First, I want to apologize for the IT meltdown last week.  We seem to have lost many images but we will continue looking for them and reinsert when found.

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I believe that the perfect bath should be defined by how it makes you feel. Your starting place, or inspiration, should come from the experience you want to create.  The first place to look is you; think about the colors that you like because your choices will have profound results, your sense of order and refinement or your uncanny ability to bring the perfect amount of chaos to a situation, the amount of light that hides your wrinkles and your psychic comfort.   If you’re a music lover you should plan for some good equipment and It’s always lovely to have a favorite piece of art or a place for a vase of flowers in the space.

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I have a rigorous set of criteria for selecting any object whether it’s a chair, silver or a bath fitting. First I look at the object as a whole. I ask myself if the proportions are pleasing, if I like the form and shape, and if the details are appropriate. Do I love the way it looks and is it good design? First, you must choose your personal style and ask yourself if the fitting you are considering is the best in its category. Do you love modern, transitional or traditional? Is your preference for Edwardian English, French country or American 40’s modern? You also have to weigh the various options for finishes. Unlacquered brass will take on a beautiful worn patina, but a place by the salt water will turn the fitting green quickly.Chrome is the most durable. Nickel is a soft, warm finish that needs proper maintenance and oil rubbed bronze is a hardy finish that seems site specific. Finally, ask yourself if you’ll love it in ten years. Achieving good design is a process. Design thinking assumes the designer has defined issues of scale and proportion as well as mechanical needs and discovered new opportunities each time she put pencil to paper. The result is a fitting whose design intention is clear, is graphically interesting, and feels effortless and spontaneous. Fittings are designed to be used endlessly. Make certain its’ function is as good as its’ looks. Does the handle move with a fluid motion? Will it deliver enough water? Will you hit your head every time you bend down to wash your face? Things speak to us through their shape, contour and surface. Does the fitting you’re considering hold together as one fluid statement? Often bath showrooms display hundreds of choices. Ultimately, your job is to edit. Sorting through the options can be daunting. The Internet is a terrific place to do initial research. However, the most satisfying results come from aligning yourself with an experienced and well trained sales consultant. I encourage you to make her a member of your team. Look at the fitting as you will see it in your space. Look down on it. Imagine it as a complement to the surface material on your sink or counter. And, finally, do not compromise on quality. There is nothing more beautiful than a meticulously crafted fitting. It’s the first thing you touch in the morning and the last at night. It should feel great and be timeless. For additional information on .25, Easton and Opus fittings, please visit Waterworks. Images courtesy of: Patrick Sutton, Martha Stewart, and Remodelista.

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My warmest good wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

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