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March 30, 2011


Filed under: bathroom,kips bay show house,master bedroom — Tags: , , , — jherzlinger @ 4:10 pm

Hello ! and Happy Wednesday! In the office with great music plying and opened my emails and noticed a bunch were questions on how a show house comes to reality!

Those are really good questions, and certainly ones that we designers, participating, ask ourselves over many cocktails!! Once you are asked, and of course say yes! the hard work really starts.  The other designers you are amongst, in my case with Kips Bay, some of the best talent in the country.  So immediately your thoughts go to what room, what time period, what does the venue look like and the adrenaline starts pumping and the vodka flowing!! Kidding, sort of.

So, when i went to look at the house, which is on East 63rd, I went through and fell in love with the “His” Master bathroom. So the choice was made and my first thought after that, was immediately to pick up the phone and simultaneously email Nancy Epstein, the President of Artistic Tile, Laura Steele the head of Public Relations and Lauren Cherkas, the Vice President.  With emails of OMG i need you to do this with me!

I have been in love with Artistic Tile for many years.  They are a very unique tile resource that has enormous capabilities, that they use to bring to market, the latest in tile designs, materials and color palettes that are amazing!  Tile is a very funny business that many of the companies look like each other.  So then price points come into play and to tell you the truth, I have never had that with Artistic Tile.  I consistently use them on every project, in fact a project that will be in East Coast Home and Design, the May issue, Which was shot by Durston Saylor is all of their materials.

So, in putting together a room for a show house, you have to treat the room as if you were working for a client and go from there.  tile being the biggest factor in this room, is were to begin!

I look forward to a great time! and please stop by and say hello!


March 18, 2011


Freestanding bathtubs !

Take me away Calgon  has an entirely new meaning today! Bathtubs have become the major focal point in most master baths and no longer are cast iron!

The use of modern shapes that really  have no geometric name that we learned in tenth grade geometry, are becoming  a very strong  statement in the world of bathing.

I am working on a project that is very traditional  and have in fact  chosen a wonderfully strange shaped tub from Victoria and Albert, that I am absolutely smitten with!

When working in a traditional style don’t limit yourself to thinking that a tub has to always  be a classical shape.  Explore your comfort zone with modern shaped  tubs and you will be pleasantly surprised  that they have  a huge ability to crossover and give an otherwise expected bathroom a pop of hip!

There is another great company to explore called WET.  They have incredible tubs and in fact I used one in my bathroom.

Kalista is another tub, the model shown from a project I did, that you could put anywhere. Which brings up another point! Don’t be afraid or tied to the old school thought that all the plumbing has to line up against the walls.  Explore with taking the major  element, a bathtub or a shower or pairing up the sinks and place them   in the middle of the room. Now, obviously I don’t feel that way about the commode, but Marcel Duchamp did have a fabulous  opinion about  the urinal!

Have a great weekend!,

Thanks for reading


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