I love seeing beautiful things in people's houses and then finding out that they're actually a mix of high and low solutions that got better because of creativity and a little extra work. I was at Stacie Billis' house last week to include a few rooms in the new book (check out her Kale Chips, yum), and was blown away by the snazzy sink above in her guest bathroom...
Stacie lives in a townhouse in Brooklyn and she and her husband had the help of designers, in Situ Design, so I expected that this sink was something expensive and fancy, but when I asked her the source, she told me IKEA. In fact, throughout Stacie's house, there are expensive, beautiful solutions mixed with inexpensive, beautiful solutions. The results were really inspiring. Check this one out.
So this sink is a Hollviken sink from Ikea ($80). It's ceramic with really generous proportions. It feels like a farm sink. They dropped it into a base that their contractor made out of wood pieces and then stained. The hardware taps are from the Cifial techno series monoblock ($300). It's a really elegant hi/low solution and something that's worth thinking about if you like pedestal or open sinks. The little white cabinet? Also Ikea.
If you look around further you see two kinds of tile, one that Stacie fell in love with that was expensive, and one that her architect convinced her to pair with it as it was much cheaper. There was a budget, baby! I like the results. The dark tile becomes a strong accent and the lighter tile carries the theme:
• 3/4" Copper pennyround – Ann Sacks (pricey)
• 3/4" off-White with brown trim pennyround – International Tile #japm102 (much cheaper)
Finally, the floors were wood and in bad shape. To save money they simply painted them with a high gloss paint that would be both practical and match the stained floors of the rest of the home. I love the shine. Sometimes the best solutions are those that make the most of what you've got. Thanks to Stacie and enjoy!