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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A mirror in the bath is an essential element. It is a necessary grooming tool. The mirror also reflects light and seems to enlarge a space.

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I just love architectural salvage.  I adore old doors, windows and hardware.  Vintage bath fixtures and fittings are always inspirational for the quality of materials and the integrity of the design and craftsmanship.

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