I know we have all been sweltering in 90 degree heat the past few days. ┬áBut, as the first week of September and Labor Day approach, we begin to think about FALL. The kids are back to school, Saturdays are spent apple picking at the orchard and there is an abundance of fall vegetables at the farmer’s markets. Before we know it, we’ll be commenting on the beautiful foliage.

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Hip, cool and of-the-moment are some of the adjectives used to describe Soho House Chicago. The hotel is located in a building commissioned by industrialist Charles Allis in 1907 as the headquarters for his Chicago Belting Company. It was designed by Lawrence G. Hallberg, a pioneer in factory design. Hallberg’s combination of large factory floor spaces with decorative accents such as terrazzo floors, an embellished elevator cab, a wrought iron double staircase and a neoclassical portico were part of his signature design vocabulary.

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A great way to express your personal style and taste is to bring decorative items into the bath. One of the more unique ways to accomplish this is to repurpose an old or vintage piece of furniture into a vanity, especially for the powder room where such details are showcased beautifully. As any antiques shopper will tell you, the objective is to find a piece that looks great but doesn’t cost a lot.

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The recent renovation of our Washington, DC showroom has given us multiple opportunities to think about the bath in new and sometimes bold ways. From using patterned cement tiles on the walls to the installation of decorative water jet-cut mosaics and highly varied 2cm mosaics, we like to inspire our clients to use materials, fittings and fixtures for their own projects in new and different ways.

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