Nearly everything that goes into the bath is attached to the wall or floor. That said, you need to take the time to thoroughly evaluate  different materials and products before making any purchasing decisions. You want to confirm that the materials layer cohesively; metal next to marble, intricate mosaic patterns against the smooth expanse of ceramic tile, and luxurious textiles on beautiful white porcelain.

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Of all the elements in the bath, the shower is the most complex. This post will be about planning for the optimal shower experience because once the shower is built additions are nearly impossible and always expensive.  We will discuss surface materials for the shower in another post.

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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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