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Snug yet elegant powder room traditional powder room
 

Snug yet elegant powder room

The high natural light behind the toilet as well as the frosted glass in the door help fill this small powder room with natural light. The built-in bookcase is carved out of the underside of the stairs. The small salvage sink, wallpaper, antique soap dish, and repurposed snowshoe as the mirror help make this snug room quite elegant.
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
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donnarama2000 wrote:
Snow shoe mirror? - Where can I get a mirror like the one in this powered room? I love it!
   Comment   March 5, 2014
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You might need to get crafty and make one. This is what our client did here with an antique snowshoe she acquired.
March 26, 2014 at 7:44pm   
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stillamistry wrote:
Does the door open all the way, or stop at the toilet?
   Comment   December 29, 2013
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Les Oltmann
Im digging the sink and mirror, very unique.
January 25, 2014 at 11:01am   
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Yes, some creative solutions from a palette of wonderful collectables.
January 27, 2014 at 6:59am   
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61643 wrote:
Where can i find this wallpaper
     Comment   December 8, 2012
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Hello,
That is Woods wallpaper from the Contemporary II Collection by Cole and Sons.
Hope that helps!
December 10, 2012 at 12:33pm     
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myaglubpanny
So, so lovely. I love it.
October 5, 2013 at 9:12pm   
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free_spirit_rising wrote:
What are the dimensions of this powder room?
   Comment   October 10, 2012
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free_spirit_rising
Thank you very much. I have a 3'3" x 4'11" closet. Much appreciate the input. Have a nice day.
October 12, 2012 at 7:00pm   
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Kelly C.
Can you tell me where to buy a sink like this? Who makes it?
November 3, 2013 at 7:31am     
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alon57 wrote:
Where do I find the answers to questions posted on this site. I am new to it . Love it . will recommend it .
   Comment   July 14, 2012
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Just click on the question and you'll see whatever answers have been submitted. Or if you are having trouble finding a specific question, enter the subject matter it in the discussion search box and that should lead you to it. You may have to search through questions that had similar wording, so when you see a question that you know you'll want to see the answers to when they are submitted, write down the question so that you can search for it later.
July 14, 2012 at 11:27am     
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Hello,
Yes, what Carolyn said is usually apropos and hopefully someone will respond more quickly than I have taken!
December 12, 2012 at 8:07am   
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catruji wrote:
I love this sink. What is name and model please!
     Comment   June 22, 2012
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house417
hi there i am also wondering what toilet you used--it looks like a very nice, not "saying too much" toilet--and small too. would love make and model if you don't mind sharing that!
March 2, 2014 at 4:56am   
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I believe this is the Toto Drake with the soft close seat option.
March 7, 2014 at 1:15pm   
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ellabella8 wrote:
Sink - Make and model of the sink? TIA for your help!
   Comment   March 30, 2012
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Sorry, this is another salvage sink our client found. But she found this one at Mason Brothers Salvage, Essex Junction, VT.
January 11, 2014 at 1:40pm   
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purna vastu sasthram wrote:
won't the books get wet by wash basin?(what a brain i have?)
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bogna
ha! I love the idea! (btw - if you have toddler boys - like I do - expect even books in living room to get wet ;) )
June 29, 2013 at 9:30am   
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dianabuild
Absolutely brilliant idea!
August 18, 2013 at 4:17pm   
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andrewstockton wrote:
Where is the sink from and what are the dimensions?
   Comment   February 13, 2012
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Hello,
That is a small salvage sink the homeowner collected over the years planning for this renovation.
Hope that helps!
July 12, 2012 at 2:58pm   
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robbie2 wrote:
can you share the name and other details on wall paper
   Comment   January 27, 2012
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Hello,
The wallpaper is Woods from Cole and Son, Contemporary II collection. http://www.cole-and-son.com/collection_detail.asp?collectionid=13 with the product code: 69/12148.
Hope that helps!
November 9, 2012 at 9:19am   
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stillamistry wrote:
Can you give the source for the flooring?
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pitcrew4
What flooring is pictured here?
March 25, 2013 at 6:56pm   
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susan58 wrote:
Love the wall sconce! - Do you know the manufacturer? I love how the arm sticks straight out from the wall. Most sconces I've seen are curved. Thanks!
   Comment   August 28, 2013
Kelly Hall wrote:
Where can I find that adorable brass soap and cup holder?
     Comment   January 24, 2012

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"Woods" is a cozy choice for a powder room in a Vermont farmhouse.
This powder room takes advantage of the space underneath the staircase on the other side. A recessed bookshelf follows the angle of the staircase to provide more storage for the client's beloved books. The sink, faucets and accessories were all part of the client's collection of salvaged fixtures. A snowshoe provides a quirky and appropriate frame for a mirror, with the forest background provided by Cole and Son's "Woods" wallpaper.
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