New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

No measuring cups needed

The new Beale MeasureFill pull-down kitchen faucet from American Standard is one of the first on the market to deliver an adjustable set volume of water on demand – ranging from a half cup to up to five cups. This contemporary styled, high-arch faucet streamlines cooking and baking tasks, while helping to reduce clutter in the kitchen – no more filling, checking, pouring out or rechecking needed to get the exact amount of water for a recipe. For ease of use, a blue LED light illuminates the dial window and the volume marks when the measuring function is in use. The selection dial features a stylish, coin edge detail, which helps to improve grip and ensures an accurate setting of the desired water amount. To operate the faucet, a simple touch of the hand or wrist on the dial window is all it takes. The faucet also features an automatic shut-off after five minutes for safety and a temperature memory setting that allows the water to be turned off and back on in any temperature setting. Available in two popular finishes – polished chrome and stainless steel – to easily coordinate with contemporary-styled kitchen appliances and accessories. For local retailers, visit americanstandard.com.

Surface beauty

Silestone, made of 93-percent natural quartz, is considered to be one of the world's leading materials for countertop use. Exceptionally hard and resilient, the surface is non-porous and highly resistant to staining caused by coffee, lemon juice and many other everyday products. Another bonus is its anti-bacterial protection, giving it hygienic properties that are unique on the market. But beyond its tough exterior, Silestone’s surfaces are beautiful through and through. The Eternal Collection, for example, showcases a modern, reinvented take on some of the most popular marbles and stones, with veining and highlights running completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an even more natural appearance. The collection features 10 colorways. Shown here: Eternal Classic Calacatta, which reinterprets Calacatta marble. Visit silestoneusa.com.

To grill or not to grill

Want to grill tonight? Or maybe you’d prefer to bake, smoke, roast, braise or barbecue? Do it all with the Eastwood 22 Traeger Grill. This versatile grill allows you to cook anything in it – from grilling burgers and smoking ribs to baking a pizza or a peach pie. The Traeger starts with the twist of a knob, is hot and ready to cook in minutes. Fueled by 100-percent pure hardwood pellets, the grill’s digital controller allows you to maintain the temperature, just like an oven. Go from low and slow to hot and fast grilling. With its 418-square inch grilling area, rugged all-terrain wheels and an all new strapplingy stable sawhorse chassis, it’s ready to tackle any grilling challenge. For local retailers, visit traegergrills.com.

Video doorbell

Answering an ordinary doorbell ring can be risky business in today's world. Xlive by Wireless Input Technology is the first smart video doorbell that works to keep people safe without opening their door. Moreover, it can monitor children and pets, and even controls the garage door for package deliveries for an added level of security. The Xlive records in 1080p HD video, and you can actually use it to communicate with whomever is on the screen – no matter where you are. Also, the app will give you an alert when motion is detected on your porch. Xlive also has the ability to deter unwanted visitors by automatically turning on a smart bulb at a pre-set time when motion is sensed or when your doorbell button is pressed. The doorbell fits every door by using the existing doorbell wires. For more information, visit xlivepro.com.

Cutting-edge design

Spare and architectural, Kallista’s new Grid faucet celebrates the beauty of geometrical minimalism, pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge bathroom design. The faucet took home top honors at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – standing out as the best in new product introductions. Created using 3D metal printing, the faucet’s intricate form was developed through a layer-by-layer process of powdered steel that is then laser fired to liquid and cooled before another layer is added until the form is complete. With a unique outline form, the faucet has “discreet interior channels” that allow the water to flow easily through the base. The open cube handles are scaled appropriately to comfortably conform to the hand. Shown here in a matte black finish. Available summer 2018, Grid product offerings will include a faucet, wall-hung console, lighting and accessories. Visit kallista.com.

Pet hair eraser

Pets are a part of our families, but having pets also means dealing with the hair and messes they leave behind. The cleanup is now easier than ever with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off, engineered specifically for homes with pets. This innovative 2-in-1 Lift-Off vacuum combines the power of an upright and the convenience of a detachable, portable canister to clean in those tight places other vacuums can’t. Plus, pet owners need not worry about all that hair getting wrapped around the brush roll, thanks to the innovative Tangle-Free Brush Roll. When done, use the Hands-Free Empty featuring a cyclonic spooling system to drop the hair and dirt easily into the trash – no more touching the yuck. For local retailers, visit bissell.com.

Peel and stick

NuWallpaper by WallPops has the look and feel of real wallpaper but without the installation headaches. No paste or glue and no need to hire someone. With this peel-and-stick removable wallpaper, the fear of design-commitment is virtually eliminated. So go ahead: Spice up an accent wall, re-do your bathroom, or create a tranquil bedroom. With beautiful designs that include chic geometrics, faux brick and wood, elegant tree prints and fashionable florals, each pattern will breathe new life into your space. Easy to install and easy to remove – leaving no sticky residue. For creating a rustic getaway, try Beachwood (shown here) with its weathered wood look. Available locally at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts, Home Depot or visit wallpops.com.

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 firstbuild.com or geappliances.com.

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 ronbow.com.

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 wilsonart.com.

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 thermador.com.

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 masterbrand.com.

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 liftmaster.com/locate-a-dealer.

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 blancoamerica.com.

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 troy-lighting.com.

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 busterandpunch.us.

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 troy-lighting.com.

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 hudsonvalleylighting.com.

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 trex.com/decking.

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.

For local dealers, visit grohe.com/us.

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.

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