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KOHLER Components Collection: It’s Personal

Exploring the NEW Customizable KOHLER Components Collection

Written by: Joseph Vella

The new KOHLER Components Collection offers unique features to reflect the personal touch of your home. The various options included in customizing your bathroom detail the precision needed to complete the elegant look of KOHLER products. The sleek natural features make modernizing your home a breeze, simplifying the desire to follow the latest trends presented by Blackman.  Why do we love this new collection from KOHLER? Read on to find out more!

The Future Is Custom Luxury

Perfecting the modern look of KOHLER takes drive and precision. Endless possibilities, elegance, and clarity, define the new Customizable Components Collection. This collection offers the best choice for your contemporary custom bathroom design. The unique paring options included in this collection elevate the industry standard, giving you a refined impression unlike any other. With Components, you have the ability to select the faucet spout and handles that pair perfectly with your bathroom design. The various faucet handle options tie the bathroom together allowing you to feel bold.

A Contemporary Bathroom Solution

The wide variety of accessories available, make this collection a total bathroom solution. From towel bars and robe hooks to cabinet hardware, each accessory adds to the standards of contemporary living. Components Collection pieces engage a sense of unity and bring a sense of elevated design to the home.

Why Choose Components?

Signature pieces included in the Components Collection support the modernization of your bathroom. Simple styles that come to life through discernment and personal expression. The natural look of KOHLER Components reflects a passionate marriage between contemporary trends and personal style.

Available at Blackman

The New KOHLER Components Collection is on display at a Blackman Showroom near you, find a location or make a complimentary appointment with a design consultant to start your project.

 

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5 Interesting Kitchen and Bath Holiday Gifts for Your Home

5 Interesting Kitchen and Bath Holiday Gifts for Your Home!

Written By: Joseph Vella

Tis’ the season for new beginning’s and making memories with family and friends. During this holiday season, Blackman has a wide variety of unique and versatile holiday “must haves” to make your home feel festive. These products offer a gift that keeps on giving through elegance and design.

American Standard Measure Fill Pull Down Faucet

American Standards NEW Measure Fill technology delivers the perfect measurement of water for all your cooking and baking needs this holiday season!

The automatic fill function is the latest trend in kitchen faucets. In addition to its sleek features, American Standard offers new technology to auto fill up to 5 cups of water from your kitchen faucet. This technology is the first of its kind on the market and is designed to fit your kitchen style. The touch functionality offers a simple way to utilize the products revolutionized performance and durability.

This revolutionary faucet offers two power options; including a battery operated power mode or a hard wire plug-in option, suitable for any kitchen layout. This faucet is the perfect gift for the chef in your life. The American Standard Measure Fill Pull Down facet will make your kitchen the focal point of your holiday cooking experience.

GROHE Sense Guard

Be prepared for the unexpected with the new GROHE Sense Guard leak detector. This product is guaranteed to ensure that all your plumbing necessities run smoothly this holiday season. This new technology can detect pipe breaks and pipe leakage, automatically shutting off your water supply. Having a solution before the problem occurs may save you hundreds even thousands of dollars in damages. This holiday season, gift the special someone in your life piece of mind.

According to the US Homeowner’s Association, 4 in 10 homes experience water damage annually. GROHE Sense Guard helps prevent 93% of these unfortunate situations.

Kohler Touch-less Soap Dispenser

Looking to improve the look of your kitchen? Get rid of that ugly bottle of kitchen soap, and replace it with the Kohler Touchless Kitchen Soap Dispenser!  This innovative product not only improves the look of your Kitchen, but it also prevents the waste of kitchen soap by dispensing a pre-selected amount. Kohler’s small, compact design was developed to fit in any kitchen space. Get rid of the clutter around your sink and purchase the Kohler Touchless Kitchen Soap Dispenser for your home. Your holiday guests will be jealous!

Ghost Pendant Chandelier by Norwell

The American made product by Norwell has shown time and time again that its designs are elegant and versatile. The sophisticated nature of the brands’ craftsmanship is reflected in the quality and precise nature of their collections. Specifically, the Ghost collection includes many different dimensions and finishes. Norwell also offers a three organza shade option fulfilling the high-quality desire for only the best. Your dining room décor will surely be the talk of the table this holiday season with a Norwell pendant at the focus of conversation!

DXV AT 200 SpaLet Toilet Seat

New advancements in DXV technology ensures that you have the best experience. The SpaLet toilet design is revolutionized to fulfill the need for perfection. The high tech bathroom seat allows you to deodorize, auto vortex flush and includes an automatic open/close toilet seat.

Perfect for cold weather during the holiday season, DXVs product includes a heated toilet seat for exceptional comfort. With remote control technology, this toilet is high class, offering a custom position seating and massage feature.

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Tile Styles: A Retrospective

Explore The World Of Tile

Tile is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. Widely used throughout history, many historically important examples still exist today thanks to its durability, technical properties, and visual richness. First seen in the Egyptian civilization in 4th century B.C., blue glazed bricks were used to decorate homes. We saw these blue tiles again on the Ishtar Gate in ancient Babylon in 5th century B.C. decorated with lions, bulls, and dragons on a strong glazed blue background. The gate is considered one of the Wonders of the World.

ISLAMIC TILE

The Islamic Empires produced a thicker tile which was used widely in architecture as a covering for interior and exterior surfaces. Avoid- ing figurative images for religious reasons, the tile of this region and era favors strong, complex geometric designs built on combinations of repeated squares and circles, sometimes interlaced with arabesques. Florals appear too, often rendered as branching forms.

PORTUGUESE AND SPANISH

On the Iberian Peninsula, ceramic tile was introduced by the Moors in the 13th and 14th centuries, with the construction of the Alahambra Palace. By the 16th century, Portugal had fully embraced ceramic tile art as an art form and it started to appear everywhere. Known as Azulejos, Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework was found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, and schools.

THE DUTCH

Greatly influenced by imported Chinese Ming porcelain in the 17th century, Dutch tiles from Delft were first created to line the interiors of fireplaces. Very popular in the 17th century, the tiles were usually decorated with exotic animals, sea creatures, flowers, mythological and biblical scenes.

TURKISH

Iznic ceramics are named after a Turkish city near Istanbul. The motifs were typically floral and geometric and the tiles had a special glow due to their quartz content and vibrant color. Iznik tiles were widely used to cover the walls and ceilings of mosques. Their acoustic qualities helped the sound of prayer to resonate and they also visually lightened the appearance of heavy structures.

MOROCCAN

Borrowing heavily from Islamic architecture and tile design, the patterns of Moroccan tile are colorful and intricate, often incorporating mosaic designs and circular, arched shapes. It is believed that the origin of the designs came out of artistic limitations for Muslims, who by strict Islamic law were not allowed to depict living beings and therefore expressed themselves through shapes.

The Last Word

Visit a Blackman Showroom to explore the world of tile for your home today. Glass, Ceramic, Porcelain, and Concrete tile is available at most Blackman Showrooms. Visit our locations page to find a showroom near you.

Taken from the Summer 2018 Issue of Blackman At Home Magazine 

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Home Renovation Spotlight: The Luxe Southampton Farmhouse

Blackman Tackles a 14-Bathroom Renovation Project in the Hamptons

By Stephanie Ames

Every now and then a project comes along that really allows a designer to shine. That is precisely what happened when Rita Coleman, a sales and design consultant at the Blackman Southampton showroom, met Kerry Gaynor. After recently purchasing a farmhouse with her husband in nearby Sagaponack, Gaynor needed the kind of assistance, expertise and selection that Coleman and Blackman could offer for her home renovation.

The Farmhouse

“My husband and I boarded and rode our horses at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack,” Gaynor said. “So when a little farmhouse came on the market across the street with a huge potato barn, we thought it could be a home for both us and the horses. We did not want to tear down any of the old farm buildings, so we ended up building a new main house on the property and connecting our new house to the original farmhouse by an underground tunnel. This gives us a lovely little guest house. We moved barns around to use as a pool house, a party barn we call ‘Tavern on the Green,’ and we restored and outfitted the potato barn with stalls for our three Clydesdales.”

The expansive project included 10 buildings and a total of 14 bathrooms. Gaynor was understandably overwhelmed at the prospect of selecting kitchen faucets, sinks, tubs, mirrors and especially tile for all of those spaces. She had a vision, which she shared with Coleman. “As much as this was a farm project, it was also a house located in the Hamptons, so the finishes needed to have a certain amount of luxe,” she explained. With the assistance of Coleman and the Blackman team, the project began in the guest house.

The Project

According to Gaynor, “I wanted to use a tile that looked like wood for the baths in the guest house. We did the full shower walls and ceiling in a porcelain which was nice for the budget, as well. In the guest house master bath, we used a hand-made Italian subway tile which became my favorite. I used different sizes of it all over the property.” This hand-made tile was even used in the guest house kitchen which features walls of white ship lap with open shelving. “There is always a question about where to stop the backsplash,” said Gaynor. “It was Rita’s idea to take the tile completely up the wall so we didn’t introduce any other material. Everyone who comes in loves that wall!” Due to zoning regulations in Sagaponack, stoves cannot be installed in a guest house. “So we did under-counter refrigerators and paneled them. Without appliances in view, the tile is really the star of the show,” added Gaynor.

Gaynor and Coleman carried the same subway tile from the guest house into the main house guest bathrooms. They paired them with limestone floors in grey and sand colors. “I like really neutral colors and grey is my favorite color,” said Gaynor. “In one bath we even alternated the subway tile sizes, using 2 x 6 and 3 x 6 tiles. It is beautiful but the poor tile installer!” A fan of continuity in home design, Gaynor selected claw foot guest tubs from Blackman as a nod to the farmhouse roots of their new residence.

Better At Blackman

Gaynor credits Rita Coleman and the entire team at Blackman for their patience and expertise during the decision-making process. She cites little details that made a huge impact on the overall design of the space. For instance, the selection of a more square farmhouse sink in the main kitchen helped modernize the space. The use of Danby marble from Vermont on the master bath walls, which was paired with brown sable stone with a Parisian cut on the floors, ups the luxe factor.

When asked about her favorite parts of the renovation, Gaynor said, “I guess I’m with everyone else in loving the guest house kitchen wall, but I do love the black onyx marble floor in the mudroom and the guest bath subway tile, with its height and top caps. I’m really pleased with how everything turned out.”

The Last Word

Rita Coleman is a Sales Consultant at the Blackman Southampton, NY showroom. She specializes in kitchen and bath design, as well as total home renovation. Rita has a passion for tile and an eye for good design. Visit our Southampton Showroom to meet Rita and start your project. You can also make an appointment to meet with Rita.

*This article was taken from the Summer 2018 Edition of Blackman at Home Magazine

Photo Credit: Tim Cree @ Creepwalk Media Inc

 

 

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Fall Trends for Your Home

Written by: Daniel Randazzo & Francesca Crocombe

Looking for the latest fall trends for your home? Blackman has you covered.

Jewel Tones

Jewel tones are gemstone-like colors that make a bold statement. Examples of jewel tones that you may consider using in your home are: amethyst, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and topaz. You can incorporate these vibrant colors into your interior design through the use of accent walls and unique pieces of furniture. Fun pieces, such as pillows from one of our favorite designers Allison Eden are an easy way to elevate your design.

Nature-Inspired Kitchens

Earth tones are a great way to bring outdoor inspirations inside. Adding beige or tan touches will complement dark, natural tones. For a contemporary feel, opt for furniture with smooth features, such as cerused wood cabinets. You may also want to consider ceramic tiles for an eye-catching backsplash or accent wall in your kitchen.

Bronze Plumbing Fixtures

The Delta Cassidy Pull-Down kitchen faucet comes in a unique Venetian Bronze finish that offers an aesthetic reminiscent of the colors of autumn. This faucet is hands-free and marries rustic as well as modern concepts. Additionally, the Cassidy utilizes Delta’s Shieldspray ™ technology, which not only cleans messes but contains the water – preventing another mess.

We’ve always been fans of Kallista’s Vir Stil series. The Vir Stil faucet, designed by Laura Kirar, is available in a stunning bronze finish. This bronze beauty has earned the EPA’s WaterSense label, which means it is hydro-efficient. By conserving water, you are also restoring the environment, which then transpires to more fall seasons to come.

Some Final Thoughts

If you love fall just as much as we do, then you’ll surely embrace these design tips when revamping your home. Dare to bring the fall colors to your indoors, and enjoy the crisp sensation.

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Exploring the Infinite Possibilities of Infinity Drain

Exploring the Infinite Possibilities of Infinity Drain: An Outdoor Project Feature

When compared to that of a more traditional drainage system, homeowners and designers alike are quick to appreciate the elevated aesthetic and functionally offered by Infinity Drain. Their products, ranging from shower stalls to pool surrounds, can be as prominent or concealed as the space calls for.  This versatility allows designers and plumbers to make a collective decision on product type and placement.

To investigate the versatility of the Infinity Drain product, we visited a Hampton’s property undergoing a driveway renovation. “The vision for our driveway, which will be completely blacktop, was to introduce enhanced functionally and design. For the longest time, it was an overlooked facet of the property. By incorporating 5 rows of Infinity Drain systems, surrounded by 4 rows of brickwork, our 300ft blacktopped driveway will have a much more inviting look,” said the homeowner/ designer.

Typically, an outdoor Infinity Drain system is comprised of materials manufactured specifically for the project. However, the unique needs of this design called for the use of materials traditionally made for indoor use. By installing 3 S-AS 65 drains per row, making up a total of 5 rows, the drains were easily connected and look as if they are one solid piece. To ensure proper drainage, each system will also function as its own entity with one S-50 outlet per drain section.

This innovative design concept further exemplifies the versatility and functionality of the product. Infinity Drain, which proudly sources all materials and manufactures in the U.S., provides a fashion-forward and functional alternative to a traditional drainage system. These factors allow both home and commercial building owners to explore the infinite possibilities of water drainage.

To learn more about Infinty Drain, visit your local Blackman Trade Counter or Showrooom today!

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Summer Bathroom Ideas

Enjoy our latest bathroom ideas for summer!

Dreaming about remodeling your bathroom this summer? Here are some bathroom ideas to brighten up your bath. Visit your local Blackman showroom to meet with a design consultant and make your dream bathroom a reality!

Elevated Finishes

Make your bathroom cool for the summer with elevated finishes. Consider an exciting new finish like matte black, brushed gold or brass. Trendy finishes like these make a bold statement in the ever popular white bathroom.

No matter which finish you choose, all of them look breathtaking in traditional and contemporary designs. These finishes can elevate a space and add a sophisticated, luxurious feel; yet are budget conscious.

Fun Florals

This summer you can incorporate a personal, artistic touch to your bathroom remodel with floral patterns. Two ideas include utilizing a floral wall covering or installing floral fixtures.

Kohler’s Dutchmaster Basin is the epitome of floral bathroom design. This sink is inspired by Dutch master paintings of the 17th century and was created in collaboration with “florography” artist Ashley Woodson. This floral sink could be the focal point of your bathroom, in addition to the other elements of design complementing this central feature.

Pops of Color

Thinking of adding a pop of color to your bathroom? It’s a great bathroom idea! You can add color to your backsplash, flooring, walls, and cabinetry by selecting a colorful fixture. The Vola HV1 Bathroom Faucet is a great choice and is available in over 20 colors. This faucet is simple in design and will add a pop of color to your bathroom.

Clean Lines

Even if your bathroom is traditional, consider clean lines to help visually declutter your space. The new DXV by American Standard Modulus is a 55-inch lavatory countertop slab and wall-mount drawer may be your fix! The Modulus is characterized as minimalistic, yet is highly functional. This fixture is seamless and is customizable by design, showcasing the best in clean lines.

The Last Word

In conclusion, find your personal style this summer and enjoy your new space! Have fun and dare to try a new finish or fun floral pattern.

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Trend Watch: Outdoor Living

Our Favorite Outdoor Living Trends!

By Francesca Messina

With the weather heating up we are enjoying the great outdoors! Here are our favorite trends to enhance your outdoor living space this summer.

Inside Out: Indoor Design Elements Used Outside

Break all the rules about outdoor living this summer and consider using items usually reserved for indoor spaces. This is an approach that truly blurs the lines between the inside and outside. Resulting in looks that will make you wish the summer season would last forever!

Think classic wall sconces, elegant chandeliers, textured rugs and even breezy curtains to create your own Secret Garden atmosphere, where a sense of intimacy is also part of the great outdoors.

Who couldn’t use a little hideaway now and then? Re-imagine your outdoor spaces with a pile of vibrantly-patterned cushions or an entire outdoor room featuring put-up-your feet ottomans and durable yet stylish coffee tables.

An Explosion of Color: Keep it Bright

Bright, cheerful, saturated color is what this season is all about, and so is adding fresh tints to unexpected places. Whimsical wall-mounted mailboxes recall a jar full of rainbow sprinkles as they lend a welcoming note to your front door.

Relax on stackable garden chairs and bench seating in a textural mesh finish, an on-trend look that stows away easily. Choose fabrics in delicious shades like melon, mango and peach. Furthermore, opt for a shimmering beaded chandelier finished in a deep royal blue.

Lively accents set the stage for backyard barbecues and impromptu get-togethers, adding a burst of color to the everyday occasions that make summer so memorable.

Sunny and 80: Outdoor Cooking

Whether you favor industrial style or something more fanciful for your backyard get-togethers, there are so many ways to create an enduring impression. Outdoor cooks will be drawn to an array of professional-grade grills and pizza ovens rendered in tactile combinations of stone and metal.

Graphic-printed melamine tableware in vibrant patterns is elegant enough to be used by candlelight, yet these sturdy pieces work equally well while sitting poolside or for use by your youngest guests. Stylish and practical, it’s a winning combination right in line with summertime’s expansive mood.

Botanical Beauty: Inspired by Nature

One of the best ways to enjoy your garden is to supply generous seating; it encourages a quiet moment or hosts an al fresco luncheon. Choices range from benches rendered in clean, modern lines or seating that embraces authentic Adirondack style using branch-like forms.

Rest a pale turquoise pitcher on a side table, just the right touch for a refreshing beverage, adult or otherwise. Highlight your garden with unique concrete planters in towering shapes capped by a bit of greenery, or try an inventive mannequin figure reminiscent of an ancient artifact.

Last Word:

Take a cue from nature as you fall completely under summer’s magical spell with outdoor living.  Visit a Blackman Showroom to learn more about the outdoor living products we sell.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Interior Designer Spotlight: Amy Hill Designs

Amy Hill: Home is Where The Heart Is

Amy Hill owns and operates Amy Hill Designs, a full-service residential interior design firm serving clients in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and the Hamptons. From fabrics, furniture and floor plans to windows, walls, and accessories, she works closely with clients to create interiors that reflect their individual tastes and lifestyle.

How would you describe your design style?

It’s a little bit of everything, but casual elegance sums it up.

How does that style translate into the design elements you choose?

Since some of the areas I work in are near the beach, I like to integrate that beachy feeling but not in a kitschy way. I like more organic pieces paired with refined pieces, like a beautiful oversized teak coffee table with an elegant chandelier. About 90% of my Amy Hill Designs clients have second and third homes; they are sophisticated, well-traveled and very intelligent. They also have kids, guests and pets, so they want something that’s not fussy yet still chic and elegant.

What is the best part of your job as a designer?

I am absolutely so fortunate to have the most amazing clients who are fun to work with and down-to-earth. We have become great friends, so I feel very fortunate. I wake up every morning and love to go to work. Whether I am meeting with a builder, advising my clients, or going to a Blackman showroom, I am passionate about my job.

What is your professional background?

I have a master’s degree in psychology and had a private practice. Furthermore, I went on to get my real estate license and later worked with builders staging houses. I eventually moved to the interior design field about six years ago and started Amy Hill Designs.

How do you continue to be inspired when it comes to designing interior spaces?

I can be inspired by walking on the beach or walking down a block in the Hamptons and looking in the shop windows. I like to travel, visit amazing resorts and figure out what gives you that welcome feeling of being home. That’s the most important part of my job, identifying what feels like home for my clients and giving that to them.

Is there anything else you’d like share about Amy Hill Designs?

I am very passionate about what I do. I tend to go above and beyond for my clients. Once I set a Thanksgiving table for a client, I like to take their breath away. A lot of people call me up crying because they are so happy with their home. I try to go that extra step. Once I had a client whose son had to be gluten-free. Before they came home, I set up a table with a gluten-free food section, flowers, food, and even something for their dog. I want all my clients to feel like they’re at home, since your home equals your escape.

To connect with Amy Hill of Amy Hill Designs visit her website.

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5 High-Efficiency Plumbing Products

Energy Efficient Kohler Toilet

By Gwen Donovan and Francesca Messina

Starting new construction or a remodeling project? Here is a roundup of our favorite energy efficient plumbing products. From a new app aligned with Smart Home technology to on-demand tankless water heaters; consider these high-efficiency plumbing products for your home.

The Taco SmartPlug

Jimmy Frey, Manufactures Representative from Taco, revealed how their new SmartPlug ups the efficiency of a water heater. “The Taco SmartPlug is a high-efficiency plumbing product designed to upgrade any hot water recirculation system.”  The Taco SmartPlug replaces inefficient timers and aquastats typically used in recirculation systems. With the SmartPlug, homeowners can learn when hot water is used in their home. The Smart Plug uses technology to determine a household’s ongoing hot water needs. The pipe-mounted temperature sensor records daily hot water usage patterns during the course of a week. Recorded data is used to automatically run the circulator at the same times the following week, resulting in hot water available when needed. If usage pattern changes, the SmartPlug adjusts automatically, no programming required.

All Things Navien!

Navien is considered the leader in high-efficiency condensing technology,” said Gregg D. Chambers, a manufacturer’s representative for Navien. The NPE series of tankless water heaters have an unsurpassed efficiency rating of up to 99% with a turndown ratio of 10 to 1, meaning modulating input rates from 19,900 to 199,900 BTUs. They provide continuous flow rates of up to 5.1 gallons per minute at a 77-degree rise. Multiple units can be cascaded and manifold together to create up to nearly 3.2 million BTUs of input if more hot water is needed. All units are field convertible from natural gas and are approved for both residential and commercial applications. Most importantly they offer up to a 15-year warranty.

Another innovative product from Navien combines hot water and residential heating in one unit. The NCB-E tankless combi-boilers provides continuous hot water at up to 4.5 gallons per minute at a 77-degree rise. It also provides up to 112,000 BTUs for home heating needs, all at 95% efficiency. The NCB-E is rated for single-family, residential use only. They have an amazing 10-year warranty resulting in a no-brainer for any homeowner!

Kohler Konnect: “Alexa tell Kohler to turn on my kitchen faucet.”

Kohler is introducing a new app that fine-tunes everyday experiences in the home: KOHLER Konnect.The new app uses voice commands, hands-free control and personalized presets on its app. Options include operating a kitchen faucet, controlling the features of an intelligent toilet, adjusting the lighting embedded in a bathroom mirror, running a post-workout shower, and automatically filling a bath to a desired depth and temperature, all by using simple voice commands.

“Voice services and connected devices have become integrated into every facet of the home –with the notable exception of the bathroom– until now,” said David Kohler, President, and CEO of Kohler Co. “We provide thoughtful design and technologies that offer convenience and functionality to enrich your personalized experiences, making them easier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Whether you are getting ready for work, helping your children through their evening bedtime routine or simply in need of some personal relaxation, KOHLER Konnect is the next evolution of our leading-edge kitchen and bathroom innovations that help make these everyday moments better.” KOHLER Konnect offers support in select products for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit to bring technology into the bathroom in meaningful ways.

Conserve H2O with Dual Flush by American Standard

The American Standard Elongated Right Height Dual-flush Toilet is a great choice for the energy efficient family. This toilet is rated best (4 out of 5) in flush power.  This high-efficiency plumbing product saves water and provides power. The dual-flush feature maximizes water savings resulting in a savings of both water and money. Its sleek, clean design works well in a variety of bathroom décor styles. This toilet is EPA WaterSense-certified toilet, it uses 1.6-gallons per flush, without sacrificing performance. The partial flush option uses 37.5% less water than a conventional toilet. Additionally, the toilet is fabricated in American Standard’s EverClean finish, which inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface. Most importantly, American Standard offers a high-efficiency plumbing product that will work in any home.

Recirculate Water with Grundfos

A typical family of three wastes 16 thousand gallons of water a year. They also spend a whopping 24 hours a year waiting for hot water at a faucet! The Grundfos Comfort PM AutoAdapt high-efficiency plumbing product provides access to instant hot water. It efficiently reduces the annual waste of your home’s water, and reduces power consumption. With a hot water recirculation system, you can guarantee your family the luxury of instant hot water therfore saving water each day. Water is an increasingly scarce resource, save water with recirculation and enjoy the added benefits of instant hot water.

Visit a Blackman Remodeling Showroom to purchase these and other high-efficiency plumbing products for your home.

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U By Moen Digital Shower Controller

The Reviews Are In: U By Moen Digital Shower Controller

Make your morning shower a smart shower

Written By: Gwen Donovan 

Called “The Shower of Your Future,” the innovative U By Moen digital shower controller is getting high marks from happy customers. According to Jim Teixeira, Territory Manager for Wholesale Sales at Moen Incorporated, the number of five-star reviews at Moen.com is a testimony to this product’s appeal.

Customizable shower technology combines convenience and a high-tech approach resulting in the ultimate showering experience. Use your smartphone to set your shower to the perfect temperature and pause it until you are ready to get in. Compatible with Amazon Alexa (you can tell Alexa to start your preset morning shower), electronic controls allow you to change the water temperature with pinpoint accuracy for a truly customized experience.

First-hand experiences tell the story, too. Here are some of the amazing U by Moen reviews we have collected:

Tony in Rochester, New York said “Going for a shower in the morning is a joy, and not a shivering slog waiting for hot water or trying to adjust the temperature under the freezing/boiling spray! With the addition of a Bluetooth speaker and Alexa, I may never leave the shower. This also allowed me to install my shower head (rain shower) and my wife’s shower head (fire fighter nozzle) together! Resulting in total comfort.”

ShowerSam from Columbia, Missouri was equally impressed with the product as well as Moen’s outstanding customer service. “I love being able to remotely activate my shower, allowing it to get up to the preset temperature without having to step into the shower itself. Additionaly, it holds the temperature exactly even if someone flushes a toilet in the house. I also like to increase the temperature by a couple of degrees after my body has gotten acclimated to the temperature. A side bonus is having a kind of night light in the bathroom from the controller display.”

Taylor from Montana also raved about the U By Moen digital shower controller. He said “Decided to upgrade into modern day and pull away from the typewriter years. Absolutely love a one button push and my shower is exactly the temp I want. Don’t understand why this isn’t in every house today. It saves water, simple to use. It gets five stars when it integrates with Siri and plays music. Love it!!”

If you are looking for a product that makes life magical, consider the review of Ron from central New Jersey. “I thought of a digital shower controller about 20 years ago and finally Moen makes one that is great. It works with WiFi on your phone and actually works like it’s supposed to. Furthermore, It truly makes my life magical and fun to take a shower again. Thanks Moen for making a product that does what it says it’s going to do right out of the box. All my fixtures will be Moen going forward – I am a Moen customer for life.”

The Last Word!

In Conclution, with reviews like these, it makes the U By Moen digital shower controller a tempting buy for the bath. Visit a Blackroom showroom today for more information about this highly-rated product line from Moen.

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A World Of Pure Imagination

Color-Saturated Fabrics From the Brilliant Mind of Glass Artist Allison Eden

Written By:Gwen Donovan

Brooklyn-based glass artist Allison Eden recently collaborated with LebaTex on a curated line of fabrics emblazoned with her signature bold, bright graphic patterns. “Allison Eden Pop Art M.O.D.” (Manufactured On Demand) is just one of the many ways this creative artist expresses herself. She was chosen to design holiday windows for Bloomingdale’s in New York City in 2016 and 2017, and her work has been highlighted in numerous publications including Architectural Digest and Elle Décor.

Eden’s colorful handcrafted tile creations appear in the homes of fashion designers, singers, and even reality television stars: the kitchen backsplash she created for Kris Kardashian is one of her most-requested orders. Her award-winning designs have also been featured in Canyon Ranch locations, The Wynn Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, The Plaza and The Ritz Carlton Hotels.

The idea of a fabric line made a lot of sense, Eden said. “I do a lot of interior design shows, fashion shows and tile shows, and I kept seeing Stacy (Garcia) from LebaTex. She kept asking me if I would do a fabric line, so we sat down and talked about it. Ultimately we came up with a line of drapery and upholstery fabric for commercial and residential spaces.”

That decision was based on Eden’s pop art aesthetic and fearless approach to color, she added. “I feel like the world needs more color and collaborating with LebaTex is a nice segue from tile. The collection has 20 different fabrics, all in different weights so they can be used for drapery, upholstery and pillows. I have even made three dresses from the fabrics using the lips, floral and stripes patterns, so the fabrics really can be used for anything.”

Stacy Garcia, Founder and Owner of LebaTex, said Eden’s inspired artwork was a perfect fit for her textile company. “Allison has a vision that’s beyond amazing and she absolutely personifies it. LebaTex has been lucky enough to collaborate with such an amazing artist and person that understands, ultimately, we as human beings want to have a little fun. And that’s exactly what is portrayed in Allison’s designs. They are characterized by eye-catching bright colors and bold shapes that draw you in.”

Decorating with this fabric collection instantly elevates the design quotient of any space, Garcia noted. “Allison’s fabrics offer a way to put art, not framed on a wall, but living in your space. Whether it’s a pop of color on a pillow or a statement chair with a funky colorful pattern…even if it is a drape, it’s an art piece. Allison’s fabrics are an affordable way to liven up a neutral room.”

This new fabric line is also made in America, an aspect that is important to Eden, she said.  “We just launched the fabric line and it’s all made in the USA. Everything I do has to be made in the USA.” Choosing a personal favorite among patterns like red lips, exotic palm leaves and spring flowers is a challenge for Eden, but she narrowed it down when she said “I like all the prints, but the one I like to wear the most is the blooming flowers because of its repeat.”

Whether constructing a mosaic glass tile wall or choosing one of her patterns in fabric, Eden explained the reason buyers are drawn to her visual style. “Everything is becoming more colorful, people are wanting–and have wanted for a while–something different from what they see at the Home Depot or their neighbor’s house. My work gives a room a show-stopping piece that’s custom-made, beautifully unique and over the top.”

Eden’s future plans include creating windows for Bloomingdale’s during Fashion Week as well as a seven-foot shoe for the store’s new shoe department. She enjoys staying busy as evidenced in her upcoming calendar. “I’ve been asked to do a show house in Palm Springs during Modernism Week, and I am creating a line of modernist tile. We do so well in Palm Springs, it’s one of my favorite places in the world, very fun and colorful.”

She also just launched a carpet line integrating detailed patterns like Starry Night, a geometric interplay of deep indigos and pure white; Thunderbolt, using dashes of gold, black and purple; or Waves and Flames, fluid lines on a background of soft gray.

Another area she would like to make an impact in embraces warm weather fun. “I really want to get into outdoor furniture, I’d like to see my prints used in umbrellas,” she said. “I don’t like seeing just black and brown furniture by the pool, it would be great to create colorful chaise lounges and cushions to be used outside.”

Alison Eden will be visiting our West Palm Beach Showroom on March 22nd to Launch her new line of textiles. RSVP Here .Her textiles and decorative pillows will be available at our West Palm Beach Showroom and Southampton Showroom.

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