In the last ten years in the plumbing industry I have witnessed a lot of new, beautiful products introduced into the marketplace. Recently there has been a renewed emphasis on style, particularly in bathroom design.
In today’s market however, it is exciting what this renewal is delivering when we mix design with technology. There is something interesting and exciting about what we can now do with water and technology merging together in the space.
One of my new favorite products at the intersection of design and technological innovation is Kohler's Veil toilet. Not only does the new Veil toilet have a gorgeous sleek design, it is on the cutting edge of innovation with respect to cleanliness. The long graceful lines and easy to clean exterior mesh perfectly with its self-cleaning technology and state of the art built in bidet functionality. The seat warmer, night light, UV and deodorizers really make the Veil a leader in clean innovation all without sacrificing fashion appeal. Oh and I almost forgot, its comfortable to sit on.
It's possible! A full bathroom remodel in just three weeks. The cool, clean crispness of this bathroom is offset with a subtle touch of light grey/blue.
Fixtures: Riobel Edge in chrome, Fleurco K2 doors with return panel in polished stainless, Opus Waltz Petite bathtub, Fairmont Designs Rustic Chic vanity in silvered oak with matching mirror and Kohler Highline CH Elongated toilet.
This line by Brizo is tied for my favourite series of faucets. This line adds a touch of industrial chic to any space. When you see it in luxe gold, or with wooden handle accents you will want to replace every single faucet you have with it. By now you may have realized that I like things that are either more modern, or more traditional, and my absolute favourite scenario is where I can mix the two. This is easily done with the Litze line and its gilded faucets.
The first thing that I noticed about this line was the uniqueness of the finishes. It is not often that you would see real wood pieces inlayed into the handle of a faucet, or knurling (a manufacturing process which results in a pattern of lines being rolled into the material). Where this line truly begins to shine in my eyes is in its kitchen line. The Litze kitchen faucets come in matte black – which is stunning on its own – or in matte black with luxe gold accents. Furthermore, they have a range of styles and handle selections to make this faucet feel truly customized to your kitchen. Done, sold, I need them all (and I only have one kitchen).
Bonus Shoutout: the bridge faucet with sprayer. I increasingly see more stylized laundry facilities in homes, where clients often opt for a kitchen faucet rather than a traditional looking laundry tub faucet. If you want something that matches the more utilitarian focus of a laundry room, but gets marks for style, try the Litze bridge faucet with a square spout, industrial handle, and side sprayer. You get all the function of a pull-out faucet, with all the style Brizo has to offer.
The bathroom is an important aspect of our home for my partner and I. We both take pride in how we look (do not get me started on his hair), and find ourselves fighting for time in the morning. Anyone who works a lot with mirrors putting on make-up, getting ready for an important meeting or styling hair knows that sometimes a basic mirror doesn’t cut it. Fleurco has a solution, and an added touch that brings it above the rest.
Lighted mirrors are a trend that I would like to see stay for a while. Not only do they make getting ready easier (lighting really is everything, and bulbs do not always do the trick), but they also can provide energy savings over running multiple bulbs through the science of LEDs.
While the proper lighting in a bathroom is important, an additional reason why I am a fan of this line by Fleurco is that the range of sizes means it could be used anywhere in the house – they even have a full length version that is perfect for a walk-in closet or hall near your entryway. Throw in two different styles of lighting and you have a one stop shop for minimalist mirrors.
While I said that we spend a lot of time in the bathroom in the morning, and are often fighting for mirror time, the final feature that I wanted to talk about in a Fleurco Luna mirror helps save time, and makes those mornings easier. We have a particularly small bathroom, and like particularly warm showers. This means our mirror easily fogs up and takes time to wipe down or de-fog, not to mention the cleaning that has to happen after with all the streaks that seem to accumulate. Luna mirrors solve this easily, and include a defogger pad in the middle of the mirror so that this no longer an issue.
Bonus: The Luna line has matching wall-mounted vanities that save space and will take your modern or contemporary bathroom to the next level.
FIND OUT MORE: Fleurco Luna Mirrors
As far as total bathroom fixtures and furniture solution goes, the Tresham family is my favourite. It is transitional, so depending on how you stylize it, and what faucets you pair, it can either become traditional or contemporary (not that you can’t keep it in the middle!). This series includes vanities, toilets, pedestal sinks, shower bases and drop-in sinks. It comes in white, grey, or a deep brown wood colour.
Simply by switching the colour of the vanity it can go from being right at home in an Edwardian manor, to a new high rise condo. That versatility makes it invaluable as it will appeal to a wide range of individuals, while still feeling personal (think resale value!). While I am not a fan of drop-in sinks typically, the Tresham drop-in sink has me debating if I can fit it onto a marble top, or maybe even a live edge wood counter.
Perhaps one of my favourite small details of this family is the trip lever on the toilet. Yes, the trip lever. I can appreciate the clean lines on this toilet forever, but a vertical resting trip lever is a simple change from a standard toilet, and makes all the difference! A little thing that guests will notice, and that you will appreciate the more you use it simply for how unique it is.
As a family, the Tresham series offers versatility, which perhaps aside from my favouritism of it, makes it one of my go-to’s when I am working with clients. It is modular, customizable, has a variety of applications, and can be seamlessly placed in every bathroom in your house: be it a powder room with a pedestal, an ensuite with a shower base, or a a bathroom with a double vanity for multiple users. The Tresham family of products will work with your family to make function look great.
Fun fact: the Tresham series was released around the same time as Current Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were married!
FIND OUT MORE: Kohler Tresham Series
I love claw foot tubs. I also love almost all things British. One of my rental flats (see what I did there?) when I was younger had a poor, old claw foot tub that had been enclosed to make it look like a drop-in unit; super convenient for a rental for students, but I ached a tiny bit on the inside whenever I thought of that poor tub hidden away. Soaks in that hidden-claw-foot always made things better though.
The first time I saw the Victoria + Albert Cheshire I immediately was reminded of the claw foot tub that I used to enjoy so long ago. It brings with it all of the normal aspects of a claw foot tub - a traditional aesthetic, a rolling top lip, classy lines, and the perfect amount of back support for me - with an added benefit: it is extremely customizable. The Cheshire has seven different finishes, and 13 different feet colours, meaning there is a total of 91 different ways this tub can look.
That last statement was not a complete truth. There are 91 standard ways a V+A tub can look, but I will tell you a not so well guessed secret:
That’s right. You can customize this tub, and all V+A tubs for that matter. In The Moment Blue exterior, can do. White exterior with copper painted legs? Also possible. I have seen custom designs that have included murals, damask designs, and even a Union Jack!
FIND OUT MORE: Victoria+Albert Chesire
I live in a rental property, so I am always looking for ways to improve it with items I can eventually take with me. The problem I usually run into with my various apartments is that the shower does not always meet my standards, and it is not always easy to fix that. With the Kohler Hydrorail, that is no longer a problem.
It adds a hand shower, while allowing for either a normal shower head or an overhead rain head! Not only is this system easy to use, it also looks amazing and depending on the shower head, hand shower, and finish chosen, it can fit in almost any bathroom.
Just because this unit makes it easy to upgrade an existing bathroom, does not mean that has to be its sole function. I have worked with just as many clients who want to put it in a new build as well as those who are looking for a solution in a renovation. The aesthetic of the Hydrorail offers a touch of industrial chic by mimicking exposed plumbing that works both in modern bathrooms, as well as any farmhouse (bonus points for adding it in oil rubbed bronze!).
It calls for a screw to be drilled into the wall at the base of the unit, but I opted for a pair of water-resistant Velcro strips which work for now. Full disclaimer: I am only doing this because I intend on leaving my rental unit in the near future, it *works* but I have to occasionally adjust the Velcro strips.
Pair the Kohler Flipside with the Hydrorail. This handheld is my favourite handheld as far as function goes, and makes the Hydrorail a truly diverse system, allowing for four different functions on the handheld, and a rain head on the shower head portion. Plus it looks awesome!