How to pick the perfect tub for your desires!

As bathrooms are one of the most trafficked rooms in any house, remodeling your home’s bathroom is a great place to begin when upgrading your space. Bathtubs are typically the largest and most expensive item in a bathroom, so choosing one requires special care. The perfect bathtub for your home should meet your practical needs while also providing you with a relaxing and beautiful spot to soak. You will have to choose your tub’s material, shape, fixtures, and whether it has jets or not. Here we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of different options and work to inspire you with our tub design tips!

Of all tubs, rectangular, built-in, recessed varieties are the most popular. By filling an alcove with a tub, you can really maximize the space in your bathroom. It is also easy to increase functionality by incorporating a shower into this style.

With the correct plumbing, a shower head can descend from the ceiling.

If you want to shower outside of your tub and have the space, your designer can place the shower head (or in this case heads) next to your tub.

It is important to remember that built-in, recessed tubs are only finished on one side and require careful installation.

The majority of tubs are made from acrylic, which is durable, light weight, heat retaining, but prone to scratching, or fiberglass, which is inexpensive, but not as heat retaining or durable as acrylic.

Though acrylic or fiberglass siding is the least expensive option, if it’s in your budget, we recommend tiling or adding a different water resistant material, such as glass, around your tub–this simple accent can tremendously improve the aesthetic of your bathroom.

If you have the space, the dramatic lines of an oval tub can transform the feeling of a bathroom from ordinary to sanctuary.

Tubs also come in square, triangular, and circular shapes and can fit in smaller areas or corners.

If you desire a rustic aesthetic, a cast iron, which is the most durable and heat retaining of all materials, or enameled steel, which can chip, clawfoot tub is a charming choice. Before purchasing or designing a bathroom around a clawfoot tub, you need to consider structural factors: clawfoot tubs typically have different dimensions than acrylic or fiberglass tubs and may not fit where your previous tub was installed; although newer clawfoot tubs are lighter than old ones, some will require floor reinforcement.

Finished all around, freestanding tubs can stand anywhere in a room, becoming a striking stylistic focal point in a larger bathroom, though the tub itself is often smaller than built-in varieties.

When picking a tub filling fixture, you will get to choose between one that is mounted on the floor (for a vintage feel), deck (for a contemporary look), tub (for a vintage look on a freestanding tub), or wall (for a versatile look). No matter your preference, be sure to check its compatibility with your tub. A short filler may cause splashing and a long one may be dangerous.

It is also always important to keep your motif in mind. This angular yet curved tub compliments the striped tiled floor without creating an overwhelming geometric feel.

This is a lovely contemporary oval freestanding tub, which overlooks windows. Placing a tub by windows creates a relaxing feel. If you need more privacy, consider frosted glass.

A luxurious granite topped tub with a tub mounted fixture.

This is a lovely wooden soak tub. Though wooden tubs are beautiful and create a custom look, they do require special maintenance. The tub should be made of a water resistant hardwood, such as teak or ipe. Deep soak tubs are a great way to relax and come in a variety of materials and styles.

For those really looking for relaxation, it is important to consider jets. Tub jets vary in intensity, from full body massaging jets, like a Whirlpool, to an air bath, which creates tiny, effervescent bubbles.



Desks in Bedrooms

Whether your space is small or large, furnishing a bedroom with a desk adds to both the usability and aesthetic of your bedroom. In smaller houses and apartments, having the right desk in your bedroom can reduce clutter in all areas of the house while providing a relaxing area to get work done. In large houses with spacious bedrooms, an office area is a wonderful way enliven previously dead space, making the room more dynamic. Here are some wonderful combination office and bedroom ideas we found:

In a large bedroom it’s easy to let space go to waste–even if you add chairs, they may not get used. Desks on the other hand are always helpful. Even if you go into an office everyday for work, they’re great as a home finance battle station where you organize mail and important papers.

An unused closet can be transformed into a small office space within your bedroom while built in shelving can conserve storage space.

A desk within a bed is great for the smallest of spaces or a person who wants to add a playful but utilitarian feature to their bed.

This built in unit that descends into the wall combines style and function–a wonderful option for smaller residences.

Larger built in units that have a dresser and a desk are an easy way to include both furniture items in your room even if you don’t have enough wall space for separate pieces.

Combining desks and nightstands is a creative way to add surfaces to your bedroom or to maximize space!

Combination desks and headboards are a stylish way to sperate your work space from sleep space while still having them in the same room. This is also an excellent way to create partitions in lofts or studio apartments.

Adding a desk to your bed’s footboard is a chic way to include a desk in a bedroom where wall space may not be plentiful.

Bay windows, which generally do not accomodate a rectangular bed, are a great place to put a semicircle desk. How pleasant is it to sit at a desk that gazes through large windows?

Outdoor Spaces

The weather is finally warm in the NYC Metro Area, and that means it’s time to get outside. Nothing is better than having an outdoor sanctuary, big or small, in your own home. We’ve found some patios that inspire us to have a sun-soaked morning coffee, invite a group of friends over for a farm fresh dinner, and grill with the family.

Nothing is more pleasant than eating outside on a summer eve whether in a chic contemporary or warm traditional setting.

Fuse your outdoor and indoor spaces with a folding wall.

Whether it’s cool or not, fires create a feeling of intimacy and are always lovely to gather around for a glass of wine, s’mores, or a refuge from mosquitoes.

Bring a wilderness feel to your outdoor space by adding plants. Larger leafy vegetation adds a sense of calm to warmer traditional patios.

Succulents and smaller leafed plants add warmth to a contemporary space while maintaining the clean lines.

Holzman Happenings goes to a second show

In March of this year we announced the founding of Holzman Happenings, and on June 9th Holzman Happenings went on its second outing. We saw MacBeth on Broadway. Playing all of the characters himself, Alan Cumming was incredible, as was our afternoon! Holzman Happenings, which strives to expose underprivileged children to art, is a partner of Hartley House. To donate to Holzman Happenings, visit and click on “GET INVOLVED” and then “Make A Donation.” Please note that you’d like your donation to go to the Holzman Happenings fund. Thank you!

Summery White

Whether you think of it as a compilation of every color or as a complete lack of color, white is the anchor of the color wheel. That in addition to its synonymity with cleanliness it has been become a huge component of contemporary interior design. As seen in a couple of the images below, you can see how effective it is in creating a thoroughly modern look. However, my favorite context to use white is in beach houses. Nothing says summer at the beach like bright white linens and whitewashed wall boards. As you prepare for the summer season out in the Hamptons, think of white as the perfect them to create your ideal summer beach retreat.