Fashion Meets Faucets

I have just returned from a four day seminar on plumbing fixtures. When I told my friends I was going to NYC to learn about plumbing, none of them seemed impressed. I was thrilled! Not only was I getting out of Maine in the winter, but I was also going to learn about the 2017  design trends.

Honestly, I had never connected the dots between fashion and plumbing fixtures. I was amazed by what I learned. Ferguson invited me to this intimate conference that Brizo hosted for us. They choose to do their education during Fashion week in New York, because they believe that home design trends closely follow fashion trends. In fact Brizo designs a line with renown fashion designer Jason Wu.

It was fascinating to learn about the Brizo design and manufacturing process. They marry cutting edge technology with high design.

Below are some of my favorite fixtures.

1. This is a fantastic faucet, I am getting one of these ASAP! I love the softened industrial look, and the technology is equally as impressive. This piece has touch technology, temperature technology,and a magnetic system to hold the hose/head to the articulating base.

Artesso Faucet


2. Jason Wu’s line is minimally chic. We went to his fashion show and after party and he was a lovely man.

His fixtures closely match his aesthetic; modern, clean and black. The single hole faucet has a very cool handle, as it turns, it goes from vertical to horizontal. It is such a smooth transition that is becomes more of an interactive sculptural, than a faucet.



3. One of the other faucets I fell in love with is the Virage. It is the sexist tub filler on the market, which is why the Bali Ritz used it in their bathrooms.

It twists from its’ base to its’ spout. The twist adds such sophistication to any space.



4. Lastly, Brizo has an incredible shower technology called H2Okinetic technology.

Here is how they explain it.”H2Okinetic® Technology is the study of water in motion. By controlling water’s shape, velocity and thermal dynamics, we’ve reinvented how you shower—creating a warmer, more luxurious spray that gives the feeling of a high-flow shower with a fraction of the water.”

They also have a state of the art temperature sensing system that monitors and adjusts the cold and hot water to manage a constant temperature.

I think this technology is life changing!


This image shows how the water spins as it leaves the shower-head and the drops get larger as they reach the floor. I tested this out at the conference and loved it!!!


I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of Brizo’s fabulous line. I really enjoyed meeting their team and learning about the process they use to make these beautiful pieces.

I wish I looked like this in the kitchen!


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Budgeting for a small bathroom

Over spending is easy, even in small spaces. In this kids bathroom, we had a budget of $8k. We did not go to fancy tile stores, or buy pricey plumbing fixtures, and we still went way over budget.

We purchased our tile, tub, sinks and faucets from Lowes. We used Celia Bedilia vanities and terrazzo vanity tops. We thought we were doing a great job sticking to our budget $4,775.95, for all those items. But then came the labor, and all other building materials…before long we were over budget! photo: Liz Donnelly
photo: Liz Donnelly

The details that make this bathroom crisp and clean, but did not blow the budget: Bead-board, sea-glass tile shower-box inserts, glass subway tile trim, wood plank floor tile, and all the white accents.

Photo: Liz Donnelly

I have done many bathrooms, but I still amazed at the cost of doing a renovation. I have included the actual numbers for this bathroom below.

I hope that this will help those of you who are contemplating renovations, understand where your money will go!

Budget $8k – Actual Cost $13,065.95

  • Labor (tile, framing, demo etc.) $2,800.00
  • Plumbing (whirlpool tub, 2 vanities, toilet) $1,300.00
  • Electric  (rewire switches, new sconces and whirlpool tub) $900.00
  • Painting – (bead-board, trim, doors and walls)  $1,730.00
  • Sheet Rocking $360.00
  • Building supplies (doors, dura-rock, etc)  $1,200.00
  • Countertop Fabrication $500.00
  • Tile (floor –wood look tile, subway tile, and glass tile)$1,000.00
  • Whirlpool tub & Drain   $870.95
  • (2) Sinks $65       $130.00
  • Faucets (2 vanities, and shower-tub)      $375.00
  • Toilet     $200.00
  • (2) Vanities $600/each   $1,200.00
  • (2) Terrazzo Counters $250/each $ 500.00

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Enjoy your weekend, I am off to Washington, DC to see two new projects…you will hear about them soon!

Best, Celia