With the dog days of summer upon us, let’s take a look at some new product offerings from Kohler.
Sunstruck Freestanding Baths
Dual Flush Toilets
Strive Stainless Sink
With the dog days of summer upon us, let’s take a look at some new product offerings from Kohler.
For adults, the world can be dealt with all its intricate and complicate designs. But for kids, simplicity is the best thing that should be offered. Anything that pertains to the growing child should be simple, yet innocently beautiful. That is what attracts the attention of a child and makes them more comfortable with their surroundings. For example, designing a kid’s room would put the designer in a fix unless the designer gets a little glimpse of the kind of personality that the kid has. The same rule applies to choosing bathroom vanity for a kid’s room. Your primary objective should be to make the space synchronous with the kid’s own self so that s/he doesn’t feel alienated.
Designing a Kid’s Bathroom
At first, you need to focus on the style and theme, if any, that you have in mind for the bathroom, and then mould the key areas, as mentioned below, accordingly;
Keeping in mind that you are designing a kid’s bathroom vanity , the prime objective should be to make it a bright and colorful place. Also, the bathroom should stock things of daily use at reachable heights and distances, which the kid can easily use and put back. Another important thing is to ensure that materials used are not prone to breaking and causing harm to the kids. After you have made this checklist, you may proceed to choose the kind of sink units that you want for your kid’s bathroom.
Making Choices: Sink units
Sink units for the children’s bathroom should be fixed at a proper height so that they can reach it without any hassle and use it. Therefore, mirrors should be fixed accordingly. As the child is growing and you do not want to splurge on your bathroom over and over again, you may provide a standing stool in there so that the kid can stand and use the sink. Make sure that such stands are fixed and do not slip causing your child to get hurt in the process. It is better to use bathroom sink cabinets below the sink as that would make it ‘reachable’ all the time. You can make separate partitions inside, so that kids can store their toiletries and things like towels and toilet papers inside them. Make your kid feel self-sufficient and design your bathroom in such a way that they can handle all their needs by themselves, requiring little or no help from you or other adults at home.
From Sinks to Walls: Making it colorful
Adults often forget that they are designing a kid’s bathroom, and end up making it a bland classy bathroom that kids can’t identify with. Kids always like colorful things, which is what a kid’s bathroom should have. So, adding color and fun elements to the bathroom would make it a better place. Color it with bright pastels and use the same colors while choosing the kid’s bathing robes and towels too. The shower curtain may be customized with their favorite cartoon character’s prints. Similarly, the sink may not have to be always white! Use colors and add a different zing to the place. For sure, your kids would like it with glee!
Use sinks units that are durable. Children are prone to breaking things and thus, it is important for you to ensure the safety of your kids as well as the things you have purchased to adorn the bathroom.
So, search for bathroom sink units, bathroom vanity, and other accessories to glam it up so that your kid would enjoy using the bathroom.
Guest blogger: Jonathan Beker is an Interior Designer specializing in residential and commercial design and a representative of homelivingstyle.com.
When it comes to surfaces, there is something about glass tile that provides a touch of elegance to a bathroom. Because it is glass, it can be infused with a multitude of colors and blends. It can even be combined with ceramic tiles to give the bathroom surface an interesting texture.
Our partner, Kohler owns the Ann Sacks brand. Ann’s inspiration came from Mexican Talavera tiles that were used as trivets. She expanded on this concept and revolutionized the bath industry by incorporating her designs into faucet lines and bath furnishings. Here’s a peak at a few of her glass tile lines:
Daltile is another innovator, when it comes to tile. As the country’s leading manufacturer and distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, their vast resources allow them to be a true single source supplier for the flooring industry and their amazing palette of products makes them a convenient and knowledgeable choice for any design.
It can be difficult to understand the full effect that glass tile can have on a bathroom unless you see it installed. Here are two images from Better Homes & Garden to help stir the creative mind.
Recycling is one way to lesser our impact on the environment. Fireclay, a small manufacturer of unique tiles in San Jose, CA has created a line of tile manufactured from recycled glass.
More visual stimulation:
It was 237 years ago, that our Founding Fathers assembled in Philadelphia, PA and signed the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These words have held their meaning for a long time and as we prepare to celebrate America’s birthday, let us pursue the boldness of the red, white and blue in the bathroom and kitchen settings. Let’s begin with the bathroom.
And now, for the kitchen:
No matter what your plans are for the 4th, be safe and ‘God Bless America.’
Most people might know these products as vanities, but bath furniture reveals the true identity of these products. Bath furniture has more functionality and it can bring much needed character to the bathroom. Let’s face it, toilets and faucets definitely have their designated purpose, but I can’t recall, somebody ever coming out of the bathroom saying, “I love your toilet,” or “that faucet really pulls everything together.”
Don’t get me wrong, toilets and faucets aren’t devoid of style, but bath furniture takes up more real estate and it is easier to determine the style. The lines of contemporary bath furniture is easier to differentiate from traditional lines. Let’s take a look at some bath furniture and you can determine for yourself, if it plays a significant role in the design of the bathroom.
The Ultimate Bath Store recently remodeled it’s Portland, Maine showroom and the easy living mentality that permeates the philosophy of Bain Ultra was on full display. Tracey MacKay, the showroom’s sales consultant and chief designer of this project gave ample space for Bain Ultra to showcase it’s unique product offerings. Bain Ultra isn’t just manufacturing products for the bathroom, they are trying to get people to settle down their busy life’s and use their products to improve their health.
One of the highlights of this showroom is Bain Ultra’s Thermasens Therapeutic Bath. This bath incorporates three features that will make your time in this tub dream like. AromaCloud is an essential oil diffuser. Add a few drops of the specially formulated oil into the diffuser and you will be immersed in an aromatic mist. Bain Ultra works with chemists to create these unique aromas. WarmTouchShell technology features heating zones built into the bath’s inner shell. These zones are located in the headrest, backrest and seat. The final feature is Chromatherapy. The colors of the spectrum serve different purposes in easing stress from the body. Red awakens the senses. Orange tones the body and eases aches & pains. Yellow enhances digestion and creativity. Green calms the body and stabilizes the emotions. Blue combats overstimulation and purple detoxifies your system and fights anxiety. Who knew that ROY G BIV could play such a large role in the body’s well being. Combine all three of these features and you get what Henry Brunelle, Bain Ultra’s President calls ‘the total body & mind rebalance.’
Also on display in Portland is the Geysair, Jet Air Bath. The operating principle behind Geysair is simple: it heats and humidifies the jets of air so they retain their warmth.
Bain Ultra’s piece de resistance is the Vendana. Vedana combines five therapies ( ThermoTherapy, Light Therapy, Chromatherapy, Aromatherapy and Sound Therapy) for a complete restorative relaxation session. Vendana can accommodate a small area or it can be combined with complementary products for larger areas.
In order to gain the full experience of these products, stop by the Portland showroom at 147-151 St. John Street. Ask for Tracey.
Their tagline is ‘ The Bold Look of Kohler’. Outfitting a 45 foot motor coach as a Kohler toilet test lab for specifiers and having it criss-cross the country is most certainly a ‘Bold‘ move. Kohler, in conjunction with the BrewCo Marketing Group is hitting the road for the next six months on the “Trust the Flush” tour. “Trust the Flush” will showcase Kohler’s 1.28-gpf toilets and the company’s advanced flushing technology.
“Every year Kohler hosts a large number of trade professionals at its headquarters in Wisconsin,” said Kohler marketing manager Beth Bouck. “We receive very positive feedback from the toilet test lab portion of the experience. The mobile training program allows us to take the test lab out of Wisconsin and bring it right to the trade where they live and work.”
The “Trust the Flush” kicked off in Seattle at the beginning of March and will wrap up in Miami just before Thanksgiving. As builders, remodelers, interior designers and architects are pushed by their clients to seek out innovative and water conserving options for their bathrooms, Kohler recognizes the need to double up on not only showing these toilets in the showrooms of their wholesale partners, but also in this unique mobile environment. They are literally bringing the toilet to you.
As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, homeowners will be looking at their ‘to-do’ lists and deciding what projects to tackle. For the professional remodelers, like Blackdog Builders, this weekend will provide a short respite before they crank up their own projects. Blackdog Builders primary focus is residential remodeling. For the past 24 years, David & Brenda Bryan and the Blackdog design team have remained true to their vision of becoming a world class remodeling company. One of the key members of the Blackdog Builders’ team is Interior Designer, Jane Face. After heading up her own kitchen & bath consulting business, Jane settled in with Blackdog in November of 2010. We had an opportunity to get Jane’s take on the current remodeling environment and Blackdog’s place in that environment.
As an interior designer, what drew you to work in the home building industry? I love the process of putting together the pieces and parts of a project – watching the smallest of details makes a big impact.
How does Blackdog help their clients reach their goals? Listening is the biggest part of the design process and I believe it is essential to a great finished project.
What are some of your favorite product lines? We use a lot of Kohler products and I think that some of the new products they’ve introduced are very innovative. My favorite faucet line is Rohl/Perrin and Rowe – so special. I’d have to select Miele appliances as my favorite appliance manufacturer – they make a killer espresso machine.
What kind of role does the showroom play in your design process? Our showroom plays a very important role. It’s where our clients make all their selections, but more importantly. it is where the design goes from 3D computer images to real materials that they can touch and feel.
How do you interact with the showroom representatives? We periodically have reps come to our monthly sales meeting and show the “latest and greatest”.
It’s been a long four years in the home building industry, what kind of projects are homeowners taking on? We are getting a nice mix of projects right now – people are starting to think about projects that they have been putting off for the last couple of years. Size of project has definitely increased.
How does Blackdog view the future in the home building industry, with regards to style, trends and innovations? For style – most clients still lean toward clean lines. The painted kitchen is still very popular and spa like bathrooms are also a big request. There are many new products out there that allow clients with even a small space to get that spa-like bath experience. Green building products continues to be popular to some – but an increase in LED lighting has been our biggest request for a way to update their project.
What advice would you have for somebody, who wants to work in the home building industry? Follow your dream – it’s a great industry.
Note: Blackdog Builders was the winner of the Ultimate Bath Showroom’s 1st Design Contest last fall. View this video to learn more about Blackdog.
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Every spring, the kitchen & bath industry gathers in an American city and shows off its new wares. This year’s event took place in the beautiful city of New Orleans, also known as ‘The Big Easy.’ Although, New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, creole food, jazz music and the French Quarter, it is also famous for its abundance of architectural styles that clearly reflect the city’s historical roots and multicultural heritage.
Some of the trends that evolved out of the show were touchless faucets, metal(knobs & pulls) and gray & neutral colors.
We would like to congratulate two of our manufacturers for taking the ‘Best of Kitchen- Gold Award (ROHL, LLC) and the ‘Best of Bath -Gold Award (The Kohler Company).
Best of Kitchen – Gold
ROHL Shaws 30″ Bowed Apron Front Fireclay Sink with Lavastone Countertop
Best of Bath – Gold Award
Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker
Come and see one of these award winners in one of our beautiful showrooms.
The Ultimate Bath Showrooms and Cedar Mill Group are celebrating their long standing relationship by giving away a Kohler Moxie Showerhead / Wireless speaker (retail: $199) each Friday in May. To be eligible, one must simply “like” the Facebook pages of CMG and The Ultimate Bath Showroom, and post their favorite song to shower to.
Moxie couldn’t be easier to use. Docking securely into place, the magnetic speaker pops in and out of the showerhead for easy recharging of the built-in lithium-ion battery*. A USB cable is included.
My favorite song to shower to is Layla by Eric Clapton and not the acoustic version.
Click here for Cedar Mill Group’s Facebook Page and tell them what you favorite song is and while your at it, ‘like’ us too.