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Kohler in Bloom at the Art League of Long Island

Blackman Hosts Kohler in Bloom at the Art League of Long Island

We love to host a good party! Last weeks Kohler in Bloom event was no exception. Many of our closest A&D friends joined us as we launched new faucets and sinks from Kohler and Kallista at the Art League of Long Island. Customers previewed the latest Kohler products including the new Ombre faucet finish and Kohler Components faucet collection. Our guests were also able to enjoy the Art League’s impressive gallery space.

The Art League of Long Island

Established in 1955, the Art League of Long Island, located in Dix Hills NY, is a not-for-profit visual arts organization offering classes and workshops for children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. Their Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery hosts a dozen exhibits per year, featuring contemporary works by many local artists. When we visited the space we instantly knew this is where we would host our Kohler in Bloom Event.

Kohler and Kallista product displays were artfully placed within the airy two-story art gallery. Big Picture works were currently on display and did not disappoint!  Local artists from Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Queens were invited to submit applications to show large works in the League’s spacious gallery. Out of 259 works submitted by 115 artists, 39 works were selected to exhibit in the gallery by Exhibition Juror Bruce Lieberman.

Guests mingled and enjoyed drinks and a luxurious spread from La Promenade of Teaneck, New Jersey. Attendees entered to win a gift certificate from the Art League of Long Island and a floral-themed Kohler Dutchmaster sink. Our favorite DJ Twilo was onsite dancing the night away; a video booth created an even more festive atmosphere for this electrifying evening. Local artist and friend of the Art League, Larry Aarons joined the fun sketching portraits for our attendees.

The Kohler Blackman Partnership

“The collaboration between Kohler and Blackman paid dividends for this amazing event! What a great way to promote our new faucet product introductions in such a beautiful venue with key customers on Long Island,” said Jill Mueller, Associate Channel Manager at Kohler.

Setta Tavitian, Senior Sales Executive at Kohler, agreed. “Incorporating the new faucets and sinks from Kohler and Kallista in the art gallery setting and treating like them like they were pieces of art drove home the point that the faucets in a bathroom are the jewelry with which you accessorize the space,” she noted. “I loved that no detail was overlooked and that even though the event was in an art gallery setting, the mood was fun an upbeat with a DJ, video booth and the inviting way the caterer displayed the food.”

Event Success

That upbeat mood contributed to a successful evening, according to David Lyon Vice President Retail at Blackman. “I just loved how everyone was interacting with the products displayed and the art at the Art League!”

Join Us at a Future Blackman Event

Our designers, architects, and builders agree that we host the most fabulous events. Did you miss this one? Visit our events page to join a future Blackman Bash!

 

 

 

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Transformative Expansion at The Norton Museum of Art

Community Profile: Norton Museum of Art

Innovative, adventurous re-design for West Palm Beach’s cultural landmark

By Gwen Donovan

Excitement is in the air at The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. A newly expanded West Wing represents a 35% increase in gallery space, while other new additions such as a striking new entrance, state-of-the-art 210-seat auditorium, additional education space and a great hall to serve as a social hub are transforming this museum. Additionally, the renovation includes a sculpture garden and green spaces for future programming within its 6.3-acre campus.

What is Happening at the Norton?

According to Scott Benarde, Director of Communications for the museum, this modern renovation changes the look and feel of the Norton in a dramatic way. “The design by the renowned architectural firm of Foster + Partners is nothing less than eye-catching and substantially different, thus separating itself from the currently similarly-looking Palm Beach Atlantic University next door. The new design also infuses the Museum with more light and brightness and, as Norman Foster says, also creates ‘A Museum in a Garden.’ There’s simultaneously a airier and more sophisticated feel to the building.”

Innovation and Impact

One of the most impactful changes is the new entrance that sets the tone for things to come within the museum, Benarde says. “The canopied entrance is a showstopper that lets the community know where the entrance to the Museum is, so visitors will no longer have to search for its previously semi-hidden entrance. It is also more expansive and open, more welcoming, and certainly ‘greener,’ putting a spotlight on the majestic 80-year-old banyan tree that is literally embraced by the canopy.”

Art for All

Inside, the new spaces are designed to create a more inviting atmosphere for people who may be intimidated by an art museum, Benarde notes. “More gallery space means more art on view with improved sight lines and lighting. The new auditorium means visitors can better enjoy programs due to improved acoustics, sightlines and more comfortable seating. More classrooms mean room for more visitors to enjoy art-making, lessons and lectures. A great hall will serve as the Norton’s new living room, serving as a space people can rest, relax, meet friends and have a cup of coffee at the cafe before or after viewing the art — or not!”

You are Welcome Here!

Enriching the visitor experience and engaging the public is a philosophy that came directly from new museum director Hope Alswang, Benarde says. “The director views The New Norton as a community center that will be welcoming to everyone, whether they have an art history degree or are visiting an art museum for the first time.

To learn more about the Norton Museum of Art visit their website!

 

 

 

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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

Enjoy 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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Bathroom Remodeling Made Simple

U By Moen Shower

Bathroom Remodeling Made Simple

By Gwen Donovan and Francesca Messina

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom? After watching countless home renovation programs on HGTV, leafing through home magazines, and scanning Pinterest for inspiration, you know your bathroom needs an upgrade! We have the resources to get your bathroom remodeling project underway. Whether it’s a simple fix like a new bathroom vanity with stylish hardware or a complete bath overhaul, our design consultants are ready to work with you.

Blackman bathroom remodeling showrooms have everything you need. We display the latest floor and wall tiles, vanities, tubs, showers, toilets, faucets, lighting, mirrors and more. Our friendly design consultants will assist you in your bathroom remodeling project every step of the way.

Ask yourself the following questions before you get started:

What Do I Want?

There are many different styles and design options to choose from when remodeling your bathroom. Traditional, urban, industrial, rustic chic, ultra-modern, transitional; to name a few. It’s all a reflection of your taste, there is no wrong choice. Remember to consider the size of your bathroom. Many of our customers are opting to remove a bathtub in favor of a roomy walk-in shower, while others are choosing graceful stand-alone tubs and steam showers enclosed by frameless clear glass. Vanities range from space-saving and modern to expansive double sink styles. When you select the design elements of your bathroom remodeling project that feel right to you, your bathroom will become be a relaxing retreat. It is important to think about what works and what doesn’t work in your current bathroom to ensure a successful outcome.

What Is My Budget?

Having a dollar amount in mind for your bathroom remodeling project is smart. But, determining that number can be tricky. Visit us to learn about price ranges, product lines, and installation costs. We have products at every price point. Your design consultant will help meet your budget needs. Some of our customers create a spreadsheet to compare costs. Others make a simple list, noting their favorite design elements and price points. Knowledge is power, so make sure your dream bath budget is an amount you are comfortable with.

What Is My Time Frame?

Yes, it only takes 30 minutes for a bathroom to be renovated entirely on television. In the real world, things move at a slower pace. Simple jobs like a new sink or toilet replacement typically take a few hours. A full bathroom remodeling project from the floor up is likely to take a month. Plan accordingly and remember that the bathroom will be out of commission for a period of time, although the results will be worth the inconvenience!

Start your Project!

Start your new bathroom remodeling project today by visiting a Blackman Remodeling Showroom. Our design consultants are ready to help. Our amazing displays will inspire you. Your result, the bathroom of your dreams turned into a beautiful new reality.

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High Rise Report: Brooklyn

New York’s Largest Borough Continues its Re-Invention

By Gwen Donovan

As the new millennium dawned, Brooklyn experienced a full-blown renaissance like no other. It became a hipster destination along with the resulting gentrification, higher real estate values, and slew of high rises. This borough has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high tech start-ups as well as a vibrant center of postmodern art and design.

The cultural and epicurean revolution includes Brooklyn Designs, a design fair hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, as well as notable restaurants and eateries with distinctive neighborhood character. Collections in the legendary Brooklyn Museum embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, and the industrial realm is well-represented by elegant fittings from Watermark Designs, all proudly Brooklyn-made.

Among today’s residential offerings is Brooklyn’s highest tower–The Hub– a new skyscraper enhanced an enormous amenity space. 160 Imlay is an adaptive re-use project of the historic New York Dock Building in Red Hook overlooking iconic views of the New York Harbor.

Truman Capote summed up the timeless appeal of the borough when he said, “I live in Brooklyn. By choice. Those ignorant of its allures are entitled to wonder why.” We are inclined to agree.

The Hub

When The Hub calls itself “The tallest building in Brooklyn for a short while,” their claim reflects the borough’s rapid-fire growth. Rising 610 feet above the street, this luxury skyscraper is located in the heart of Brooklyn where Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and DUMBO intersect.

On-site amenities in the 55-story tower are contained within the enormous 40,000 square foot Club 333 offering a 75-foot-long pool enclosed in a glass pavilion, gym, landscaped outdoor deck, dog park, indoor and outdoor movie screens, yoga studio, grilling cabanas and a children’s playroom. A Sky Lounge with outdoor terrace located on the 53rd floor features breathtaking panoramas of Brooklyn and beyond. There’s also a penthouse collection of select upper floor units.

Current residential programming includes movie and game nights, breakfast socials, a book club, fitness training, swim classes, a doggie costume parade, seasonal get-togethers and kid-friendly activities, all designed to encourage a sense of community.

The Hub
333 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

160 Imlay: The New York Dock Building

The New York Dock building was built in 1910 as one of the first cast-in-place concrete structures. By retaining the aesthetic of the existing board-formed concrete columns, the original details of this structure will be exposed in key locations of the 70 luxury condominiums and throughout the building. Living spaces maximize the open loft feeling; they are designed to be a contemporary addition to an existing industrial shell.

Atop the iconic New York Dock Company building will be an extraordinary super-penthouse triplex. The fabulous open layout includes 4,124 square feet of interior space, 1,270 square feet of outdoor space, and 16-foot ceilings. The super-penthouse has four bedrooms, four-and-one–half baths, exposed concrete beamed ceilings in the living room, and 360-pamoramic view of the New York City Harbor, Governor’s Island, Lower Manhattan, The Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn.

Neighbors get to know each other in the fitness center, a beautifully landscaped roof deck and the hotel-caliber doorman lobby featuring designer furnishings like the bespoke sofa made of a light blue sheepskin-clad seat cantilevered from a blackened steel assembly.

The New York Dock Building
160 Imlay Street
Red Hook, New York 11231

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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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Join Our Team!

Interested in becoming a part of the Blackman Community? We’re  always looking for self motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team! Learn more and apply today by visiting our careers page.

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Celebrating International Women’s Month

In honor of International Women’s Month, we’ve asked several women within our Blackman community to share their stories, both personal and professional. These women, along with many other women in our organization, have made exceptional achievements within our industry and beyond. We look forward to sharing their stories with you!

Annie Panico, Sales and Design Consultant 

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been with Blackman for 18 years.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? I love the thrill of designing beautiful kitchens and bathrooms!  My mother taught me the important lesson, that it was better to wait to find just the right piece than to waste your money on something you would want to replace. I love my job because I enjoy doing things for other people and making other.people happy. Everyone who designs knows the great rush you get when you see the final before and after pictures and how happy  the clients are with the beautiful end results in a space and room that you helped create!

What is your greatest accomplishment ? Watching my daughter one day become a Doctor!

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? I meditate or take time to listen to music to relax my mind and soul.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? Marie Curie won two Nobel Peace Prizes – in 1903 and again in 1911 – but that doesn’t mean her male contemporaries gave her an easy time. To the contrary, she battled sexism throughout her entire career. Not only did Marie Curie’s research contribute to the development of x-rays in surgery, her tenacious spirit set her apart from her male peers. ‘Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’- Marie Curie 

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Strive to be your best in all you do! You may not feel up to par on busy days, however if you believe you can achieve you will succeed!

Diana Desiderio, Branch Manager, Wantagh

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been with Blackman 30 years on February 29th. 

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? Working at Blackman has given me the opportunity to help people find solutions to serious problems, such as no heat or hot water. Additionally, aiding clients in the bathroom and kitchen design process gives me the opportunity to make dreams a reality.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Helping people and animals in need, whether it be Superstorm Sandy victims or abused or neglected animals. That gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? Give thanks to God for all of my blessings.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? My mom, she was a strong, courageous, independent woman for 80 years of her life!

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Be true to yourself, no matter what and always follow through

Brooke King, Sales and Design Consultant 

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been a member of the Blackman team for 2 years now.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? Working at Blackman gives me the ability to work in a beautiful showroom and help homeowners create the kitchen and bathroom of their dreams.

What is your greatest accomplishment ? Graduating Penn State, Smeal College of Business ‘13.

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? I start my day with positive thoughts like listening to a podcast or watching a motivational YouTube video.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? My most recent inspiration comes from Joe Rogan’s podcast featuring Danica Patrick. The feature motivated me to dare to be different!

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Don’t think of yourself as a woman in the workplace, think of yourself as a PERSON.  OR to achieve greatness, you have to do what others won’t do.

Nancy Gargiulo, Assistant Manager

How long have you worked at Blackman? I have been working at Blackman for 22 years.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? I believe in our reputation and take great pride in being a member of our terrific staff.

What is your greatest accomplishment?  My two boys who impress and motivate me on a daily basis.

What is one thing you do for yourself everyday or frequently? I love taking a few moments every day to let loose and dance.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? I believe that all women are inspirational in one way or another. We must strive to embrace the unique perspectives each of us has and continue to inspire and learn from each other.

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Don’t give up and believe in yourself, even during the moments when others may doubt you.

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Join Team Blackman!

Interested in becoming a part of the Blackman Community? We’re  always looking for self motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team! Learn more and apply today by visiting our careers page.

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Allison Eden’s Colorful Textile Collection Launched in West Palm Beach Showroom

Allison Eden Textile Launches at Blackman West Plam Beach.

Written By Gwen Donovan 

Tropical colors and rainbow-bright shades took over Blackman’s West Palm Beach showroom on March 20 when Brooklyn-based glass artist Allison Eden introduced her newest line of textiles to about 130 guests: Allison Eden Textiles. The evening launch party featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amid Eden’s vividly-patterned fabrics and throw pillows. Sponsored by DXV, Benjamin Moore and Media Sponsor Jupiter and The Palm Beacher magazines of the Gulfstream Media Group, guests were impressed by this fresh new collection from the artist based on her mosaic glass art installations.

The guest of honor herself was proud to showcase her collection at the launch party, saying “It was so fabulous! Thank you so much for the support and the absolutely beautiful party; it was such a fantastic crowd as well.” Dressed in a flowing caftan made from her own line of fabric, Allison Eden mingled easily among the guests as she shared her design inspirations for the collection.

“Our expectations, as event co-sponsor, ran high for the premier event,” said Melissa Blanchenay, A & D Representative for Benjamin Moore & Co.  “Allison Eden and her new line of textiles did not disappoint! To learn from Ms. Eden that she drew inspiration from Benjamin Moore’s newest line of super-premium interior paint Century, a luscious green color named Viridian (06), was all it took for me to know we were lucky to be a part of the night. The guests were attentive, subtle music played in the background, the food was delicious and the custom “lips” cookies based on one of her designs put a kiss on a perfect night.”

Laura Zele, Sales Account Manager for Jupiter magazine and The Palm Beacher, also shared her positive impressions of the evening. “It was a great party with great people! I loved meeting Allison. She is as colorful and full of fun as her fabrics and tiles. What a treat to meet her in person!”

Developed with LebaTex through whimsical explorations of shapes, colors and images, the textiles reflect Allison Eden’s pop art style and famous glass art installations. Her collection of fabrics and pillows is perfect for adding a dash of personality to any room in the house and is now available at Blackman showrooms in West Palm Beach and Southampton.

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Blackman Joins The IFDA Florida Chapter

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Blackman Joins the IFDA Florida Chapter

Written By: Gwen Donovan

We are proud to announce that we have joined the Florida Chapter of the IFDA. IFDA stands for – International Furnishings and Design Association. This organization is a worldwide professional alliance of leaders from the residential and commercial furnishings and design fields. We were happy to meet several Florida Chapter members at our March 8 Blackman at Home magazine launch party held in our West Palm Beach showroom.

The launch party welcomed the IFDA Florida Chapter President Marsha Koch as well as Florida Chapter members Beverly Stewart, Lynn Sciarrone, Vicki Kirsner, Mike Peterson and Sylvia Wallace.

This professional network is a great way to meet other like-minded people in the design world. “I have found IFDA and its members to be welcoming and supportive,” Chapter President Marsha Koch said. “The connections I have made are invaluable, and members are my greatest resources. In the past year, I have done business with at least 12 of our chapter sponsors and members. I refer business to them at every opportunity.” Marsha’s firm, Picture Pretty Interiors, is located in Boca Raton.

Who is the IDFA Florida Chapter?

The Florida Chapter of IFDA is a community of professionals representing all facets of the furnishings and design industries.  They provide opportunities for members to achieve their goals through education, collaboration, philanthropy and connections.  Members say it’s about the support they receive and relationships they build.

“In serving on the Chapter Board of Directors in various positions, and currently serving as President, my personal and professional skills have grown, and my connections have strengthened and expanded beyond expectations,” Marsha added. “Being part of this community has been an amazing experience.”

Founded in 1947, IFDA members are executives of companies that manufacture, distribute, design, write about or sell floor coverings, lighting, decorative fabrics, accessories and building products. Others are engaged in graphic, residential and contract design, education, publishing, licensing, marketing and communications. Through the IFDA Educational Foundation, this organization offers scholarships to students. They also offer grants to members as professionals working in the trade.  Student members are a vital part of the membership as well.

“We believe together we are better,” is the unofficial motto of the Florida Chapter, and that is right in line with Marsha’s feelings about membership: “I take advantage of our many educational, networking and community events we offer as often as possible. Every event is an opportunity!”

Vicki Kirsner, an interior designer with Infinity Designs LLC in West Palm Beach, is thrilled that Blackman has joined the Florida Chapter, saying “Blackman is a first class organization and we are so happy to be affiliated with you!”

What do Members Say?

Members who were asked to sum up the organization in one word described it as Approachable, Connected, Supportive, Collaborative, Welcoming, Warm, Fun and Inclusive. For more information about the IFDA’s National and Chapter websites, visit ifda.com and ifdaflorida.com.  You can also check out their social media sites on Facebook and Instagram.

IFDA Mission Statement:

The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) is one of the only all-industry associations whose members provide services and products to the furnishings and design industry. IFDA is the driving force, through its programs and services, to enhance the professionalism and stature of the industry worldwide.

IFDA Core Values

The IFDA promotes open sharing, mutual respect, community service, education, industry partnerships, and ethical practices. They have Chapters from coast to coast and in Japan.  Last year a delegation of members was hosted by members of the Japan Chapter. Next year the Japanese members will be visiting New York.

 

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