Thursday, April 28, 2022

Welcome to Joie Inn

Updating a Beach Vibe for a New Generation

The Sage Room bathroom at Joie Inn.

When the Petrone family ventured off on their vacation on Anna Maria Island in Florida, they never would have guessed that it would end up shifting their trajectory. Ashley and Dino Petrone, already well known on Instagram for their RV renovation (@arrowsandbow), fell in love with the nostalgic, laid back vibe of the island. It wasn't long before properties for sale started catching their attention.

A four-suite motel in need of a serious overhaul got Ashley’s creative juices flowing and their offer on it was accepted before their vacation was over. Two months later, the remodel began, and six months after that, Joie Inn was born.

“Joie” is French for joy and it was the perfect name for this inn. Between the whole family getting involved in the project and all the love that went into every detail of the space, it has become a source of happiness for everyone.

Delta faucet in Champagne Bronze at Joie Inn.

Updating the Beachy Vibe

The Island of Anna Maria is a unique place to visit. Not only is it filled with vibrant colors and the laid back feeling you would expect of a beach community, but it also embraces an earlier era. It’s like stepping back in time. That was something that Ashley loved about the island and wanted to make a part of Joie Inn’s new look. But she also wanted it to feel relevant to a whole new generation of visitors. 

Ashley took her inspiration from color. The natural colors of the island, to be specific. Sunsets, waves washing up on shore, warm sunlight, and fertile soil. 

Driven by Color

Inspired by her natural surroundings on the island, Ashley picked one feature color for each of the suites: Sun, Terracotta, Sage, and Blush. These colors also happen to be on trend and that has made the inn feel fresh and relevant. Each of these colors is a softer, warmer version of the colors that are already all over the island’s buildings. 

Ashley started with a backdrop of bright white then accented the space with the feature color in the bedding, tile, decor, etc. Each suite is modern and comfortable but is still true to the heart of the island. 

Creature Comforts

In addition to the welcoming color palette, the Petrone family has striven to make Joie Inn feel like a home away from home. Every detail is handpicked with love. Ashley often selected the same products for the inn as she used in her own home. Notably, the bedding (in the feature colors) is on every bed in Ashley and Dino’s home.

They also used the same kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Ashley selected beautiful and modern Delta  fixtures in Champagne Bronze, which further added to the warmth of the design. Crisp white TOTO Aquia toilets emphasize the simple lifestyle Joie Inn promotes.

A stay at Joie Inn is all about the experience. Ashley made it a priority to provide everything a guest could want and make family central. Beach chairs, outdoor speakers, high chairs, electric bikes, games, and much more come standard with every stay. As a guest’s booking date approaches, Ashley finds out favorite beverages then stocks the fridge. 

Family, especially the Petrone family, is built into Joie Inn. That is reflected in the experience and environment at the inn. 

Bathroom in Joie Inn with terra-cotta shower tile and Delta fixtures in Champagne Bronze.

DecorPlanet & Joie Inn

DecorPlanet was pleased to partner with the Petrones on the Joie Inn project. Bathroom vanities, faucets, showers, sinks, toilets, and more were exclusively provided by DecorPlanet. 

Ashley's Selections

Making this dream come to life and giving color to Ashley’s vision is just one example of how the broad selection of products at DecorPlanet can help bring any project to fruition. 

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

How Does a Touchless Faucet Work?

Touchless faucet demonstration.

You’ve just finished placing the raw chicken in the roasting pan and then you run into a problem. How are you supposed to wash up without touching the faucet and the soap dispenser with your goopy, possibly bacteria covered, hands?

Enter the touchless faucet, a modern marvel that’s cutting back on bacteria in kitchens everywhere. They turn on as you get close to the faucet and turn off when you move away. They save water (and money). They keep your kitchen cleaner. They give you better access and efficiency. 

Have you ever wondered how a touchless faucet works? Read on to learn all about it.

Touchless Faucet Functionality

There are three parts that make a touchless faucet work. Take away any of these and you won’t get on-demand water.

The Sensor

This is the part you will be most concerned about and probably the only one you’ll see on a daily basis. The sensor detects either motion or the presence of an object depending on the faucet model. When the sensor is set off, the water turns on. When the sensor no longer detects movement or an object, it turns off. 

One type of sensor works by putting out infrared light. When light is reflected off a surface (like your hands), the sensor picks that up and signals the valve to let the water through. When no light is reflected onto the sensor, the valve closes the water off. 

The other type of touchless faucet sensor uses an ultrasonic field to detect movement. When your hands disrupt the ultrasonic field, the sensor detects that and opens the valve. When the field is intact, the valve closes.

The Valve

Once a signal is received by the sensor, it engages the solenoid valve. A solenoid is an electromagnet that can push or pull based on the polarity it receives from the sensor. The valve itself acts as a gate for the water that opens or closes when the magnet either pushes or pulls. 

The Power Source

A touchless faucet needs power to make the infrared or ultrasonic systems work. Some faucets have batteries, but most are plugged into an outlet. Some of the newest touchless faucet models use a self-generating, hydro-powered system that powers itself.

Shopping for a Touchless Faucet

Touchless faucets come with a variety of perks and plusses beyond being touchless. Many limit water flow so they are compliant with water conservation standards. Each faucet’s on-demand flow stays on for varying lengths of time so if you like the water to stay on a bit longer, choose a faucet with a longer flow time (10 seconds). They also come with different aerators to create a non-splash, softer flow of water. Be sure to check out the specs when you shop to find the perfect fit for you. While you’re at it, check out touchless soap dispensers too.

Touchless faucets come in all kinds of shapes and styles. Gooseneck is a classic look for both the kitchen and bathroom. Spouts are a favorite for more contemporary designs. Finishes vary from chrome to gold and everything in between.

End your hand washing woes with a touchless faucet. Take a look at your options today. 

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Top 10 Fresca Products

Fresca is a favorite here at We’re pleased to show you a handful of their beautiful products from a variety of categories. Learn more about Fresca and get the full line up at our website.

Lucera wall hung vanity with vessel sinks.

Fresca Lucera
Type: Wall Hung Double Vanity with Vessel Sinks

Classically simple, this double vanity offers plenty of storage and streamlined style. The squarish vessel sinks (included) uphold the modern vibe along with the bar drawer pulls. At 72” long, this is a big vanity for bathrooms that need to do more. The soft-close drawers and quartz countertop round out this popular piece.

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Tartaro single hole mount faucet

Fresca Tartaro
Type: Single Hole-Mount Faucet

Give your bathroom a facelift with this modern, single control faucet. A durable chrome finish over brass looks great in any design. It features a ceramic mixing valve for long-lasting, watertight functionality. Over seven inches tall, this faucet will make a statement in your bathroom.

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Fresca Lucera wall hung vanity with top and vessel sink.

Fresca Lucera
Type: Wall-Hung Vanity with Top and Vessel Sink

Offering more counter space than most single vanities, this piece measures 48 inches and has plenty of roomy storage. Solid wood frame construction ensures durability. The Espresso finish is an excellent choice for distinguished bathroom designs. Comes with bar handles, quartz top, and soft-close drawers.

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Fresca Messina Pedestal Sink

Fresca Messina
Type: Pedestal Sink

Streamlined and unique, this pedestal sink offers modern styling and minimalist design. Perfect for small spaces at just 15 inches wide. The slight taper toward the base adds elegance yet makes a statement in powder baths and larger en suites alike. Includes installation hardware.

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Fresca Valencia wall hung vanity with medicine cabinet.

Fresca Valencia
Type: Wall-Hung Vanity with Medicine Cabinet

An ensemble of vanity, sink, and medicine cabinet, this beautiful unit comes with a smooth oval basin sink and solid brass faucet. Its styling is elegant simplicity at its best and is well suited for smaller bathrooms. At only 20 inches wide, it’s perfect for the powder room but still has ample storage for daily needs. 

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Fresca Fortore singel hole mount spout faucet.

Fresca Fortore
Type: Single Hole-Mount Spout Faucet

Heavy duty brass with brushed nickel finish, this spout style faucet features a ceramic mixing valve for watertight functionality that will last. Single handle control allows you to adjust the temperature efficiently and easily.  It is eco-friendly and Watersense compliant.

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Fresca Greenwich floor standing vanity with top and sink.

Fresca Greenwich
Type: Floor-Standing Vanity with Top and Sink

A unique bow-front design, this traditional vanity makes a statement of sophistication in the home. The integrated ceramic sink and countertop has a thicker profile for clean lines. It is 24 inches wide and offers plenty of storage space, perfect for smaller bathrooms. 

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Fresca Apus one piece elongated toilet.

Fresca Apus
Type: One-Piece Elongated Toilet

This unique style one-piece toilet comes with lots of unique features as well. It is highly efficient and eco-friendly. It uses a powerful siphonic mechanism instead of the chain and flapper. A wider trapway that is fully glazed reduces blockages. It also has a wider water surface for easier cleaning.

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Fresca Formosa floor standing double vanity with sinks.

Fresca Formosa
Type: Floor-Standing Double Vanity with Sinks and Mirrors

Superb craftsmanship inside and out, this vanity is the perfect combination of durability and beauty. It is 72 inches wide and offers lots of storage and countertop space perfect for a family bathroom. The unit comes with two mirrors framed in cove routed acacia wood. 

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Fresca Verona shower massage panel.

Fresca Verona
Type: Shower Massage Panel

Take your morning routine to a whole new level with this massaging shower. It has four water outputs: the rainfall shower overhead, a handheld shower, swiveling body jets, and a tub filling spout. You can control your experience with selector, water pressure controls, and temperature controls. It's a luxury you can have in your home every day.

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