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Meet Michelle Covart

Meet Michelle Covart, showroom consultant and aspiring cook, SPS Companies-Minnesota Standard Showplace, St. Louis Park, MN.

She brings you…
three years experience in, and enthusiasm for,  decorative plumbing, a field she entered after studying interior merchandising and business in college. “Plumbing is right up my alley. Every day is something new, products are constantly changing and every project is unique. 

“I love the people, both my customers and my coworkers who are fun to work with and bounce ideas off of.” 

She specializes in… 

bath remodeling including master baths, guest baths and powder rooms. “Mostly we are working in old homes, with unique sizes and situations.”  

She recommends…

starting your bath project online, not searching for specific products, but rather for ideas and to get a sense of your general style preferences such as traditional or contemporary. 

She suggests…
thinking about your main focus for your bath. “Is it the tub area? Are you a soaking person or a jet person? If it’s the shower, do you want a rain head  and/or a hand spray?

She’ll help you…
first by getting your feedback on sink faucet options such as cross handle or lever,  and then guiding you through choices. “People can tell me what they like or don’t like about a particular handle such as more curved, less curved, more detail, less detail. Once we know that, it segues into everything else in the room.  

“And if you have chosen any vanity top material or tile, bring that along so I can get a sense of what you are looking for.”

She understands…

it can be hard to decide. “The store can be like eye candy and people get overwhelmed.” If you can’t make up your mind about a faucet, Michelle will narrow it down to two options and give you pictures to take home. “Show them around to friends and family, look at them in your home and your true style usually comes forward.”   

She advises…

quality is the most important thing to consider when doing your bath “Think it through and get something that is going to last.  Look at how long the warranty is. And feel how heavy the faucet is, which can tell you whether it’s metal or just plastic.”

She warns…

against buying online or at big box stores. Faucets are not the same even though they may look alike and even have the same model number. “Online, you never know. They could be plastic, or missing parts. And there is no one to help you after the fact. People come in here all the time with faucets they bought online that are missing parts.”

She knows…

how confusing all the technicalities and details of plumbing products can be. “Do you want a slide bar or pin for your hand shower? A single-hole or eight-inch widespread faucet. How do you want to control your shower? With a diverter? Or with everything on at one time?”  That’s where you can rely on Michelle’s expertise.

She goes beyond…

by sharing her product knowledge including the design history and background of an item, and why it looks the way it does.  Plus, she’ll suggest things you might not have thought about like a wall-mount faucet.

Then Michelle will coordinate your project with your plumber and contractor, verifying delivery times, and following up afterwards to make sure everything is going well. 

She’s excited about…

working on a high-end house in Montana with the challenges of coordinating all the details in a remote location. 

She was equally excited about a project at the opposite end of the spectrum, helping clients convert a teeny washer/dryer closet into a jewel box of a powder room with a wall-mount toilet and sink. “It was the only way they could get a bath on their main floor.”

She sees…

continued interest in baths with white subway tiles and gray vanities, as well as ones with vintage black and white tile floors. 

She loves…

The DXV Classic Movement with its flowing lines, organic details, and intricate patterns. “I’m going to need a big house with at least two baths! I love the St. George and the Oak Hill freestanding soaking tubs. And my favorite faucet is the Ashbee widespread with cross handles.”  She appreciates that the DXV Classic Movement is “traditional but not full-bore traditional.”

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St. George Freestanding Soaking Tub from DXV Classic Movement

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Ashbee Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Cross Handles from DXV Classic Movement

She also loves…
“trying to become a cook.  Everyone has their own special dish or dip and I’m trying to find my niche.  My husband is the guinea pig and is totally honest with his comments, which I appreciate. My new thing is to find a homemade mac and cheese recipe. Sounds like it would be easy, but I have tried three and none of them is right.”

She’s into quilting as well as camping and anything else outdoors. “Except ice fishing! Normal fishing in the sun on a lake is fine, but as soon as it gets cold, I head inside.”