Siblings Mindy and Jason Sevinor check out new products at recent industry conference in Florida.
I’m recently back from attending an annual conference with my sister Mindy. What makes this gathering special is the attendees are all from independent plumbing fixture showrooms around the country. The members of this group are all committed to offering high caliber products and exceptional service. We believe that keeping our companies family-owned makes a difference in the showroom experience and the attention to detail demonstrated by our employees. I am always inspired by this group of like-minded professionals. We share stories of best practices, as well as mistakes we’ve made, and learn from each other. It’s a challenge to stay small in a world that seems to reward big businesses, but we believe the environment we create for our employees and clients sets the stage for long-term relationships and customer loyalty.
Our inclusion in this consortium helps us to offer competitive prices and a great breadth and depth of products. In the photo above, we are personally putting a new line of tubs from Landmade to the test. Mindy and I enthusiastically approved of the look and style. They are beautiful and comfortable! We have two on display in Beverly and two more slated for Watertown.
Although it’s great to discover amazing new products at the conference and meet with old friends, the best part was getting to spend quality time with my sister. Our days are busy, and we don’t get to catch up and creatively brainstorm for the business as much as we would like. This trip gave us the opportunity to connect and laugh. I’m really grateful for that, thank you Mindy!
Our guest blogger for March is a talented designer who has collaborated with us for many years. We are always glad to be involved in her projects.
Stacey Clarimundo launched Found Design Studio in 2018 after more than 18 years of experience in the architecture and design industry. Shortly after, she and her team expanded to offer not only a full-service studio, but also a retail space. We hope you find inspiration from Stacey’s picks from our showroom.
All the Best, JasonSevinor President
LANDMADE HINSEN FREESTANDING TUB IN MATTE WHITE
I would recommend Landmade’s Hinsen tub for someone who wants a nod towards traditional design but may be worried about getting too stodgy. The matte finish takes it down a notch and slightly modernizes it. I love matte finishes.
LINKASINK COCO SMOOTH BUILDER’S SERIES IN SATIN UNLACQUERED BRASS
I’m a big fan of pairing prettier things with not-so-pretty things, which is why I envision matching this gorgeous Linkasink Coco matte gold sink with a polished nickel faucet. The sink will patina over time and show use and age in a way the faucet will not — I love the look that the more raw finishes portray over time.
GRAFF CAMDEN SINGLE HOLE LAVATORY FAUCET IN POLISHED NICKEL
I would like to suggest pairing the GRAFF Camden single handle faucet with the Linkasink Coco matte gold sink because the faucet has that “more is more” detailing people are craving lately. We want interesting. You can go stark and minimalist for only so long and then people need that craftsmanship, design, and detail.
The pairing of a detailed faucet with a sink that’s less refined is an approach that is trending with design. It’s like how you used to only be able to wear one style of jeans that was “in” — skinny jeans or nothing. Now, you can wear skinny jeans, bell bottoms … anything you want. I feel like that’s what’s happening with design right now. We’re not sticking with “all modern” or “all traditional” — we’re combining different elements.
ROHL ACQUI WALL MOUNT BRIDGE LAVATORY FAUCET WITH U-SPOUT IN UNLACQUERED BRASS
This Rohl faucet has so much good detail — that’s why I like it in unlacquered brass — again melding the more refined with the less refined. I could see this faucet used in a laundry room, powder room, or pantry. It sits nicely with the clean lines of the Stone Forest Milano Vessel sink.
STONE FOREST MILANO VESSEL SINK IN CARRARA MARBLE
With the Stone Forest Milano Vessel sink, we again see a classic material (carrara marble) with a matte finish. This sink has a very simple shape, which is why I would enjoy pairing it with the more complicated form of the Rohl Acqui faucet. I think its sleek lines can work with all different types of environments and styles.
Happy fall! It always seems that the weather really changes right after Labor Day and then along
with chilly mornings, we are subjected to earlier sunsets and cooler nights. I enjoy the beauty and charm
of the ever-changing seasons in New England. To me, fall means the addition of color outside with the
brilliant foliage and then a pull towards more color inside as well as I start to crave cozy and comfort
over the easy breezy mode of summer.
We are over the moon with our feeling of pride for the recent “Best of the Northshore” award
that we won from Northshore Magazine. No matter how many awards we win, it never gets old. As the
competition in our industry gets more intense, the standards get higher and each accolade becomes
harder to attain. This award means a lot to me and my colleagues as it is a testament to the efforts of all
of our employees. From our truck drivers to our purchasing agents to our sales associates to our
receptionists, and all the other indispensable people who work to make our business operate smoothly,
I applaud you and I appreciate you.
Speaking of awards, I’m sure you are all familiar with the Emmys and the Oscars and many of the other
shows that pay tribute to people in the world of entertainment. The design/build industry also has a
host of award programs. We are thrilled to report that many of the 2022 recipients of these special
honors are people who have asked us to provide our products and expertise to help bring their
incredible projects to fruition. We are privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with these
talented professionals as they create incredible homes and add beauty to communities.
The founder of Cradock Builders, Kevin Cradock, received a prestigious award designation at the recent
IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association/New England) Gala. In his acceptance remarks,
he was quick to attribute his success to the teamwork and activities conducted by his employees. We
were glad to host a few of them at our Watertown showroom to select items for this month’s blog.
We’re pleased to introduce you to our guest bloggers, the project coordinator team from Cradock
Builders, Sarah Hudson, Tiara Butler-Smith, Michael Palmer, Denise Grothman and Brenda Stern.
Alongside talented architects, designers and trade partners, Cradock Builders helps each customer
realize their vision: the construction, renovation, or restoration of their ideal home.
Let us know what you think of their picks below!
All the best,
THE GALLEY WORKSTATION
As a group, we all love The Galley Workstation. It appeals to so many different people aesthetically and it’s an efficient use of space. It’s a genuine workstation with features that are easily accessible. No matter what style of kitchen you have or if you like to prep, cook, or serve, it will help make your job easier.
When you’re hosting guests, it’s truly a showcase piece that creates a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone can gather together in your kitchen without feeling crowded or in the way. The Galley Workstation is truly a wonderful
addition to any home.
ELEMENTAL CONSOLE VANITY FROM STONE FOREST
The Elemental Console Vanity from Stone Forest is paired with the Verge Bath Sink in the showroom and while we love the look of both together, they are beautiful pieces on their own. The console isn’t a traditional vanity but a piece of furniture that brings a sleek and modern feel to any bathroom and helps to elevate the space. From afar, the pipes (support system) appear almost bamboo-like for a natural style but up close, it’s much more industrial.
This piece is also functional. Since it’s a little bigger than your typical single sink vanity, it has great storage. You could fit 4-5 towels on the shelf and it even has a pull-out drawer. When a powder room vanity can hold more than just a single soap dispenser, it adds so much value to spaces both
large and small.
VERGE BATH SINK FROM STONE FOREST
We selected the Verge Bath Sink and the previously mentioned Stone Forest Elemental Vanity because of how stunning they look together. The sink itself is made of beautifully carved stone and it’s truly an eye-catching piece. You can tell it was thoughtfully crafted with a luxury feel in mind. When paired with the console, it has a modern vibe but at the same time is very warm and rustic. We think this would be a great addition to any setting from an industrial apartment, to a renovated farmhouse, to a chic city loft.
SQUARE FLUSH MOUNT RAIN MACHINE
This exquisite shower head is thin, clean, and contemporary and brings a new level of luxury to your shower experience. We were able to turn this on in the showroom and it really functions like you’re standing in the rain. From the noise to the water pressure, everything about it channels relaxation. If you decide to include a rain shower in your bathroom, you have to go BIG and this is the perfect one. It’s a self-care item for the ultimate spa-experience in the comfort of your own home.
MTI TEAK SHOWER TRAY
This wooden flooring option for a shower stall captivated us because it added a natural and tactile element to a part of the bathroom that is typically overlooked. It was displayed in the showroom in a really interesting setup. It immediately reminded us of summer vacation, beach houses, and cabanas. We could almost smell the coconut oil and sea salt. It’s not an item you see in many showers and it certainly adds a touch of calming and organic energy that a lot of customers are looking for in their custom showers. The teak is warm, inviting, and sleek, reminiscent of the wood floors in an outdoor shower after a long day at the beach.
. Anniversaries and Appreciation were the theme in August!
I feel like August went so fast our heads are spinning. One minute we are complaining about the heat and the drought and the next minute we are sending kids back to school and the leaves are starting to turn from green to red and gold.
For me, August was all about appreciation. I was able to reflect on countless reasons to be grateful as my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, our Watertown showroom celebrated its five year anniversary, and the company celebrated its 77th anniversary.
I appreciate my parents for their commitment to our family and each other. I toasted to them and their enduring marriage at an intimate party my sister and I threw in their honor.
I appreciate my colleagues at Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply for their energy and expertise. Our business has achieved these amazing milestones as a result of hard work by all members of our team. Each employee brings a unique perspective and knowledge, which has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our customers every day. To show my gratitude for this group of professionals who show up and deliver beyond my expectations, we organized two festive outings. We took a road trip to Gillette Stadium to cheer for the MLS team, The New England Revolution. We felt a little like we were embedded in a scene from “Ted Lasso” when we got to see the locker room and training facility! Then, we had a bbq with games for kids at a local park on the North Shore to make sure everyone who couldn’t make the big trek to Foxboro still felt the love.
Our people are the lifeblood of our organization and I strive to support them and let them know that I am thankful for their dedication to their jobs and to the success of our company. It makes me exceptionally proud to say that almost 50% of our employees have been with us for over five years, with a number over ten, fifteen, and even twenty years. This is a true testament to a corporate culture that focuses on positivity and growth from within.
As our staff and locations have expanded, our goal is to continue to raise the bar. For this reason, we have started an executive search for a Business Development Manager for the Salem Plumbing Supply side of our business. If you know someone who is interested in talking to us about this opportunity, please reach out to me. Details can be found on our careers page.
And now, I would like to introduce you to our guest blogger for September, Barbara Elza Hirsch, a French-American interior designer and principal of Elza B. Design, Inc. in Concord, MA. She has been a valued Designer Bath client for many years. She brings a unique sense of color to her work, creating soulful interiors that are joyful and functional. Her award-winning designs have been featured in numerous publications. We feel fortunate to collaborate with her on her beautiful projects.
DORNBRACHT SINGLE-HOLE LAVATORY MIXER WITH DRAIN
I’m always sourcing faucets for clients and the Dornbracht Single-hole Lavatory Mixer really caught my eye. It’s different from what I typically gravitate toward and use in projects. I love the gooseneck and how the design has been well thought out. The way the cross handles pop out at an angle from the centerpiece makes it unique and minimizes the space it takes on the countertop. It’s such a beautiful faucet that has a very simple yet jewel-like quality.
LACAVA FREE-STANDING SOAKING BATHTUB
The Lacava Free-standing Soaking Bathtub has a really inviting shape. But what really struck me was its color finish. It’s not a shiny black – it has a soft natural stone look to it. I would love to use this in a bathroom that has matte black fixtures. When you’re using a dark color like this for such a large feature, you want it to be repeated and it has to speak to something else in the space. I picture this in a room with bold pattern wallpaper or against colorful and moody tile walls. The options are endless with this tub and it would really help elevate any bathroom.
JULIEN INC. SMARTSTATION KIT, UNDERMOUNT SINK SINGLE 30X18X10 – WALNUT
I’m a big fan of the Smartstation products. I think they’re really appealing visually and also have incredible functionality. They add dimension to the area where you’re doing dishes, food prep, etc. and can introduce different wood textures to the kitchen. The Julien Inc. Smartstation Kit has movable platforms and accessories on 2 levels which increase your working surface space. You can cut and prep veggies on the wood surface and let the peelings fall directly in the sink, allowing you to free up a counter in the kitchen for other food prep. When you are hosting guests, you can quickly tidy up the sink area with the flat wood covers until you’re ready for cleanup.
HANSGROHE AXOR FRONT SHOWERPIPE – CHROME
The Hansgrohe Axor Front Showerpipe was on display next to other systems that I tend to select for an outdoor shower set-up but it really stood out. I love the upside down funnel-shaped showerhead at the top and the overall geometry of its shape. It’s so different from what you typically see in a shower, it’s much more modern and whimsical.
GRAFF MUSA FREESTANDING SINK WITH INTEGRATED OVERFLOW
I fell in love with this the minute I saw it in the showroom. A lot of people have small powder rooms. This piece demonstrates that you really don’t need a lot to spruce up a room and make it interesting. I often use wallpaper to make a statement but the Graff Musa Freestanding Sink makes one on its own with its verticality. It’s also very functional and would be super easy to wipe down, especially if you have kids. I love the rounded edges – it feels very inviting and almost feminine. It takes up very little space and adds a fabulous shape
as a functional design element.
On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the Sevinor family celebrated the company’s 77th anniversary with Mayor Michael Cahill of Beverly.
Last Wednesday, Mayor Michael Cahill of Beverly visited our showroom to wish us a happy anniversary. We are very proud of the long history that Salem Plumbing Supply and Designer Bath has in Beverly. We opened our doors at thislocation over 35 years ago when we left Salem for a bigger and better spot. We were thrilledto have the opportunity to show Mayor Cahill the recent remodel of our showroom and to talkabout our plans for future investment into enhancements of the site.
I think everyone would agree that anniversaries and birthdays are wonderful times for connecting with family members. Our company is built on the blood, sweat and tears of three generations of my family. I loved having the chance to tell my parents once again how much I appreciate how hard they worked and how seriously I take our commitment to the company, the community, and our customers. My dad always said that if you treat your clients and your employees like family, things will always work out. As I try to uphold his focus on providing exceptional service and quality products in a warm and welcoming environment, I hope he is as proud of me as I am of him.
We also believe that by lifting others up, we make the world a better place. We show this by our local philanthropic efforts and our ongoing support of other professionals in our industry. This fall we are sponsoring theSalem Hospital Golf Tournamentand attending the Women of EssexCounty’s Annual Luncheon, and encourage you to join us. On a daily basis, we collaborate with local designers, builders, and architects and are glad to use our social media channels and contact lists to highlight their amazing abilities.
This month, we would like to introduce you to Diana Pauro, the founder and head of Rebel Builders, an innovative design-build women-led and operated company based in Newton, MA. Diana is passionate about utilizing global talents and modern tools such as virtual reality. Diana has a master’s in Architecture and Urban planning from her home country in Argentina and has been working in construction since she was fifteen.
We were pleased to welcome Diana to our Watertown showroom. Let us know what you think ofher picks below.
All the best,
BRIZO LITZE SMART TOUCH PULL DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET
I’ve used the Brizo Litze Smart Touch Pull Down Kitchen Faucet with the knurling detail in a few projects because I love how modern it is. Some smart technology requires a battery but you can hardwire this one to reduce the need for upkeep. I try to make life easier for all my clients and when they have this faucet, they don’t have to worry about turning the water on or off while washing their hands when they’re in the middle of cooking with meat. It’s hygienic and makes the entire cooking process more efficient. It’s so beautiful and practical, and a wonderful addition to any kitchen.
CROSSWATER HEIR WIDESPREAD BASIN FAUCET
The Heir Widespread Basin Faucet is an example of a classic look mixed with a bit of a modern edge. I’ve used it in bathrooms where I want a nice finish that isn’t too shiny or strong and the brushed brass is perfect. I really love the Crosswater brand because their products are gorgeous and the whole collection complements any space. This faucet doesn’t feel too ornamental or too understated. Since I typically opt for bold designs, it’s nice to have a fixture that doesn’t overwhelm everything else.
CROSSWATER SPA TOILET
The Crosswater Ressa X1 Spa Toilet is simply amazing. It’s an ecological and sanitary way to have a bidet and I consider it a must in every home. I love how Crosswater created a design that’s so easy to clean and at a good price point. It’s not just a toilet, it’s an appliance with many high-end features – from a heated seat to an air dryer, night light, and of course the built-in bidet. As a bonus, I can have beautiful wallpaper with vibrant design elements and this toilet will still seamlessly
fit into the aesthetic.
LACAVA LINEA WALL MOUNT VANITY
I consider this piece to be “functional jewelry” when it comes to design. While storage space is maximized to use every inch, surprisingly you still get a sleek, clean look with a number of options for finishes and metals. I love the straight lines of this vanity and the shelves are so versatile. As a curator for my clients, I try to highlight the pieces that will be multi-functional and make them feel pampered without going overboard with too many bells and whistles. This vanity would look amazing in front of a colorful wall or can work just as successfully in a neutral bathroom.
MTI JULIET BATH
If you want to bring a taste of luxury to your home bathroom, then you need the MTI Juliet Tub. It’s eye candy, comfortable, and accessible. After a long day, you deserve a tub to relax in with a glass of wine and some soft music to transport yourself to a spa. I always encourage my clients to test out the tubs in the showroom to get a true feel for them — this MTI one has garnered the most love and has become a favorite.
We are honored that our 3rd generation family owned business has once again been nominated for the Best of Northshore Home Awards!
Happy July! We’ve finally made it to the fleeting three months of “official” summer in New England. Time to cue the fireworks, outdoor celebrations, and summer vacations with the family.
Whether or not you are from the Northshore area (home of our headquarters), we invite you to support our nominations for Northshore Magazine’s Best of Northshore (BONS) Awards this year. We are thrilled to be nominated and proud of our team’s hard work, since that is what enabled us to be in the competition. We’ve been nominated in the “fixtures” category for both bath and kitchen. You can vote here. As a 3rd generation family-owned business that has continually focused on providing exceptional customer service and developing long-standing relationships throughout the Northshore, we are honored to be on the ballot again.
I hope all of you get some time away soon and make your summer vacation dreams a reality. Speaking of manifesting dreams — this month’s blogger, Daniel G. Steger of DGS/a Architecture + Design, does just that for his clients, guiding them from dream to reality by designing custom homes that reflect their vision of form and function. Daniel is the founder and principal of DGS/a Architecture + Design, a Boston & New England architecture firm dedicated to custom residential design and interior services. Daniel holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in Massachusetts and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Daniel is dedicated to creating contemporary spaces and details which co-exist comfortably with New England’s period homes.
We were delighted to welcome Daniel to our showroom. Let us know what you think of his picks below.
All the Best, JasonSevinor
GRAFF WAND HANDSHOWER
I love the simplicity and compactness of the Graff Wand Handshower. It’s all brass so it feels sturdy in your hand. Unlike some other handshowers, the supply and holder are all-in-one, making it even more efficient. When it comes to utility and space saving design, go Graff.
TOTO WALL HUNG TOILET
Toto makes great toilets and the Wall Hung Toilet is no exception. I have two in my own home and they’re such great space savers and immediately elevate any style. When you attach the tank to the wall, you end up saving nine inches at the front of the fixture, which is great for smaller bathrooms. As a bonus, if you have a mosaic tile floor, you won’t disrupt
ARTELINEA MONOLITE 18 BASIN TOP
The Artelinea Monolite 18 Basin Top is just beautiful to look at and adds a touch of sophistication to the décor. For my aesthetic, I would rather introduce textures rather than a multitude of colors —this one is a single bold color with a stunning ripple texture. The simplicity of it makes it the perfect addition to either a traditional or contemporary home.
ROBERN M SERIES CABINET AND ROBERN INLINE VERTICAL LIGHTING
Robern is always my go-to medicine cabinet. They’re wonderfully constructed, simple in detailing and the M Series Cabinet and Inline Vertical Lighting is unmatched when it comes to features. If you’re looking to simplify the vanity design scheme, the inline mirror and the light are all in the same plane and you don’t need to settle for unflattering top-down lighting. You get a mirror inside the door, on the back of the cabinet, and on the front so you can see yourself whether the door is open or closed. It also has an outlet so your electric toothbrush, hair dryers, and shavers can plug right in. There’s a magnetic holder for tweezers, scissors, and more for easy grooming, a mirror defogger and a 12-hour cycle night lite. No matter what feature you need, this Robern cabinet has it.
TRIO OF MUST-HAVE ITEMS: HANSGROHE CRITTERIO PREP KITCHEN FAUCET, BRIZO SOLNA SOAP/LOTION DISPENSER, AND DORNBRACHT AIR SWITCH CONTROL BUTTON
I call this the holy trio because together they make the perfect faucet. I have this in my own home — it’s so thoughtfully designed that you could fit it into a period or contemporary home. The Hansgrohe Critterio Prep Kitchen Faucet swivels side to side, the Brizo Solna Soap Dispenser can declutter your countertop around the sink, and instead of reaching for a light switch to turn on the disposal, the Dornbracht Air Switch Control Button connects so you don’t have to drag wet hands across your space. The three fixtures
work together miraculously.
We were delighted to welcome Samuel Heath to our Watertown Showroom in May for a tea tasting event where we got to hear more about their beautiful designs and legacy.
How are you doing? We are embracing the “new normal,” which means being more social and making good decisions about ways to stay safe and healthy. I am glad to report that our business is back to planning festive functions for our friends in the design/build industry. In May, we were thrilled to host an English Tea with British fixture manufacturer,Samuel Heath. It’s been almost two centuries since Samuel Heath’s first machines began to turn in the heart of England — which means they certainly are experts at their craft.
As you all know, we are a third-generation family company. My sister Mindy is responsible for curating brands — she focuses on style, price, and availability. Our goal is to offer choices in a range of price points and looks that go from traditional to transitional to contemporary. For the past two years, Mindy has focused on ensuring that we can access the lines we carry and deliver them in a timely manner to our customers. She brought in Samuel Heath because it is a special brand with an emphasis on quality and customer service. At Designer Bath, these are some of our core values as well. With these shared priorities, it became clear that Samuel Heath was a good match for our showrooms and our customers. When you visit our showrooms, you may notice that we have smaller boutique options mixed in with the well-known brands. Many high-quality fixture companies do not spend a lot marketing to homeowners so the names are not familiar to you. Trust us! Mindy does extensive research and often spends years getting to know a manufacturer before inviting them to partner with us.
A note for the month of June:
We will not be holding our annual Yard Sale on Father’s Day Weekend. We have enjoyed so much success with our “ONLINE SALE!” tab on our designerbath.com website that we don’t have much excess inventory.
Lastly, we’re excited to introduce you to our June guest blogger, Elena Reinhardt. Elena is a Senior Interior Designer and Studio Leader at Helios Design Group, a full service architecture and interior design studio based in Boston, MA and Denver, CO. Elena has a degree in Interior Architecture from Endicott College and a wide range of experience in high end residential design, hospitality design, and corporate design. She loves mixing traditional architecture with contemporary furnishings and art and being able to discover and express her client’s design style that best represents them.
All the best,
President, Designer Bath
CROSSWATER, FORMOS GRANDE BATHTUB
The Crosswater, Formos Grande Bathtub is such a timeless piece. The shape is simplistic with clean curves and a thin profile which allows maximum space for a comfortable bathing experience. It pairs perfectly with the Crosswater Heir Floor Mount Thermostatic Tub Filler, but can also be combined with a traditional fixture for a totally different look.
CROSSWATER, HEIR FLOOR-MOUNT THERMOSTATIC TUB FILLER WITH HANDSHOWER
Crosswater has a beautiful brushed brass finish that will stand out in any bathroom. Their Heir Floor-Mount Thermostatic Tub Filler with Handshower is a stunning sculptural piece. Its structural form and minimal design would make a sleek and practical addition to any bathtub.
TANNERS CRAFT, 6″ CC 10 OA PULL
A lot of people overlook handles and knobs, but they can have such a beautiful impact on design. I love the Tanners Craft, 6” CC 10 OA Pull because there are so many Edelman leathers to choose from that a client can really let their personality show with whichever leather and metal finish they select. These are perfect for a closet or library where you have some low-touch areas and act as a piece of jewelry for the room.
LACAVA, DIMINI CONSOLE STAND
The Lacava Dimini Console stand is a wonderful statement piece for a bath or powder room. I was attracted to the contrast of the black matte legs and sleek white porcelain sink. The horizontal bar is a great space for your favorite hand towels.
GRAFF, HARLEY LAVATORY FAUCET
I was immediately struck by the beautiful finish of this faucet in the Designer Bath Showroom. I saw it in a brushed onyx finish and could tell it was so well-crafted and machined. It has a beautiful ribbed detail on the handle that adds a layer of texture. You can tell that every aspect of the fixture was considered, making it such a well-designed piece.
Thank you to John Weinstein (Franz Viegener), Sarah Trumbore (Designer), Julie Suratt (Boston Home and Boston Weddings), Lisa Pacheco Robb (Architect), and Alina Wolhardt (Designer) for being part of our wonderful “Find Your Summer Escape” event with Boston Home last week.
On the heels of celebrating another wonderful Mother’s Day and an exciting event last week at our Watertown Showroom with Boston Home Magazine for Boston Design Week, I’m feeling grateful for our family, the amazing team we have, and the wonderful clients we get to work with on a daily basis.
As we *finally* enter one of the most beautiful seasons in New England with 70 and 80-degree days expected this weekend, we’re embracing the theme of our recent event and Boston Home’s latest issue: “Find Your Summer Escape.” At the event, the three panelists talked about their recent summer home remodels featured in the magazine. They discussed staying away from trends and instead, really thinking about how you are going to use the space and make it into your dream retreat. Because after everything that’s happened over the past 2.5 years, these getaways are meant for rest, relaxation, enjoyment, and building lasting memories with the ones you love — so design them to bring you joy!
This month, I’m excited to introduce you to our May guest blogger, architect Adolfo Perez. Owner of an award-winning architectural firm practicing in the Greater Boston and New England area, Adolfo was inducted into the New England Home Design Hall of Fame in 2021 and his work and influence have set him apart at the pinnacle of his profession. With each project, Adolfo and his team strive to embrace the contemporary spirit of the time and place in which we live. His work balances the best of modern technology and building practices with the timeless ideals of craftsmanship, beauty and attention to detail that, together, create the special spaces we call home.
We’re excited to share Adolfo’s picks from our showroom — please let us know what you think.
All the best,
President, Designer Bath
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB
The Calma Tub from Stone Forest is the ultimate luxury item. It has a beautiful shape that really draws your eye to it as the focal piece of any bathroom. A fixture made entirely out of stone does require special design consideration because of its weight but would be a dream to have in any bathroom.
WETSTYLE, METRO WALL HUNG VANITY (10” VERSION)
The Wetstyle Metro Wall Hung Vanity is elegant and sleek. The finger-pull to open keeps it minimal and simple to use and I love how the design is integrated into the cabinets. This modern style has one long, deep drawer for easy-access storage. There are a number of really nice finishes available to accommodate any bathroom style, including a range of natural wood finishes.
DORNBRACHT CL.1 SINGLE LEVER FAUCET
The angle of the Dornbracht CL.1 Single Lever Faucet is what differentiates it from many others. It has a wonderful shape that’s unusual but distinctive — linear yet not quite 90 degrees. I think the flattened faucet with a bulkier handle control gives it such dimension and a really bold look.
THE GALLEY WORKSTATION SINK SYSTEM
The Galley Workstation Sink System is one of my favorites — I haven’t tried it myself but would love to integrate it into one of my projects. I work on a lot of kitchens with big islands, sometimes even 15 feet long, and having a larger sink station is essential to make it look proportional. The convenience of having a drying rack, colander, and cutting board in one space makes it an all-around luxury item for any kitchen, especially if you entertain often.
UK VOGUE HEATED TOWEL BARS
There’s nothing better than getting out of the shower to a warm towel! The UK Vogue Heated Towel Bars are such a small touch, but they make a big impact and can be added to any bathroom. They add a new level of cozy to your routine without a huge added expense. There are a handful of styles to choose from and they have tremendous finish options, so I use these a lot and try to incorporate them into my projects whenever possible.
Our new Salem Plumbing Supply store in Danvers is now open!
I just went away for a quick vacation with my family to enjoy some fun in the sun while the weather remains a little chilly in New England. When I was out of town, I had the opportunity to reflect on my family’s business and how we continually make decisions to create a better company. Better means different things to different people. I strive to make sure that we are doing the best job possible and working hard to make it easy to do business with us. We want to be a good employer and contributing member of the community. We want to sell items that meet the value and style requirements of a range of homeowners. This sounds simple, but meeting these basic goals is an ongoing challenge in an ever-changing world.
As you may know, Designer Bath is the showroom division of Salem Plumbing Supply, a company my grandfather started over 75 years ago. Altogether, we are comprised of Salem Plumbing Supply (SPS) wholesale retail operations in Gloucester, Beverly, and Danvers, and our Designer Bath (DB) showrooms in Watertown and Beverly. We jokingly describe the two parts of the business by saying that SPS provides everything you need behind the wall and DB offers all the pretty items that you see and touch.
By being a “big little company,” we are able to generate economies of scale that enable us to access special product lines and price items competitively. We also have a significant amount of warehouse space in both Beverly and our new Danvers location. This ability to store items has become even more important with the supply side production issues we have all experienced during the pandemic. Adding this Danvers SPS site has taken a huge amount of my time and attention over the past months. The new facility will allow us to continue to upgrade the services we provide. We are still looking to fill a couple of key positions, so if you know someone who would like to work for a third-generation family business that focuses on building team camaraderie while delivering exceptional attention to clients, please reach out and let me know.
One of the ways that we can communicate the beauty of the displays in our showrooms is through photography. This month, we decided to take a different route with our blog and we invited professional interiors photographer Jessica Delaney to visit our Watertown showroom and pick her “five faves.” Jessica is a Boston photographer specializing in interior design & architecture. Since 2012, she’s photographed the spaces of award-winning interior designers and She believes in capturing the personalities of the interiors she is shooting and telling the story of a life well-lived. You can find her work in New England Home Magazine, Domino, Design New England Magazine, South Shore Living Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows Magazine, HGTV Magazine, The Boston Globe and Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper and as a contributor to Houzz.
We’re excited to share Jessica’s picks from our showroom — please let us know what you think.
All the best,
President, Designer Bath
BALTHAZAR BATHTUB WITH POLISHED NICKEL EXTERIOR
This Balthazar bathtub is the ideal luxury tub and would be the perfect focal point of any bathroom. It has a beautiful finish that adds to its eye-catching design. It is definitely a dream to have this in my main suite bathroom.
(Photo from Designer Bath)
INVARI® WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET WITH ANGLED SPOUT
I have to do some home improvements in my own house and I would love to incorporate the Invari Widespread Lavatory Faucet into the plans. The finish is absolutely stunning. Its classic style channels a bit of an old-world feel. I also love the cross handle design — it adds an extra unique element.
(Photo from Designer Bath)
MADE GOODS COCO MIRROR
The Made Goods Coco mirror would be a striking piece in any powder room. I love the large scale – it really makes a statement. When I saw it in the showroom, I literally stopped and said “wow!” The coral design gives it a subtle seaside feel that could be incorporated into any home, whether or not it is an oceanfront property or on the beach.
(Photo from Designer Bath)
LINKASINK COCO SMOOTH SINK
When I saw this sink, I immediately thought it would be the perfect addition to a bar set-up or a cozy cocktail nook. My eye was immediately drawn to the unlacquered, smooth finish. In this case, you can splurge a little because you won’t be using it all the time. It is a gem that will add sparkle to a pass-through hallway or butler’s pantry — it’s so pretty to look at and it offers a design moment that elevates the decor.
(Photo from Designer Bath)
JULIEN FIRA SINK
I love the direction sink designs are going in lately. They’re such a workhorse in the kitchen. We’re using them in lots of different ways so they need to be both efficient and convenient and this one is a multi-task master. The mix of wood with the white apron sink makes it easy on the eye and it would look beautiful in any kitchen.
Jason and Mindy in San Diego receiving The Forte Group award for “best showroom in the country.”
I am SO thrilled to announce that Designer Bath has been named “best showroom in the country” by the prestigious Forte Group. The Forte Group is an industry buying association and its members are boutique plumbing fixture showrooms throughout the USA. My sister Mindy and I headed to San Diego last month to attend the annual Forte conference and we were surprised and immensely proud when we won this accolade. Kudos to our entire team!
And back home in New England, we’re counting down the days until March 13, when we will spring our clocks forward and finally breathe a sigh of relief. I imagine we are all longing to bask in sunlight and warmth after such a long, cold winter. In our business, we have been impressed with the ability of talented designers to use natural light to make bathrooms and kitchens feel larger and brighter, even in the midst of a blizzard. However, I am looking forward to gazing out the windows as the snow melts, the grass greens, the trees blossom, and our kids head outside to play without snowsuits and boots. Just as Covid made us appreciate our family and friends and home sanctuaries, every winter in New England makes us anticipate and welcome the spring season all the more. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here at last. Time to draw open the shades and soak in that sun.
Speaking of “warmth” I’m excited to introduce our March blogger Sashya Thind, whose design motto is warm minimalism. Sashya Thind is the principal of an award-winning firm that believes in personal and purposeful design. This approach has served her clients well for the last 15 years. Warm Minimalism, by definition, describes the experiential quality of the spaces she designs for her clients within a traditional or contemporary architectural setting.
We love Sashya’s picks from our showroom — please let us know what you think.
All the best,
President, Designer Bath
CROSSWATER UNION SHOWER SYSTEM + JACLO FLUSH-MOUNT SHOWERHEAD
The Crosswater Union Shower System has such a beautiful finish with a sleek and simple look. The detailing and the exposed hardware illustrate a handcrafted quality. The Jaclo Flush-Mount Showerhead is luxurious and a perfect solution if you have a low ceiling in a shower. The flush feature eliminates the need for an arm when doing a minimal look.
CROSSWATER MPRO VANITY IN AMERICAN WALNUT
The rich tones and the distinct grain is what makes walnut one of my favorite species of wood. This particular vanity by Crosswater is beautifully made — the high quality and craftsmanship is evident in this piece — where both function and aesthetics are important. The walnut and white pairing complement each other, aligning with our ethos – warm minimalism.
MTI JULIET SOAKING TUB
You can’t go wrong with the MTI Juliet Soaking Tub. The beautiful lines and easy-to-maintain finish create the perfect “wow” moment when you walk into a primary bath featuring this stunning shape as its focal point.
THE GALLEY 10-PIECE CULINARY KIT IN NATURAL BAMBOO
The utilitarian value of The Galley 10-Piece Culinary Kit in Natural Bamboo is incomparable. You can completely conceal the sink opening and use it as extra counter space, which is a tremendous bonus in a kitchen when you’re hosting guests or trying to accomplish multiple tasks. The size of the sink is also impressive with ample space to hide dirty dishes until you’re ready to wash them so they don’t spill over to the island or kitchen.
NATIVE TRAILS NIPOMO STONE SINK IN SLATE
I was drawn to the Native Trails Nipomo Stone Sink in slate because of its texture and color. It has a warm natural stone feel to it and would look great paired with a wood floor in a powder room. It’s a sculptural element that can create an organic feel in a space. We incorporate these kinds of unpredictable pieces whenever possible!
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.