New & Notable

Smart & stylish products for the home

Cooking freedom

Cooks can enjoy unparalleled freedom in the kitchen with Thermador’s new Freedom Induction Cooktop. The cooktop’s entire surface – the largest fully usable cooking surface on the market within its class – can be used as one large cooking area, allowing for up to six pots or pans to be heated simultaneously in any position. Without having to adjust settings, the cooktop automatically detects the presence of the cookware and transfers all programmed settings to the next location whenever it is shifted, offering more responsiveness and flexibility than ever before. The cooktop comes in 30” and 36” models that users can control with an enhanced full-color touch screen with clear, vibrant displays. With smart, intuitive features such as Cooktop Hood Sync, which allows for synchronization between the cooktop and matching hood for task lighting and ventilation, the Freedom Induction Cooktop delivers an elevated cooking experience. Available locally at Allen & Petersen Cooking & Appliance stores or visit thermador.com.

Glass act

The Tomei Modules from Lunada Bay Tile offer a fresh and versatile palette of large-format glass tiles inspired by modern architectural masters. Created for residential and commercial walls, the modular field tiles help you create tailored statements from gentle panoramas to bold and playful abstractions. Like an endless canvas, the nuanced colors are suggestive of misty fogs, budding leaves and broadening horizons. Visit lunadabaytile.com.

Floating vanities

It seems that every homeowner craves more space – or at least the impression of it. Enter wall-mounted floating vanities, a trending look for small bathrooms to impart that open, airy and expansive feel. With Dura Supreme’s new floating vanity systems (shown here), vanities and even linen cabinets are suspended on the wall leaving a sleek, clean look that is ideal for both transitional- and contemporary-styled bathroom designs. The vanities are available in 12 different configurations (for single-sink vanities, double-sink vanities or offset sinks) or individual cabinets that can be combined to create your own unique look. Any combination of Dura Supreme’s door styles, wood species, modifications and finishes can be selected for a custom look. The line includes the new Plumbing Drawers, a storage feature that optimizes the space under the bathroom sink by adding accessible storage around the plumbing fixtures. Visit durasupreme.com.

Dura Supreme's floating bathroom vanities shown here: At left, Chroma door style with custom painted finish and Cherry Praline finish; At right, Silverton door style with Poppy Seed finish.
Hot spring luxury

The soothing tranquility of Japanese hot springs may be a world away, but DXV brings this luxurious water experience home to bathrooms with its one-of-a-kind Aqua Moment Drop-In Airbath with Waterfall. The tub delivers an unforgettable hydrotherapy experience with a unique waterfall feature that envelops the bather’s shoulders in the comfort of warm, flowing water. Whether you seek to relieve sore muscles or simply wash away the day, the gentle shoulder massage provides the sensation of being fully submerged in water without requiring an oversized tub. As a curtain of warm water cascades over the shoulders, a chromatherapy system adds a cycle of eight rich, soothing colors of light to the bathing pool. The tub's airbath system also features 360-degree air jets offering a choice of classic, high-pressure and deep massage settings. Leaning back against the waterfall's comfortable headrest, the bather can let go and unwind as an inline heated air blower keeps the water pleasurably warm for the duration of the Aqua Moment experience. The tub features a sleek, zero-edge profile for a clean look and highlights a minimalist design with contoured lumbar support for the bather's comfort. For local retailers, visit dxv.com.

Space-saving sliding door hardware

Unlock more space in your kitchen – or any room – and create a more open and inviting feel with wall-mount sliding doors. A standard hinged door consumes 10-14 square feet of floor space to swing open and shut, putting kitchen space at a premium. Single or converging wall-mount sliding doors allow you to utilize this floor space for furnishings and storage as well as extra mingling room for guests and larger families with children. An option like wall-mount door, hardware from Johnson Hardware can provide a new world of architectural possibilities for your kitchen, regardless of size or layout. Ideal for wider kitchen entryways, converging wall-mount door hardware allows doors to glide smoothly as they open whenever you want a free flow for entertaining or close for privacy during meal preparation. Available with or without fascia in either clear satin or bronze anodized aluminum, the U.S.-made hardware and track exceed ANSI safety standards and can successfully complete 100,000 opening and closing cycles. You can also add your own valance curtains to match the door material and trim. Installing wall-mount sliding door hardware can be an easy yet high-impact improvement that reduces space constraints while adding warmth, functionality and appeal to your home. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply or visit johnsonhardware.com.

Bringing farmhouse style to light

Kichler, a leader in innovative lighting, makes modern farmhouse style attainable with its new fixture collections. With inspirations taken from rustic wood, metals and vintage materials, these new introductions help to evoke a warm, weathered and inviting feel in the home. Whether looking to include a touch of farmhouse-feel into existing décor or designing around an entire home, first consider starting with neutral walls and backdrops to help showcase desired focal points. Add a touch of contemporary flair with a linear chandelier that boasts clean, modern and smooth lines that maintain balance between old and new. Finally, include a few decorative pieces, such as milk glass, crates or wooden signs for extra appeal. One of the most prominent inclusions in farmhouse style is the re-introduction of unpainted, natural wood beyond large furniture pieces. From floor to ceiling, rustic wood components are found in distressed flooring and wood-like tile, fireplace mantles and exposed ceiling beams. Soft, soothing tones found in pendant fixtures, succulents and wild flowers, and textiles work well in adding color against the wood grain; while bold inclusions of black frames and brass elements add a strong visual contrast. Aged metal, wrought iron and wire mesh are found in farmhouse-inspired settings, used most often as accent pieces and decorative accessories. Consider including light or whitewashed wood to prevent these tones from feeling too cool. Shown here: Marquee and Mantauk. For local distributors, visit kichler.com.

Warm up the kitchen

The cool color scheme of stainless steel has been a dominant look in kitchens for years but now it’s seeing some competition. Kitchens are starting to warm up with neutrals like brown and tan, along with rich jewel tones. Whirlpool recently launched its new lineup of Sunset Bronze appliances, featuring a brushed-satin finish with rose-gold undertones. The warm, subdued color fits well in nearly any style of kitchen and is compatible with many different kitchen cabinet, countertop and flooring choices. As an added benefit, the finish is fingerprint resistant. For now, Whirlpool has 14 models featuring the Sunset Bronze color, including electric and gas ranges, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators and wall ovens. Along with a number of smart features, the ranges and wall ovens offer Scan-to-Cook Technology, allowing a homeowner to scan a frozen food barcode on a smartphone and have the cooking instructions sent to the appliance, making cooking easier and more convenient. For local retailers, visit whirlpool.com.

Not your grandma’s sink

Kohler’s Farmstead sink takes the traditional apron-front model and gives this much-loved style a clean, contemporary update. Sophisticated and fresh, the sink adds warmth and beauty to its surroundings. It is a statement piece with all the attributes of a workhorse, bringing both utility and style to the kitchen. The generously sized sink can be installed wall-mount with legs or top-mount with custom cabinetry, giving it the look of a unique, hand-constructed piece of furniture. Made durable with enameled cast iron, the 45-inch-long sink is generously proportioned to accommodate large pots and pans. To make it even more functional and versatile, it comes with different accessories: a walnut cutting board, a multipurpose grate, a utility rack, a utility rack with soaking cup, left and right basin racks, and a towel bar. The Farmstead sink can also be installed into custom cabinetry to more fully unify the décor. For additional customization, the undersides of the sink are painted either black or white to allow consumers to make a statement all their own. For local retailers, visit us.kohler.com.

Small shower, big style

Have a small showering space? Add the upscale look of the European-inspired Delta Emerge Shower Column for a big impact. Designed with compact spaces in mind, the sleek and modern shower system is easily installed as it doesn’t need to be plumbed through the ceiling or wall. The column can be customized with any Delta overhead showerhead on the 15-inch arm, and a handshower with a 60- to 82-inch stretchable metal hose can be added to the exposed pipe. For more convenience, the column features an adjustable handshower mount, allowing the handshower to move up and down with ease. The column comes in chrome and stainless finishes. Available locally at Central Plumbing & Heating and Spenard Builders Supply or visit deltafaucet.com.

New dimensions in tile

Want to add drama to a space or make the walls really pop? Consider the appearance of three-dimensional tiles, such as Hedron and Triangolo, the new ceramic wall tile collections from Bedrosians. Their designs play with light and shadow to give walls visual depth and dimension. They both have matte, glossy and metallic finishes. Each collection is made to mix and match the colors, finishes and patterns to create unique wallscapes. Strategically placed lighting of the wall will add impact and help define all the angles and shadows of the tile's peaks and valleys. Hedron is a 5”x4” hexagon, offered in eight colors, and Triangolo, a 4.5”x5” triangle, comes in six. Shapes like the hexagon and triangle continue to make a big impact on the design scene, offering a flow of texture and movement that’s modern and fun. For information, visit bedrosians.com.

Your best reflection

Traditionally, bathroom mirrors are considered an accessory; a category that includes soap dishes, towel racks and shower shelves. But today’s bathroom mirrors are taking the art of reflection to a new level – many of these mirrors incorporate LED technology and sensors which makes them instrumental in providing style and substance to bathroom design. LEDs have become warmer in color and they are energy-efficient and minimal in appearance which helps provide the clean look people want in bathrooms. Consider these four winning mirror designs from the leaders in contemporary design: Hastings Tile & Bath and Ginger:

1. Hastings’ Cadre mirror combines a matte wood shadowbox frame with LED lighting and an optional defogger. Equipped with a small, unobtrusive sensor switch which also acts as a dimmer, Cadre can also be mounted horizontally or vertically.

2. Boasting clean lines, architectural design and a pure, minimalist look, Ginger’s Surface embodies the very best for the contemporary bathroom. Surface is part of a full collection of complementary accessories that includes towel bars, robe hooks and ADA-compliant lighting.

3. As its name implies, Hastings’ Strip mirror adds a long and lean LED light strip along the length of the top of the mirror for minimal contemporary styling and maximum lighting utility.

4. Say goodbye to old-fashioned and clunky magnifying mirrors. Hastings’ Luna 1 combines elegant style and utility with its unique swiveling mechanism and inset magnifying mirror. The two-sided mirror is on a swiveling chrome frame which allows for flexible range of viewing in conjunction with an inset 9" diameter mirror with 3x magnification for close-up viewing.

Visit hastingstilebath.com and gingerco.com.

Old world, new twist

Walker Zanger is reimagining its highly popular Duquesa tile collection by offering its move beloved tile designs in cement. The beautiful, durable cement tiles work well in high-traffic areas or even outdoors and come in four timeless patterns: Alba, Fatima, Fez and Jasmine. Each style profile is inspired by old-world mosaic patterns and textures, including Moorish bronze metalwork, Moroccan arched doorways, and Italian textiles. All Duquesa tiles feature the manufacturer’s exclusive color palette, Mezzanotte (meaning “midnight” in Italian), a contrast of light gray, creamy and dusty blue tones. Each tile profile creates a vintage mood with a modern twist that resides comfortably in a home with historic roots, or brings juxtaposition and character to a contemporary space. The handcrafted tiles are 8 inches square. Shown here: Fatima (at top) and Jasmine. Visit walkerzanger.com.

Stylish hardware

Elevate the look of interior doors or cabinets with Belwith-Keeler’s new Harbor and Heron collections. With its casual rope motif, the Harbor collection is perfect for adding a nautical or cottage feel to any space. And for a touch of nature, consider the Heron collection with its design inspired by the long, elegant legs of this beautiful bird. Both collections are available in five finishes and in three pull sizes and two knobs. For local retailers, visit belwith-keeler.com.

Soak in space

Want to feel like you’re floating in space? TOTO’s zero-gravity Flotation Tub with zero-dimension technology promotes deep muscle relaxation by placing the body in a reclining, weightless posture, mimicking the position of astronauts sleeping in zero gravity. Instead of a flat bottom, the tub elevates the feet a bit, so the body is slightly curved, as if sinking in the sea. Features include Hydro Hands and air jets to massage muscles and an ergonomic, adjustable built-in neck pillow with an opening where warm water can flow over the shoulders, making it like a hybrid bath-shower. Soft LED lighting illuminates from below, or it can be turned off. The tub is constructed of Galaline, which uses a patented sandwich construction design to retain heat and resist stains, scratches and cracks. Visit totousa.com.

Vanities made easy

Creating a vanity for your bathroom is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with a console leg system by Palmer Industries and integrated sink tops by MTI. First, choose from three lengths for the legs and sink tops. Next, select your style: traditional or modern. Then, select matte or gloss finish for the top and one of six finishes for the console legs. You’re done! In this Boutique Collection, the integrated sink top is made from a one-piece SculpureStone material, which is non-porous as well as stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant. The console leg system is fabricated from solid brass tubing and components, and, along with the six standard finishes, available in custom finishes too. Found locally at Pacific Plumbing or visit mtibaths.com.

Get screened

Enjoy fresh air in your home without the uninvited guests (insects). The new LuminAire retractable screen door from Andersen integrates seamlessly into existing door frames and disappears when not in use. This innovative door allows homeowners to instantly let natural light and ventilation into their home without changing the look of their entryway. Easy to install in about 30 minutes requiring only basic tools and no cutting. Available in three color options – white, sandtone and bronze. For local retailers, visit andersencorporation.com.

Fresh spin on farmhouse sink

The new Pekoe apron front kitchen sinks from American Standard offer a unique up-to-date spin on a classic farmhouse design. With a timeless beauty that coordinates well with modern appliances, the sinks are handcrafted from durable, 18-gauge stainless steel – a naturally stain-, heat- and chip-resistant material. The generously sized single basin accommodates large pots and pans and features channel grooves at the base to help improve drainage. A unique insulated undercoating helps absorb unwanted noise when pots, pans and tableware clatter against the sink. The sinks are available in two popular sizes: 30 inches and 33 inches. For local retailers, visit americanstandard.com.

Earthy tile

Rich texture, earth- and water-toned colors and interesting patterns stand out in Bedrosians Tile & Stone’s 2018 collections. The six new porcelain, ceramic, glass and cement brick options reflect contemporary and modern designs, plus old world and rustic looks, making them versatile and ready for any project.

Shown at left: Highland is an unglazed porcelain tile that mirrors the depth and color of natural vein-cut marble and comes in three harmonious shades: Greige, Dark Greige and White.

Shown at right: Kahakai is a glass mosaic in a coconut hexagon pattern, inspired by the shimmering colors of the beautiful sands and reflections of Hawaii from sunrise to sunset. The collection’s 10 color blends and patterns evoke a casual elegance and will bring warmth and a little shine to any space.

Visit bedrosians.com.

Personalized panels

Homeowners can now DIY beauty and enhanced privacy into their backyard with the new Trex LatticeWorks collection. Great for a weekend project, Trex lattice panels can easily be integrated into both new and existing outdoor living spaces to hide unsightly views or storage areas while adding a decorative touch. The panels also can be applied to structures such as arbors, trellises and gazebos, or used as wainscoting or deck skirting. Homeowners can choose from nine Trex-exclusive designs that range from romantic to art deco. It’s a clever – and easy – design trick that adds both personal style and functionality to any outdoor living space. Visit trex.com.

The look of wood – in glass

Crossville’s stunning new wall line, Convergence, offers the look of end-grain wood captured in rich, jewel tones and cast in polished glass mosaics. Convergence comes in eight vibrant colors, and all the hues are heightened thanks to the brilliant glass casting, creating a naturally sophisticated effect with a lustrous sheen. The 4”x4” mosaics, mesh-mounted on 12”x12” sheets, are suited for use on interior walls in wet or dry applications, in commercial or residential settings. Convergence is the latest addition to Crossville’s program to support The Common Thread for the Cure, the non-profit organization uniting the interior design and furnishings industry in the battle against breast cancer. A percentage of the proceeds from each sale of Convergence will be donated to fund Helping Hand Grants that provide practical assistance to those facing the struggles of breast cancer. Visit crossvilleinc.com.

Grill in color

Add some spice to your outdoor grilling with a shot of bold color. The new Weber Spirit II series of gas grills come in sapphire, red, black and a trend-setting ivory color. The new grills feature porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates, an open cart design, and two side tables, including a left table that folds down for easy storage or to accommodate a smaller outdoor space. In addition, each grill is compatible with the Weber iGrill three app-controlled thermometer that can be installed into the side table of the grill: Connect up to four temperature probes to monitor food from beginning to end. The grills also feature durable, stainless steel burners; Flavorizer bars designed to virtually eliminate flare-ups; a centrally located grease management system; and Infinity Ignition guaranteeing grillers quick and easy lighting every time. As an added bonus, Spirit II grills come with a 10-year warranty covering everything from the wheels to the lid. Visit weber.com.

No measuring cups needed

The new Beale MeasureFill pull-down kitchen faucet from American Standard is one of the first on the market to deliver an adjustable set volume of water on demand – ranging from a half cup to up to five cups. This contemporary styled, high-arch faucet streamlines cooking and baking tasks, while helping to reduce clutter in the kitchen – no more filling, checking, pouring out or rechecking needed to get the exact amount of water for a recipe. For ease of use, a blue LED light illuminates the dial window and the volume marks when the measuring function is in use. The selection dial features a stylish, coin edge detail, which helps to improve grip and ensures an accurate setting of the desired water amount. To operate the faucet, a simple touch of the hand or wrist on the dial window is all it takes. The faucet also features an automatic shut-off after five minutes for safety and a temperature memory setting that allows the water to be turned off and back on in any temperature setting. Available in two popular finishes – polished chrome and stainless steel – to easily coordinate with contemporary-styled kitchen appliances and accessories. For local retailers, visit americanstandard.com.

Surface beauty

Silestone, made of 93-percent natural quartz, is considered to be one of the world's leading materials for countertop use. Exceptionally hard and resilient, the surface is non-porous and highly resistant to staining caused by coffee, lemon juice and many other everyday products. Another bonus is its anti-bacterial protection, giving it hygienic properties that are unique on the market. But beyond its tough exterior, Silestone’s surfaces are beautiful through and through. The Eternal Collection, for example, showcases a modern, reinvented take on some of the most popular marbles and stones, with veining and highlights running completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an even more natural appearance. The collection features 10 colorways. Shown here: Eternal Classic Calacatta, which reinterprets Calacatta marble. Visit silestoneusa.com.

To grill or not to grill

Want to grill tonight? Or maybe you’d prefer to bake, smoke, roast, braise or barbecue? Do it all with the Eastwood 22 Traeger Grill. This versatile grill allows you to cook anything in it – from grilling burgers and smoking ribs to baking a pizza or a peach pie. The Traeger starts with the twist of a knob, is hot and ready to cook in minutes. Fueled by 100-percent pure hardwood pellets, the grill’s digital controller allows you to maintain the temperature, just like an oven. Go from low and slow to hot and fast grilling. With its 418-square inch grilling area, rugged all-terrain wheels and an all new strapplingy stable sawhorse chassis, it’s ready to tackle any grilling challenge. For local retailers, visit traegergrills.com.

Video doorbell

Answering an ordinary doorbell ring can be risky business in today's world. Xlive by Wireless Input Technology is the first smart video doorbell that works to keep people safe without opening their door. Moreover, it can monitor children and pets, and even controls the garage door for package deliveries for an added level of security. The Xlive records in 1080p HD video, and you can actually use it to communicate with whomever is on the screen – no matter where you are. Also, the app will give you an alert when motion is detected on your porch. Xlive also has the ability to deter unwanted visitors by automatically turning on a smart bulb at a pre-set time when motion is sensed or when your doorbell button is pressed. The doorbell fits every door by using the existing doorbell wires. For more information, visit xlivepro.com.

Cutting-edge design

Spare and architectural, Kallista’s new Grid faucet celebrates the beauty of geometrical minimalism, pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge bathroom design. The faucet took home top honors at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – standing out as the best in new product introductions. Created using 3D metal printing, the faucet’s intricate form was developed through a layer-by-layer process of powdered steel that is then laser fired to liquid and cooled before another layer is added until the form is complete. With a unique outline form, the faucet has “discreet interior channels” that allow the water to flow easily through the base. The open cube handles are scaled appropriately to comfortably conform to the hand. Shown here in a matte black finish. Available summer 2018, Grid product offerings will include a faucet, wall-hung console, lighting and accessories. Visit kallista.com.

Pet hair eraser

Pets are a part of our families, but having pets also means dealing with the hair and messes they leave behind. The cleanup is now easier than ever with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off, engineered specifically for homes with pets. This innovative 2-in-1 Lift-Off vacuum combines the power of an upright and the convenience of a detachable, portable canister to clean in those tight places other vacuums can’t. Plus, pet owners need not worry about all that hair getting wrapped around the brush roll, thanks to the innovative Tangle-Free Brush Roll. When done, use the Hands-Free Empty featuring a cyclonic spooling system to drop the hair and dirt easily into the trash – no more touching the yuck. For local retailers, visit bissell.com.

Peel and stick

NuWallpaper by WallPops has the look and feel of real wallpaper but without the installation headaches. No paste or glue and no need to hire someone. With this peel-and-stick removable wallpaper, the fear of design-commitment is virtually eliminated. So go ahead: Spice up an accent wall, re-do your bathroom, or create a tranquil bedroom. With beautiful designs that include chic geometrics, faux brick and wood, elegant tree prints and fashionable florals, each pattern will breathe new life into your space. Easy to install and easy to remove – leaving no sticky residue. For creating a rustic getaway, try Beachwood (shown here) with its weathered wood look. Available locally at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts, Home Depot or visit wallpops.com.

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