New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

Your bath, your way

Want a relaxing bath or an invigorating bath? How about both? Now you can select the type of bath you want based on your moods. The new Swirl-way Combination Whirlpool and Air Massage Bath System combines the luxury of having a tub with both whirlpool jets and an air massage bath all in one easy-to-use system. Available in 13 models, the bath system includes an in-line heater, fully adjustable jets, chromatherapy light system, multifunction electronic keypad and Hydro-V backjet system. The inclusion of an ozonator as a standard feature means a bacteria-killing ozone is automatically emitted into the whirlpool piping system twice every 24 hours. Available locally at Builders Choice or visit mansfieldplumbing.com.

Easy illumination

Get task and accent lighting right where you want it in workspaces, kitchens and more with the easy-to-install PureOptics LED by Black+Decker. The Under Cabinet Lighting systems feature a unique tool-free installation system, hands-free power control, 10 dimmable brightness levels and auto shutoff timer. Using self-adhesive components, no drilling, hardwiring or tools are required. The ultra-slim, energy-efficient LED light bars are linkable, creating a wide flicker-fee light zone and providing 50,000 hours of quality light. The systems are available in 9”-, 12”-, 18”- and 24”-size light bars and offered in three color temperatures: natural daylight, cool white and warm white. Available locally through many local retailers, including Spenard Builders Supply, or visit pureopticsled.com.

Pretty pulls

Sophisticated angular and faceted shapes are showing up in all elements of contemporary home décor, and Amerock’s St. Vincent Collection of geometric knobs and pulls are right on trend. The shimmering, jewel-cut shapes catch the light beautifully with a nod to the dramatic. Engaging finishes – including polished nickel, golden champagne, and oil-rubbed bronze – across several sizes deliver function and stylish finishing touches to any kitchen or bath renovation. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply or visit amerock.com.

Need to vent?

Interested in a hands-free solution in the fight against bathroom mold? Broan’s Sensaire Sense-on-Rise ventilation fans are designed to detect moisture in the air before condensation occurs, automatically turning on when a rapid rise in humidity is sensed, or when humidity rises above the homeowner’s pre-programmed set point. The unit quickly works to eliminate fogged mirrors and manage moisture, providing exceptional indoor air quality for bathrooms, laundry rooms and mud rooms. For local retailers, visit broan.com.

Double-duty drawer

Viking Range introduces the first-ever warming drawer that is also a slow cooker. With a built-in meat probe, the warming drawer can slow cook at temperatures of 250 degrees and below. The drawer is perfect for storing food before serving but also for slow cooking various meats that require a low temperature over longer periods of time. Cooking large quantities of meats is no problem thanks to the 1.7 cubic foot large drawer capacity warming drawer with heavy duty glides that accommodate 200 lb. weight capacity. The unit features a Sabbath mode, a four-hour auto shutoff feature and an optional pan/lid accessory set. Available in a variety of styles and seven color finishes, including stainless steel. Available locally at Allen & Petersen or visit vikingrange.com.

Toss the dustpan

Ever notice how dustpans always (yes, always!) leave dirt behind? Consider the new Toekick Vacuum from Diamond Cabinetry, a division of MasterBrand. The device allows users to sweep debris from the kitchen floor directly into the vacuum. No bending, no dustpans, no dreaded dirt line. It’s activated with the touch of the toe and collects debris in a drawer that comes equipped with a disposable bag. The vacuum is designed to be no higher than the kickplate so that homeowners still have full use of the cabinet above. Great for the kitchen, pantry, laundry room, bathroom – anywhere. Available locally through Builders Choice or visit diamondcabinets.com.

Pop out panels

Worry a little less when there's a water leak on your property with Mohawk's new SolidTech vinyl panels. The waterproof panels simply pop in and pop out, so when there's water damage, just pop out a panel to let the underneath dry and put the panel back. Unlike laminate and hardwood floors, the easy-to-clean panels can be wet mopped. SolidTech is also odor-, scratch- and dent-resistant, making it an ideal choice with pets. Using the Uniclic MultiFit locking mechanism, SolidTech is easy to install for do-it-yourself and can be installed over many different types of subfloors, both on, above and below grade. The 7-inch wide planks come with a pre-attached and waterproof 1mm underlayment. Available locally through Florcraft Carpet One, Curtis & Campbell or visit mohawkflooring.com.

Bug off

Looking forward to enjoying your deck or patio with your family and friends, but not the mosquitoes? The Thermacell Halo makes mosquito protection as easy as the click of a button and you won’t have to douse yourself in DEET, which can be sticky, smelly and rough on décor. Thermacell’s non-topical repellent technology creates a 15 foot by 15 foot zone of protection where the repellent is dispersed into the air. The repellent is virtually odorless and silent, making protection from insects undetectable and unobtrusive. The Thermacell technology has been embedded is a selection of lanterns and torches that are also great options for your backyard. Check them out at thermacell.com.

Autumn lights

Who doesn’t love the warm and complex autumn shades of orange, amber and champagne? When these colors become the focal point of a lighting fixture, they can elevate an interior or exterior design project – adding a pop of color, giving off an ambient glow or heightening the overall aesthetic of a room or surface. Enhance your spaces with one of these autumn-colored beauties:

For a vintage feel, the Pomfret from Hudson Valley Lighting (above) has sinuous curves of thickly ribbed spindle-blown glass with an exposed filament bulb. The black braided cord adds a handsome touch, contrasting with the aged brass or polished nickel finish. Available in blushy pink, light blue, light amber, bronze and clear.

Corbett Lighting’s Piet (at right) showcases large pieces of handsome, hand-blown glass offered in three unique shapes. Includes round, almond or tapered bubbles that are pierced by elongated stems accented by polished stainless steel. Designed to illuminate beautifully on its own or showcase an entirely different aesthetic when grouped together. Available in two variations: smoked glass with a silver graphite leaf finish or straw glass with gold leaf.

The Meteor from Corbett Lighting (at left) creates a globe of color with natural agate pieces in warm amber hues. Because no two agate pieces are alike, each design is completely unique. The rods and optical crystal glass diffusers radiate from the design’s stainless ball center, secured with a hang-straight canopy. Offered in multiple pendant sizes from 18 inches to 50 inches wide, as well as a wall sconce.

In-drawer power station

Don’t let technological clutter overtake your counter tops. Tidy up with an in-drawer power outlet from Docking Drawer. You can install this safe outlet inside your cabinet or drawer. Many cabinet companies, including Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Bellmont Cabinets, and Wellborn Cabinets, offer full lines of cabinetry that include Docking Drawer outlets which have been pre-specified into their drawers. The next time you install new cabinetry into your home – whether it be in your kitchen, office or bathroom or closet – consider the power of a Docking Drawer right at your fingertips. This in-drawer charging solution can charge four devices simultaneously in drawers as shallow as 3 inches. Visit dockingdrawer.com.

Grill-cleaning robot

Like a Roomba for your grill, the Grillbot Pro is a robot designed for the sole purpose of cleaning your grilling surface so you don’t have to. The Grillbot starts with the push of a button and has a smart computer brain controlling the cleaning cycles and the speed and direction of the brushes. Using a series of tiny metal bristles, the bot scurries around the grill or oven, and will keep cleaning until its 10-, 20-, or 30-minute cleaning cycle runs out – or when its rechargeable lithium-ion battery dies. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the device allows users to clean their grill from their smart phone. Just sit back, relax and let this little robot do the scrubbing for you! Available locally at the The Woodway, or visit grillbots.com.

Real rain shower

Ever dreamed of showering in the rain? Bring the dream alive with the Real Rain storm shower head from Kohler, designed to simulate a warm rainstorm. With the shower head's 775 different nozzles and an innovative Katalyst air-induced technology, water falls in varying sizes and angles to recreate the feeling of raindrops. The shower is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity rather than pressurized spray to shape the water. The ceiling-mount panel measures 19" by 19", with a flow of two gallons-per-minute in the regular rain mode. In the on-demand deluge mode, the shower head will dump half a gallon of water from the reservoir in a concentrated area for 6-8 seconds, soaking the bather in a flood. The silicone sprayface is available in seven finishes. For local retailers, visit us.kohler.com.

Go ahead – write on the walls

In home design, whiteboards and chalkboards have been popular for a long time, but now, Formica’s new writeable laminate invites you to write on the walls – or wherever. The surfaces can be used for tables, islands, backsplashes, cabinets, counters and more. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the surfaces provide a platform for leaving messages or just indulging in creative expression (as shown here). “Imagine a wall or door in your home where you can finally say, ‘it’s OK to draw on,’ ” says Gerri Chmiel, Formica’s residential design lead. “Imagine jotting a good luck message on your counter for your loved one on the day of a big meeting, making sure they start their day right.” The options for expression are endless, she notes. “Homeowners today want to express their individuality – and what better way to do that than with a blank canvas for just about anywhere you can think to use one?” Formica Writable Surfaces are durable, budget friendly and wipe clean. Visit formica.com.

There's a faucet for that

Have a look in mind for your next remodel? There's a faucet for that. Whatever the style of décor – from modern to classical – there are finely crafted faucets to complement the look. Consider these fabulous four:

1. Modern. The Prezlee widespread faucet from Newport Brass offers architectural style with a brilliant combination of geometric elements balanced in perfect harmony. Its crisp squared profile has an enduring appeal designed for the 21st century.

2. Transitional. The Rydder widespread faucet from Newport Brass is a bold yet graceful transitional design that exudes architectural appeal. A square base curves gently to both handles and faucet. The slight curvature of the levers and spout create a charming and organic look.

3. Vintage. If you’re looking to bring a cool vintage, industrial look to your kitchen or bath, take a look at the H-Line faucets from Watermark Designs. The faucets feel like they were plucked from a different era, not just for their styling (replete with escutcheons and the engraved ‘H’ for hot and ‘C’ for cold) but for their heft and weight.

4. Classical. THGs popular Art Deco series bears proof of the era’s inspired, streamlined elegance. In addition to being offered as a basin set, Art Deco is available as a Roman tub set, thermostatic valve, shower set, as well as a range of tub and shower accessories, robe hooks and towel bars.

Visit newportbrass.com, watermark-designs.com, thgusa.com.

A hood with beauty and brawn

The Meteorite hood from Elica marries elegance and efficiency. The pairing of glass with polished steel makes it ideal for any space, blending in with other appliances. The unit has touch-control commands backlit on the glass and sensors that allow the hood to self-adjust based on the quality and quantity of fumes present in the kitchen. LED strips direct light onto a cooktop and the Tune-White feature allows users to adjust the tone of the white light to best suit the aesthetics of the space. Operating at a low noise level, the hood guarantees reduced consumption (class energy A), and high-filtering efficiency thanks to its high-performing odor filter. The unit comes in 36-inch wall-mounted or 48-inch island versions. Available locally through Allen & Petersen or visit elica.com.

The look of wood – with stone

Eldorado Stone captures the character, texture and warmth of reclaimed barn wood with its new Vintage Ranch collection. Made of concrete, each plank is hand painted to display the patina of weather-worn boards to create the look and feel of authentic wood, including oak, Douglas fir and pine. The stone profile comes in a panelized format, which combines planks of varying height and depth that can be installed in indoor or outdoor applications. Vintage Ranch comes in four colors: Saddlewood (shown here), Foxwood, Parchwood and Doverwood. Available locally through Davis Block & Concrete or visit eldoradostone.com.

Geometric masterpiece

Origami turns the precise and intricate practice of the ancient art of folding paper into a three-dimensional, modern masterpiece lighting collection from Troy. With its varying geometric shapes, the fixture plays with perspective and offers a fresh and unique view from any angle. Floating inside the unusual frame, the frosted globe glows with substantial LED light, and can be made adjustable with the use of a standard incandescent dimmer. When finished in bronze with contrasting gold leaf interior, or graphite with contrasting silver leaf interior, the effect of the piece’s rich appearance is complete. Origami is available in three vertical pendant sizes, one landscape-oriented pendant for use over tables or lower hanging installations and as a wall sconce.
Available locally at The Lighting Gallery by Brown’s or visit troy-lighting.com.

Instant hot water

InSinkErator’s Invite Series HOT150 instant hot water dispensing system dispenses near-boiling water on demand with a push-handle for easy activation from a 2/3-gallon hot water tank. It features an easy-to-adjust temperature control to change water temperature from 160-210 degrees to meet individual preference and needs. The instant, self-closing hot valve ensures water is not wasted. Available in chrome or satin nickel finishes, it is covered by the exclusive We Come to You 1-year in-home limited warranty. For a list of local retailers, visit insinkerator.com.

Storage you can see

Hardware Resources’ new premium chrome pantry organizers make cabinets’ contents more accessible: The Pantry Pull Out lets you see everything being stored, and the Pantry Swing Out swivels 180 degrees for easy access to all sides of the shelves. Preassembled and quickly installed, the Pull Out is available in 12 different sizes, each with two adjustable shelves and 6-way adjustable door mounting brackets for easy mounting. Additionally, the top mounting bracket allows for 3" of adjustability and can be used for frameless or face frame cabinetry. For info, visit hardwareresources.com.

Self-cleaning toilet

Keeping a sparkling clean bathroom just got easier with the American Standard ActiClean self-cleaning toilet. The new ActiClean system is the toilet that cleans itself, combining the power of revolutionary VorMax flushing technology – which delivers the cleanest flush ever engineered – with a fully integrated self-cleaning system. Simply press a button, walk away, and let the toilet do the rest – it's that easy. ActiClean eliminates the need for add-on cleaning solutions that are unsightly, ineffective and may even damage toilets. No more in-the-bowl or in-the-tank cleaning solutions that may not work effectively with high efficiency, low consumption toilets. A convenient flip-up door on the tank top houses the control panel for the cleaning system, which is activated at the user's choice. For homes with small children, the cleaning function can be locked and the cleaning cycle can even be canceled mid-cycle, if needed. For local retailers, visit americanstandard-us.com.

Bathed in white

Part of the Traditions collection, the Torino (at left) vanity and matching curio cabinet are luxurious and practical additions to the bath.

The sleek and sophisticated Rebecca (at right) vanity features a white under-mount sinktop with drawer bridges to accommodate any bathroom.

Many designers and paint manufacturers have crowned white as the color of 2016. Not sure how to use this popular hue in the bathroom? Embrace white in an inviting way with Ronbow’s iconic bathroom collection. The new white finishes, whether satin or glossy, offer a unique take on classical cabinetry and a fresh, sophisticated approach to modern furniture pieces. Along with its simplicity, white also makes an impact by brightening any room it graces. “Although white painted cabinetry is often associated with low-quality products, Ronbow’s finishing techniques deliver a depth and luster found on fine furniture,” says Stuart Stanton, Ronbow’s executive vice president. In addition, all Ronbow products feature German manufactured full-extension drawers, slides for maximum storage and soft-close hinges. All units are constructed of solid wood and furniture style dovetail drawers for added sturdiness and durability. For local dealers, visit ronbow.com.

Decorative drains

In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Newport Brass make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. Like jewelry for your shower, each circular 4” drain grid is constructed from durable, solid brass and is available in five exclusive patterns to coordinate with any bathroom decor including contemporary, traditional or transitional design styles. The new, innovative snap-in O-ring mounting system eliminates the need for unsightly screw holes and allows the drain grid to be easily removed to clean debris. Choose from 28 distinct finishes, including gun metal, forever brass and Venetian bronze, to create an individualized style that is unique to the space. Visit newportbrass.com.

Set in stone

Transform any wall into a modern design statement with exposed stone – a look and textural feel unmatched by any other type of surface. Boral’s Pro-Fit products offer a practical way to achieve a tailored ledgestone look with small-scale, low relief stones. It’s quick and easy to install because it isn’t applied one stone at a time. Instead, the primary building blocks are groups of small stones meticulously bundled together to form modular components of equal height. Pro-Fit products also feature the patented cultured stone veneer interlocking mortar groove for secure adhesion without grouted joints. A range of colorways are available. For local dealers, visit boralamerica.com.

Foot-control faucet

Why not free yourself up in the kitchen? Grohe’s new LadyLux3 Café kitchen faucet allows you to switch the water flow on and off with a tap of the foot on an activation plate installed discreetly in the toe space of the cabinet. The product frees both hands for added maneuverability in the kitchen and can reduce the spread of germs and bacteria. The activation plate can be installed within arm’s reach for users in wheelchairs to operate the faucet. For local dealers, visit grohe.com/us.

A way of light

The Sonneman Lighting Stix Plus LED Bath Bar is the best visual proof that less is more. With its minimal frame, the Stix provides an uninterrupted strip of LED illumination without taking too much of the coveted wall space. Its sleek frame is ideal for contemporary spaces, such as bathrooms, foyers and hallways. This distinctive linear design is available in a variety of lengths (up to 98 inches) and finishes, including satin white, bright satin aluminum and satin black. May be mounted vertically and horizontally. Visit sonnemanawayoflight.com.

Cityscape sconce

Get an amazing "city view" no matter where you live with this handcrafted sconce from Hubbardton Forge. The design evokes the idea of skyscraper silhouettes reflecting off a waterfront. This floating skyline combines excellent craftsmanship with technology as the handcrafted aluminum rods are subtly illuminated by an edge lit LED panel. This versatile wall sconce is indoor damp rated making it ideal for bath vanity use as well as a dramatic decorative piece for modern dining rooms, hallways and entertainment spaces. Inner rods offered with a vintage platinum or soft gold finish, and the outer structure is available in all of Hubbardton Forge's metal finishes. Direct wire wall sconce. Shown in vintage platinum and burnished steel finish. Available locally through The Lighting Gallery by Brown's, and Treeforms Furniture Gallery. For more information, visit vtforge.com.

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