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NOV 2018

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toe kick simplifies cleaning and preserves the vanity's fur- niture-style appearance. Adding a vessel sink maintains the functionality of the top drawer. "The drain goes through the drawers, so we built the top drawer in a u-shape," she says. "The full-bottom drawer pro- vides added storage, which can be a challenge in powder baths. Toiletries are hidden but are readily available in the drawer rather than being stored out in the open." In another client's powder room, a custom white vanity plays more of a support role, but is still far from ordinary. "The bathroom was designed around the bold wallpaper," she explains in reference to the charcoal/black paper accented with colorful blowfish that sheaths multiple walls. "We didn't want a vanity to take away from the wallpaper, but my client also didn't want the vanity to be too plain, so we created a Shaker door with horizontal shiplap panels. The design gave her the uniqueness she was looking for, without 'fighting' with other elements in the room." Collins accessorized the vanity with a vessel sink and satin brass faucet, which coordinates with the mirror and light fixture. "That's another thing about powder baths…there are so many amazing light fixtures," she continues, adding that lighting, whether it's pendants, undercabinet lights, etc., adds dimension to a small room. "You certainly don't have to stick with a standard vanity wall light since there are so many fun choices. And, you only need one!" ▪ moulding to incorporate lights can showcase a great faux finish, texture or painting on the ceiling. "I really like to layer my lighting," DuPont continues. "Sometimes in large rooms it may not be as noticeable. But when you have a small room, such as a powder room, you can really appreciate the different levels of lighting." While a sink is certainly an essential element for any pow- der room, it needn't be ordinary, indicates DuPont, who says she frequently makes them the focal point. "I often start with the sink, then build everything else around it." FURNITURE-STYLE STORAGE For Collins, custom vanities designed to resemble unique pieces of furniture often serve as focal points in her designs. "Furniture pieces work well because these rooms are small," she notes. "They can make a statement, but they are also functional and provide plenty of storage, which can be a challenge in powder baths. Whatever we do, the space needs to be functional. Sometimes, because it's a small space, people tend to ignore a powder bath. They may be tempted to just include a pedestal [sink] because there isn't enough room. But you can't store toilet paper and toiletries in a pedestal [sink]." In one recent project, Collins included a custom cherry vanity that features a rounded front with two drawers and an open shelf that echoes the arc of the drawers. A 4" recessed April Collins and the design team at The Cabinet Gallery often use custom vanities in their designs to make a statement, such as this radius-front, cherry vanity crafted to resemble furniture. Its honey brass hardware is on-trend with the move toward warm gold and champagne finishes while the chrome light fixture supports the mixed metal movement. A glass vessel sink maintains func- tionality of the top drawer thereby maximizing storage, which can be a challenge in powder baths. The bold wallpaper pulls everything together. Photo: Ann Parris/Full Frame Home Tours 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 FALL BATH REMODELING REPORT

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