On a beautiful December day, Robert, Lulu and I travelled up picturesque Route#7 to Williamstown, MA. to see the new Tadao Ando addition to the CLARK MUSEUM. On this trip, we were more interested in the architecture than the art, although we looked in the galleries as well. A little history; in 1955 Sterling Clark engaged the architect Daniel Perry to design his private museum.  His request was for a classically styled, domestically scaled and solidly constructed building for the art collection he had carefully assembled over forty years. The original building evokes a Greek temple clad in beautiful Danby marble. It has elegant details and a neoclassical facade.

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The recent popularity of gray kitchens follows the trend for the color in general. From light to dark and cool to warm, gray is the new neutral.  It is an easy partner with many stone surface materials and is easily neutralized with white. This classic gray/white combination is uncomplicated, timeless, associated with elements in nature and not far from the fundamental simplicity of black and white.

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At this time of year, we take out our crystal ball and start thinking about a fresh and updated direction for bath in the year ahead. Fashion is always a driver of trends. Textured and printed fabrics as well colors change seasonally so we try to extract interior design ideas from that world and incorporate them into a rational for the bath.

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2014 whizzed by in a blur. The year was marked  personally and professionally by a number of achievements both big and small; a milestone birthday celebrated with a high tea (cucumber sandwiches and all), a graduation, a great trip to Paris with 10 friends and an extraordinary trip to Israel with family, 50 blog posts and a contract with Rizzoli to write a book!

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