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Montage: 24 Bathrooms With Trough Sinks

For one of last summer’s Boston Globe Magazine home issues, I wrote about a family friendly house in Scraggy Neck on the Cape with all sorts of fun, beachy features, including a bunk room and a kids bathroom with an oversize trough sink. In addition to its extra large size (I think there are five kids, plus plenty of cousins) and cobalt color, the mom loved that the trough sink hasn’t any counters to muss up.

Trough sinks have an industrial feel often associated with schools or art studios. They’re heavy duty, normally mounted to the wall, though some have legs. I think they’re historically made of cast iron, but I’m sure modern models are also fabricated in other materials. Trough sinks are deep and can be extra-long, accommodating two or even three faucet sets, which make them especially good for kids bathrooms. Of course trough sinks make great utility sinks in a laundry room or mud room too.

Here are 24 bathrooms with trough sinks in all a variety of colors (a red trough sink, a chartreuse trough sink, trough sinks in various shades of blue) as well as  an abundance of black trough sinks. Some are indeed in kids’ bathrooms, others are in bathrooms with old time-y, industrial chic, Brooklyn-y vibe.


Godrich Interiors

trough-sink- Elizabeth Roberts-brooklyn-remodelista

Interior designer Elizabeth Roberts own Brooklyn brownstone  •  Remodelista


Hannotte Interiors


Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc


Better Homes & Gardens


Boston Globe Magazine


HGTV Magazine


Kimberly Renner






House Beautiful

trough-sink-ouse in Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule

Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule OR Esplanade Residence by Emilie Bédard and Maria Rosa Di Ioia

trough-sink-Melbourne home of Simone Haag, via thedesignfiles.net. Photos by Sean Fennessy.

Melbourne home of  interior stylist Simone Haag
The Design Files  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy


Carla Lane Interiors




Scavullo Design


Upscale Construction








Country Living


Terracotta Design Build


Hecker Guthrie



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Montage: 20 Rooms with Surfboards

Since we looked at homes with surfboards propped up outside yesterday, I thought we’d go inside today. The owners of these twenty homes store their surfboards inside, where it functions as a design element. In the kids rooms, I suspect, the surfboards are solely decorative. Hey, my bike’s in my living room (and both my kids’ bikes), so why not a surfboard?

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Studio Guilherme Torres

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Studio Guilherme Torres


Zecc Architects


Chandelier by the Sea


Beach Chic Design




Aerin Lauder’s home
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor


Brunelleschi Construction


Cynthia Walker Designs






Jeffers Design Group


Artist Mandy Shadforth’s house in Real Living
Photo by Toby Scott | Styled by Kylie Jackes


House Beautiful


Photo by William Waldron for Country Living


Lohrbach Studio


Mary McDonald


Hamptons Showhouse 2011
Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior


Photo by DABITO for Old Brand New


Photo by Erin Kunkel for  Design*Sponge

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You can order a preppy monogrammed surfboard at
the C.Wonder Nantucket Pop-Up Shop 

C Wonder Summer Hostess Gifts

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Montage: 27 Little Boys’ Bedrooms

As my friend (and new interior design client) starts thinking about transitioning her two-year-old to a big boy bed (baby #2 is due in August), we’ve been exploring cute non-crib rooms for kids. I have a lot of photos of great rooms with two twin beds, but I’m holding those back for another time. These rooms are one-bed-only spaces, but include a mix of toddler beds, twins, and doubles.  Also, you won’t find any tired, kitschy kid themes here either. Sports bedrooms, sailboat bedrooms, no way. A well-designed room with human decor is the way to go.  A few might look familiar, but hopefully there are plenty of new rooms too.

Martha Stewart Living

Aerin Lauder’s son’s room – Elle Decor

Bela Vida Gallery via Desire to Inspire

Coburn Architecture

via Apartment Therapy


Photographer Sarah Blee

Photographer Diane Hendrikx

FC Studio

via Apartment Therapy

Country Living

Colette Beam

Sara Storey

IKEA Vikare Bed becomes a Jeep via IKEA Hackers

Bolig Magasinet

via Oh Dee Doh

via the boo and the boy

Miles Redd

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Bo Laget


Bodie et Fou

Hus & Hem

via The Boo and the Boy

Skona Hem


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Montage: 44 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple)

I love the richness of the painted bookcases in these rooms. The tones are much deeper than I would dare to go in my own home. Most of the time. A couple of years ago, inspired by such shelving, I had my husband paint the built-in bookcases in our family room a deep purple. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. We’ve since gone back to white, with taupey greige walls, to complements the neutral re-do of our family room. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull off the look of richly painted bookcases. I particularly like Katie Ridder’s rooms with painted bookcases; she does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces. As does Miles Redd. Which colors would you experiment with for built-in bookshelves  in your own study?

Thom Filicia

Lindsey Coral Harper


Designer Eric Gartner  –  Photographer Tim Street-Porter  – Elle Decor

Collette van den Thillart of Nicky Haslam Design

Architectural Digest

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Photographer Diane Sagnier  –  The Socialite Family

Jan Showers

Jonathan Adler

Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton  –  Elle Decor

 Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

Todd Alexander Romano

Meredith Heron Dark Blue Bookshelves In Den

Meredith Heron  •  House and Home

repinned 460

ODA-Architecture  •  Architectural Digest

Katie Ridder


Country Living

 Katie Ridder

 Miles Redd

Elle Decor Espana


Susan Sargent  –  Photographer Eric Roth

Martha Stewart Living

Techentin Buckingham Architecture

Katie Ridder

Amanda Nisbet

Angie Hranowsky – Domino

Martha Stewart Living

David Kaihoi  – House Beautiful

Charles Spada

Inès de la Fressange’s Paris office – The Selby

Corinne Gilbert, Mc&Co. –  Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photographer John Bedell

Michael Richman – Metropolitan Home


Hus & Hem

Traditional Home


Raji Radhakrishnan  –  Metropolitan Home

Photographer Guido Barbagelata

Dark Blue Paneled Library Den Study Bookshleves



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Montage: 35 Bell Jars (or Cloches If You’re French)

Anything can be art under glass. I first heard this from stylist Kara Butterfield, who displayed rocks in and under tumblers on her mantle in Boston. She told me,  “If you put anything in a glass, or behind glass it celebrates it, gives it meaning, like a picture in a frame.”  Others seem to be catching on. Bell jars, or cloches, seem to be on every console and coffee table, containing anything from fawn figurines to succulents or matchbox cars to brass nails. J. Crew has even been showcasing shoes under them. Here’s a look at 35 examples which includes live plants, dead insects, and inanimate objects from the ordinary to intricate.

Prop stylist Dietlind Wolf

Greige Design

 Lindsey Adelman

Jessica Helgerson

Gennine’s Art Blog

Carrier & Co.

Good boutique in Boston

Better Homes & Gardens   |   Apartment Therapy

Country Living    |   Young House Love

Stylist Heather Nette King for Dulux

Stylist Heather Nette King

Traditional Home

Stylist Heather Nette King • Photographer Mike Baker

Elizabeth Martin Design   |   via Chocolate Creative

Anthropologie   |   SoSo Sculpture Series from Ginat, Etsy

Ampers & Vintage   |  home of designer Sarah Illenberger via Aesthete Curator

J. Crew, Midtown Manhattan   |   Better Homes & Gardens

La Patisserie des Reves   |   home of  jewelry designer Stine A. Johansen

Green Wedding Shoes

stylist Heather Nette King  •  Photographer Mike Baker

Emma’s Design Blog   |   Stylist Graham Moss

David Stark Sketchbook

David Stark Wood Shop pop-up at Haus Interior

Prop stylist Dietlind Wolf  •  Photographer Sabrina Rothe


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