New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

Bathroom style

Looking to add some eye-catching impact in your next bathroom project? Consider the new Avian Bath Collection from Danze, where minimal design meets function. Engineered for superior durability, the collection features clean lines and crisp edges giving it a contemporary yet ageless character. Its simplistic linear handles require the lightest of touch and integrate seamlessly into today's luxury bathroom. The faucets feature a durable ceramic disc valve for a no-drip seal, and laminar flow for a clear, low-splash water stream. The Avian Collection includes single-handle and two-handle lavatory faucets, Roman tub, and tub and shower configurations. The collection is available in three finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Satin Black. Visit avian.danze.com.

Decked out lighting

Enjoy your outdoor living space long after the sun goes down by adding Trex Outdoor Lighting. Easy to install into a new or existing deck, the lighting options help illuminate your space at night and seamlessly blend into your deck during the day. Instead of using incandescent bulbs – which waste energy by producing heat as well as light – these energy-efficient fixtures are made from low-voltage Cree LEDs. The lights can be installed into the railing, stair risers or the deck itself. To take the look up a notch, try the optional timer and dimmer for total lighting control. The easy-to-install components are extremely durable and waterproof, ensuring that they will endure the elements for years to come. Plus, the lights are cool to the touch, making them safe for children and pets. For local retailers and builders, including Spenard Builders Supply and Treeline Construction Inc., visit trex.com.

Bright idea for mirrors

Need a little extra brightness in that morning mirror? Richelieu’s two new stylish Loop and Pulse lighting options can be added to any mirror. These 12V LED lights are designed to hook onto the edge of a six-millimeter-thick mirror and can be positioned wherever needed, providing a bright, uniform light. Ideal for bathroom vanity mirrors, they come in natural white and warm white color temperatures with a chrome finish base plate. Visit richelieu.com.

Thin is in

When it comes to kitchens, thin is in. Both cabinets and countertops are adopting a more slender profile for an elegant and timeless look. Wilsonart, a creator of engineered surfaces, recently released Thinscape Performance Tops, a collection of 12 European-inspired, durable and ultra-thin decorative countertops. The collection features a variety of surface material looks including large-scale stone, quartz, planked wood and aged metal designs. The 1/2" construction makes it easier to fabricate than porcelain counters. Using dry tools, installers can easily create corners and cut-outs, or install undermount sinks. These affordable surfaces offer a luxurious look for less, bringing a homeowner’s dream kitchen to life while staying on budget. Manufactured in the USA, Thinscape Performance Tops are easy to clean and are extremely impact-, scratch- and moisture-resistant. They also come with UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for indoor air quality. (Shown here: Sterling Calcutta, a large-scale veined Calcutta design with soft grey features and a luster finish.) For more info, visit wilsonart.com/thinscape.

Behind the veneer

Upgrading a home’s exterior with manufactured stone veneer proves to pay off – not only with an excellent return on a homeowner’s investment, but also with increased curb appeal. One beautiful option is Grand Banks Limestone, the newest color palette in Eldorado Stone’s Limestone veneer collection. The intricate, hand-painted color application process represents the latest advancements in color layering techniques for architectural stone veneer. The limestone veneer is hand-dressed to create a chiseled stone shape on a rectangular ashlar profile. For a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional styles, Grand Banks mixes modern color tones – rust, gray-green, cream, and silvery-blue – with timeless stonework textures. The veneer ranges from two to eight inches in height and four to 17 inches in length, with an average stone size of six by 12 inches. For local retailers, visit eldoradostone.com.

Pint-sized barn doors

Love the barn door look on full-sized doors so much that you wish they came in smaller sizes for cabinets? Done. The double sliding barn door hardware kit from Mockett & Company (SDH4-90) is sized for use with a pair of small furniture doors, up to 17 inches wide. Perfect for use with bar or buffet cabinets, entertainment centers, mantle displays, vanities, or storage spaces, this pint-sized version of its larger predecessor adds an unexpectedly delightful touch to any room. Currently available in a black finish, the set includes a 60-inch top rail, four sliding brackets, and two cabinet door handles. They are made for use with interior wood doors, with a maximum weight of 22 pounds per door. Visit mockett.com.

Paint and primer in one

Sherwin-Williams’ new SuperPaint Interior Acrylic Latex works as a paint and primer in one, offering a uniform appearance while saving time and keeping costs down. It goes on fast, providing excellent hide, quick cleanup, and easy touchup. “Through conversations and research, we know professionals are looking for an interior coating that maintains the premium application appearance they love, and is still easy to apply,” says Rick Watson, director of product information and technical services at Sherwin-Williams. “SuperPaint delivers on those expectations with enhanced hiding capabilities and consistent color for a rich, beautiful appearance time and time again.” SuperPaint Interior Acrylic Latex is available in flat, satin, velvet and semi-gloss sheens, and may be used on previously painted, bare or primed wallboard and wood, as well as primed plaster, masonry, and metal. For local retailers, visit sherwin-williams.com.

Filtered water dispenser – anywhere

Imagine a hands-free water source in your mudroom, recreation room or even master suite, for dispensing cleaner, healthier water. Elkay’s new ezH20 Liv is a convenient, built-in filtered water dispenser that’s made for all the living that happens in your home. It’s ideal for busy households and has endless uses – from filling single-brew coffee makers and watering cans for plants to pet bowls. The Liv is designed to fit between two wall studs, and may be placed anywhere in a new or existing home with access to water and electrical hookups. The dispenser is sensor-activated, with an automatic, timed shut-off to prevent accidental spills. Its long-lasting filter is NSF-certified to reduce lead and other harmful contaminants. The glass front, available in a Midnight or Aspen White finish, features sensor lights that indicate when the filter needs to be changed. A backlit LED ticker counts the equivalent number of 20-ounce, single-use plastic bottles served through the filter. Optional features include a drain connection from the drip tray and a safety lock preventing unsupervised use, recommended for homes with small children or pets. Available in refrigerated or non-refrigerated models. For local retailers, visit elkay.com.

Unlock a cabinet with touch of a finger

From passports to medicine, there are many items that we want to keep easily accessible in our kitchens and bathrooms, but out of curious hands and away from would-be thieves. Diamond Cabinets has unveiled the Biometric Secured Drawer, a drawer lockable by the touch of a finger. The drawer keeps items safe and secured with a self-locking mechanism tucked in the inside, offering security without sacrificing the beauty of a clean outer drawer front. This industry-leading innovation deters anyone without an approved fingerprint from accessing valuables and articles within the drawer. Featuring proven advanced sensor biometric technology from The Master Lock Company, the drawer assures fast, accurate scans that grant or restrict access with the simple touch of a finger. The fingerprint reader can store up to 100 unique fingerprints, ensuring every household member can have access to the drawer. To access the cabinet, the user simply pulls the drawer. The cabinet will open slightly, revealing only the fingerprint sensor and battery. Once the fingerprint is used to grant access, the drawer will open fully. Sizes include 18-inch, 21-inch and 24-inch-wide base drawer cabinets measuring 24 inches deep. Available locally through Alaska Countertops, One of a Kind Design, or visit diamondcabinets.com/dealer-locator.

Wallflower

Modern home interiors, often filled with a collection of straight – sometimes harsh – lines, can come across a bit unwelcoming. Soften that space with Calla by Sonneman, a delicate wall sconce that adds style and function with its sleek aesthetic. Bringing to mind calla lilies with its petal-like shades, Calla radiates subtle, yet luminous light to avoid harsh shadows while still providing a beautiful glow. Comes in both satin white and satin black finishes to complement a wide range of design schemes. For local retailers, visit sonnemanawayoflight.com.

Cabinet storage solutions

Forget digging in a dark, messy cabinet every time you need something. Keep your kitchen organized and spotless with Omega Cabinetry’s new German-engineered line of full-access cabinetry solutions. Have every single item in your cabinets at your fingertips but still out of sight with these fully custom solutions. Omega’s new line features a complete matching suite in a versatile gray interior finish and 26 organizational solutions, including pullout storage sets, hidden wastebaskets, corner cabinet pullouts and rotating organizers, and more. Select solutions are also available with interior cabinet lighting options to make finding what you need even easier. Exterior finishes include cherry and chestnut as well as more cost-friendly options like laminate and MDF. Available locally through Builders Millwork Supply and Kitchens By Design, or visit omegacabinetry.com.

Bridging the gap

Bridge faucets are far from new, but recently they’ve surged in popularity – and with so many styles, from traditional to modern, it’s easy to see why. Bridge faucets are a style of faucet that require only two holes to install as opposed to the usual three or – even more inconvenient – four holes that are required. Rather than a hole for each handle and a hole for the spout, the bridge connecting the cold and hot water supply is left exposed above the counter. This exposed bridge gives these faucets their name. Traditional designs like Chesterfield by Newport Brass can lend some old-world style to a transitional kitchen or make the beloved farmhouse style look more authentic. More sleek designs like ONE by Kallista help to streamline modern spaces while still providing a touch of personality. Many bridge faucet models have optional side-sprayers and many have a variety of finishes to choose from, so a bridge faucet can work for any space.

Cheers to this wine cooler

Keep up to 100 bottles of wine stored in optimal conditions with the new Dacor 24-inch Modernist integrated wine cellar – perfect for those who want more than a wine rack but less than a cellar. Until recently, dual temperature zones were the standard feature in wine fridges (cold for white, cool for red), but not with this one: the three independently cooled zones let you customize settings for a wide range of wines. Additionally, the fridge features a Digital Inverter Compressor with mounts that reduce vibrations so wines are not affected by machine operations, and a Precise Cooling technology that minimizes fluctuations in temperature Available through Kitchens by Design, or visit dacor.com/products/collections/modernist.

Wood-look tile flooring

Love the look of wood flooring? Think tile. Wood-look tiles have become an incredibly popular flooring option for people who want the timeless and beautiful look of wood but with the extreme durability of tile. Tile design technology has advanced so far that, at first glance, it’s easy to mistake the faux look for the real thing. Mohawk’s RevWood Plus flooring, for example, combines the look of wood with the toughness of laminate. Perfect for families with children and pets, RevWood Plus offers serious performance for any room in the house. The durable planks resist stain, scratches and dents and are 100-percent waterproof. Spills, accidents, and tracked-in stains are kept on the surface for quick, easy cleanup thanks to its glueless locking system. RevWood Plus also features All Pet Protection & Warranty, which covers all pet accidents. Visit mohawkflooring.com.

Night light

Skip the boring outdoor lights; let your outdoor lighting take center stage with these curb-appealing Shadow Box sconces from Hubbardton Forge. It’s the perfect way to extend a warm greeting to guests. Focusing on materials and faultless geometric balance, the Shadow Box sconce proves that high-impact lighting need not be complex. Layers of diffused light and dramatic shadow create the perfect blend of style and streamlined design. Each piece is accented with a block of optic crystal for an added touch of elegance. Choose from three different sizes to fit your needs, and pick your own accent color for the backplates and, if you’d like, customize them with your address number too. Made for the outdoors, these sconces are elegant enough for indoor use as well. Visit hubbardtonforge.com.

Door bling

Add a touch of elegance to your doors with Emtek’s crystal knobs. These timeless beauties sparkle, reflect, add texture and dimension and look stunning no matter the space. The knobs are available in a variety of styles ranging from the traditional “Old Town” clear antique rosettes to the contemporary, square pieces with clean lines for a more modern/transitional look. Each one has a reflective mirror backing that helps boost the clarity and sparkle of the crystal. The satin brass finish (shown here) joins the other base options, which include polished brass, French antique, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, satin nickel, pewter, flat black and polished chrome. For local retailers, visit emtek.com.

Smart cooking

Open up new – and smart – culinary possibilities. The 30-inch KitchenAid Smart Oven+ is the first single wall oven that comes with interchangeable attachments to enable grilling, stone cooking and steaming. The powered grill attachment is intended to minimize the smoke and flare-ups of a traditional outdoor grill; the steamer attachment steams anything from vegetables to meat, potatoes or pasta; and the baking stone attachment helps you crisp dishes, and it preheats in half the time of a regular baking stone. Each attachment is dishwasher-safe and fits into the powered hub at the back of the oven. Using the KitchenAid app and Wi-Fi, you can use voice commands to adjust Smart Oven+ settings remotely. In addition to mobile connectivity, the oven offers a true convection oven, color glass touch display, and a SatinGlide rollout extension rack for attachments to make it easier to cook with large or heavy bakeware. The oven maintains its own beauty with a fingerprint-resistant finish. For local retailers, visit kitchenaid.com.

Shelf life

Every shower needs a shelf. One common solution in a tiled shower is for the installer to construct a shelf using a tile covering that matches or accents the tiles in the shower area. These tile shelves can be challenging and time consuming to install but one fast and easy solution can be found with Schluter’s line of shower shelves. The 5/32-inch, brushed stainless steel shelves are made to fit neatly between rows of shower tile, and require no special tools for installation. Available in five different shapes and sizes, the shelves come in curve and floral patterns to match Schluter’s point and linear drains with the same designs. Visit schluter.com.

Under-the-sink solution

Offering more convenience in the kitchen, Moen’s EXL100c garbage disposal is equipped with six motion-activated LED lights, which illuminate the space under a kitchen sink with up to 75 lumens of output when the cabinet door is opened. “The area under the kitchen sink often can feel like an abyss of forgotten products, with lack of light making it difficult to see and find what you’ve stored inside,” says Chris Nealon, senior product manager at Moen. “But now, just like the lights in your refrigerator and oven, the motion-activated lighted garbage disposal will illuminate the space around the appliance, so that struggling to see under the sink becomes a thing of the past.” The motion sensor is freely positionable, with a front-facing battery compartment for easy replacement. The disposal itself runs on a powerful 1 HP engine, along with Moen’s VORTEX permanent magnet motor and SoundSHIELD insulation. The EXL100c attaches with Moen’s Universal Xpress Mount, which fits all Moen assemblies and most existing three-bolt garbage disposal mounts, along with an open dishwasher inlet that installs without tools. For more information, visit moen.com/disposals.

Cooking freedom

Cooks can enjoy unparalleled freedom in the kitchen with Thermador’s new Freedom Induction Cooktop. The cooktop’s entire surface – the largest fully usable cooking surface on the market within its class – can be used as one large cooking area, allowing for up to six pots or pans to be heated simultaneously in any position. Without having to adjust settings, the cooktop automatically detects the presence of the cookware and transfers all programmed settings to the next location whenever it is shifted, offering more responsiveness and flexibility than ever before. The cooktop comes in 30” and 36” models that users can control with an enhanced full-color touch screen with clear, vibrant displays. With smart, intuitive features such as Cooktop Hood Sync, which allows for synchronization between the cooktop and matching hood for task lighting and ventilation, the Freedom Induction Cooktop delivers an elevated cooking experience. Available locally at Allen & Petersen Cooking & Appliance stores or visit thermador.com.

Glass act

The Tomei Modules from Lunada Bay Tile offer a fresh and versatile palette of large-format glass tiles inspired by modern architectural masters. Created for residential and commercial walls, the modular field tiles help you create tailored statements from gentle panoramas to bold and playful abstractions. Like an endless canvas, the nuanced colors are suggestive of misty fogs, budding leaves and broadening horizons. Visit lunadabaytile.com.

Floating vanities

It seems that every homeowner craves more space – or at least the impression of it. Enter wall-mounted floating vanities, a trending look for small bathrooms to impart that open, airy and expansive feel. With Dura Supreme’s new floating vanity systems (shown here), vanities and even linen cabinets are suspended on the wall leaving a sleek, clean look that is ideal for both transitional- and contemporary-styled bathroom designs. The vanities are available in 12 different configurations (for single-sink vanities, double-sink vanities or offset sinks) or individual cabinets that can be combined to create your own unique look. Any combination of Dura Supreme’s door styles, wood species, modifications and finishes can be selected for a custom look. The line includes the new Plumbing Drawers, a storage feature that optimizes the space under the bathroom sink by adding accessible storage around the plumbing fixtures. Visit durasupreme.com.

Dura Supreme's floating bathroom vanities shown here: At left, Chroma door style with custom painted finish and Cherry Praline finish; At right, Silverton door style with Poppy Seed finish.
Hot spring luxury

The soothing tranquility of Japanese hot springs may be a world away, but DXV brings this luxurious water experience home to bathrooms with its one-of-a-kind Aqua Moment Drop-In Airbath with Waterfall. The tub delivers an unforgettable hydrotherapy experience with a unique waterfall feature that envelops the bather’s shoulders in the comfort of warm, flowing water. Whether you seek to relieve sore muscles or simply wash away the day, the gentle shoulder massage provides the sensation of being fully submerged in water without requiring an oversized tub. As a curtain of warm water cascades over the shoulders, a chromatherapy system adds a cycle of eight rich, soothing colors of light to the bathing pool. The tub's airbath system also features 360-degree air jets offering a choice of classic, high-pressure and deep massage settings. Leaning back against the waterfall's comfortable headrest, the bather can let go and unwind as an inline heated air blower keeps the water pleasurably warm for the duration of the Aqua Moment experience. The tub features a sleek, zero-edge profile for a clean look and highlights a minimalist design with contoured lumbar support for the bather's comfort. For local retailers, visit dxv.com.

Space-saving sliding door hardware

Unlock more space in your kitchen – or any room – and create a more open and inviting feel with wall-mount sliding doors. A standard hinged door consumes 10-14 square feet of floor space to swing open and shut, putting kitchen space at a premium. Single or converging wall-mount sliding doors allow you to utilize this floor space for furnishings and storage as well as extra mingling room for guests and larger families with children. An option like wall-mount door, hardware from Johnson Hardware can provide a new world of architectural possibilities for your kitchen, regardless of size or layout. Ideal for wider kitchen entryways, converging wall-mount door hardware allows doors to glide smoothly as they open whenever you want a free flow for entertaining or close for privacy during meal preparation. Available with or without fascia in either clear satin or bronze anodized aluminum, the U.S.-made hardware and track exceed ANSI safety standards and can successfully complete 100,000 opening and closing cycles. You can also add your own valance curtains to match the door material and trim. Installing wall-mount sliding door hardware can be an easy yet high-impact improvement that reduces space constraints while adding warmth, functionality and appeal to your home. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply or visit johnsonhardware.com.

Bringing farmhouse style to light

Kichler, a leader in innovative lighting, makes modern farmhouse style attainable with its new fixture collections. With inspirations taken from rustic wood, metals and vintage materials, these new introductions help to evoke a warm, weathered and inviting feel in the home. Whether looking to include a touch of farmhouse-feel into existing décor or designing around an entire home, first consider starting with neutral walls and backdrops to help showcase desired focal points. Add a touch of contemporary flair with a linear chandelier that boasts clean, modern and smooth lines that maintain balance between old and new. Finally, include a few decorative pieces, such as milk glass, crates or wooden signs for extra appeal. One of the most prominent inclusions in farmhouse style is the re-introduction of unpainted, natural wood beyond large furniture pieces. From floor to ceiling, rustic wood components are found in distressed flooring and wood-like tile, fireplace mantles and exposed ceiling beams. Soft, soothing tones found in pendant fixtures, succulents and wild flowers, and textiles work well in adding color against the wood grain; while bold inclusions of black frames and brass elements add a strong visual contrast. Aged metal, wrought iron and wire mesh are found in farmhouse-inspired settings, used most often as accent pieces and decorative accessories. Consider including light or whitewashed wood to prevent these tones from feeling too cool. Shown here: Marquee and Mantauk. For local distributors, visit kichler.com.

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