Tips On Artful Living

Artful living is defined as “The imperfect, intentional pursuit of creativity and beauty in every aspect of life.”

 

Artful Living can encompass materials, texture, color, and form of everyday items with which we surround ourselves. We should all take every opportunity to enjoy life’s pleasures by enriching our daily experience with beauty and creativity. Here are a few straight to the point tips on living an artful life.

 

Have Your Special Signature Piece

Take an everyday item and make it your special signature piece. A unique expression reflective of you!

 

Uplift and Enrich Yourself in Small Details

It isn’t what you possess but how you make the most of it by presenting and arranging it. Consciously design your life as an antidote to the pervasive stress of the 21st century. Choose the details of your surroundings to uplift and enrich your life.

Be Environmentally Friendly

You can create new and awesome things fashioned from salvaged, recycled, reused or renewable materials. You might think that this does not sound sexy but you can have beauty and be kind to the planet at the same time. Many people are embracing the trend of upcycling clothes and jewelry.

 

Be a Pebble in the Pond

As the ripples spread out from one small pebble dropped into a pond, you can give others the gift of Artful Living by simply embodying it yourself. Others will perceive and enjoy your increased sense of vivaciousness as you unselfconsciously go about living your life artfully. Just think of how good you feel when someone compliments you on your good taste and style. You can also artfully maintain the details of your work environment. Always seek to enhance your own life and the lives of others in positive ways!

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep Your Shower Drain Clog Free

There are a vast variety of options when it comes to clearing your clogged shower drains. Chemical cleaners, organic cleaners, plumbing snakes, plungers and more. But being preventative will save you a lot of trouble and ultimately save you tons of big bucks. Being preventative means trying to prevent the clogs from even happening. Be sure to take notice of everything that you rinse down your drain. After doing lots of research, we highly recommend keeping a contact number for a local emergency plumber to hand such as onetorontoplumbing.com as you never know when you are going to need them!!

What’s that smell?

When you don’t take good care of your drains, the first consequence is often a foul smell. Although a foul smell is usually associated with kitchen drains, it’s not uncommon to find offensive smells lingering from your shower drains.

After the smell, the clogs gradually appear, causing drains to simply work slowly at first, followed by a complete closure of the drain system. If you neglect to heed the warning of a slow drain clog, permanent damage can occur. Drains aren’t built to last forever, but basic care can extend the life of your drains by decades. It’s not easy to access the pipes underneath a shower so you will need to contact a plumber for professional help, here is a link to a fantastic plumber https://www.fixitrightplumbing.com.au/plumber-somerville/ they can fix an clogged shower drain in no time at a very affordable rate.

Get yourself a hair catcher

Being careful about what goes down the drain is the most important aspect of preventative drain maintenance. Doing something as simple as this can mean you don’t have to call a plumber. However, if you haven’t taken this preventative step then you could easily call up someone like inland plumbing to help you out if needs be. In bathtubs and showers, the biggest problem is usually hair. By using a hair catcher (a wire mesh filter that can be placed over or under the drain) you can minimize the risk of an clogs. Cleaning out the hair catcher only takes a couple of seconds after every shower. You can watch how to install one here on this Youtube video.

Clean that sucker out

Gently cleaning the inside of a drain about twice a year helps to prevent the buildup of biofilm, hairballs and other clog-causing gunk. You can use white vinegar to clean your drain. White vinegar is mildly acidic but powerful enough to dissolve most of the particles forming in your drains. Pour two cups of vinegar down the drain, wait about ten to fifteen minutes, then flush the drain with hot water. If you still come up with a clog after these preventative measures then it’s time to call in the experts. Don’t forget — you can always count on your licensed local plumbers.

Remember, Designer Drains and it’s employees are not licensed plumbers, we are just giving you DIY advice to use for your own benefits. If you have any pressing plumbing questions please consult a licensed plumber.

Source: Keep Your Drain Clogs at Bay

How a Shower Drain can make the World a better place

So, we know what you’re thinking. How the heck can a shower drain make the world a better place? Most people barely even know what their shower drain looks like let alone think about them in the context of making the world a better place. Well, maybe shower drains won’t change the entire world but they just might change “your world” and make it a better place. Inspiration can strike at any moment and sometimes in the most random of places. According to Business Insider and Mitch Ditkoff, President of Idea Champions, you get your best ideas in the shower.

 

You can also gain great inspiration from looking at a beautifully crafted decorative Shower Drain as well. There’s just something about looking down at something that someone else created and asking yourself questions like:

How did they create that?
What was their inspiration for that design
What Materials did they use?
How long did it take them to figure out their process?

and so on… There’s a myriad of questions that you might ask yourself so we won’t list them all. But, you get the point.

 

 

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Another reason shower drains make the World a better place is that they can save your marriage. Wait, first we tell you Shower Drains can save the World, now this?!  How can shower drains save your marriage? Losing your wedding ring down the drain, having to spend extra money on a plumber to recover,  or your ring or buying a new ring is not a good way to build a lasting partnership with your spouse.

Shower drains save your big ticket items from being lost. If you want any additional protection, you can always put a Hair Catcher under the drain cover. Hair Catchers are designed for ultimate protection against clogging up your drains so we know that they’ll work for catching jewelry.

Shower drains like any household item can be boring if you let them, but with just a little bit of imagination and innovation they can be made into something beautiful, functional and inspirational.

 

 

 

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The gift cards are digital cards with a personalized serial number that will last as long as your Designer Drains. The value that you load on your cards will never expire. If you have any questions about our cards please leave us a comment below and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

How to Install a Designer Drains Hair Catcher

Hello everyone!

Here at Designer Drains we often get asked the question, “What’s a hair catcher and how do I put one into my shower drain?” Well, we have a video that will answer most, if not all of your questions in 5 easy steps.

  1. Unscrew– the screws that attach your Designer Drains decorative shower cover to the drain body.
  2. Remove– your Designer Drains cover with care making sure that you don’t damage or scratch it. (ask about purchasing our specially made removal/ installation tool featured in the video)
  3. Insert– your Designer Drains hair catcher carefully.
  4. Replace– your Designer Drains decorative cover. (again, be sure not to damage or scratch it)
  5. Screw– your Designer Drains decorative cover back in place on your drain body and you’re done! (Remove any fingerprints left using a soft microfiber cloth.)

If you have any questions, you can always contact us at any time.

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~

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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~

Geo Homes

There’s something so satisfying about straight lines and 90 degree angles, isn’t there? Any painters reading? We all know the paint tape trick to keep lines clean and smooth. But why not use your artsy DIY skills on your walls! Check out this super fun paint project from Scrapbooking.com~!

And here are some awesome ways you can put your new technique to use!

Awesome stuff right? Need more ideas? Check out our Geo Homes idea board on Pinterest!

Now that your hands and overalls are covered in paint, and you’re admiring your amazingly cool geometric paint job, know what’ll look great to match? A super chic geometric inspired designer drain, of course! Our Geometric Series is just the little accessory you’ll need to really add the cherry on top. Whether your interior space is colorful and playful or black, white and serious all over, a geo drain design will be the perfect touch! A little more inclined to a golden brass design? Don’t worry! We’ve got that too! I tend to be a silver girl myself, as far as jewelry goes, but maybe your shower wants to be bathed in gold! Either way, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. 97879c497dc32b9034a9d70947ecfda5 90e14485d9abb2cf02b895aba6eba107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous, right? Check out more from the collection~! All of these are available in Brass, silver, brushed, polished or oil rubbed bronze.

These and all of our drains from every series fit in your shower or sink drain and are incredibly easy to install. You’ll absolutely love your new designer drain!

~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com

Nature Walk

If you’re anything like me, you know there’s nothing more relaxing than a calming walk through nature…Maybe I’m lying, I’m not exactly the woodsy type. Not that I’m against a fun hike, or a camping trip, but bugs and critters just aren’t exactly my style. Unless it’s in home decor of course! Check out some of these beautiful nature inspired bathrooms and kitchens that even makes a city-girl like me want to pack up my bags and travel to the rain forest.

 

Craving a hike yet? Check out our awesome inspo board for nature themed homes on our Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/designerdrains/all-natural

When you’re working a 9 to 5, who has time to go on safari anymore? It’s a darn shame, I know, but imagine a jungle paradise right down the hall. Taking a shower or grabbing a midnight snack has never felt this adventurous, right? And you know exactly what would pull one of these beautiful vacation spots together! A perfectly crafted nature inspired designer drain.Nature_bubbles

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Our Nature Series is a beautiful, elegant, classy touch to a jungle themed home. Just a touch, not too much, a lovely finishing piece that’ll pull the room together with ease. These fun and far from garden-variety designs are earthy without being too kitschy. Imagine our lovely bubbles themed drain (Very Popular!) decorating a rock like tile floor as you bathe in water and warm sunlight? It’s almost too good to be true! But you can have all this, not only is it possible, it’s probable! Spend some time getting inspiration from our awesome All Natural board on Pinterest, then pick yourself up designer drain~!

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~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com

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