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Montage: 20 Vintage Bathroom Vanities

I tend to skew towards a modern aesthetic and certainly in the bathroom, where function, ease, and cleanliness is crucial. A year ago (it feels like yesterday), I posted  Montage: 20 Bathrooms with Modern Vanities along with Get the Look: 28 (Mostly) Modern Bathroom Vanities, precipitated by my lamenting our atrocious pink and nude bathroom in Delray Beach. (Yeah, I know, a flesh-toned Florida bathroom is better than no Florida bathroom!)

There are so many modern vanity options—I particularly like this style of natural wood modern bathroom vanity that hangs on the wall. Of course, I’m always up for a classic white marble bathroom too. If we ever redo the Boston bathroom (my biggest home decor wish), that’s probably the way we’ll go, given the style in these parts.

 Today I thought I’d play with a more vintage look, at least here on the blog. Designers who favor an antique, country, or rustic feel, often use a chest, console, or other interesting cabinet as a bathroom vanity. While an old chest could be annoying, with sticking drawers and peeling paint, a console table with a shelf running along the bottom is a great idea, since it provides storage for towels or baskets, without being blocky.

Here are 20 examples of vintage bathroom vanities that still manage to look fresh.

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Kali Cavanagh
Photo by Armelle Habib for Inside Out

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Ekenstam

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Photo by Fabienne Delafraye

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BHG

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Antonio Martins  •  California Home + Design 

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Light Locations

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This Old House  •  Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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BHG

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BHG

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via Home Bunch

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Home of Zoé de la Cases  •  Photo by Morten Holtum

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New England Home

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Meghan Stroebel

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Stylist Tahani Aiesh of Steen & Aiesh

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BHG

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Kelly Abramson Architecture

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Paola Navone
Photo by Max Zambelli for Elle Decor Italia

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Studio Farris Architects

Darryl Carter’s Townhouse

Darryl Carter’s D.C. townhouse
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Montage: 20 Gorgeously Organized Closets

Not long ago we made some changes to the main level of our condo. We created a proper entry and spacious, well-organized  closet for coats and such (my scarves and gloves now have a permanent home), added a banquette (perfect place to hang tons of smaller  artworks), relocated my desk to the other side of the floor-through space (much needed), and partitioned the family room with the TV behind beautiful French doors (noisy no more).  We love it all. Thank you Amanda and Jeff of Hark + Osborne!

Now it’s time to focus on the bedrooms. We own the parlor and lower level, which means our bedrooms are in the basement. It’s rather dungeon-esque down there. While nothing can bring sunlight in, I’m certain we can still make the master suite more functional and habitable. It’s a large area with a lot of wasted space. The bathroom is unattractive and we don’t have a bathtub. We have a walk-in-closet with an exposed brick wall. It came all tricked-out with adjustable shelving done by one of the professional closet organizers, but I’ve given it over to my husband, save for some off-season storage. My stuff hangs on an unsightly rod in a niche in the bedroom, with the hall closet right outside housing my shoes and handbags.

I thought I’d start my inspiration gathering process by contemplating closets. I’ve designed three walk in closets for myself in the past, all very similar. I’ve always had the carpenter build the shelves, cubbies, and drawers. This time I may use one of those companies that specializes in custom closets. We shall see.  Mine will not be as lavish as the closets here, but they are a good source for organizational ideas.

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Nuevo Estilo 

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Celerie Kemble  –  Elle Decor 

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J. Randall Powers

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Astleford Interiors

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Khloe Kardashian’s closet  –  In Style 

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Nate Berkus

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Bethany Frankel’s closet
Photographer Joe Standart – Traditional Home

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Home of Michael and Jonathan of The Shoot Factory
47 Park Avenue

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Lee Ledbetter  –  Architectural Digest  

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Theodore & Company

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Home of designer Miriam Alia of Living Pink Studio

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Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Clos-ette

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Closet of Laura Vinroot Poole  –  Domino

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Hammersmith

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Jenna Lyons  –  Domino

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Jennifer Eisenstadt

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JJ Locations

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Meredith McBride Kipp  –  Photographer Laura Moss

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Closet of designer Lisa Kreiling, LTK Interiors
Photographer Trent Bell for Boston Home

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Traditional dressers with deep drawers and feminine white dressing tables offer added storage for underthings and accessories.

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Montage: 32 Interiors by Boston Designers, in Honor of Marathon Monday

Today’s post is in honor of the horrific explosions that occurred at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday. (I live just a few blocks from that spot; thankfully my family and friends are safe.). I have pulled together an assortment of rooms designed by Boston interior designers. I’ve had the honor of working with all of them; these images are from stories I wrote over the years for various publications—Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Home, Stuff, and New England Home. And, of course, they were shot by our wonderful assortment of Boston-based photographers, and assigned by esteemed Boston editors, Anne Nelson, Veronica Chao, Rachel Slade, Brooke Foster, Erica Corsano, Paula Bodah, and Kyle Hoepner. Finally the homeowners–friends, neighbors, and others I’ve been privileged to meet, who have opened their gardens and homes to us.

After twelve years, Boston has become my home. It’s certainly my children’s home; they’ve lived here almost their entire lives. It’s been a wonderful time for us, free of tragedy after a very stressful few years in Washington, D.C. There for just a few years, but during both of my pregnancies, we suffered with the nation through 9/11, anthrax, and locally, the Sniper. I am sad that Boston has been marred by this tragedy now, on an iconic day. My thoughts are with the people who were hurt (and worse), and the little boy who lost his life too early. Thank you my friends who have been helping hold down the fort until I can get home, and thank you to my husband and his colleagues for their dedication.

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Ana Donohue
New England Home

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Lineage Restaurant – Alison Sheffield
Photographer Mike Diskin

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Annie Hall – S+H Construction
Boston Globe Magazine

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Brenda Be – Photographer Ben Gebo
Boston Globe Magazine

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Brad Walker, Ruhl Walker Architects
Photographed by Matt Kalinowski for Boston Home
Styled by Kara Butterfield & Jeffrey Osborne

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Butz & Klug ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine

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Lisa Kreilling, LTK Interiors
Photographed by Trent Bell for Boston Home

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Ritch Holben, Rh Design
Photographed by Keller + Keller for Boston Globe Magazine

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Hacin + Associates – Photographer Clint Clemens
Boston Globe Magazine

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Jeffrey Osborne, Hark + Osborne
Photographed by Josh Kuchinsky for Boston Globe Magazine

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Karen Watson, Acorn Hill Design
Photographed by Diane Anton for Boston Globe Magazine

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Joao Stefanon, JFS Design Studio
Boston Globe Magazine

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Christine Tuttle – Photographer Eric Roth
New England Home

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Robin PelissierBoston Globe Magazine

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Erin Gates, Elements of Style
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth
Boston Globe Magazine

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Duncan Hughes
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Home

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LDa ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine

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Rachel ReiderBoston Globe Magazine

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Avery True, Andra Birkerts Design
Boston Globe Magazine

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; Stephanie Sabbe Interiors

Stephanie Sabbe
Photographed by Bob O’Connor for Boston Home

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Shellie Donovan
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Kelly McGuill
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Andrew Terrat, Terrat Elms

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Tom Murdough, Murdough Design
Photographed by Chuck ChoiBoston Home

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Tricia McDonough – Photographer Michael Casey

107 South Street, Boston, MA

Studio Luz Architects
Photographed by Bob O’Connor for Boston Home

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Kristen RivoliBoston Globe Magazine

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Rachel ReidBoston Globe Magazine

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Kristine MullaneyStuff Magazine

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Sally Wilson, Wilson Kelsey Interiors
Boston Globe Magazine

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Annsley McAleer – Photographer Ben Gebo
New England Home

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Montage: 32 Rooms with Blue Velvet Sofas

For a while I had been noticing gray sofas galore, but lately its been blue velvet sofas that have been standing out. Elegant but still cozy, they work in a variety of rooms, and seem just the touch of richness needed for this chilly winter week. There are some old favorites in here that I felt like I had to include (Frank Roop, Mary McDonald), but also plenty of new finds. Tomorrow we’ll take a shopping trip on the Interwebs to find blue velvet seating of our own.

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Lonny
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Emily Henderson

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 Rue Magazine

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Monica Penaguião

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 Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa
Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain

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Aman & Carson
Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Elle Decor

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Designer Frank Roop’s own home (also my neighbor in Boston)
Photographed by Eric Roth for Elle Decor

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Hecker Guthrie
Photographed by Derek Swalwell (via The Design Files)

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Architect Omer Arbel • Photographed by Martin Tessler

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Victoria Hagan

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Architectural Digest Spain (via ECLECchic)

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Amanda Nisbet

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Photographed by Petra Bindel

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Designer Ksenia Nikitina’s Moscow penthouse
Architectural Digest Russia

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Annsley McAleer
(Boston designer and my neighbor)

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 Brad Goreski’s home on The Coveteur

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 unidentified (via Remodelista)

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 unidentified (via MFAMB)

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Photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Photographed by Mark Boston for Heart Home Magazine

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unidentified (via The Brick House)

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Elena Letteron • New England Home

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D. Mesure Studio

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D. Mesure Studio

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Pauline de Rothschild’s library in House Beautiful

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard

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 Actress Romy Schneider photographed by Giancarlo Botti

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 Mary McDonald

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Designer Todd Alexander Romano’s apartment in NYC
 Thomas Loof for Architectural Digest

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 Shoot Factory

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Emily Henderson

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Windsor Smith

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ARTmonday: Farm Project Space + Gallery July 2012

Today is part 2 of my stint as guest blogger at New England Home, and the subject is Farm Project Space + Gallery, in Wellfleet, MA. Owner/gallery director Susie Nielsen has flawless taste and intuition about what will work in a town that is better known for pretty landscapes that appeal to tourists than crisp abstracts that speak to the more permanent community, which is actually known for its artists. While Nielsen agrees the work she shows are more about ideas than creating a representation of the physical world, her choices are accessible. I love what I see. I hope you’ll click over to my blog post on NEH, and scroll down for lots more images.

Brooklyn-based artist M.P. Landis puts postage stamps directly on the back of each piece (mixed media on wood), and sticks them in the mail addressed to Farm.

Jill Vasileff  “Pink Hum,” acrylic on tree branches from “Around the Day in Eighty Worlds” at Farm this past June. It’s actually a bunch of individual pieces (Nielsen is selling them for $100 each or $3500 for all). It’s on the cover of this month’s Artscope Magazine.

Detail, Tony Orrico, Penwald: 3: circle on knees (studio impression 1), 2010, graphite on paper.
Tony Orrico uses the geometry of his own body to create intricate forms through repeated actions. The marks left behind reveal minute shifts in his position.  This detail was the centerpiece of last week’s exhibit “In Our Wake,” which featured concrete representations of dance performances. Nielsen mounted the show in conjunction with The Movement Party.

Katie Schetlich, co-director of The Movement Party and  Emma Hoette, dancer.

The exhibit was part of the larger “Fleet Moves” dance festival that took place in Wellfleet July 5th to 8th.

Jill Vasileff, No 05, from the series “A Mies is a Mies is a Mies”
This is my favorite piece. The series was inspired by Vasileff’s the play of sunlight in a Mies van der Rohe house—she grew up in one. It’s acrylic on board, but looks like encaustic. I love the  fluorescent pink drips of paint on all the edges.

M.P. Landis, WD Series, mixed media on folded paper

M.P. LandisWD Series, mixed media on folded paper

Betty Carroll Fuller, Unraveling, prisma color pencil on paper

Susan Lefevre, Warrier, oil and pencil on paper.

Left: Judith Trepp, untitled, ink on Indian paper
Right: Julia Salinger, untitled, mixed media on paper

Julia Salinger wearing a starfish fascinator of her own creation. Fresh off a fellowship in Italy, she opened her new studio space, Mermaid’s Garage in Wellfleet this week. 


Nielsen was working on a postcard for the upcoming Pablo Manga show (7/7 – 8/8) when I stopped by early last week.

Tim Donovan at the opening of SundayMondayTuesdayWednesday on Saturday evening. I blogged about one of his photos I bought a few summers ago. He’s now represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, where he had a show last fall. The piece in the background is by Sam Trioli.

Tim DonovanUntitled: Archive UE562.
Notice the bubbled plexiglass.

Marie Lorenz, Mill Basin (purse), 2010, collograph on Rives deLin Edition Varie 1 of 5.
These prints illuminate objects Lorenz encountered while navigating waterways in New York Harbor. These items serve both as landmarks in her own journey as well as a trace of movements by unknown visitors who leave these items behind. These were part of the “In Our Wake” show.

Local artist (and Dorchester, MA native)  Peter Scarbo Frawley. Earlier this summer, someone from MoMA came in and purchased 15 of his pieces. These types of works are called “concrete poetry.”

Peter Scarbo FrawleyCorona typewriter on paper, 1970

Detail, Phyllis EwenSplit Africa, sculptural drawing

Nathalie Ferrier

Art mag Plazm,founded in Portland, OR, where Nielsen used to live.

The guest book.

The view out back.

My past posts about Farm:
Tim Donovan
Pablo Manga

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