A Cheeseboard Never Looked So Glamorous!

 I am a HUGE fan of cheese & black, so this is a must!

New from Normann Copenhagen: A Glamorous Cheese Board in Black Marble

October 27, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

New (and noirish) from Normann Copenhagen: the Pebble Cheese Set, designed by Simon Legald, consists of a smooth, pebble-like black marble serving board and a set of  elegant silcone-handled serving implements.


Above: The black marble oval serving board has a recessed grip for serving.


Above, L to R: The Pebble Cheese Plane, the Pebble Cheese Slicer, the Pebble Cheese Fork, and the Pebble Cheese Knife; each is $32 CAD ($24 USD) from the Modern Shop.


Above, L to R: The Small Pebble Board and the Large Pebble Board; $114 CAD ($85 USD) each.

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Clean Up In Black – The Best of Black Soaps

 Clean Up With Black Soaps!

10 Favorites: The Best of Black Soap

October 25, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Essential for the noirish bath: black bar soap: Here are 10 favorites, ranging from Seattle-made Blackbird soap inspired by the Mount St. Helens eruption to a soap evoking “the feeling of drinking a fine scotch in a wood-paneled den.”


Above: Maria Evora Black Cameo Soap is $11.74 from Small Flower on Amazon.

binu-binu-black-shaman-soap-2-768x520Above: The Binu Binu Shaman Black Charcoal Soap is made with charcoal, lavender, cedar wood, and clary sage; $18 from Binu Binu.


Above: A box of three bars of Caswell-Massey triple-milled Onyx Soap (a blend of coriander, black pepper, and tobacco). Contact Caswell-Massey for pricing and availability.


Above: The Joya No. 6 Black Soap has a scent of vetiver, amber, and cedarwood and comes with a black soap dish to match; $48 on Amazon.


Above: Sort of Coal’s Kuro Soap for face and body is made of Japanese charcoal; $25 at Sort of Coal.


Above: Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap emits a “masculine scent of bergamot and black pepper”; $9 per bar directly from Duke Cannon.


Above: The Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap is $45 on Amazon.


Above: In Japan, the sea bream is associated with good fortune. Welcome Soap, made by a 120-year-old Tamanohada soap factory, is a good house gift. It has a brown sugar scent; $45 from C.O. Bigelow.


Above: Activated Charcoal Soap handmade in Michigan with a mix of natural oils and activated charcoal is $6.50 from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy.


Above: From Spanish company Magno, two bars of glycerine La Toja Soap are $7.75 on Amazon.


Above: The Detox Soap from Pearl+ is found in the bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon; New York; and Pittsburgh; $8 each at the Ace Hotel Shop.

For more in soap, see our post The Return of Soap on a Rope, Plus 7 to Buy.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 27, 2013.

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10 Dramatic Black Dinnerware PIeces

10 Easy Pieces: Dramatic Black Dinnerware

October 26, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Annie Quigley

Every home should have a set of Basic White Dinnerware, but we think everyone should have a stack of pitch black plates on hand too. Ideal for moody dinner parties and striking when displayed on white shelves, think of black dinnerware as white dinnerware’s dark alter-ego. Here are our 10 favorite designs.

march-christiane-perrochon-slate-greyAbove: Slate gray Stoneware Plates by Christiane Perrochon are handmade in Italy; $155 for salad plates via March; dinner plates are currently out of stock.


Above: Black Apilco Dinnerware from Williams-Sonoma’s Reglisse collection has a matte black finish and is scratch resistant. A set of four dinner plates is $131.95, a set of bowls is $99.95, and a set of small wok salad plates is $119.95.


Above: Iittala’s Teema Collection by Kaj Franck features exclusive colors each year; this year they’re offering deep black Dinner Plates; $26 each from All Modern.


Above: A black tablescape on a budget: Ikea’s Dinera line includes matte black Dinner Plates ($12.99 for four), Salad Plates ($9.99 for four), and Bowls ($9.99 for four).


Above: The Kali dinner plate set from Tracie Ellis’s Aura Collection is easily stackable; $99 for a set of four Kali Dinner Plates and $69 for a set of four Side PlatesBowlsCups, and Serving Bowls are sold individually.


Above: These Black Porcelain Plates are handmade in Jaffa, Israel; $22 each from 1220 Ceramics Studio on Etsy.


Above: The Coupe dinnerware set is available in Onyx from Heath Ceramics ($94 for a Three-Piece Set and $155 for a Five-Piece Set).


Above: CB2’s Moonrock Dinnerware is made with a “copper-like reactive glaze” for a “stippled effect” and has organic edges; $9.95 per Dinner Plate, $7.95 per Salad Plate, $7.95 per Bowl).


Above: Flat Black Dinner Plates by Felt & Fat have a sleek, low profile; $52 per plate from The Commons).


Above: Ceramicist Alex Marshall’s blue-gray glaze reads as gray-black; $36.99 per Side Plate and $49.50 per Dinner Plate from All Modern.

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Carl Hansen’s Limited Edition “Black Collection” – Interior Design

The Last Chair Is To Die For, Being Dark Has Never Been This Awesome!

Dark Shadows: The Limited Edition Black Collection from Carl Hansen

October 25, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Danish brand Carl Hansen has been playing around with the classics, reintroducing dormant designs from midcentury masters and updating classic pieces with new fabric options and black frame finishes. Here’s a roundup of new offerings from the Black Collection via Skandium in London (the collection is available until November 30).


Above, L to R: The Black Edition CH07 Shell Chair, the Black Edition CH445 Wing Chair, and the Black Edition CH25 Chair.


Above: The chairs can be ordered upholstered in handwoven fabric from Mourne Textiles.


Above: The Black Edition CH25 Chair has a black-stained frame and black cord seat.

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Featured in Zieba Builders “Our Favorites from the Dwell on Design in Los Angeles”

on July 20, 2016

“What fun it was to check out the fabulous Dwell on Design in Los Angeles last month, one of the largest design events on the West Coast. Featured were the latest home furnishings, products, innovative technologies, and more. Here is what the Zieba team encountered, loved, and coveted…”

“These hand-crafted Fireclay Tiles can be a definite wow-factor in your kitchen or bathroom. Designed and produced in San Francisco, they can easily be customized for each client. From earthy southwestern styles to retro 70’s mod, you will find a pattern that speaks to you. We especially like the idea of using these on the floor or staircase to liven-up a room. Fireclay Tiles sells directly, meaning quicker delivery times and easier dealings- that’s music to our ears!”

“Faucet fantastic! With so many unique, modern, and classic faucets to choose from, it is hard to choose one Brizo design as our favorite. Perhaps the modern trio in the top middle window (the Vuelo design), or classic look of the old school Pot Filler to your bottom right.”

“Faucet browsing has never been so fun with this Andy Warhol-inspired backdrop. Franz Viegener’s designs are modern, stylish, and sleek adding a little extra class to your home.”

“Designer Drains are jewelry for your shower. We love this idea of getting down to the detail by adding an extra special touch in an unexpected place – especially one where you spend so much time. Designer Drains had a beautiful display of customizable drain options that have us dreaming of drains daily.

We always enjoy seeing what Dwell has to offer and can’t wait for the next event! If you are inspired by any of the pieces featured here and want to incorporate some or all in to your next home remodel, call Zieba Builders Inc. today at (562) 439-5294. Let’s get started on your design.”

Top 5 Bathroom fixtures and Accessories for your home in 2017

There are tons of beautiful bathroom fixtures and accessories that are on the market. All of those companies are competing for your attention and your business but, you don’t want junk in your bathroom. You want quality, beauty and longevity. Why would you buy a low quality product for your home if you know you’re going to have to replace it in a few months or even a few years?

Here we have compiled a list of 5 products that we think others might enjoy for their homes for the next year and beyond. Please keep in mind that although we don’t have any affiliation with these products, we show them because we think that they are awesome products for others to look at and become inspired by.

So, even if you don’t buy any of these particular products, we can at least spark that creative idea in your mind of how you can beautify your home.




  1. Wooden bathtub by: Unique Wood Design http://uniquewood.eu/products/classic/23/baula

-This wooden bathtub is pretty cool and most homes don’t usually equip wooden fixtures in the bathroom, which is why we think that this product is pretty cool. It’s a refreshing spin on an old classic.




  1. Natural Stone Bathtub by: Stone Forest http://stoneforest.com/collections/bathtubs/products/124-natural-bathtub

-This Stone bathtub is another beautiful fixture that you wouldn’t see in the average home. Feel free to check out their cool products and be inspired.



  1. Tear-Off Wallpaper by: Znak http://www.znak-life.com/files/tears_off_preview.pdf

-This is a pretty cool idea for home décor. This wallpaper can go anywhere, not in just your bathroom but, this product would add some pizazz to your bathroom remodel.



  1. QlockTwo by Biegert & Funk http://www.qlocktwo.com/touch.php?lang=en

-This is a modern clock design that you can use for your bathroom, or any other room in your home.



  1. Moda Toilet by Maestro Bath http://www.maestrobath.com/toi-giu-cob.html

-This Toilet is a really interesting and modern take on something we use every day.



This concludes our list of top bathroom products for 2017. Do you have any product suggestions? Do you like our suggestions or want to see more? Leave your comments below.

4 Products That Will Change Your Life

Is Apple the only company producing great products?

The answer to that question is a resounding, No! Now, were not exactly sure that these products will “change your life,” but these are some pretty cool products. Some of the products featured  here you may have seen before and some you may not have seen. We have scoured the internet to find awesome products to introduce to our readers because we love awesome products. Why? Because we manufacture awesome products and we know what  to look for.

Here at Designer Drains we love new and innovative products that can really get a conversation started. It’s always about the questions such as; “Where did you find that?” or “Wow, how much was that?” The products here will not fail to start up a conversation at your next meeting, party or family gathering.


Check out some of the awesome products that we found below.

#1 Sonte Digital Shade

Sonte Digital Shade

The Sonte Digital is a really great invention. It could possibly take away the need for those pesky blinds that are sometimes hard to pull back down after you retracted them to get some sunlight inside your home. The Sonte Film is designed to be user friendly and cost effective.  It has a self-adhesive cling layer on one side (peel and stick) which can be cut to any size and fit any existing windows and you can do the install yourself. Once the Film has been applied  all you need to do is connect the Wi-Fi enabled transformer to the film and turn on the power source.

So the installation procedure is:

  1. Measure and cut.
  2. Peel and stick.
  3. Plug and play.

This product really shows some promise and we can’t wait to see how it does in the years to come. We could all be using this product in our homes soon.

#2 Double Telepresence Robot

Double Telepresence Robot

Who wants to be at work when they’re not at work? Nobody, but this little gadget is for the true workaholics. the Double Telepresence Robot will allow anyone to come to work even when they wouldn’t normally be able (or even want to) make it.

#3 Alienware Alpha

Alienware Alpha

This is not your ordinary gaming console. It combines the freedom of PC gaming with the ease of a  one of your traditional consoles such as the Xbox One or PS4. The exclusive Alienware-developed user interface allows you to navigate all of Alpha’s core functions with the included Xbox 360 controller (no mouse or keyboard needed). Using the power of Steam Big Picture, the global online community for downloading and playing games, you can have very quick and easy access to tons of your favorite Steam games, and other entertainment, all on your big screen TV. This masterpiece was really worth mentioning.

#4 Roburn Cabinet With TV

Roburn Cabinet with Built-in TV

Now, this is the last product on our list, but it’s certainly not the least. This beautifully crafted bathroom medicine cabinet comes with a built-in TV and MP3 player hook-ups as well. Whether you’re watching the news while you’re brushing your teeth, or you’re trying not to miss any part of the game during those bathroom breaks, this is the product for you.

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Why Do I Need A Designer Shower Drain?

Well, the truth is that a designer shower drain is not necessarily a necessity, but it is a very nice amenity for your home. So, the question is still who needs a designer shower drain? Nobody! A person can’t need a shower drain like they need food to live. Designer Drains offers individuals who want to upgrade their home a more pleasing choice for their decor. We don’t  force our products on our customers because we know that if you’re a person who is looking to beautify your home, an ordinary drain just won’t cut it.
Think about this; If you are a person who has spent tons of money remodeling your home, you know what we mean. Nobody wants to take an out of date bathroom and make it look beautiful only to find that you have missed something. A remodeled bathroom without one of our designer drains is like a canvas without the paint.
Designer Drains takes a lot of pride in the creation of our product and you will notice that in the quality of our drains. We make our products for each individual. At Designer Drains, all of our customers have names and that’s what we prefer to call them.