Halloween is coming.  I thought I would join the spirit of the holiday with spooky, dark and dramatic spaces. Dark walls, dark cabinets,dark floors and dark furniture add a slightly masculine and mysterious ambience to the spaces pictured.  But, there is also sophistication and elegance. Clearly, these spaces need a new vocabulary. Fresh, youthful, spirited are not amongst them. They can be described as moody, soulful, fashionable and strong while still being luxurious.

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Years ago, when this bath first appeared in print, we were simply awed. There are countless extraordinary details from the size and scale of the space to the lovely natural light. At a time when white was the prevailing theme for baths (actually, it still is) this was a bold statement using period details, exceptional materials and deliberate architecture. I find the design as compelling today as the day I first laid eyes on it.

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I am very pleased to announce the launch of Waterworks Kitchen. After two years of design development, countless prototypes and revisions, and hundreds of new products, we are finally poised to share all of this with our clients and friends. The first big step is the opening of our kitchen showroom at the D & D Building on 59th Street, New York. There you will experience our transitional and modern cabinet designs, all built by hand in the US. You will love our take on color in the kitchen (there are no white cabinets), our fabulous hardware (the jewels of the kitchen), backsplashes galore, great stone counter tops, stunning work tables and islands, beautiful pot racks, unique fittings (prepare to be surprised), kitchen sinks (the hardest working kitchen appliance), innovative lighting concepts and a wonderful assortment of handmade and artisanal accessories. Waterworks Kitchen is truly a complete design experience.

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We often find ourselves laughing at retro baths. Anywhere from the 20s through the 50s, the color trends seem shockingly bright with extreme contrasts. It is said that bathroom decoration reflected prevailing fashion in interior decoration and the manufacturers provided fixtures that would fit in with other rooms in the house. (This is the same conversation that we are having today.)

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