Stow extra toiletries and supplies under the sink or in bins or a nearby closet, reducing visual clutter. Decant frequently used items into pretty containers, or at least remove the unattractive outer packaging. Borrow accessories from elsewhere in your home. For instance, cake stands, dessert plates and teacups all make beautiful organizers. Use a fabric shower curtain, not plastic. Remove the standard‐issue mirrored medicine cabinet in favor of a pretty mirror, plus sconces.
Be well read. "My client had seen a wallpaper at a hotel with a book pattern that she loved," says designer Angela Gutekunst. "So that led me to this classic Brunschwig & Fils paper for her powder bath that worked beautifully".
Magic mirrors and magic windows – in fact, magic glass surfaces all over the house – will soon become commonplace, thanks to breathtaking advancements in computers, computer interfaces and, of all things, glass. It's all about the glass. The leading U.S. innovator in glass for consumer electronics, Corning, has developed a technology that enables it to manufacture flexible glass as if it were printing wallpaper. The flexible glass will be used as a computerized touch surface, theoretically turning any surface – from refrigerator doors to countertops to entire walls – into smart‐touch displays that function like iPad devices. This glass will have the moisture permeability, temperature tolerances and clarity of glass but the flexibility and low cost of plastic.