Classical architecture at its best. An axial procession through a hall lined with black and white prints leads to a perfectly placed window with a view of the landscape beyond. The sculptural and symmetrical design of the tub, with its burnished exterior and simple footed base, fills the architectural need for balance and proportion.

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While poking around Barnes & Noble and the Strand bookstore outpost at Club Monaco on 5th Avenue in New York City, I noticed several new and very interesting magazines. The initial attraction is a fabulous cover with amazing photography and unusual fonts; next is the thick mixed paper stock (matte, shiny and colors) and finally, the content. Even the ads take on an artistic and creative simplicity. The content is similar in all: art and architecture, travel, style and fashion. Here is my short list:

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At Waterworks, we absolutely love stone. It has a remarkable history that is around 4.6 billion years old, reflecting that its formation is extremely complicated. As the earth was formed, secrets were disguised in multiple layers beneath the surface. When man discovered these hidden gems, quite by accident, he wanted to extract them from gigantic mountains and large mounds. Of course, he had to construct tools and corral thousands of men with their raw strength to haul huge blocks from the site. The early use of levers and fulcrums helped ease the job.

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Gil Schafer is a traditional architect with an affinity for new “old” houses and meticulous restorations. This approach has been informed by childhood homes that resonate with him, particularly a plantation in Georgia lived in for generations by his mother’s family. It was a classical house; dignified, understated and charming, with a well-balanced relationship between the house, its formal gardens and the broader semi-wild landscape that was a large part of the property.

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