New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

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.

Iconic outdoor comfort

Classic, cool and comfortable, it’s hard to beat an Adirondack chair for relaxing in style outdoors. A wonderful object of Americana, each piece looks elegant whether it’s perched on a front porch or nestled in the grass of your backyard. These iconic chairs with their curved back design, found at Treeforms Furniture Gallery, are certain to provide welcome seating for outdoor entertaining. Built by skilled Amish craftsman and made from 100-percent recycled materials, each solid and sturdy piece is maintenance-free and will never rot, warp, fade or splinter, so you can enjoy it year-round. The chairs come in a bold variety of colors to liven up any outdoor environment. Available locally at Treeforms Furniture Gallery or visit treeforms.net.

New shelf life

Shelf liners have come a long way from the days of sticky contact paper. Duck Brand Smooth Top Easy Liner has a unique non-adhesive design that prevents the liner from bunching and doesn't leave a sticky residue, so you can remove, reposition and redecorate with ease as many times as you'd like. Cushioned for extra protection, the liner also features a smooth top and a grip bottom that helps keep it in place. With a variety of colors and trendy patterns, like this speckled beige granite, you can bring new life to old cabinets, drawers and shelves. Easy to cut, just apply to your surface and style away. It’s even machine washable.
For local retailers, visit duckbrand.com.

The perfect pair

Love the modern look of glass tile and the timeless beauty of natural stone? Consider the union of Kinship, a new tile collection from Oceanside Glasstile and Island Stone that marries glass and stone. The coastal-inspired collection incorporates four natural stones – grey sandstone, mint sandstone, silver quartzite and white marble – with the magic of molten-glowing glass. The result? A beautiful Kinship of stunning stone and jewel-like glass that will have you wanderlust for all corners of the great Pacific. Available locally through Pacific Tile or visit glasstile.com.

Sparkling silverware

Looking for a dishwasher that gets silverware sparkling clean? Silverware and utensils are often packed tight in the basket, making them the toughest dishwashing challenge. GE’s new dishwashers are aimed at blasting away those dirty, sticky problems. The Cafe and Profile dishwashers have more than 40 dedicated deep-clean silverware jets. Those jets power water up from below the silverware basket to attack caked-on food remnants like peanut butter, cheese and oatmeal. The result? Sparkling table-ready silverware in one wash cycle. The new dishwashers also feature special bottle and container jets in the top tray. GE Profile and Café models are available in stainless steel and slate. For more info and local retailers, visit ge.com/appliances.

Leak alert

Burst pipes, leaky toilets, broken water lines and other water-related issues cost American homeowners more than $2,000 for each repair, according to Home Advisor. To address this concern, the new Delta Leak Detection, an advanced combination of connected sensors and software, is designed to help homeowners monitor for issues and be alerted about water leaks. The device is engineered to detect a range of water levels, from pooling water to a few drips that can cause costly damage over time. Two concentric rings of conductive metal within the unit monitor for the presence of unwanted water. Should any water flow over the top or pool underneath the device, an electrical connection between the two rings triggers an automatic alert to a connected smartphone or tablet. An audible alert and flashing LED light will activate to notify those in the home as soon as a leak is detected. Unlike other leak detection systems currently on the market, the unit does not require a hub system; it uses the home's Wi-Fi network to send an alert to the homeowner’s smartphone when it gets wet. The battery-powered unit can be used with any water source in a home, including water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps, sinks and toilets. Visit deltafaucet.com.

New angle on design

Why settle for ordinary bath accessories? Transform your bathroom with extraordinary pieces that are not only functional but also show off a distinctive style. Dezi Home’s bath accessories from its Alchemi Series, for example, hinge on a simple, elegant oval that hangs on the wall. It works as both a towel holder or shelving system. Horizontally, it holds a soap dispenser, toothbrushes, jewelry. But turn it vertically and it becomes a rack for rolled guest towels. Cylindrical containers accented by diffused, translucent glass turn the mundane into a design focal point. Available in four finishes: bright polished chrome, warm polished nickel, soft brushed satin nickel and classic Old World bronze. Visit dezihome.com.

Shady style

Pergolas create a beautiful focal point for your backyard and provide an inviting place to host an outdoor gathering. A low-maintenance composite pergola from Trex is designed for long-lasting durability and won’t split or fade, leaving you more time for enjoying – rather than maintaining – your outdoor living space year-round. Offered in 25 standard sizes as well as custom shapes and sizes, Trex Pergola kits provide architectural interest as well as the perfect amount of shade and privacy. Add a pergola canopy, lighting, curtains, heaters or a fan to create the outdoor retreat of your dreams. Trex Pergolas are available online at trexpergola.com or through any local TrexPro contractors, including Treeline Construction.

Cool customization

Now in its 100th year, Thermador has long provided a number of innovative appliances that not only save space, but also provide personalization. Its “Culinary Preservation Centers,” for example, allow customers to mix refrigerator, freezer and wine storage columns. Now Thermador is introducing two new fully customizable appliances to its line: the Wine Reserve Refrigerator and Double Drawer Refrigerator. The under-counter Wine Reserve Refrigerator can be installed fully flush for seamless integration into any room. The unit offers a range of features, including six shelves crafted from Wenge wood that can hold up to 42 750-ml bottles, and dual temperature zones that provide the ability to chill red and white wine at different temperatures. Homeowners can choose a left- or right-opening door with stainless steel and glass or a custom panel on the door to blend with surrounding cabinetry. The Double Drawer Refrigerator features exclusive SoftClose hinges and slides and comes in stainless steel options or design-your-own custom panels. Each measures 24”. Available locally through Allen & Petersen or visit thermador.com.

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