Tag Archives: Inspiration

I recently stayed the the newly opened Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago (a Roman and Williams design). Upon walking in the door, I was completely mesmerized by the original mosaics on the floor. They were breathtaking; great colors, bold patterns, exquisite execution. And, they were in perfect condition. I realized that I have photographed great mosaics in various places over time and thought I would inspire you with a look back at some of my favorites.

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With summer coming soon, let me say this: I love pool houses. While it’s generally contained within a small footprint, a modern-day pool house feels like an extension of your home, down to the architectural cues. It provides a casual place to entertain or hang out in a bathing suit, and of course is great for showering after a refreshing swim. The main appeal is in the indoor/outdoor sensibility.

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It has been awhile since I was out and about to check out some of my favorite shops. This weekend we took a drive up Route 7 to Kent, Connecticut, where hiding in plain sight is one of the coolest shops, RT Facts, located in the old Kent Town Hall. In the three buildings on property and all over the yard, you’ll find old and new, bold and eccentric objects and furniture artfully displayed (or sometimes piled). Immediately you’ll want to rearrange your garden and patio to find room for a sculptural element. On my own patio, I use the top of a sandstone column from New Haven purchased there a number of years ago.

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I’ve made a decision: A little drama in the bath is a very good thing. Everyone knows I’m a proponent of white baths — and there are so many exquisite ones — but somehow a bath clad in dark tile or paint just feels new and exciting.¬†Perhaps a better way to describe it would be romantic, or maybe even moody.

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