Rethink Your Sink

4/3/2014 | Amy Tibbals
Leigh Anne Bernal

Standard [stan-derd]: used or accepted as normal or average. See also, boring.

In my renovations, 'standard' does not always work for me. I find this to be true in bathrooms, in particular. For any who have renovated a home built at the turn of the century, you may have found yourself sneaking inches here and there, trying desperately to fit current standards into a space that was designed for folks that were either tiny, or far less focused on grooming efforts. For that reason, and a boatload of others, it's best to think a bit differently when it comes to vanities. Below is the route we took in my own [recently and beautifully] renovated home; it's one option that will enable you fit a vanity into a less-than-standard counter depth, as well as bring a unique, eclectic style to your bathroom.

1st Step: I found this terrific sideboard at one of my favorite local haunts, C.G. Sparks, and it was only 15.5" deep. It added a much-needed 6"+ of space that completely changed that crowded feel of the space.

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2nd Step: I needed to find a sink that would work with the piece without ruining the look of it. It'd be a shame to cover something so lovely, so I picked this beauty from Porcher. Though I tend to shy away from vessel sinks, it was an unavoidably perfect fit. Obviously, choosing a sink that matched the depth of the piece required a wall-mounted faucet, which made for more space saved. Double win.

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3rd Step: Mike is my favorite plumber, so I enlisted his help. He and his dad [I get the pair of them when I am lucky] humored me throughout the process with design thoughts and opinions on all matters plumbing-related or not. Once I explained the goal, Mike made it work, drilling holes and sourcing the perfect chrome p-trap and other plumbing accoutrements. With the full-glass front, having pretty hardware was critical.

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All told, this solution is far more appropriate for the space, works with the style of the room and the home, and serves as a pretty/functional double-threat. It also happens to be a custom Leigh Anne Bernal [and friends] piece. When designing your space, don't confine your thinking to 'standard'; with a touch of effort and time, a piece this unique effectively turns 'house' to 'home'.

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