When designing a bathroom, it’s easy to get wrapped up in tile, color, and hardware choices. But it’s wise to first consider the needs of those who will be using the space most often. Just like the kitchen, functionality and flow can make or break a bathroom design. When creating a floor plan for your bathroom or powder room, consider the following:
Recessed Sinks or Pedestal Sinks?
Sinks installed below the counters are best for those who need plenty of vanity space – whether it’s for holding soaps, towels, or just additional prep room.
Savannah, Georgia, is known as the Hostess City of the South and is brimming with southern charm and style. Close to the ocean and situated on the banks of the Savannah River, this town has plenty of coastal and nautical influences in its architecture, food, and culture. Savannah also happens to be home to our good friend Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. Joel works with both residential and commercial clients in the Savannah area with a focus on showcasing each client’s personality through design. Today we take a peek at a dining room that Joel created featuring some beautiful vintage sconces. These sconces highlight each individual photograph on the wall while providing ambient light to the space as well.
To get this look, consider our Bulkhead Wall Mount Light available in either a Satin Nickel or Polished Brass finish. This rugged, wall-hugging fixture has its roots in the Atomic Era and features a unique cast guard and glass design that throws light around all sides of the fixture. You can customize this light by choosing clear, frosted, or ribbed glass. Originally manufactured by Urban Archeology, these sconces are offered at 50 percent off their original prices.
Another piece in our collection of nautical lighting is the Boathouse Wall Mount Light which features a smooth Satin Nickel finish. This unusual light has plenty of marine influences and would be perfect in a coastal setting — on a boathouse, dock, beachfront condo, or even a cottage on a lake. The clear glass jar of this light can handle a 100 watt bulb and is rated for wet locations.
To create a coastal feel throughout your home, don’t miss the complementary Bulkhead Fixed Pendant, also offered at discounted prices, and available in a variety of vintage finish colors including Polished Chrome, Polished Brass, Statuary Brown, and Green Patina.
Top photo courtesy of Joel Snayd
If you’re enchanted with house design as much as we are, perhaps you find yourself eyeballing the neighbor’s new addition with more than casual interest and your vacation pictures feature in-setting shots of pendant lights instead of panaromic views of the mountains. Sometimes you find a space where the elements are so beautifully integrated that it just seems effortless. Such is the case with Harbor Cottage, a vacation rental located in Martinsville, Maine.
Our friend, photographer Justine Hand, visited Harbor Cottage last year and came away with some incredible photographs including this one of the industrial farmhouse style kitchen. Though rustic in style, the kitchen awaits a gourmand with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Gaggenau 5-burner gas range, and other modern amenities. The space has an open, airy feel with light-colored wood flooring and textured linen window treatments contrasting with black soapstone countertops. The windows open wide to draw in the salt air and sea breezes, and vintage lights watch over the minimal shelving that maintains the open feeling.
To get this look, browse our collection of Vintage Wall Sconces where you’ll find a number of different fixtures that work well in a farmhouse style kitchen. The Davenport Wall Sconce has a traditional, turn of the century look and can be finished in Historic Bronze, Polished Nickel, or Satin Nickel. Choose a solid color shade or go with the creamy milk glass shade for a true vintage feel.
If you want more flexibility in your kitchen lighting, check out the Garden City Swingarm Adjustable Sconce in solid brass. The adjustable arm allows you to pull the light away from the wall for focused tasks or push it back for more ambient lighting. Available in four traditional finish colors, this sconce adds the perfect spot of light to kitchens, reading nooks, or by the bedside.
Top photo courtesy of Justine Hand — Read more about Harbor CottageRead More
When working in small spaces, it’s tempting to keep things muted and calm. Too much texture, color, or accessorizing can make a bathroom, closet, or tiny work space look cluttered and confusing. The key is to have balance in the space. If you fell in love with a piece of vintage decor at the flea market, use it! Can’t live without bright plaid wallpaper? Paste away, but balance the blast of color with coordinating solids and textures.
This bathroom space doesn’t shy away from a deep blue paint color that, if paired with heavier fixtures and fussy accessories, could overpower the space and make the room claustrophobic. But the sleek, polished chrome accents, the shiny hammered mirror frame, and the bright white vanity and beadboard cabinetry all bring a pleasant balance to the space and help create an inviting, even soothing room that leans just a bit towards the nautical.
The wall sconce also adds a delicate touch to the blue wall and, with a double shade, provides ample light to the vanity space. To get this look, check out The Village Double Shade Sconce, part of our collection of Vintage Wall Sconces. This fixture is an original manufactured by Urban Archeology and is offered at half off the original price. At 10″ high and 14″ wide, this bathroom light features a polished chrome finish and frosted glass. If you prefer a single fixture to mount on either side of a bathroom mirror, the Village Single Sconce is also available. Featuring the same frosted glass and polished chrome finish as its double cousin, the Single Village Sconce is also offered at half off the original Urban Archeology prices.
Top photo courtesy of Blue Sky Building Company
Let’s face it — some things in life are certain. There’s the old death and taxes thing, but we’re thinking more along the lines of laundry. Whether you live in a house by yourself or with six other people, laundry never goes away and, for some of us, it needs to happen every day, like it or not! So if you must spend time doing the chore, why not make it happen in a space that is full of light, happy colors, and accoutrements that make life easier? This laundry room would certainly put a smile on your face even if burdened with a basket full of stinky socks.Read More