We were thrilled to have New England Home Magazine’s new Editor-in-chief, Clinton Smith, join us at our Argentinian-themed networking night this past month.
The temps are high and the days are flying by — it’s definitely summertime. There’s no better way to cool down during hot and hazy days than by coming into our air-conditioned, dog-friendly showrooms! We love seeing your four-legged family members.
A few weeks ago, we had the best time at our New England Home networking event, sponsored by Franz Viegener. Our Watertown showroom was jam-packed with talented industry professionals and great Argentinian food. Thank you to everyone who joined us. It was truly an amazing night. You can see some photos from the event on our Facebook page or on our website. We also had a fantastic visit with local interior designer and Instagram influencer, Jessica Klein of Oh, I Design. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and see her Designer Bath highlight for an exclusive offer.
This month, we are thrilled to be celebrating the anniversary of the opening of our Watertown showroom. We can’t believe it’s already been two years. It also marks our 74th year in business. To celebrate, come enjoy Tax-Free Day at our showrooms on Saturday, August 17th. We will be doubling the discount so you will save a total of 12.5%. You’ll find the best bath and kitchen products with double the tax savings!
We had the pleasure of having Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design in our showroom to choose his favorites for the month of August. Dane has created many highly individualized, sophisticated interiors in Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, and beyond. He happily partners with luxury residential realtors, architects, and homeowners to help navigate through the hundreds of decisions involved with remodeling a home or designing a new one. His clients are drawn to his eye for color and a curated sense of style. We applaud his recent designation as a New England Home 5 Under 40 award winner — a prestigious and highly coveted accolade. We are so happy to share his favorites with you all. Be sure to follow his Instagram @acolorfulllife for more inspiration!
Have a fantastic August and I hope to see you in the showroom soon!
WET STYLE BBE 01 SHELF SOAKING TUB
High contrast in design creates visual impact and interesting tension. The dichotomy in the forms of this piece is simply smashing — from the soft, asymmetric curves of the tub to the clean linear lines of the boxed wood. The natural grain adds an organic element to an otherwise utilitarian space. Paired with the white material, it makes a sharp statement.
BRIZO LITZE 4 FUNCTION RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD
H20kinetic Technology with Jointed Shower Arm and Luxe Gold Flange
The architecture of this Brizo piece immediately caught my eye with its exposed hardware and cool gears. The warm metal finish emits a beautiful glow. It also struck me as a user-friendly piece with the adjustable controls and overall mobility of the raincan. I would love to pair this with a lighter natural stone allowing the color of the showerhead to pull the warmth from the stone’s veining.
FURNITURE GUILD WINSTON CONSOLE VANITY BASE
Burnished Brass with French Walnut
The material combination of this Furniture Guild vanity creates such interesting and lovely layers with a timeless design having both a masculine and feminine appeal. The variety of finishes: wood, metal, and stone, feels luxe and sophisticated. The materials play nicely with the other selections and pull everything together in a well-coordinated design plan. This vanity is like a fine piece of furniture and would be hard to part with. I’d want to take it with me to my next home!
LACAVA M06307 MEDICINE CABINET
I’m all about the lighted cubby space at the base of this Lacava medicine cabinet. It provides an extra shelf above the sink and offers a nightlight in the bathroom. Who wouldn’t appreciate that? The interior of this wall-mounted mirror offers a high-end surprise outfitted in the same lovely wood finish. It has a decidedly more masculine aesthetic but works in many settings.
NORWELL 9730 AG MO RICHMOND 1 SCONCE
Like much of my work, the Norwell sconce is intriguingly rooted in tradition with a contemporary twist. It coordinates with the other metal finishes but infuses an old-world appeal. I would stack two fixtures on either side of the mirror for a more modern application. The vertically aligned pairing makes these quite alluring.
A recent get-together with Greg Rohl of House of Rohl made me feel grateful for the long partnership between our families and businesses.
I can’t believe it’s already July — this summer is flying by. The 4th is quickly approaching and I couldn’t be more ready for some BBQing, fireworks, and spending time with family and friends.
Here at Designer Bath, we have some exciting news to share. We have been nominated for the “Best of the North Shore Home” award from Northshore Magazine! We would be thrilled if you would vote for us on their website under the “Kitchen & Bath” categories.
We have another great event just around the corner. New England Home Magazine will be hosting an Argentinian-themed networking event here at Designer Bath’s Watertown showroom on July 10th from 6pm – 8pm. We’d love for you to join us to network with the region’s top design professionals while sipping cocktails and eating South American bites. The Argentinian theme is in celebration of our exclusive Franz Viegener line. Please join us and RSVP today!
Lastly, we’d love to introduce our June Showroom Favorites. We had interior designer Vivian Robins in our showroom to select her favorite pieces. Vivian Robins Design has completed projects in Boston, Metrowest, and Chicago. Her philosophy is “amazing relationships lead to amazing end results.” She demonstrates this to her clients by sourcing products that meet the specified design style and by working with showrooms, like Designer Bath, that help make the decision making process less complicated and efficient. We are thrilled to share her favorites with you!
Wishing you a fantastic July and a happy 4th!
THE FURNITURE GUILD HAYDEN 290 CERUSED OAK
Cerused oak is my favorite wood right now, so it’s no wonder I was immediately drawn to this vanity by The Furniture Guild. It highlights the beauty of the wood and can be used in many design applications. Perhaps the most alluring part of this piece is the ability to change out the hardware and make the design look completely different — I love that versatility.
THE FURNITURE GUILD GUILDSTONE VANITY TOP
Classic with a contemporary twist makes this vanity top a timeless piece for your bathroom. Not only is the visual aspect of this vanity appealing, but it’s also efficient and easy to clean. Who doesn’t love that?
DXV KEEFE WIDESPREAD FAUCET
My design is classic with a twist — that’s why I chose this DXV faucet. The true beauty of this piece is that it is able to work in a variety of aesthetics: classic, modern, or contemporary. The simplistic lines of this fixture make it the perfect addition to either a sink basin crafted of marble, or a reclaimed wood vanity.
GRAFF ROUND M STOP VOLUME TRIM
This understated shower control by Graff channels a simple and quiet style, with high functionality. Its elegant form gives you the power to intensify the rest of your design. It complements many wall tile options, giving you an infinite number of choices.
ATLAS TABLEAU CURVED HANDLE & ATLAS TABLEAU SQUARE BASE
Hardware is the perfect accessory to a vanity. I love the fashion-forward sense of this buckle-style handle by Atlas. The two-tone metal finish gives you the ability to elevate the design in your bathroom.
Jason and Mindy with their Dad, Ralph, in the Watertown showroom. Happy Father’s Day Ralph!
I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather that has finally come our way. There is no better time of year than summer in New England, when you can drive with the windows down, go to the beach, or simply sit outside with a good book or magazine.
Speaking of magazines, allow us to toot our own horn for a moment. We have recently been featured in both New England Home magazine and Boston Magazine. Both instances featured our marvelous Stone Forest Marble tub that has received a great deal of attention as of late. Make sure to stop by our Watertown showroom to see it for yourself — it is the first piece you see when you walk through the door.
Another great reason to stop by our showroom this month is our Annual Sale. Starting June 15, we’ll be offering major discounts at both of our showroom locations. Join us for our Annual Sale kick-off event at our Beverly showroom at 97 River Street on Saturday the 15th. We will have a big tent with extra crazy discounted items, as well as fun activities for the whole family.
We recently had the pleasure of inviting interior designer Victoria Wood into our showroom to select her favorite pieces. Victoria is owner of V Wood Interiors located here in Boston, Nantucket, New York, and Palm Beach. Her team is rooted in the belief that great design comes from innovative solutions, attention to detail, and devotion to designing for each client’s lifestyle. We couldn’t be more excited to share her favorites with you.
Wishing you a terrific June!
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB | HONED MARQUINA | TAUPE FINISH
From the moment you walk into Designer Bath’s Watertown showroom, this tub grabs your attention. I believe taking a hot bath is the most accessible and affordable mood booster — and soaking in a carved stone tub is peak luxuriousness. Carved from gorgeous blocks of Limestone and Marquina Taupe, the calming lines of this exquisite piece will prompt you to relax as soon as you see it. Stone Forest has an endless array of unique tubs that can be the perfect feature in any bathroom.
DORNBRACHT SUPERNOVA LAVATORY MIXER | CHAMPAGNE
Dornbracht is a dynamic manufacturer that provides updated designs for different esthetic styles; they have something for everyone, whether that be classic or contemporary. I especially love this faucet’s design. Aside from its sleek look, its functionality drew my attention, as the two handles make the piece easy to use. The champagne finish elevates the look – making it on-trend while complimenting a variety of other metals such as chrome, bronze, and brass.
TOTO WALL-HUNG TOILET
We work with many city clients who have small-scale bathrooms. This space-saving wall-mounted toilet from Toto is perfect for city living. With its clean lines, this toilet can meld with transitional or contemporary interiors. I love this piece’s versatility and the fact that it’s effortless to clean. I must add that the Dornbracht Supernova tissue holder is an absolute complement to this piece. It’s not only stylish but also makes changing the roll so simple — no more excuses!
FURNITURE GUILD CONTEMPORARY FRAMELESS MEDICINE CABINET
I love clean countertops in the bathroom, which is why I love the practicality of a medicine cabinet. This piece from Furniture Guild can be recessed or wall mounted. In the Designer Bath showroom, it’s wall mounted with a beautiful wood frame that would add class and warmth to any bathroom.
HUDSON VALLEY WALKER LIGHT WALL SCONCE | OLD BRONZE
An amazing bonus of the Watertown showroom is that besides all the plumbing fixtures, accessories, vanities and hardware you need for a bathroom design — they also have a great assortment of lighting! We adore this light fixture because it has a masculine feel and is a great piece to transition you out of “farmhouse chic” to “industrial”.
Jason was thrilled to represent Designer Bath at the 2019 Gourmet Gala supporting the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus as well as the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. Pictured above: Jason with Kiss 108’s Billy Costa!
We’ve made it through the April showers! It’s absolutely gorgeous outside — things are finally warming up and starting to bloom. Here at Designer Bath, we’re gearing up for a busy spring season of exciting events.
For starters, we are thrilled to have Boston-based designer Erin Gates coming to our Watertown showroom on May 15th. She’ll be here for an exclusive book signing of her latest publication, Elements of Family Style. The event is free, but make sure to register/RSVP via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/ErinGatesBookSigning
This month we celebrated Mother’s Day — what better way to show your appreciation for Mom than by bringing her to one of our fabulous showrooms or surprising her with a new fixture or accessory that will elevate her kitchen or bathroom. Now, that will show her who’s the favorite! 😉
Recently, we had the pleasure of having the very talented designer Chris Brown visit our showroom and pick his favorites for this month’s blog. After studying architecture at Notre Dame and traveling throughout Europe for his studies, Chris worked in Boston for over a decade managing various projects from residential design and historic preservation to unique commercial and institutional renovations. He then founded b Architecture Studio in 2010. Chris brings an inimitable design sense paired with environmental consideration to his projects. We are so happy to share with you his favorite pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a great month and a happy Mother’s Day!
GRAFF PHASE VESSEL LAVATORY FAUCET
The Phase vessel faucet from Graff is a stunning fixture in many ways, with beautiful lines and unique design features. The low flow swivel aerator is an ingenuous way to help save water and eliminate unnecessary splash.
STONE FOREST BEVELED ROUND SINK, CHISELED
What drew me to this very unique sink is that it looked like it was carved out of rock. It’s truly a conversation piece that is sure to make a statement in your bath.
WETSTYLE Z216 MIRROR
The eye catching tall proportions and beautiful natural wood finish play well with the stone vessel sink. These simple yet unique pieces are a great choice to add some drama to spaces that I often encounter in urban environments and tucked away powder rooms.
GRAFF PHASE M-SERIES STOP/VOLUME CONTROL VALVE TRIM WITH HANDLE
This piece stands out among the rest. Shower controls can become obtrusive in a space, distracting visual focus and just getting in the way. The Graff Phase M’s sleek design is an example that conquers challenges of both form and function.
BAINULTRA AMMA OVAL 7242 FREESTANDING TUB
Comfort and relaxation are the emotional vibes emanating from this beauty from Bain Ultra. With its inline heater maintaining the water temperature, you can soak for quite a while without the disruption of having to add more hot water (eco-friendly feature!). A little serenity in this hectic world is something we can all use.
I know that based on these recent chilly temps, it seems hard to believe, but…warm(ish) days are in the not-so-distant future. Hey, the calendar says, ‘First day of Spring – March 20th’ and who are we to argue with that?
I’ve been invited to participate in a Global Leadership Training in Cape Town, South Africa and can’t wait to bring back lots of great ideas to improve our business and customer experience. I feel so fortunate and grateful for this opportunity. Stay tuned!
Daylight Saving Time begins on the 10th day of this month and that’s always a reason to celebrate, as is St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th – when everyone around Boston seems to be Irish (wink, wink).
In the spirit of feeling lucky, we have the good fortune of being joined by our dear friend and immensely talented designer, Anna Orfanides, on our March blog. Anna, Owner and Principal Designer at Anna O Design, infuses all of her projects with a global perspective and influence. Inspired by the stunning architecture and design in which she was immersed while living in Greece and studying abroad in other parts of Europe, Anna mixes her passion for the creative spirit with her background of international travel, drawing on both as she cultivates timeless, tailored and functional spaces for her clients. Keep scrolling to see Anna’s favorite ‘sleek and chic’ bath pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a wonderful month!
CROSSWATER PATINATO TUB
I’ve always loved Crosswater as a product and a brand. I had the privilege of meeting the company’s owner, David Hance, at a dinner hosted by Designer Bath. Hearing his story was so inspiring to me, and I appreciate his vision and his collections. I’ve been wanting to use their items on a project for awhile now and when I was in the showroom, I knew I wanted to select a couple of Crosswater items for my blog feature. The clean lines of this tub offer a modern silhouette, perfect for a sleek and cutting-edge bath space.
CROSSWATER UNION FREESTANDING TUB FILLER
This piece has a bit of an edge to it and contains such character. It’s urban-inspired and feels really fresh with the chunky piping. The knurling details give this fixture an industrial appearance.
FRANZ VIEGENER SHORELINE WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
This is unlike anything I’ve seen before with its exaggerated low profile. I fell in love with it, especially in the matte black finish. It was so seamlessly integrated into the vignettes that are on display in the showroom.
FURNITURE GUILD FENIX COUNTERTOP
This is the epitome of sexiness. I recently used it in a client project and I’m so excited for the space to be photographed. Anyone who looks at this piece, even if you’re not into modern design, would be drawn to it. It’s impossible to not be in awe and want to experience the material and composition.
FURNITURE GUILD TOURO VANITY
With this vanity, the beauty is in the simplicity. For me, less is always more, and I gravitate towards the understated. Furniture Guild, one of my favorite brands, conveys the highest level of quality in all of its pieces. The products are well-made and feature exquisite craftsmanship from artists who take pride in what they create for people.
We’ve entered the shortest month of the year, but at least the days are gradually getting longer.
I hope you all enjoyed last weekend’s football festivities. Congrats to our New England Patriots! Thank you for bringing us another championship! All of this winning is getting pretty old, huh? NOPE. We might be spoiled, but I’m not complaining.
February 14th is just around the corner and that means something exciting is on the horizon. Yes, Cupid’s arrival for Valentine’s Day, of course – as well as my son, Gunnar’s birthday. And just a couple of days after that on Saturday, February 16th, our extended Presidents’ Day Sale kicks off. Join us at our Beverly and Watertown showrooms from February 16th to February 23rd to enjoy major savings on fine fixtures and accessories for the bath and kitchen. Everything is on sale and discounts this good deserve more than just one day, they deserve an entire week. Happy shopping!
Who’s in the mood for some February faves? This month, we’re joined by our incredibly talented friend, AIA, Architect, Eric Inman Daum. Eric, a Founding President of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture, has been on the board of this prestigious organization since its founding in 2005. After he was a Partner at Merrimack Design, Eric achieved his dream of launching his own practice in 2017. Eric’s passion for Art History and Traditional Architecture influenced his selections as this month’s guest blogger. Follow along below as he shares his favorite pieces from our showroom; pieces that transcend form and fashion to result in a multi-sensory design experience.
Have a wonderful month and stop by to browse our Presidents’ Day Sale!
I came to design through my love of History and Traditional Architecture. My undergraduate training refined my Classical inclinations and graduate school opened my eyes to the subtleties and purity of Modernism which, more than 100 years after the end of the First World War, is now itself a historical style. My selections as the guest blogger for Designer Bath are items which have, for me, an authenticity. I was drawn to pieces that show a deeper understanding of historic forms though they may subtly transform our expectations and create something elegant and stylish. Good design transcends fashion, but no matter whether a piece is Historicist or Modern, it must ultimately please our visual and tactile senses.
SIGMA SERIES 620 ROMAN TUB FILLER
This is a piece that evokes the Moderne period. As an architect with Modernist training and Classical sensibilities, I am fascinated by the tension of the period when machine-age designs were still influenced by Classicism. The graceful heft of this imposing yet elegant tub filler inspired me when I first saw it. I can imagine Ginger Rogers soaking in a bubble bath as Fred Astaire dances across an Art Deco cityscape in preparation for an evening out.
KARTNERS BERLIN BATH ACCESSORIES
These lovely pieces are the distillation of the Miesian ideal. Each one is all they need to be and nothing more. Their spartan elegance recalls the finest aspirations of the International Style. Despite the simplicity of their design, they have refined proportions which are not rooted directly in history but represent the essence of the Bauhaus.
CROSSWATER FLORENZA BASIN
I feel that vessel sinks are everywhere, but this lovely little sink transcends the cliché. The cyma recta of the basin’s sides trace a beautifully-executed curve and terminate at a fine and delicate lip. Those objects we find most beautiful are the ones that seem familiar but are transformed in unexpected ways. When I first saw this lavatory, I thought “Why didn’t I think of this?” It’s two familiar ideas, a vessel sink and the shape of a classical molding, rendered in a new and surprising way that seems perfectly natural.
CROSSWATER WALDORF WALL-HUNG SINK WITH CROSSWATER WALDORF LAVATORY FAUCET
Once again, Crosswater takes the familiar and transforms it in an unexpected way. It is seemingly a very traditional wall-hung lavatory, and yet on second glance, transitions into a Modern representation of the familiar. The proportion of its length to its depth is exaggerated, creating a long and narrow basin. The integral backsplash is low and adds to the sleekness of the design. The recessed button for the overflow is a lovely jewelry-like detail. The faucet set has beautifully-proportioned hexagonal escutcheons that seem simultaneously antique and contemporary. The black lever handles provide the lustrous polished nickel fixtures with masculinity.
GROHE EUROCUBE KITCHEN FAUCET
I used this recently in a project at my client’s request. He had seen it at a showhouse in Florida and had to have it. Once I saw it, I agreed. It’s imposing and substantial, yet graceful. The form of the kitchen-sink sprayer is reduced to its essential elements, and the result is robust, elegant and cosmopolitan.
Yes, we’re in the business of baths and kitchens, but more than anything, we’re in the business of relationships and forging connections. Thank you to our family and friends, our showroom team, our clients and our industry trade partners. We are beyond grateful for your dedication, hard work, creativity and collaboration.
Our monthly ‘Showroom Favorites’ series rolls on into the new calendar year and I’m thrilled to welcome our very first guest bloggers of 2019, Melissa Hammond and Meg Bennett, Principal Designer and Design Associate, respectively, at Hammond Design. Melissa and Meg have completed projects throughout the Greater Boston area, Cape Cod, the Islands, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, cultivating designs that are #notjustanotherprettyspace. Follow along below as they share their top five picks from our Watertown showroom and virtually create a modern luxe, space-saving bathroom ideal for urban living.
Cheers to a happy and healthy 2019!
ROHL MOD-FINO SHOWER SYSTEM
This is such a gorgeous fixture in every way. We were drawn to the clean lines and sleek aesthetic. With a very easy set-up, this system is an all-in-one unit containing a showerhead and handle all on the same bar. Ideal for tight quarters, this piece offers form and function without taking up a lot of wall space.
THG PARIS LALIQUE PROFIL CRYSTAL WIDESPREAD FAUCET
A perfect option for when you’re craving a bit of jewelry at your sink. This THG and Lalique masterpiece contains stunning detail from every angle. It has a modern yet elevated quality with the etched crystal.
CROSSWATER PATINATO TUB
This one was a no-brainer for our list because not only does it look good and boast clean lines, it conserves space with its freestanding nature. Many people may want a modern tub similar to this, yet don’t have the area needed for one. The flat back of this piece allows you to push it up against a wall to save valuable square footage.
ROBERN PROFILE SINGLE VANITY
We love how sleek and contemporary this vanity is and could imagine it being in a wide range of smaller-scale bathrooms. The detailing includes unique metal banding for an extra luxe look. A wall-mounted presence lends itself to creating a space that feels bigger and a bit more open. Robern storage options are top-notch and you can customize the inside of this one to your needs. Small vanity, big impact!
Y-SHELF NICHE SHOWER SYSTEM
We picked this for its super slick installation system. You don’t have to tile it in and you can leave it exposed and have the metal showing. This piece is available in a ton of different sizes and you can customize it to your style preference. Forget about having to deal with grout and soap scum with this one – it doesn’t get dirty and is easy to maintain. If you’re seeking generous storage in the shower area, you can’t go wrong with this Y-Shelf selection.
I hope your holiday festivities are off to a great start – especially if you were able to scoop up some steals at our recent sale!
‘Tis very much the season to give, and in the spirit of spreading love and cheer, we’re thrilled to once again support Toys For Tots by accepting donations of brand new gifts. Books, games, dolls, teddy bears and more; we’re collecting them all! Feel free to drop off brand new presents at our Beverly (97 River Street); Watertown (604 Pleasant Street); or Gloucester (105R Maplewood Avenue) locations until December 14th.
Does endless holiday shopping have you feeling stressed? Don’t fret! There’s still time (and Designer Bath gift cards available, wink wink). I’ve recruited my sister, our Showroom Brand Manager, Mindy Sevinor, to help me share a mini gift guide with you:
Our showroom associates would be more than thrilled to help you choose the perfect present for anyone on your list.
A new month means a new blog post and we’re thrilled to welcome Jeanne Finnerty, Principal at Jeanne Finnerty Interior Design, as our December guest. While Jeanne is a frequent visitor of both of our showrooms, she selected her ‘favorites’ for this piece from our Watertown location. Follow along below as she shares her collection of picks for a modern-classic bath renovation in black and white.
Cheers to a wonderful holiday season! JasonSevinor
The combination of the white porcelain trough and matte black metal base here is stunning. The sheer beauty of this vanity is the simplicity of the form. For a small bath, it is available in a space-saving 24” or 29″ width, making it such a versatile option. The bold legs are a striking yet quiet contrast to the delicate material and aesthetic of the basin.
JACLO FAUCET SUPPLY KIT
If ever I forget to order these…the Designer Bath team reminds me! When considering a unique finish in plumbing fixtures with an exposed-style vanity, go the distance and make a statement. These stylish cross handles bring design characteristics to the functional parts under the sink. It’s all about the details with this one.
ROHL LOMBARDIA C-SPOUT WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
I love the attenuated proportions of the lever handles in this classic gooseneck faucet. A stepped base design adds another layer of interest without trying too hard. The faucet is strong and delicate, a nice juxtaposition to the Lacava porcelain console.
VANITY MEDICINE CABINET BY SIDLER
This narrowly proportioned LED-illuminated mirror will do big work in a small bathroom. This piece lights up on the inside and boasts amazing amenities, including: adjustable glass shelving; a convenience outlet; a magnifying mirror; AND a make-up tray. Count me in. Fabulous and functional!
CROSSWATER LONDON DUAL FLUSH TOILET
This fixture is so clean and innovative. It’s a great scale for a small bath space. The very simple form appeals to my practical side – a one-piece style that’s easy to wipe clean. The toilet seat cover which overlays the toilet seat is a nice added detail. The water-saving dual flush design makes it eco-friendly – what’s not to love? It’s an all-around attractive and sensible piece.
Here’s hoping it’s a November to remember as the holiday season quickly approaches. As always, our Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing team is feeling thankful for so many things.
We’d like to extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who voted for us for Northshore Home’s 2018 ‘Best of the North Shore’ Awards. I can’t tell you how honored we were to sweep 4/4 in the Bath and Kitchen Fixtures & Finishings categories, so thank you to the editors, readers and all who continuously support our business. We couldn’t have done it without you.
We were lucky enough to cap off the month of October by welcoming our good friend and owner of Crosswater London, David Hance, into town from across the pond. We enjoyed an intimate dinner with David and a handful of our trade colleagues, and learned more about how he started the company and his unwavering focus on quality and service
And now for something that you might just feel a bit grateful for. Sure, I may be a bit biased, but our upcoming holiday sale is one that you won’t want to miss! Beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd, and lasting through Monday, December 3rd, you’ll enjoy huge savings on fine fixtures and accessories for the bath and kitchen at both of our showrooms. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more details…
Without further ado, I’m thrilled to introduce our November guest blogger, Gary Moffie, President of The Remodeling Company. We’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Gary on a handful of projects and enjoyed his participation as a panelist in our July ‘Living Well’ discussion event. Please join me in offering a ‘congrats’ to Gary for winning a prestigious PRISM Award from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. Follow along below as Gary shares his favorite Universal Design-focused bath and kitchen pieces from our Beverly showroom.
Happy holiday shopping and we hope to see you at our upcoming sale!
Warm regards, JasonSevinor
TOTO CARLYLE WASHLET ONE-PIECE TOILET
All of the items I selected from Designer Bath’s exquisite showroom are related to the themes of Universal Design and aging-in-place. I appreciate how this piece is designed to include a separate remote control that can be mounted on the wall directly next to the toilet. Some washlets have controls located right on the seat, and personally, I’ve never been drawn to that look. It’s also very programmable and can easily be customized to a user’s particular needs. You have the ability to pre-set this piece and it can function differently based on individual preference.
STEAMIST LIFT-UP TEAK SHOWER SEAT
One thing that my company has found as we do our many aging-in-place projects is that seats are very important. I like that this seat can be folded up and tucked out of the way if someone else is using the shower. The design of this particular piece is better than plastic seats due to its durability and style. The teak composition feels less bulky, offering a warm aesthetic and tone.
INFINITY DRAIN FOR ZERO-THRESHOLD SHOWER
We’ve been doing a lot of zero clearance, curbless walk-in showers in our recent projects. From a design standpoint, Infinity Drain products look stylish and blend really well with curbless showers. This is a great brand that we’ve used countless times, always with wonderful results.
BRIZO VENUTO SMARTTOUCH KITCHEN FAUCET
I absolutely love this faucet. We have clients who are living with arthritis and have limited use of their fingers. With this fixture, you’re able to touch it with any part of your hand (even with just a feather-light swipe) to activate it. When incorporating Universal Design elements into homes, we want to design and build things that can be used by people with disabilities and without, while also having pieces that look good and blend into the design. This faucet was made for that.
KARTNERS ROUND SIGNATURE GRAB BAR
The problem with grab bars is that they often tend to look very institutional. Kartners offers a vast selection of sleek bars that are reminiscent of towel bars. For a cohesive bathroom look, towel bars are available in the same finishes and styles to fit seamlessly with other bathroom accessories. This particular product features solid brass construction and a nice, heavy weight.
Oh, October. You sure are pretty, even if we admit that we’re missing summer just a bit. While the temperatures are dropping, we ended September on a high note with our ‘Refresh & Renew’ panel discussion at our Watertown showroom. Thank you to all who joined us for the lively and productive chat, delicious food and drinks and enviable raffle prizes. Take a peek at some photos of the evening, courtesy of photographer, Brad Bahner.
The day of the panel was certainly an eventful one for us, as we also hosted a ‘Lunch and Learn’ workshop that afternoon. Featuring the latest and greatest from luxury faucet manufacturer, THG, the ‘Lunch and Learn’ gave our trade partners the opportunity to become acquainted with the brand’s pieces. THG’s beautiful collection can be viewed here.
As the autumn season kicks into gear, it’s the perfect time to engage in outdoor activities for causes that we’re proud to support. Our team is looking forward to cheering on participants in the upcoming Pete Frates 5K on Sunday, November 4th, 10 AM, at Beautiful Lynch Park in Beverly. Full details and race registration are here.
For October’s blog, we’re joined by Kelly Healy, the Principal Designer at Belhaakon. Within her projects, Kelly is passionate about creating spaces that translate into meaningful and authentic feelings for her clients. For her blog feature, she recently visited our Watertown showroom to choose items that evoked all kinds of feelings for her. With a Wenhem-based design firm, Kelly is a familiar face at both of our showrooms, selecting which location to use based on convenience for her clients. Also, a huge congrats goes out to her for being named one of New England Home Magazine‘s brightest rising stars and a 2018 “5 Under 40” winner. Browse Kelly’s bath and kitchen picks below!
Here’s to an October that’s full of treats for you (and maybe a few tricks here and there)!
GRAFF WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
I love the surprise factor of this faucet… At first glance, it’s all about the clean, sharp modern lines. The surprise happens when you wrap your hand around the handle and feel the craft behind getting the ergonomics exactly right. It contains sleek handle tops and the perfect amount of curve at the underside of the handle (which is unseen to the eye). This faucet perfectly fits my desire to specify plumbing that does not necessarily identify to one specific aesthetic. I am inspired to use this faucet in a clean modern powder room or a more eclectic and layered master bath. The beauty of well-designed plumbing, lighting, hardware…anything, is that it opens the possibilities and freedom to think outside the box.
WETSTYLE M COLLECTION WALL MOUNTED STORAGE CABINET
Small bathrooms with no storage or surfaces are very often a challenge in city dwellings, especially when the existing conditions do not allow for recessed medicine cabinets. The Wetstyle M Collection wall-mounted storage cabinet tackles both storage and surface in one beautifully designed product. In my opinion, it can be hard to find bathroom furniture that meets the design standard or size requirements and often forces us to go the custom route (which we all know most times is the expensive route). Wetstyle does a great job of providing functional yet beautiful storage solutions that are accessible and cost effective. Big fan!
BRIZO SOLNA PULL-DOWN ARTICULATING KITCHEN FAUCET
I think we all fell in love with the industrial stainless steel, exposed coil kitchen faucet for a few reasons… 1. because of its flexibility and functional benefits and 2. because of its nostalgic and timeless charm. This Brizo Solna articulating touch kitchen faucet gives a new fresh perspective on a beloved design moment. A product that can give me a new exciting look at a classic is a product I can’t wait to use!
AXOR SHOWERPIPE SYSTEM
When walking through the Watertown showroom, I turned a corner and found an entire wall of exposed plumbing shower systems, which was very exciting to me!! Having that many options for a shower, that can be installed outdoors in the warmer months and easily disconnected and brought inside for the colder (more like frigid) months, is genius!! This Axor Showerpipe System really stood out as feeling unique and interesting without crossing that “trendy” line. The design has the right mixture of modern and classic to fit as a fun and beautiful addition to any home, indoors or out.
LACAVA AQUAGRANDE SINK COSOLE
This sink console by Lacava is one of the simplest and most minimal pieces in the showroom. Despite its simplicity in form and materials, it catches your eye and keeps your attention due to the attention to detail, beautiful finish and airy feel. This console is also very versatile (hmm…there may be a theme developing here?). It could be effortlessly timeless in a menswear inspired powder room. Or the sparkling jewel in a glamorous Beacon Hill Pied-a-terre. The beautiful finish options available allow this console to be extremely versatile and without a doubt stand the test of time.