New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

Functional works of art

Native Trails, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly, artisan-crafted kitchen and bath products, recently launched its Murano Collection, an exquisite line of glass vessel sinks handcrafted by Italian artisans. The unique colors and patterns in the collection are created during the molding and spinning process, and every sink is expertly hand-formed, giving each piece its own personality as an irreplaceable work of functional art. The Murano Collection comes in five design series – Beachcomber, Abyss, Bianco, Shoreline, and Abalone – each comprised of multiple sink styles, though every sink is unique. (Shown here: 'Lido' from the Abalone series; and 'Positano' from the Shoreline series.) To find a local showroom, visit nativetrailshome.com.

Aromatherapy shower

Want to create a more relaxing, spa-like bathroom? Consider adding Moen’s new aromatherapy handshower, allowing you to attach aromatherapy shower capsules straight to the shower head to infuse with essential oils. The showerhead diffuses the oils into your shower without leaving oil residue on you or your shower. Customize your shower with options to increase the concentration of the oil in your shower, and pick between several fragrances, from energizing to more relaxing scents. The sprayer itself has six settings – from relaxing massage to downpour to a more intense rinse. For a list of local retailers, visit moen.com.

Beauty of hardwood

Bring stunning style to any space in your home with worry-free COREtec Plus floors. These 100-percent waterproof vinyl planks look like real wood and can be installed in high-moisture areas, like the kitchen or laundry room, without the worry of swelling or water damage. The planks have a micro-bevel edge giving them a true hardwood flooring look. Plus, unlike some of the other luxury vinyl products on the market that use simulated graphics, COREtec has real texture and real graining. COREtec comes in a number of wood grains such as a rustic look, extra-wide planks, extra-long planks and multi-tone planks. Color options include light and dark browns, reds and grays/whitewashes. Each plank features a number of layers for extra durability, including a 0.5 mm wear layer that protects your floors even in high traffic or commercial areas, and an underlayment made out of cork that adds extra insulation to floors and absorbs sounds, making it quiet to walk on. And, with its resistance to mold and mildew, your family is protected from effects of these allergens. (Shown above: COREtec Plus Enhanced Planks in 'Mornington Oak.') Available locally at Florcraft Carpet One Floor & Home or visit coretecfloors.com.

Refreshment center

Because of the rising interest in wine and craft beers, Bosch created the Refreshment Center, a glass-front drawer that is designed to optimize beverage storage. The center drawer has five pre-programmed settings for beverages, beer, champagne, white wine and red wine – perfect for storing your favorite thirst quencher. Just press the buttons on the appliance to set the temperature and humidity levels that will best preserve those wines or other sensitive beverages. You can also use an app on your smartphone to set custom settings and monitor the drawer’s environment. The drawer can hold up to 17 standard wine bottles, or just remove the top shelf to accommodate up to six large ones. Additionally, the Bosch 800 Series refrigerator uses dual compressors and evaporators to control temperature and humidity while limiting odor transfer between different zones in the appliance. For local retailers, visit bosch-home.com/us.

Glass rinser

Ever watched a bartender quickly rinse a glass by pressing it down on a clever device that shoots water up? Now these countertop glass rinsers are entering the home. Delta's new Glass Rinser uses high-pressure water jets to rinse every ounce of residue inside glassware, baby bottles, and more. Its sleek, low-profile design coordinates with any faucet and it can be easily installed in an empty countertop hole, such as those used for soap dispensers and sink sprayers. Consider installing one outside the kitchen, such as in a bar area or even in the bathroom for rinsing out glasses in a flash. The rinsers come in chrome and SpotShield stainless-steel finishes, but will soon be available in seven additional finishes. Available locally through Central Plumbing & Heating, or visit deltafaucet.com for a list of additional retailers.

2-in-1 shower

The Delta In2ition Two-in-One Shower features a detachable hand shower which can be used separately from or simultaneously with the showerhead. H2Okinetic showers are powered by an innovative technology that sculpts the water into a unique wave pattern, giving users the feeling of more water without using more water and creating a shower with more warmth, coverage and intensity. Delta’s soft rubber Touch-Clean spray holes allow any mineral residue to simply be wiped away for an instantly refreshed look – with no need for soaking or the aid of chemical cleaners. Spray settings include: H2Okinetic PowerDrench spray, full body spray, massaging spray, shampoo rinsing spray and pause. The pause setting gives users ample space for shaving, lathering and other shower tasks, without worrying about overspray or water waste. For local retailers, visit deltafaucet.com.

A surface that’s ‘magnifica’

Bedrosians Tile & Stone has announced an amazing new countertop solution – the Magnifica Porcelain Collection, which now offers 2cm porcelain slabs – the first ever made in the U.S. Fabricators are drawn to this new size because it transports, fabricates and installs as easy as natural stone and quartz countertops. Designers and homeowners love its beauty, cross-functionality, and supreme durability that surpasses quartz, offering a green product without any resin fillers. Fine marble and natural stone surfaces are synonymous with luxury, but maintenance and upkeep require a little or a lot more effort depending on the stone – especially with busy families and active households. However, Magnifica offers a compromise that marries the look of natural stone with the easy maintenance of porcelain, delivering high-end looks with all the benefits porcelain tile is famous for. This solid surface is shock-proof, heat-proof, acid-proof and, of course, spill-proof. Magnifica is large format porcelain, offered in sizes as large as 60-in. by 127-in. and as small as 30-in. by 15-in. with thicknesses ranging from 2cm to 8mm and 6mm. Homeowners can use porcelain the same way natural stone has been used for ages. The organic looks are created by taking real stone slabs, scanning them and replicating them on porcelain panels. Visit bedrosians.com.

Stay safe this holiday season

While decking the halls and preparing for parties, here are three safety tips to protect your home and loved ones this holiday season:

Holiday Lights. A report from the National Fire Protection Association revealed that nearly two-thirds of fires involving decorative lights are due to electrical failures or malfunctions. Be sure to use appropriate indoor or outdoor lights that have been tested and approved by an independent laboratory (typically indicated on the product packaging). If you live in an older house, it may be a good idea to get a professional check-up from an electrician before loading up outlets.

Candles. While candles can give your home a festive atmosphere during the holidays, be sure to always keep a watchful eye. With an estimated 15,600 home fires caused by candles each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s important to keep fire extinguishers nearby and make sure they are easily accessible if you plan on burning candles in your home.

Holiday Cooking. The kitchen stove is among the most frequent sources of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home. To help eliminate danger of overexposure, always run exhaust fans when cooking. As an added precaution, check CO alarms and smoke alarms before the holiday season by testing function and replacing batteries as needed. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years and CO alarms every five to seven years – although several new models now offer a lifespan of 10 years, such as the 10-Year CO Alarm (CO710) by First Alert. Visit firstalert.com.

Leak detector

Smart home devices help homeowners save money in a variety of ways these days, from adjusting the thermostat to turning off lights. And now Flo by Moen can help ensure that expensive flooding and damage never happens. By installing Flo by Moen on the water main coming into your house, the device can detect a leak as little as one drop per minute so rather than a slow leak running inside your drywall and resulting in black mold, you are notified before it becomes a problem. And if a water pipe bursts, it will turn off­ the water main and alert you. Additionally, for a small monthly fee, Flo identifies the water-using appliances and fixtures in the home – shower by shower, flush by flush, and even washer load by washer load – giving you insight into your home’s water use. Over its lifetime, the Flo by Moen could potentially save a homeowner thousands of dollars. For local retailers, visit moen.com.

Clean the unseen

Of the 327 million people who live in the U.S., it is estimated that 50 million suffer from allergies. If you or a loved one count yourselves among this group, being stuck indoors can literally make you sick. This is because every day we breathe in thousands of allergens such as mold spores, pet dander and pollen that live in our mattresses, pillows and other home fabrics. Dust mites and their waste products are one of the most common causes of year-round allergies and asthma so ridding your home of these uninvited guests sets the stage for healthy living. To the delight of allergy suffers and clean freaks everywhere, RAYCOP’s new Omni Power UV+ Cordless Vacuum kills germs and captures 99.9 percent of particles to ensure allergens do not get released back into homes. The unit uses a four-stage filtration process, including a HEPA filter, ultraviolet light technology (safe for humans, bad for bacteria), pulsation and optimized suction, making it three times more effective at capturing allergens than a regular vacuum. The stick vacuum goes where you go, cleaning multiple home surfaces, including floors, upholstery and other fabrics – even bedding. Boasting a strong battery life, Omni Power UV+ allows homeowners roughly 40 minutes of uninterrupted cleaning time and an easy-to-empty filter. Visit raycop.com.

Split finish

Can a kitchen faucet be transformed from a utilitarian fixture to a statement piece? For Newport Brass, the answer is a resounding yes as shown with their eye-catching split finish faucets. Touted as one of the year’s biggest design trends, matte black and mixed metals in the kitchen and bath create a modern and formal look for any home or business. At the forefront of kitchen couture, Newport Brass offers this contemporary design for the Adams and Heaney faucets featuring a matte black spout with either satin nickel or satin brass accents and handle. Never sacrificing functional performance for aesthetics, the faucets include a signature magnetic docking system that secures the pull-out spray head to the spout when not in use and also features a two-function toggle control spray engine with a pivot ball fitting that enhances directional control within the sink. The split-finish faucets are constructed out of solid brass to deliver long-lasting beauty and performance. Visit newportbrass.com.

Go dark in the kitchen

Matte black is trending everywhere these days – from exterior paint to living room decor to cabinet hardware and more. And now, kitchen appliances are embracing this edgy color – and its many benefits. Maytag introduces Cast Iron Black, a finely textured, matte finish engineered to stand up to daily wear and tear while helping to hide fingerprints and minor dents. White cabinetry has long dominated kitchen design aesthetic, but more homeowners are adding pops of color through the use of colorful cabinetry, mixed textures and unique backsplashes or accessories. Cast Iron Black has endured 1,000 hours of testing to make sure it can stand up to everyday use and is now available on select Maytag models. For local retailers, visit maytag.com.

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.

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