Friday February 28, 2014
Online shopping has become amazingly fun and easy, especially since many retailers have added tools that let you "try on" an outfit or see how a shade of paint will look with your sofa. And if you're shopping for bathroom tile, well, now there's an app for that, too. Arizona Tile's Just Imagine "tile visualizer" allows customers to choose a room from a selection of images, then play around with the company's huge selection of tile for floors, walls, shower enclosures and more. Given that the weather forecast calls for yet another snowstorm, there's a good chance I may be shopping for tile this weekend!
Thursday February 27, 2014
I always smile when people gush over the vintage charms of an old brownstone. Yes, there are terrific wide-plank wood floors, abundant crown molding and a clawfoot tub that dates back to the 1920's. There is also the original bathroom floor tile, which sports the rather prominent rust spot you can see here. Until yesterday, this spot was hidden under an old pedestal sink that we just replaced with a more practical (and gorgeous) new vanity.
There's been a lot of scrubbing going on over the last 24 hours but, so far, the spot has the upper hand. I've been reading about rust remedies ranging from Ajax to Zud, with lemon juice and naval jelly thrown in for good measure. I plan to try them all until something works, and when it does, I'll report on the winning method. In the meantime, if you know a foolproof formula for spiffing up 75-year-old tile, please drop me a line!
Photo © Lisa Kahn
Wednesday February 19, 2014
If your taste in bathroom design leans toward the sleek and spa-like, you're not alone. A recent survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NBKA) found that America's preferences have made a big shift away from ornate styles like Tuscan or Provincial in favor of a more contemporary, Asian-inspired look. What other bath trends did the NBKA predict for the coming year? Homeowners are asking for soaking tubs rather than jacuzzis, wall-mounted vanities are gaining ground and comfort height toilets are the throne of choice in many new bathroom projects.
Pictured here: NKBA's Best Bath 2014 by Sol Quintana Wagoner
Photo © NKBA
Tuesday February 11, 2014
Like many areas of the country, we're experiencing an unusually bitter winter here in New York. In fact, we're hunkering down for yet another snowstorm headed this way tomorrow. It's a funny thing, though: the more the winds howl and the world outside my window remains gray and frozen, the busier I am dreaming up a list of renovation projects scheduled for when the ice melts (first on the list is definitely a new bathroom vanity). But if you can't wait until spring, this graphic shower curtain, which depicts a giant sloth climbing the Empire State Building, is sure to give you -- and your bathroom--a serious shot of adrenaline. Or at the very least, a giggle.
Photo © Sharp Shirter