Posts Tagged ‘universal design’

Wanna save water…? Consider a Steam Shower

So I know I’ve been waxing poetic lately about water savings. My latest rant is about steam showers. Did you know that a steam shower uses about 1 gallon of water for every 20 minutes of steam shower? So, that means you could take a 30 minute steam shower and use less than 2 gallons of water. That is way, way less than a bathtub which will use between 50 and 90 gallons for that same type of relaxation. It is worth considering investing in a steam unit. We love the Thermasol Pro steam unit. It has a lifetime warranty. In addition, this warranty will cover labor for the first three years. That’s amazing!! It truly is a plug-and-play type of steam unit. The water supply just gets screwed on and it can be plugged in. There is nothing more simple. This will save you on labor costs. And… THERE ARE HEALTH BENEFITS!!

Read about the science of steam
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It’s Been SIX Years Since Our Fire…

Today is the 6th Anniversary of our store burning down. We had only bought it two months before. While it may seem that we should celebrate the beginning of our lives as small business owners, instead, we celebrate the fire. Weird. We know. But this fire took our paychecks and burned them for about two years. We feel like celebrating this is celebrating how darn AMAZING we are. We’ve stuck together as a family and we’ve relied on our loyal business relationships to carry us through. This celebrates YOU for supporting us. For sticking with us. For telling your friends. Let’s continue to beautify and build better together.

As we look back, one of the most hilarious memories to us is that we honestly thought we could clean everything up and be open in two days. We really thought we could sweep and scrub and get it into shape. Clearly delusional shock. The building is gone and the location is now up for sale.

You’ll just have to come and visit us in our beautiful new showroom. It’s about THREE times as big and way quieter and cleaner since we have our professional cleaning staff (our two kids) dusting and wiping all of the time.

Hope to see you really soon!!

The Bettencourts

The Outside of the Building was CRISPY

The Outside of the Building was CRISPY

These used to be shelves of toilets and sinks

These used to be shelves of toilets and sinks

These were vanities and pedestal sinks

These were vanities and pedestal sinks

These were pullout kitchen faucets. The hand pieces just melted away.

These were pullout kitchen faucets. The hand pieces just melted away.

This is what a cast iron sink looks like after a fire. Not too bad?

This is what a cast iron sink looks like after a fire. Not too bad?

This was a wall of faucets. Not sure where all of the cardboard came from? maybe it somehow blew in from the adjoining storage area?

This was a wall of faucets. Not sure where all of the cardboard came from? maybe it somehow blew in from the adjoining storage area?

This was a vanity display and glass medicine cabinet. What a MESS!!

This was a vanity display and glass medicine cabinet. What a MESS!!

A Little Bit of a Color War before we sent our friend off to the Coast Guard

A Little Bit of a Color War before we sent our friend off to the Coast Guard

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LaCava has some BEAUTIFUL new vanities and they’re Made in USA

These recently released vanities from La Cava are so pretty and unique. They’re available in a wide variety of finishes from high gloss white to black; light maple to striped zebra, bamboo to silver oak just to name a few.

Wood Cabinet with drawer. Take note of the wall-hung toilet carrier in matching wood

Wood Cabinet with drawer. Take note of the wall-hung toilet carrier in matching wood

Close up of the cabinet with doors and drawers

Close up of the cabinet with doors and drawers

Now look back at the image of the suite. You will see this rotating cabinet with a mirror on one side and storage on the back

Now look back at the image of the suite. You will see this rotating cabinet with a mirror on one side and storage on the back

This has the same rotating cabinet with mirror on the back

This has the same rotating cabinet with mirror on the back

This is a medicine cabinet

This is a medicine cabinet


This is the inside of the matching Medicine Cabinet. The door lifts up like an old-fashioned garage door

This is the inside of the matching Medicine Cabinet. The door lifts up like an old-fashioned garage door

This is the inside of the cabinet.

This is the inside of the cabinet.

This shows the handy storage on the inside of the drawer for bottles and such.

This shows the handy storage on the inside of the drawer for bottles and such.

This is available in one solid wood color. Most homeowners will not be comfortable with this two tone finish because it is such a strong design statement.

This is available in one solid wood color. Most homeowners will not be comfortable with this two tone finish because it is such a strong design statement.


Yes, look back at the suite. Those are medicine cabinets!

Yes, look back at the suite. Those are medicine cabinets!


Hidden hamper inside. See, it doesn't have to be ugly and plastic!

Hidden hamper inside. See, it doesn’t have to be ugly and plastic!


Catino Suite with new porcelain bowls made in Italy with thick, creamy porcelain. Ask and we'll show you the difference

Catino Suite with new porcelain bowls made in Italy with thick, creamy porcelain. Ask and we’ll show you the difference


There is plenty of storage for two people to share

There is plenty of storage for two people to share


And look at those sexy legs!

And look at those sexy legs!


Beautiful name, don'tcha think? (Wink!) And this suite is all about its curves. That's a medicine cabinet over the sink!

This is the Giulia. Beautiful name, don’tcha think? (Wink!) And this suite is all about its curves. That’s a medicine cabinet over the sink!


Clever Storage

Clever Storage


Matching Wall Storage

Matching Wall Storage


Talk about unique.This is another suite that flaunts its curves. Would be beautiful in Walnut!

Talk about unique.This is another suite that flaunts its curves. Would be beautiful in Walnut!

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