Stop Treating Marble As If It’s Delicate and Precious

I recently took a trip to Spain and France, and I was struck by something that I’ve noticed on previous vacations: Europeans use marble everywhere: public bathrooms, sidewalks, staircases, wherever. The most humble and mundane places are often enriched with beautiful...

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Creative Repurposing Highlights a Paris Hotel

On my recent European vacation, I had the pleasure of staying in the charming Astotel Hotel Le 123 Sebastopol in the heart of Paris. The little boutique hotel is dedicated to cinema and is packed with creative and clever design elements. Camera tripods and film cases...

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Switch Up Your Home Décor for the Seasons

In last month’s “Design Matters” newsletter, we heralded in spring with a variety of garden-inspired home décor products. That brought up a question: Do you change up your home décor for the changing seasons? Lots of people decorate their homes for the holidays, but...

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Trends, Fads, and Timeless Design

It’s a question we get asked again and again: Is this design going to look dated in a few years? Our answers might as well come from a Magic 8 Ball: “It is decidedly so.” “Reply hazy try again.” “My sources say no.” Really, there’s no way of predicting which specific...

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Be Bold! Be Colorful!

How do you feel about colored appliances? Sure, you might have a cheerful yellow tea kettle, or maybe an Empire Red KitchenAid stand mixer, but I mean major appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines. Would you ever consider making a color statement with...

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Showering in Style

In my last post, I talked about tubs. Now let's turn our attention to showers. Wendy and I are seeing two big trends: Trend #1: The Wet Room With this concept, the tub and shower are placed together in one big space, usually at least partially glassed off but not...

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