A few years ago we vacationed with some dear friends in Napa, California. Instead of booking individual hotel rooms, we decided to rent a house so that we could enjoy time together in the common indoor and outdoor living spaces that a house would provide. Our house included a backyard which featured a pool, hot tub, bocci court, and fire pit. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying that space. Near the pool was a dedicated bathroom. The sink in that bathroom provided the design inspiration for our main floor cabin bathroom. The vanity was made of some roughly hewn chunky pieces of lumber with the sink set in the center and the bronze finish faucet mounted on the wall. It looked like just the type of style that I wanted in our cabin. The sink, though, was not exactly my taste and I had envisioned more of a vessel type. A random catalog delivered to our house became our source for the sink and fixtures, not only in this bathroom, but for many items in our entire project. The catalog featured sinks that I had no idea existed. Many of the ones pictured were either solid stone or stone with some type of inlay. I grabbed my laptop to investigate the entire line on their website. Interestingly enough, this company is located in Northern Kentucky, about an hour away. I highly recommend checking out http://signaturehardware.com . We have found their products to be excellent quality at very reasonable prices. They have an extensive line of all sorts of interior finishes and our dealings with their customer service have been extremely pleasant. The sink we chose is a rock exterior with inlaid honey onyx on the inside of the bowl. I thought the honey color of the onyx would coordinate nicely with the wood walls and trim.
Stuart was planning to make the vanity out of some leftover pieces of lumber from the exterior construction of the cabin, but I wanted something that looked older. One of our new friends named Ricky, who has delivered rock and dirt for several projects, generously offered some old barn wood he had out in a field that we were welcome to pick through and take what we wanted. We hooked up the trailer and headed over. The field was overgrown and the wood was piled on top of each other in a bit of a heap. I must admit to being a little nervous of encountering snakes or other wild critters as we picked through the pile. Unfortunately, much of it was rotted since it had been in the elements for so long, but, armed with the photo of my chunky rough vanity inspiration, we managed to find several good pieces we could use.
My husband really is quite an artist. He dried the pieces out and carefully plotted the construction using the most interesting parts of each piece of wood. Our vanity boasts some unique features including old nails, wires and hinges. It turned out even better than I had imagined!
In researching the tile for the shower, I found that I could actually get tile in the same honey onyx as the sink. I knew that would give the space a cohesive look but I still needed to figure out the floor for the shower as well as the curb and seat. Stuart suggested that I look for some granite for the curb and seat, so off I went to our local granite dealer, Mees Tile’s fabrication department (http://meestile.com) . There they have many remnants to choose from. These remnants are ideal for smaller projects, especially if you don’t have your heart set on a specific stone. For my projects, I make sure I have all of the measurements so that I can pick a slab that is the correct size and I know what colors I want. Other than that, I try to be open to all of the possibilities they have. The staff there is very knowledgable and helpful. Ruth is my go to person at Mees. She helped my pick out a really cool remnant that almost looks like the weathered patten of the wood in the vanity with flecks of the honey onyx color running through it. It just happened to have a leathered finish which gives it the perfect texture for a shower. I wanted to somehow tie in the gray stone of our sink with the rest of the natural elements in the bathroom. To accomplish this, I chose a Bali Ocean Pebble Tile from the Pebble Tile Shop (http://pebbletileshop.com) in 12 inch by 12 inch sheets for the shower floor. To finish off this project, I used a vintage look double sconce and cool drum style chandelier from LampClick (http://lampclick.com) , some rustic looking shelves from Dot and Bo (http://dotandbo.com) , a rustic / industrial towel bar and toilet paper holder from Houzz (http://houzz.com), a mirror, vintage fruit box for use as a towel holder and olive bucket turned wastepaper basket from EBTH (http://ebth.com), another reclaimed wood door from Architectural Salvage (http://architecturalsalvage.com) and finally, some accessories from The Urban Farmhouse Market (a great local store, check them out on Facebook). This main floor bathroom is 100% complete!
Much more to come, stay tuned!