I love the tension created when one combines the rustic and the refined. A beautifully ornate mirror with a stone garden basin. An oil painting with a limestone tub that shows its age. My eye is growing wearing of pristine white bathrooms with nickel-plated fixtures, and I am drawn to the following spaces with their hints of antiquity . . . 

 "Ornate and rustic elements strike a fine balance. Antique marble vessel as sink. Fountain spout, Acquisitions. Vanity, Chelsea Textiles. Custom linen shade on lamp. Antique mirror and fishing baskets."
Said Brooke Giannetti to Veranda: " 'I often bring garden elements inside a home to create a connection to the outside. Here, I used a marble planter as a sink in our powder room to make the transition from the indoors into the garden. We couldn't find the perfect spout either so I literally pulled it from the fountain outside of my house.' "
Home of designer-architect team Brooke and Steve Giannetti.
Interior design by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, Giannetti Home.
Photography by Steve Giannetti and Lisa Romerein.
Veranda (July - August 2011).

"The powder room mirror is behind an antique Italian window grille. 'Not what you'd expect, but everybody loves it. And I love all those dings and splotches on the old stone sink.' Sink from Chateau Domingue [a Houston antiquities dealer]."
Home in Houston, Texas.
Interior design by Eleanor Cummings.
Photography by Eric Piasecki.

"A vintage Italian chandelier hangs above an antique tub in the master bath, and the 18th-century painting is from [Christopher] Daniels's mother; the custom-made vanities have Caesarstone countertops, Kohler sinks, and fittings by Barber Wilsons and Co." 
SoHo loft of two Virginia transplants, artist Christopher Daniels and Alice Childress Daniels, Vice President, Advertising and Creative Services at Vera Wang.
Interior design by Courtnay Daniels Haden, Courtnay Daniels Haden Folie Design. Ms. Haden is Christopher Daniels's sister.
Photography by William Abranowicz.
Text by Nancy Hass.

"Faux paneling adds architectural interest. A 300-year-old Greek marble basin and copper faucet lend an antique look to the main floor bathroom. A contemporary art piece adds a cheeky element."
Interior design by Nam Dang-Mitchell.
Photography by Colin Way.
Canadian House and Home (January 2012). 

Offered by Chateau Domingue in Houston, Texas.
Photo via Chateau Domingue website.

"Mirror, c. 1850, and 18th-c. marble sink, both Italian; Compas faucetry; Hollyhock towels."
Malibu, California, home of Dan and Luana Romanelli.
Interior design by Madeline Stuart.
Architecture by Stephen Giannetti, Giannetti Home .
Photography by Dominique Vorillon.
Text by Degen Pener.
"Leading With Style" produced by Mary Jane Ryburn. 
Veranda (July - August 2008).

"Custom sink. Mirror, Starbuck Minikin. Sconces, 20th Century Lighting."
Santa Barbara, California, home with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
Architectural renovation and interior design by John Saladino.
Photography by Luca Trovato.
"Classical Cues" text by Degen Pener.
Veranda (November - December 2010).

"[Melanie] Pounds designed a leggy console to hold her bathroom sink instead of a traditional closed cabinet. The open space helps to make the bathroom feel larger."
1,400 square-foot Alabama cottage.
Interior design by Melanie Pounds.
Photography by Thomas Loof.
House Beautiful (July 2010).

"An antique Flemish mirror graces the powder room, along with a Guido Gambone vase. Sonoma Forge sink fittings, and an 18th-century stone trough sink."
Movie producer Avi Arad's Malibu, California, weekend home.
Interior design by Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wiseley.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Peter Haldeman.
"On Location" produced by Robert Rufino.
Architectural Digest (January 2013). 

"Designer Phoebe Howard elevates an everyday ritual with this Carrara marble basin. The faucet emerges from a stone-mosaic dado in a spectrum of watery hues."
Interior design by Phoebe Howard.
"How to Create a Gorgeous Guest Bathroom" by Douglas Brenner.
House Beautiful (July 2010). 

"Titan Round Vessel Marble Lavatory" offered by Waterworks.
Handcrafted from Carrara marble.
Photo via Waterworks website.

"In the master bath stands a custom-made Concept Studio limestone tub; the ceiling fixture and wall sconces are by Paul Ferrante, and the dressing-table lamps are by Formations."
"Summer house" in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Interior design by John Cottrell.
Architecture by Gil Schafer, G. P. Schafer Architect.
Photography by Billy Cunningham.
"Trading Places" text by Dan Shaw.
Architectural Digest (August 2011). 

Stephen Sills and James Huniford "created a master bath with floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to the garden. They discovered the antique Italian marble sarcophagus tub in Belgium, and the circa-1910 chandelier is French."
A residence in the Midwest.
Interior design by Stephen Sills and James Huniford.
Photography by Mary E. Nichols.
"Make a Splash"
Architectural Digest (May 2003). 

 "A Richard Prince silkscreen hangs on the bathroom's antiqued-mirror wall, next to a marble sink from VW Home; the snakeskin console is by Garrison Rousseau."
New York City apartment of a movie executive and his wife.
Interior design by Vicente Wolf.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Julie L. Belcove.
"Breaking the Mold" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (January 2013).

 "A garden urn and a Pan fountain are the washbasin and waterspout in the powder room. A brass finial serves as the faucet."
Tennessee home of antiques dealer Jeannette Whitson.
Interior design by Jeannette Whitson, Garden Variety Design.
Photography by Simon Watson.
"A Nashville House with an Old Soul" by Barbara King.
House Beautiful (June 2013).

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Milieu is a magazine created by interior designer Pamela Pierce, Pierce Designs and Associates.


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