Caron and Gareth Foley, from Forest Hall, have opened Sebastian Blake Designer Bathrooms on Gosforth High Street.
The new showroom aims to combine the married couple’s background in fitting and designing residential and commercial bathrooms with a quality retail environment led by high-end brands and suppliers.
Caron says: “Opening Sebastian Blake Designer Bathrooms has been a long-held ambition for myself and Gareth. The showroom has been expertly created to present the very best in international bathroom brands, sourced to represent the style and taste of our desired customer base looking for an alternative to online-only bathroom retailers.”
She continues: “We have made a significant investment to create Sebastian Blake and decided on Gosforth as a location for our first showroom with the confidence that we will become the go-to name for high-quality, exclusive bathroom design and installation.”
Sebastian Blake Designer Bathrooms will be a welcome addition to the thriving independent businesses currently located on Gosforth High Street.
The area is known for its flourishing retail and entertainment scene with a number of restaurants, pubs and bars sitting alongside bespoke boutiques and retail outlets.
Sebastian Blake Designer Bathrooms will offer full-service bathroom installation taking in 3D design and modelling to showcase the stunning collection of bathroom layouts and designs available.
Caron adds: “Gareth and I have extensive experience in bathroom refurbishments, having formerly operated a residential construction firm.
“However, last year we realised that ultimately our goal was to work with the client throughout the whole process – from design to supply and installation.
“We sought to combine a retail business and our extensive knowledge of plumbing and construction to provide an all-round service to clients looking for a new bathroom.”
The showroom features products, fittings and fixtures handpicked by Caron and Gareth, who source from suppliers they know offer something unique and practical.
Caron says: “Online outlets in the bathroom market are always pushing against the high street on price but our showroom features selected showroom-exclusive products, in addition to the kind of add-on services across design and installation which really set us apart to customers interested in a final space which works practically as well as aesthetically.
“Every design we create is balanced between budget and style and we are always reviewing our suppliers to ensure we stay ahead of trends and new developments in the market.”
Among the brands on display in the new showroom are Burlington and Hudson Reed, as well as Zehnder, Vado and Sottini. It is also the second showroom in the North East to stock the in-demand JIG cast iron baths.