|Via Cush and Nooks; Domain Home; HGTV, Best Lane Neighborhoods|
Full disclosure: there is a little voice inside my head that is chanting "aqua cabinets," but I have to admit that despite wanting the lakehouse to be our forever home, I still think about re-sale and for any permanent renovations, I feel that same "keep it neutral and boring so it's sell-able" worry creeping in.
Gorgeous grain, right? It's richer in real life, my camera has bleached and yellowed it a bit. Here's a fun fact: the range hood is hidden in the cabinetry and pops out when you need it. I am definitely filing that idea away for when we renovate the kitchen! Apparently I can order this cabinetry with the grain running horizontally or vertically. (Seriously? More decisions?!?) These cabinets will eat up a huge chunk of our budget, but they're excellent quality and made to order. After finding myself disappointed with big box store melamine cabinetry, I'm willing to cut costs elsewhere if it means getting great cabinetry (famous last words).
I don't like the look of a toe kick. It is the weirdest thing to not like, but that's partly why I chose the vanity we had in the townhouse. It had the option to leave it on legs, so it looked like a piece of furniture. The problem, though, was my excessive cleaning of the floors - which started to wear away the melamine legs (this is a common problem for me, literally washing away finishes). After I opted for the floating credenza in the dining room, Hubby started to mock my love of floating furniture and proposed a floating sofa (it's not impossible) and a floating bed (ditto). I just think it makes cleaning easier and I like the look. So I decided on a floating vanity for the bathroom.
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Faucets are another fairly simple choice, although I find myself waffling on the finish. I am leaning toward Kohler products, especially because they have a few styles of faucets that remind me of the door hardware we have - which still float my boat with their mid-century modern vibe. I like the simple look of these faucets (the Purist widespread, the Purist, and a different Purist widespread). I like the function of a single handle, but prefer the look of two. To have such trite problems really is a luxury.
The toilet choice is another no-brainer. I like a skirted trap - I don't like to see the curvy trap, and that really limits my options (which I appreciate). Before I learned that it's "skirted," I referred to it as "a covered poop shoot" - just between Hubs and I - when we were shopping for the townhouse bath reno. A staff member at a home improvement store overheard me and said, "you don't actually see the poop go through it". I guess I sound stupid enough to warrant the explanation of this particular detail. Yes, choosing bathroom fixtures was totally new to me and I didn't know the proper names for things but I had, in the past, successfully used toilets and was familiar with the general way in which they function. Anyway, this one from Kohler is a beauty - I spotted it in a local shop and loved the stream-lined look. It's modern, but not too modern. I don't want it to scream for attention, otherwise guests will be intrigued and want to use our main bathroom, not the guest powder room like they're supposed to.