DWELL on Design 2016 – Thank You!

From the moment the doors opened on Friday morning to the last moments on Sunday afternoon at the DWELL on Design show in the Los Angeles convention center. It was sincerely a pleasure to meet and introduce you to our decorative shower drain replacements. The amazement in your eyes and the positive energy we felt this weekend, definitely rejuvenated us every day walking into the convention center and reminded us why we do, what we do here. We truly appreciate the warm compliments, positive reactions and the overall appreciation you offered. Thank you to all the designers, homeowners and architects that came by and reinforced what a great quality product we offer.

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For The Steampunk Lovers

Brand new obsession.

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Industrial style has been inspiring artists, home decor and fashion designers for ages. Much like Rococo (the soft, pastel Marie Antoinette inspired fashion from 18th century France) Industrial seems to make a come back every couple of years from the runway to interior design. And for good reason! Industrial is a unique, complex genre that anyone would look twice at. In fact, a subculture sprouted from the popular look called Steampunk. And if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely seen it. Steampunk for many can be a lifestyle, composed of industrial, Victorian fashion and gears, gears, gears!

One of my favorite things about Industrial style is it’s fairly “genderless” in it’s entirety! Surely no styles have a gender, but some men may not be too fond of a pastel pink bedroom and I know a few ladies who may not appreciate a superhero themed living quarter (although I’d LOVE a Captain American themed kitchen) but everyone can find beauty in the neutral colors and rustic quality of Industrial.

And best of all, though some industrial furniture and artwork can be pricey, there’s a great amount of DIY possibilities for you to make all on your own! Plywood and some rusty pipes can make an incredible steampunk inspired shelf. Clocks, gears, and old timey maps can give your home a seasoned traveler feel.

When I say Steampunk is a lifestyle, I mean it! From clothing to decor, your entire life could revolve around industrial if you wanted! Some of my favorite designers have had entire runway shows completely based on Steampunk-victorian style.

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Such interesting and unique designs and creations have come from Steampunk influence. Movies, Entertainment and even music can sometimes take an industrial twist. Movies like the Wild Wild West and bands like Steam Powered Giraffe use cool industrial inspired looked to add to their appeal. Here’s an awesome music video from one of the first Steampunk inspired bands I ever heard of! Watch how they move and talk like robots. Everything about Industrial is rustic, dark colored and old fashioned while still being captivating and new. Organic but inanimate! I was hooked on Steam Powered Giraffe after I first saw this video.

Clothes, movies, music. And of course home decor! Whether you’re a die hard Steampunk fan or just slightly intrigued by industrial style, taking your home to the next level could definitely mean taking a little Steampunk influence. Take some of these fun appliances for example! (I’ll post any sites I find that sell industrial decor under the photos, in case you’d rather not get your hands dirty)

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You can buy this great shelf/toilet paper holder here.

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Though the idea of a fully realized conceptional room completely based on steampunk decor is extravagant to me. Maybe an entire industrial home is a bit much for some, but even just one room out of your house will turn major heads. Take these for example.

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That bathroom is godly! I am obsessed with decorative pipes and gears. So you’ve just went all out on your new industrial style bathroom and that old shower drain is bringing down your Steampunk vibes. Well I’ve got just the decorative drain cover for you! Sprockets is a cool, rustic, gear designed drain that’s the perfect touch to your industrial bathroom or kitchen! And it comes in oil rubbed bronze~

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B.Drake~

Designerdrains.com

Making Waves

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, and I know you have because you’re awesome, you know that our Oceanus Series is one of our most popular collections! Everyone loves the beach, and anything beach related. The seaside is one of the most relaxing places one can imagine. The smell of salt, the warm breeze, and my favorite, the waves crashing lightly against the coast. You can hear it right? I know i can!

Waves are beautiful, terrifying and majestic. They can bring a sense of serenity or utter chaos. Sometimes my goal is to become a human embodiment of a wave….but that’s just me. While I spend my time figuring out how to be the wave I deserve to be, let’s talk about you and your future wave themed home. All waves are beautiful, but I am absolutely obsessed with traditional Japanese nami wave art. We all know the ones.

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A lot of interior designers, fashion designers and artists are inspired by the beautiful works of traditional Japanese artists and for good reason! The serene-ness of the soft color palettes in contrast of harsh lines are one thing that makes these paintings so memorable. I’m seeing a lot of fashion inspired by Nami waves. Whether abstract or literal.

Alena Akhmadullina Russia Spring 2016 takes a literal adaptation of Nami waves, transforming models into walking tsunami paintings. So beautifully done.

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Or this great Japanese bomber jacket! Nami waves, cherry blossoms and a beautiful mix of hard and soft.

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While these are gorgeous, fashion isn’t the only avenue that implements waves. Home decor can easily take a seaside twist. Maybe you aren’t ambitious enough to go all out like some of these creative sea lovers.

 

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As gorgeous and extragagent as these designs are, some like go on the subtle side of things. Here’s a couple wave themed decorative pieces for any sized home.

 

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Whether you’re more on the subtle side of things, or go big or go home like I am, a beautiful “Oceanus Waves” wave inspired decorative drain will be the perfect touch for any bathroom, kitchen, boat or pool area. Our stainless steel drain covers come in all shapes, sizes and colors and will add the perfect touch to your home. Also, don’t forget to check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Packed with home decor ideas for every room of the house. Our Ocean Getaway board will be just the thing you need to keep inspired for your waved themed bathroom~!

B. Drake

Designerdrains.com

 

Out of This World! Atomic Rings and Outer Space

Were you one of those kids who laid awake at night imagining becoming an astronaut? Exploring the galaxy in your head as you stared out of your bedroom window? ……….Maybe not, but I have always loved a starry sky and a big full moon on a warm summer’s night.

My dream has always been a galaxy themed bathroom. With stars and dark blues and purples. Something about the nebula is just so edgy yet relaxing! Especially in a bedroom or even better a lavatory! Don’t believe me? Check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Here are a couple of our favorites.

Stellar, right? Futuristic, cyber home decor can be simplistic or intense! Dark or light. Minimal or Busy. It all depends on your aesthetic.

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If I haven’t sold you yet, remember galaxy theme is all the rage right now. Even in fashion! Having a futuristic themed home will put you ahead of the times and also hip to a new trend that’s catching on fast!

Runway fashion (Here are some of my absolute FAVES from Valentino Pre-fall 2015

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And this stunning gown from Zuhair Murad Fall 2015

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Ok, you’re sold right? So let’s get back to interior design. Let’s say you’ve found the perfect galaxy print shower curtain, a dark nebula wallpaper or even a spaced theme bath set! Maybe even a starry sky ceiling projector like this cool gadget from The Lightbox.

Now what else could take your bathroom to the ultimate level? Our Atomic Rings shower drain! One of my favorites! I’m probably bias though, I always see it on the shelf and automatically imagine it in the future shower of my beautifully remodeled outer space themed bathroom. But even if you don’t want to go as bold as a nebula inspired interior, Atomic Rings is a beautiful, fun and unique decorative drain cover that can spruce up any bathroom or kitchen. Whether stainless steel, a golden bronze or our dark and elegant oil rubbed bronze, Atomic Rings will make any shower unique and fashionable. Then again, paired with spacey theme decor it can’t be beat!

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~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com

Architecture in the Home

The Architecture Series is one of our most culturally inspired series , our designer Peter here at Designer Drains was heavily influenced by Andalusian and Spanish architecture when creating this collection of decorative drain covers. And for good reason! Have you seen some of these beautifully intricate structures?!

I often ask our designer where he got his inspiration for each series and Architecture Series is, hands down, our most culturally influenced collection of drains. After seeing a couple pictures of Andalusian and Spanish architecture, it’s easy to see why Peter was so enthralled! I highly recommend our beautiful Architecture Series in bronze or oil rubbed bronze to get the full effect. Seen below are our gorgeous golden California faucets and oatey shower drain covers.

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Although, you can never go wrong with our classic stainless steel decorative drains~!

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Some may find these traditional designs a bit busy for some homes, but with the right eye for design you can easily turn your home into a Andalusian paradise! Check these beautiful homes out!

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You can find more Architectural homes and Andalusian inspired decor on our Pinterest! Make your home a getaway!

B.Drake~

Picking Out A Designer Drain

Picking out a Designer Drains can be fun and exciting! With over 40 different unique styles available, customers are always excited to get there’s installed. However, finding out which drain size and brand that can replace your existing drain can sometimes get confusing, so here is a few things to keep in mind:

 

  • Start with the shape, easy enough. Just measure the diameter if it is round or the width if it is square not including any rim around the drain if one exist.
  • Measure the Center of one screw hole to the Center of the other screw, also known as the CTC. This is very important to making sure you order the correct drain so be sure to measure carefully.
    • “What if I don’t see any screws?” Don’t fear! This is common with many standard drains.  Instead, you should see little metal prongs that are holding down your drain. In that case, that drain cover will just pop right off and 90% of the time underneath you will see 2 inserts for screws to go! Just measure those, again center to center, and you are good to go! If you still do not see any screw holes, you might have a California Faucet or an EBBE style shower drain.
  • Is the part that your drain fits into ABS (black plastic), PVC (white plastic), Cast Iron, or a Polished Chrome finish? This can be very helpful but isn’t always needed as the most important thing is getting the measurement of the screw holes correct.

Still stuck? Just give us a call at 1-909-957-3944 and we will be happy to help! If we miss your call, just leave us a message and we will call you back as soon as we can!

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For The Art Connoisseur

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Any home decor enthusiast knows that with the right touch, your bathroom can be a work of art. A difficult concept for some, but not for you! You know that a well decorated and enjoyable (or otherwise) lavatory can make or break a home.

So maybe your tastes are a little more sophisticated than sea-life or geometrics.

You’re about to fall in love with our Art History Series! One of my absolute favorite series on our website is the Art History Series. Playing favorites, right? I try not to gush over one series compared to another but there’s something so lovely about our art-deco inspired drain jewelry. Whether your sink in the kitchen or in your shower, these pieces are a beautiful simple touch to really bring the room together. Especially if you’re a fan of hanging fine art. If you need a little inspo, check out our newest board on Pinterest all about homes with a sophisticated pallet!

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The way a nicely colored tie, or some sparkling new earrings can accentuate your eyes and dazzling smile, so can these beautiful little artsy gems for your lavatory! Spare no expense for your comfort and aesthetic, remember your bathing quarters! And don’t forget, we can dress your kitchen sink too! For the first time, when you go to the sink to wash the dishes you’ll smile! Scrubbing pots and pans is never fun, but imagine a beautiful little designer drain smiling up at you.

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Your choice of polished glossy stainless steel, or brushed textured, silver or brass or copper, these little drain covers will be the perfect finishing touch to your living space.

~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com

 

 

 

 

Everyday is a Day at the Beach

Looking for a beautiful beach get away, but just can’t seem to step out of your home office? I get it, times are hard. People are busy and frankly, overworked. And sometimes, the longest break a lot of us get is a nice hot shower at the end of the day, or a fancy bathsalt soaked bubble bath on a sunday night.

And you deserve it!

So why not make that 30 minutes of much needed ‘You-Time’ all about you! And what you love. Make your bathroom that beautiful oceanside vacation you’ve been yearning for.

How, you may be asking. Don’t you worry, I’ve got the low down on making your cozy tinkle-space a beach side island paradise. Two words. Repeat after me. Visuals and Scents. Your nose and your eyes can take you there, I promise, even maybe listen to some beautiful wave crashing white noise to rid your mind of the stresses of the day.

As far as scents go, I’ve got some awesome pins for you to check out! Follow us on Pinterest for a daily dose of home decor from the Mancave to the baby’s room. Designer Drains on Pinterest

But for your eyes! I’ve got some lovely shower jewelry that’ll make your commode feel as awesome as you do in your favorite pearl necklace or sparkly new wrist watch. You know that feeling right? The sense of accomplishment when someone’s eyes drift towards those beautiful new earrings and seem to glow with excitement over your fashion taste? Now just imagine that every time a family member comes to visit and disappears for a potty break! Never forget though, this is for you, make your living space beautiful and how you like it! You’re going to be spending a lot more time in there now that you’ve discovered Designer Drains! The fact that you’re reading this blog at all already proves you’ve got awesome taste!

There’s nothing I love more than home decor, many underestimate how much of an impact aesthetic on your living space can have towards your mood. Check these beautiful bathrooms out.

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Relaxation is setting in right? You can almost smell the sea salt! Now just imagine some beautiful ocean themed bathroom glamour coupled with some of these babies~

 

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Feeling bathroom envy? Well don’t! I’m here to tell you, not only can you have one of these gorgeous bathrooms, but you WILL have one of these gorgeous bathrooms! With the Oceanus Series by Designer Drains, we promise you a beautifully crafted, nautical themed, durable 304 stainless steel designer drain cover that will make you the envy of all your friends and give your bathroom the added sparkle it needs.

We know your showers are going to be a little longer now that you’ll be admiring your lovely new purchase! Try not to be too late to work~!

~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com