Get the Look
May, 2012 - Issue #91
Sometimes a remodel can be as simple as a quick hardware swap or new faucet install. And, sometimes you need a whole lot more. No matter where your bath is on this continuum, you'll find the elements you love in these pages.

A.Allbright, Inc. 294-1159
A.Allbright, Inc. 294-1159
These cool and restful colors are ideal for a relaxing spa bath environment. This color is complimented by lots of painted white semi-gloss wood trim like bead board, crown moldings, baseboards, doors and cabinets... and lots of light streaming in from windows. Allbright color can be matched to any paint local manufacturer, like Dunn Edwards and Sherwin Williams Paint. When you choose your finish, make sure the paint will hold up to moisture. Many professional painters still prefer to go with a semi-gloss finish paint in the bathroom. It can handle the steamy showers and it also cleans well, making it ideal for rooms that have more moisture. New paint technology has enabled the pros to paint with lower gloss levels, such as eggshell, velvet and even matte finish paints that will hold up extremely well. For example, Benjamin Moore offers the new Bath and Spa matte finish paint. A.Allbright, Inc. 294-1159

Brent's Carpet One 255-3337
The pros at Brent's Carpet One discourage people from installing laminate in their bathrooms. Laminate is made from pressed fiberboard, and no matter the quality it absorbs water like a sponge, swelling and deforming. Once this happens it is impossible to repair and must be replaced with new material. Better materials for a bathroom would be tile or new glass-backed vinyl. The old felt-backed vinyl had a propensity to curl when wet (felt on the backing absorbed water, causing seams to fail over a five to 10 year period). These new vinyl products do not curl or warp when in contact with water. They will lay flat on the bottom of a pool! The printing technology is improving to the point where a nicer, cushioned vinyl is a good imitation wood or stone product - and while it is still not the real thing, for a high traffic bath you will find that you are happier when you can skip cleaning the grout! These floors are recommended for any small, high-spill zones in the home as they are easy to maintain, they wear well, and they are easier on the pocketbook. Brent's Carpet One 255-3337

Cabinet-finishing trends come and go, which means you can never go wrong with a timeless and traditional solid-color paint application. Your solid shade (White is a popular choice, though you'll do a lot less cleaning when you choose a deep finish.) will prove to be an ideal backdrop to any number of accessory or design element changes. When you invest in a professional finish application, you can also feel confident that your cabinets will stand up to wear well and be as beautiful tomorrow as they are today.American Fine Finishing 755-2706

SCV Glassworks offers help in two critical areas of shower enclosure construction. Design: Will it fit the existing area, or will modification be required? They can review your design plan to evaluate its suitability for the intended installation. Hardware: It must be compatible with the intended glazing and layout. Recommendations as to which hinges and accessories will be compatible to a functional design will be offered. Frameless shower door hardware allows the user choices of economical design opportunities right up to the highest grade of hardware available. All SCV Glassworks tub and frameless shower doors are manufactured from certified tempered safety glass with highly-polished edges. With custom frameless enclosures, all hinges, towel bars, glass clips and handles are solid brass with finishes that will match any decor. SCV Glassworks 295-0001

Preferred Glass & Windows creates the illusion of a larger room with custom mirror designs. They offer quarter-inch clear mirrors with polished edges and also provide customized shapes with beveled and sandblasted designs. Preferred Glass & Windows 298-2165

Dannick Design, Inc. 775-7430
Dannick Design, Inc. 775-7430
Dannick Design has selected three remarkable Hansgrohe faucets. The Axor Starck Single Hole Faucet is a masterpiece of classic minimalist design. Don't settle for a copy when you can have the original; this faucet is perfect for any project. The PuraVida Single Hole Faucet is the definition of poetic purity and clarity of form. Its grace and tranquility make it ideal for the bath. The Single Hole Bathroom Faucet with Open Spout from the Talis C Series is a sophisticated, traditional-style faucet.
Dannick Design, Inc. 775-7430

The embodiment of refinement, Surfaces USA has turned tile into a true art form. Geometrics, wood styling and more are now available. Surfaces USA 775-9404
Surfaces USA 775-9404
Surfaces USA 775-9404

Tami Smight Interiors 430-0127
Tami Smight Interiors 430-0127
Make a big design Splash on a Budget
by Tami Smight

If you are looking to update the overall look and durability of your bathroom, you can save a bundle of money and time by giving your bathroom a facelift. Your bath may be the perfect candidate for this type of upgrade if you are happy with the amount of space you have and the layout of your bathroom. This means using the existing structure and not demolishing it completely.

Many of my clients have opted to stay in the home and upgrade the bathrooms. Approaching any design project can be a daunting task and doing so on a budget takes some clever planning. That's why I advise you to select design elements that offer beauty and longevity.

A Clean Start
Replace your plain white ceramic tiles with unique glass or stone, or a mosaic mixture of the two. Remember, just as in the kitchen, porous stones, such as marble and limestone, will stain. So select countertops with a polished surface to make cleaning easy. To avoid slipping on the floor, consider materials that have a matte finish for the flooring.

Every light fixture in the bathroom should serve a purpose. At the vanity, light needs to wash over your face for proper makeup application. Wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror, at eye level, are a perfect choice. Add shades to soften the glow of the bulbs. Over the tub, consider adding a chandelier to create a new level of lighting and give your bathtub a sense of importance.

A heavy vanity with cabinet doors to the floor visually weighs down a small bath. Replace yours with a light and airy vanity made to look like furniture. An open bottom shelf is a great spot to add a basket to hold towels and toiletries, keeping the sink area free of clutter and mess. These vanities can be store bought or custom made by a carpenter, depending on your budget.

Spa Luxuries for your Bathroom
Plenty of white fluffy towels in open view indicate luxury and abundance.

Bath side salts, brushes and gels invite you to luxuriate in a long soak.

Scattered candles create a romantic mood (choose battery operated if your kids are near the bathroom!).
Tami Smight, owner of Tami Smight Interiors, has been gracing SCV homes with her warm, acces sible designs since 2004. Call today for your design consultation.

Congratulations to Valencia Custom Shower Doors
The owners and staff of Valencia Custom Shower Doors are honored to have been voted the Reader's Choice Best Glass and Mirror Company this year. They are a small, family-owned full-service glass shop; their customers' happiness means the world to them. The company has a "no gimmicks and no up-sells" reputation. Although custom shower doors are their specialty, they can also help with mirrors, broken window repair, table top glass, commercial glass and more. Their low overhead means that they pass savings onto their customers.

Affordable Quality Moving & Storage has Partnered with National
The family-owned company you have come to trust is now offering even better service. As an agent for National Van Lines for interstate relocation, they offer out-of-state moving services to all 50 states. The international division of their van line can even relocate individuals and families all over the globe.
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