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Top 10 High-Design Products

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    Created through a partnership between designer Jonathan Adler and Kohler, these colorful enameled cast iron sinks for kitchens and baths promise to brighten any room. Kohler. 800-456-4537. www.kohler.com.

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    Fashioned of hardwood plywood and measuring 47 inches long, the Cocoon pendant is made up of eight leaves that assemble easily. The unit is offered in oak, maple, walnut, and cherry. MacMaster. www.macmasterdesign.com

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    Perfect for modern projects, the Avalon collection of house numbers offer a sleek silhouette. And thanks to a mounting system that allows them to float away from the wall, they also create artful shadows and have no visible screws. Atlas Homewares. 800-799-6755. www.atlashomewares.com
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    This ultra-hip Vir Stil vanity offers cool contemporary design warmed by rich wood. The 23-inch-wide unit can be combined with either a marble or limestone top. Kallista. 888-452-5547. www.kallista.com
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    Much more than your standard LED pendant, the Brittany offers a floral feast for the eyes in layers of Italian opaline glass. W.A.C. Lighting. 800-526-2588. www.waclighting.com
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    Tired of the same old traditional ceiling fans? Haiku offers slender lines and a minimal but elegant form. It comes in caramel or cocoa bamboo, or white or black matrix composites. Big Ass Fans. 855-694-2458. www.haikufan.com
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    Chrysanthemum, an addition to the Perlamarmi Collection, is designed to add glamour to any home. The mosaic tile forms petals of polished Calacatta Gold marble and white natural rivershell waterjet-cut inserts. Artistic Tile. 212-727-9331. www.artistictile.com

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    Created by fashion designer Jason Wu for Brizo, the line of faucets and accessories that bear their designer’s name sport contemporary Scandinavian design with touches of Baroque detailing. Brizo. 877-345-2749. www.brizo.com.
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    There’s no need to let bland traditional outlets and switches to dull down your modern designs thanks to these posh units, which sport a nickel finish that gives them an updated look. Legrand/Pass & Seymour. 800-776-4035. www.legrand.us.com
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    Harking back to the prewar architecture of New York’s Park Avenue, the Whitehall collection includes moldings, corbels, and rosettes made from solid, stain-grade species including cherry, mahogany, and black walnut. Enkeboll Designs. 800-745-5507. www.enkeboll.com
When building for buyers for whom money is no object, a home outfitted with every lovely thing is to be expected. But high-style products need not be confined to the highest tiers of the housing spectrum. For builders aiming at first-time buyers, a few well-placed items of beauty can help your design stand out among the crowd. In designs geared for right-sizing empty-nesters, well-appointed finishing touches can help your buyers feel confident that a shrunken floor plan doesn’t mean they’re downsizing on lifestyle or quality. And for builders targeting the first- or second-time move-up markets, a few artful choices can help entice on-the-fence buyers away from their existing homes.
 
Whatever your market, products that play up your homes’ designs offer an important contribution. Fortunately, some manufacturers have marked the housing market’s turn toward recovery with some show-stopping offerings. We looked back through this year’s archives and found some of our favorites—products well worth keeping in mind for next year’s designs and beyond. 

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder. This collection of products was compiled from items highlighted in Builder by products expert Nigel F. Maynard.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Greenville, SC.