Are you Crazy for Customization?

September 17, 2014

Written by Laurie Doherty

Meet the newest addition to MTI’s Designer Collection, the Melinda 10. This new tub encompasses all the best elements of classic clawfoot design with its elegant silhouette and gently curved rim – and then takes things up a notch by offering customization. Start with a monotone tub and with a simple stroke of color the feet set the trend for the bath from a rainbow of over 200 hues of powder-coated finishes for the feet.

When MTI says you can have your tub your way – they mean it! Each tub is made “to order”  for a truly personalized bath experience.  The tub itself is cast of durable acrylic and available standard in white, bone, biscuit or almond and 8 additional optional colors, including 2-tone construction.  Customers may further customize their Melinda tub with an array of accessories and hardware, including a floor-mounted highflow tub filler and comfy bath pillows.  www.mtibaths.com

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Rocking the Steam Punk Style

August 19, 2014

Written by Laurie Doherty

New Steam Punk Collection from Atlas Homewares is All About the Retro Industrial Vibe

Steam punk style is red-hot right now as new fans discover its eclectic mix of Victorian-inspired retro and mechanical chic.  This new collection from Atlas is a mix of early Industrial Age with a touch of sci-fi style, crafted to resemble exposed pipework and finished with a touch of texture.

“The steam punk movement fits the Atlas design aesthetic to a tee,” said Adrienne Morea, founder and president of Atlas Homewares. “It was inspired by turn-of-the-century style, the industrial revolution, the working of a society growing in a modern age. In other words, it’s retro with a modern edge – which is the Atlas look.”

The new Steam Punk Collection is available in a variety of sizes and finishes including two new options: Graphite – a rich complex grey and Vintage Brass – an unlacquered brass that never needs maintenance.  www.atlashomewares.com

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ICFF + New York = LOVE!

June 24, 2014

Written by Linda Jennings

Check out some of the modern kitchen and bath products showcased throughout this four-day event!

icff-2014-01There’s nothing like springtime in New York – the outdoor markets, new shows on Broadway and the parks are blooming with flowers. For me, and for thousands of my fellow designers, springtime in New York is special for one particular reason – the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Held May 16th -19th at the famed Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, ICFF is literally a designer’s dream come true, with more than 600 exhibitors from around the world showcasing their latest and greatest innovations – all under one enormous roof. The variety of products on display was astonishing – all manner of furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, wall coverings, accessories, textiles and more. As a dedicated trend-watcher, I found myself inspired by this up-close glimpse of the industry’s latest inclinations and took note of several amazing products and companies that stood out from the crowd.

Crazy for Customization

icff14-furnitureguild-insetThe Furniture Guild is known for crafting heirloom quality bathroom furniture, and they didn’t disappoint at ICFF! The Angelo and the Clayton are both beautiful pieces, and they feature the company’s new Guildstone integrated sinks (eco-friendly and seamless construction – LOVE that!) But what really got my attention was the degree of customization that The Furniture Guild offers. From dimensions and drawer configurations to sink designs and edge thickness, each vanity can be virtually made to order. Even the interiors can be custom-built with an array of oh-so-handy optional accessories, such as hair dryer holders, internal power outlets, automatic LED lighting, and laundry hampers.

Contemporary Chic + Vintage Style

icff14-mti-insetOnce a mainstay of the Victoria era, freestanding tubs are now considered a must-have for today’s upscale bathrooms. MTI Baths is the master of freestanding tubs, known for combining impeccable style and immeasurable comfort. Their ICFF booth created quite the stir with their new Parisian® tub on full display. This elegant and sophisticated tub pays homage to its namesake with flowing curves and exaggerated roundness. While the exterior of this tub may hint at its classical roots, this isn’t your grandmothers tub! The technology on the inside offers benefits such as ergonomic seating, underwater LED lighting, air bath therapies, and MTI’s Radiance® heating system.

Design Collaborations

icff14-va-insetWhat happens when a fashion-forward manufacturer combines talents with an international design star? Crazy-good results, that’s what! The Victoria + Albert booth gave the ICFF crowd their first stateside look at the stunning new Amiata Collection, the result of a partnership with the Italian design house Meneghello Paolelli Associates. I love the idea of talented minds from different companies and industries coming together to work toward a common goal. And the results are a dream! A timeless-yet-modern look that captures the high-fashion style of its Italian creators while retaining the elegance and comfort that are hallmarks of the Victoria + Albert brand. This is a tub that definitely lives up to its designer pedigree.

icff14-quickdrain-insetAnother not-to-be-missed collaboration was Quick Drain USA’s new line of low profile channel drain systems. Created in partnership with world-renowned architect and designer Michael Graves, the joint collection combines the best of Grave’s whimsical aesthetic and the trademark innovation of Quick Drain. One of my favorites was “Stream,” a fluid design that mimics the ripple effect of flowing water. Crafted of 18-gauge 304 stainless steel, the drain is available in brushed and polished finishes as well as a new oil-rubbed bronze. Besides adding visual interest to the bathroom, these drains are ADA-approved, easy to install, and are well suited for residential, hospitality or commercial spaces.

Fabulous Tabs

icff14-atlas-insetTab pulls have become one of the most stylish trends in kitchen and bath design, and no one offers a larger collection with the most comprehensive selection of sizes and finishes than Atlas Homewares. The sleek modern lines of these little numbers are very appealing. Their profiles are so slim and clean – definitely a plus for those who favor an uncluttered, minimalist type of look. Atlas Homewares chose ICFF as the venue to unveil their new Modern Square Tab Pulls. With a distinctive architectural feel, these pulls are available in 2” and 6.5” sizes and come in Brushed Nickel, Polished Chrome and White Gloss finishes.

To learn more about these amazing companies and product lines discovered at ICFF, visit:
atlashomewares.com | mtibaths.com | quickdrainusa.com | thefurnitureguild.com | vandabaths.com

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TIPS & TRICKS

June 17, 2014

Written by Shelly Johnson

Top Interior Designers share their favorite ideas for designing bathrooms with freestanding tubs.

A freestanding tub is often considered a must-have item by homeowners planning a “dream bathroom” makeover. Stand-alone tubs are a favorite of interior designers too. After all, very few fixtures allow such a remarkable degree of design flexibility. The freedom is so great, in fact, it can become almost overwhelming. When there are so many intriguing possibilities, how does one narrow the options?

To help, we’ve gathered some tips and suggestions from top interior designers around the country. They’ve share their best ideas and even input from their own personal bathroom remodels. From the unexpected to the practical, their suggestions are sure to inspire your own creative spirit.

Size Matters.

Freestanding tubs come in an amazing variety of shapes and styles. In years past, however, most high-end tubs seemed to come in just one size: extra-large. Today, that absolute has given way to an appreciation for tubs in a range of sizes. “The days of massive built-in tubs are not obsolete, but as a whole, designers and the design industry have traversed back into a more streamlined ideology,” explained Brandy Rinehart, designer and owner of Rinehart Design Group, Inc. “We’ve embraced the idea that we can utilize a smaller footprint in the bathroom and maintain tub function
while not overwhelming the space.”

Good examples of this are the Edge and ios bathtubs by Victoria + Albert. Both offer compact designs that consume minimal floor space but still allows from a deep and luxurious soak. Another consideration when it comes to size is empty space. It’s not necessary to purchase the largest tub that will fit into a given area. By choosing a smaller tub and deliberately leaving open space around it, a designer creates a soothing, visually calming effect. The negative space actually serves to set off the tub and give it a greater design emphasis.

Location, Location, Location.

Freestanding tubs offer great flexibility in terms of placement. They can be tucked into an alcove, elevated on a dramatic platform, or stationed, literally, as the centerpiece of the bathroom. This versatility opens up all kinds of options when it comes to bathroom configurations. One fresh idea is to divide a long double vanity into two smaller units placed at perpendicular angles with a corner tub in between, creating a triangle arrangement that is both cozy and visually appealing. Another more unorthodox approach is to place the tub inside the shower stall. With today’s trend of massive walk-in showers, the idea of combining the two isn’t so farfetched. Use a sleek glass enclosure to separate the space from the rest of the room and further define the bathing and shower areas with creative use of tile and stone accents.

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Juliet Tub – the inspiration of design team Newsome & Adams

March 7, 2014

Written by Laurie Doherty

When you see the gorgeous Juliet tub from MTI Baths you’ll want to get in!

Irresistible with its sensuous twisted shape, Juliet lures you in with its roomy interior begging you to slow down and take a relaxing soak. Known for their luxurious and thoughtfully designed bathtubs, MTI Baths has created the epitome of bathing comfort in the new Juliet.

The tub was actually inspired by an antique bowl “which evoked something striking and unexpected,” said Audrey Newsome of Audrey Newsome Designs who created the tub in collaboration with MTI’s President and Chief of Design Russell Adams. “What makes Juliet unique is that as your viewing angle changes, so does its shape to your eyes,” notes Newsome. “The form moves with you. At one particular angle the infinity symbol is evident by the tub’s asymmetrical design.”

The Juliet measures 72″ x 35.875″ x 31.5″, is available as a soaker or air bath and features an integral pedestal and integrated slotted overflow with a chrome toe-tap drain.

The material makes the difference!

MTI Bath’s exclusive Engineered Solid Stone™ (ESS), which is a mixture of ground minerals and high performance resins that are liquefied, poured and then hardened to create the tub, is becoming more popular among consumers and hotel designers because of its durability, upscale appearance and organic feel. It is the material used in all tubs, sinks and shower bases
in MTI’s Boutique Collection.

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Chilly Toronto set the stage for HOT products at IDS 2014.

February 18, 2014

by: Linda Jennings

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Always inspiring, the IDS Show held recently in Toronto showcased the brightest trends and innovations in home design. Even the extremely cold temperatures couldn’t hold back the crowd of over 5,500 design enthusiasts, industry leaders and international superstars for a preview on opening night. What a dynamic presentation of companies pushing the envelope with fresh design trends alongside amazing music, great food and entertainment. I found myself taking photos in every booth. From girls in tutu’s showcasing storybook chandeliers to whimsical ping pong tables made out of Caeserstone surfaces, the products and displays were over the top!

The amazingly oversized and daring RED mod Italian sofa from Moroso/Klaus by Nienkamper caught my eye immediately. Who could resist this sculptural sofa in bold neon! And the outdoor yacht-grade white leather armchair from Andrew Richards Design (how luxurious, could I take this home to Florida?) and dream-inducing outdoor furniture from Jardin de Ville (in colors of lime) warmed up my passion for design.

The Victoria + Albert Booth really lured in the crowds with their “less is more” social media tub challenge. Visitors were invited to get in one of their baths; have a glass of bubbly and tweet their experience using #bigsmallbath to win a bottle of champagne! Designers, architects and bloggers welcomed the opportunity to “get on in” while commenting on how comfortable and roomy the bath felt, especially given its small footprint. The Ios Tub with Backrest and a Tombolo Bath Caddy equipped with two wine glass holders were a welcome treat for the trade-show weary to rest and rejuvenate.

ids14-04What a perfect venue to discover Toronto’s newest design focused magazine DesignLines with their own DesignLines LOVES awards. The coveted Love tags were handed out to the best 100 products as chosen by the magazine’s editors. I was very excited that the Tombolo tub caddy with wine glass holders from Victoria + Albert earned “the love”! You can see more of their choices for best products at: designlinesmagazine.com #Dlloves.

When it comes to lighting trends IDS had every end of the spectrum covered; but it was the rustic birch pendants from Isabelle Auger, a talented designer from Quebec, that stole the show! Isabelle founded Atelier Cocotte to fulfill her growing desire to design and create objects. Her collection of hanging lamps made of wood veneer (white and red birch, oak, walnut and maple) includes nearly a dozen models distributed throughout Canada. Her love for wood and its endless possibilities were inspiring, I can’t wait to see more from this amazing designer!

ids14-05IDS is a total design experience and one not to be missed!

To Learn More About Linda’s Hottest Picks
from IDS visit:
vandabaths.com | klausn.com
andrewricharddesigns.com | caesarstone.com
ateliercocotte.com | Livinglightingonking.com
Morosousa.com | Jardindeville.com

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Don’t sacrifice Form over Function!

December 31, 2013

Written by Shelly Johnson

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Quick Drain USA linear drain:

1. Their linear drains feature an engineered 100% trough slope that is designed to remove ALL the water and debris from the trough after each use.

2. Quick Drain USA linear drains can be installed in hours, not days like a traditional drain or other linear drain brands.

3. Quick Drain USA is the only linear drain system for showers that has a variety of patented spacers to raise the drain cover based on your tile or material thickness to a height that is flush with the floor.

4. The Quick Drain USA linear drain system comes with waterproof membrane pre-attached to the drain body. This is critical to ensuring a watertight connection at the drain and preventing leaks.

5. Last but not least – at just 1.5” wide, the Linear Drains from Quick Drain USA are one of the narrowest linear drains in the market.

For more information on America’s leader in linear drains – Quick Drain USA, call toll-free 866-998-6685 or visit www.quickdrainusa.com.

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ORA lets you feel the calm within.

November 22, 2013

Written by Shelly Johnson

BainUltra® has drawn on its 35 years of experience to create ORA™, a brand new collection of streamlined and elegant baths with an aura of pure finesse. ORA’s fine lines and gentle curves, mimicking rippling water, inspire quiet contemplation.

Sublimely comfortable, ORA delivers a complete hydro-thermo massage® experience combined with cutting-edge therapies. As you relax, enveloped in ORA’s contour-hugging embrace, you’ll feel the tension melt away—a feeling enhanced by the discreet yet oh-so-comfortable inverted headrest. With four models to choose from for your well-being BainUltra® offers two categories of ORA therapeutic baths: THERMOMASSEUR® and ThermaSens™.  For a harmonious design the concealed side of ORA freestanding baths have a full height insert so faucets can be installed on the bath deck with or without AromaCloud™.

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Before & After
Victoria + Albert’s Napoli tub brings an outdated home into the 21st century.

October 4, 2013

Written by Shelly Johnson

Located in Beverly Hills, California this five-star bathroom has been restored to its full potential with the help of Victoria + Albert’s Napoli tub. LA-based designer Kym Rodger of Kym Rodger Designs recently completed a renovation project at a private residence in Beverly Hills which involved a complete overhaul of a dated master bath and dressing area. Out went the 90’s-era black raised tub with gold hardware, surrounded by mirrored walls and beige carpeting. The finished look included an open layout with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a private garden, marble and teak flooring, a gorgeous integrated vanity and – as the sculptural focus of the room – a Victoria + Albert Napoli freestanding tub with dramatic floor-mounted hardware. “Our goal was to create an urban escape that would feel worlds away from the city – luxurious, serene, inviting and restful,” said Kym. “The difference between the “before” and “after” is literally like night and day!”

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The Perfect Pair

September 9, 2013

Written by Shelly Johnson

Like fine wine and cheese, Du Verre Hardware is the perfect complement to kitchen cabinets. We touch our cabinet hardware every day so many times, but do we ever stop to think about the ergonomics of the hardware? Du Verre does. They work with highly respected designers from all aspects of the design world, to create unique design-driven collections. That’s why they’re the leader in original designer cabinet hardware that also pays due respect to our environment. The die cast designs are made of 100% eco-friendly recycled aluminum and add a green connotation to every kitchen design. Check out all their collections online at www.duverre.com.

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