|My Inspiration Board!|
Here's the plan.
The floor will be a hex - but not in the traditional marble or black and white. Heath Ceramics handcrafts a half hex mix in up to three colors of your choice. I chose shade, shade light and chamois, inspired by my "inspiration" bathroom, by architect Mark Reilly:
The wall tile will be white beveled subway tile.
The shower tile will be a contrasting dark gray subway:
The tub will be a deep soaking tub - the Kohler "Tea for Two" - undermounted with a statuaria marble surround, sort of like this:
For the sink, the Kohler Kathryn caught my eye with it's clean classic lines and beautiful art deco legs:
But when buying a console sink, I learned that you actually have to buy all the pieces shown, separately. The sink top is one item. The undermount-sink bowl is another item. The legs, another. The faucets, too, of course. Plus, you need to buy the drain, and the trap - and the trap is exposed so it has to be a "pretty" one. When I added up all the parts to this sink, the price tag came to about $4k - OUCH! Talking myself down from that ledge, I focused on the negatives. For example, I would have to match the tub marble to the sink marble and I'd be bound by whatever the Kohler marble looked like. First, how would I match it? It's not like I could cart the marble sink top around to all the marble fabricators in Queens. Or chip off a sample to carry around. Second, the Kohler marble might not be a marble that looks good large, like on the sides of a tub.
What I really wanted, I realized, was the Kathryn legs under a plain white porcelain basin. So I called the good folks at Kohler to see if I could use the Kathryn legs with any of their other porcelain basins. The guy I spoke with hedged quite a bit. He said he couldn't recommend using the legs with a sink top not designed for the purpose. He kept suggesting that I order the legs and frame and have my contractor read the specs. After a few repetitions of this advice, I realized it was a wink wink - that while he couldn't recommend it (and have Kohler be responsible if anything went wrong), my contractor could probably figure something out.
In my mind I had already made the leap from marble console to porcelain console. And a quick web search turned up this beauty - The Mason Console Sink - from Signature Hardware for just $600.
It is 30" wide, where the Kohler is just 24", which means it is going to take up a few more valuable inches in my 5x9 bathroom that could be used for storage. However, I'm confident that for way less than the $3,400 I'll be saving on the sink, some clever storage solution will present itself when the time comes.
It was a leap of faith - I've never purchased from Signature Hardware before and there is no bricks and mortar showroom where I could view the sink ahead of time - but I ordered the Mason sink. And it arrived amazingly quickly, about four days later. I have yet to open the box, but I will do it this weekend if the floor refinishers are out of there in time, and I'll report back on the quality.
On a personal note: This was my very first delivery to our new apartment - and can I say how much I love our doorman and porters who received the shipment for me AND held it until I got home from work AND helped me up the elevator with it?
For we apartment dwellers in cities like New York, receiving packages while we are at work can be a real roadblock when renovating. But our new home is in a "full service" building. This is my first brush with the convenience of having a doorman. I'm a convert.