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Shower Yourself in Luxury

Recently, a friend introduced me to a bath-lover's heaven on Earth - a great showroom. Well, she actually introduced me to two great things, some awesome reading material and a great showroom.

The reading material is a new, bi-monthly, publication Aspire, which offers "an in-depth look at great homes and estates, inspiring design and the people who bring it all together", according to their website. As any girl, I love a good glossy, especially the one that has two of my favorite things in it - old houses and great design. So, lots of great photographs. And great writing to boot. They have some of the most sought-after contributors writing for the magazine. The format is much larger than your standard newsstand magazine, probably because you can only find Aspire in your inbox, provided you subscribe to it. And here is a sneak peak of the May issue cover.

And now, the icing. Last night, I've been invited to a design event hosted at Birdsall Bath Design showroom, located in North Plainfield, NJ, on Route 22. The event was organized by the Aspire magazine, with an intent to showcase this beautiful space to the design industry insiders. Not that I am one, but it feels so good to be surrounded by beautiful things, so I'm willing to fake it.

One of the most amazing things about Birdsall Bath Design is that it is the first LEED-certified bath showroom in the country, and it's right here, in New Jersey. The second most amazing thing are the products and vendors featured. This is not your local home center variety, as much as I like them. This is something completely different. The prices clearly reflect it. But, as they say, you get what you paid for. Birdsall designer will come to your house, measure the space, work within your budget, help you with appropriate choices... I mean, think about it. Bathroom is the new sanctuary. And when there are so many choices, you really need help deciding.

Because we are human, living is not just about function - it is about form as well. This has been my mantra for the last few days. And an excuse for thinking about redoing the bathrooms, which are all very functional, but not of the pleasing form. At least to this eye [wink, wink].


  1. Thanks for the intro to Aspire. It just so happens that I received it by mail to my house the other day. WOW - What a publication. And to think it's made right here in Jersey.

  2. by the way, I found them on line at

  3. Isn't it wonderful? Glad to "meet" another person that appreciates it.


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