Among the many discouraging aspects of the transition from summer to fall, dismantling my outdoor shower has the greatest impact on my daily routine.  Starting in early April, I study the forecast for low temperatures each night.  As soon as I am convinced the lows will no longer drop below freezing, I turn on the water, screw in the shower head, and re-install the valve. After re-assembling a fresh assortment of shampoo, soap, razor, shaving cream, and mirror, I proceed to take every single shower outdoors, until about now when I once again start to worry about cold nights freezing the exposed pipes of my special place.  Rain or shine, hot or cold, once I am in the water, the weather has no bearing on the experience.

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It’s always so much fun to open a new store.  It is an opportunity to challenge ourselves on space planning and product partners, share our newest thinking on design with our clients and to highlight our product assortment in more effective ways.

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I am often asked where I find inspiration.  Museums are a great source for color and images, pattern and thought provoking  ideas.  Last Saturday I went to see the Yves Klein exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.  It was a spectacular experience that I want to share with you.

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If you happen to be in New York before October 31st and it’s not pouring rain, you must visit the exhibit on the rooftop of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art called Big Bambu.  I had no idea what I would find, so you can imagine my wide-eyed surprise upon emerging from the elevator to see thousands of bamboo poles (actually 5500 so far according to the artist Mike Starn) lashed together with nylon mountain climbing rope to walk under, around, over and between.

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