I have been looking for bathroom cabinets without mirrors and I came across some cool ones with the Swiss cross graphic. This inspired me to see what other “cross” bathroom items can be found. I found 2 great tiles: one from Ann Sacks and one from Alloy Design. I also found a sweet fabric, that would be great for a shower curtain, as well as a burlap basket that could be used for extra towels, tp rolls or even magazines. Love them!

Pharmacy box.
















Swiss cross fabric from ninaribenamakes.com - perfect for a shower curtain.

Ann Sacks white cross tile.

Cross cabinet from cappellini.it, size 17” x 5.75” x 17”, available in orange, green, blue and white.
















Smoked mirror cross tiles from alloydesign.com











Black Swiss cross basket by BrinandNohl, size 10"H x 11" W x 12" L, found on etsy.com, $39.99.

Burlap bag with cross graphic.


Pebbles were in Vogue some years ago. They have pretty much disappeared from pages of magazines and design books, but once a while one comes across a lovely space that features pebbles. The key is to use them in a clean fashion either on wall or floor, and contrast them with smooth surfaces of modern fixtures or large tiles. Many manufacturers carry variety of pebble tiles. Some of them are: NY Stone, Nemo Tile, Porcelanosa and Coverallstone.com.

Bath in Palo Alto featuring a wall of white pebbles, designed by Gustave Carlson Design.




















White, glossy stacked pebbles.















Bathroom featuring flat pebble floor, designed by Sheahan + Quandt Architecture & Interiors.























Bali Pebble Tan from Nemo Tile.


























Gray stacked pebbles from coverallstone.com














The Holidays make me think about decorations, and decorations make me think about patterns.  I recently came across photographs of two beautiful bathrooms at the Mountain House in Nova Lima, Brazil.  I usually do not fancy “decorations”, I prefer solid surfaces and natural stone veins, the only patterns being ones created by grout lines.  But in case of the Nova Lima bathrooms designed by David Guerra Architecture along with the entire house, I must make an exception to my own rule.  The tile patterns are intriguing, the color palette is simple, the tiles are only used on one feature wall.  Everything else in the bathrooms has a neutral, natural palette and perfectly compliments the tile design.

The Mountain House in Nova Lima_Brazil 1

The Mountain House in Nova Lima_Brazil 2

If you want to “dress up” your bathroom for longer than just the Holidays, consider this tile series called Natural Trend by Ceramica Sant’ Agostino:

Natural trend_Damask black

Natural trend_Damask moka

Another option is this tile pattern from the Glow series by Atlas Concorde:



Both series have monochrome tiles in matching colors.  Remember, the trick is not to overdo it.  Have fun!



Inspiration truly can come from anywhere.  Indiana based PROJECTiONE came up with the idea of using the concept of bubble wrap to create a bathroom wall panel system.  A company founded by graduates of the Masters program at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Adam Buente, Kyle Perry, Elizabeth Boone and Eric Brockmeyer, PROJECTiONE is interested in design and fabrication utilizing digital equipment.

The bitMAPS wall panels were fabricated using intentionally pierced bubble wrap as the first mold.  The final product is made of polystyrene, and was installed on two walls and the ceiling of a  residential bathroom project.  Via the digital design process, many bathroom features were integrated into the custom panels: light coves, ventilation grilles, magazine and tissue holders.  bitMAPS creators intention was “to create a clean but complex texture that is engaging to sight and touch, encouraged through embedded switches, custom storage compartments and openings for light and air ventilation.”

It is definitely an interesting and innovative concept, smartly utilizing the capabilities of digital technology.

BitMap Bubble Wrap tile














BitMap Bubble Wrap tile

BitMap Bubble Wrap tile

BitMap Bubble Wrap tile

BitMap Bubble Wrap tile


The Japanese bathroom aesthetic is in line if Uniform’s design sensibility: simple forms, use of natural wood and stone. The bathroom in Japan is not only a room for cleaning – it is a sanctuary, a space for calm and deep relaxation.  Below is a selection of designs that draw inspiration from different aspects of the rich Japanese culture.  The bathtub is the main focus here, as soaking tubs are an important element of the Japanese bathing ritual.

Bathroom by San Francisco architects Aidlin Darling Design.

Serenity reigns in this bathroom by San Francisco architects Aidlin Darling Design.


Japanese bathroom.

In a traditional Japanese bathroom the shower is situated right next to the bathtub. A stool is used to sit on while taking a shower.


Rapsel_Ofuro soaking tub.

The Ofuro soaking tub by Italian company Rapsel is made of movingui and larch wood. Designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez.


SeaOtter WoodWorks_Ofuro soaking tub.

The Ofuro soaking tub by SeaOtter WoodWorks is made of traditional Japanese hinoki wood.


Stocco_Origami bathtub.

The Origami bathtub by Stocco is simply stunning.


Urban Archaeology_Origami Tile.

Origami tile by Urban Archaeology takes wall tile to another dimension.


Fashion parties and shows all over Manhattan this week. Glamour is contagious. So here is some bathroom bling, why not. We are usually all about understated elegance, but too bad one cannot change their bathroom for one night as one might slip into a gold lame dress for a warm September night out.

Bisazza gold mosaic.







Nemo gold leaf mosaic tiles.


Bisazza black and gold mosaic.



Nemo Dados Collection glass tiles.


Bisazza chevron mosaic.


Last Wednesday NY Stone Manhattan hosted a party to celebrate the opening of their new Marazzi showroom. NY Stone is located at 30 W 21st Street and the new Marazzi showroom is on the second floor in the same building. The ground floor features incredible stone slab collection from around the world, but the ceramic tile collection upstairs is equally impressive. The tiles are uniquely proportioned. There is a subtle palette of grays and naturals as well as well balanced vivid color palette. Marazzi also offers textures and 3 dimensional solutions.


Our Loft series is rooted in Streamline Moderne aesthetic. The style was not only a reaction to Art Deco designs, but also a reflection of austere economic times. Gone was unnecessary ornament, replaced by aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed developed from scientific thinking.  Eighty years later we still admire it.

Loft 1 visualization.


Industrial bathroom.


Ray Loewy bathroom, designed in 1949.


Loft finishes: black hexagon tiles, white brick and arsenic paint.

Perfect loft inspired bathroom with white subway tile walls, hexagon shower floor and industrial pedestal sink.

Apothecary jars.


Glass tile was extremely popular in the beginning of this century, and it was also extremely expensive. I lost interest in glass tile for some time, as it was used too much and too frequently. Recently, however, I started noticing it again and feel inspired by some of the products I found. Some of my selections are still expensive, but others are quiet reasonably priced. In either case, please use responsibly…

Glassworks by Original Style.

Glassworks by Original Style.

Blue Lenticular Glass Wall Tile by Glass Tile USA

Metallic Green Lenticular Glass Wall Tile by Glass Tile USA

Metallic Red Lenticular Glass Wall Tile by Glass Tile USA

Lenticular Glass Wall Tiles by Glass Tile USA

Emerald Forest glass slab from Coverings Etc.

Oriental Jade glass slab from Coverings Etc.

Glass slabs from Coverings Etc.

Ogari Silk Mini Brick Stacked by Stone & Pewter Accessories.

Ogari Silk Mini Brick Stacked by Stone & Pewter Accessories.

Block Party by Glas Tile.

For a splash of color: Block Party by Glas Tile.

For a splash of color: Block Party by Glas Tile.


1955 Spartan aluminum trailer, lined with reclaimed redwood, sporting a very appropriate steel tiled bathroom with steel bathtub. See the entire trailer interior at Remodelista and read the full story by Meyer Rus at LA Times.

Jane Hallworth's trailer

Interior designer Jane Hallworth’s 1955 Spartan aluminum trailer.

Jane Hallworth's trailer bathroom

Jane Hallworth's trailer bathroom.