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.
As we cling to the last few days of sweet summertime, it’s hard to believe that a new season is just around the corner. Over here at Designer Bath, we bid adieu to August with a fun event and will welcome September with one as well.
Last month, we enjoyed a hands-on educational workshop at our Watertown showroom with our friends at Infinity Drain. We lunched, and then we learned about the brand’s linear and trench drainage systems. Thanks to our colleagues who attended.
To say ‘hello’ to autumn, we’re doing one of our favorite things – hosting a panel discussion! You’re invited to join us and our partners, The Boston Globe Magazine and luxury faucet manufacturer, THG, at 604 Pleasant Street in Watertown on Tuesday, September 25th, from 5:30 – 8 PM, for ‘Refresh & Renew: Simple Ways to Update Your Home.’
Led by moderator, Veronica Chao, Editor of The Boston Globe Magazine, the chat will feature local design experts: Erin Gates, Principal of Erin Gates Design; Barbara Elza Hirsch, Principal of Elza B. Design, Inc.; and Mindy Sevinor, our very own Showroom Brand Manager, at Designer Bath. Our trio of panelists will share tips on updating your home with minor décor changes. Guests will enjoy refreshments & hors d’oeuvres. This is a free and 21+ event, and space is limited. Reserve your spot now!
And on that note, it’s my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger for this month… drum roll, please… Erin Gates! We had a blast with the designer, blogger and best-selling author as she strolled through our Watertown showroom to select her favorite pieces. Keep scrolling to see the bath and kitchen goodies that made Erin’s final list.
Happy September and we hope to see you at our event.
CROSSWATER LONDON BALTHAZAR TUB
This sleek Crosswater tub (with the swoon-worthy polished stainless steel exterior!) is the perfect combination of vintage with a modern twist. The piece just has a certain sparkle that would make it an ideal fit for a farmhouse bathroom but it could work equally well in a modern dwelling. It’s also a soaking tub that looks as though it could be over three times the price.
SIGMA SERIES KITCHEN FAUCET & SPRAY
This faucet has a gorgeous, unique blend of contemporary and transitional styles. The side spray has a great weight to it when you hold it in your hand – it feels very luxe. I also like the curve of the faucet.
THE FURNITURE GUILD WINSTON VANITY
I recently put this vanity in a home in New York for one of my clients because I love how it looks like an actual piece of furniture. It’s customizable so you can tailor it to work with any décor taste; my favorite finish is the French Walnut with Burnished Brass.
CROSSWATER LONDON THERMOSTATIC EXPOSED SHOWER FAUCET
This faucet has a very clean, yet beautiful, design that could translate well in various settings and aesthetics. I love the large shower head and handles.
LISA JARVIS ROBIN TOGGLE PULL
The toggle pull is just calling out for a chic vanity in a master bath or powder room to accompany it. If you are going for a high-end, upscale bathroom design, I can’t recommend this pretty pull enough.
As Ella Fitzgerald famously penned – “Summertime and the living is easy.” We were living easy and well at last month’s event with New England Home. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our ‘Living Well: How to Hit Your Personal Stride with Home Design, Style & Wellness’ panel discussion. Enjoy some photos from the evening here.
Along with endless days and nights, August is a time for anniversaries and AMAZING deals. Not only does this month mark our 73rd year in business, we’re also celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Watertown showroom. And now for those ‘amazing deals’…
We’re offering TAX-FREE SAVINGS now through August, 11th. Yep, you heard that right. Shop both of our showrooms through Saturday, August 11th, and receive a discount of 6.25% equal to the sales tax! If the state holds an official tax-free weekend, you’ll save the sales tax of 6.25% with a total savings of 12.5% on your order. We’re taking pre-orders now and will process your order on August 11th.
Because rules are rules – some disclaimers to be aware of: *Offer applies to new orders only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Cannot be used on previous purchases. State of MA sales tax holiday rules and regulations apply.
It’s my pleasure to introduce our August guest blogger, Molly Pidgeon, Principal of House of Dietrich, a residential and commercial design, construction and project management company. Molly’s love of design was cultivated from traveling and her fondness for architecture and nature. Take a peek at her bath and kitchen favorites below.
DORNBRACHT AIR SWITCH
I’ve sometimes found that switching devices can be cumbersome, especially when building code requires that you put in supplemental devices that you don’t actually use. I love the simplicity of having an air switch on the counter as opposed to under the sink or on the black splash. What a great way to simplify the form and function of a kitchen. Well done, Dornbracht!
NEELNOX MOSAICS Y SHELF SERIES
The chrome finish of the Y Shelf Series pieces are sexy, and the floating shelf option itself is interesting. I haven’t really seen anyone translate the floating shelf into bathrooms yet. I like the contemporary lines of a floater because they provide a fresh, smart look while still being minimalist and clean. Don’t be confused by the backsplash on this version – there are multiple color and style options available.
HUDSON VALLEY BAIRD 4-LIGHT BATH SCONCE
As someone who is admittedly always drawn to the ‘glam girl’ vibe, I can’t get enough of the updated Hollywood style of this piece. The four-bulb sconce is reminiscent of vintage marquee signs or panel lights on a dressing room mirror. Trés chic and classic.
THG PARIS FAUBOURG FAUCET
I’m such a fan of the black and white accents against the chrome finish on this THG fixture. This faucet has a luxe, designer quality to it. I feel like it could easily say: ‘Chanel’ – swoon. I can envision this in a lot of different settings; a powder room, a nice master bath, it has endless versatility.
PERRIN & ROWE WOODEN TOILET SEAT
This one is all about nostalgia for me. I grew up in a house with wooden toilet seats and I love them. The rich, mahogany tone of this Perrin and Rowe option is so warm and inviting. As a designer, I’m always drawn to natural tones because they add such character to a space.
I hope your holiday was full of festivities, fireworks and – a brand new faucet? Thank you to everyone who visited our recent annual showroom sale to scoop up an incredible deal or two.
While I’d hate to start this off with a shameless plug, in the spirit of doing just that… we’re honored to be nominated for a ‘Best of the North Shore Home’ award. Our team would be forever grateful if you’d vote for us in the Bathroom and Kitchen categories: http://voting.nshoremag.com/bons-home-2018/gallery?group=287547.
I can honestly say that this summer sunshine is inspiring me to take care of my mind, body and soul. If you’re also feeling motivated, then you don’t want to miss our upcoming ‘Living Well’ event.
Join us on July 24th at our Watertown showroom, as local experts share advice on how to keep your health habits, personal style and home décor timeless at any age. Click here for more details and to RSVP. We hope to see you there.
And on that note, allow me to introduce our July guest blogger, Joel Ellzey, of Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. As Vice President and General Manager of the city’s Saks, Joel is no stranger to elevated design and cutting-edge style. One of the top stylists from Saks will be a panelist at our ‘Living Well’ event. Read on as the fashion guru shares his bathroom and kitchen favorites.
Cheers to a great month!
THE GALLEY IDEAL KITCHEN WORKSTATION
The kitchen is the heart of every home. What better way to anchor the center of the heart than with a Galley system? An impressive conversation piece, this multifunctional workspace is extremely practical for the person who loves to entertain. Several of my clients own this system and it’s something I’d love to have in my own home, as well!
JASON WU AND BRIZO COLLECTION
Do I have to pick just one? I want everything! This entire series is gorgeous and synonymous with everything that the designer, Jason Wu, is known for: modern, elegance, sophistication. Swoon! This is a collection where fashion and design overlap and beautifully balance each other.
GROHE BLUE CARBONATION FAUCET
The ‘smart home’ trend is very much still in style and this high-tech faucet is right on the mark. Combining the appearance of contemporary design with the intelligence of an iPhone, this is a piece you can feel good about having in your home. And who doesn’t love bubbles? This is an environmentally-friendly alternative to all of those bottles of sparkling water; no need to recycle.
BAINULTRA EVANESCENCE AIR TUB
If this doesn’t scream ‘luxury’ – I don’t know what does. I love the simple clean lines of this piece; the architectural grace and beauty is perfect for any home. Imagine settling into a bubble bath in this tub, glass of wine in hand, surrounded by ambient candles. I could see this fitting nicely into a traditional or transitional space with modern touches.
STEAMIST STEAM SHOWER SYSTEM
How nice to be able to pre-set your steam shower from your phone and have it ready once you’re home from the gym? Not only is this system handsomely designed, it boasts state-of-the-art technology that we all crave in our daily lives.
We’ve entered the time of year that brings one of my favorite ‘S’ words (other than ‘summer’). ‘Tis the season to have a ‘S-A-L-E.’ I’m of course talking about our annual showroom sale that begins in a couple of weeks.
From June 16th to June 30th, at our Beverly and Watertown locations, we are offering major discounts (up to 75% off!) on fixtures and accessories for the bath and kitchen.
And what’s a potential shopping spree without a big party? We’re pitching a tent and you’re invited. Join us for an official kick-off of our tent sale event, located at our Beverly showroom at 97 River Street. On Saturday, June 16th, we’re hosting a day full of festivities for you and the family:
8am: Showroom doors open!
10am-11am: Meet Billy Costa from the Matty Show on KISS 108
10am-12pm: KISS street team entertains with music, a cash machine, cornhole games and prize giveaways
10am-2pm: Complimentary kids face painting and balloon art
I hope to see you there, browsing some can’t-miss deals.
On the topic of showroom ‘must-haves,’ I’m thrilled to introduce our June guest blogger, Juan Guillermo Uribe Rubio, a principal at Pauli & Uribe Architects, LLC. Juan and his partner, Monika Zofia Pauli, combine their knowledge of classical forms and modern design to create integrated, high-end designs for their clients. In his spare time (we weren’t aware that busy architects had any!), Juan is an avid fly fisherman, former equestrian and ardent lover of Formula One open wheel racing. Follow along below as he shares his Bath and Kitchen favorites.
Wishing you a bright and sunny June!
CROSSWATER ARCADE BICYCLE
This whimsical piece would be a fun addition to a restaurant or office space. It will put a smile on anyone who uses it! The basket can be dressed up with handsome colourful flowers. This is certainly a piece that may draw people and create much needed conversation in this time and age.
PERRIN AND ROWE VICTORIAN TOILET
Love the soft closing high gloss seat and cover. It has a charming, classic and timeless look that makes any of our projects historically correct and appropriate. The tank has a stylized panel on it which enhances a traditional bathroom. No need to hide this one!
STONE FOREST RENAISSANCE CONSOLE
A handsome and elegant fixture frequently used in our high end residential projects – light, sculptural and elegant. The carved stone edges contain water from dripping, add a functional touch and make it a fashionable fixture. The veins of the marble are alive, adding another classic and timeless layer to a room. A practical geometry that does not obscure the elegance of the architecture – whether in your Master Bath Room with beautiful monogrammed hand towels draping from the middle bar, or in your Powder Room, with monogrammed paper towels on the counter in a handsome tray.
NATIVE TRAILS CANTINA BAR SINK
A handsome classic finish in hammered polished nickel enhances the geometry of this sink. P&U uses a fair number of these sinks in our Bar and Kitchen projects. A piece like this makes a statement and adds texture and movement to one of the simplest objects. An added bonus – it’s easy to maintain and clean!
DORNBRACHT TARA SINGLE HOLE MIXER
The simple, traditional streamlined cross handles are amongst my favourite classic and timeless design details. These give it a traditional English look, reminiscent of the old manors in the lush English countryside…. The proportions are flawless and offer a handsome scale. The colour and finish are romantic; it’s evocative of Cartier’s ‘Trinity’ ring. I am very much inspired to incorporate this finish in an upcoming project.
I think it’s safe to say that it’s officially, FINALLY spring (and almost summer) in New England. A new season is the perfect time to experiment with new styles, especially in your home, and this month’s feature is all about that.
Last week, we had a full house at our ‘Sip and Learn’ event with Northshore Home magazine focused on bath and kitchen trends. Hosted at our Beverly showroom, the lively panel chat was moderated by Editor, Nancy Berry, and featured a group of design experts sharing their perspectives on ‘must-haves’ for your house. Some takeaways? The farmhouse sink is here for the long haul, people can’t get enough of grey-toned kitchens, steam showers are hotter than hot (literally and figuratively), marble and slate are popular accents for bathrooms… and the list goes on. As is the case with all Designer Bath events, the ‘paparazzi’ were present – take a peek at some photos from the night here.
Also on the topic of fads and crazes, my sister, our Showroom Brand Manager, Mindy Sevinor, and I recently attended the Salone del Mobile trade show in Milan, Italy to scope out the newest of the new. We are still daydreaming about all of the ‘wow!’ pieces we saw, and are eager to share our experience with all of you. Without further ado, I’m passing the May torch to Mindy, our featured guest blogger for this month. Follow along below as she shares her favorite collections from our European trendspotting adventure.
Enjoy the warm weather and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Annual Showroom Sale – kicking off on June 16th with a bunch of festivities!
GRAFF AMETIS SHOWER SYSTEM
I love everything about Graff and was enthralled by the cutting-edge pieces we saw in Italy. Their aesthetic is so different from many of the shower systems we typically see. The company is a true manufacturer; it’s a family-owned brand, with their factory in Poland, and primary U.S. office in Milwaukee. The showerheads are art forms – distinctive and full of character – which isn’t surprising given that Graff is familiar with fashion and haute couture. The brand has collaborated with designer, Davide Oppizzi on the Ametis line. View Davide’s collection video here
GRAFF SENTO FAUCET
The Sento collection is synonymous with ‘sleek.’ These single-hole options are available in an endless array of finishes, something that was very surprising for us to see at a European trade show. Historically, the most popular finish in European countries has been Polished Chrome. It was refreshing to view this Graff faucet in variations of brass, black, gunmetal and white. I love the handle proportions of this faucet, as well as the knurling detail that was incorporated into some of the finishes.
GRAFF LUNA SHOWERHEAD
Keeping with the Graff theme (we just couldn’t get enough!), the Luna series was definitely one of my favorites. The pieces are exciting, fresh and innovative with their clean geometry and unique flair. Everything is elongated and statement-making.
GRAFF LUNA FAUCET
Yes – if you can believe it – this really is a faucet! This wall-mount fixture will instantly elevate any powder room and make it the coolest one on the block. This piece does the talking with its exaggerated, dramatic curve; it evokes a contemporary spa-like feel with the way the water pours down in a soothing way.
THG PARIS COLLECTION
I couldn’t choose one piece, that’s how much I loved THG’s new offerings. Traditionally known for making faucets seen on luxury yachts, the brand is growing their line by adding more transitional series with clean refinement. The THG products we saw at Salone del Mobile, in addition to the Baccarat and Lalique collaborations we’re used to seeing, reflected an elegant transitional look. The displays featured a mix of finishes, stone accents, hand-tooled detailing and knurling. THG has been a family-owned company since 1956, and we were privileged enough to meet the owners at the show.
I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays last weekend. The Red Sox are in training and the NBA Playoffs are around the corner. In other words, the calendar says it’s officially April – maybe Mother Nature will catch up soon.
Our Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply team kicked off spring with two events at our Watertown showroom.
At a recent Lunch & Learn workshop, we welcomed a representative (traveling all the way from Chicago) from The Galley to teach our guests about the brand’s functional workstations. If you haven’t yet experienced The Galley, it’s on display in both of our showrooms. We’d love to introduce you to this kitchen game-changer.
The second engaging session we hosted was a panel discussion (moderated by yours truly) in partnership with IFDA-New England. We invited our industry colleagues in for a pow-wow and talked about our feelings – literally. Led by a licensed clinical social worker, the chat centered around the complexity of relationships between clients and designers, and inspired great Q & A interaction from the audience.
I’m thrilled to introduce our April guest blogger, Tiffany LeBlanc. Tiffany, the principal of luxury residential design firm, LeBlanc Design, creates dynamic spaces inspired by her many exotic travels. Follow along below as she shares her favorite pieces from our showroom, virtually concepting a ‘dream bathroom’ that’s brimming with form and function.
Also, you’re invited… to an upcoming ‘Sip and Learn’ with Northshore Home magazine at our Beverly showroom! Join us for a talk about bath and kitchen trends with local industry experts (including our very own Showroom Brand Manager, Mindy Sevinor). Small bites, wine and signature cocktails will be provided. The event is on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:30 PM at 97 River Street in Beverly, and is free and open to all. Hope to see you then – RSVP here.
Cheers to a new season!
STONE FOREST EGG TUB
I love the simplicity of this tub’s shape along with its graceful, organic composition. I appreciate that every Stone Forest piece is individual – no two tubs are the same and each one tells its own story. The carrara marble has a very natural, effortless feel to it. An elevated surface material like this gives you a classical vibe while still being cutting-edge and contemporary.
THE FURNITURE GUILD WINSTON DOUBLE VANITY
My favorite thing about this piece is its seamless blend of modern and timeless design. I could see this vanity being used in a master bathroom with a double sink and a grand statement tub. The lacquer finish is fresh, transitional and would look beautiful with the above Stone Forest tub. This vanity, with just a hint of the industrial metal look, transports an entire bathroom’s aesthetic into an edgy pocket of design. There’s been an interest lately in this type of juxtaposition, especially in regards to bathroom furniture.
TRACY GLOVER TRUMPET SCONCES
When it comes to finding the perfect lighting for a bathroom, there are many glass sconces to choose from. Tracy Glover’s collection contains stunning options that are hand-blown for a crafted, authentic look. This piece would mix well into a bathroom that contains matte or monochrome finishes. The right sconces can really soften the design of a bathroom and make it less predictable while giving you dimension and texture. Imagine taking a late night bubble bath with these accents providing mood lighting to set the ambiance and tone of the space.
THG BELUGA FAUCET
This faucet is undeniably beautiful. It’s very well-done and has that ‘wow’ factor without being too obvious. Faucetry truly has become the ‘jewelry’ in a bathroom; it’s your opportunity to add flair and embellishment in a cohesive way. Faucets are also the elements that people touch every day, so for that fixture to be a beautiful, refined piece that feels good to the hand is key. This is where people are most likely to truly perceive the quality of a bathroom.
VOGUE TOWEL WARMER
In a room where you’re bathing, you want everything to feel like a calming oasis full of subtle little luxuries. There’s something about having heated towels, not only for the practical function, but also for the pampering. It’s like being greeted by a warm embrace when you get out of the tub or shower. A heated towel waiting for you really becomes an experience in itself. A piece like this furthers a tangible design, allowing you to appreciate how you engage with décor and aesthetic.
ELECTRIC MIRROR FUSION LIGHTED MIRROR
This backlit mirror – perfect for makeup application – would go well with the Tracy Glover sconces above. Just because you have sconces in your bathroom, there’s still always the need for a mirror that provides additional lighting. This piece can be layered in with decorative lighting accents to achieve functional, artisan-quality illumination.