I had a short period where I worked part time at Steve Knox Gallery. It was a local, high-end plumbing and tile showroom. It was the best learning experience I had in a quite a while. I discovered you have to be a designer, engineer, salesperson and more to work at a plumbing showroom. It's crazy how much you have to know and now I'm just dangerous enough :) I have a pretty good idea of what is possible and what we need for any projects that require plumbing.
A local showroom is a true treasure. You get the luxury of seeing the product live, knowledgeable salespeople and a place to go if you have any issues or problems. So I can't encourage you enough to support you local plumbing showrooms. Use them and then reward them with the sale. You not only get all the benefits above but you also get a warranty in tact which is not the case with many internet sales. Briggs in Olathe is my favorite Kansas City spot.
While in Chicago we got to hit one of many plumbing showrooms to look at the possibilities. I'm a bit of a plumbing snob now so I relish at the chance to work with good lines. Kim is looking for kitchen here.
I am working with Lily and Paul Maxwell on their powder room and we are using some killer Kohler pieces for their powder room. More pictures to come on this project.
My own kitchen faucet is probably my favorite of all times. Kohler's carbon faucet is so different and who won't love to use a joy stick to operate it? I really love it and we only had to give up dinner for a week :) Kidding.
So here are few shots from the plumbing adventures in Chicago as well as my favorite faucet.