Weekly Review of the Industry 6/22/2015

June 22nd, 2015

This week in the bathroom furniture industry, James Martin is issuing a price update for all vanities and will be put into effect on July 1st. James Martin specializes in Transitional and Antique vanities and are some of the most popular vanities we sell in the Transitional and Antique categories. The designs of these vanities are in the spirit of the catalogue companies, but at a fair price, allowing you to purchase a high-end look at a fraction of the cost. james Martin specializes and is most famous for their unique look of Driftwood, Natural, and Sable finish for their vanities.

Transitional vanities such as the Bellante Double Sink Vanity, and the Vicoli Single Bath Vanity, and Antique vanities such as the Monterey Single Sink Vanity, and the Marrakesh Double Sink Vanity are top sellers but will soon have a price update due to ever increasing shipping costs and port strikes. If you are on the fence about one of these beautiful vanities the time to buy should be soon unless you would like to pay a greater price for the vanity. James Martin has been a leading name in the bathroom furniture industry, as they should be, as they continually produce high quality vanities.

Featured Manufacturer: JWH Living

June 17th, 2015

JWH Living

JWH Living: Our premiere brand and manufacturer for Modern and now Transitional vanities. JWH Living has been one of the leaders in the modern vanity industry, showcasing high quality solid oak products which matches their fiercest competition but at a fraction of the price. All of the products are made with solid oak, and features a soft-close feature on the doors and drawers. With drawers being three inches deeper than the industry standard, allowing that extra space we all need!

With their success in the modern category this brand has recently branched into transitional vanities bringing the same grade of quality as their proven line of modern vanities. This new transitional line showcases a Natural, Deep Espresso, and White colors with the names reflecting our constellations and the out of this world nature these vanities will bring to your bathroom.

The Ursa 36 inch vanity in naked finishThe Ursa 36 inch vanity in white finishThe Ursa 36 inch vanity in espresso finish

The 36” Ursa Minor vanity will be a great fit if you are limited in room but need an eye-catching, strong and sturdy, vanity. Its big brother the 72” Ursa Major will be the crown jewel to your master bathroom and will give you ample room and storage for your four hair curlers, and seventeen soap bottles.

The 60” Leo, 60” Aquila, 72” Grand Leo and the 72” Grand Aquila will compliment your bathroom by freeing the space under the sinks, with an open air design allowing your bathroom to feel less crowded and cluttered. You will also have plenty of storage behind the shaker style drawers and doors in the cabinet of the Leo line, or the flat faced natural toned drawers of the Aquila line. These are great choices for a person wanting a big vanity but limited to a small space.

If you are looking for modern vanities, some of the top and proven favorites of the JWH Living brand are as follows:

  • The unique and customer favorite 48” Double Celine Vanity. Customers love this vanity not only for it’s ability to emanate modern style, but also for the ability to fit two sinks in a small space.
  • Customers looking for this 48” double sink style should also be pointed to the 48” Rigel.
  • Another customer favorite is the 33.5” Scorpio, as it has the ability to be adjusted all the way to 57”, pair this with a second and you can have a vanity length of up to 114”. The Scorpio combines a modern L-Shaped cabinet with drawer box which can flexibly placed to meet your own style standards.
  • Lastly, our 39” Crater and 39” Lune vanities are a classic modern design which fit almost any bathroom style.

JWH Living is the leading name in Modern vanities and the brand has high hopes to be in the forefront in the Transitional category as well.

7 Non-Toxic Mold Solutions For Your Bathroom

June 3rd, 2015

If you’ve discovered some black fuzzy stuff growing in between your bathroom tiles, chances are good you’ve got a mold problem. Certain types of mold can cause respiratory problems, as well as other health problems.

Now, before rushing out to buy bleach and a hazmat suit, consider this: You don’t have to use of toxic cleaners and chemicals to remove mold. Spores can be killed easily using non-toxic solutions.

Here are some non-toxic remedies for safely removing mold in the bathroom.

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Grapefruit Seed Extract

  • The citric acid in grapefruit seed extract is useful for killing mold. It disinfects and deodorizes too.
  • Mix together a solution with a ratio of ten drops of grapefruit seed extract for every cup of water.
  • Using a spray bottle, spray the mixture onto any surfaces where mold is visible.
  • Let the solution sit. The longer it remains in contact with the surface, the more it will penetrate and kill the source of the mold, keeping it from returning.
  • Wipe away the mold.
  • Repeat again if necessary.
  • You don’t have to rinse away the solution, it can be left to prevent mold growth.
  • Don’t throw away leftover solution. You can leave it in the spray bottle and store it away. Grapefruit seed extract has a long shelf life and can maintain potency for a long time.

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How to Repair a Cracked Porcelain Sink or Bathtub

May 29th, 2015

Have you discovered an unsightly crack in your porcelain sink? Don’t start shopping for a replacement just yet. Repair kits make it easy for anyone to repair a cracked sink or bathtub. The process is simple enough, even with little experience in DIY projects. Keep reading to learn how to fix cracked porcelain.

What You’ll Need:

Porcelain Repair Kit
Compressed Air w/ Straw
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Face Mask
Microfiber Cloth
Cotton Ball
Acetone (or nail polish remover)
Stir sticks (craft or paint)

Step 1: Smooth down edges of cracks

Using fine grit sandpaper, sand down the edges of the crack until they are smooth. Blow away any remaining dust using the straw attachment that comes with the compressed air. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any remaining dust.

Step 2: Clean with acetone and blow dry

After smoothing down the edges, use a cotton ball soaked with acetone (or nail polish remover) to gently wipe down the area. Be sure to let it dry completely.

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5 of the Best Soap Recipes You Can Make at Home

May 27th, 2015

As the DIY movement has grown, so has the appeal of homemade soap. More and more people are discovering the benefits of making soap at home. Much like cooking, it allows people to express themselves and show off their creative and artistic abilities. It allows for customization, making unique types of soaps that appeal to an individual’s specific tastes, or tailored to meet specific skin needs. Here are five of the best homemade soap recipes from around the web.

DISCLAIMER: Soap-making requires the use of lye, which is a corrosive chemical and must be handled safely. If this is your first time making soap be sure to inform yourself on all the necessary precautions. We are not responsible for misuse, misunderstanding, or injury resulting from instructions listed or linked to on this website. It is each person’s responsibility to inform themselves of proper soap-making procedures, and to observe all appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents and/or injury.

Shaving Soap Recipe

(5% Super-fat, measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements)

Distilled Water = 20 ounces
Lye = 7.269 ounces (206 grams)
Olive Oil = 23.9 ounces (45% of total oils)
Cocunut Oil = 10.6 ounces (20% of total oils)
Castor Oil = 10.6 ounces (20% of total oils)
Palm Oil, RBD = 4.2 ounces (8% of total oils)
Almond Oil, Sweet = 3.7 ounces (7% of total oils)
Bentonite Clay = 3 tablespoons
Calloidal Oatmeal = 4 tablespoons

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135 Ways Californians Can Start Saving Water Every Day

May 6th, 2015

Water conservation in California is more important than ever. During a historic drought, Governor Brown issued an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. Everyone should know how to save water, whether at  home, on the lawn, or at work. No matter what time or place, there is always an opportunity to be water efficient. To help everyone out, we found the best advice and tips from official sources and around the web. Share them with friends and neighbors!

To understand how bad the problem is, check out these pictures of drought impacted areas.

How to Save Water in the Kitchen

  • Wait for a full load before running a dishwasher cycle.
  • Use a dishwasher instead of washing by hand.
  • Program dishwashers to skip the pre-rinse and extra-rinse cycles.
  • Save even more water by converting to a water and energy efficient model of dishwasher.
  • Soak dishes with baked on food in hot soapy water. After a few minutes, wipe the food off with a sponge.
  • When washing by hand, try filling one side of the sink with soapy water for washing and the other side with clean water for rinsing.
  • Use a single glass or water bottle for water consumption throughout the day. This will reduce the number of glasses to wash at the end of the day.
  • An instant water heater reduces energy costs and water waste. No more having to run the water and waiting for it to get hot. Check out the video below to learn about instant/tankless water heaters.
  • Save the running water when waiting for hot water and use it for other things such as watering plants or cooking.
  • Make compost from food waste and plant matter. Once it breaks down into humus, it can be used to in the garden to add nutrients to depleted soil.
  • Use refrigerators and appliances that use air-cooling instead of water-cooling. Not only are they more efficient, they can save money in the long-term.
  • When preparing fruits and vegetables, wash them in a pan or bowl instead of using running water. Once finished, use the water for houseplants.
  • Give frozen meats time to thaw out in the refrigerator instead of placing them under running water.
  • Don’t throw away those ice cubes! If they fall on the floor or are leftover from an ice cold drink, toss them into a houseplant and put them to use.
  • For that matter, get rid of superfluous, decorative house plants!
  • Place the lid on your pots and pans to prevent water loss from evaporation. Most lids have an escape valve to release steam pressure.
  • Use a pressure cooker to make the most of even just a small amount of water.
  • Make sure a pan is the right size for the job when cooking. Cooking with less water also helps retain nutrients.
  • Don’t throw away water left over from steaming vegetables. Use it as a base for a nutritious soup. Water from cooked foods can also be an option.
  • Check the sink faucet regularly for leaks.
  • Consider contracting a “Green” Plumber. They go through an international training and accreditation program that focuses on the use of energy efficient and water saving technologies.

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Photography 101: Tips to Capture Your Bathroom’s Good Side

December 31st, 2014

Whether you’re prepping your house for sale or just taking pictures of your bathroom for memories sake, the bathroom presents several obstacles that make it very difficult to photograph. Not only can size be an inhibiting factor, the many reflective surfaces in your bathroom can make it a frustrating process all together.

These tips can be helpful for Real Estate Agents, Interior Designers, and Home Stagers. Try using some of these tricks and see how well the photographs of your bathroom come out in your next project. It’s guaranteed that your bathroom will look ten times better. Lights, camera, action!

Custom Residential Bathroom

Wilson Residence Custom Home by © Alair Homes.

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Bathroom Trends to Look Out for in 2015

December 29th, 2014

With the holiday season in full swing, 2015 is just a few weeks around the corner. So what types of trends can we expect to see in the bathroom this year? Last year we saw a handful of trends that focused on functional use. This year, the emphasis is going to be placed on designing a fully personalized bathroom experience. How do you do this? Feature floor tiles, natural elements, sustainable materials, and of course technology. Keep your bathroom up to date with the latest fashions and trends. Here are the 15 bathroom trends that every designer, home stager, real estate agent, and home remodeler needs to be aware of in 2015.

Bathroom Trends in 2015

Recent bath remodeling project by Remodel Works.

Aside from the fact that bathrooms are getting bigger and bigger (even having multiple toilets), there are many new trends that are expected to be popular next year. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prevent Plumbing Pipes from Freezing

December 22nd, 2014

Keeping your plumbing pipes from freezing during the winter can seem like an impossible task in some of the coldest areas of the country. Needless to say, there are a few steps you can take to winterize your bathroom to make sure that your plumbing doesn’t freeze up.

To do this, you want to make sure that your home is well insulated. For pipes that are running through the attic, you want to make sure that your pipes are running underneath the insulation so that they stay warm. Here are some more tricks to keep your water pipes from freezing. But first.

Picture of Frozen Pipes

Photography by Goran Zec

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Beautiful Bathroom Vanity Ideas to Jump Start Your Remodel

December 19th, 2014

Picking a bathroom vanity sounds like such an easy thing to do but when you look at all of your options, you may be overwhelmed to think of how many different styles, color combinations, and features you have to choose from.

Well, today we’re going to round up some unique bathroom vanity ideas that you can use to jump start your bathroom remodeling project. Whether you’re aiming for a modern bathroom makeover or a cozy rustic escape, there’s a vanity that will fit perfectly into the design and layout of the bathroom of your dreams.

Modern Bathroom Vanities

Modern vanities are characterized by sharp lines, black and white color combinations, and simple drawer pulls. Modern design seeks to create something that is visually pleasing and equally functional. Smooth surfaces make it easy to keep your bathroom clean with a simple wipe down.

Scorpio Reversible Vanity

33.5″ to 57″ Scorpio Single Vessel Sink Vanity. $899.00.

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