Category Bath

front page feature on houzz – go brass!

Everyone, everywhere is asking for unlacquered brass. Chrome? Pewter? Nickel???!? (over) It’s unlacquered brass fixtures, fittings and hardware’s moment in the design-sun. Never one to toe the trends, Shanti’s been loving and living with brass for ages (see her post here) and so through her amazing and prescient bathroom designs, has become a bit of […]

Elements of Style Blog – by Erin Gates

Woke up this chilly Brooklyn morning (arrived, still sandy, from Jamaica last night) and on my morning blog-crawl what should I see but this (above) glorious post by Erin Gates on her ENORMOUSLY popular + influential + long-standing blog, Elements of Style. Featuring Indigo & Ochre Design and shots of our brownstones! What a lovely […]

getting to yes (part 2)

I wanted a tub in our master bath. Two architects and one contractor told me it wouldn’t be possible because of the location of the window in the room we planned to transform into our master bath. This was the workaround I thought we were going to have to live with.   It made me […]

The genesis of an obsession

I was born in Calcutta (before it became Kolkata).  And it was there, I suppose, that the seeds of a lifelong love of all things brass were planted. Brass taps, brass lamps, brass accents – I was surrounded by them and their ubiquity and beauty, whether burnished or tarnished (but always unlacquered) shaped my aesthetic […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence (Part 4)

The morphing of a circa 1978 half bath (shower and sink only) into a timeless full guest bath. From cramped corner-shower miserliness… to open (and bright – owing to skylight) and generously proportioned… after space was sensibly stolen from adjacent rooms on three sides, and a toilet and a full-size shower enclosure with custom frameless […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence Part Three

A laundry room’s transmogrification into our master bath. Before (as it came to us) – a laundry room replete with hideous cafe curtains…and during the gut reno – when we stripped it back to the lathe and plaster on one side and brick and mortar on the other. I was enthralled (really) by the creation […]

Re-imagined: the cobbling together of precious bits

and the making of a master bath… When we bought our home, it had a single full bath – on the garden floor. For the two years that elapsed between our move in date and the onset of our gut renos, we schlepped up and down (as did the approximately 4 dozen house guests we […]