Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You're So Vain...

(anyone think of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days when the song "You're So Vain" pops into your head? Oh wait - it's just me? Great.)

All of this bathroom talk has me thinking about vanity - I mean, vanities. I think this is going to be one of the items that will be the hardest to choose, the most expensive and probably cause the most grief.

Why?

a) I'm picky;
b) I abhorr making decisions, especially when they are somewhat permanent; and
c) I have no clue what I'm doing.

We have limited space for the vanity to fit - approximately 60 inches (maybe a few more but nothing is certain at this point). 60 inches is actually on the small side for a double vanity IMO so this is tough.

After looking at picture after picture, the one I keep coming back to is this:



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This is from one of Candace Olson's transformations - isn't she so friggin talented? She's done a similar vanity in another renovation:



Bathroom Inspiration


I'm not sure what it is I like about this. It is definitely more modern than what I always had loved from Restoration Hardware:


I'm not even sure where to get something like that (either as-is or custom made). Does anyone have any suggestions?

Here are some other photos I've gathered - let me know if something else jumps out at you!



Bathroom Inspiration




Bathroom Inspiration




Source for the 2 above

And these are from Costco (thanks Wil :-)




As you can see I am also a bit back-and-forth on the colour of the vanity. White? Dark? More natural wood tones?

Do you think I should be looking for a different style of vanity? There are so many options out there and I have no clue what will work best and appeal to the types of people who will be interested in an updated Victorian house (not that we are planning on moving anytime soon - but this is so permanent!).

I am totally open to suggestion - so comment away on whether you know where to get it made, or if you think of something better :-)

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18 comments:

Meghan said...

oh all of those pictures make me itch to get started on our bathroom reno. i say go all out! have you looked at ikea for anything? some of those vanities are VERY similar to styles that ikea carries, and i'm sure for much less $$ than restoration hardware. just a thought!

Shannon said...

omg J - hire an expert

-Kasey said...

We are currently working on our Master Bath, so all of those photos were awesome! I like more of the wood tones with a lighter countertop... although the white with white marble top looks beautiful, but I think when your working with white you really have to know what you will be doing with the entire space as a hole, it reminds me of 'Cottagy' theme.

Happy Wednesday! :)

meryl rose said...

I think the kind of vanity you get depends on the tile you get - whether you want something to contrast, or blend in for an airy feel. I like all the ones you picked and think that with cool, vintage looking fixtures paired with a more modern vanity will vibe together great.

Personally, I'm not a super big fan of vessel sinks (the ones sitting on top of vanities). I think they look nice, but they're a bit annoying because of splashing water that can get all over the counter (my dad's house had them). Plus, I think they're a bit of a fad right now and may look dated in 5 or so years.

Kerry said...

My biggest piece of advice is not to worry about what other people want, get what YOU want. You're going to have to live with it... especially if you don't plan on moving anytime soon!

We bought our basement vanity at Roman Bath Centre (before we found out they sold the same one at Lowes for less) so go out and shop around a few places (Lowes definitely has a better selection than the big orange IMO).

Wil said...

Funny because I've been gathering inspiration photos of bathroom vanities over the past year. I too have been looking at double vanities, and have decided to go the floating walnut vanity route.

When I saw the pic you posted from Restoration Hardware, I took a double take because I also found a vanity almost exactly like it in my bathroom inspiration folder but it was from... (you won't believe it).. Costco!

Check it out:

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=10335955&search=vanity&Mo=56&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-CA&Nr=P_CatalogName:BCCA&Sp=S&N=0&whse=BCCA&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BCCA&Ne=4000000&D=vanity&Ntt=vanity&No=42&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

It's the Studio Bathe Kalize Double vanity. It's 62.5" wide, so it might fit for you.

Megan Lauriana said...

How To Lose A Guy is in my top ten favorite movies. Love it!

Restoration Hardware has such great stuff. I love that vanity.

I'm pretty sure I remember you saying you are liking the marble look right now.. and if you were going to go for a lighter, airy feel with the marble, I think it would be cool to go dark with your vanity for the dramatic affect.

I think that is what is great about Candace Olsen's transformations. They are so breezy, but the natural wood just warms it all up and it's such a great compliment! :)

Sarah La Rose said...

Hello, it's been a while. I'm finally back to the blog world. I love the look of both the Candice bathrooms. I think she is incredibly talented. Love her new show on W as well.

If you are thinking of selling hte house one day then I would make sure to keep the style within the main selling areas cohesive - Kitchen and bathrooms. I would probably go with the RH version.

p.s. love '10 Things I Hate About You'. Always think of that movie when I hear 'You're So Vain'.

Hopeless Chest said...

I'm beginning to think we have very similar tastes. *sigh* Oh to have an unlimited budget.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks for the comments everyone - I feel like there are so many decisions to make!

One of the reasons we were thinking custom is because we want the counter/cupboard for the laundry 'closet' to match - but it might be possible to get something close off the rack (especially if we go white).

Wil - I'd seen that vanity on the Costco site - it does look pretty appealing eh?!

NK said...

I'm going to be the odd one out here, but that's ok. I"m thinking of getting one from ikea, same as the one I"m getting for the basement bathroom, but bigger with more storage. They are 55", but fit perfect in my space. The custom ones I looked at were in the $4K range. And that is just not in my budget. In any case, if I ever do want to replace it, I won't feel so bad down the road. Or that's what I keep telling myself. We haven't made the decision yet (we want to see how the one in the basement bathroom works out first).
And I absolutely agree that making decisions is hard. Especially when you're on a budget, like me.

AM Dolce Vita said...

I too love the white double vanity from Costco! I was actually eyeing that one for our master ensuite transformation down the road :-) IMO this one can go either modern or transitional depending on the tile, mirror, and lighting you pick around it. If you add wainscotting to the wall similar to the one featured in the last House and Home, your bathrom won't look overly modern with this vanity. Just my two cents.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I say go with the Costco ones, they look just like the RH ones and I'm sure they are MUCH cheaper!! As for white or dark wood, I'm not much help there.

emily said...

I have always been drawn to that first image too. Her bathrooms are always so simple and spa like, with a little glam.

TLC_Designs said...

Lots of decisions to be made here, Janice :)

I personally have a love-hate relationship with vanities that have an exposed (or elevated?) base. Everyone knows the importance of a toe-kick so that you don't smash into the base of the vanity when leaning over the counter, but I find that the ones that are completely off the floor collect a lot of dust that is awkward to remove.

I prefer a vanity that has a recessed toe kick but a solid base. This way you can't see what kind of dust bunnies and long-hair fuzz balls are swirling around under there, but you still get the comfort (and the GREAT LOOK) of an elevated vanity.

That's my 2 cents for the day :)

*Tania @ Passport2Design.com

Jen said...

It's not just you. I also think of How to Lose a Guy... when I hear You're So Vain. Which sucks! I used to love that song.

Sarah H-S said...

Hi Janice,
I've been following your blog for a bit and really like it! There is a company based out of Barrie called Rock Solid Supply that has very well made vanities (soft close doors, solid wood cabinets) and granite counters very reasonably priced. I live in Aurora and they are carried at the Home Hardware here. A 60" (which comes with single or double sinks) is about $900. I have one in my house and have just put two in another house.
A custom counter alone is about $900 for a 60" vanity. That might be checking out for a well made, good design at a reasonable price. Look forward to seeing the bathroom progress!
Sarah

Sarah H-S said...

Hi Janice,
I've been following your blog for a bit and really like it! There is a company based out of Barrie called Rock Solid Supply that has very well made vanities (soft close doors, solid wood cabinets) and granite counters very reasonably priced. I live in Aurora and they are carried at the Home Hardware here. A 60" (which comes with single or double sinks) is about $900. I have one in my house and have just put two in another house.
A custom counter alone is about $900 for a 60" vanity. That might be checking out for a well made, good design at a reasonable price. Look forward to seeing the bathroom progress!
Sarah