My Latest Houzz Top 20 Guest Picks: Dress Up Your Bathroom

My latest trip to New York with Brizo clearly influenced this recent selection of items I curated for Houzz! Feel free to  click on any image below to be brought to the Houzz article. Let me know your favorite!
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Brizo: Smart, Hot and Technologically Trendy

Dear Friends,

I am back from New York and Brizo Fashion Week was simply fabulous. I learned so much and met so many wonderful people!

 Brizo Team members, includes Industrial Designers, Product Marketing Managers and Communications and Events members. Such a friendly and genuine group! Photo courtesy Brizo Facebook Page.

The Brizo Faucet Line is part of the DELTA Faucet company and is aimed at a more fashion savvy clientele. “Glamorous”, “Elegant” and “Minimalistic” were buzz words used by Brizo members to describe the product lines. During the seminar we learned that Brizo is a “lifestyle”, and its mission is to inspire others to dream.

Brizo gave detailed presentations on current product lines. From traditional to contemporary, and everything in between, the company offers a plethora of bathroom or kitchen faucet designs. Imagine they shipped these cumbersome displays from their Indianapolis offices:

Display of some Brizo Faucets Presented at the Meeting

An example of a more traditional kitchen faucet:tresa kitchen Faucet

 Tresa Faucet system by Brizo for the Kitchen. Photo courtesy Brizo.

An example of a more contemporary faucet line:

siderna bath Faucet

Siderna Bath Line by Brizo is a personal favorite. Photo courtesy Brizo.

Brizo has been working on some pretty impressive  technologies. From SmartTouch Technology where you

SmartTouch  

Photo courtesy Brizo.

can operate the faucet by simply tapping it, to H2OKinetic Technology:

 

Typical
Shower
H2Okinetic Shower
Typical Droplet Size H2Okinetic Droplet Size Droplet Size:
Larger water droplets offer a more massaging shower experience.
Typical spray coverage H2Okinetic spray coverage Spray Coverage:
A dense shower spray offers a more drenching blanket of water coverage.
typical thermal dynamics H2Okinetic thermal dynamics Thermal Dynamics:
Larger water drops and a dense spray pattern results in a warmer, more consistent showering experience.

Comparative drawing from Brizo showing difference between a regular shower and the H2OKinetic Shower Technology.

Another technology of interest is Temp IQ, or Temperature Sensing Technology , which is water temperature information given to the user via a strategically located faucet light.  It turns blue for cold, pink for medium and red for hot. There is also an internal sensor which stops the hot temperature from going too high.

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The Jason Wu Faucet at left is lit in the red (hot) position at base of faucet neck. The little medallion on back is there for demonstrating purposes of the display.

 

 

 

 

 

The little handle on right of this model shows no screws at all. It is smooth as a snake and incredibly nimble to operate:

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Shown here in the Odin chrome and in mid swerve of the handle. Note the little light at base of faucet. Photo courtesy Brizo.

The handle is ingeniously activated by a series of magnets and internal attachments and rotations unveiled here in this clear handle used to demonstrate the complexity of the design (graciously held by Jon Dartt, VP of Sales for Delta, who gave me his permission to take a photograph):

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One of the beauties of the Brizo lines is how invisible screws are on the faucets and handles: this creates smooth, elegant product lines.

Brizo truly taught us so much and I am so grateful for the lovely invitation to join them!

I will blog more in the next few days to share more from my trip.

A bientôt!

 

 

The Case of the Embarrassing Shower -It’s all in the Construction!!!

We purchased our little farmhouse knowing some rooms needed work. We loved that there was a master bathroom, complete with rain shower head. The colors and tile were not to our liking but we had to live with it for a while. Well. It’s official: I hate my bathroom!!!! This was bound to happen, when you consider the color scheme in this bathroom :

The Embarrassing Bathroom- Evidence piece number 1. A milky pinkish, beige color scheme with a greyish patterned granite vanity counter top.

You heard well. Too many “ish” in a description to define color is a red flag.

We used to live in a house with one bathroom for a family of four. I know we are blessed to have 2 1/2 now. The square footage in this bathroom is decent for an old New England home. I love that we have a window.

But my eyes hurt.

And now, for the worse part: The shower was not constructed properly. This past year, the paint has started to peel.The clear door sweeps have started to yellow. Yes. I kid you not.

The Embarrassing Bathroom-Evidence piece number 2- No need for words. Same problem on the other side…

So There. My Secret. Shared. I am sure you have a few embarrassing secrets of your own. Life happens.

I resolved to solve this. I spoke with Shahab Shokouhi, a Writer at Dulles Glass and Mirror — a manufacturer of commercial and residential glass products including tempered glass, replacement glass, and shower doors.

Shahab shared some wonderful tips for a well constructed frameless glass shower enclosure:

 

When designing one’s shower door enclosure, Shahab explains there are several tips to follow to avoid leaks and mold. Following are four helpful tips that will keep the outside of your shower dry, and the installation of your shower enclosure, seamless.

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Tip 1: The Showerhead Position

To minimize leakage, you never want your showerhead positioned facing the opening of the shower door. You want the showerhead to be facing the tiled walls or fixed panels. This will help keep the water inside the shower enclosure, and not on your bathroom floor. In the illustrations above, the first two examples are ideal. Avoid what is shown in the third example.

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Tip 2: Raised Tiles and Overhangs

When dealing with odd overhangs and raised tiles, one might wonder the best way to keep the water in one’s new shower.

For one, to avoid gaps between the wall and the glass, use a fixed glass panel in your shower design and notch the tile so that the panel can be lined up flush against the wall. The maximum width and depth for notching raised tile is ¾” (depth) and ½” (width). To notch overhangs deeper than ¾” depth, you will need to consult a tile professional. Keep in mind that the enclosure may in some instances still require the use of a metal filler (pictured above right) between the glass and the buttress wall.

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Tip 3: Curb Tops

To decrease the likelihood of leaks in your shower enclosure, make sure that the curb top you use is a solid piece of tile, marble, or granite. In the event that a shower curb is tiled with small horizontal tiles, the grout joints become an area where water collects and ultimately, mold and mildew forms. Having one solid piece for the curb top (without any grout lines) alleviates this potential problem. See the third picture above, to see the ideal curb top for your glass shower enclosure.

And here I am adding another image to demonstrate Shahab’s point:

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Tip 4: Pipes and Wiring

This tip is especially helpful if you’re installing a shower in a new section of your home, perhaps an unfinished basement. Be wary of any plumbing pipe and electrical wiring where you will be anchoring your shower enclosure. Anchoring screws may puncture anything behind the studs or walls.

These tips will ensure your shower enclosure avoids leakage and mold, and is easy to clean and maintain. Not to mention, being diligent in your shower enclosure design, ensures that the installers run into zero problems come installation day.

Thank you, Shahab, of Dulles Glass and Mirror , for assisting me in presenting construction tips on a seamless shower!!!

I will be busy re-designing my bathroom in the following year and I will make sure to follow these important pointers!

Enjoy your day! A la prochaine!