Julie Snow Architects

my mosa Royal Mosa ceramic tiles, says Snow, are "so precisely made the joint can be reduced to a minimum." Seen here in Snow's own cabin, the tiles come in a wide variety of ceramic surfaces that range from modern inspired and textured styles to LED and artistic lines. Royal Mosa, 31 (0)43 368 94 44; www.mosa.nl.

valli girl Hardware from Valli&Valli gets Snow's vote for its good design and its quality. "It makes some sense to invest in well-made, precise pieces that are nice to touch, and are solidly attached," she says. "These are that and also look great." This Serie Bernina handle is made from solid brass and comes in three finishes. Valli&Valli, 212.326.8811; www.vallivalli-us.com.

try this at home Snow is impressed by the endurance of this paper-based surfacing that has its roots in outdoor skating ramps. "Minimal maintenance is required to keep it looking great," she says. "We used it on our weekend house and enjoy how it looks." Also called Skatelite by architects, it comes in 12 colors. Richlite Co., 888.383.5533; www.richlite.com.

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