Thursday, October 30, 2008

upstairs bathroom choices...

IKEA Höllviken sink:

Discovering the oval shaped IKEA Höllviken sink was very exciting. The only options I could see to fit in the small 22" space were pedestal sinks or a custom made vanity. I personally don't really like pedestal sinks. A custom made vanity would not work for us - for budget reasons and time constraints. I would rather just utilize the small closet next to the bathroom for toiletries. The IKEA Höllviken is only $90.00! It can be mounted on a wall or to a base. Most importantly, it measures 22 1/2" across - wide enough for us to use and not get water everywhere and small enough to fit into our space. Since we will be floating it on the wall we can have a little overhang over the tub.

I just need to decide on a faucet.

I don't think anyone will appreciate its size more than our cat Toby, whose favorite pastime is drinking water from the bathroom sink:

Kohler Cimarron Comfort Height two-piece round-front toilet:

This toilet is one of the first things that we purchased for the bathroom. The previous toilet was cracked (and gross.) In its short life it's already been installed upstairs and moved downstairs while we're working on the bathroom. When it makes its final trip upstairs we'll put a shorter toilet in the "powder closet."
Daltile 4" X 8" subway tile in Desert Gray on the walls:

I really love this tile. I love the larger scale for this small bathroom - 4"X8".
2" Carrara marble mosaic tile in a Hexagon pattern for the floors:

Again - we bought this in a larger scale. I think the 2" size will compliment the proportions of the subway tile. We were entirely inspired by the lovely Anna of Doorsixteen's bathroom renovation. She used Carrara marble hex on her floor and the results were amazing.
LaToscana Ornellaia Single Control Pressure Balanced Tub and Shower Kit:
One thing I learned while trying to find bathroom fixtures is that if you know nothing about plumbing, talk to your plumber before you shop. A few wrong purchases later and we now have this shower set by Latoscana. We did not purchase it in the "oil rubbed bronze" finish shown here but rather chrome (I couldn't find a photo of it in chrome.) Bathroom fixtures are frustrating - we liked different items but to get the diverter/volume control of this set we had to buy the entire thing. The piece we wanted only came separate in "oil rubbed bronze."

Danze 4" Lamp Downpour Shower Head with Arm in Chrome:

Danze makes another shower head similar to this but the design is more modern. I liked it better but for the sake of matching the other fixtures and the tub I compromised with this. The smooth face with the pinhole shower sprays was a huge attraction.

LaToscana USCR430 - Chrome Tub Spout:
We are still debating on whether or not to buy this tub spout but I'm sure we'll give in and purchase it soon. The design is more elegant than the tub spout assigned to the set. I suppose I could always give the other tub spout (and shower head) to my Mom if she wants them or list them on Craigslist?


  1. I'm having such a hard time deciding on a faucet and frustrating. I kind of want a handheld? I don't know. I need to make a decision. Everything I want costs a million dollars.

    I love those gray subway tiles! We were considering using them downstairs, but I think we're going to wind up going with beadboard instead...BLACK beadboard.

  2. Black beadboard sounds perfect with your other choices! Will you be doing it in the shower as well?
    I just got back from Expo - trying to find a faucet for this sink. Of course the one we both really like is over $300 (apparently a good price for a faucet? There are some really overpriced faucets there) and just not happening. So I have to whine: whose idea was it to charge ridiculous prices for nice design? Yeah, it's nice for the designers but what about people like me?

  3. Wow! You are going through the same thing right now! I love your choices! That is the same toilet I bought (all because of the handle). I can't believe how expensive faucets are!! Amazing! I love your sink and tile choices. I'm so jealous you get to do tile! It is just not in our budget right now. At least the pink is growing on me...

  4. I just love that pink tile! :) If I could get my husband to agree I would paint all of my closets pale pink inside - like that pink from The Royal Tenenbaums?
    I know - I kept falling for faucets in Expo and then saw the $600 price tag! I think I'm going to bite the bullet and just buy the one I liked. I don't think I'll ever want to change it, so in the end it will be worth it.
    At least I didn't have to buy a new sink for the powder room and the upstairs sink was only $90. ;)

  5. everything looks lovely together and i love the hexagon marble tiles! i'm also a fan of anna's bathroom makeover and these tiles are definitely similar to hers....great choice

  6. I too love hexagon tile, but man, your backyard (which i have nicknamed Narnia) is like, oh my god, seriously to die for. I needed to sit down after i walked through it. This website needs more backyard!!!!

  7. I think we were afraid to go back there to take more photos - didn't you get any mosquito bites back there?!
    Now that it's a little colder I should get more shots of the junk cleaned up. There's not going to be much progress back there until next spring though.