Rules of the Bathroom


3 things about TOTO I learned at the Kitchen & Bath Show:

1. They make a toilet that uses UV light technology for self cleaning of lime scale, mold & waste.

2. Specifying a wall hung toilet will provide more room if you have limited space.

3. Their damaged toilets are recycled into new tile which offers anti-microbial properties.

Image via Chasen West Photography

Actilight Cleansing Technology:

The NEOREST 750H offers the most complete bowl cleansing system available. TOTO’s patented flushing and cleansing technologies effectively rid the bowl of both visible and invisible waste. This advanced cleansing system starts with TOTO’s eWater+ technology. Using the incoming water supply, a pre-mist wets the bowl’s surface preventing waste’s adherence 80% better than a dry bowl. After each flush, eWater+ mists the bowl with electrolysed water, which has a slightly acidic pH value, keeping the bowl fresh and clean longer.

NEOREST 750H’s bowl is glazed with TOTO’s HYDROTECT titanium dioxide coating and zirconium, giving it a lovely iridescent, mother-of-pearl sensibility. Extremely hydrophilic, HYDROTECT makes it nearly impossible for organic substances to adhere to the bowl’s surface, enabling waste, lime scale, and mold to wash away with ease. Further, when combined with sunlight, HYDROTECT triggers a photocatalytic process in which organic substances are broken down. To achieve this, TOTO integrated a UV light in the seat lid that is activated when the lid is closed. Once the UV light hits the HYDROTECT’s titanium dioxide coating on the toilet’s bowl, photocatalysis occurs, accelerating the decomposition of all organic substances in the bowl.

Oh, the dreaded commercial restrooms…Have you ever had to straddle the toilet just to get the door closed? C’mon, I know you’ve scraped your knee once or twice trying to shut the door! A solution to a tight-toilet-space, is specifying a wall-hung toilet. It only occupies 21-1/16 inches of space from the front of the toilet to the wall.

Ever wonder what happens to imperfect and damaged china? TOTO partnered with Crossville to recycle the crushed up pieces into tile! In addition, they add HYDROTECT technology during the firing process which creates an easy cleanable surface and an anti-microbial effect.

Thank you TOTO for sponsoring BlogTourVegas, for an amazing lunch, and for our fabulous goodie bags…complete with a TOTO shower head!


Top Knobs – So Chic I Can’t Even Handle It!

Jewels for the cabinets:

Do you even need words?

The Chareau collection is timeless, yet edgy at the same time:

Dear Top Knobs: If you offered this collection in a matte gold, it would be like winning the giant stuffed animal at the State Fair.

The new Mercer Collection:

Good thing I looked in the catalog, I almost missed these little gold beauties:

A frequent request of Top Knobs was thin and long coordinating pulls for integrated appliances. Bravo to this forward thinking company that saw a void in the market and was quick to deliver. I’m sure you would agree that this line speaks for itself!

Thank you Top Knobs for sponsoring BlogTourVegas, for breakfast at KBIS, and for the beautiful eye candy!

P.S. Great slogan!


Kitchen Cabinets – To Paint, Stain or Lacquer?

After high school, I was ready to leave Louisiana and see what the rest of the world had to offer.  I enrolled in the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and got a job at the Expo Design Center, a high end kitchen and bath design center owned by Home Depot. This is was the start of my training in kitchen, bath & closet design, and the beginning of my appreciation obsession for modern design. I had seen one too many roosters, dark oak cabinets, and hadn’t traveled much up to this point, so you could image my surprise when I saw lacquered cabinets for the first time!

And this is where my love affair with a German cabinet company began! Meet Poggenpohl– the lacquered cabinet masters!

Did you know that most German apartments, or flats, don’t have kitchen cabinets!? Most people take their cabinets with them when they move! (and apparently take the sinks, toilets, bathtub, curtains, curtain rods, mirrors, and even the freakin’ light bulbs!)

At the National Kitchen & Bath Show, I saw a lot of appliance integration (concealed appliances behind a cabinet door or a piece of furniture). Hiding large appliances within the cabinetry creates a clean, uncluttered appearance for adjacent rooms. When it matters: Open floorplans & rooms serving dual purposes.  You may not want your workspace to look like a “kitchen” if it’s your office during the day and a working kitchen at night.

In Europe, space is a premium, so it doesn’t surprise me that every inch has been considered when manufacturing cabinets for the home. Poggenpohl was thinking like this over 15 years ago! Perfect example: a Fold-away step ladder hidden in the toekick. Genius!

Drawer systems are designed so you can see everything at a glance. (This is how I have to organize my closet, jewelry, scarves, etc., because if I don’t see everything at once, I’m not digging…and it’s not going to get worn!)

Wall mounted systems for commonly used items at your fingertips:

This is just a small sampling of the organization tools available. Check out their website here for more cool gadgets!

Do you prefer painted, stained or lacquered cabinets? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!


Thank you Poggenpohl for being a Modenus #BlogTourVegas sponsor!


What Happens in Vegas…

You know the ‘ol saying, but this time it’s different. I’ll share the full scoop and bring you up to date on What happened in Vegas!

Last week I was invited by Modenus, along with a group of influential designers and bloggers, to attend the National Kitchen & Bath Show in Las Vegas. The amazing part about trips like this, is not only do I get introduced to new products and vendors, but I also make life-long friends in the industry.

Meet the Bloggers:

Carmen Christensen – Time 2 Design

Ken & Grace Kelly – Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly

Vanessa Francis – Decor Happy

Meredith Heron – Meredith Heron Interiors

Lisa Mende – Lisa Mende Design

Rita Catinella Orrell – Designy Things & Architects Toybox

Christine Da Costa – The Glam Blog

Sarah Sarna – Live the Life You Dream About

Marilyn Russell – Design Magnifique

Cristin Bisbee Priest – Simplified Bee

Rhonda Knoche – Rhonda Knoche Design

JB Bartkowiak – Building Moxie

Tina Ramchandani – Life in Sketch

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring new products, trends, and all things Kitchen & Bath related.

Thank you again to our lovely sponsors: KBIS, Mr. Steam, Blanco, Poggenphol, Cosentino, Subzero/Wolf, Top Knobs, Walker Zanger, TOTO, Wood-Mode, Formica, and of course, the Modenus team & Chasen West Photography!