Thursday, August 10, 2017

Freestanding Tubs with Deck Mount Faucets

Save Money with a Deck Mount Tub

Love the look of a freestanding tub but afraid it will push your renovation budget over the edge? While the price of freestanding tubs has come down in recent years, it's the hardware that can put you over the top. The price of a floor-standing tub filler can easily run upwards of $300. An easy hack to save some money? Finding a freestanding tub that can use a deck mounted tub filler. Here are some options.

Sax 5 ft. Freestanding Reversible Drain Bathtub in White by Maax  
The tub pictured in the photo above was installed in a shower - the perfect application when you're short on space but want to incorporate a freestanding tub and shower into your bathroom. A deck mounting the tub filler frees up much needed floorspace. Because this tub has a wide rim, your installer can drill holes to install the tub filler directly on the rim just like in the photo above.

You can order this Sax 5ft acrylic tub on Amazon here.

Woodbridge 67" Acrylic Freestanding Tub

Woodbridge 67" B-0002 Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub Contemporary Soaking Tub
This contemporary freestanding tub by Woodbridge is another great option when you're looking for an affordable acrylic tub AND want the ability to deck mount your faucet hardware. With a 31/4" lip there is adequate space for holes to be drilled for this application - once again, saving you money on your remodel or new bath.

Read the customer reviews as well as Questions and Answers on this product listing on Amazon here.

Ariel AM128JDCLZ Bath Whirlpool Tub

Ariel AM128JDCLZ Bath Whirlpool Tub, Rounded Front
If you're looking for a jets and whirlpool - take a look at this model by Ariel. This jetted tub includes 14 jets and chromotherapy lighting effects as well as hardware integrated into the deck. Just make sure you have an outlet nearby as this tub does require electricity to operate its multiple features. Also, the back side has a visible access panel and is flat, not rounded - so you'll want to make sure this one backs up to a wall, and a shower installation is probably not feasible with the electrical requirements.

Read reviews and questions about the Ariel Whirlpool tub on Amazon here.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Considering the Kohler Brockway Sink? Read these Tips First

Modern Industrial Style for Your Bath

Have you fallen in love with the Kohler Brockway sink? It's a great look, with very few imitations. While I usually try to find my readers an alternative solution to find the look they love for less, when it comes to the Brockway I have to say, just go for it.

However, there are lots of questions that come up when it comes to installing a Brockway sink, so read on for my answers about faucets, plumbing, painting and more.

My favorite use for this sink is in a kids bathroom. Here's why I think the Kohler Brockway is perfect for use in a children's bathroom - especially a shared bathroom.

  • A wall mounted sink is perfect for tucking away those step stools that would otherwise clutter up your bathroom.
  • The Brockway 2-faucet style fits into smaller bathrooms when you're kids share a bedtime but don't want to share sinks.
  • There's even a 3-faucet style for larger families.
  • No wooden cabinet for your kids to drop water and toothpaste all over and completely ruin faster than you can say "Remodel".
  • No counter top to wipe up toothpaste blobs from...ever!

One of the most common questions people have about the Brockway sink is "How do you paint it?" Luckily, you have a few options. Most buyers simply paint with an oil based pain in the color of their choosing (just be careful, this can get messy!). You can use a semi-gloss or flat finish depending on the look you're going for. For those who are perfectionists and want a perfect finish, powder coating is an option and can be done at your local auto body shop.

Love the red barn lighting? Here's an affordable option from Amazon.

Leaving the Brockway in its original black finish creates a striking, industrial modern statement which looks great paired with rustic elements like this rough wood timber shelf. Here's one you can buy online from Etsy.

Wall mount a shelf underneath your Brockway sink for extra storage - this is a great place to store rolled up towels, extra toilet paper and more. Pick teak or eucalyptus for a wood that wont't warp or decay in the damp environment of your bath. Just make sure you install after you're P-traps and in so you don't mount it too high up.

Inexpensive schoolhouse pendant lights are also easy to find on Amazon.

And speaking of the P-Traps, pick a high quality chrome option as these will be visible in your bathroom. You don't want ugly PVC pipes ruining the look. Here's one by Kohler you can order with your sink.

Chrome P-Traps
Kohler Chrome P-Trap

Ok, now let's talk about faucets. The biggest complaints I see from shoppers who purchase the Kohler Brockway sink is that they have trouble finding faucets to go with it. Because this sink was intended as an industrial washbasin Kohler's faucet option, the Cannock Wash Sink faucet has a more industrial look with a rough finish. You might not like this - especially if you're using your sink in a children's bath. For a more refined option, many homeowners and builders opt for faucets from Chicago Faucets like this chrome option below:

Chicago Faucet 225-261ABCP Wash Sink Faucet 

Did you install a Kohler Brockway sink in your bath? If so, let us know how it turned out in the comments section!

Monday, January 9, 2017

5 Modern Grey Bathroom Vanities (that won't break the bank!)

Modern Bathrooms are the Trend for 2017

Planning to update your bathroom in 2017? The trends that are hot right now include transitional grey finishes (think painted as well as rustic wood tones), integrated sinks for easy clean-up, square or rectangular basins and floating wall mounted style. Here are 5 vanities which fit the bill and will get you on your way to an updated bathroom - and increased home value - in 2017.

KubeBath Dolce Ash Grey Modern Vanity

 KubeBath Doce Ash Grey Vanity
KubeBath Dolce Vanity available at Amazon
Modern styling with a touch of rustic flair makes the KubeBath Dolce vanity in ash grey a great touch for an updated bathroom look. The wood veneer drawer and door fronts in an updated ash grey tone work perfectly with the white quartz countertop to create a sleek look with a certain warmth that comes from the wood tones.

The KubeBath Dolce vanity comes in an assortment of styles and finishes to complement any contemporary bathroom. Find them all here with Free Shipping from Amazon.

American Imaginations Modern Plywood-Melamine Vanity Set in Dawn Grey Finish

American Imaginations Melamine Vanity Set

This sleek vanity set from American Imaginations has great retro modern styling and an amazing price tag. The chromed legs and glossy melamine cabinet give it an art deco modern era appeal and the marble top and backsplash elevate the look to fit in a variety of settings.

Quality construction includes dove-tail joints and hidden drawer glides. A multi-layer 7-step stain finish enhances the grains of natural wood and gives it a luxurious look. Solid wood frame with no MDF or chipboard used. Order now on

Wyndham Collection Amare Vanity in Grey Oak

Wyndham Amare Floating Vanity

If you're looking to update a large bathroom in a midcentury home, or you just love midcentury style - look no further than the Amare vanity by Wyndham. This configuration includes a floating - wall mounted - vanity with plenty of storage as well as a mirrored medicine cabinet combo with shelving for a  complete bathroom suite look at an affordable price point.

The Wyndham brand is synonymous with quality and sustainability. You can also shop the wide range of their bathroom vanity styles- from modern to traditional online at

Kitchen Bath Collection Abbey Vanity in Charcoal

Kitchen Bath Collection Abbey Vanity in Charcoal
A solid transitional pick - the Abbey Vanity by KBC has a classic profile and subtle updates that make it the perfect piece for a modern bathroom makeover. The rectangular under-mount sink basin, marble counter top and rich painted wood finish in charcoal grey keep this piece on trend for the fashion forward home.

Kitchen Bath Collection has been selling bathroom vanities on Amazon for several years now and also sells these pieces through But to get the lowest prices and free shipping make sure you purchase it from Amazon.

The Abbey collection is available in multiple widths to fit any bathroom. Shop them all here.

ACF Italy 19 Inch Grey Oak Vanity Set

Even the smallest of bathrooms can get a modern update with this 19 inch wall mounted petite vanity set. The ACF Italy 19" Grey Oak Set includes a self-rimming ceramic sink and waterproof panels. A depth of less than 9" makes this the perfect vanity to place across from the door in a tight powder room and will solve even your most challenging bathroom layouts with modern style. 

Find the right Grey vanity for your space here? If not, shop these additional recommendations from Amazon:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

11 Year Old Girl Gifts - 2016 Edition

Shopping for an 11-year old girl is hard! They are not yet teenagers, but they have many of the same wants - electronics, electronics, electronics and! How do you set limits and find appropriate gifts that are not junk that will be discarded before the 12 days of Christmas or 8 nights of Hanukkah are past? Follow along for my top picks. Here's what I plan on actually buying for my daughter this year.

(M....get off my computer RIGHT NOW if you're reading this!)

Chromebooks are Made for Kids

A chrome book is at the top of our list this year. Our local public school system just bought a bunch of them for the kids to use in the classroom and many teachers have put their assignments in Google's Classroom space. For me, the Chromebook is the perfect affordable way to keep the kids off MY computer since more and more of their homework requires it these days. For her, it's the independence of not having to ask to use my computer to do her assignments PLUS the cool factor of having one's own laptop - all right around $200.

Shop This Chromebook on Amazon Now.

Camping Hammock by PeakUp

A tree hammock by PeakUp makes a great gift for the Jr Camper on your list
Our family loves to go camping, but the one thing that ruins our laid back vibe every time is the kids fighting over whose turn it is in the Eno hammock. I love this slightly more affordable one by PeakUp and the girls pattern on this one. I know she'll also love bringing it to sleep-away camp with her next summer too.

Shop More Fun Hammock Styles by Peak Up on Amazon

PopSockets - This Year's Hottest Stocking Stuffer Under $10

Know what this is? PopSockets are a Top Stocking Stuffer!
If you have a teen or tween, surely they know what this is, but even for the less tech savvy - the PopSocket is a tech accessory worth learning about. This "handle" attaches to the back of your mobile device and allows for a more comfortable grip and allows it to stand on the table for more comfortable video viewing.

Shop PopSockets on Amazon

Philosophy Bath Products - Always a Favorite

Girls love the fun scents of Philosophy
Moms of tween athletes know, personal hygiene is not always top of mind for the 11 year old. Help make the transition from occasional to daily bathing easier with one of the deliciously scented gift sets from Philosophy. They are sure to love the fun flavors and adult packaging, and you'll love not having to beg or threaten them when it comes time to take a bath or shower.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Affordable Frameless Shower Doors

When planning our master bathroom renovation, one of the largest budget line items - aside from our Pottery Barn bathroom vanity - was the frameless glass doors we wanted for our tiled stall shower.

Fortunately, my husband took to the internet and found an alternative to the custom frameless shower enclosures which typically run upwards of $2000 in these Kohler Revel Pivot shower doors. With adjustable width and plenty of height (70") this affordable option allowed us to achieve the look we wanted in our transitional bathroom. Similar to this design from Studio AJ above, our bathroom used the same Kohler doors for a custom look at a fraction of the price.

Back when we renovated our bathroom, the availability of frameless glass doors on the internet were few and far between. Now, the options for frameless glass shower enclosures online are exploding with options for every bathroom style. Here are a few of the most popular options available now on Amazon.

VIGO Winslow 36 x 60-in. Frameless Sliding Shower Enclosure 

If you are looking to create a 2-sided enclosure check out the Vigo Winslow Series. With corrosion-resistant stainless steel hardware, and reversible installation for left or right hand corners these doors are rated high for quality and ease of installation by Amazon customers. 

Read user reviews and see the manufacturer's answers to common buyer questions by clicking here.  

Aston Langham Completely Frameless Sliding Shower Door in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

To get the industrial look that is so popular right now, take a look at the Aston Langham frameless shower door in oil-rubbed bronze finish. These doors which are available in a range of sizes and finishes will finish your stall shower with style.

What I love about these doors is the oversized hardware giving it that sliding barn door feeling so popular in industrial-style design right now. Think Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.

Click here to see all the sizes and finishes available for these doors on Amazon.

Basco Vinesse Rolling glass shower door

For a smooth opening for tall enclosures take a look at these rolling doors from Basco. With a 76" height option, 

The precision engineering of these affordable, luxury doors make them a great choice for a renovation on a budget. See more online at Amazon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Get The Look: Houzz Worthy Trough Sink Bathroom

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Modern Spaces by Philadelphia General Contractors Osborne Construction

Sometimes you see  a great space on Houzz and you can't wait to figure out how to copy it. That's how I felt after seeing this gorgeous master bathroom remodel by Osborne Construction. Luckily, copying this look won't be so difficult with a little help from!

First, the wall mounted Teorema double trough sink by Scarabeo - not easy to find, but there are two sellers who are selling it in Amazon marketplace. Yay!

Teorema double trough sink by Scarabeo
I love the combination of minimalist modern trough sink topped with an over the top ornate gold modern faucet. And if you want top quality and cutting edge looks - go for the Kohler Purist as the designers did on this project.

Buy the Kohler Purist on Amazon for Free Prime Shipping and low online price!
Complete the look with the full line of Kohler Purist accessories at, square and hex ceramic tile and teak accents like shower benches and floor mats.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Kid's Pick: Little Tykes Super Chef Kitchen

The Little Tykes Play Kitchen is a Kid's Top Choice!

Is your toddler up, walking and into just about EVERYTHING? That means it is time to buy them a play kitchen! A play kitchen is a rite of passage for both boys and girls, and there's almost no way for parents to avoid it - no matter how small your living space.

When my daughter was small, I tried to find a more modern, understated play kitchen which would be less obtrusive in our living room. But I have to admit, no play kitchen keeps the kids engaged as well as this one by Little Tykes. With doors that open and realistic features like knobs that turn, faucet and "stainless steel" look accents, the kids will love copying mom and dad in their kid sized version of the home kitchen.

See modern, wood play kitchens for your toddler here.

Size wise, this kitchen is perfect for small spaces and fits nicely in a corner so you can keep more space open for play. See what other parents have to say about this toy by reading Amazon's Verified Purchaser reviews.

By Meagan on October 22, 2013
Verified Purchase
"For the price, this kitchen is great. I got it for my son last Christmas right around when he was turning 2. He still plays with it, asking if I want coffee and cake all the time. I really enjoys it. My son has a small playroom that's originally a dining room. Seeing as this kitchen fits in the corner, it's great for space, leaving plenty of room for a table, chairs, and a shelf I'm using for his 'toy box.' I plan on adding a train table to his room this year and with the size of the kitchen there will be plenty of room to move around."

Parents love this kitchen and how well it keeps their kids occupied Many have stated that they definitely get their money's worth with this top toy. Click here to read more reviews and purchase this play kitchen on Amazon.