GPS Living Spring 2022

STYLE FACTOR FROM COLOR TO COUNTERTOPS COZY MODERN A MINIMALIST— YET WELCOMING— FARMHOUSE

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ON THE COVER Color your world! New colors from Victoria + Albert include palettes inspired by Belgian minimalists, the primaries in Brazilian modernism, and color-popped chromatics in American postmodernism. 10 RAW MATERIALS The best of the best for kitchen and bath. 20 HOME LI FE Making the home more accessible. 22 ADD IT UP Small upgrades can make all the difference. 25 COUNTER POINT Update your kitchen countertops. 30 WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE A tour of Morris County, while you shop. 31 MEET THE DESIGNER Dena Colao, Morris Plains 32 COLOR YOUR WORLD Embrace the full spectrum. 36 HAPPY MEDIUM Clean lines and a farmhouse feel. GPS Justin Freedman PRESIDENT, GPS Brian Maffia DIRECTOR OF SHOWROOMS, GPS Sarah Barton MARKETING DIRECTOR, GPS Rebecca Jean Cortés DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR, GPS Isaiah Dismuke GPS

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MotionSense Wave™Sensor on the Cia™Touchless Kitchen Faucet

The Moen ® Cia™ Collection was named for its unique shape, an elongated ‘C’ with circular elements repeating throughout the design. Meant to create an orderly and calm vibe, the faucet joins rectangular and cylindrical elements with a high-arc spout for a strikingly stunning look. A unique wave sensor was designed specifically to be parallel to the circular surface, offering the option of MotionSense Wave technology without distracting from the sophisticated design.

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As we enter the Spring in the Tri-State area, we are all looking to brush aside COVID and return to our regularly scheduled programming . Home remodeling has continued across the country at a brisk pace as the housing markets and demand for household products have sustained the steep increase since late 2020. We will be watching interest rate increases to see the impact that the rate hikes have over the next few months, but interest and demand in the New Jersey/New York housing inventory seems like it will stay at an elevated level for the foreseeable future. With this increased need for more remodels and new construction projects, many homeowners and future homeowners are in greater need for design guidance. To help with your potential upcoming projects, we have included a Project Checklist (GPS–page 6), which showcases all the categories that you need to consider before starting any bathroom or kitchen project as well as the tips on what to bring to a design appointment. For many homeowners deciding to Age in Place and requiring accommodated living spaces, “Home Life” (GPS–Page 20) features some of the newest innovations to hit the market. Through these pages, we showcase two of our designers, Dena Colao (GPS–Page 31) and Paul Gassert (Kohler–Page 8). These designers are well versed in both aging in place innovations as well as on-going design trends. In “Color your World” (GPS–page 32), we explore the movement towards bright finishes for faucets to statement tubs and bold vanity/cabinetry colors. An excess of color is here as homeowners and designers move from blues and grays to brighter tones. Kohler’s continued strong product development with products from the Avoir tankless toilet to the arrival of the Statement and Anthem showering systems highlight some of the best-in- class introductions to our Kohler Signature Store and GPS showroom locations. Readers can also see the creation of many pet-friendly plumbing solutions, which seems to be another step in the evolution of the home and the COVID reality of the house as a haven to family members, human and four-legged. Dogs are very special within the GPS family as most people know and our furry family members deserve the same creature comforts. Lastly, for your Spring weekend local excursions, we highlight Morristown for the mix between colonial and modern. On the edge of one of our oldest branch/showrooms in Morris Plains, Morristown is the perfect mix of old and new. “Washington Slept Here” (GPS–page 30) provides the perfect cultured itinerary for adults and families to take a long weekend through this New Jersey gem. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Best,

Justin Freedman, President

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▫ Bath Exhaust Fans ▫ Bath Faucets

▫ Mirrors ▫ Shower Heads and Body Sprays ▫ Steam Shower Systems ▫ Tile ▫ Toilets ▫ Towel Warmers ▫ Vanities

▫ Countertops ▫ Faucets ▫ Garbage Disposals ▫ Instant-Hot Dispenser ▫ Kitchen Cabinetry ▫ Kitchen Sinks ▫ Water Filtration Whole House or Point of Use ▫ Bathtubs, Whirlpools and Air Baths ▫ Custom Shower Door Enclosures ▫ Heated Shower or Bathroom Mats ▫ Lighting ▫ Medicine Cabinets

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▫ Cabinet Hardware ▫ Grab Bars ▫ Soap Holder ▫ Soap/Lotion Dispenser ▫ Toilet Paper Holder ▫ Towel Bars/Rings

What to bring to an appointment so that we can better serve you: • Pictures, drawings and measurements of the room • Inspiration photos • Possible design or room restrictions • Project timeline • Contact info for contractor or trade pros handling the build/remodel

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Tribeca , from Golden Lighting , is a contemporary, geometric series of customizable layered boxes. Offered in a variety of finish options and silhouettes, including two-tone combinations, this clean, transitional style pairs well with modern design.

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Elkay offers true customization for islands and sinks, making your kitchen a truely personalized work of art.

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Fluerco’s Caro shower doors have a silk-screen and mist design with a sleek, vertical handle, in and out pivot door, and a modern, matte black finish.

Stella from Mitzi is an eight-light chandelier that evokes classic midcentury style. The shades are opal glass, accented with matte black hardware.

Give your furry friend the spa experience with Hansgrohe’s dog shower. It has three spray modes for gentle care and efficient cleaning, soft nozzle jets that use water to brush and massage at the same time, and WaterBoost—which increases water flow at the touch of a button.

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RAW MATERIALS

Shaw’s Classic Shaker Fireclay sink is a modern, handcrafted take on a traditional farmhouse-style sink.

Brizo’s Litze Kitchen collection melds innovative engineering and artistry to strike a balance that is at home in modern classic and urban industrial spaces.

With a design inspired by the shape of sailboats, Delta’s Galeon bath collection brings a chiseled, contemporary look to the bath.

Crisp edges and uncomplicated style features give Moen’s Voss collection an ageless-yet- fashion-forward presence.

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Rohl’s Graceline collection, by renowned designer Michael Berman, is inspired by American Moderne style, combining modern elements with the classic designs of transatlantic ocean liners and transcontinental trains.

Perrin & Rowe’s Holborn pot filler doubles as a pet water station.

Native Trails’ Topanga vanity is inspired by midcentry design and a long tradition of Eastern European woodworking.

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Hansgrohe’s Finoris faucet offers versatility and style in one chic package. The pull out faucet head is perfect for washing hair in the sink and offers a choice of spray types.

The Urban bath by Americh includes a hidden storage drawer that tilts forward and holds all the essentials.

Moen has added a full range of tub fillers to their extensive collections. Shown here, the Voss one-handled tub filler in oil-rubbed bronze.

Insinkerator’s hot and cold water tap provides steaming hot water as well as cold, with one single handle.

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Strasser includes vanities and wall- mounted open shelving for an airy look. The collection can be customized by door style, hardware, and color or wood finish.

Sonneman is the source for sophisticated, high tech lighting solutions. Shown here, Sistema (ABOVE) and Luna (LEFT).

Watermark’s Lily Diamond faucets in chrome and bronze add sparkle to baths and powder rooms.

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The Decor-Assist tissue holder by Delta has a grab bar built in.

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The Dart Canyon stainless steel farmhouse sink from Elkay has an offset drain, allowing for wheelchair accessibility, and comes in adjustable heights to accomodate all abilities.

BATHS MORE ACCESSIBLE

A mericans are staying in their Act (ADA) ushered in many changes to make situations less hazardous in the home. Expert designers point out that in households which can include seniors and youngsters, a few extra precautions in the kitchen and bath help keep everybody a bit safer. When redesigning for accessibility, consider everything from grab bars and shower seats to lower or adjustable-height sinks, countertops, and barrier-free showers. ■ homes longer, and many people are embracing multi-generational living arrangements. In addition, the Americans with Disabilities

Designer Shelly Rosenberg created this bath in the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, for a young girl living with Rett Syndrome. Kohler’s smart home fixtures utilize touchless voice control to perform commands such as turning on the shower. This accessible ‘wet room’ is barrier-free and fully supports people of any age or ability.

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The Hyten Quiet Close elevated toilet seat from Kohler , adds three inches of height for those with limited mobility.

When creating a barrier-free wet room, Infinity Drain has the perfect, low-profile, high-performance solutions.

This walk-in tub by MTI is perfect for a relaxing bath but also can provide soothing water therapy.

Watermark’s Elan grab bar is modern in matte black.

This foldable shower seat from Moen is made of teak, ensuring it is waterproof and durable.

Grab bars don’t have to look institutional. Try this Rohl bar in satin brass finish.

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The AromaSteam System from Mr. Steam , is the most efficient way to introduce aroma into your steam shower. The state-of-the-art injector pumps electronically atomizes botanical fragrances at the source for the most complete and consistent infusion into your steam shower.

Fluerco’s Luna mirror, part of the Solis collection, provides soft, warm light.

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Perrin & Rowe’s new collection of bath accessories and drawer pulls come in a variety of finishes including polished chrome and English gold.

Cranford , from Top Knob’s Morris Collection , includes bar handles and knobs.

Amba’s Jeeves towel warmer works with any decor, and can be customized

for wet or dry room applications.

Moen’s Banbury collection includes various styles of towel hooks in finishes like polished nickel, shown here.

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COUNTER POINT A KITCHEN REFRESH CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS UPDATING THE COUNTERTOPS

From their Supernatural Collection (ABOVE AND BELOW), Caesarstone’s Icellion quartz is a refreshing and organic take on the all-white kitchen trend. With swirls of frosty white—bedazzled with long gray strokes, the elegant design was intended to imitate the Earth’s grand geological

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Three new styles from Corian offer a range of choices. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Striking gray strokes of Quartz Calacatta Natura flow through a bright white background. Solid Surface comes in a variety of shades, like the dark and mysterious Cosmos Prima . Endura , shown here in Rustica Metal . Plus the brand’s new, high-performance porcelain blends cutting-edge technology with 100% natural minerals, for a durable, heat-resistant surface.

The Caesarstone Classico Collection’s Wyndigo quartz may appear subtle at first glance, but a second look will reveal a more complex pattern. Its warm, pebble- toned gradients dance with delicate white and gray veins atop a light greige base.

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Bath time. In the sink. Your routine reimagined with the all -new Finoris collection. hansgrohe . Innovating since 1901.

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Inspired by industrial design, especially the abandoned factories, workshops and warehouses of 1920s New York, the Silestone Loft collection comes in five colors, each representing an iconic neighborhood, to symbolize an overall spirit of community.

Silestone’s Loft Corktown provides an unfussy, yet sophisticated backdrop of very dark brown hues weaving through an inky black background with a matte finish. It’s a terrific option for those seeking understated beauty.

Silestone’s Loft Seaport is a deep cement hue with worn detailing and waves of ghostly white for a multi-dimensional finish.

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I f you’re stopping by our Morris Plains GPS Plumbing location for a designer consultation or some renovation inspiration, why not make a day of it? We’ve chosen some of our favorite area businesses and attractions, so running errands can feel more like a weekend in the country. George Washington really did sleep in Morristown, and you can see the spot. Visit the beautifully-preserved Ford Mansion . Built in 1774, it served as General Washington’s headquarters from 1779 to 1780. Still furnished in 18th century style—including some pieces original to the home—this National Parks Service landmark also features papers, militaria, clothing and other period pieces. nps.gov The Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) hosts some of the most exciting live events making their way to the area. Who is among their star-studded summer line-up? Melissa Etheridge wants to come over (June 14). Have bilingual musical fun with the Mavericks (June 24). Hear Boz Scaggs prove he’s not out of the blues yet (August 3). And “Even the Nights Are Better” with Air Supply (August 18). See the calendar for much more. mayoarts.org The Morris Museum —part of the Smithsonian Institu- tion—presents an ever-evolving celebration of art, sound and motion for patrons of all ages. The collection includes over 750 mechanical musical instruments and more than 5,000 pieces of media, dating back to player piano rolls. And if you are ready to add more live events to your cal- endar, the museum’s Bickford Theater hosts film festivals, SLEPT HERE Looking for something to do this summer? Here’s why Morris County has you covered. T E X T PAUL HAGEN

Time travel back to American Revolution days at the Jacob Ford Mansion (left), and bring the kids to the Morris Museum (above).

Though they can’t promise you cherry blossoms all year, there is always something beautiful in bloom at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum .

It was out with the cops and in with the cuisine when Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen came to this mansion, formerly a police headquarters.

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traveling theatrical productions, luminary lecturers, stun- ning storytellers, shows for kids, and musicians performing genres from classical to jazz. morrismuseum.org Ready to eat? The Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen offers top notch cuisine. Owner Chris Canon opened it in 2010—in the wake of his famed NYC restaurant Marea win- ning its James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the US. Making its home in the historic, century-old Vail Man- sion—formerly Morristown’s police headquarters—Jockey Hollow welcomes guests with fine dining in The Washington Room, less formal brasserie fare in The Oyster Bar and The Vail Bar, and barrells of beer hall gusto in The Rathskeller. jockeyhollowbarandkitchen.com The Frelinghuysen Arboretum may be one of the best places in the Garden State to get in touch with nature. If you’re embarking on a landscaping project, you’ll find inspiration among their myriad flora, from ornamental grasses to splendid shrubbery. There’s helpful information about which plants bloom when; a collection of “promising plants” showcasing seldom seen varieties; the “Branching Out!” garden, where kids ages 5–13 get a chance to cultivate; and the grassy expanse of the Great Lawn, which often hosts outdoor concerts during summer. Stop by to learn or just to give your spirits a lift. arboretumfriends.org

This summer, prepare for some starry nights on stage at MPAC .

And if your spirit-lifting runs more to the alternative, you’ll find the necessary supplies and guidance at the Rock Box Annex . Featuring objects from healing crystals to religious iconography, Rock Box also offers a full range of experiences to help visitors relax and recharge. These in- clude Reiki, tarot and shamanic healing. And if you’re feeling a little out of your element, they even offer a mini-service bar, where you can get a taste of what their practitioners offer in longer, more advanced sessions but at easy-to- sample lengths. therockboxannex.squarespace.com ■

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and modern, taupe-colored vanities with glass tops. I loved the look because it was different and modern! Is there a TV show or movie with design that you love? My favorite movie is “The Devil Wears Prada”. I love all the fashion and art shows depicted. Can you share a design problem you encountered and how you solved it? I designed a custom, wall hung, corner vanity for a client. It was a very complicated design and required me to work closely with the manufacturer to get it correct. If you were a color, what color would you be and why? Blue because it’s the color of water, and water can go with the flow, or it can cut its own path out. What type of design project do you find yourself working on most? Is there an aspect you’d like more of? I mostly work on whole houses and primary bathrooms. I enjoy when people are open to my suggestions for color and style.

How do you unwind when you’re feeling stressed out? Wine and a good movie usually do the trick! Is there a design upgrade you’d love to make in your own home? I would love a huge, spa-like primary bathroom with a walk-in shower and freestanding tub. Can you share a trend or something going on in the world of design that fascinates you? Household items that interact with our smart devices! Is there an iconic building or space where you’d like to try living; what about it do you imagine you’d enjoy most? I would love living in the “Invisible House” in Joshua Tree, CA. It would be amazing to be so close to nature, except with the luxuries of a penthouse! What signifies “home” to you? Home is wherever my family and my dogs are! ■

DENA COLAO MORRIS PLAINS

How would you describe your personal design style? I love contemporary style with a touch of the dramatic. Who inspires you? My mom has had a big impact on my interest in design. She would have my sister and I help her decorate the house when we were kids. My interest grew from that. Can you describe a favorite design project you’ve worked on? I helped a client design a primary bathroom with steel gray hardware

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COLOR YOUR WORLD

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FROMCABINETRY TO FAUCETS, EMBRACE THE FULL SPECTRUM

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Vibrant, saturated color runs throughout this home designed by Crystal Blackshaw. In the kitchen, she used jewel-toned emerald and blue, accented by a graphic, diamond-patterned tile backsplash and striped Roman shade. Faucets by Kohler . PHOTOGRAPH BY DUSTIN HALLECK

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In collaboration with British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Hansgrohe AXOR created a palette of colored faucets including, from left to right, Aquamarine, Coral, Stone, Ice, Shell, and Sand.

T here are multitudes of studies about how color affects your brain, and though preferences for certain colors don’t seem to be innate, most scientists agree that color has a huge impact on how we see the world. When it comes to decor, a judicious use of color can change everything . If you aren’t prepared to choose deeply saturat- ed hues for walls, you can still add a pop of color with appliances, faucets, cabinetry or lighting. The assortment on these pages are just the tip of the color iceberg, and most manufacturers now offer custom colors in addition to standard finishes and styles. Whatever you decide when designing your kitch- en or bath, you can’t go wrong with adding a pop of color, whether subtle or vibrant, to your life. ■

Architecture styles of the 20th century inspired the new color palettes by Wallpaper* editor in chief Sarah Douglas and Victoria + Albert . The new collection includes tonal ranges employed by Belgian minimalists, the splashes of primaries in Brazilian modernism and, shown here, the color- popped chromatics in American postmodernism

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Fairmont’s Design Studio line of vanities are a great way to add a pop of color. Shown here in Classic Blue.

Cabinets and vanities by Starmark come in a full range of custom colors, including the soft Crystal Fog, shown here.

Bemis offers a full range of seat sizes in a vast array of custom colors.

Watermark’s Brooklyn 31 collection is inspired by the industrial gate valves in New York’s largest borough, where the brand is headquartered.

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HAPPY MEDIUM FINDING COMMON GROUND BETWEEN CLEAN LINES AND A FARMHOUSE FEEL.

T E X T PAUL HAGEN P H O T O G R A P H Y MARCEL PAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

“Early on, the owner showed me an inspiration photo of an island that had this wild stone,” says Spanier. They ultimately found a quartz slab that made a statement—appearing texturally rough while still smooth to the touch.

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T om Spanier of TZS Designs spent years taking this 6,700 square foot house from new construction to family home. His clients’ request: an interior that felt fresh while still offering farmhouse touches that said, “Welcome home.” So how did Spanier set about providing maximum minimalism without losing coziness? “Incorporating rustic elements in a new way,” he explains. “When you think of a farmhouse, you think of wide plank floors and raw, exposed beams,” he continues. “We wanted to do that in a subtle manner.” He points to the beams throughout the open concept kitchen, dining and living room areas, noting how they create delineation between different parts of the space. He also installed LED strips above beams to add extra light without distracting the eye from textural touches including exposed brick and wood grain. “Lighting levels should vary in the space to give variety,” says Spanier. He recommends upping the illumination in kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. That added light exposed every detail of Spanier’s plans to have most of the master bath’s elements feel like they were floating— from the long, seamless vanity to the wall-mounted faucets. He grounded it all at the far end with a sculptural tub, framed by an oversize window.

The main bath (BELOW) has a dual sink under recessed cabinetry by Robern , Jeeves heated towel rack by Amba , a Brizo single handle tub filler and a Juliet tub via MTI . The shower in the basement bath (ABOVE), includes Kohler’s Awaken fixtures and Loure handles.

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Spanier notes that full blackout window treatments are usually reserved for commercial spaces; “room darkening” shades, which block most light but may offer a soft glow around their perimeter, are sufficient to satisfy most sleepers. Meanwhile, beams offer additional farmhouse energy.

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In the master bedroom, Spanier had to address what the wealth of windows might mean for sleep- ers. “I always ask my clients; eight or nine out of ten want blackouts,” he admits. He layered room-darken- ing shades and drapes with sheer fabrics for when the homeowners wanted both light and privacy. Spanier notes that the window treatments are also motorized and controlled by remote. If Spanier could ask one thing of most clients, it would be more laundry space, and these clients were no exception. Still, he created easy access throughout—all doors open past 90 degrees, providing access to storage without sacrificing counter space. “I wanted one element in that room to look interesting and kind of out of place,” he adds. So, he chose a Brizo faucet with a knurled finish and “steampunk” energy. The home’s most memorable element is a staircase that wraps around a custom chandelier. Tom’s firm designed the stairs and worked with lighting craftspeo- ple to create a custom, three-story masterpiece. “The best way to get light all the way around without having clunky fixtures on the walls is to do a fixture down the middle,” says Spanier. The results certainly shine. But what did the homeowners think when they finally saw Spanier’s balancing act between darkness and light, old-fashioned farm and contemporary cool? “My client told me it was the nicest house he’s ever seen in his life,” says Spanier. “It was one of the best compli- ments I ever had.” ■

This area is ready for work, with a stainless steel, undermount laundry sink from Elkay and a single- handle, articulating, deck mount faucet from Brizo’s Litze collection.

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“I KNEW FROM DAY ONE, I WANTED THAT STATEMENT THERE FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS.” —TOM SPANIER

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