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Recently, I had a conversation with my boyfriend about the design world’s overreliance on the word “sexy.” Of course, there are perfectly legitimate uses for it, I just fear it’s becoming a too-convenient shorthand (like “pops of color”) to convey meaning. I’ve tried to limit it in my vocab, but how else to describe the Italian luxury house Bisazza’s new bathroom division, Bisazza Bagno? Because this collection is way sexy. That gleaming gold. Those clean lines. The jewel-like washbasins. Seriously.

bisazza bagno italian bathroom collection

The bathtubs have hidden storage compartments and some of those sinks even have lamps and magnifying mirrors built right into them. I swoon! Spanish designer Jaime Hayon is responsible for the collection’s sleek, sensual, ’30s-glam-meets-Scandinavian look (Glamdinavian?). Therefore, he is also responsible for turning me into a “sexy”-spouting hypocrite. (Thanks a lot, Jaime!)

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  1. Yvonne Breaux says:

    On Income Property, One big issue is NEVER addressed. Say the owner has a $1,000 mortgage and they redo the basement for $25,000 into an apartment to bring in $700 a month. They state that this reduces his mortgage by $700, so he only has to pay $300 per month. The never address the issue of the $25,000. Where does that come from and if it must be borrowed, the income generated by the apartment will go toward that loan and not the previous mortgage. Tha tis one simple fact that is never mentioned on the show. Are people complete idiots not to notice this fact?

    • Sandra Beecher says:

      I wonder about this every time I watch the program. Most of the homeowners seem to be in financial straits so it is unlikely they have the money for the renovations. They probably take out an equity loan which eats into the rent. They need to clarify this.

      Sandra Beecher

      • Carrie says:

        i meant to add in my post that i also love the elegant simplicity of these pieces. that was always my idea in a lot of the houses i design is to have the bath as part of the dressing room and have the vanity be decorative as well as have the second sink. the water closet ( and bidet ) would be in a separate space with a door ( maybe a sliding door with a full length mirror on the dressing room side ) and a small sink in there also so you can wash your hands right away and not have to touch door hardware.

    • Gail says:

      I agree, I always think the same thing!! Even if they would just mention that the rent would pay for the renovation in 3 or 4 years. Some people NEED to be told this so they don't go out and borrow the money and somehow think they will be out of their financial problems because they are bringing in rent.

    • Carrie says:

      a lot of people expect to put a certain amount of money into fixing up the home to begin with so they either took that into account when they purchased the house or have saved up the money for renovations. also, now with the new improvements to their home, their home is now worth more and so they have more equity in the home.

      so, as you said, it is completely obvious, they are not as idiotic as it may appear to you. that is why they have a certain budget of how much they are able to spend going into the project and are also pretty bummed when unforeseen problems arise when they start construction, raising the costs. but are also relieved that they found these previously unknown problems such as unsafe wiring posing a fire hazard or mold that causes health problems, etc…

  2. I love the clean, white, stark simplicity!

    • Carrie says:

      that was always my idea in a lot of the houses i design is to have the bath as part of the dressing room and have the vanity be decorative as well as have the second sink. the water closet ( and bidet ) would be in a separate space with a door ( maybe a sliding door with a full length mirror on the dressing room side ) and a small sink in there also so you can wash your hands right away and not have to touch door hardware.

      a beautiful tub and large shower would also be part of the dressing room and if outdoor space allowed, sliding french doors opening to a private garden with an outdoor shower. i also like to include a chaise of some sort in the dressing room for sitting on to put on socks and shoes, and to lounge in after a bath to polish nails, etc..

      i think walk-in closets are overrated. that space may as well be combined with the bath as part of the dressing space.

  3. Linda Dowling says:

    HGTV can you please get back to the wonderful programs that you use to have. I seldom turn you on now. How many hours of house hunters/renters do I really need to watch. Same for the food network. How many people making cakes and cupcakes do need to see.

    • Pan says:

      You are so right. I thought it was just me! I used to go to Food Network and HGTV for a relaxing informative program where I learned something. Now it is all cupcakes, speed cooking of wierd ingredients, or bizarre house hunts in places where the buyers will never fit in, and where they will probably never use their second homes as much as they think they will.
      I have lived all over the world, and speak eight languages. I understand the cultural changes I have to make to be a part of a community in another country.
      I have met so many folks like these buyers.
      Most of them are good people who had no idea what they were getting into, and are now either marooned in ex-pat villa/condo ghettos, or they got stuck in a rural village where the locals don't have the same concepts of lifestyle – they are just working and trying to keep body and soul together, and don't have the time to be cute and colorful for the foreigners……
      I wish them luck…

    • Esther says:

      AMEN to both networks! I also am tired of it.. I watch DYI most of the time even though there are a heck of alot of reruns, but usually have missed some ideas from each program.

    • Larry Herter says:

      Well said – Thank you

  4. Jennifer Murphy says:

    Sabrina Soto is the best! l love watching her show, she has great ideas, and has so much energy. And I love seeing the finished product when she is done.

    • Esther says:

      I also liked Candice's show too but this new format – well, it's just not the same. I have tucked away so many times on my wishlist, but now not much to watch. Just not the same.

  5. A sink (also sinker, hand basin and wash basin) is a bowl-shaped plumbing fixture used for washing hands, for dishwashing or other purposes. Sinks generally have taps (faucets) that supply hot and cold water and may include a spray feature to be used for faster rinsing.

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