What's Trending for Showers and Shower Systems in 2019

by guest blogger and industry associate, Cynthia Carter, Partner with Next Generation Marketing

Water.  Water is essential to life and an element that has played an important role since the beginning of time and across numerous cultures.  It affects both our body and spirit. 

 From Roman baths to hot mineral springs, humans have utilized water through the centuries as a bathing ritual and there is evidence the therapeutic use of water has been practiced by numerous ancient civilizations.  Today we still enjoy the act of bathing, but since the early 1800s when the shower was invented, we have come to appreciate the convenience of showering.  Just as a bath can do more than provide personal hygiene, a shower can also accomplish more than washing away grime.  Consumers now want showers offering multiple functionalities so they can be used to not only clean but also relax, energize, and even heal; to provide overall bliss and healthness (health + wellness).  For this reason, the biggest shower trend in 2019 is the transformation of the shower into a private spa (sanus per aquam - health through water).



To design a personal home shower spa you need a variety of plumbing products that provide hydrotherapy with hot water and cold; all at different pressures and water shapes.


Some of the most advanced and exciting personal spa fittings are made by the luxury faucet manufacturer, Dornbracht, whose products are produced solely in Germany and are known for their design and plating excellence.  They use their knowledge of the effects of water as the starting point for product development in the fabrication of shower heads, pressurized sprays, affusion pipes, and completely digitized shower systems.  Their expertise and passion has led to their ability to transform water.



Hot water in the shower is nothing new and we know it lowers stress, alleviates pain, soothes and prepares us for sleep, elevates oxytocin levels, and reduces cold symptoms such as a stuffy nose.  However, you may be surprised to learn that cold water is equally beneficial.  Cold water treatments have been proven to increase circulation by drawing blood to our organs, diminish muscle soreness, relieve depression, and boost overall oxygen intake. 


Hot and cold water, regardless of how delivered over one’s body provides benefits, but the advantage is amplified with the change in water pattern and pressure.  Water that forms in huge, gently falling drops, mimicking rain, makes you feel as if you are showering in the open air.  Dornbracht studied in detail the nature of raindrops and learned they fall light as a feather, bursting softly on the body.  Dornbracht then developed shower heads and sprays imitating this exact effect.  With Dornbracht’s large ceiling mounted shower heads such as Rain Sky, Big Rain and Just Rain, the user experiences a pleasant tingling sensation as the water drops over their body. 



Additionally, Dornbracht’s new, 2018 Interior Design Best of Year winner, Rainmoon, provides a unique home spa experience.  It has two newly developed flow modes; the Tempest with large, soft droplets pouring down from every direction and the Aqua Circle delivering water in the shape of a gentle funnel; all under a domed moon light.  This results in the user having the feeling of infiniteness when gazing upwards. 


Water that flows in a cascade makes you feel as if you are underneath a natural waterfall.  Dornbracht offers three cascading shower heads:  Water Fall, generating a deluge of water pouring over you as if under a natural waterfall; Water Sheet, supplying an arc of gushing water from a wide, flat spout; and Water Fall Pearl Stream, delivering individual streamlets of water sluicing over the user.


A soft water jet provides a gentle and relaxing massage; whereas, a powerfully pulsating massage jet invigorates and deeply relaxes.  For a more intense massage, Dornbracht offers pressurized body sprays called Aqua Pressure Body Sprays.  These are not meant to lightly spritz like body sprays of the past; they actually generate a pressurized stream of water resulting in a deep water massage.  The Water Curve provides a powerful neck massage and the vertical and horizontal Water Fans supply a back massage.


Another personal spa shower system product offered by Dornbracht is the Kneipp Hose or Affusion Pipe.  These hoses provide only cold water and are used after a warm water shower to produce a hydrotherapy response.  With 1 to 60 second applications, temperature stimuli use the skin to trigger positive reactions in the body, such as the narrowing of blood vessels which promotes circulation and invigoration.



Lastly, the most advanced faucetry being selected for a personal spa shower, is complete digital systems.  Digitized showers that are programmed to run different scenarios by quickly changing the temperature and pressure of water from various shower heads and sprays in an orchestrated choreography.  This allows the user to stand in the shower or lay on a warmed stone bench and in 5 minutes receive a treatment that energizes, relaxes, or brings harmony to their body.  Dornbracht is in the forefront of this technology with their ATT (Ambient Tuning Technique) Vertical and Horizontal Showers.  This advance shower system operates by using individual computer chips in separate valves for each shower function allowing the faucets to magically perform a water cure.


With all of the specialized shower options available today and the importance of health and wellbeing during our busy lives, it is no wonder the biggest shower trend is to transform your home’s shower into a personalized spa.   Doing so will allow you to experience the benefits on a daily basis, at any time, all within the convenience and privacy of your own home.  Now doesn’t that sound like bliss?

Cynthia Carter, Partner with Next Generation Marketing - an Independent Manufacturer’s Representative in Texas, and Immediate Past President of the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association.  She is passionate about luxury residential and commercial plumbing and hardware products and is honored to represent well respected and industry leading manufacturers, including DORNBRACHT.



Pamper the most important person in the world…YOU!

Let’s make 2019 the year of taking care of yourself… What does that bring to mind?  

Days off?


A spa in the mountains?

Less screen time?

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I suggest for 2019 you have it bring to mind


Want something close by?

No reservations required?




Repeatable several times a week?


Like any of these? 

Picture yourself in one or more of these photos? 

We do!   (You will thank me later. )

Happy New Year - of relaxation and self-pampering




You can deck the kitchens and baths

in elegance and style !

We asked our own sales team what they think the perfect Holiday gifts would be from Elegant Additions. 

Here are some of their faves - things we think should be on your holiday “wish list”:

 SUTTON (Dallas Sales):

My perfect Christmas gift from Elegant Additions would be any Jason Tub featuring the MicroSilk System. First, Jason has mastered the art of hydrotherapy - when water is the healer. Soothing tired, aching muscles, improving blood circulation, even simple relaxation, hydrotherapy is so important when choosing a tub for yourself. Studies have shown users of hydrotherapy sleep better, feel more energized during the day, have reduced blood pressure, fewer headaches, and are generally less stressed. 

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Now, imagine paring hydrotherapy with the magic of MicroSilk. Don’t know what it is? To put it simply, it’s the Fountain of Youth. Literally. While relaxing in your Jason tub, you can turn on the MicroSilk function. Small bubbles will begin to pour in from the side of the tub. Eventually, the tub will turn into a milky color. No, it’s not milk. It is still just water! What is making it look milky are the bubbles. These bubbles are so incredibly tiny that they are actually penetrating the skin’s surface removing impurities, carry oxygen for improved metabolism, exfoliate, and improve hydration. All in just 20 minutes of soaking. You do absolutely nothing! I think that is the best part of it all.

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You’re probably also thinking “ok, 20 minutes…the water will not stay warm for that long.” Wrong! These miracle bubbles collapse under water, therefore keeping your bath warm the entire duration of your soak. Any other bath, bubbles rise to the surface and accelerate the release of heat back into the atmosphere, hence why your water won’t stay warm. Staying warm enhances the effects of both MicroSilk and hydrotherapy: absorbing moisture, improving circulation, opening pores to release toxins, and increase cardiovascular activity.


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It’s a facial for your body. You will get out of the tub feeling exfoliated, hydrated, moisturized, and totally relaxed. And for those who worry about the effects of aging or have skin conditions: worry no more. Wrinkles will begin to disappear. Bruises and cuts will begin to heal quicker. Dry, itchy, irritated skin will be soothed. You will literally look younger and be healthier. MicroSilk is truly a miracle for your body, and your body will thank you.

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 If you would like to try this miracle out for yourself, stop into our Dallas showroom. We have a Jason tub with MicroSilk on display and we would love to show you how truly incredible it is!

HENRI (Houston Sales):

My pick is the Vola Wall Mounted Round Shower Head. Excellent design, the finest materials and Danish craftsmanship.

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Manufactured from a solid 1322 pound rod 11” in diameter, they produce 43 round showers.

Each brass or stainless steel slice is polished by hand in Denmark.

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It’s an extraordinary shower head that no luxury home should be without. Available in 26 finishes.

Wall or ceiling mount. $5715 list price Exclusively at Elegant Additions.  


MALORIE (Houston Sales Assistant):

I think the perfect Christmas gift would be the Eternity Lighted Mirror from Electric Mirror.  

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What better way to light up the holidays than with a Lighted Mirror from Electric Mirror! Specifically the Eternity Lighted Mirror. The round illuminating glow it puts off will help you primp for the holiday parties or any festive function. If you opt to add the AVA technology to your dimmable mirror, you have a range of warm to cool lighting to choose from, all the way to a dim night light glow.

And here’s the best part….every time a mirror with the AVA technology is purchased, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help find a cure for cancer. This warm gesture is in honor of a little girl named Ava, who is the younger sister of an employee at Electric Mirror, who is battling cancer. (See below.)

This beautiful mirror is available in 3 sizes, proudly made in the USA, and energy efficient to boot!

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 A little back story on the Ava Technology: Beautiful, confident, Ava.

The product name Ava was chosen to honor an Electric Mirror employee’s beautiful younger sister who is battling cancer. When we first met Ava, we were struck by her strength, confidence and beautiful smile. And because this innovative lighted mirror technology brings out every woman’s beauty and confidence, naming it after Ava just made sense.

Now every time a lighted mirror with Ava technology is produced, Electric Mirror employees will be reminded of beautiful, confident Ava. And every time a mirror with Ava technology is purchased, a portion of the proceeds will be donated in Ava’s honor to help find a cure for cancer.


Lauren (Dallas Sales):


DLV hardware, in my  opinion, is the sexiest hardware out there. It is designed and made in New York, which gives it such a beautiful “one-of-a-kind” feel.
The high quality, craftmanship, and deliberate design are just a few reasons why it is listed as my Fav! I think I became a brass believer after seeing their Satin Brass and Wenge Wood Tao pull. PERFECTION!  

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November 1st is gone already. The TV is promoting The Nutcracker and toys for kids. How did we get here already? I looked up last weekend, saw the date and panicked. I really wanted to update my own house before the family arrives for Christmas.

So where to better start than the plumbing and hardware. What could I do in time that would make things a little more 2018? I started with my loft room. It’s our fun room in the trees for Sunday coffee and sunset cocktails. Screen doors and decks extend the space. I went in and removed the wood bar sink and satin nickel faucet, polished aluminum cabinet hardware, and way too big coffee table. The wall light was satin nickel too and had to come down. Now here is what it is today.


The sink is now a flat bottom matt black ALAPE bar sink. And yes it IS too late to order that now in time for the holidays. But there are other things that could come in, in time. I paired it with a matt black bar fitting from DORNBRACHT. It is part of their new special finishes program. The DLV Cabinet Hardware is a combo of unlacquered brass and black and to die for. That wall lamp, well it’s now painted matt black. New art was added. A very large ottoman came in from the 1st floor. It holds a tray or just our feet. I bought two great mini martini tables for well, just that.

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But why stop there? The guest room needed a new fitting as the previous one looked dated. So THG came to the rescue with this perfect industrial looking fitting which coordinates with the existing legs of the console. And the mirror is from HASTINGS which was in stock in New York.


I wanted a pop of color to brighten things up so new pillows for the bed too from PERFECT QUILT in Houston. Carol is amazing!

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Then last weekend I decided to keep going and redo the powder room. On Sunday I stripped out the room, taking down the wall mount faucet, furniture, mirror, and more. I headed to the paint store, bought a very dark chocolate brown paint and got to work. You will see in the finished room the brown came from a one of a kind collage in that room created by MARLYS TOKERUD. We love it and it holds a special place in our hearts.


Off to the plater went the legs of the furniture and faucet. Voila, three days later my powder has unlacquered brass fittings with new accessories on the way.

And check out the gorgeous TURNSTYLE knobs that replaced the nickel square originals. Those are going to take a little longer.

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And as the Elle Décor prediction for 2019 bath trends says, incorporating a large fine art piece is hot. So of course, I did just that.

My last task is to replace the dining room chandelier. I headed over to our great client LADCO DESIGN CENTER and found the perfect thing in the lighting gallery. Thanks Lynn!

Now, I have a lot of rooms (great current rooms) to spread out the family and guests.

Thanksgiving and Christmas – bring it on. I’m ready!

The Fall of the British Isles...

The Fall of the British Isles…

I’m going to spend the fall showing and telling of many of our vendor friends in the UK. I’ve just returned from a marvelous fall trip to England and a visit to the WILLIAM HOLLAND factory.

We arrived in Bath, England to meet our host, who is a resident of Bath. How appropriate that William Holland Baths is located so close to the city of BATH. But first, a personal tour of the city.

Wouldn’t this make an incredible showroom?

Wouldn’t this make an incredible showroom?

The header over the door is perfect.

The header over the door is perfect.

Across the plaza is the Bath Cathedral with their very clever angels using ladders to get to heaven

Across the plaza is the Bath Cathedral with their very clever angels using ladders to get to heaven

Next morning off to WILLIAM HOLLAND in the Cotswolds. It is a picture book place.

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William Holland makes hand crafted baths, basins and more, and stores them all in these gorgeous buildings. The day we were there, a dairy cow came calling, right up to the front door.  Can you believe they are still using thatched roofs?

William Holland makes hand crafted baths, basins and more, and stores them all in these gorgeous buildings. The day we were there, a dairy cow came calling, right up to the front door.

Can you believe they are still using thatched roofs?

All the tubs are copper or brass based and do an amazing job of holding the heat. And they really are comfortable. Stop into one of OUR showrooms and check them out.

All the tubs are copper or brass based and do an amazing job of holding the heat. And they really are comfortable. Stop into one of OUR showrooms and check them out.

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I fell in love with this place before I even arrived.  And then I went inside their “showroom”

I fell in love with this place before I even arrived.

And then I went inside their “showroom”

I want this!!!

I want this!!!

And this !!!

And this !!!

Taking votes on this one…So many choices though. You can do any metal color out (including matt black) and ANY color inside! Pink anyone?  Watch the video of Elegant Additions at Wm. Holland Showroom  HERE

Taking votes on this one…So many choices though. You can do any metal color out (including matt black) and ANY color inside! Pink anyone?

Watch the video of Elegant Additions at Wm. Holland Showroom HERE

But I think I want this color?  If you’d like more information or a catalog, please contact us. And if you are ever in that part of England and would like to visit, please let us know. We’ll arrange it. Mark, one of the owners is a truly a lovely guy.

But I think I want this color?

If you’d like more information or a catalog, please contact us. And if you are ever in that part of England and would like to visit, please let us know. We’ll arrange it. Mark, one of the owners is a truly a lovely guy.

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Be back soon!

The Big Give

Over the last 4 years, San Antonio has come together to give nearly $15 million dollars to local nonprofits through the Big Give. Whether you care about the environment, arts, animal welfare or entrepreneurship, the Big Give is a great opportunity to show the community what matters to you!

Thanks to you, the 2018 Big Give was a major success! On March 22, all came together as a region and raised millions to feed families, educate children, put on shows, rescue animals, and make our region a better place to live, work, and play! We can’t wait to do it again next year and we hope you’ll join in making 2019’s Big Give a $10 million success! Whether you missed out on the giving fun or are just feeling extra generous, even though the BIG day is officially over, you can still scratch that Big Give itch and search and use our platform to find an agency you love and get involved. 

The New Heights initiative is an arts-in-education program, conceived by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), to expose middle and high school students to the classical architecture all around them in cities and neighborhoods across America. Exposing young people to architecture inspires creativity and strategic thinking, invites them to reflect on and learn from the past, and promotes an understanding of human culture, which fosters a more global worldview.  You can support The New Heights Initiative through The Big Give.

The program consists of in-class lectures and drawing classes taught by ICAA educators and architects on architecture, history, place-making, building practices, plaster molding, stone carving, etc. The program leads students through city and neighborhood architectural walking tours to experience local architecture and field trips. New Heights will also provide a valuable introduction to the many career opportunities in the fields of architecture and the allied arts.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a nonprofit membership organization committed to promoting and preserving the practice, understanding, and appreciation of classical design. To do so, the ICAA offers a broad range of educational programs. These include intensives for architecture and design students, introductory programs for middle school students, lectures and walking tours for the public, continuing education courses for professionals and enthusiasts, travel programs to visit classical masterpieces, the publishing of original and reprinted books, and an annual journal entitled the Classicist. Through the annual Arthur Ross Awards, as well as other national and regional award programs, the ICAA also honors contemporary leaders of classical design and the related fields. The ICAA is a national organization, with 15 chapters across the country and headquarters in New York City. Each chapter organizes its own local programming to reflect the unique members and architectural traditions in its region. 

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Texas Design Week Houston



On WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 @ 11 a.m., Elegant Additions, along with Milieu Magazine,

is sponsoring Keynote with Nathan Turner. 

 Location:   Back Row Home: 8570 Katy Fwy, Suite #111

Please join us for this informative and interesting event.

Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions - design, travel and food - into his eponymous shop. Located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, a faithful source for the country’s leading interior designers, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast. An avid cook, Nathan equipped his past store on Almont with a full kitchen so that he could host intimate dinners and parties on site.

Nathan’s parties, products, and designs have been featured in major national and regional publications including Architectural Digest, Domino, Vogue, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, C Magazine, NY Times, & LA Times.  Nathan is also special projects editor at Architectural Digest & contributing editor at C Magazine.

Texas Design Week is comprised of a series of Design + Art Talks by noted interior designers, architects, artists, product designers, and visionaries, with a full program of book signings, pop-up shops, salon talks and cocktail events. Texas Design Week launched in Houston, Spring of 2017. Texas Design Week Houston 2018 will host the first annual Designers at Home, 2-3 day home tour.


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