New & Notable
Smart & stylish products for the home
Origami turns the precise and intricate practice of the ancient art of folding paper into a three-dimensional, modern masterpiece lighting collection from Troy. With its varying geometric shapes, the fixture plays with perspective and offers a fresh and unique view from any angle. Floating inside the unusual frame, the frosted globe glows with substantial LED light, and can be made adjustable with the use of a standard incandescent dimmer. When finished in bronze with contrasting gold leaf interior, or graphite with contrasting silver leaf interior, the effect of the piece’s rich appearance is complete. Origami is available in three vertical pendant sizes, one landscape-oriented pendant for use over tables or lower hanging installations and as a wall sconce.
Available locally at The Lighting Gallery by Brown’s or visit troy-lighting.com.
Instant hot water
InSinkErator’s Invite Series HOT150 instant hot water dispensing system dispenses near-boiling water on demand with a push-handle for easy activation from a 2/3-gallon hot water tank. It features an easy-to-adjust temperature control to change water temperature from 160-210 degrees to meet individual preference and needs. The instant, self-closing hot valve ensures water is not wasted. Available in chrome or satin nickel finishes, it is covered by the exclusive We Come to You 1-year in-home limited warranty. For a list of local retailers, visit insinkerator.com.
Storage you can see
Hardware Resources’ new premium chrome pantry organizers make cabinets’ contents more accessible: The Pantry Pull Out lets you see everything being stored, and the Pantry Swing Out swivels 180 degrees for easy access to all sides of the shelves. Preassembled and quickly installed, the Pull Out is available in 12 different sizes, each with two adjustable shelves and 6-way adjustable door mounting brackets for easy mounting. Additionally, the top mounting bracket allows for 3" of adjustability and can be used for frameless or face frame cabinetry. For info, visit hardwareresources.com.
Keeping a sparkling clean bathroom just got easier with the American Standard ActiClean self-cleaning toilet. The new ActiClean system is the toilet that cleans itself, combining the power of revolutionary VorMax flushing technology – which delivers the cleanest flush ever engineered – with a fully integrated self-cleaning system. Simply press a button, walk away, and let the toilet do the rest – it's that easy. ActiClean eliminates the need for add-on cleaning solutions that are unsightly, ineffective and may even damage toilets. No more in-the-bowl or in-the-tank cleaning solutions that may not work effectively with high efficiency, low consumption toilets. A convenient flip-up door on the tank top houses the control panel for the cleaning system, which is activated at the user's choice. For homes with small children, the cleaning function can be locked and the cleaning cycle can even be canceled mid-cycle, if needed. For local retailers, visit americanstandard-us.com.
Bathed in white
Part of the Traditions collection, the Torino (at left) vanity and matching curio cabinet are luxurious and practical additions to the bath.
The sleek and sophisticated Rebecca (at right) vanity features a white under-mount sinktop with drawer bridges to accommodate any bathroom.
Many designers and paint manufacturers have crowned white as the color of 2016. Not sure how to use this popular hue in the bathroom? Embrace white in an inviting way with Ronbow’s iconic bathroom collection. The new white finishes, whether satin or glossy, offer a unique take on classical cabinetry and a fresh, sophisticated approach to modern furniture pieces. Along with its simplicity, white also makes an impact by brightening any room it graces. “Although white painted cabinetry is often associated with low-quality products, Ronbow’s finishing techniques deliver a depth and luster found on fine furniture,” says Stuart Stanton, Ronbow’s executive vice president. In addition, all Ronbow products feature German manufactured full-extension drawers, slides for maximum storage and soft-close hinges. All units are constructed of solid wood and furniture style dovetail drawers for added sturdiness and durability. For local dealers, visit ronbow.com.
In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Newport Brass make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. Like jewelry for your shower, each circular 4” drain grid is constructed from durable, solid brass and is available in five exclusive patterns to coordinate with any bathroom decor including contemporary, traditional or transitional design styles. The new, innovative snap-in O-ring mounting system eliminates the need for unsightly screw holes and allows the drain grid to be easily removed to clean debris. Choose from 28 distinct finishes, including gun metal, forever brass and Venetian bronze, to create an individualized style that is unique to the space. Visit newportbrass.com.
Set in stone
Transform any wall into a modern design statement with exposed stone – a look and textural feel unmatched by any other type of surface. Boral’s Pro-Fit products offer a practical way to achieve a tailored ledgestone look with small-scale, low relief stones. It’s quick and easy to install because it isn’t applied one stone at a time. Instead, the primary building blocks are groups of small stones meticulously bundled together to form modular components of equal height. Pro-Fit products also feature the patented cultured stone veneer interlocking mortar groove for secure adhesion without grouted joints. A range of colorways are available. For local dealers, visit boralamerica.com.
Why not free yourself up in the kitchen? Grohe’s new LadyLux3 Café kitchen faucet allows you to switch the water flow on and off with a tap of the foot on an activation plate installed discreetly in the toe space of the cabinet. The product frees both hands for added maneuverability in the kitchen and can reduce the spread of germs and bacteria. The activation plate can be installed within arm’s reach for users in wheelchairs to operate the faucet. For local dealers, visit grohe.com/us.
A way of light
The Sonneman Lighting Stix Plus LED Bath Bar is the best visual proof that less is more. With its minimal frame, the Stix provides an uninterrupted strip of LED illumination without taking too much of the coveted wall space. Its sleek frame is ideal for contemporary spaces, such as bathrooms, foyers and hallways. This distinctive linear design is available in a variety of lengths (up to 98 inches) and finishes, including satin white, bright satin aluminum and satin black. May be mounted vertically and horizontally. Visit sonnemanawayoflight.com.
Get an amazing "city view" no matter where you live with this handcrafted sconce from Hubbardton Forge. The design evokes the idea of skyscraper silhouettes reflecting off a waterfront. This floating skyline combines excellent craftsmanship with technology as the handcrafted aluminum rods are subtly illuminated by an edge lit LED panel. This versatile wall sconce is indoor damp rated making it ideal for bath vanity use as well as a dramatic decorative piece for modern dining rooms, hallways and entertainment spaces. Inner rods offered with a vintage platinum or soft gold finish, and the outer structure is available in all of Hubbardton Forge's metal finishes. Direct wire wall sconce. Shown in vintage platinum and burnished steel finish. Available locally through The Lighting Gallery by Brown's, and Treeforms Furniture Gallery. For more information, visit vtforge.com.
Iconic outdoor comfort
Classic, cool and comfortable, it’s hard to beat an Adirondack chair for relaxing in style outdoors. A wonderful object of Americana, each piece looks elegant whether it’s perched on a front porch or nestled in the grass of your backyard. These iconic chairs with their curved back design, found at Treeforms Furniture Gallery, are certain to provide welcome seating for outdoor entertaining. Built by skilled Amish craftsman and made from 100-percent recycled materials, each solid and sturdy piece is maintenance-free and will never rot, warp, fade or splinter, so you can enjoy it year-round. The chairs come in a bold variety of colors to liven up any outdoor environment. Available locally at Treeforms Furniture Gallery or visit treeforms.net.
New shelf life
Shelf liners have come a long way from the days of sticky contact paper. Duck Brand Smooth Top Easy Liner has a unique non-adhesive design that prevents the liner from bunching and doesn't leave a sticky residue, so you can remove, reposition and redecorate with ease as many times as you'd like. Cushioned for extra protection, the liner also features a smooth top and a grip bottom that helps keep it in place. With a variety of colors and trendy patterns, like this speckled beige granite, you can bring new life to old cabinets, drawers and shelves. Easy to cut, just apply to your surface and style away. It’s even machine washable.
For local retailers, visit duckbrand.com.
The perfect pair
Love the modern look of glass tile and the timeless beauty of natural stone? Consider the union of Kinship, a new tile collection from Oceanside Glasstile and Island Stone that marries glass and stone. The coastal-inspired collection incorporates four natural stones – grey sandstone, mint sandstone, silver quartzite and white marble – with the magic of molten-glowing glass. The result? A beautiful Kinship of stunning stone and jewel-like glass that will have you wanderlust for all corners of the great Pacific. Available locally through Pacific Tile or visit glasstile.com.
Looking for a dishwasher that gets silverware sparkling clean? Silverware and utensils are often packed tight in the basket, making them the toughest dishwashing challenge. GE’s new dishwashers are aimed at blasting away those dirty, sticky problems. The Cafe and Profile dishwashers have more than 40 dedicated deep-clean silverware jets. Those jets power water up from below the silverware basket to attack caked-on food remnants like peanut butter, cheese and oatmeal. The result? Sparkling table-ready silverware in one wash cycle. The new dishwashers also feature special bottle and container jets in the top tray. GE Profile and Café models are available in stainless steel and slate. For more info and local retailers, visit ge.com/appliances.
Burst pipes, leaky toilets, broken water lines and other water-related issues cost American homeowners more than $2,000 for each repair, according to Home Advisor. To address this concern, the new Delta Leak Detection, an advanced combination of connected sensors and software, is designed to help homeowners monitor for issues and be alerted about water leaks. The device is engineered to detect a range of water levels, from pooling water to a few drips that can cause costly damage over time. Two concentric rings of conductive metal within the unit monitor for the presence of unwanted water. Should any water flow over the top or pool underneath the device, an electrical connection between the two rings triggers an automatic alert to a connected smartphone or tablet. An audible alert and flashing LED light will activate to notify those in the home as soon as a leak is detected. Unlike other leak detection systems currently on the market, the unit does not require a hub system; it uses the home's Wi-Fi network to send an alert to the homeowner’s smartphone when it gets wet. The battery-powered unit can be used with any water source in a home, including water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps, sinks and toilets. Visit deltafaucet.com.
New angle on design
Why settle for ordinary bath accessories? Transform your bathroom with extraordinary pieces that are not only functional but also show off a distinctive style. Dezi Home’s bath accessories from its Alchemi Series, for example, hinge on a simple, elegant oval that hangs on the wall. It works as both a towel holder or shelving system. Horizontally, it holds a soap dispenser, toothbrushes, jewelry. But turn it vertically and it becomes a rack for rolled guest towels. Cylindrical containers accented by diffused, translucent glass turn the mundane into a design focal point. Available in four finishes: bright polished chrome, warm polished nickel, soft brushed satin nickel and classic Old World bronze. Visit dezihome.com.
Pergolas create a beautiful focal point for your backyard and provide an inviting place to host an outdoor gathering. A low-maintenance composite pergola from Trex is designed for long-lasting durability and won’t split or fade, leaving you more time for enjoying – rather than maintaining – your outdoor living space year-round. Offered in 25 standard sizes as well as custom shapes and sizes, Trex Pergola kits provide architectural interest as well as the perfect amount of shade and privacy. Add a pergola canopy, lighting, curtains, heaters or a fan to create the outdoor retreat of your dreams. Trex Pergolas are available online at trexpergola.com or through any local TrexPro contractors, including Treeline Construction.
Now in its 100th year, Thermador has long provided a number of innovative appliances that not only save space, but also provide personalization. Its “Culinary Preservation Centers,” for example, allow customers to mix refrigerator, freezer and wine storage columns. Now Thermador is introducing two new fully customizable appliances to its line: the Wine Reserve Refrigerator and Double Drawer Refrigerator. The under-counter Wine Reserve Refrigerator can be installed fully flush for seamless integration into any room. The unit offers a range of features, including six shelves crafted from Wenge wood that can hold up to 42 750-ml bottles, and dual temperature zones that provide the ability to chill red and white wine at different temperatures. Homeowners can choose a left- or right-opening door with stainless steel and glass or a custom panel on the door to blend with surrounding cabinetry. The Double Drawer Refrigerator features exclusive SoftClose hinges and slides and comes in stainless steel options or design-your-own custom panels. Each measures 24”. Available locally through Allen & Petersen or visit thermador.com.
Inspired in both design and performance, the Miele Dual Fuel Range offers intuitive controls, automation and harmonious design. Features include the ComfortLift panel, which tilts at 35 degrees with the touch of a button for easier visibility, and the Wireless Roast Probe for safe and precise performance. With its Moisture Plus feature, you can introduce bursts of steam for the perfect cooking environment for succulent, tender meats and shiny, flaky crusts. Miele's new M Touch controls are easy to operate and navigate. With a swipe of the finger, the screen will quickly lead you to your desired selection. Whether choosing an automatic chicken program or calling up one of your favorites, the screen provides a pleasing visual with easy-to-read touch controls. Offered in sizes from 30 to 36 to 48 inches (shown here), with grill/griddle variations for the cooking surface. Cleaning and maintenance are made effortless with ComfortClean dishwasher-safe grates and a Clean Touch steel front resistant to fingerprints and smudges. Available at Allen & Petersen Cooking & Appliance Center or visit miele.com.
Bring the outdoors in
Want to bring the outdoors in but not ready to create a solid wood wall? Add elements of the natural world into your environment with Stikwood’s Peel & Stik reclaimed and sustainable wood planking. This new paneling comes with an adhesive backing, just like a shipping label. To install it, simply plan out your design, peel off the backing and stick the planks to the wall. These unfinished reclaimed weathered wood planks come with all the beautiful imperfections nature intended. Transformed over the years by wind, rain, snow and ice, these rustic planks add a touch of the outdoors to any room. Visit stikwood.com.
Indoor pizza oven
Want to cook your own authentic, restaurant-quality pizza at home? Residential pizza oven options have run the gamut from cumbersome and complicated to convenient yet disappointing, spurring the development of the new Monogram Pizza Oven. The oven brings authentic old world taste to today’s high-end kitchens. The compact unit installs right in your kitchen and uses a standard 240-volt outlet, with no special venting required, unlike a commercial unit. The unit comes pre-programmed to cook multiple types of pizza. A companion app integrates the oven into the home’s existing connected products ecosystem, while a 30-minute pre-heat process allows users to cook some pizzas in as little as two minutes. Available in mid-May. For local retailers, visit ge.com/appliances
Sink to new levels
With soft French curves, the Cairn sink from Kohler offers transitional style to suit contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Made of Neoroc, a matte-finish composite material designed for extreme durability, the undermount sink resists impact, staining, fading and heat, won’t chip or scratch, and can withstand temperatures up to 750 F, according to the manufacturer. An alternative to cast iron and stainless steel, the 33” model comes in single, dual-basin, and large or medium dual-basin options with rounded corners and matte black or matte brown finishes. For local retailers, visit kohler.com.
The Hammerhead 4V Lithium Rechargeable Screwdriver takes the uncertainty and guesswork out of working on switches, outlets, fixtures and cords. The cordless screwdriver features a circuit sensor that detects live wires for work near electricity, so you no longer need to guess whether you have turned off the correct breaker, or need to touch a wire with a tool to determine if it is live. The integrated LED work lights provide some illumination when you’re working in a low-light situation, and the wire stripper and wire bender mean you have the tools you need at hand. The integrated Lithium-ion battery is conveniently recharged with a USB cable. Found locally at Lowes and Sears or visit hammerheadtools.com.
With more and more people choosing to remodel their homes, it’s no wonder one of the first rooms to enjoy a redesign is either the kitchen or bathroom. Changing out hardware is a simple way to freshen up these rooms. These Edgewater pulls from Top Knobs are handcrafted with graceful and fluid designs in contemporary and transitional finishes. Each Edgewater pull is gently curved with beveled edges for a beautiful design that can be used in a variety of spaces. The products are available in six finishes: polished nickel, flat black, polished chrome, tuscan bronze, oil rubbed bronze and brushed satin nickel. Further, each cabinet knob, door handle, pull, hook or fixture by Top Knobs offers a completely sealed finish that lasts for years, so the wear-and-tear of the most used drawer knobs and pulls will never show – good news considering the kitchen is the most used room in the house.
A star is born
Mid-century style is always in vogue, and this popular style is gaining traction along with 1970s-inspired pieces and pops of art deco, such as this Dunkirk fixture from Hudson Valley Lighting. Like a star being born, Dunkirk is at once organic and out of this world. When Gino Sarfatti designed the first chandelier that launched the Sputnik-style craze, he was trying to emulate fireworks. Dunkirk is an opulent, branching design that seamlessly integrates Sarfatti’s vision with 32-cut faceted crystal spheres bedazzling at the ends of delicate stems. Available in aged brass and polished nickel finish, the modern contempo style is sure to complement any bedroom, entry, kitchen, dining room or hallway.
For local retailers, visit hudsonvalleylighting.com.
Why not save space while adding style? Ginger’s latest accessory, the innovative Valet Hook, lies unobtrusively dormant when not in use, taking up minimal space. However, when snapped up into action, the hook is designed to hold multiple garments for drying or hanging purposes. The valet hook can be a tremendous asset to any bathroom, dressing area, laundry room and even exercise room. Comes in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin nickel. Find it locally at Ferguson Enterprises or visit gingerco.com.
The Electronic Hidden Storage Lift from Wellborn Cabinet is perfect for housing dishes, canned goods and other items. With the push of a button, this lift drops down from the wall cabinet to the countertop and can be stopped at every height in between. The unit consists of two shelves for extra storage space, and allows for easy removal and storage of your dishes. For local dealers, visit wellborn.com.
Caulk like a pro
AdTech’s new ProTouch Caulking System was created for the Do-It-Yourselfer as a smart, all-in-one kit that removes the difficulty, mess and frustration of caulking jobs. The unique ProTouch applicator delivers a precise and consistent flow – stopping on demand when the ultra responsive trigger is released. The ProTouch Caulking System makes it easy to get professional quality results when caulking a bathtub, sink, window, trim – or any other caulking job – with simple, snap-on nozzle tips that lay down a precise caulk line. Best of all, no tip cutting or size guessing. The system also includes a clever 3-edge caulk removal tool to extract old, cracked or moldy caulk, easily and safely, without scratching or harming surfaces. The kit includes a precision applicator, two tubes of white premium-paintable caulk, 4 pre-cut nozzles, caulk removal tool and Nitrile gloves.
A good faucet is functional, but a great faucet is beautiful too. Pfister’s new Kai faucet design brings an eye-catching centerpiece to the kitchen. Inspired by artistic attributes found in sculptures, Pfister rethought the interaction of the faucet handle with the fixture's body, molding it into the product versus making it a separate piece. Its unique appearance draws attention and creates a conversation starter as art for the kitchen. "Faucets are no longer a secondary thought in kitchen remodels and builds; the design is becoming a main focal point of the room," said Tim Burdett, marketing manager for Pfister. "Kai places importance on enhancing functionality with purposeful features that also enrich the aesthetics of the room." Unlike other pull-down faucets, Kai has no visible transition between the spout tube and the removable sprayhead. The spout tube is one seamless, smooth piece from base to tip. The sprayhead completely retracts inside the flared spout and remains invisible until it is released.
For local retailers, visit pfisterfaucets.com.
If you like the idea of adding a rug to your indoor or outdoor space, but the thought of cleaning it makes you hesitate, consider this new two-piece system that takes the hassle out of keeping your floor decor tidy. Ruggable is designed with a decorative top layer and a nonslip base that cling together, preventing the rug from moving around. When it needs a wash, simply remove the cover from the base and throw it in the washing machine. Ruggable is purposefully designed to be repeatedly removed, washed and reapplied. The water-resistant surface allows any dirt or spill to be easily wiped off, and the wool-free design helps reduce dust and other allergens. The 2-Piece Rug System is also lightweight and portable. The rug comes in several sizes, patterns and colors. Visit ruggable.com.
A project with no clean up
What do most handy men want? It’s simple: more powerful tools, more precise cuts and, above all else, no mess to clean up. The RotoSaw+ with Dust Vault attachment features a lightweight canister with quick-release tabs that collects up to 90 percent of dust and debris while in action. Whether it is drywall or wood, the Dust Vault attachment can erase the trace of projects throughout the entire home. The RotoSaw+ also features a powerful 6.0 Amp motor to tackle the toughest materials, and variable speeds and a soft grip to improve accuracy and control. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply or visit rotozip.com.