Thursday, June 24, 2021

Three Rules of Outdoor Lighting for The Deck & Beyond

You have probably heard about the rules for successful indoor lighting: using a mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting. But do you know about the rules of outdoor lighting for a deck and beyond? Lighting in the great outdoors has three similar categories: basic, safety/security, and atmosphere. As you think about what needs illuminating in your outdoor environment, keep these categories in mind and you’ll end up with a well-lit space. 

From outdoor lighting for a deck to landscape lighting, here are some ideas to get you started.

Lighted garden pathway with bollard lights.

Rule #1 Start with Basic Outdoor Lighting

Start with the spaces that need basic lighting like your dining area or outdoor kitchen. These areas need ambient lighting that sheds lots of light around a large space. 

Flood Lights

Flood lights are champs at illuminating large areas with a high level of brightness and a large range of coverage. They are generally attached to the house and can easily be turned on and off with a switch. 


Spotlights are the smaller but equally as powerful sister of flood lights. They shed light over large to medium spaces and can be used for lighting up areas where you need plenty of light but might not be right next to the house. 

Spotlights can also be used to highlight areas of the landscape you want to draw attention to like a formidable tree or yard sculpture. 

Outdoor Chandeliers & Lamps

Bring all the comforts of the indoors outside with large-scale lighting over the dining area. Exterior-grade chandeliers or pendant lights over the picnic table takes the whole space up a notch. 

Outdoor lamps have the same effect. Built to withstand the elements, these lamps shed some light on a smaller scale and create a cozy atmosphere while increasing the total illumination.

Step lighting on a deck provides a safer environment in the dark.

Rule #2 Don’t Forget Outdoor Lighting for Safety & Security

Next consider areas that might pose a risk in the dark, like steps, edges, or corners. These need some lighting to keep you and your guests safe as you move around your outdoor space. This kind of lighting is direct light exactly where you need it. It won’t disturb the neighbors (like flood lights might) and can be left on all the time. 

In fact, it’s a good idea to keep some of this type of lighting on every night for security purposes. The more lighting you have in your outdoor space, the more you’ll deter intruders and critters. 


In simple terms, up lights are medium-sized lights that direct light upward. Downlights point the light down. Both are used to increase more direct light where it’s needed most. They are used to great effect against a house or fence where they boost overall security. Get creative with your up and downlights to make mood lighting as well. 

Use spotlights or in-floor/in-ground recessed lighting to point light up. Employ landscape lights with hoods or side-mount deck lights to point light down.

Step Lights & More

The most important outdoor lighting for a deck is lighting steps and other areas that may pose a risk in the dark. There are lots of ways to decrease that risk. Deck lighting can be mounted to the sides of railing or posts. Add post cap lights on top of your deck posts or fence posts. 

Light up steps and stairs with lights on the stair risers. These come with louvers so you can direct light downward and keep it out of the eyes. 

A pergola lit with string lights.

Rule #3 You’re Not Done Until You Have Atmosphere Lighting

Atmosphere or mood lighting not only adds light to your overall scheme, but it does it with flair. This is the lighting that adds style and personality to your outdoor space. Whether you add light to the landscape, light a tiki torch, or string up a few Edison bulbs, you create that festive feeling that will make you want to stay in the backyard all summer long.

Bollard & Landscape Lights

Bollard lights are short posts with lights on top. They don’t have a shield or cover and shine light in all directions. They are great for lighting up a path or edging a flower bed. They add plenty of panache and serve to make your area more navigable.

Landscape lights are a broad category. They include anything you can use to enhance your landscape from spotlights to deck lights. It may not be necessary to light up your landscape (nobody’s going to be tiptoeing through your tulips), but they add considerable style and depth to your outdoor space. Those flower beds should add to the ambiance both day and night.

String & Rope Lights

String lights feature bare bulbs on an electrical wire. They are the superhero of outdoor lighting for a deck. You can hang them in any arrangement for either atmosphere or functional light. They are easy to get and are one of the most affordable ways to add some mood. 

The larger Edison bulb types are pricier but offer more light. You can keep it simple and pick up a few extra strands of holiday lights to get the same effect. Consider using colored lights too.

Tape lights are the high-tech sister of string lights. They are LED lights embedded in a flat plastic “tape”. They are easy to conceal and even easier to install. The best part about tape lights is the control you have over them. Get smart tape lights with wifi that you can control from an app on your phone. You can change the color, dim the lights, cycle through different lights, turn them on and off . . . the list goes on.

Decorative Lighting

Add some decorative lighting at eye level to spruce up your outdoor space. Lanterns or candles on the table, tiki torches around the patio, lighted orbs, delicate patterned tin lanterns or even paper lanterns all add mood. 

Did you ever consider that a firepit is technically lighting? Let it figure into your plan too. Small gas firepits come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. There’s one for every outdoor design. 

With so many outdoor lighting ideas for a deck, it’s only a matter of making a plan and getting started. Turn your backyard into a haven you won’t want to leave, especially after the sun goes down.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

The Practical Father’s Day Gift Guide

A dad enjoying a luxurious bathtub.

 He’s always there when the car breaks down. He’s always got a dumb joke up his sleeve. He’s happy to spot you a $20 (or $50) whenever you need it. Dad is worth celebrating but if you are tired of getting him a tie or another golf shirt, then it’s time to think outside the box. If you’re looking for a gift he can really appreciate, one he can use, we have some ideas. 

Robe Hook

A stylish, well-placed robe hook is something Dad can use and appreciate every day. Bathroom robe hooks in brushed nickel are popular and go with most existing hardware and faucets in the bathroom. Select one with clean lines and substantial design for a style your dad will love.

Packing Cubes

They may be ultra practical, but for the traveling Dad, packing cubes allow him to pack more efficiently, and you know how he is about efficiency. These little packages let him pack clothes or other soft items then shrink them down using vacuum air removal or a series of zippers. The result is a compressed cube that frees up space in his suitcase.

A fog-free, lit mirror in a white bathroom.

Fog Free Bathroom Wall Mirrors

If your dad loves a steamy shower or bath, a fog-free mirror may be just what he needs. These aren’t your regular bathroom mirrors. They are heated so moisture won’t condense on them when the bathroom gets steamed-up. You can also find them with built-in LED lighting. Available in all sizes for any bathroom.

Beard Balm

Beards are in, so if you have a hip dad, a beard balm could be just the thing he needs. Beard balms are essentially leave-in conditioners that moisturize, soften, and style a beard. Some types can promote growth. Help your dad keep his beard healthy and looking fabulous.

A heated towel rack in a large bathroom.

Heated Towel Rack - Wall Mounted

A towel warmer is the pinnacle of luxury in the bathroom. Give some of that luxury to Dad with a heated towel rack. Wall mounted versions are pretty much plug and play. You can select either electrically heated or water heated, but electric options heat faster and more efficiently.


We’re not talking about your usual Swiss Army Knife here. Look for a multi-tool that has several knives (straight edge and serrated), pliers, wire cutters, metal/wood files, and screwdrivers. They also come in different finishes like wood or carbon fiber.

A shower spa in a large glass shower.

Shower Spa

It’s a jetted tub, steam room, and rain shower all in one. The shower spa gives Dad all the perks of a spa right in his own bathroom. These aren’t just shower heads, but panels with body jets, pivoting shower arm, adjustable massaging sprays, temperature controls, and more. It’s perfect for a little relaxing hydrotherapy. 

BBQ Grill Tool Set

Every grill master needs a good set of tools. The long handled spatulas, tongs, and specialty tools let your dad do his thing whether he’s grilling burgers or smoking salmon.

Luxury Bathtub

A fancy bathtub is more than just a deep tub with some water jets. These high-tech tubs offer luxuries like air jets, heating zones, acupressure massage, consistent water temperature throughout a bath, electronic controls, even chromatherapy (calming colored lighting).

Car Care Kit

If your dad is a car lover, he’ll enjoy a care kit that helps him clean, polish, and perfect his car. Find a set that includes cleaning products and implements for paint, wheels, bumpers, and interior.

High-Tech Washlet

The washlet offers the experience of a bidet without adding one to the bathroom. All you have to do is replace the toilet seat. These Japanese toilet seats not only wash and dry, but they can also heat the water, light the toilet bowl, and clean/deodorize the toilet. Electronic controls and remote controls allow Dad to get the treatment he wants or even program it for his specifications.

Head Lamp

A head lamp is the perfect gift for the dad who doesn’t stop for anything—even darkness. They come in several types, including hat mounted lights or headband types. Especially fun, is the ball cap light that has lights under the brim.

Game Lighting

Whether your dad likes to spend leisure time playing poker or pool, a little mood lighting makes a great practical gift for Father’s Day. Get billiard lighting or track lighting to go over the pool table. Or try a pendant or sleek chandelier to go over the poker table.

If All Else Fails . . .

If none of the above strike your fancy, you can go somewhat less practical and try an item of the month club. Dad might enjoy a beer, cigar, jerky, jam, sirloin, cheese, bacon, pizza, ice cream, cake, coffee, or even necktie of the month subscription.

Treat your dad to something practical this Father’s Day. Practical gifts keep giving month after month and year after year. They say “I love you, dad” every time he uses them. 

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Friday, June 11, 2021

10 Top Bathroom Vanity Brands

 Visually and functionally, everything in the bathroom revolves around the vanity. It also sets the tone for the bathroom. It can be sleek and modern, elegant and traditional, or somewhere in between. Whatever your future plans for the bathroom, be sure you check out these top 10 bathroom vanity brands and get your bathroom headed in the right direction.

Modern vanity by Fresca sets this bathroom apart.


Fresca believes that the bathroom is the most important room in the house. That is reflected in the quality, durability, and cutting-edge designs they produce. Enhance the beginning and the end of each day with a Fresca vanity.

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Medium white furniture look vanity by James Martin in a white tiled bathroom.

James Martin 

At the forefront of innovation and quality, James Martin is dedicated to achieving the highest quality standards with an emphasis on design and durability. The designs sway toward furniture-look in classic yet fresh colors.

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Sleek, mid-century modern styling in this Avanity vanity.


Avanity’s designs stem from functionality. They respond to what their customers need most: innovative product, compelling design, and quality workmanship. Look for traditional, contemporary, transitional, and Americana detailing in these vanities.

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Simple and rustic, this vanity by Fairmont Designs adds style to this chic bathroom.

Fairmont Designs

Fairmont Designs has been creating products that stir the imagination and bring your home to life for over 30 years. They embrace the gambit of design styles so there is something for everyone. 

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Modern, clean lines define this dark gray vanity by Robern.


A leader in residential storage, Robern pioneered development of the personal vanity with stylish designs, attractive finishes, and innovative features.

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Chevron styled wall mount vanity by Native Trails in a warm wood color.

Native Trails

Luxury living with a positive impact is at the heart of Native Trails products. They work with artisans all over the world to handcraft bathroom products that are not only beautiful but have a small ecological footprint. 

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A simple white vanity with spare styling by Laufen.


A traditional Swiss brand, these vanities reflect a symbiosis of design, quality, and functionality.  They also value water as a precious resource and create products that help preserve natural resources.

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Classic styling in deep blue, this vanity by Hardware Resources is a winner in this white and blue bathroom.

Hardware Resources

Hardware Resources specializes in furniture-style vanities. Their commitment to quality, integrity, and reliability is reflected in their products. Their focus on customer satisfaction makes them unique.

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A curvy, sensual vanity in white gloss by La Toscana makes this bathroom special.

La Toscana

Founded in 1954 by Italian brothers, La Toscana is a world-renowned brand. It is acclaimed for its  fine bathroom tub, sink, and shower faucets.  

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A rustic wood vanity by Ronbow stands out in this sage green bathroom.


Luxury and affordability are at the center of everything Ronbow does. Though the two values seem contradictory, they have found a way to deliver the sleekest modern lines at prices that bring luxury into your grasp.

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Take a look at one of these top bathroom vanity brands and introduce affordable luxury into your bathroom.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

5 Tips for Making Faucets More Water Efficient

Water saving bathroom faucet with custom sink design.
Brizo Vettis Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet

Did you know that 20% of your household’s daily water usage comes from the faucets in your house? Surprisingly, it isn’t the big appliances, like the washing machine or the dishwasher, that use the most water. The average U.S. home uses 138 gallons of water from the tap every day. Anything you can do to reduce that water consumption is a drop in the proverbial bucket of water conservation. 

Maybe you’ve already replaced your old, water-hog appliances. Hopefully you’ve updated your toilets to the low-flush variety that use less than two gallons of water per flush (instead of 5-7 gallons). If not, it’s a cost-effective change that can save lots of water day-to-day, and money in the long run.

Is there more you can do? Yes! Time to put a dent in that 138 gallons of water coming out of your faucets every day. 

Making faucets more water efficient can go a long way to creating a home that’s more environmentally friendly. Here are five simple things you can do.

Conserve water with this Brizo efficient faucet.Brizo Odin 16 5/8" Kitchen Faucet

Install Low-Flow Faucets

Low-flow faucets put out less water without sacrificing water pressure. They use just 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute. You can reduce water usage by up to 60% simply by installing low-flow faucets. 

There are two basic mechanisms that reduce water output without impacting performance too much: aerators and laminars. They help make faucets more water efficient.


An aerator mixes air into the water stream which creates a bunch of tiny water streams flowing together. It maintains the pressure you’re used to without wasting all that water. The water flow has a “soft” feel and doesn’t splash much. The flow coming out of the faucet looks white because of the amount of air mixed into it.

You can replace your faucet with one that has an aerator, or you can add an aerator to your current faucet and get the same result. 


Laminar faucets produce excellent pressure with less water by forcing the water through larger, but fewer openings. Think of your showerhead and how it has large, individual streams of water—that’s the general idea of the laminar. It does not add air to the flow. Laminar systems produce flow that looks clear (as opposed to the white look of aerated flows) and feels less “soft” to the touch. It can produce a bit more splash because of the lack of incorporated air.

Like an aerator, you can also simply add a laminar to your existing faucet or install a new faucet with the laminar feature built in. You may also want to consider a combination aerator/laminar that helps you boost water efficiency even more. Or go with a multiple laminar, which directs water in a wider pattern to provide better coverage without having to use more water.

Motion sensor kitchen faucet saves gallons of water.Moen Arbor 15 1/2" Motion Sensor Kitchen Faucet

Try Water Conservation Motion Faucets

One of the best things you can do to save water is to not let the faucet run when you’re not using it. Sounds obvious, but did you turn the faucet off while you brushed your teeth this morning? Did you let the water run while you washed the dishes? Was your shower this morning unnecessarily long? It’s easy to forget how much water can be wasted when we leave the tap on. 

One simple way to get rid of this problem is to install water conservation motion sensor faucets. These detect motion and turn on automatically then turn off after a short period of time. You don’t have to worry about turning the faucet off and on while your hands are all soapy. You can zone out while brushing your teeth but never waste water while doing it. 

A leaky bathroom faucet can waste gallons of water every day.

Stop Leaks

Leaky plumbing is a water hog. If you have a leak(s), it accounts for at least 13% of your daily water consumption. That’s a whopping 18 gallons a day. Some leaks are obvious. Drippy faucets are easily repaired or replaced with newer, high-efficiency faucets. Other leaks can be more difficult to detect. 

For instance, toilet leaks from the tank to the bowl are very hard to detect. Try adding some food coloring to your tank. If there is a leak, the color will start to appear within about 15 minutes. Be sure to flush after your test so you don’t stain the tank.

Leaky plumbing will not only wreak havoc on your water consumption but it can potentially damage cabinets, floors, and more. 

Dark metal bathroom faucet with the WaterSense label.Brizo Sotria 5 3/8" Lavatory Faucet with WaterSense Certification

Buy Products with the WaterSense Label

You’ve seen the “EnergyStar” label that helps you identify products that meet requirements for decreased energy consumption. Have you seen the “WaterSense” label? You’ll find it on products that meet EPA requirements for water efficiency. They use at least 20% less water than regular models. 

With only about 1% of the Earth’s water available for human consumption, shortages are a real concern. WaterSense aims to promote a national “ethic of water efficiency” so that waste water can be reduced and  the water supply can be protected for future generations.

Use Cold Water

Water heating takes a lot of energy. It uses as much (or more) energy as your electronics, lighting, or large appliances. Likewise, it takes a lot of water to make electricity. When you save energy, you save water. Using cold water helps you do this. 

Try using cold water for brushing your teeth and washing your clothes. Set your water heater thermostat to a lower temperature. Install a temperature limiter or temperature control faucets. Even if you have your water heater set higher, you can control temperature on faucets where hot water isn’t necessary. 

Do something good. Take the first step toward water conservation by making faucets more water efficient. Every drop of water saved makes a difference. 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

A Buy Guide for the Bathroom Vanity

How to Guarantee Success When You Buy a Bathroom Vanity Online

You can buy anything online. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Cars, prescription drugs, and houses probably fit in this category. But many other items, even ones that seem like you shouldn’t, like furniture or plants are perfectly safe and even rewarding to buy online. 

One item you can confidently  buy online is a bathroom vanity. All you need to guarantee your success when you buy a bathroom vanity online is a little smart thinking and some measurements. Follow this buy guide for bathroom vanity and you’ll end up with a bathroom vanity that fits perfectly in every way.

 Measure for a Bathroom Vanity

You need three measurements before you buy a bathroom vanity online. 

  • Width
  • Height
  • Depth
Measure taking into account where doors swing, where plumbing is located, and any other clearance you might need. Then you’re ready to start thinking about the details.

The width of your vanity will rely mostly on the size of your bathroom. If you like a demure little vanity you can get them as small as 16”. If you want a monster double vanity, you’ll look for something 72” or more. There’s a huge selection of vanity widths in between.

Standard vanity height is 32”. But most people find these a bit low and are more comfortable with a 36” vanity. A 36” height is what you’re used to in the kitchen. If you’re partial to a vessel sink, the vanities generally have a max height of 30”. 

Vanity depths range from 14” to 26”. Once again, the depth will rely mostly on the size of your bathroom. A shallow vanity doesn't mean that it is also narrow. You can get oversized double vanities that are fairly shallow. Remember that depth will have an impact on how much drawer storage space you have. 

Consider Types and Styles

Deciding on a single or double vanity is only the first step in picking the right type and style vanity for your bathroom. For instance, do you want one that comes with a countertop or a topless type so you can hand select your countertop? Do you want an integrated or undermount sink, or maybe a vessel sink? Do you want a freestanding vanity, pedestal, or a wall mounted vanity?

Then there’s the question of styles, colors, finishes, and more. Do you want to buy a modern bathroom vanity online? Rustic, traditional, or country? Have you decided on natural wood finishes or a sleek painted look? Would light neutrals or dark neutrals suit you better? What about a color?

While you don’t have to know exactly what you want before you start shopping online, it helps to narrow down your ideas so you don’t get overwhelmed. Have a general idea of the design style and finishes that would work best with your bathroom and use that as a launching point to find the perfect vanity.

Thinking about Sinks

The sink is a key part of your vanity. There are five types of sinks available for the bathroom.

  • Drop-in/self-rimming
  • Farmhouse
  • Integrated
  • Undermount
  • Vessel

A drop-in or self-rimming sink has edges that sit on top of the counter. It is secured then sealed to the countertop with caulk. This is one of the most common types of sinks and probably the most basic.

A farmhouse sink, also known as an apron front sink, has an exposed front edge sticking out the front of the vanity. These are very popular in the kitchen but might be just the design aesthetic you want for the bathroom as well.

An integrated sink is a single piece on top of the vanity  that includes the sink and countertop. There is no sealing or caulk to worry about. It’s all one material in a smooth piece. 

The undermount sink places the sink under the countertop. The sink doesn’t rise above the level of the countertop. It has an integrated feel but keeps the two elements separate.

A vessel sink has a solid countertop all the way across the vanity then adds the sink on top. These are usually bowl-shaped, require a tall faucet, and can be made of stone, glass, or porcelain.

Solving for Storage

Though the way a vanity looks will be at the forefront of your mind, don’t forget to think functionally as well. If you don’t have much storage in your bathroom, a large vanity with plenty of storage might be something you need to consider. 

On the other hand, if you have a generous linen closet in the bathroom, then you have the wiggle room to explore smaller, statement vanities. Remember that some of the space in your vanity will be taken up by plumbing, decreasing your storage capacity.  Any drawers in front of the sink are false fronts. There is no storage where the sink has to go (unless you have a vessel sink).

Dig for More Info

You’ll read product descriptions and look at all the pictures while you’re shopping, but there are other ways to get good information that you might have overlooked. 

Read product reviews. These often contain customer’s experiences with products and details that might not be included in the product descriptions. It will give you a broader perspective and maybe even help you make a better decision.

Take full advantage of search, refine results, and filters. Websites have thousands of products and narrowing that down can ensure you don’t miss the perfect vanity. 

Turn to social media to learn more about potential bathroom vanities. Pinterest is a great resource to get ideas and start narrowing down your options. You can even search for specific brands and products there.

Ready to buy a bathroom vanity online? Start shopping today.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Adapting Mid Century Modern for a New Era

A mid-century modern bathroom vanity is softened with tropical foliage.

Mid-century modern style has been enjoying a heyday since we came round the bend into the 21st century. Other than a decade-long stint in the 80s, it has pretty much been an ever-present design standard since the mid 1930s when it first began to emerge. 

When the world wars forced European power-house designers like Bauhaus out of Germany and they landed in America, a whole new design style was born. America was primed to receive something totally new after an era of conflict. Modern design was born.

The late 70s and all through the 80s, designers shifted their focus to “different” styles but never truly escaped modern design with its organic lines and use of colors. The late 90s brought the reawakening of the modern and dubbed it mid-century modern. Just after the launch of Mad Men it was suddenly everywhere we looked. 

Now nearly 20 years later, is mid-mod on its way out? Some say it is. But they fail to realize just how entrenched the style is in design culture. The Brady Bunch style we love so much has been revamped again and again over the years for each new era of modern design. 

Mid-mod is not finished; it’s just evolving. In the words of Alessandra Wood of Modsy, online interior design house, “don’t sell your Eames chairs yet—just throw a sheepskin over the backs of each of them and add a bunch of houseplants to your bookshelves.”  If you understand a few current design trends, it’s easy to adapt your favorite  mid-century modern wall scones, modern furniture, and color schemes. Here are some ideas.

A little boho design in this bathroom (light wood and organic shaped lighting) makes for beautiful mid-century modern design.

Boho-ize It

The Boho-chic movement in fashion was characterized by loose, flowy, carefree clothing. Sort of the opposite of the put-together and precise style of mid-century modern. However, that’s what makes it a perfect way to adapt mid-mod. Just take your modern design elements and find a way to soften them; make them more earthy. 

The organic curves and shapes of mid-mod are already well suited to a Bohemian style. Play up those features in your design then add some softer elements: high pile rugs, fuzzy throw pillows, macrame and crochet textiles, neutral colors. 

The design industry has already coined the term “mid-century boho” as a design style so you should be able to find furniture and accessories with the clean lines of mid-mod in Bohemian fabrics, textures, and colors. Add an accent chair to your space in light fabric or earthy color. Or use your existing modern furniture and add a few boho pillows.

Go 80s

We are in the middle of an 80s resurgence. Adding any element of the 80s to your mid-mod design will surely take the edge off, so to speak. Many of the styles of the 80s, especially those that are popular again, blend seamlessly with mid-mod. 

Lucite, or acrylic was a favorite of the 80s. It was a carryover from the modern design era, which played with man-made materials like plastic and glass liberally. Add some lucite to your design. It doesn’t have to be a large piece of furniture to have an effect, a few bar stools will do. 

Some 80s color is a great addition to a mid-mod design. Neon, pastels, and mauve (lately renamed millennial pink) are all a go for updating a modern style. You could also try chintz and large-scale florals. Multi-colored florals are easy to blend into an existing color scheme and soften clean-lined modern styles in an instant.

A millennial pink tile backsplash behind a mid-century modern vanity updates this bathroom.

Embrace Biomorphism

Biomorphism is a design that lets nature take the lead. Think coffee tables that follow the natural shape of the tree from which they were cut. Or a fluid, amoeba-esque sofa. Whether naturally occurring or by design, these organic shapes slide right into mid-mod design with ease and have the benefit of easing it up a bit. 

Once again, you don’t have to go big to get the benefits of biomorphism. Vases, statement mid century modern wall sconces or floor lamps in more organic shapes all get the job done. Look for ergonomic furniture pieces. They generally have the organic shapes you’re looking for. 

Loosen Up On Minimalism

Mid-mod is about as minimalistic a style as there is. The easiest way to adapt is to let your “stuff” show a little. Don’t be afraid of a few knick knacks. Bring out your collections. If you feel like looking at it, put it where you, and everyone else can see it.

The key to making “stuff” work is to be sure it ties into your design in some way. Make sure it has some of the colors or textures already in your space. It needs to play nicely with everything else but doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy.

Gold-toned fixtures in this white and light wood bathroom are perfect for updating a mid-mod design.

Warm It Up

Use of warmer colors and metallics helps mid-mod adapt without interrupting it. The 70s and 80s latched on to this concept with the introduction of cozy oranges, reds, pinks, and plenty of gold and brass.

Introduce warm woods to your space. Mid-mod likes no-fuss light or dark woods, but some warm woods like oak or cherry will warm things up quickly. Add some new cabinets or flooring for bigger changes or for smaller changes, try a credenza or built-in shelves.

Gold-toned fixtures are an easy way to achieve warmth in the kitchen or bathroom. You don’t have to embrace the brassy look of the 80s (unless you want to). The muted gold finishes available now not only warm things up but soften them too.

Tropical plants introduce a softer touch in this modern design.

Green Up Your Space

Mid-mod is pretty sterile. House plants make it a cheap and easy way to soften things up. Just bring in several plants of different sizes and watch your design come to life (literally). 

Tropical plants are a favorite to introduce into mid-mod. They can be bushy and big or they can be demure and orderly but they all bring in some organic shape and natural color that works wonders. Stick to neutral colored pots so as not to detract from the actual plant.

Succulents are another lovely plant for mid-mod. They often have a muted green color that has natural shapes and a softer color that transforms your mid-century modern spaces. 

Evolve your mid-century modern design. With a few adjustments, your space can take this design standard to new heights. We have the products that will help you do it: from mid-century modern wall sconces and floor lamps to gold-toned sink fixtures.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

10 Top Bathroom Faucet Brands

Fresca contemporary sink faucet with two handles.

The bathroom. The place where you start and end your day should be highly functional, comfortable, and pleasant to look at. That’s why we carry top bathroom faucet brands. They offer the best in every aspect so your bathroom design lives up to everything you expect of it. Today we focus on the bathroom faucet for the sink, tub, and shower.  Here are just 10 of our favorites. 


High-fashion Brizo purports that fashion isn’t just about what you wear, but your whole lifestyle. Explore bathroom faucets for the sink, shower, and tub that prove that form and function can be one in the same.

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Proposing better ways to experience water, Delta is dedicated to design that incorporates smart thinking and anticipates needs. Delta stands out among top bathroom faucet brands.

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Grohe sees designs as more than simple aesthetics. It is also a quality feature that is the perfect synthesis of form and function. Their motto and their products exude “smart looks, smart technology, and smart price”.

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Crafted in the small villages of Western Europe, North America, and New Zealand, ROHL reflects the charm and craftsmanship of the places that inspired them. Fine quality and authentic production produce a product with an experience all its own.


California Faucets

Nurturing a culture of “yes”, California Faucets gives you the go ahead to embrace your unique sensibilities. Enjoy hand-finishes, custom assembly, and artisan pride in every product.

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For over 50 years, Phylrich had been creating luxurious bathrooms in elegant homes and hotels all over the world. Made in the USA, you can count on Phylrich continuing to influence trends in decorative plumbing into the future.

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Santec blends equals parts art and technology to deliver innovative bath products that meet the highest quality, design, and functionality standards. They invite you to explore the crossroads between the bathroom and your imagination.

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Made in Brooklyn, New York, Watermark faucets are inspired by the creative melting-pot that defines the borough. Products are state of the art, creatively luxurious, plus environmentally friendly.

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Bringing you industry firsts since 1961, JACLO continues its tradition of bringing highly-styled shower systems and accessories to your bathroom today. Wide range and attention to detail ensures well-designed products you’ll love.


La Toscana

Founded in 1954 by Italian brothers, La Toscana is a world-renowned brand. It is acclaimed for its  fine bathroom tub, sink, and shower faucets.  

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Your bathroom design deserves nothing short of the best. Select from one of these top bathroom faucet brands with easy and reliable ordering on our website.

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