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The New Brass

As you can probably imagine, I see my fair share of stainless steel and brushed nickel finishes in plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware.  It’s pretty much been the “go to” finish for ages.  Some clients will go for shiny chrome, which I happen to love as it enhances any contemporary design very nicely, thank-you-very-much.  It’s also usually less expensive.  However today I would love to invite you to consider another option that has captured my attention of late.

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Hot Trends Make a Big Splash at KBIS 2014

As many of you know, the Kitchen and Bath masses gathered in Las Vegas February 4-6 for their annual pilgrimage to KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. This year the event was part of Design & Construction Week, a new concept, merging KBIS with IBS, the International Builder’s Show. As a result, it was bigger and better than ever. Let’s hope that what happened there does NOT stay there ! Read more


Ever Wonder Where a Delta or Brizo Faucet Comes From?

Is this some cutting edge art installation?  Although it’s beautiful, it’s not!  What you see  is a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) chamber at the Delta Faucet Plant in Jackson, Tennessee.

PVD Chamber C_013802

Delta’s trademark  BRILLIANCE  anti-tarnish finish is applied here, not only adding color but providing heavy duty abrasion resistance to their faucets.

This was just one of the things I learned about on day two of the Brizo Blogger 19 Reunion.  (Click here to read about day one at St. Jude’s) I always love to visit plants and factories because it gives me so much more information to help my clients make the right choices for there home.

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TOTO, Total Luxury with a Conscience


There’s nothing more luxurious than a TOTO toilet.  There, I said it.  Even the “design civilians” know about the TOTO toilet with tush cleaning features but since learning about this amazing company, in depth, I have begun to notice that TOTO toilets are literally everywhere!  When you visit restaurants, airports, hotels and any number of commercial locations, check the toilet.  It’s probably TOTO.  There’s a good reason for that.  Their products start with really listening to people and discovering what they need.  They call it “People First Innovation”. Read more



This was the beach we went to in my home town of Miami,  Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne, Florida

I grew up in South Florida, never more than minutes away from the beach.  The lighthouse is not only a symbol of tradition, where in days gone by it was a way shower and lifesaver for those at sea, but for me it also stands for Dad.  My dad taught me how to swim, snorkel and generally love the ocean when I was a wee girl.  As a Navy veteran who spent many days at sea, you could say he became a connoisseur of lighthouses.  Today he makes them with his hands and if you’re lucky enough to be a friend or relative you will have one gracing your yard with its soft illumination.

Solar powered lighthouse by Carl Graham

Today I work very close to the Jupiter Lighthouse.

Well apparently I’m not the only one thinking about lighthouses.  On a trip to Portugal Judd Lord, Director of Industrial Design at Brizo, found the inspiration for the Baliza faucet.  You guessed it, lighthouses!   To him the lighthouse exemplifies all that is timeless and traditional.  I love the idea of using a familiar object in a new and innovative way.

Baliza by Brizo for the bath shown in an oil rubbed bronze finish. Coming soon, the Baliza pull down kitchen faucet.

Check out this video to see what Baliza is all about. Now I’m going to the beach!

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