Leslie Hart

Leslie Hart

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Meet Sean Carter

Meet Sean Carter, Allied ASID, Kitchen & Bath Designer / Outside Sales, and man about town, Winsupply, Cleveland OH.

He brings you…
a deep knowledge of design encompassing three years in decorative plumbing on top of five years in the kitchen and bath design field, plus a stint in countertops and tile. Starting out as a double major in architecture and interior design, this multi-tasker developed a passion for the complexities of kitchens and baths.

“They involve a lot of measuring. You have to be very precise. It’s not just pretty colors.  These are functioning spaces and the two biggest investments you make in your home. They’ll last 15 years or more, so you want to be sure they are done correctly.”

He specializes….
primarily in bathroom remodeling, although he is also involved with kitchens and has worked on new construction high rise projects downtown, and new custom single-family homes. 

He will consult…
with you about the scope of your project, be it a simple toilet replacement or a full gut and remodel.  “I’ll start by hearing about your needs, then help you try to figure out a budget, which I know isn’t always easy. I’ll find out if you have any preferences for a particular manufacturer, and then begin to pinpoint products for you.”

He understands…

you will want to touch and feel products to get an idea of what you are investing in. “Our showroom offers that kind of experience, but it’s not overwhelming; it’s carefully put together.” He will take you through the showroom, explaining the pros and con’s of each product line, and make recommendations for your personal project. You can test-drive selections, like the height of a toilet, for example.

He recommends…
focusing first on the lavatory faucet. “That’s what you’ll see and use the most. When I see what faucet you gravitate to, I immediately know what your design style is and can tell what direction to go.”

He wants you to know…
“I’m truly here to show you product I believe in, that will stand the test of time and give you the outcome you want.  I’m not here just to make a sale. From the time I had my first job at 16, I’ve prided myself on customer service.” 

He encourages you…

to really think about your selections and the price point you are looking at. “A bath is such an important long-term investment, you should be looking at high end product. It’s not like paint on a wall or a side chair you may change out before too long.”

He warns you…
about shopping online or at a big box store. “Plumbing is a major system in your home and it boggles my mind that anyone would buy online. You don’t know what you are getting or who you are going to call if anything goes wrong.”

“A product may look the same, but the cheaper one may be plastic inside and break down quickly, or have poor warranties. There’s a reason why one faucet is $500 versus only $100. You get what you pay for.”

“Plumbing is our bread and butter. We know a lot more about the products and the systems; we are more educated and better trained. We know what the product is, and will do any trouble shooting if anything happens. And when you buy here, you are buying locally. Each of our showrooms is privately held; we are not a big corporation.”

He will help…

first, by getting the plan right. “Our homeowners mostly work with contractors and builders who do not have an interior design background.  As interior designers, we create the right space plan using our expertise as well as guidelines from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Next, he figures out all the myriad details, and all the hidden but essential parts and pieces. “ Say you want a custom shower.  You may not know the difference between thermostatic and pressure balanced valves and that’s where our knowledge comes in. We understand how everything works to put it all together with the right kind of valves, hand showers, rain heads, body sprays and so forth. We’ll figure it out and get the whole package right.” 

He goes beyond…
product selection by offering kid-glove customer service such as getting in touch with your contractor or builder before anything is ordered to be sure your choices are feasible for your project. Then he checks every week to see if your items will ship or time or are on backorder, schedules delivery to your home, and checks to be sure nothing is missing. “There are no surprises down the road.”

He delights in…
exercising his creativity as he did on a total remodel providing full design service for clients who relocated from Denver and wanted a spa-like retreat with a contemporary lodge feeling.  Given free reign, he chose modern vanities and fixtures from the DXV Lyndon collection and used them alongside neutral tile, window treatments, paint and accessories.  The bath was so stunning, it appeared in Cleveland Magazine. 

“I love the freedom of being able to do a full design right under our own roof, with our own tile, countertops and even paint colors. There are no limitations to what we can do.”

He excels…
at mixing two DXV Movements: the Golden Era with its early 20th Century spirit and the of-the-moment Contemporary. “It’s Art Deco meets Hollywood glam, meets Midcentury Modern.”  From the Contemporary Movement, he’s drawn to the simple elegance and restrained style of the Lyndon Collection. And from the Golden Era, he’s particularly fond of the Keefe Collection, inspired by the great modernist artist, as well as the Wyatt Collection with breathtaking silhouettes that push the boundaries of design.

 lyndon-suite

The Lyndon Collection from DXV Contemporary Movement

 

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The Wyatt Collection from DXV Golden Era Movement

He sees trends…
moving toward a mix of traditional, contemporary and eclectic. Black and bronze faucet finishes, and wall-mount faucets are on the uptick. Seamless shower doors are giving way to framed doors. “They look like windows with mullions or sliding barn doors.” And homeowners are replacing huge unused whirlpools with custom showers and perhaps a freestanding tub.

He seeks out…
new restaurants, wine bars, breweries and gallery openings. As well as opportunities to expand his professional network as a volunteer with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and NKBA. “I’m the future president of both organizations here. I like being involved with the design community; it keeps me in the loop.”