Musings by Mindy

Jason & I just received our Showroom of the Year 2023 award from the Decorative Plumbing + Hardware Association! We’re honored to receive this status and grateful for our incredible team and partners for making it possible.

Dear friends and colleagues,

This fall has already been a whirlwind. For adults like me with school-aged kids, the fall months mean a lot of hustle and bustle with drop-offs and pick-ups, homework, activities and appointments. We are also trying to adjust to the time change and the lack of daylight. I think many of us feel tired and overwhelmed with the never-ending list of tasks and responsibilities.

It’s important during this time to figure out any way possible to make your life easier, and the two showroom displays I’m highlighting today do just that. The Zip Water HydroTap provides filtered water, carbonated water, and boiling water whenever you need it — for coffee (the lifeline of hectic parent life), pasta for your kids, filling your pet’s water bowl, hot tea, instant oatmeal, and more. You no longer need to purchase single use bubbly drinks — it’s one less thing on your grocery list, and one more way to be kind to our planet.

Exhausted by the tedium of reminding the kids to flush the toilet? The Ressa Toilet by Crosswater has all the bidet amenities of an automated toilet at a fraction of the price of products with similar features. It automatically flushes and minimizes the need to buy toilet paper.

During this time, any items that provide both comfort and convenience AND are kind to our planet are good in my book. Come stop by our showrooms and explore the new displays yourself!

All my best,

Mindy Sevinor
Showroom Brand Manager


Being Kind to the Earth

Did you know that toilets made from the early 1980s to 1992 typically use as much as 3.5 gallons per flush? Or that around 8-9 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year?

When you look at these statistics, it’s no surprise that kitchen and bathroom suppliers are making shifts in their products to make them more sustainable. We’re happy to see the world moving in a more eco-conscious direction — and to see that you can add comfort and convenience to your life without sacrificing the planet.

A move toward protecting our planet from inside our homes is a trend we can always get behind.

What’s new in the showroom?

Zip Water USA HydroTap

We have an incredibly unique product from Zip Water on display in our showrooms: The HydroTap. There’s nothing like it out there. From one faucet you can get sparkling filtered, chilled filtered, or boiling water. It’s totally customizable based on your needs at any given moment.

This HydroTap would be great for a bar area, coffee/tea station, or a master suite. If you do commercial design for hotels or residences, this would be a luxurious and useful amenity to include in rooms or apartments. It can transform any space into something amazing. And not only that, but it’s also eco friendly — single use plastic bottles or Poland Springs deliveries are not needed.

Crosswater Ressa Toilet

The Ressa X1 One Piece Toilet is beautiful, efficient, and surprisingly affordable compared to other integrated toilets with bidet amenities.

This smart toilet offers everything you need in one place: an automatic water-saving flushing system, bidet functions, air drying system and night light. Ressa also comes with a remote control that allows you to easily adjust settings such as temperature, spray type, and drying options to customize your experience.

On top of design and functionality, proceeds of every Ressa sold are donated to Upstream. By supporting their efforts to eliminate plastic pollution, we can all enjoy a cleaner, waste-free future.

Ask Mindy

We are so appreciative of our trade community and we love hearing from you. In this section of Musings by Mindy, we will be answering your questions directly. To be featured in our next edition, please email

Q. Should I buy bathroom & kitchen fixtures now or should I wait? It seems like prices are going up a lot with interest rates and price of materials.

The bathroom and the kitchen are the rooms where you get your highest return. Even though products are priced higher than they’ve been, they’re still an incredible investment. There are two types of value, in my opinion: 1) Monetary — the financial return on your house for updating the bathroom and kitchen. And 2) Intrinsic value — how these rooms make you feel on a daily basis. You can’t really put a price on the value of having a calm oasis to return to after a crazy day.