Music + Showers + Portable Speaker = MOXIE!!

Can I just say that Moxie is the greatest thing since sliced bread! But seriously, Kohler’s latest release of Moxie is simply amazing, and should be on everyone’s wish list.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Kohler has done an excellent job with their latest technological bathroom accessory. Its a shower head that has a built-in wireless speaker which connects to any Blue-tooth and MP3 enabled devices. When I installed Moxie in my shower, I wasn’t expecting the speaker to be Bose or anything, but surprisingly, the sound output is actually really good. It also pleased me to see that the gallons per minute are the same as standard showerheads, which means good spray! To have a showerhead with compromised water flow was a deal breaker for me, because honestly who doesn’t like good pressure when taking a shower?!?

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Now, the best part of Moxie – the speaker pops out to take wherever you would like!! How cool is that! The portable speaker can sync up to your Blue-tooth device from up to 32 feet away, with 7 hours of battery life. I’ve taken my Moxie to the beach, golfing or to work which helps pass time by listening to my own playlist.

Recharging the battery is simple – just simply pop the speaker out so it can be plugged into the USB cable. Depending on the finish selected, pricing can run anywhere from $150.00 – $220.00, in addition to any sales tax or shipping. Not too bad for a quality, water-resistant shower speaker that is portable!

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Lighting Fixtures and Design

Lighting Fixtures. L-O-V-E them! Whenever the floor plan allows, I never hesitate to specify a beautiful pendant, ceiling mount or chandelier fixture. Think of those fixtures like the final accessory to your outfit, but in this case it’s a beautiful kitchen or bathroom! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about… selecting that perfect handbag, piece of jewelry, hair accessory, etc., or for the men out there… a watch, those sharp cuff links, maybe even a pocket tie. There are so many great design options out there when it comes to pairing fixtures with your new kitchen or bathroom, from French Industrial, to Vintage or Contemporary Rain Bubbles. When selecting a light fixture look at the overall design, meaning, don’t select a fixture that is going to overpower or compete with the rest of the new addition, but you don’t want a fixture that is going to be swallowed by the room depending on its size. Gone are the days of your kitchen or bathroom being just a utilitarian room – so get online, call a designer or visit a local retailer to find the perfect fixture for your new addition!

Contemporary Bathroom by Stamford General Contractors JCS Construction Group, Inc

What is trending in kitchen and bathrooms for 2013?

This is a question that comes up frequently in the remodeling industry, but it can be a tricky question to answer since every market sets there own trends. Here are some broad trends you can expect to see in 2013.

Shades of Gray

Gray kitchen

Design by Baden Baden

Design by Cassia Wyner CW Design

Design by Cassia Wyner CW Design

gray bathIn recent years kitchens and bathrooms have seen an upward swing of gray being incorporated through cabinetry, backsplashes, counter tops and wall color. How can you not fall in love with this color? Its so chic and sophisticated!

Quartz

Caesarstone

Caesarstone

Granite has been the counter surface material of choice for many designers and homeowners over the last decade. But there’s a new kid in town that has been gaining momentum in the last few years – Quartz! This year its significantly narrowed the gap with granite because of its low maintenance. Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed every year because its a non-porous product. Its also crack, scratch and stain resistant which is nice if you have a busy household – less to worry about!

Traditional, Transitional or Contemporary

Downsview of Scottsdale

Downsview of Scottsdale

McGill Design Group

McGill Design Group

Transitional continues to grow in popularity among homeowners because of its simplicity and warmth. Some of you may ask, “What is transitional?”. Transitional is a seamless blend of style between Traditional and Contemporary. Such a versatile design that maintains a classic and timeless look.

Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry

Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry

KIRKPATRICK ARCHITECTS

KIRKPATRICK ARCHITECTS

Contemporary kitchens and bathrooms are also very popular right now. Many homeowners are finding themselves wanting to unwind after a long day of work, and for some there is something relaxing about a “less is more” type of room. Contemporary offers clean, minimal and straight lines, but more importantly it can offer lots of warmth with the right colors.

LED Lighting

Stonewood, LLC

Stonewood, LLC

It comes as no surprise that LED (light-emitting diode) is being specified more and more by designers. The reason for this is not only are they highly energy efficient, unlike halogen or incandescent bulbs, LED’s stay cool. Let’s talk about the longevity of LED’s – they can last up to 100,000 hours! That’s pretty impressive, considering incandescent last up to 1,000 hours and fluorescent up to 15,000 hours. Ask your designer or contractor about LED’s if you are remodeling home – they offer such versatility from overhead lighting to undercabinet lighting, or if you’re looking to show off serveware in glass-fronted cabinets LED’s makes for a great option!

Touch-Activated Faucets

Kohler

Kohler

Pull out faucets are still the most used faucet, but touch-activated faucets are quickly growing in popularity. With the wave of a hand or the touch of your elbow or wrist, these touchless faucets enable cooks with messy hands to turn water on and off easily between cooking tasks.

Hope these few updates give you some ideas for any upcoming renovations you may have planned!

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