Today is Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

Time Flies!

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Apparently I haven’t written a blog in three months! So sorry for that, I will try to make up for it with a few posts over the next few weeks.

A lot has been going on here at Best! Kohler finally launched their Tailored Vanity Collection, which meant lots of new displays for the showroom. We have put out 7 new displays in Somers over the last month! We just had a photographer in Somers to shoot the new displays, so we will be updating the pictures on our website with those shortly. We’re also going to be putting more showroom pictures on our Houzz page!  Here is a picture of what the Somers showroom looks like now with the new displays!

Somers showroomOn a personal note, I am knee deep in my kitchen and bath renovation!  I talked about my kitchen over a year ago when I first bought the house, and it’s now finally time for the overhaul!  The bathroom will be done in about two weeks, so my next blog will show the progression of that space.  Once the kitchen is done in early August I will post a blog with all of the details of that space.

Come back soon to check it out!

Not Your Boring Old Medicine Cabinets

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Any woman can tell you that storage in the bathroom is key.  We can never have enough of it, and it’s often hard to come by.  One of the best and easiest solutions is to add a medicine cabinet.

Years ago medicine cabinets were boring.  They were just a simple piece of glass on top of a shallow, often plastic, box that could be recessed into the wall or surface-mounted if you couldn’t cut a hole in the wall.  Sizes and shapes were limited, and forget having something decorative.  Thanks to companies like Robern and Afina, the world of medicine cabinets has changed dramatically.

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

DECORATIVE FRAMES

Many cabinet companies now offer decorative frames to surround the simple piece of glass on the front of a medicine cabinet.  These range from wood to metal to glass, and come in styles to suit any space.  One such example is Robern’s new Main Line Cabinets with metal frames.  There are three styles of frames, each available in a variety of sizes and and finishes to match your faucet.  If you’re looking for a wooden frame, take a look at what Afina has to offer.

Robern Full-Length M Series Cabinet

Robern Full-Length M Series Cabinet

 

EXPANDED SIZES

Medicine cabinet companies are now offering a multitude of sizes, including 6″ and 8″ depth cabinets that fit toilet paper and hair dryers, and full-length cabinets that double as full-length mirrors.  Don’t have room for a full-length medicine cabinet in your bathroom?   Think about putting on in your bedroom!  It’s great to store makeup, hair products, even jewelry or cleaning supplies.

 

ACCESSORIES

Robern PL Series Electric Option

Robern PL Series Electric Option

Robern Lock Box for M Series Cabinets

Robern Lock Box for M Series Cabinets

Cabinet companies are also coming out with accessories to help with organization, as well as safety.  My favorite accessory is the addition of electrical outlets to Robern’s cabinets.  For less than $200 you can add two outlets to any of the PL Series cabinets.  This is ideal for anyone who uses electric razors or electric toothbrushes.  Another great accessory is a lock box.  Both Robern and Kohler offer these, and it is a great way to ensure the safety of any medications you may take, especially any that may be attractive to younger children in the home.

 

Kitchen and Bath Show Returns to its Glory

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Kallista Per Se

Kallista Per Se

Every year I attend KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which is the largest show in the US for our industry.  This year was the largest and most exciting show in over 5 years – check out some of the great new products I found!

The most impressive booth at the show was from Kohler, which was no surprise.  Every year they have an incredible booth was great new products and creative entertainment.  This year they more than doubled the size of their booth, and featured “shops” within their booth to feature product categories and brands such as Ann Sacks, Kallista and Robern.  Kallista launched many new products, including a new faucet line called Per Se.  The soft modern design is sure to be a hit.

Robern Adorn Vanity

Robern Adorn Vanity

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern launched the most new products, with the expansion of their vanity line to include a freestanding model, Adorn, and new metal-framed medicine cabinets.

Kohler introduced their biggest product launch in years – the Tailored Vanity line.  This beautiful new collection includes 5 styles, each available in an array of finishes and configurations.

Another exciting product was the expansion of the Bertch bathroom vanity line.  Bertch added a new color, Graphite, as well as a new door style called Northbrook.  The new traditional door style is clean and simple, and is sure to be a success.  They also added some accessories to their line, and expanded their wall-hung linea line to include solid wood doors.

 

Bertch Northbrook in Graphite

Bertch Northbrook in Graphite

 

Brizo Sotria with Open Channel

Brizo Sotria with Open Channel

Brizo had a great booth this year, displaying some new faucet lines that will be launching this summer.  My favorite is the new  Sotria faucet.  This new contemporary faucet will be available with a standard spout as well as an open channel spout pictured here.

The only disappoint was the lack of presence from many of our vendors, such as Franke, Grohe, Hansgrohe and Newport Brass.  Hopefully they will see how successful it was, and will attend next year.


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