH RAIN SHOWERHEAD IN BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL
This outdoor shower is a terrific statement piece that we’ve specified a lot. It’s very clean and simple and mounts securely to the ground which is unique. It has a wonderful visual quality that makes it different from anything else out there on the market.
JULIEN OUTDOOR KITCHEN
We’ve recently been introduced to this product line and are really excited about the possibilities. It’s great to have an option for an outdoor kitchen that is watertight and keeps out pests, right off the shelf. The stainless steel is very high quality, and the components are well crafted for outdoor use.
STONE FOREST SALUS POTTING SINK IN HONED BLACK GRANITE AND WOOD STAND IN FIR
We think this is a beautiful option for clients who are looking for a refined yet functional utility or potting sink for their home gardens. The dark granite sink has a very substantial feel, and the fir stand will develop a delightful patina over time.
APTATIONS 10X DOUBLE ARM WALL MIRROR IN CHROME
We love finding ways to extend the time clients can spend in an outdoor shower. Introducing a small luxury item like this is a great way to get yourself ready for the day, whether you are heading to the beach or boardroom.
PERRIN & ROWE GEORGIAN ERA THERMOSTATIC SHOWER SYSTEM IN POLISHED CHROME
For discerning clients looking for an elevated level of luxury, this exposed shower system really fits the bill. It is a versatile and classic look that will fit the bill for both inside and outside bathing environments. The wide rain shower head, polished chrome finish and thermostatic controls will introduce a visual elegance to what can otherwise be a utilitarian looking space.
Jason in a helicopter flying over a coffee plantation in Medellin, Colombia during his recent visit.
Last month, I was able to fly south to Colombia in South America for a combination of work and fun. Learning about Colombia was fascinating – the people were so friendly and the weather was absolutely perfect – warm and sunny. Travel and experiencing different history and culture is a passion of mine. As they say, it’s nice to be away, but great to come home. (Well, except for the weather part!) I’m looking forward to planning my next adventure with my son Jack to go to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands in July. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!
Speaking of counting the days until summer arrives, we have recently hosted a few events to introduce the Julien Outdoor Kitchen. We held a Lunch & Learn at our showroom in Watertown, where we have this beautiful item on display. Two team members from Julien traveled here from their headquarters in Canada and were able to talk in-depth about the construction process and quality of materials. We also went on the road and had off-site meetings at local offices. During this process, we met with a number of well-established and reputable landscape design professionals and they seem very enthusiastic about this product. The line offers a high-quality marine grade steel finish that has been proven to have the capability to withstand the weather conditions that our northeast climate throws at us. If you are lucky enough to live on or near the ocean, you know that these challenges are magnified by the salt air.
I find that outdoor kitchens intrinsically make people think about entertaining on the patio or veranda. This type of visualization is going to have to suffice for the real thing until the temps go up A LOT higher than they are now!
I would like to introduce our guest blogger for the month of February. Ana Bonilla of AnaVera Design has been a valued client of Designer Bath for many years.
All the Best,
Jason Sevinor President
Based in Newton and serving the Greater Boston Area, Ana Bonilla is the Owner and Principal of AnaVera Design – a full service interior design firm specializing in creating vibrant and timeless spaces. Ana prides herself on building lasting relationships with her clients to ensure each project reflects the homeowner’s unique personality. Ana’s eclectic and colorful designs are influenced by her childhood in Peru, living abroad in Paris, and global travels.
LACAVA ELEGANZA FREE STANDING SOAKING BATHTUB IN MATTE BLACK
The Lacava Eleganza immediately attracted me due to its striking black color and elegant shape — this made an impression on me – it’s a really cool tub. I like how it could work as the room’s showstopper within a more traditionally designed space because it’s not super modern.
SAMUEL HEATH: LMK INDUSTRIAL THERM SHOWER IN URBAN BRASS MATTE
Samuel Heath’s LMK Industrial Therm Shower caught my eye because it is so beautifully made — the craftsmanship is just gorgeous. It almost looks like jewelry with all of the thoughtful details and the exquisite handle. All of the screws used to keep the pieces together are invisible. What you notice are the clean lines and high quality finish. This could work well in either a super modern space or a more traditional space.
FRANZ VIEGENER REVERE WOOD WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET IN BRUSHED GOLD
I love the combination of wood and metal elements on this Franz Viegener faucet — usually bathroom faucets are all metal with nothing interesting to see. It’s a well-executed design that smoothly balances the combination of two materials in a fixture that is usually one dimensional.
LINKASINK COCO SMOOTH BUILDER’S SERIES IN SATIN UNLACQUERED BRASS
The Linkasink Coco made my list because doing something so different and fresh with a sink is totally unexpected. It would shine as the statement piece of a little butler’s pantry or coffee station. It provides a moment of drama that adds a hint of luxury in a way that is subtle yet also impactful.
ARTELINEA MONOLITE VANITY IN BLUE
The texture, color, and how slick it looks — I love everything about the Monolite Vanity by Artelinea. In a bathroom, where things can be flat and one-dimensional, bringing in this pop of energy and modern design will make the room. It’s almost like an artistic piece of living room furniture rather than a bathroom vanity. Selecting out-of-the-ordinary pieces like this make rooms special for the client.
Happy Holidays! It’s a new year and a great time to look at our business from a fresh perspective. Our company’s 77th anniversary last summer was a perfect moment for me and my family to reminisce with stories of the past, while also exploring ways to move the dial forward.
One thing that needed some attention was the exterior of our Beverly store and showroom. We work on the inside, so our focus is usually on updating the décor and displays that people see when they walk through our doors. However, the outside of the building was getting tired and didn’t effectively portray our team’s energy and expertise, which has always been such a source of pride. Every day, our employees demonstrate their product knowledge and commitment to service. We have high standards for them to uphold and I believe we should apply these benchmarks to every aspect of our business. After all, as design professionals know, every detail is important. After a few months of planning, we began renovating and enhancing the curb appeal of our location on River Street. It is a work in progress. We are still waiting on signage and some additional enhancements. What do you think of the changes?
Without further ado, I would like to introduce our bloggers for January. Based in Natick, MA, KitchenVisions just celebrated a decade in business. We’re applauding and congratulating this award-winning design team for reaching this significant milestone.
Best, JasonSevinor President
Founder & Principal designer Jodi Swartz, CKBR, UDCP, became a Certified Kitchen & Bathroom Designer/Remodeler as well as a Universal Design specialist and space planner after remodeling 11 of her own homes. Lead Designer Natasha Young joined the KitchenVisions team in 2020 after spending time as an independent designer and working for an award winning design-build firm.
MADELI ESTATE 36 VANITY IN SAPPHIRE
We love the Madeli Estate as a stand-alone vanity. The metal trim is classy and modern. It’s a very transitional piece — it would fit well into a traditional or modern setting. There are also several options to choose from in terms of the legs and complementary details. We’re doing one now in a cherry finish with a gorgeous burgundy stain and a beautiful bronze metal inlay.
KEUCO MIRROR CABINET
The Keuco LED Mirror Cabinet is only 26 inches high — it would be perfect to tuck into a smaller space, like a powder room in the city. The mirror does it all: it’s very pretty and it offers so much light to frame your face. Light around the side of a cabinet works much better than a recessed light or sconce above a mirror.
WATERSTONE PULL DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET
How cool is the Waterstone Pull Down Kitchen Faucet? When it comes to plumbing, there’s only so much you can really do to innovate and make a kitchen faucet different. These guys really pick it up a step — you don’t usually see faucets that look like this. We imagine seeing this fixture in a renovated, barn-like home or carriage house. It certainly could make a statement in a relatively minimalist space as well. This faucet in and of itself is a piece of art.
NATIVE TRAILS CANTINA BAR SINK IN POLISHED NICKEL
We’re obsessed with this Cantina Bar Sink by Native Trails — it’s like a sparkly piece of jewelry. It is elegant and refined, yet you don’t have to be precious with it. The texture is just stunning. It elicits a sculptured yet informal moment for a chic bar area.
CROSSWATER PATINATO 60 BACK-TO-WALL BATHTUB
The Crosswater Patinato is a fantastic tub — we actually have a picture of it on our website and we just won a PRISM award from BRAGB (Builders and Remodelers Assoc. of Greater Boston) for a primary bathroom with this tub. We love that it’s a freestanding tub but it also attaches to the wall, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning behind it. It’s also comfortable and not so huge that it won’t fit into a smaller space.
We just had our company’s holiday party. The last one we held was in December 2019. I felt grateful in a myriad of ways that we were able to revive the tradition this year. As I looked around the room, I saw faces of people who have been with us for many years and some new ones as well. There were a lot of laughs as we reinvigorated the Yankee Swap and, while there were a bunch of really great gifts that were hotly contested, there were also some very silly ones that kept the mood upbeat and lighthearted. My mom and dad came for the festivities and it was heartwarming to see both my immediate family around the table, as well as my extended work family. Every year at this time I feel thankful to be in such great company.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Toys for Tots program. Part of our company culture is to give back to the community. Supporting the Toys for Tots initiative has been something both our customers and our team can get behind and do it together. Each year we get more excited and more passionate to get more toys in order to brighten the hearts of more kids. Next year, please be sure to seek us out, drop off a toy, or make a donation and we’ll do the shopping for you.
On our blog this month, we are going to feature items that were picked by our team members because they would be thrilled to receive them as gifts. There were a couple of fan favorites and a few unique selections. It is fun to see what they chose. As you may have noticed on one of our recent Instagram posts, the singer Drake gave his friend DJ Khaled four luxury toilets as a birthday present. Maybe people should re-think their lists???
May you all enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. Cheers!
Best, JasonSevinor President
There’s no place like home for the holidays. And while the holly on your own front door may be a pretty sight, the Designer Bath team thinks the *prettiest* sight to see this year would be these luxury bath items under your tree. We asked our staff what’s on their Designer Bath Wish Lists this holiday season. Here are their picks for most coveted gifts!
JASON & AMY’S PICK: CROSSWATER RESSA SPA TOILET
When elegant Scandinavian design meets environmentalism, you get perfection in the form of the Crosswater Ressa Spa Toilet. This sleek newly released toilet allows you to customize your entire bathroom experience, from seat to spray temperature, to positioning and drying functions. The icing on the cake: proceeds of every Ressa are donated to Upstream and support their efforts to eliminate plastic pollution.
MINDY’S PICK: STEAMIST STEAM SHOWER
Is there anything more relaxing and luxurious than a steam shower? Turn your home bathroom into a calming spa oasis with a steam shower from Steamist that’s totally customizable — you can control the steam temperature and duration, and can even add luxury spa features like aromatherapy, lighting, and music. There’s only one thing to worry about: wanting to spend all day in there.
ANNMARIE & PATRICK’S PICK: THE GALLEY IDEAL WORKSTATION 4S
The Galley Workstation represents the next generation of kitchen appliances — it’s a complete culinary system where you can prep, cook, serve, entertain, and clean, all in one compact area. Forget the kitchen explosion that occurs around holiday gatherings; the Galley Workstation will keep everything contained into one convenient (and stylish) area of your kitchen. Beautifully handcrafted in the USA, its dual-tier design allows you to ergonomically chip, strain, and mix to prepare a meal before cooking, then easily transition to a serving station to feed your guests.
GREG’S PICK: ARTELINEA DOMINO VANITY
Artelinea’s Domino line offers a wide selection of combinable units that can be stacked together and bring order to even the most complicated challenges in terms of space and design. The basin tops and units feature a pure white finish, adding a clean, modern touch.
BRIANA’S PICK: RECESSED LED RAINHEAD BY GRAFF
When it comes to this ceiling-mounted showerhead system by Graff, there are always a few questions that have to be addressed: rainfall, rain curtain, or cascade water functions? The personalization options with this Recessed LED Rainhead by Graff, including the choice of six chromotherapy lighting colors, adds to its appeal.
VICI’S PICK: MTI JULIET TUB
Nothing beats a soaking tub timeout after a long winter’s day. MTI’s Juliet is both modern and graceful, with smooth, clean lines that make you want to sink right in. It makes a perfect focal point for any bathroom design.