A splash of red immediately impacts the richness and vibrancy of a space. Dennis Kyte, architect, designer, friend, client and serial remodeler, made this point abundantly clear in his Washington, Connecticut master bath by placing two simple, yet sassy, red leather mid-century chairs at the foot of his bathtub.

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On a beautiful Spring day Robert and I decided we needed an antique fix.  So we grabbed Lulu, hopped in the car and drove north on the picturesque Taconic Parkway to Hudson, NY.  The town itself flourished in its early years (1760-1810) as a seaport and later, with the coming of the railroad,  it began life anew with tanneries, breweries and foundries.  It’s in a remarkable state of historic preservation, especially in the Greek Revival and Victorian style, made even better in the past 10 years by the influx of nearly 100 antiques dealers and the restoration of the remarkable store facades and historic houses.

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I have been in and around the design industry for many years and I have just learned of the prestigious GOOD DESIGN awards presented annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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Light in any part of the house is essential, of course. But in the bath, where you need light for close up activities like applying makeup and shaving, lovely mood lighting will be pretty but ineffective as the only light source. There are many different types of lights to consider as you plan your bath; “high hats” or recessed lights, surface mounted ceiling lights, lamps, chandeliers, pendants and finally sconces. In the world of the bath, several of these types of lights can be used simultaneously even in small spaces. But, after the ambient choices have been decided, it is the decorative lighting that adds style and design to the bath.

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