Inspiration

Collections

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Did you catch the June issue of Country Living? It had so many great features, from the spotlight on classic pickup trucks to travel trailers, and a beautiful barn house feature on page 64, I recognized the image of mercury glass bottles from designer Rachel Halvorson’s portfolio (below). In the issue Miranda Lambert reveals she collects vintage salt and pepper shakers, and it got me thinking about the things we collect and how our collections are a window to our heart, often attached to some fond memory or collected simply because they speak to us in some way.

In my twenties I collected cheap mini monuments since I traveled a lot more back then, silly but sentimental, having them still reminds me of the many countries I visited. In my thirties I turned to decorative vessels, I have a mini collection of silver (I polished it yesterday), now I want to collect vintage glass but it’s pricey. I look for it everywhere and whenever I get to NYC I stop into The End of History to splurge on something new. I also subscribe to the notion that one really cannot have too many white shapely ceramic objects!

white pottery collection

rikki snyder

milk glass collection

 country living

mercury glass collection (2)

rachel halvorson

 

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Wood Countertops in Bathrooms

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

When we were looking for a countertop for our hall bathroom makeover, I knew I’d be painting the cabinets white so I wanted something economical that would provide warmth and contrast, so wood went straight to the top of the list. We chose a butcher block countertop, routed the edge, stained it dark, then used Waterlox to protect it. Two and a half years later, I’m happy to report our wood bathroom countertops have held up extremely well, there is no water damage and they still clean up very easily.

We also have a wood countertop in our kitchen and while it’s a higher maintenance surface (you can’t place anything hot on it or leave puddles of water for long periods of time) it also still looks beautiful 8 years after installation. A wood countertop in a bathroom has to be watched for signs of damage or rot because of its frequent exposure to moisture, but a product like polyurethane or Waterlox that renders it waterproof is the key to long term functionality and beauty.

wood countertop white bathroom vanity

elle decor espagna

floating wood vanity wood look tile

capital building

wood and white bathroom

a parallel architecture

ikea cabinet vanity wood bathroom countertop

apartment therapy

wood bathroom countertop vessel sink

hooked on houses

gray vanity wood bathroom countertop

design milk

gray stained wood bathroom countertop

better homes and gardens

The live edge or wood slab raw edge against contrasting surfaces like porcelain or painted wood is a showstopper.

black and white bathroom wood floating vanity

jodie rosen design

navy vanity wood bathroom countertop

design*sponge

One of the reasons people turn to wood as a countertop in kitchens or bathrooms is the desire for more organic materials, a trend that has been growing in the past decade, one of several trends I’m highlighting over at the Interior Collective blog. Stop by and weigh in with your thoughts on the topic of trends in bathroom tile.

Have you thought about or installed a wood countertop in your bathroom? What did you treat it with and how has it held up?