New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

Baked to perfection

While baking, do you find yourself standing by the oven checking the cake every minute until the toothpick comes out clean? Now you can toss the toothpick: A new connected bakeware will tell you when it’s done. FirstBuild’s Precision Bakeware, designed to work with GE appliances, helps pastry chefs and novices bake to the right temperature. “This is the first known integration between bakeware, ovens and smartphone apps, that allows anyone to bake the perfect cake based on the ideal finished temperature of the food,” says Larry Portaro, director at FirstBuild. “And you don’t have to hover over your oven with a thermometer or toothpick to get there. You can walk away and wait for your smartphone app or your GE Appliances oven to let you know when your cheesecake is done just right.” The product will be available in early 2018. For more information, visit or

Bathroom solutions

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to vanity design – each bath has different needs and each designer has different tastes. Ronbow took this into consideration when creating its new collection, Aravo Solutions: an innovative, customizable vanity designed to be designed. Between the variations in sinktops, metal hardware, legs, sizes and finishes, Solutions features hundreds of design possibilities. Additional customization comes in the form of storage solutions and a variety of complementary LED mirrors and medicine cabinets. The Solution collection is available in matte white and empire gray and is available in 24", 30", 36" and 48" vanity sizes. Hardware finish options include brushed brass, brushed nickel and polished chrome. Visit

Luxury for less

Want high-end looking countertops at affordable prices? Consider today’s luxurious-looking laminate – it’s not your grandmother’s laminate anymore. Longtime manufacturers such as Formica or Wilsonart offer a broad range of new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood, quartz and other pricier surfaces. Wilsonart, for example, recently debuted 24 new laminate surface colors: 20 stone designs and four woodgrain patterns, and a matte finish for six colors. Its laminate ranges in price from $25 to $33 per square foot when installed. Laminate also stands up well to any lifestyle: It’s resistant to odor- and stain-causing mold and mildew, as well as scratches and scuffs, and is an environmentally friendly product. Shown here: Marmo Bianco Laminate from Wilsonart. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply or visit

What’s the color forecast?

Wondering what shade to paint that guest bathroom or breakfast nook? Get inspired with these 2018 “color of the year” picks from a few of the top paint brands.

Glidden’s Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), is a “no-fuss shade of black” that the company assures us shouldn’t be intimidating. “Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your decor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easy-going style that’s trending for 2018,” says Misty Yeomans, the company’s color marketing manager. Its easy, authentic tone makes it both a versatile accent for walls, doors, trim and cabinets. Keep it fresh by pairing it with white, or add energy, by pairing it with touches of coral or peach tones.

Want to feel like you’re on vacation while at home? Sherwin-Williams’ Oceanside (SW 6496) is a rich, opulent green-blue hue that evokes a sense of adventure. “We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents. Oceanside is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. A great accent wall color, it’s a natural complementary tone to sandy beiges and desert taupes.

Behr Paint’s In The Moment (T18-15) is a cross between blue, green and gray, resulting in a soothing and serene color. This fresh shade of nature “evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr’s vice president of color and creative services. The color’s tranquil quality makes it ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and nurseries.

Close to the family of beiges, DutchBoy’s Sandstone Tint (441-2DB) is a warm and homey hue. The company describes this color of the year as “the perfect neutral that can effortlessly be incorporated throughout the home.” It serves as a blank canvas for bold or neutral color pairings and everything in-between.

Benjamin Moore’s Caliente (AF-290) is hot, hot, hot! This striking, bold shade of red is full of energy and will set any space on fire. Use it to warm up kitchen and dining room walls. It will also work well as an accent against white or gray walls.

Built-in coffee station

The new Thermador Built-In Fully Automatic Coffee Machine is a completely programmable coffeehouse-style appliance that can prepare up to 10 different beverages with ease, from a latte macchiato to a flavor-rich espresso. It is simple to prepare hot beverages with just a touch of a button, including warm milk/froth for those who enjoy lattes or cappuccinos. The machine features a main container for whole beans, a smaller container for coffee grounds and a stainless steel milk container that can be removed and stored within a refrigerator. For local retailers, visit

Tuxedo kitchens

A classic combination even James Bond would approve of, “tuxedo cabinets” are emerging as a top trend in kitchens. Adding visual interest to the kitchen, these cabinets are two-toned, with the floor cabinets being one color or shade and the upper wall cabinets being another. According to a survey from MasterBrand Cabinets, 48 percent of designers are mixing stains and opaques in kitchens. "Duo tone design by mixing species, textures or colors allows for longevity for cabinetry,” says Stephanie Pierce, director of design & trends for MasterBrand Cabinets. “The best examples of tuxedo cabinets use two neutral colors that are highly complementary, such as light and dark neutrals. A tip: Use light paints and stains on upper cabinets to create the feeling of a more open space.” For more info, visit

Garage security

The new Automatic Garage Door Lock from LiftMaster provides an extra layer of protection for the home's largest door, securing it every time it closes. It’s the industry's first accessory deadbolt and works in tandem with select new LiftMaster openers. More than 70 percent of homeowners use the garage as the main access point to the home, making safety and security a top priority for new and existing residents. Like a deadbolt for your front door, the Automatic Garage Door Lock renders the garage door virtually impenetrable, automatically engaging and disengaging when it opens and closes. An audible click is heard when the lock engages, providing homeowners with the assurance that the garage door is closed and secure. The lock seamlessly integrates with the LiftMaster MyQ app, which sends a smartphone notification if the garage door is left open and allows homeowners to close and secure it from anywhere with their smartphone. Find your nearest LiftMaster Dealer at

Farmhouse fresh

Blanco’s Profina is the farmhouse sink with a modern twist. This generous 36" galley-style apron front sink, crafted of Blanco’s durable fireclay material, features an iconic farmhouse look, with thin walls that give it a modern feel. Its innovative accessory ledge allows for custom accessories to fit within the sink, saving counter space. Durable and stylish, Profina is designed to meet the complex demands of today’s modern, hardworking kitchen. The sinks are also available in Silgranit (a granite composite) and stainless steel. For information, visit

Light revival

Turn up the style with these high-impact lighting collections that combine nostalgia with a contemporary flair. Each eye-catching structure revives a historical attribute, like vintage knurling or industrial-inspired ironwork, while remaining indisputably relevant to the present.

Audiophile from Troy Lighting features detailing reminiscent of tuning knobs or accessories on mid- to late-century high-fidelity audio equipment. It includes a handworked iron frame, clear blown glass shades, vintage-inspired bulbs and aluminum accents. Offered in a variety of pendant and sconce styles. Available through The Lighting Gallery by Browns, or visit

Buster + Punch’s Heavy Metal pendant adds a bold and eclectic look to any room. Constructed with steel, brass, smoked bronze and matte black finishes, it pairs perfectly with the LED Buster Bulb. The resin light pipe at the center of the bulb is where all of the magic happens. It allows the bulb to perform two incredible functions: a focused spotlight to illuminate surfaces below and a warm ambient glow to light faces and spaces around it. Visit

Troy Lighting’s Berlin pendant brings together modern contouring and industrial detailing with commanding simplicity. Constructed of handworked iron and finished in gun metal, it showcases an impressive piece of clear, blown glass that encases its cone-shaped, iron mesh internal metalwork. Offered in three pendant sizes, it includes an LED light source and universal dimming within a globe diffuser. Available through The Lighting Gallery by Browns, or visit

Desmond from Hudson Valley Lighting pays homage to iconic American motorcycles. Featuring angle-cut arms and a knurled bulb base, the fixture is fitted with spiral carbon-filament bulbs. Offered as a three-light flush mount, a one-, four- or six-light pendant and a two-light sconce, it comes in aged brass or polished nickel finish. Visit

Railing redefined

Deck railing, long regarded for its ability to add safety and beauty to an outdoor space, has taken on a more functional role in today’s backyards. A popular trend right now is “cocktail railing,” which makes use of space by providing a flat surface for you and your guests to place drinks and plates. The Trex Signature railing is an ideal choice for creating this on-trend application. Simply pair the stylish aluminum railing with a deck board top rail to create a mixed-material look that adds both style and functionality. Lighting is another “bright” idea for adding versatility to the outdoors, and is one of the most requested add-ons from homeowners during the deck-planning process. With these new post cap lights and wedge deck lights from Trex, your expressive style will never go dark. (Shown here: Signature railing in Charcoal Black with Transcend decking in Havana Gold.) Available locally through Treeline Construction, or visit

Spa shower

Want to transform your shower into a luxurious spa experience? Consider installing one of these innovative shower systems from Grohe:

Introduce pure geometric forms to your shower environment with the Euphoria Cube shower system. It delivers all the benefits of a rain showerhead and hand shower in one perfectly proportioned package.

Achieve a new shower in under an hour! The RetroFit shower system provides an easy upgrade by transforming an existing showerhead installation with concealed pressure balance valve into a luxurious shower system without breaking the wall.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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