Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year, New Showroom!




We like make-overs just as much as our customers do! Lately, we have been displaying some new items in our showroom to change the scenery a little bit. We have always had a great selection of wall sconces for the bath on display, but did you know that we also can order pendant lights for over your kitchen islands? And dramatic chandeliers for your bathrooms and living spaces?






We love this bubble inspired orb from Hudson Valley that we recently installed over a new-to-the-showroom soaking tub. The silver finish on the outside of the tub is sleek and elegant. Beneath it, we are planning to add an equally luxe carpet from Landry and Arcari.

Here is one that we are considering:








We also have some new recessed mirror cabinets on display. Typically our mirrors are shown with mirror side kit options even though they can be installed as recessed. We are now hoping to create more vignettes in the showroom with the mirrors built-in as you would expect to see them in your home. This particular brand also has some gorgeous Venetian mirrors in their collection, so just ask if you are leaning towards this type of design style.


Traditional cut glass and etched Venetian Mirror







If you follow us on Instagram, you will often see showroom updates as they happen. Last week we added a head/back rest accessory to our WetStyle display. When you just don’t want to get out of the tub, this piece will truly enhance the relaxation experience! The wall mount cube system provides additional storage options within arm’s reach. We also put one of their shower bench options in the showroom. It’s a great piece to add to a shower or freestanding within the bath room.


cube shower bench from WetStyle







Often times we are able to introduce exclusive pieces in our showroom, like this “Thatcher” bath vanity with copper basin. Besides experiencing in real life the latest design trends in kitchens and baths, another benefit of shopping in our showroom is our pricing labels. We have been working diligently to price all of our vignettes and fixtures so that our customers can quickly determine which pieces will be at the top of their project wish list. Some pieces are marked as take home today (gray tags) while others are special order (orange tags). All of our experienced and knowledgeable sales consultants can help you discover how to best accomplish your goals in your desired time frame and within your budget range.

Set up an appointment to discuss your project in depth, or feel free to stop by to browse while checking out what’s new at Designer Bath.







Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mistletoe in the Powder Room

A sprig of mistletoe surprised visiting guests in a holiday
show house bath designed by Diana Kennedy Interiors


Who says a bathroom can’t get decked out for the holidays? We’re not talking traditional reds and greens as much as bits of designer bling like we recently saw at the Glen Magna Farms Designers Holiday Show House in Danvers. Held December 1st – 15th, this show was a fundraiser for the Danvers Historical Society in its continued efforts to renovate and preserve this historic property. The show, which relied on over a dozen design professionals to transform the estate, had four bathrooms on the tour. Each offered some fabulous styling tips and unique design solutions for the hard working – and frequently visited – very important room of the house.


SECOND FLOOR GUEST BATH

We were happy to sponsor the re-design of the second floor Guest Bath by Caitlin Flynn and Elyse Parkhurst of North Fork Design Co. A classic-style console sink was installed along with a new toilet, mirror, polished chrome lav faucet, and other bath accessories from our showroom.

In the farthest corner of the room, an original vintage foot bath awaits.



The tub, dressed for a holiday photo shoot, is also original to the estate, although it is not plumbed for use anymore. 




The North Fork Design team added lots of modern style to this traditionally appointed space with a fun collection of bright and bold graphic patterns. To see before photos, visit North Fork’s September guest post on our blog here. 

There were several other bathrooms in the estate that did not require new fixtures, as the original pieces were requested to remain preserved, although they did need some designer TLC. Below is a how these spaces looked in their holiday finery ...



THE BRIDE’S BATHROOM

Art selected by Diana Kennedy for the Bride’s Bathroom




The Bride’s Bath, designed by Diana Kennedy Interiors and home to the playful sprig of mistletoe, was beautiful from top to bottom. Inspired by Chinoiserie print fabrics and Parisian elegance, Diana focused on adding stately glamour with a twist of the unexpected, like this clawfoot soaking tub filled with silver and gold ornaments ...





Across from the tub, the new window treatment provides privacy while still allowing lots of light to stream in from above. A gold bamboo etagere adds much needed storage space. The bow on the toilet? Just for the show, of course! 


A pop of color: Bride’s Bath area carpet from Landry and Arcari



SECOND FLOOR POWDER ROOM


When challenged with an old and worn checkerboard vinyl floor in the second floor powder room, Candy Weston of Weston Design knew just what to do. She enlisted the artistic talents of Karen Ward of Nantucket Decorative Painting and the two of them completely changed the look of the room with a vintage stencil pattern. Protected by several coats of varnish, it will stand up to years worth of visitors beautifully. Adorned with a sparkly white floral arrangement, flickering pillar candles, and silver mercury glass votives this space shined for the holidays.  



FIRST FLOOR POWDER ROOM


BEFORE: a particularly challenging first floor powder room

BEFORE: awkwardly placed heating duct unit in powder room



AFTER: dressed for guests by Yvonne Blacker Interiors

wall mural painted by Mary Taggart of TaggArt Studio


Inspiration: a vintage fabric chosen for window treatment


The final bathroom in the estate was the first floor powder room which I personally took on to re-design. Tucked under the stairway, it had short ceilings on one side and on the other side a necessary heating duct ran from floor to ceiling. After weeks of trying to figure out what to do with this elephant in the room, it occurred to me that the pole looked similar to a tall thin tree (especially with its bumpy bark-like peeling paint surface). Inspired by a vintage fabric depicting a woodland scene that I had chosen for the room’s new window treatment, I had Mary Taggart of TaggArt Studio paint the pole to look like a birch tree, much like one would see in the surrounding gardens of the Glen Magna Farms estate. Mary’s beautifully done faux finish was a design solution that surprised and delighted visitors. Sometimes starting with simple decorative touches can make the biggest difference.

Other new and improved features in this tiny powder room included a set of vintage-style polished chrome hot and cold pillar taps from our showroom, a wall-to-wall woven vinyl floor covering called Bolon (water and stain resistant) via Landry and Arcari, and a tailored sink skirt in a soft gray Barbara Barry indoor/outdoor fabric from Kravet.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT GLEN MAGNA
Last day of the show at Glen Magna Farms // photo courtesy Jenifer Dunn Coen


Congratulations to all the participating designers and to the Danvers Historical Society for their collaborative efforts to transform Glen Magna Farms while raising much needed funds for the continued preservation of this historic property. Now that the show is over, the estate is ready to book future events for weddings and special occasions. Schedule a tour to see it for yourself. If you visit in the warmer months, be sure to step outside to walk the landscaped grounds. There is just as much beauty to discover beyond the mansion’s doors!


Love notes left on weeping beech trees in the
Shrubbery Garden at Glen Magna Farms


A peony blossoms in the Derby Summer House
botanical flower garden at Glen Magna Farms 








Monday, December 9, 2013

Radiant Orchid in the Bath


via Design Vignettes on Polyvore


A classic gray and white bath is the perfect counter point to an infusion of the warm and vibrant Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid. Layering in colors like deep amethyst and soft pink – close to orchid on the color wheel – is a great way to add depth to a design that features this stylish hue.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”






If I had to choose the perfect soaking tub to coordinate with an orchid color scheme, it would have to be this freestanding slipper tub from Victoria + Albert. Its sides are almost petal-like creating a more feminine-looking form than most soakers.





While last year we enjoyed Emerald Green in our fashions and furnishings, in 2014 we have lots of Radiant Orchid coming down the runways and into our homes. Including orchid in our wardrobes may not require much of a commitment, however when considering dressing the bath it is best to stick with touches of these on-trend colors. 




This silk rug from Landry and Arcari would suit a dressing room just outside of a full bath. The soft fibers underfoot would be a luxurious way to start or end any day. And it has just enough interest in its pattern from other colors like charcoal gray and acid green to keep it from being too pre-teen purple.





Likewise, a glass tile that features just a shimmer of Radiant Orchid would be a look that one could live with even after another color of the year is selected.

Will you be adding Radiant Orchid to your home this year?


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

7 Gifts To Celebrate Everyday


photo courtesy Bain Ultra


Big Gift Idea #1

Trying to come up with an out-of-the-box holiday gift idea for that special someone? Significant others can be the most difficult to buy for, especially when there is a house-to-do-list vying for attention both during and after the holidays. Why not consider crossing two items off your lists by giving a gift card that allows the receiver permission to enjoy the gift of luxury every day. A soaking tub with aroma therapy like the one above from Bain Ultra, is one way to extend the giving season throughout the years to come.




photo courtesy Steamist


Big Gift Idea #2

Creating a spa-like experience at home is one way to give the gift of wellness. Incorporating a steam shower into a personal residence can be done at the design stages of a project as well as retro-fitted into an existing shower. The health benefits of steam therapy include muscle relaxation, improved blood circulation, release of toxins, allergy and asthma relief, and even more restful sleep. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!




photo courtesy Kallista



Big Gift Idea #3

While some may not consider a kitchen sink as a particularly sexy gift, one look at this stunner from the Mick De Giulio collection for Kallista and anyone who appreciates home cooked meals may think otherwise. Equipped with an integrated cutting board, colander holder, knife sharpener and large trough like bowl, this stainless steel beauty will take center stage in any working kitchen and is sure to steal the heart of the one who prepares nourishing meals for the family on a daily basis.




photo courtesy Brizo
photo courtesy Kallista



Big Gift Idea #4

Bling can come in all forms, even paired with polished chrome. Adding a bit of sparkle to the bath in the form of Swarovski crystal finials on faucets and towel holders, or rock crystal wall sconces, is an attainable luxury that elevates everyday rituals. When installed in a first floor powder room, this brilliant element of surprise will be a gift for guests as well. 



photo courtesy Native Trails


Big Gift Idea #5

If you have a reduce-reuse-repurposer on your shopping list, then we have just the gift! This unique bar or vanity sink is fashioned from reclaimed oak wine barrels, creating a rustic work of art that functions beautifully. Come to think of it, if your loved one loves wine (red or white) this will also make an extra special gift!




photo courtesy Blanco


photo courtesy Blanco


Big Gift Idea #6

For the environmentalist/gardener in your life, this gift will provide an effortless way to save kitchen scraps for composting that can later be used to enhance the soil in their perennial beds, creating future lush and bountiful harvests. How very sweet!




photo courtesy Grohe


Big Gift Idea #7

A simple swap out of an existing shower head to one that includes a hand held option, is a gift worth getting excited about. New models even offer water saving features with the use of air-induction technology that creates bigger drops of water while using a lower flow rate. Pretty cool, huh? 






What to Give, What to Get

From now through December 31, 2013, when you buy one gift card at Designer Bath, you will receive a second gift card valued at 10% of the first. Gift it to someone else, or save it to pick out something special for yourself. One size fits all. For details, click here.






Happy holidays and best wishes with your gift lists! Just a reminder, we will be collecting unwrapped toys for boys and girls at our Beverly location to benefit Toys for Tots now through December 14th. Stop in anytime to drop off something special, big or small, because in the end we all know it’s the thought that counts!



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

We won Best of Boston Home 2014!


Boston Home Magazine // January 2014
cover photo by Eric Roth


Boston Home Magazine // January 2014
Best of Boston 2014 Award Winner
mudroom design by Carpenter and MacNeille featuring plumbing fixtures
from Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply
photo by Michael J. Lee



We are thrilled to announce that we were awarded Best of Boston Home in the January 2014 issue of Boston Home Magazine! This year, the winners were awarded collaboratively, since behind every beautiful room there is always a solid group of individuals who together can bring a design concept to completion. We applaud all the members of the team that brought in a home run with this New England style mudroom designed by Carpenter and Macneille featuring a farmhouse sink and faucet from our showroom. Cheers!  


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Working Together in the Kitchen




Apple, pumpkin, squash, pecan, mince meat, shepard’s ... which is your personal favorite? Recently we had the chance to really get to know the favorite flavors – and secret recipes – of our many co-workers here at Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply.




Our annual Employee Appreciation Event was held in the large and well-outfitted cooking demonstration side of the Eurostoves showroom in Beverly. Eurostoves not only sells gorgeous cooking ranges (and more), they also host culinary classes to teach the art of fine cooking while offering team building opportunities in a fun and creative environment.




We were split up into a number of groups and then set up at different work stations, with each table filled with an abundance of fresh ingredients and the latest cooking gadgets. Fortunately each of our groups had a Eurostove chef on hand to share proper techniques along with flavor combination strategies. Our job was to create a complete menu of choices, ranging from soup to salad to main courses to desserts.

We learned some new recipes ...








And we also discovered that some of us can be quite competitive in the kitchen. The underdog meal (as in no one wanted to come up with a vegetarian dish) ended up taking first place for its presentation and flavorful combinations. Just goes to show how a creative challenge plus good old fashioned teamwork can win in the end! 




Having plenty of room to dice and slice along with having access to some of the best offerings in kitchen equipment today, certainly inspired our culinary success, as did sharing the work with one another. Every role was important, from potato peeling to sauce simmering to plate garnishing.







The Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply team at Eurostoves


A special thank you goes to Dornbracht who sponsored our evening out at Eurostoves, and to the staff there who made it all look so easy. And fun. And delicious. We highly recommend their cooking classes, whether for a large group, a couples dinner, or kids party. Check out their class offerings (and menus) here.




Eurostoves also has an extensive selection of cooking tools and hostess gifts (perfect for the upcoming holiday season!)




However you choose to celebrate your Thanksgiving/Hannukah meal, whether cooking in or dining out, we hope you enjoy your time spent surrounded by family and friends. 



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