On the Job with C: Athens Grey Tile

With two new builds going strong, I’m spending quite a bit of time working with bathroom tile.  In one of our master bathrooms, we have decided to go with Athens Grey.  It comes in a variety of sizes and has a great warm veining look that I love.  We are not only going to use it in the shower and bathroom floor, but we are going to showcase it above the bathroom tub in polished which is sure to make a great statement.  Here is some inspiration:

{1 & 4} Ann Sacks installation of Athens Grey  {2} Same veining but in Athens Silver Cream  {3} A closeup of Athens Grey from pinterest

On the Job with C: Ann Sacks & Renaissance

This week I ventured with a client to Ann Sacks and Renaissance Tile & Bath.   These showrooms really help a client visualize a space through their vignettes of beautiful tiles mixed with bathroom fixtures.  Our goal was to find some tiles we love, play with faucets and find the perfect claw foot double slipper tub (where both ends of the tub slope).

Victoria + Albert makes a stunning volcanic limestone tub we adored, but unfortunately doesn’t make double slipper with claw feet (please, please make one) so we will be settling on a cast iron version.

Ann Sacks also has a fabulous new line of affordable Italian porcelain tile that has the weathered look of antique wood and linen.  Perfect for the floors of a lakehouse with lots of texture.  We also love the classic look of carrara for the master and of course the Hampstead line of faucets….all great finds for me to build from…

(1) Ann Sacks showroom Dallas  {2} Rustico tile {3} V+A’s Toulouse  {4} Hampstead Basin Set

Portfolio Peek: Master Bath Spa

“It feels like a 5-star spa”.  Music to my designer ears.  The adjectives “cave-like, modern, not too trendy” all needed to be part of the final product.  Having to work around existing windows and walls were a tiny hinderance but the results are beautiful.  After all, a few boundaries never hurt anyone, right?

Since there were other tubs in the home, we removed the tub in place of a luxurious shower.  Polished nickel fixtures throughout provided that much needed sparkle in the room.  A trip to Ann Sacks led to beautiful countertops called “idyllwild” and delicious plank flooring in “suede”. Fixtures from Build.com, KIVA and Restoration Hardware.  Artwork and accessories from Pottery Barn, ZGallerie and C&B.   See more details.

Friday Happy Hour: Barbara Barry

People often ask me who my favorite designer is.  It’s really hard to say and often times it just depends on what mood I’m in.  David Hicks, Kelly WearstlerKate Spade…perhaps.  One designer I truly love, especially when it comes to her fabrics and furniture, is Barbara Barry.  She has such a classic and elegant style.

Beyond her design firm, she has an extensive line of furnishings including:  Ann Sacks (tile), Baccarat Crystal,Baker FurnitureBoyd LightingBloomingdale’s (bed & bath), Blueridge Carpets, Kallista (bathroom fixtures),Kravet (textiles), McGuire Furniture (outdoor collection), Tufenkian (carpets), Visual Comfort (lighting) and Wedgwood (tabletop).   Here are some of my favorites:

If Ms. Barry inspires you as well, be sure to check out her upcoming book, Around Beauty, which  is available on pre-release through Amazon.