Admittedly, I am a complete snob about hotel rooms. I travel frequently and always look to experience the comfort and logic of good design from the moment I check in. The bed must be heavenly, the sheets crisp and perfectly pressed, and the floors preferably wood or stone (so nothing can hide in the carpets). Of course I pay extra attention to the bath, and appreciate a room in which smart design has been employed so that the tub and shower fittings are intuitive and visually sublime.

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If I were to identify a new trend, I would say that we are in a wallpaper moment. In shelter magazines and showrooms, textures and patterns for walls are everywhere. The only problem with all of these fresh choices is that there are so many wonderful new options, it is difficult to make a decision! Recently, I decided I wanted to wallpaper my laundry room and spent too much time taping potential choices to the walls; I considered everything from linen and grasscloth to stripes and subtle patterns. Unfortunately, I have yet to make a final decision.

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I am just back from Cuba and have not had time to process any of my photographs. Instead, I am sharing another great bath.

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Monograms, ciphers and decorative borders add a layer of design to the simple white bath towel. While this kind of decoration could be called old fashioned and connected to another time, monograms are a creative design tool and a kind of style statement once again fashionable in the 21st century. No longer the prevue of the wealthy with access to skilled artisans, decoration on towels, sheets or napkins can be digitized with specialized machines in countless colors, fonts and borders.

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