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Meet Clara Haas

Meet Clara Haas, kitchen and bath design consultant, Pembroke Welsh Corgi lover and inventive baker, Oasis Showrooms for APR Supply, Pleasant Gap, PA.

She brings you…
seven years of design experience. After completing a four-year degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in three jam-packed years, she went into commercial design. But she gravitated toward the personal relationships that come with residential work and switched to kitchen design. Then a general contractor lured her away. “That’s where I learned the most about plumbing.  Like a lot of designers I was clueless about what goes on behind the wall, things like roughs and how they make the trims work.”

She specializes in…

working with builders, contractors, plumbers and homeowners on bathroom remodels and in new construction. “Even though I loved kitchens, I’ve become quite fond of bathrooms because of all the details that go into them.  The sky’s the limit.”

She believes…
in asking tons of questions to be sure your project is tailor-made for you. Her motto: “you can never know too much about the customer.”  What color scheme do you like? What do you see as the focal point of the room, the showstopper?  A free-standing tub? A particular tile design? A spa shower? “I want to check all the boxes so you didn’t miss anything.” 

She recommends…
having a budget in mind but being realistic. That is, unfortunately not $5000 for an entire bath remodel. “It can be a sticker shock, and I realize it’s difficult to know what things cost.” 

She understands…

it can be hard to know what you want. “Do your research first, otherwise you might get things you don’t need or don’t want. You don’t want to say to yourself later, why did I get chrome when I really wanted brushed nickel?  Or you might get body sprays but then find out you don’t have enough pressure for them to work.”  If you’re a bit indecisive, she’ll guide you through decision-making. It’s about putting your needs first, having a great bond with her customers and alleviating their stress.

She knows…
most people can’t visualize their end project. “That’s why we are designer consultants. Our goal is to bring your project to life, showing pictures of everything and using renderings to give you a visual.”

She’s torn…
between the DXV Contemporary and Classic collections. “I grew up in an Edwardian house, with things like cross handle faucets and I love classic design. But I also love contemporary.  That’s why I like freestanding tubs. But you don’t have to do claw feet, you can do something like Oak Hill with wood feet.” She is also fond of mixing materials, such as wood and metals. 

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 Oakhill Collection from DXV by American Standard

She sees..
“all over the place people are gravitating toward black metal. It’s something different. Take a black single handle faucet like the Lyndon up against white Carrera marble, and the contrast is really pretty.”

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Lyndon Single Handle Bathroom Faucet in Matte Black

She’s obsessed…
with tile, playing with sizes, mosaics, chair rails and more. “There’s no right or wrong when it comes to tile.” She has the most fun with baths that have tons of detail, elevating the space with custom showers, valve trim, body sprays and more.

She’s also obsessed…

with anything crafty in her home, such as wall art, as well as throws, blankets and pillows which she changes seasonally. “I have a neutral palette of black and white with pops of color.”

And then there’s her true love, Barkley, her Pembroke Welsh Corgi. “He takes over Instagram.”  Other animals appear in various adorable and edible forms in her homemade Cake Pops. 

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Clara's Cake Pops