Happy Mother’s Day from our Designer Bath family to yours.
We’ve made it through April showers and we’re more than ready for the May flowers. Here at Designer Bath, we’re not only excited for warmer weather, but also to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Mother’s Day.
It’s important for me to acknowledge that our company may not have made it to our recent 75th anniversary without the involvement and support of the “mothers” in my life – specifically my grandmother Ida, my mother Deb, my aunt Dale, my sister Mindy, and my wife Shelly. I also want to recognize the moms who are on the Designer Bath team – it is challenging to balance work and parenting and these ladies do it with grace and an amazing level of dedication to their different roles. Without their unwavering commitment over the years, our family business would not be where it is today. We encourage you to ‘shower’ the important women in your life with love on May 9th.
And now (drum roll please!) I am thrilled to announce that we have FINISHED the renovation of our Beverly showroom. If you have visited us over the past few months, we want to thank you for your patience as we modernized our space. From the moment you walk through our door, you will notice the updated and inviting décor and new displays. We are very happy with the fresh look and all the enhancements. Please come by and check it out!
Now without further ado, I’m pleased to announce our May guest blogger: Aileen Graf of Graf Architects.
With a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, eight years in Philadelphia, then a short stint in Jackson Hole, WY; Aileen has spent the last 25 years immersed in New England Architecture. As the principal of a woman owned architecture firm with a concentration in residential design, Aileen thrives on the collaborative process of working with clients to find the best design solution for their lifestyle, while showing them that the process of custom design can be enjoyable and enlightening.
President, Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply
CROSSWATER LONDON FORMOSO PETITE TUB
Nothing says elegance quite like a freestanding tub. What I love most about this piece is the simplicity in its design and how thin the walls are, yet it holds an incredible volume of water.
I also adore that the tub has the perfect accessory — a tray! It’s perfect for adding a candle or book to your relaxing soak.
DXV COSSU RECTANGLE WALL-HUNG BATHROOM SINK
This wall-hung sink is perfect for the traditional New England home! It fits perfectly in tight, compact spaces which we commonly find in older homes.
The clean simple look makes this a classic.
STONE FOREST SMALL BEVELED VESSEL
When visiting the showroom, I was captivated by the stainless steel sink displayed on rich mahogany.
The contrast between cool steel and warm wood was visually pleasing to me.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS CORSANO CULINARY PULL-OUT KITCHEN FAUCET
When visiting the showroom, I immediately wanted to touch this faucet!
I adore the dark finish — the contrast between the black and aged brass makes this faucet feel like a piece of elegant jewelry.
GRAFF ME SHOWER CONTROLS (VOLUME)
Quality? Outstanding. Finish? Stunning.
I love this shower control from Graff because of its clean lines and asymmetry against the back plate. This would be the perfect addition to any shower.
As we celebrate the beginning of spring, we finally have the opportunity to embrace the warm New England weather and get some much needed fresh air. Let’s enjoy the outdoors and soak in some sun — especially after such a long winter cooped up inside. With the arrival of April comes spring showers — both outside and inside your home! Now is the perfect time to invest in a new showerhead or luxurious outdoor shower. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I believe there’s no better way to show your appreciation for Mom than by helping her transform her bathroom into a relaxing, functional haven.
If you decide to revitalize your bathroom – you might want to know more about the different types of showerheads available:
Fixed showerhead (wall mount) – Found in most family bathrooms. For those who are interested in solid water pressure, this is the showerhead for you.
Hand-held showerhead – Great for bathing pets, kids and those who may need to sit on a bench when rinsing.
Dual showerhead system – Combination of a hand-held showerhead and a fixed showerhead.
Rain showerheads – (larger in size – six inches or wider in diameter) – The wider the water spray, the warmer you feel while showering, thus enhancing the overall experience. The water in large flat rainheads is usually delivered via a gravity propulsion method, so it may not be the best option for those people with a lot of hair to wash and rinse.
Filtered showerhead – I have learned that these can help with dry or frizzy hair by greatly reducing the amount of chlorine, scale, and hard water.
With the warmer weather, I am always reminded of my goal of having an outdoor shower. In a subtle way, I plant the seed by mentioning to my wife that having this extra outdoor area will alleviate the challenge of limited indoor bathroom space. It’s good to have dreams!
Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce April’s guest blogger: Atsu Gunther of Atsu Gunther Design LLC. We had the pleasure of welcoming Atsu to our showroom to pick her favorites for this month’s blog. Originally from Japan, Atsu moved to the United States to pursue her college education in Interior Design. Upon graduation, she started her career in Boston with legendary interior designer William Hodgins. After 16 years working for several talented interior designs and architecture firms in both Boston and New York City, Atsu opened her own interior design studio in 2014. Recently, Atsu was featured in Boston Magazine for her renovation of this Cambridge Victorian. We are so happy to share her favorite pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a safe and healthy April.
President, Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB
The marble Calma bathtub from Stone Forest is truly a work of art. It immediately caught my eye upon entering the Designer Bath showroom. This is the statement piece that your bathroom craves.
HOUSE OF ROHL SHAWS CLASSIC SHAKER SINGLE BOWL FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
Farmhouse sinks are a classic — they’re often my go-to when designing kitchens. The Shaws apron front fireclay piece from House of Rohl elevates its surroundings, creating the perfect harmony between traditional and modern.
JULIEN SOCIALCORNER® UNDERMOUNT WITH APRON FRONT STAINLESS STEEL KITCHEN SINK
This stainless steel JULIEN sink is special in so many ways, but especially because it is the only sink available on the market that fits into a corner. It provides the perfect solution for small footprint kitchens. It’s unique, very practical, and well-made.
I personally dislike having a visible drain in the shower. That’s why I’m in love with the Infinity Drain. Along with its excellent craftsmanship, it also makes the shower look neat and tidy.
STONE FOREST ELEMENTAL TROUGH SINK WITH CALIFORNIA FAUCETS VESSEL LAVATORY FAUCET
Just by touching this faucet by California Faucets, you can tell that this is a high-quality design. I’m absolutely drawn to its beautiful brass finish.
The Stone Forest sink is the perfect pairing for the faucet as it boasts solid, natural stone. The marriage of materials creates a luxurious masterpiece for your bathroom.
Since last March, so much has changed. For many of us, one of the silver linings of the pandemic has been the opportunity to build stronger relationships during these times — with our family and friends, but especially with our homes. Over the past year, they’ve become a refuge. They represent a protected haven to live and work. I hope that your home has been filled with laughter and new memories.
Here at Designer Bath, we’ve embraced change and want to continue to help your efforts to create new positive moments within your home. With that goal in mind, we’re excited to expand our vendor offerings to include Franke, Artelinea, and more of the Graff product line in both showrooms.
If you’re interested in learning what we love about these vendors, I invite you to make an appointment to visit one of our showrooms. If you’d prefer to view the displays from the comfort of your own home, I suggest looking into our 360-degree virtual showroom tours. Some of the designers who have contributed to our monthly blog have enjoyed exploring our space virtually — I’m sure you will too!
I’m so happy to put together this spring edition of Musings by Mindy to bring some inspiration into your home. Every time you wake up and spend your mornings in your redesigned kitchen and/or bathroom(s), you’ll have a greater sense of appreciation for the special touches and how the details have the power to bring you joy. Stay safe and stay healthy!
All my best,
Mindy Sevinor Showroom Brand Manager
New in the Showroom
Franke offers more than kitchen sinks — they offer fantastic accessories that will help your kitchen become more than just the place you eat. Your kitchen will transform into a meeting room for your family to share what they’ve accomplished that day. With price brackets that fit any budget, your ordinary kitchen will shine as a multi-functional wheelhouse. Franke is a well-known name in the kitchen industry with a tremendous reputation for quality, and in my opinion, creativity.
Artelinea is an innovative bathroom furnishings brand that incorporates Italian style into their glass furniture and lighted mirrors. With centuries of glassworking under their belt, the company stays on the cutting edge of glass finishes, including colored, fluted, printed, and textured glass options. It’s the go-to brand for high-quality, customizable pieces that you and your clients will fall in love with and will influence the individual style of every home.
We’re thrilled to expand Graff’s footprint in both of our showrooms. Graff is a family-owned business and they are unlike many other faucet vendors. They are a true manufacturer, while many faucet vendors are assemblers. Starting with raw brass stock, Graff crafts its products from start to finish. In addition to innovative designs, they have an expansive selection of unique specialty finishes.
The MOD+ serieshas a great configurator that allows you to put your unique mark on each faucet. You have the ability to customize the spout shape, cover finish, clip finish, and body finish. You’ll definitely have the most unique faucet on the block!
Have you seen the new Designer Bath ad in New England Home Magazine, Boston Home Magazine, and/or Northshore Home Magazine?
Happy March! The official first day of spring is only a few weeks away and I’m excited to spend more time outside with family and friends. I am especially looking forward to ‘springing ahead’ on March 14th so we can enjoy some extra sunlight at the end of the day.
One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner: St. Patrick’s Day! As everyone knows, this special day celebrating Irish heritage uses green as its signature color. For us, being green means making an effort to be kind to the environment. We try to do this every day, however, March 17 gives us an extra reason to go green! We are glad to share some water-saving tips.According to the EPA, by replacing an old, inefficient toilet, the average household can reduce toilet water usage by 20 to 60 percent. Believe it or not, that will result in a savings of about $110 per year on water costs and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet.Contact us today to learn more about how replacing your toilet can be the perfect spring renovation project and an ideal way to embrace “being green.”
Here’s the backstory on the development of our new print ad (shown above). Designer Bath takes pride in its leadership role in the industry. Part of being an innovator is being creative, thinking outside the box, and pushing the boundaries. We’ve had fun with our new print campaign – check out theanimated version of our print ad.
Now without further ado, we are thrilled to announce this month’s blogger: Paige Lewin of Tess & Ted. After spending two decades in public relations, Paige leaped to a new form of creative expression when she opened Tess & Ted Interiors in 2014. Self-taught, Paige blends modern and classic design and is influenced heavily by her love of textiles, her New England upbringing, and her time living and working in Manhattan. Paige and her team work with clients wherever they are on the interior design spectrum — from DIY consultations to down-to-the-studs of home renovations. She believes everyone deserves a beautiful, comfortable home that accommodates all the chaos of real life, and works closely with her clients to create just that.
When it comes to kitchen and bath, I always look for fixtures that feel amazing to the touch, deliver high style, and provide strong value for the cost. My five showroom favorites fit the bill perfectly:
BLANCO DIAMOND UNDERMOUNT SINK IN ANTHRACITE
This sink is one of my go-to pieces. Made of a granite composite, it’s easy to clean and gentle on fragile dishes. I love using the Anthracite colorway. How often do you see a black kitchen sink?
BRIZO SOLNA IN MATTE BLACK
While a stunning faucet can steal the show in a kitchen, sometimes function is sacrificed for beauty. Not so with the Solna. The articulating arm and ergonomic spout deliver the function, and the design is visually on point. If you worry about chicken hands, it’s also available in a touchless model.
STONE FOREST VERGE BATH SINK
I’ll be honest…vessel sinks aren’t my favorite, but the Stone Forest Verge Sink had me at hello. The stone is stunning, feels like silk, and will never go out of style. Add the brass console legs and just, WOW.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS TO-PBL TRIM IN POLISHED CHROME
The cross handle of this California Faucets pressure balance trim feels so smooth in your hand and turns like a dream. The clean, modern design stands well on its own, and can be paired with quieter tilework in the shower.
MTI JULIET 2
Have you ever been in a tub that could double as a piece of furniture? The Juliet is so comfortable that if it were in my house, my kids might find me in it wrapped in a blanket taking a nap. One end provides a cozy “hug” around the shoulders, while the opposite end is a bit more upright and wider, making it the perfect tub regardless of your soaking style.
Jason’s son Gunnar celebrating his February 14th birthday.
Happy February! It may be brutally cold out there, but at least we are getting more sunlight as the days go on. Spring will be here before we know it. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, my home will soon be filled with presents and cake. We’ll be celebrating my son Gunnar’s 6th birthday. Where does the time go?
This month’s blog is a little different in an exciting way. Our guest blogger picked her favorite items by using thevirtual tourfeature on our website. By doing so, she was able to select from both our Watertown and Beverly showrooms. As we reflect on the ways that we have needed to pivot since the start of the pandemic, we are proud of the new initiatives we’ve implemented to enhance our customer experience and accommodate various shopping approaches, including the rollout of the virtual tour, Zoom appointments, and the online wishlist. Now our clients have the opportunity to view displays and choose items from the comfort of their own home!
Without further ado, we’re happy to introduce our February Showroom Favorites blogger: Jessica Chabot. Jessica has over 20 years in the construction and design industry. A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, Jess started her design career as a kitchen and bath designer and then spent eight years with a custom residential construction company. Currently, she is applying all of her experience and expertise as Senior Designer atKatie Rosenfeld and Company. She works with the team to create and execute high-end interiors. Jess lives in the burbs with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t using her magic design wand to make people’s dreams come true, she volunteers as the president of the New England IFDA chapter and sits on her town’s Planning Board. We are thrilled to share her favorites with you.
Wishing you all a warm and loving February.
STONE FOREST CALMA MARBLE SOAKING TUB
How can you not be obsessed with Stone Forest’s Calma marble soaking tub? With its stunning veining, the tub presents an “old-world” feel with a modern look. It would pair nicely with almost any style and would be a beautiful focal point in a bathroom.
ROHL ELONGATED HIGH GLOSS MAHOGANY TOILET SEAT
Often an overlooked part of a bathroom, I am thrilled to see wood toilet seats making a comeback. This particular mahogany piece from Rohl adds a level of formality to the space. Apart from a design standpoint, they are also much more comfortable to sit on.
DXV RANDALL WIDESPREAD BATHROOM FAUCET WITH CROSS HANDLES
Everyone knows brass is back. Oftentimes, however, clients can be fearful of living finishes — they shouldn’t be! There is something charming about your faucet having “lived.”
HOUSE OF ROHL SHAWS CLASSIC SHAKER FARMHOUSE APRON FRONT FIRECLAY KITCHEN SINK
The tried and true “farm sink” is a classic. House of Rohl is the industry standard for this style of sink. The Shaws Classic Shaker Farmhouse Fireclay piece is a must-have.
HOUSE OF ROHL PERRIN & ROWE EDWARDIAN ERA OVAL THERMOSTATIC TRIM PLATE WITH VOLUME CONTROL
IN POLISHED CHROME
My love for House of Rohl pieces continues with this Perrin & Rowe Edwardian Era selection. Right now, I’m really into shower trims that have an all-in-one backplate for both the volume control and thermostatic valve. You can’t go wrong with this streamlined look — and may I mention – less to clean!
An exciting renovation is underway at our Beverly showroom.
We did it — we officially made it through 2020. Despite all of the challenges we endured and the ever-changing retail environment, we’ve worked hard to come out on the other side stronger and more resilient than ever. Looking forward, I feel hopeful for the future and I am cautiously optimistic about what this next chapter has in store for us.
Here at Designer Bath, we’re saying out with the old and in with the new as we kick off the year with an exciting renovation of our Beverly showroom. We always strive to display current trends as well as traditional favorites. The pandemic seemed to inspire many people to analyze their living spaces and ask if it was serving them effectively and creating joy. We went through a similar process and came up with some ways to freshen our space, and make it more resourceful for clients. Stay tuned for some behind-the-scenes footage of our transformation. Be sure to follow our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.
I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t comment on the events that transpired at the Capitol Building last week. What comes up for me is the importance of leadership and the role we as leaders play to foster kindness and make a difference. I think about it every day. How can I make a difference for those with whom I come in contact? How can I make a difference for those in my community? How can I spread warmth and love? This is my personal mission. From my perspective, leadership is a privilege, a gift and an honor.
I’m thrilled to introduce our first guest blogger of 2021: Jill Litner Kaplan. Jill has been involved in the world of design for 30 years and is a leader in the Boston design community. Her work has been published in magazines and was most recently featured in the book New England Modern. Her firm has managed countless comprehensive interior design projects involving significant construction, and they have worked with architects and builders throughout New England to execute the needs of their projects. Jill has a natural passion for fashion, loves fine fabrics and knows how to layer patterns in a way that is visually stimulating and dynamic with no detail spared. Jill truly understands how to create an environment that is a unique expression of her clients: one that addresses their personal style and preferences, while at the same time, infusing it with her own well-honed taste and sense of energy.
Wishing you a safe and happy 2021!
DORNBRACHT IMO LAVATORY MIXER IN PLATINUM MATTE
MADELI ESTATE SAPPHIRE FREE STANDING CABINET
A faucet is the first decision you make when designing a master bathroom. In this case, I selected the Dornbracht IMO in a platinum matte finish. A truly classic piece, it boasts both linear and curved elements. The quality of the faucet is what sets the tone for this space with its timeless elegance and bold presence.
The cabinet conveys both strong and delicate messages. The versatile sapphire color can appeal to both men and women in a master bathroom. It would look most spectacular with a marble mosaic floor. The chrome legs then would reveal the beautiful flooring.
DORNBRACHT CONCEALED THERMOSTAT WITH THREE-WAY VOLUME CONTROL IN POLISHED CHROME
The Dornbracht Concealed Thermostat proves that plumbing can be considered jewelry for your shower. It’s an ingenious way to organize the valves onto one backplate — a seamless integration that is very appealing to the eye.
JACLO 16″ X 16″ SQUARE RAIN MACHINE IN POLISHED CHROME
The Jaclo 16” x 16” Rain Machine is a wonderful statement from both a design and functionality perspective. It’s able to provide a magnificent shower experience. The straight, linear shape provides a balance to the large scale of the piece to create a subtle yet impactful focal point for your shower.
BAINULTRA VIBE FREESTANDING SOAKER TUB IN WHITE
I am a huge fan of BainUltra. To me, they stand for high quality and superb design detail. This design is so sleek with its straight edge and gentle curved detail on each of the four sides. It’s simply a masterpiece and adds an element of luxury and relaxation for your bathroom.
DORNBRACHT CL.1 SINGLE-LEVER TUB MIXER IN PLATINUM MATTE
I absolutely love this Dornbracht tub mixer because of its sculptural presence when placed next to a freestanding bathtub. The combination of a statuesque bathtub paired with a piece of gleaming hardware creates a dramatic perspective.
We’ll be accepting donations for our annual Toys for Tots campaign through Friday, December 11th. Stop by either of our showrooms or our Gloucester location to drop off unwrapped gifts.
We’ve officially made it to the end of 2020. This year has tested us and our ability to withstand change. Our business has implemented protocols to keep our staff and clients safe and we have overcome challenges that have been thrown our way. We’ve adapted, we’ve sacrificed, but most importantly, we’ve been given this time to step back and focus on what’s important in life — our family, our health, our lives. I truly believe we will come out of this stronger and more compassionate than ever.
Looking back on this roller coaster year, I am looking for ways to elevate the positive points. Last month as we moved into Thanksgiving, our employees had the opportunity to highlight what they are most thankful for this season. You can take a look at both Part One and Part Twoon our Instagram. I couldn’t be more grateful for this Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply family — the team that continues to keep this business thriving after 75 years.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking forward to keeping it simple this holiday season. We were lucky enough to host a virtual event with Chef Shelby and The Galley last month to demonstrate how to make your holiday meal more festive and less stressful. Head over to our website to view the video. For my family in particular, the adults have decided to donate to charity in lieu of exchanging gifts this year. We feel very fortunate that Designer Bath was deemed an essential business during this time. We have been able to keep our doors open, and continue to work with our valued clients and friends. I look forward to welcoming in a new year, with new opportunities, and many new appreciations.
Now without further ado, I am happy to introduce our final guest blogger of the year. This month’s guest is none other than David Cohen, Principal and Owner of Hampden Design. David, a licensed Construction Supervisor and Building Inspector, grew up always building, faceting, tinkering, and taking things apart. Priding himself on being a great listener to both the client and the home, he prioritizes respect, hard work, and open communication throughout the design and construction process. Since its inception, Hampden Design + Construction has earned several notable distinctions, most recently being named “Best Custom Home Design/Build 2020” by Boston Home Magazine. We couldn’t be happier to share his favorites with you.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.
The overall theme for my showroom selections was a natural, industrial vibe. I gravitated towards wooded elements, clean lines, and even a small mix of contemporary styles.
THE GALLEY IDEAL WORKSTATION
With Eight Tool Culinary Kit In Natural Golden Bamboo
I was immediately drawn to The Galley Ideal Workstation for its multifunctionality. People tend to cook and prep on their kitchen island, leaving a mess everywhere. The Galley solves this issue by streamlining the process and providing substantial space for any cooking-related task. That’s why I particularly loved the 6-foot length — you can cut, wash, drain, and clean in this workspace.
From a design perspective, it’s also very sleek and clean. The bamboo wood adds a natural element as opposed to man-made plastic material. The Galley sink has it all — function, feel, and efficiency.
CALIFORNIA FAUCETS CORSANO CULINARY PULL-OUT KITCHEN FAUCET
Ultra Stainless Steel
The California Faucets Corsano Pull-Out kitchen faucet is the ultimate complement to The Galley sink. With its sleek industrial feel and simple design, it may not be the loudest piece in the room, but it truly makes a difference. The faucet doesn’t take away from the esthetic and function of the sink — it pairs quite nicely.
WETSTYLE BE COLLECTION FREESTANDING SOAKER TUB
With Surround Wood Shelf In Walnut Natural
The WetStyle freestanding tub, with its wooden surround, provides for a calm, serene moment — something that’s much needed these days. In a functional sense, it also gives you space to put candles, wines, salts, and anything else to add to your relaxing bath experience.
CROSSWATER LONDON UNION FLOOR-MOUNT TUB FILLER
In Polished Chrome
This Crosswater London tub filler has a heaviness to it that pairs well with the freestanding tub from WetStyle. When you’re taking a bath, you want something to ground you to the earth. The knobs invoke an industrial aesthetic thus creating a perfect complement to the natural vibe of the tub.
BRIZO LITZE CEILING MOUNT PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWERHEAD
In Polished Chrome
This Brizo Pendant showerhead is sure to make your guests do a double-take. Rainheads tend to be a very flat, 2-dimensional experience. This showerhead is very 3-dimensional with its spout at different heights — looking more like a decorative fixture than a traditional rainhead. It’s a unique, one-of-a-kind look that adds a touch of contemporary vibe to your space.
Thanksgiving has always been a time to give thanks, but this year is different — many of us will miss celebrating the holiday with annual traditions. I believe there is the potential for this year to be even more special. We will probably have a smaller meal with less people, but we may take the opportunity to devise new ways to connect which will make it truly memorable. Just being present with each other is something to be cherished, whether it’s in-person or via a ZOOM call.
Speaking of thankfulness, I do want to express our appreciation for those who voted for us for Best of Northshore Home! We’re honored to be named 2020’s Best of Bath Fixtures & Fittings in both the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice categories, as well as Best of Kitchen Fixtures & Fittings by Readers’ Choice. We are proud that we received these prestigious designations and are immensely grateful for all of our valued customers.
Finally, I’m excited to introduce our November guest blogger David Boronkay, Principal of Slocum Hall Design Group. David’s passion began at a young age when his mother would drive him around his hometown to survey the progress of new homes being built. His passion followed him into adulthood and he loves the process of working with clients to realize their dreams. For him, a home is a person’s most personal possession, and being trusted with the task of creating a unique space that speaks to their aesthetic and functional requirements is incredibly rewarding. We are happy to share his favorite showroom picks with you.
Wishing you a happy and warm November!
TOTO MH CONNECT+ WALL MOUNTED TOILET AND WASHLET IN COTTON WHITE
I am a huge fan of wall-hung toilets in general, both from aesthetic and cleanability perspectives. In-keeping with my affinity for cleanliness, the Toto Washlet seat is one of the best investments anyone can make for their bathroom. I have had one for years, and highly recommend them to anyone willing to spend the extra money. As my Mom used to say, “Cleanliness is next to godliness” – and why shouldn’t that apply to your bum too?
DORNBRACHT BALANCE MODULES BIG RAIN PANEL IN POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL
I love the clean lines of this ceiling-mounted rain panel. Not only is it attractive in its simplicity, but it feels great to stand under it and enjoy the sensation of a warm deluge of water.
LACAVA AQUASEI WALL MOUNT VANITY WITH AQUAQUATTRO LAVATORY VANITY TOP AND MEDICINE CABINET IN NATURAL WALNUT
The warmth of natural wood tones in a bathroom can help elevate a space from ordinary to extraordinary. Once again, I always gravitate towards wall-mounted objects in bathrooms for ease of cleaning, but it also can help a tight space feel more generously proportioned.
STONE FOREST BORDEAUX VANITY TOP IN CARRERA MARBLE WITH PALMER LEG SYSTEM IN POLISHED NICKEL
The elegance and simplicity of this marble console sink works beautifully in a transitional bathroom space. The ability to pair it with different legs and faucets offers customization and can make the piece feel more traditional or more modern.
BAIN ULTRA EVANESCENCE OVAL THERMOMASSEUR FREE STANDING TUB
Free-standing soaking tubs have been on-trend for several years now, and can help elevate the aesthetic of a bathroom. This Bain Ultra tub takes things to the next level with the addition of heated air jets – making it the perfect compromise for those who want the comfort of a jetted tub, while preferring the look of a free-standing soaker.
This time of year is one of my favorites in New England. From the beautiful foliage to the cooler days, there is so much to love about this season.
The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) will be announcing the PRISM winners during a “virtual” presentation later this Fall.
As we head into fall, we’re excited to launch our series featuring tips and tricks on preparing your home for the upcoming cooler months. We’ll be highlighting some great advice from local builders, including Premier Builders and Covenant LLC. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for the latest!
We have always been involved with industry trade associations. We support their efforts to create a community and elevate the member organizations through networking and educational opportunities. EM NARI (Eastern Mass Chapter of the National Assoc for the Remodeling Industry) recently hosted their Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards and they recognized some Designer Bath clients as award winners! Watch the full ceremony on theirFacebook page. Kudos to EM NARI for doing a successful pandemic pivot and producing an event that was 100% virtual this year. In other awards news, the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) will be announcing the PRISM winners during a “virtual” presentation in early November. BRAGB is planning to host an online networking forum prior to the event’s kick-off in place of the fabulous cocktail party that usually takes place before the ceremony.
For October’s blog, Patrick Planeta of Planeta Design Group selected his five favorite items to share with our audience. He didn’t even have to come in to one of our showrooms since he has visited frequently and knew right away what he would choose. Patrick began his design career at one of Boston’s premier architecture and design firms. His quick rise to success soon led him to open Planeta Design Group in 2007. In 2010, he was named one of New England Home’s “5 Under 40,” recognizing him as “the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England.” Today, his work is featured in national design publications including Elle Décor. One of his recent projects was featured on the cover of the latest Boston Home Magazine and his stunning transformations are making an impact throughout Boston. We are excited to share his showroom favorites with you.
Wishing you a fantastic October!
When choosing my favorite pieces from the Designer Bath showroom, I focused on mindful moments. We are leading very busy lives today. At times, it feels likeit’s never been so stressful. So why not have pieces that ground you and give you a sense of calm? They serve as beautiful reminders to slow down, breathe, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB
The Stone Forest Calma freestanding bathtub is a star. You’ve perhaps seen it in various design magazines. I remember when I first saw this piece years ago and it continues to excite me today. That’s what makes it so magnificent. This is a timeless statement piece that will never go out of style.
There’s something that resonates so deeply with me when touching this tub. It’s a sensual ritual — when it fills with hot water, you can feel the stone’s warmth. A bath is so indulgent, especially nowadays with everyone’s busy and stressful lives. This piece creates the opportunity for a special, serene moment.
THG DEAN COLLECTION RIM MOUNTED 3-HOLE BASIN MIXER
I’ve used THG for years. They are another company that prides themselves in timeless design. The polished chrome finish is exquisite and has a deep luster that is one of the signature elements of this line. A lot of my design work is high detail, so this perfectly fits the aesthetic of what we do.
This extent of detail goes above and beyond. Even when you touch the handle, you’ll feel that it’s not just a flat piece underneath. It’s in fact a semi-circle half round that gives a sense of tactility to the piece. It’s quite amazing the level of thought that went into the ergonomics integrated into the design of this piece.
THG ANOA BLACK HORN COLLECTION SINGLE LEVER BASIN MIXER
This faucet from THG is definitely a head-turner. At first, you may think that the lever is a piece of black rubber, but when the light shines on it or you touch it, you realize it’s composed of all-natural buffed horn. It’s the “cherry on top” so to speak. This is done in such a beautiful and well-received way.
THG also has several metal finishes choices. It’s almost like picking out a custom interior of a car. You can choose exactly what you want from what feels like an entire book of metal chips. These endless finish options create a piece that is incredibly versatile.
CROSSWATER LONDON PATINATO PETITE BACK-TO-WALL BATHTUB
We’re using this piece in a project with several children’s bathrooms. Many people tend to avoid freestanding tubs for kids because it can be a tough predicament when it comes to cleaning. That’s why this back-to-wall piece is so great. I love how it has a floating tub “look”, but it goes against a wall which helps the cleaning process. It proves you can have the elegance of a freestanding tub without having to sacrifice practicality — because let’s be honest, kids can be messy!
LINKASINK RECTANGULAR BAR SINK WITH PB GRATE
Mixed metals are an absolute favorite of mine. I always say metals never match. When you mix materials of quality, I believe it makes a much more interesting design project.
I love interiors that slowly unfold so it’s not all given away up front when you enter. It can be a surprise to you. I think it would be a beautiful treat to wash your hands or vegetables in the sink and then look down at a sparkling sink staring back at you. It’s like a piece of jewelry for the counter.
This is the epitome of slowing down and enjoying the simple, little delights of life. It’s not just another faucet or sink — it’s a centerpoint of a pleasurable environment where you want to spend your time.
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed since my last blog in March. While this year has brought many new obstacles and challenges, I think many of us havebuilt stronger relationships during this pandemic — with our friends, our family, with nature — and most importantly for this blog post: with our homes.
Our homes have become more than just the places where we dwell. They’ve become places where we can spend more quality time building memories with our families. They’ve become virtual classrooms and jungle gyms for our kids. They’ve become our home offices, our quiet sanctuaries, our much needed refuges.
Here at Designer Bath, our clients are fostering a newfound gratitude for where they live. Their homes are becoming more of a priority and getting the attention they deserve: ranging from full renos to finding that perfect light fixture or faucet to finally creating the dream bathroom or kitchen they have always wanted. Homeowners are focused on making their living space a place that’s more functional and enjoyable for their whole family. We are truly proud to have the opportunity to help people during a time when they need it the most.
Rolling into fall, we’re looking forward to expanding our showroom offerings. This includes the addition of one of the most-anticipated kitchen lines (and one of my personal favorites): Waterstone Faucets. Their wheel pulldown faucets are super unique and different — there really isn’t anything else like it.
I am so happy I can offer this fall edition of Musings by Mindy to bring some positivity and inspiration into your home. So every time you wake up and turn on your new faucet, you have a greater sense of appreciation for your home. Stay safe — we’re all in this together.
All my best,
Mindy Sevinor Showroom Brand Manager
New In The Showroom
VENDOR: WATERSTONE WHEEL PULLDOWN FAUCET
Waterstone is reinventing the wheel with their latest pulldown faucet. This innovative design is an anomaly — it is sure to stop your guests in their tracks.
Inspired by the wheel of a ship, the pre-rinse spray arm is spring-loaded and can reach all areas of the sink. Versatile, elegant, and functional, the faucet is available in an amazing 32 finishes. This piece will be the talk of the kitchen.
PRODUCT: CALIFORNIA FAUCETS ARCHED RAIN SHOWERHEAD
California Faucets does it again! Their arched rain showerhead creates a unique, funnel effect adding a touch of luxury to the bathroom. There is nothing else like this on the market. Other thin showerheads can be a bit basic — this one is structural and sleek. Better yet, it’s offered in 28 different finishes.
TREND: SPECIALTY FINISHES – VANITY CABINETRY
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — specialty finishes are what’s hot. Mixed or matte black, they add elegance and personality to a space. This is especially true when it comes to vanity cabinetry. By utilizing one of the many shades of brass, matte black, or a combination of the two, a whole new level of character and personalization is added to the décor. We have now seen this shift carry over into other categories, such as vanities. Not only are we seeing mixed finishes, but now we are also seeing the integration of mixed materials as well.
For instance, the Lacava wall-mounted vanity (left image) shows how finishes can absolutely pop when paired with a bright, white base. Furniture Guild is a great example of mixing metals with wood (right image). While simple in design, it allows room for the finishes to shine. The literal definition of simple but powerful.