Hit Refresh: Finding the Perfect Fixtures



Marquette WilliamsWith a basic plan for the bathroom in place, it was time to start shopping, my favorite part of this project. My husband and I started visiting bath showrooms in our area to get ideas about fixtures and finishes. After a few trips I knew that to get Harry engaged in the project he needed to touch the fixtures, experience how they work, and see all of the finishes. As an editor I get to see the latest and greatest products in action at KBIS, Kitchen & Bath Industry Show but it was important for Harry to see everything up close. So this past September, accompanied by our decorator, Amy Leonard, we headed into the Kohler Experience Center in New York. Having visited the center I knew this would be helpful for both of us and having a designer in tow was the best scenario in terms of choosing all the fixtures.

I had made an appointment with Marquetta Williams who met us at the door and walked us around the showroom so we could see all of the products on display. In fact, most of the newest Kohler products in all of their lines are in the 10,000 square foot store on West 22nd Street with rows of sinks and vanities and working showers. Needless to say, Harry was overwhelmed. We then narrowed our search to what we were actually looking for.

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I had sent Marquetta photos of the bath, the floor plan that Amy had drawn up, and the actual measurements that Art, our contractor, had confirmed. While I had been to the showroom before, this time was different. I wasn’t writing a story but I was shopping for our home. I wanted clean lines that transcended periods of design; Harry only knows what he likes when he sees it. We started with a vanity that we had seen on-line but then I spied a wall-hung sink that I also liked. We thought we would like white-washed wood but this sink seemed to float and would look terrific in the space (besides we were building a cabinet for storage).

Marquetta explained the differences and the options available to us and she also checked availability and confirmed size. We then looked at faucets and finishes. I fell in love with the Purist single faucet as soon as I saw it. Was it too modern?

To my surprise Harry liked it sculptural quality. Decision made. Should we go with a gold or polished nickel finish? We chose the polished nickel which has a timeless feel. Then we weighed what shower options would work: rain head, body sprays or hand shower -- or all of them for the ultimate spa feeling. We splurged and did them all.

Next I saw beautiful glass doors in combination with a tub that Marquetta explained were also available as a shower door. We took it. I asked her about the Veil intelligent toilet that I had seen at KBIS and she directed me to two models, one wall-mounted and a traditional floor-model style. I loved the functionality of the product (a remote control! heated seat, night light!) its clean lines would blend seamlessly into the space.

To make sense of all of this, Marquetta promised she would send us a look book of everything we liked. We weren’t even home yet and I got her email with everything we saw and all of the accessories that went with the fixtures. We entered the Kohler Experience Center wondering if we could incorporate technology into a bath situated in an 1860's farmhouse. We left knowing it is not a paradox. Mission accomplished.

Check out the video from last year at the Kohler Experience Center

Next up: tile shopping.

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