I am sure many of you flew to Paris to attend the renowned gift fair, Maison d’Object. I, too, was there for the first time in many years. Personally, I did not find as much inspiration as I’d hoped although some old favorites continue to capture my attention. I think we can all agree there is a plethora of very ordinary “stuff” in the market and finding inspiration is one of the delightful challenges of attending the Gift Show in New York or Maison.

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Recently, I went to a wonderful 1920’s Tudor style house situated on a golf course in Westchester County, NY. The rooms had gracious proportions, the interior details original and the condition perfect.  That is, except for the bathrooms. They too were original and untouched but certainly not attractive. It was hard to imagine a time when a lilac colored floor and mint green walls would have been considered pretty.  Or, bubble gum pink fixtures appropriate for the master suite  bath.  The tiles, no matter what the color, were 4 x 4 with huge grout joints. The most redeeming feature of the 4 baths was the use of technical tile trim pieces installed to go in, out and around corners, finish walls, and frame inserts.

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Independence Hall was completed in Philadelphia in 1753.  It became the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775-1783.


Layering textures and materials is one of the most important ingredients in creating a bath that is both serene and sensuous. This bath, with its sculptural burnished tub sitting next to wood furniture, is refined, rich and timeless. The mosaic floor adds texture and a hint of color simply because of the variation inherent in the stone. The wainscot slab material has elegant, whispy veins while the paint color is gentle and brings the room together.

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