7.25.2011

Delta Faucet 2011 Blogger Event

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting Delta Faucet Company headquarters as their guest. I have attended other blog events before, but never as an invited guest,
what an experience it was.

When I first received the invitation, I was like "Are you sure you are contacting the right person?" but apparently they were. I put plans into motion asap - first up secure a nanny (aka grandma)...then possibly go shopping - new clothes are always a must.

Anyway, I made it there, and from the moment I stepped off the plane in Indiana it was a sheer delight to be a part of this event. There were 9 bloggers there covering all different areas of DIY with their own unique spin.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting them all.
Here is a quick list of who was there:

After arriving at the hotel, I made contact with Roeshel from The DIY Show Off (she is awesome!) and then we all headed into a reception hosted by Delta - food, drink, new friends from the blog world, new friends from Delta, and new friends from the PR firm. Everyone was warm and welcoming and knowledgeable. I knew right away this was going to be a great experience.

At this reception we were presented with our first challenge...
Take a Backward Shower.
Huh?
That is what we said, but we all did it. Oh you want to know what that means - if you wash your face first, do it last...if you wash your hair first do it last. It is all about our routines and our relationship with water and ourselves...and a fun little experiment to see how different (or not) it made us feel. My verdict - at the end of the shower, I had to start over because I was not sure I did everything I normally do.

The next am we headed to headquarters where we were greeted by the employees in the lobby clapping for us - superstar moment! Quite the welcome. Oh and the lobby...gorgeous - I was like a kid in a candy store.
A true showplace of Delta and Brizo Products.


We went into a beautiful room filled with the must gorgeous faucets from the Brizo line -  a fashion forward brand. From the illustrations to the presentation to their collaboration with fashion designer Jason Wu, Brizo has stunning designs - I want one of each...just to put on display (can you imagine!).
Brizo also has gorgeous ads...look at those illustrations!
(this image from The DIY Showoff)

I personally have a thing for this beauty. I mean really if your faucet can sparkle like that what else do you need? I could not bring her home with me - my suitcase was already too heavy (sigh!)
(this image from The DIY Showoff)
This faucet also caught my eye - do you see that elegant and refined twist...to-die-for!

Then we were introduced to the Charlotte - look at this new finish!
Cocoa Bronze...it is true LOVE!

I seriously had no idea faucets could be this glamorous.

We were treated to an amazing lunch and headed into the room to learn more about the Delta line.  I have to be honest I had never been so excited or interested in faucets and shower heads and the like. I was like a kid in a candy store - beautiful faucets and of course Delta has Touch2O technology. Oh to just tap the faucet on! A dream no more!


Along with getting to ogle the beauty of the designs, we were also introduced to the environmental impact you can make with your water and how Delta is doing all they can to help and stay on top of emerging green technology and practices. I am fascinated with this, as I live in an area without its own water source and we are restricted as to even how many faucets we can have in a home without approval and being on a waiting list (crazy, eh?).
I particularly like what Delta's position is on being GREEN:
"As a company that delivers water every day through more than 150 million faucets worldwide, Delta Faucet Company provides products that address today’s water conservation concerns as well as water purity and accessibility. These smart water delivery solutions maximize water efficiency and the life span of the products, without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of the user experience. We routinely evaluate our manufacturing, packaging and shipping processes to find ways to conserve resources and energy, and to reduce the impact of our enterprise on the environment."
(this image from The DIY Showoff)
I have installed a faucet before, but The DIY Showoff, Holyyoke Home and I got to install a faucet together, while giving feedback on the instructions. Of course we did it...and it worked and did not leak...woo-whoo! AND this was even one of their faucets with Touch2O.xt technology - yes we mixed water and electricity! It was so easy to install.

There is so much to tell...
but I will just hit a couple more of my favorite moments.

I LOVE my showers!
We learned all about how water hits you and what makes a good shower head - it is not just about size and the number of holes but how that shower head works and expels the water.
Delta has H2O Kinetic Technology - "...an innovative shower technology that uniquely shapes and affects the water it delivers, thereby enhancing the user’s shower experience. The technology provides a sensational shower experience while conserving water."
(this image from The DIY Showoff)

Some more fab facts about Delta's Line include:
  • Magnetic Docking Technology: Keeps pull down spray faucets firmly in place when not in use. 
  • H2O Kinetic Technology - "Is an innovative shower technology that uniquely shapes and affects the water it delivers, thereby enhancing the user’s shower experience. The technology provides a sensational shower experience while conserving water."
  • Touch2O and Touch 2Oxt Technology - "Touch it on and touch it off, or have an entirely hands-free experience. The Touch2O Technology functionality is ideal for tasks that require a constant flow of water, such as washing one's face. start and stop the flow of water with a touch to the faucet - use wrist, elbow, forearm. Messy hands, clean faucets (need this!).
  • Diamond Seal Technology - "The valve requires no lubrication, eliminates wear on seals, and ensures “like new” operation for the life of the faucet, lasting up to 10 times longer than the industry standard. Once inside the faucet, water does not come in contact with potential metal contaminants."
  • MagnaTite Docking - Powerful magnet on the pull down/spray hose to keep it in place when not in use.
We were treated to a tour of the design room!
Sorry no photos - they are top secret.
But let me just tell you, it was a magical space
filled with creativity and innovation...
and just wait until you see some of the beauty coming your way from Delta.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the fantastic dinner
we were treated to at Recess in Indianapolis.
Food, wine, new friends.
I would fly back just to go to dinner there - it was delicious!
That's all folks. I have a master bathroom to overhaul and my mind is spinning -
which Delta faucet to design it all around (ha!)?!?

This was truly a unique and amazing experience and
I want to say a BIG thanks to Delta and the PR firm for such a wonderful event!
Now...go take a backwards shower
and tell me what you think!

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Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Delta Faucet for this event. These opinions are my own. No other compensation was provided.

6 comments :

  1. I love your recap, Holly! Great fun, interesting and wonderful memories too! It was so awesome to meet you!!!

    :)

    Roeshel

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  2. Don't laugh, I love this stuff! Lovely faucets!! Ahhhh...design...LOL, sorry got carried away!! Great post :) Have a great week! http://littleislandstudios.blogspot.com/

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  3. It was SO SO SO awesome to meet you and Roeshel! My super big wish is that I get to something like this with you again!

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  4. hey there! backward shower? ohhh, I don't think I CAN! lol
    Indiana? heck you were right next door to me, you AND roeshel! If only I had known, I'd skipped up there to meet ya'll!
    gail

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  5. great report, sounds like you had a great time, looking forward to see what Delta has coming out next!

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