Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bathtubs that soak in style

The ancient Greeks and Romans had advanced plumbing methods and made the rituals of bathing a true luxury.   These ideas and advancements were brought to a halt in Medieval times when the early Christians believed that bathing had deleterious effects.   As the plague spread throughout Europe in The Middle Ages, so did the idea that bathing actually encouraged disease.

“The best policy was to plug the pores with dirt.  For the next six hundred years most people didn’t wash or even get wet, if they could help it—.” Bill Bryson, At Home; A Short History of Private Life

So eventually we said, “That does it, Calgon take me away….”1980 Calgon bath soap commercial

Credits: 1. via Nate Berkus Design, photo by Roger Davies  2. Canadian House and Home via alkemie.blogspot 3. The Hempel hotel London, design by Anouska Hempel 4. via my design chic.wordpress , photo by Andrew Twort   5. via divine distractions blogspot 6. interior design by Barbara Colvin, Veranda magazine Sept./Oct. 2006, photo by Alec Hemer  7. via chameleon interiors blogspot, interior design by Michael Smith, photo by Simon Upton


Mossy shades of green

The hazy, earthy color of moss is a yellow-green with grey undertones.  While it is a color often found in nature, it is a difficult color to capture inside the home.

In an updated 1950s villa originally designed by modernist architect Harwell Hamilton Harris, interior designer Kay Kollar used many tones of this color to great effect;  ”…..her vision of a subtly varied palette of earthy greens and browns, which would articulate the structure, strengthen the sense of enclosure and bring the outdoors inside. She tried out 250 tones and selected 15 to use consistently on walls, ceilings, mouldings and frames.”

Harwell Hamilton Harris was an architect born in southern California in 1903.  While his name may not be widely known, his work was influential in the world of modernist architecture.   He designed houses, ….” that straddle the divide between the organic expressiveness of (Frank Lloyd) Wright and the machine imagery of Neutra.  None better achieves that fusion than the bold composition of interlocking volumes he created in 1950 atop a ridge in Beverly Hills.”  all material in quotes written by Michael Webb

1.  Little House in a Garden by Charles Lacoste, 1905 2.,3. and 4.  from The World of Interiors, June 2008, Photographs by Richard Powers, Chu and Gooding architects, interior design by Kay Kollar 5.  Office by Martyn Lawrence Bullard 6.  via photokunst, photographer unknown  7.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House, Springfield, Illinois from Carol M. Highsmith archives