[tracery tips] perfect pedestals

The debut of our [tracery tips] series last week was a hit!  Thanks to everyone for all the feedback and comments.  Today, we continue with our picks for perfect pedestal sinks.  We love the old house charm that pedestal sinks add to a bathroom.  Of course they don’t always offer the storage or counter space of a vanity, but we’ve found little touches like a ledge behind the pedestal or a built-in between a pair of sinks often makes up the difference.

1.  Bancroft Pedestal Lavatory by Kohler

This relatively affordable option is widely available from plumbing suppliers as well as home improvement stores.  The tapering column base is classic and clean and the wide rim even leaves a place for setting down a toothbrush.  Available in 24″ and 30″ sizes, it’s a great choice for smaller spaces.

2.  Ravenna Pedestal Sink by American Standard

Another great solution for smaller budgets and spaces, this pedestal sink is a clean-lined choice that still retains a classic silhouette.  The optional towel bar is a great idea for a smaller space where there isn’t room to mount bath hardware.

3.  Exeter Pedestal by Waterworks

This classically styled pedestal reminds us of a sink you’d find in an old house.  Its substantial base, wide rim and big bowl make it perfect for everyday use in a space like a Master Bathroom (in fact Doug has one in his bathroom)


4.  Hampstead Pedestal Sink by Kallista

Check out the leg on this sink!  We love the curvy profile and stepped foot of the beautiful pedestal on Kallista’s Hampstead Sink.  Anna Kay selected a pair of these for an amazing bathroom in a home at Lake Martin recently and we love how the space turned out.  Wide side rims give some “counter space” and a slightly raised lip across the back adds detail–and a useful backsplash.

5.  Torre Washbasin by Lacava

This sink is just plain cool.  And simple.  And elegant.  We think it would be amazing in a beautiful clean-lined space but that it would also be a great contrast to a more detailed room.  This sink is more than just a utilitarian fixture, it’s a piece of sculpture.

Which one is your favorite?

Beautiful Baths by Tracery

Yesterday we shared some details of an amazing bathroom in the 2009 Southern Living Tarpon Run Idea House, and today we thought we’d show a few more beautiful baths from our portfolio.  Bathrooms are such a great place to take a chance and choose an unusual color or finish you wouldn’t necessarily want to use in a larger space.  We’ve designed everything from lavish Moroccan style oasis to sleek contemporary retreats–always with an eye on the details and fixture selections that can make a bathroom truly unique.


This Master Bath in a renovated Spanish Colonial style home in the Hollywood neighborhood of Homewood, Alabama features a room devoted solely to an iconic soaking tub from Waterworks.  The Tub Room connects the Master Bedroom to an area with vanities, a shower and toilet compartment.


Architect Louis Nequette had the brilliant idea to wrap glass around the two sides and abovethe Master Bath vanities, bathing the area in natural light.  Tiny mosaic travertine tiles are used in similarly sized niches in the steam shower on the opposite wall.  [photos by Colleen Duffley]


In the Master Bath of a Rosemary Beach, Florida villa, Paige selected handmade Moroccan tile to bring color and interest.


The white rectangular vessel sinks and soaking tub bring a crispness to the space and serve as a wonderful contrast to the hand-made irregularity of the tile’s surface.



[photos by Michael Granberry]


In the Master Bathroom of an Auburn, Alabama home the mood is much more classic and subdued.  Pale blue walls and crisp white cabinetry makes this space feel fresh and relaxing.


The paneled wall separates His and Hers vanity areas and provides a focal point from the Bedroom.


[photos by Colleen Duffley]


In the Guest Bathroom of a renovated 1929 Tudor Revival home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, we used one of our favorite materials:  white Carrara marble.  Paige designed a tile ‘rug’ for the room and then selected white marble moulding to case the shower door.  Doug detailed white paneling that maintains a period-appropriate feeling in the room and which conceals a ‘secret’ closet door in a panel.

 Bath 4

Rather than design a wall of cabinetry, we placed a rectangular washbasin by LaCava atop a painted wood cabinet and then added a free standing dressing table with a skirted white chair.  An antique iron pendant fixture completes the room.

[photos by Ryan Davis]


Every one’s talking about the saffron-colored barn door in the Southern Living Tarpon Run Idea House, which separates one of the Bedrooms from an adjacent Bath.  Beyond, a contemporary tub sits below a delicate crystal chandelier. 


Flannel grey walls blend beautifully with another white Cararra marble floor.  Paige and Anna Kay selected a piece of local photography to hang above the tub.

[photo by Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living]