Attention Grabbing Classic Bath…

When I saw this bathroom by Studio Marler on Houzz,  it immediately grabbed my attention…eclectic-bathroom


Overall  – this bathroom is a wonderful example of harmonious design.

Details –  first of all — the Kohler Purist Faucet !  The Purist line has become my all time favorite plumbing fixture. ( Shown in this bathroom  with the  lever handle, but I love the cross handles as well – see  below) pursit faucet

And then… brass!*  I have also developed a love affair with brass in the past few years  – Don’t groan!! – this is not your 80’s and 90’s shiny brass finish that flakes off! We are talking quality brass here… a timeless finish that can be used to warm up a space (vs. the use of  chrome or brushed nickel).  *Kohler actually refers to this finish as Brushed Gold.

Next in this room are some classic elements – the stained glass window and the basket weave marble mosaic floor tile – mixed with rustic – the walnut stained barn board used for the tub apron.

The key to mixing styles is to have a balance of the mix.  In this room that balance  is achieved with the use of the (oh so very versatile ) Purist faucet – with its’ clean (yet soft circular) lines it can pull off the industrial look–while the brass finish lends an ultra classic touch, juxtaposing warm with the cooler monochromatic  colour scheme  – and partnering  with the rustic barn board, to balance the traditional floor and window.

And that monochromatic colour scheme  is the final touch that makes it all work so very  well together… keeping  it quiet – not too busy – a great  backdrop when mixing styles.

Overall this bathroom is a wonderful example of a room that is current and elegant ,  with a bit of spirit (achieved by the mix of styles and  a touch of unexpected) – and something I believe you would  not  tire of for a long, long time!

Harmonious design. Ahhh….can’t you just see yourself soaking in that tub – for years to come (note the grab bar… a little ergonomics thrown in as well)!



Good Design + Budget = Sustainability

We’ve probably all seen Mike Holmes rip out enough drywall, flooring, and other construction materials that are sometimes less than a year old, to realize that good construction is imperative to sustainability. It is very hard to watch all that new material ripped out and end up in the landfill!

Well, good design runs right alongside good construction in sustainability. In our business, we have seen homes of less than 5 years of age, having materials ripped out, inside and/or out – reasons being – to either bring the exterior up to par with the rest of the homes in the area or to bring the interior up to par with the architecture of the exterior and design of the home. The culprit for the finishing falling short is often because the budget has been exceeded and there are not enough funds to properly complete the project…

Therefore, I think we can say that good design starts with a well thought out, proper budget. Design and build only what you can afford (contingency included) … and build it right. Design/Build a “smart” house. A future addition can always be incorporated in the original design, but then, with a smart design, who knows, you may discover that you don’t even need the extra space after all!


Take this beautiful dining space – with built-in seating, the table can be placed closer to the wall, thereby saving space, creating a coziness for everyday dining that is often found in smaller kitchen eating areas. Good planning combined with timeless finishes…no one is going to feel the need to renovate this space any time soon! If this room was open to another space, the table could be turned lengthwise and extended for larger gatherings, providing even more space than many large formal dining rooms offer.