Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow! Looks like we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter.
We did it. We’ve finally made it through the loooongest month of all time — and with the Omicron outbreak, record cold temperatures, and dismal, dark days — it felt like it would never end. But now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The daylight is quite literally lasting longer and spring is in sight as we all count down to its official start on March 20.
Speaking of spring and our collective dream of sunny, warmer days — today is Groundhog Day, and over in Gobbler’s Knob, PA, Punxsutawney Phil has officially seen his shadow. Sadly, he was shown retreating back to his den and we may be in for another February full of surprise snowstorms like last year. In fact, I have just finished shoveling everything that was dumped in my driveway from the blizzard on Saturday and now it looks like we are going to be hit again at the end of the week. Looking on the bright side: I think it will make me appreciate the spring all the more when it comes.
Speaking of appreciation, I’m delighted to introduce February’s guest blogger: the talented Lindsay Lawrence, Interior Design Director of Charles Street Design.
Lindsay and the team at Charles Street Design aim to create thoughtful and beautiful spaces, ensuring all designs will stand the test of time, stylistically and functionally. “While no two clients are alike, we adapt to each project with fresh ideas and seek ingenious pieces that are unique to each client, working in various styles,” Lindsay tells us. “From the early stages of planning to the final installation of furnishings, we collaborate with all professionals involved to make our client’s dreams become reality.”
Lindsay selected some fun pieces from our showroom as her favorites — let us know what you think.
All the Best,
THE GALLEY WORKSTATION IN NATURAL GOLDEN BAMBOO
I am a total fan of The Galley Workstation, as is nearly every client I show it to. It works really great for all types of cooks in the kitchen. Whether you’re prepping and using the bamboo cutting board, entertaining and reveling in the additional counter space, or cleaning up and tucking dirty items out of sight until you have more time later, it can be used in a countless number of different ways. Plus, the bamboo adds a warm, organic accent to your space.
I’m sure everyone can relate to working in the kitchen with dirty hands — then having to clean your faucet from the mess you made turning it on or off. Perrin & Rowe’s Armstrong Touchless Faucet has a pull-down feature and a sensor, so instead of having to maneuver using your elbow or one non-dirty finger to turn it on — you can wave your hands, and voila! The practicality is completely worth it and a big game-changer in terms of functionality.
FURNITURE GUILD CARRADO VANITY
I love this piece by Furniture Guild because it helps bring that warm, comfortable feeling of an inviting and cozy home to a room that can typically be considered cold. Implementing organic materials adds so much depth and texture to even the smallest bathroom. This is a sleek piece that channels a fresh vibe while its rustic patina helps keep the overall style grounded with a solid foundation.
KEUCO ILOOK_MOVE COSMETIC MIRROR IN POLISHED CHROME
Most women would probably agree that leaning over a wet counter space can be uncomfortable. The Keuco iLook_Move gives you the experience and convenience of a sit-down vanity without needing a ton of space. It really is like a piece of jewelry — it’s pretty to look at and also efficient because it folds right back in.
CROSSWATER WALDORF METAL EXPOSED SHOWER IN POLISHED CHROME
I love this for an outdoor shower. It’s so practical in the sense that you can literally unhook it from the wall and take it inside for the winter. It’s really a piece of art in itself – it’s just gorgeous.The look is modern, yet classic. In fact, the only downside is that the season for outdoor showers is so short in New England!
This picture is from our company’s holiday party a couple years ago and it always makes me smile. In the midst of information being somewhat dire as we close out 2021 and move into 2022, I want to take the time to think of things that bring me joy.
It’s the first week of January and that means there’s one thing on everyone’s minds: New Year’s Resolutions. In 2022, my resolution is to make progress with my elusive quest for a better work/life balance. Every day, I try to be the best leader of my company, as well as the best husband, dad, son, brother, and friend. And in addition to that, I try to make time for self-care, which, as you might imagine, usually is last on the list.
It’s a daunting task trying to juggle all of these roles. We talk to clients all day long about how a beautiful bathroom can create an oasis of calm in their homes — and this is important! I struggle sometimes to take my own advice. My resolution for 2022 is to cut myself a bit more slack, to commit to carving out some personal time on a regular basis, and to reflect daily on the positive elements of my life.
Speaking of things that have made my life super busy lately — we are getting ready to open a new location for Salem Plumbing Supply in Danvers. We’re very excited about our new spot, which will make things easier and more convenient for our plumbers with easy access from Route 1 and Route 114. It’s really coming together and we hope to announce the official opening soon. We are also increasing our staff with the addition of the new location, so if you know of any potential job applicants, please let me know!
I’m also excited to introduce our first guest blogger of the new year: Diane Burcz, Founder and Principal of Diane Burcz Interior Design.
An award-winning interior designer, Diane Burcz (pronounced Birch like the tree, hence her Instagram handle @birchstyle) grew up in Minnesota but has lived all over the United States, completing her kitchen and bath certificate at the Boston Architectural College. In 2013, she launched Diane Burcz Interior Design, working on projects in Boston, its surrounding suburbs, and Cape Cod. Burcz’s aesthetic influences are mid-century modern, California and Scandinavian design with an emphasis on clean, simple lines and natural materials.
We love Diane’s picks from our showrooms — let us know what you think.
All the Best,
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS DESCANSO PULL-DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET WITH HANDLE SPRAYER
If you’ve got the height at the sink, I love a pull-down faucet. And I like the industrial look of this piece from California Faucets, especially the “nut” at the top of the neck that gives it a machine quality. The feel of it is muscular — like it would make quick work of dirty dishes and cleaning fruits and vegetables in the kitchen sink. The location of the sprayer makes it comfortable to use and it returns effortlessly to the stem.
SAMUEL HEATH 3 HOLE BASIN FILLER WITH POP-UP WASTE
This one really caught my eye because it looks industrial with handles resembling water shut-off valves, but with a simple and almost sculptural look. The polished nickel finish is just so beautiful. I was impressed that they were able to marry the two styles: industrial and elegant.
NANTUCKET SINKS VICTORIAN FIRECLAY UTILITY SINK IN BLUE / WHITE
This piece by Nantucket Sinks is so fun, especially with these great colors — making this classic piece seem new and modern. This would be great in a laundry room or mudroom — modern or traditional — with black and white patterned concrete tiles on the floor. It’s big enough to tackle laundry tasks and maybe even bathe a small dog. Whatever chores you are doing, this sink will brighten your day.
LACAVA VANITY WITH AQUAGRANDE FLOOR-STANDING METAL CONSOLE STAND WITH TOWEL BAR IN MATTE BLACK
I’m a huge fan of Lacava sinks and have used them in many of my projects. The matte black console would work well in a smaller space since it floats above the floor, highlighting beautiful floor tile and reducing clutter by serving as a convenient place to hang towels. I used this type of console and sink combination in a bathroom that was a “wet room” — a bathroom whose entire floor sloped to the shower drain. I also like the deep faucet deck on the sink. There is plenty of room for soap next to the faucet and the smooth transition from sink deck to drain means it is easy to keep clean.
JULIEN INC. SOCIALCORNER SINK
Every time I walk into the Designer Bath showroom, the Julien SocialCorner sink catches my eye with the crisp lines of its stainless steel apron front. This would work perfectly for a cocktail service area, especially now with so much attention placed on home bars. It allows guests to circulate and use the sink on two sides. It’s a very striking piece. It is clever how the apron-like front continues beyond the sink bowl in an unexpected, modern detail.
Photos from my sister Mindy’s wedding in September.
November brings with it the beginning of the holiday season — one of the highlights of the year, in my opinion. During the next two months, many of us try to make a special effort to connect with the ones we love. It’s the time of year we can take a moment to stop and reflect on the good things in our lives.
I’m grateful for my sister Mindy and the happiness we all felt when she got married earlier this fall. We welcome the new additions to our extended family with joy and enthusiasm. It was a beautiful intimate celebration and I was reminded of how thankful I am for my sister, our family, and our family-owned business.
This holiday season, I hope we can all take some moments to unplug, step back, and appreciate what we have. The past year and a half has been unlike any other, but for some of us, it has made us take stock of our priorities and brought us closer to the most important people in our lives. As Thanksgiving approaches, I plan to take some time to count my blessings and to let people around me know how much I value their presence in my life.
Without further ado, we would like to introduce our November guest blogger: Mally Skok. Mally is an East Coast interior designer and textile maker who originally hails from South Africa, a place that is close to my heart as I had an amazing trip there a few years ago. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go on this adventure as a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization — a global leadership community of chief executives).
Mally and her family moved in the mid-1990s from London to America, where she launched her interior design business. Mally has since built a client base that is enamored with her creative mix of layering the new with the old and transforming homes into comfortable, colourful living spaces. I am especially impressed with her support of local charity Heading Home and the recent publication of her first book, which delivers creative tips for successful entertaining. Since Mally is currently residing in Palm Beach, she used links from our website to see what we offer and what we have on display. These are great tools to use when you are not able to visit one of our showrooms and you are in the mood to do some shopping for fixtures and accessories.
I hope you enjoy Mally’s picks and her lively commentary!
All the Best, Jason Sevinor President
NATIVE TRAILS SANTORINI FREESTANDING TUB IN BRUSHED NICKEL
I am currently slightly obsessed with bath tubs that stand out in the open and there’s nothing between you, soaking away, and the sparkling ocean below. I could see this beauty in a quiet courtyard off a bedroom, high above the Aegean Sea, with breezes floating in, while you lie in the dappled light of an overhead bamboo awning.
SAMUEL HEATH EXPOSED THERMO SHOWER SET IN POLISHED NICKEL
A while ago, I saw a bathroom in an updated country manor where the shower had no door or glass partition, just a beautiful old encaustic tile floor that floated towards a hidden drain. The rest of the bathroom was filled with a shabby, old, beat-up antique armchair, with what looked like village jumble sale watercolors on the walls. So chic and un-bathroom like.
BARCLAY POCO 30″ SINGLE BOWL KITCHEN SINK
I long for a flower room with a big sunny window looking out onto a garden. Rows of Pelargoniums lined up along the window sill. Shelves of orchids resting after their last bloom catching the dappled light. This sink would be so amazing with a sink skirt in an old-fashioned print, to finish off the look. Perfect for potting and clippings!
MOUNTAIN PLUMBING PRODUCTS MINI HOT WATER DISPENSER IN BRUSHED NICKEL
A couple of years ago, my hubbie and I bought a new construction house with a hot water spigot. We had no idea what we had been missing!! I love being able to make multiple cups of my favourite Rooibos tea at the blink of an eye. Add a nice South African rusk and your afternoon is instantly uplifted, with no caffeine!
HUDSON VALLEY SYOSSET LARGE PENDANT LIGHT
I am a fan of the simplest of pendants over the kitchen counter or center island. I recently heard a talk from the famous architect Bobby McAlpine, and he remarked that kitchens are mostly ripped out during renovations because they date a house. What a waste and what a shame! I believe in simple, quality kitchens that you can’t date. This is the type of light I like for that classic timeless look!
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!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and feel refreshed as we dive into 2020.
People have been responding positively to our recent ads. The development of a new campaign was one of our achievements in 2019.
Looking back at the past year, some of the highlights are the awards we received for both Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston Home” and Northshore Home’s “Best of the North Shore.” We feel incredibly grateful for these accolades — which wouldn’t have been possible without your support! We also had fun launching a new ad campaign. The images and witty commentary have been a hit with residents of the Northshore and Metro Boston regions. We invested in a few billboards to make a big impact with compelling visuals and we received a lot of enthusiastic endorsements for the fresh look. When you see one of our ads, please let us know what you think. We always enjoy finding out how people respond to our marketing efforts.
In 2020, we will be focusing our attention on our company’s 75th anniversary. It’s a big number! We are the longest standing decorative kitchen and bath showroom in Massachusetts. We plan to celebrate this significant anniversary with a variety of activities throughout the year. I am honored to be leading our family’s business as we spend time looking back and recognizing the contributions of my dad and grandfather.
Now for our first “Showroom Favorites” blogger of 2020 — Jonathan Sawyer from Windover Construction. Windover not only builds multi-family and commercial buildings, but also has a thriving division focused on high-end single family homes. Before joining Windover, Jon owned Cornerstone Builders and developed expertise in both commercial and residential construction. Jon lives in Hamilton with his wife and two children. In the summer, he enjoys boating and spending time on the beach with his family. In the winter, you’ll find him skiing with his son. We are excited to share his picks with you all.
Cheers to the New Year!
STONE FOREST C52CA CARRARA MARBLE MILANO VESSEL
While choosing my favorites at the showroom, I kept in mind what we’ve selected for homeowners in some of our recent projects. The Stone Forest Carrara sink is something I have seen a lot, as of late. The clean, simple look makes it a true classic.
STONE FOREST C75CA BORDEAUX VANITY TOP
We installed this Stone Forest vanity in a home recently. It reminded me of restorations we used to do on older homes where we would find vanities with this classic look and tear them out. Now, we’re putting them back in. It’s great to see this style has made a comeback.
ROHL WHITE FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
Within the last five years, the farmhouse kitchen sink has been a huge trend. They look charming and complement virtually any style of kitchen. They give a kitchen a look that is both timeless and updated.
WETSTYLE BCL 01 CLOUD COLLECTION FREESTANDING TUB
We installed one of these freestanding tubs from WetStyle in a recent project — it looks absolutely stunning and the homeowner loves it. A freestanding tub can make a bathroom feel a lot more open and airy. It makes sense that they are becoming incredibly popular. This particular tub seems to go well with either a contemporary or traditional design theme.
INFINITY DRAIN S-AG 38
The Infinity Drain is both functional and visually appealing. We’ve been tucking them against back walls and using them in curbless showers. They are incredibly versatile in that they can be customized to work with almost any configuration you can imagine. If you’re building a shower that’s an odd length, this drain provides a solution that is perfectly sized and looks great. In fact, it looks good because of its ability to “disappear.” This product is a win-win.
Jason with Peter Feinmann of Feinmann Inc. at our event last month with Eastern Mass NARI.
‘Tis the season for… shopping! We hope you were able to make it to one of our showrooms to take advantage of our great deals during our Black Friday Sale. Kitchen and bath products are truly gifts that keep on giving all year long.
Still need to get a special gift for someone you love? Make your way to one of our showrooms for a treat that will enhance their daily life – such as a toasty towel warmer or invigorating shower head with the newest flow technology. Any of our showroom associates would be more than happy to help you pick the perfect present for anyone on your list.
Last month our showroom was full of events. We had a fantastic night of networking and mindfulness with Peter Feinmann and EM NARI. Peter discussed mindfulness and how it relates to our busy, sometimes chaotic, industry. I’m already feeling more zen! We also had a blast having design professional Kristen Rivoli in our showroom to chat about our favorite product lines while sipping champagne. Head to her Instagram to see some photos from her visit.
Without further ado, I am thrilled to announce this month’s guest blogger, Michael Ferzoco. Michael, the talented Principal at Eleven Interiors, leads an award-winning and visionary design team as they delve into a constant array of projects. Their portfolio ranges from new construction and renovations to custom furnishings and bespoke interiors throughout Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. Blending vintage and antique elements with contemporary influences, Michael infuses his signature style into all of his work. View his top picks from our showroom below!
Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays!
Upon visiting Designer Bath’s breathtaking Watertown showroom, I was immediately drawn to pieces that evoked an Art Deco-style bathroom mixed with an industrial edge. I appreciate how the brass finishes in the below fixtures worked together without being overwhelming.
STONE FOREST CALMA TUB
I was immediately mesmerized by this piece and drawn to the fact that it’s crafted from a single piece of marble. While gorgeous, sensual and luxurious, this tub is also quite uncomplicated. There’s very little detail – the simplicity of the shape is a juxtaposition to the sophistication of this amazing slab of stone that’s been smoothed and meticulously carved. Another notable feature is that it’s not too masculine, even with a strong material and dark color. It wouldn’t feel misplaced in a bathroom containing décor that lends itself to femininity. A perfect home sanctuary from Stone Forest!
STONE FOREST RENAISSANCE CONSOLE
With this console, the scale of the brass work and the stand itself work beautifully with the weight of the Stone Forest tub I mentioned above. Even with a heavy, hand-carved tub, this sink doesn’t look too slight in comparison. To strike a balance between the two pieces and to allow the console to breath a bit, I would omit having a cabinet in the same space. From an architectural perspective, I can imagine a luxe bathroom with two of these consoles, side-by-side, or one on the left and one on the right, with the statement tub taking center stage amidst a wall of mirrors and gorgeous tile.
EMTEK BRISTOL KNOB WITH ROSETTE
Not only is this knob streamlined in its design, it’s incredibly ergonomic. I prefer sphere-shaped knobs as opposed to round and flat, because when you use them, your hand fits right over them in an easy, comfortable manner. The backplate of this particular knob could be round or square as the structure of this piece is fluid. I love how this glass knob provides weight without being overly dominant in this space I’ve concepted. Again, all of the pieces need to work in scale with the statement tub. It’s important for the accessories and accents to ‘float’, providing levity in the room.
BRIZO LITZE FREESTANDING TUB FILLER
Brizo has the most beautiful finishes. What I really liked about this tub filler is its pared-down ease and homage to an era of machine-inspired pieces. The Art Deco period, a deviation from the previous elaborate Art Nouveau period, was all about elegance and minimalism. Brizo’s Litze collection is reminiscent of an industrial-influenced time.
BRIZO LITZE WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
My favorite thing about this Brizo beauty lies in the simplicity. Apart from the one detail of very compelling ribbing and knurling on the stem, this faucet contains no extra adornment. It offers great functionality and versatility coupled with an attractive composition.