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Designer faucets for bath and kitchen

Today we are highlighting our manufacturer Mico Designs.

Their motto is: “The difference between a water faucet and a designer faucet is the difference between adequate and exquisite.”

Take a look at some of their exquisite designs below:

Friday’s Featured Faucet

Characterized by simple detailing and a graceful arc, the Delta Orleans® faucet from Delta Faucet conjures the warmth and familiarity of tradition.

Touchless and Low-Flow Aerator Faucets

Clean, architectural lines and minimalist design merge with an eco-friendly solution in water-efficient faucets. With Delta TOUCH20 Technology Faucets, simply tap anywhere on the faucet spout or handle to start and stop water flow and easily conserve water. The Purist Lavatory Faucet features 1.5-gpm aerators to provide substantial water savings – versus 2.75 gpms in standard faucets. That’s a 45% savings, or 14,700 gallons per year!

Create your own faucet with the Virtual Faucet Creator from California Faucets

Design your own custom faucet with California Faucets’ Virtual Faucet Creator!

Match any handle with any spout in any of more than 25 finishes to create the faucet of your dreams.  Simply start with one of their popular faucet designs and modify from there, or start from scratch.

When you’re done with your masterpiece, you can print it out and bring it with you to The Bath & Kitchen Showplace. We’ll be happy to order it for you, and they’ll deliver your unique, handcrafted fitting faster than many companies can deliver mass-produced product.

You can also e-mail it to a friend, or save it for future reference.  Whatever you choose, we hope you have fun playing with the Virtual Faucet Creator from California Faucets and unleashing the designer in you!

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We understand selecting plumbing fixtures can be overwhelming. At The Bath & Kitchen Showplace, we make the process simple and stress-free so you can create the perfect bathroom or kitchen to express your personal style.


While the idea of bringing the outdoors in has long been a staple of designing for the home, bringing the indoors out is now one of the most popular design trends. According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, consumers are investing in their outdoor spaces primarily as an entertaining area. However, the standards for outdoor living spaces have been pushed higher than ever. No longer will a dining table with an umbrella on the patio and a few chairs make the grade. Instead, elaborate outdoor kitchens mirror the same attention to detail as are displayed inside the home.


As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen takes their responsibility to serve as stewards of water resources seriously. With every new faucet or fixture, they strive to reduce the environmental impact of their products, while delivering the high level of performance consumers have come to expect from Moen.

Take a look at the products below and discover how Moen is designing products that fit your life, while being mindful of the environment.


How many of us have been in the middle of preparing dinner and needing to wash up but don’t want to touch the faucet with our raw meat hands?

Delta Faucet has brilliantly delivered a solution: the Touch20®  faucet, which turns on when you simply tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm (or any part of you that isn’t messy).

From Delta: It doesn’t matter if you have full hands or ten messy fingers. Keep the faucet clean, even when your hands aren’t. Tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm to start and stop the flow of water. Touch20® Technology can also help you conserve water. As you prepare food or wash up in the sink, it’s easy to turn the water flow off when it’s not needed between tasks.


How do I turn it off and on?

You may choose to operate the faucet as you would any standard single-handle faucet by moving the handle to the on and off positions. You may also tap it on and off with a deliberate touch, like that of playing the piano.

How do I control water flow?

You control water flow manually with the handle, just as you would operate any standard faucet. When operating the faucet in “Touch” mode, the water flow setting remains the same as the previous use.

How do I control water temperature?

You control the water temperature manually with the handle, just as you would any standard faucet. When operating the faucet in “Touch” mode, the water temperature setting remains the same as the previous use.

Are there any safety features?

Touch2O® Technology incorporates an automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes if the water is left running with no activity.

Do I need an electrician? What about a plumber?

No. The installation process is just like installing a regular pull-down faucet with an addition of one more component and a few easy-to-connect wires. Because the faucet works on batteries, there is no need to hire an electrician to assist with the installation. Even the batteries are included. With DIAMOND™ Seal Technology, the integrated supply lines mean everything is included in the box.

Watch the installation video.

What’s the difference between Touch2O® and Touch2O.xt™ Technology?

You know that static discharge you experience in the winter after walking on carpet and then touching a metal object? That is the result of a characteristic for storing energy in the human body called “capacitance.” Touch2O® Technology uses capacitance sensors to detect human touch and turn the faucet on and off. But don’t worry, it won’t give you a static poke!

Both Kitchen and Bath Touch2O® Products are available. Read more:


Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be a daunting task, especially if you’re on a budget. When you make an appointment with one of our consultants, let them know you are budget conscious and we will work with you to ensure you are satisfied not only with the price, but more importantly with the quality of the products you choose to help transform your kitchen or bath.


When installing kitchen sinks, there are two basic ways to mount them to the counter: under-mount or a drop-in. This is important because not all sinks come in all mounting styles and not all countertops are built to work with all mounting styles. Also, each one has some advantages and disadvantages, which anyone thinking about a new sink needs to be aware of.

Undermount kitchen sinks

Undermount kitchen sinks do just what the name implies. They attach to the counter from underneath. This allows the counter to overlap the sink, allowing you to wipe crumbs directly into the sink without getting stuck in the gap left by drop-in models. It also gives the appearance of being an integrated sink without the cost. An integrated sink is one that appears as if it has been carved out of the counter, leaving no seams or any gaps of any kind.

One disadvantage of the undermount style is that you need to have a strong countertop to support them, granite or marble work well. Sometimes the weight of a heavy stainless steel can weaken the underside of your counters. If you don’t have granite or marble countertops, there are ways to make sure the sink won’t fall.

Drop-in kitchen sinks

Drop-in kitchen sinks are the style that “drops-in” a pre-made hole in the countertop. They are circular shaped bowls that, though often used in bathrooms, have a place in the kitchen as well. A great idea for a drop-in sink would be a kitchen prep sink, maybe in an island. A big disadvantage of this style is the gap it creates against the countertop. No matter how precise you measure, you will still need to caulk around the edge, which leaves places for crumbs and food to get stuck.

When you’ve decided what mounting style works best for your needs, make sure that the style you want is available in the mounting style you want. If it is, you’re good to go. Now you just need to decide whether to hire someone or install it yourself.


Let the experts at The Bath & Kitchen Showplace help you choose the right sink for your kitchen:



Is your kitchen out of date? To find out if it’s time for a kitchen remodel, ask yourself a few questions:


“Hello Sheri, I just wanted to thank you for my awesome shopping experience today. You absolutely MADE MY DAY! I’m sure I’ll love my sink and disposal. You have a lifetime customer now! I’m right in the very beginning stages of remodeling and upgrading my home – making lots of changes. I’m starting in the kitchen first, then moving through to other rooms in the house. I’ll be upgrading my bathrooms, and I will need some ideas when I get to that part. Again, thank you VERY VERY much for your help today! You are awesome!”
- Kirk L. Williams


“We remodeled our kitchen back in July and are half way in completion of our master bathroom and Jennie was very helpful with all of our fixture questions. She even suggested some very good ideas on some of the design. She knows the product and is very pleasant to work with. We really enjoy the fixtures she ordered for us.”
- Lily Springs

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