Living in Chicago, mineral deposits from my water are just a way of life. It sucks for my shower head and for watering plants, but I never really thought about it altering the way my toilet flushed… until now!
For years, it has seemed that for something to be considered very modern or contemporary, it should be hard-edged. Crisp, sharp angles and straight lines were the norm. This year at Cersaie, while there is still plenty of beautiful, more angular sinks, toilets, bidets and mirrors for the bath to be found, the truly fashion-forward form factor is round, curvy, smooth and circular.
I'm just back from Cersaie, the massive tile show held each year in Bologna, Italy. After viewing booth after booth displaying of some of the most beautifully, carefully crafted tiles in the world, you start to see some trends emerge…
One of the best parts of looking through Janel's pics from Cersaie is seeing the new and unique offerings. Even if they're not currently available for purchase in the US, these new sinks provide a lot of inspiration.
Janel is in Italy this week visiting Cersaie, the largest international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. As she sends back images, we'll be posting them here. First up, this beautiful blue bathroom vanity…
Easy to install, these faucet aerators not only swivel, spray and stream, but they also feature a flip switch that lets you briefly turn the water on and off. This is great while washing dishes because it maintains the water at your perfect temperature, while allowing you to temporarily shut off the water when you're doing things like: (1) transferring big pots after rinsing, or (2) each time you lean over to fill a dish rack. Because you're not changing the entire faucet, just adding to the tip, they're great for apartments!
Many people (though not enough) are willing to make considerable lifestyle adjustments to reduce their personal carbon footprint. But ask someone to change his or her showering habits in the name of the environment, and you will likely encounter some resistance. The fact is, there is something almost spiritual about a really good shower. The intensity of the water pressure, the reliable and consistent temperature, the wide coverage of the spray. Any mention of "water-saving" shower heads may conjure up images of standing under an anemic drizzle of lukewarm water.